Oil Profiles - Benefits and Uses
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Essential oils currently available from Aroma4u

All the essential oils that we sell have a natural role to play in the management of stress. They are listed in the Table below in alphabetical order. Please note, the pink, italicised rows show essential oils that should not be used during pregnancy.

The pink coloured, italicised rows show natural aromatherapy oils that are contraindicated in pregnancy.

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Essential oil*

Country of origin

Stress-relieving properties

Medical properties

Ocimum basilicum


Basil oil can be Uplifting; good for mental fatigue, burn-out, doubts, concentration, clarity, enthusiasm

Muscular aches and pains, respiratory disorders, scanty menstruation, colds and influenza, mental fatigue, anxiety and depression

Citrus bergamia


Encouraging; good for anxiety, depression, emotional imbalance, despondency, concentration, motivation

Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic; good for folds and flu, cystitis, fever, infections

Melaleuca cajuputi Powell

Indonesia Helps reduce sluggishness, apathy; provides stress relief Analgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic; good for sluggishness and apathy, acne, arthritis, rheumatism, colds/influenza and other respiratory ailments, headache, cystitis

Carum carvi L.


Calming; good for stress, nervous tension, anxiety

Antiseptic, antifungal, expectorant; good for digestive problems, skin and hair problems, bronchial asthma, urinary problems and painful periods

Juniperus virginiana L.


Good for anxiety, worry, other stress-related disorders, paranoia; improves focus, strength of purpose, stability

Acne, oily skin and hair, dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, rheumatism, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, premenstrual syndrome

Chamomile Roman (English)
Chamaemelum nobile

UK Good for irritation, impatience, nervous tension and other stress-related disorders Skin care (most skin-types), acne, allergies, burns, eczema, inflamed skin conditions, earache, wounds, menstrual pain, premenstrual tension, headache, insomnia

Cinnamomum zeylanicum Nees

Sri Lanka

Helps reduce instability, fear, bleakness, depression; provides positivity

Antidepressant. Can be used as a fumigant during infectious illness

Cymbopogon nardus

Vietnam Helps to clear the mind, refresh the spirit; good for insomnia; promotes relaxation and reduces stress Antiseptic, antibacterial, diuretic, insecticide; good for rheumatism, fever, menstrual problems, digestive problems, intestinal parasites; aids healing

Eucalyptus radiata Sieber


Good for concentration, cluttered thoughts, confidence, balance, understanding

Antiseptic, antispasmodic, antibacterial, antiviral; decongestant

Boswellia carteri

Somalia Good for exhaustion, panic attacks, anxiety, nervous tension and other stress-related disorders; calms the mind; provides inspiration and emotional stability Skin care (particularly ageing skin), acne, abscesses, scars, wounds, respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, coughs, catarrh, cystitis, painful menstruation, premenstrual tension

Essential oil*

Country of origin

Stress-relieving properties

Medical properties

Pelargonium graveolens

China Healing; good for acute fear, extreme mood swings, balance, tranquillity, humour, nervous tension and other stress-related disorders Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal; good for burns, skin complaints, burns, headlice, ringworm, neuralgia, menopausal problems, premenstrual tension

Citrus x paradisi


Liberating; good for self doubt, depression, nervous exhaustion, mental stimulation

Antiseptic, antibacterial, astringent; good for cellulite, muscle fatigue, colds and flu

Jasmine Absolute
Jasminum grandiflorum

India Emotionally warming; uplifts, nurtures, boosts confidence; good for depression and other stress-related disorders, addiction, scarring Muscular aches and pains, catarrh, coughs, laryngitis, painful menstruation, labour pains, depression, premenstrual syndrome

Lavendula augustifolia

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France lavender oil can aid Healing; good for anxiety, nervous tension, stress-related disorders, inner peace, awareness, balance, relaxation, rejuvenation Skin care (most skin types), acne, allergies, athlete’s foot, boils, bruises, eczema, dandruff, dermatitis, burns, chilblains, psoriasis, ringworm, scabies, insect bites/stings, asthma, earache, coughs, colds/influenza, catarrh, laryngitis, nausea, colic, cystitis, painful menstruation, depression, headache, insomnia, migraine, premenstrual syndrome

Cymbopogon citratus D.C. Stapf.

Guatemala Focusing; good for concentration, nervous and mental exhaustion, depression and other stress-related disorders Analgesic, antidepressant, antioxidant, antiseptic, antibacterial, astringent, antifungal, insecticidal; good for athlete’s foot, scabies, muscular aches and pain, gastrointestinal problems, headaches

May Chang
Litsea cubeba

China Good for worry, depression, irritability, stress, mental tiredness Antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, insecticide, stimulant, tonic; good for acne, colds, depressions, dermatitis, indigestion

Melissa officinalis L.

France Revitalizing, relaxing, supportive; good for anxiety, irritability, nervous exhaustion and other stress-related disorders, lethargy, negativity and work related stress. Antidepressant, antihistamine, antispasmodic, antibacterial, sedative; good for allergies, cold sores, eczema, asthma, bronchitis, indigestion, nausea, menstruation problems, insomnia, migraine

Commiphora myrrha

Somalia Positivity; good for coping with anger, touchiness, feelings of weakness, lack of incentive Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial; good for athlete’s foot, eczema, dermatitis, ringworm, scars, wounds, respiratory ailments, sore throats, thrush

Melaleuca quinquenervia

Australia Soothing; good for stressful situations, exhaustion Antiseptic, antibacterial; good for respiratory problems, bladder infections, oily skin, acne

Myristica fragrans

Indonesia Good for concentration, nervous exhaustion, indecision, overwork Analgesic, anti-emetic, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic

Citrus sinensis

Italy Invigorating; calming; good for depression, nervous tension and other stress-related disorders, self-consciousness, withdrawal, worry Antidepressant, antiseptic, antibacterial; good for bronchitis, colds and flu, indigestion

Pogostemon cablin

Indonesia Soothing; good for indecision, tension, touchiness, depression, nervous exhaustion and other stress-related disorders Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, stimulant, tonic; good for abscesses, acne, athlete’s foot, colds, bed cores, skin complaints, dandruff, wounds

Mentha x piperita

USA Clarifying; good for mental fatigue, overwork, apathy, concentration, vitality Bruises, sprains and strains, swellings, toothache, muscular aches and pain, halitosis, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome (oil to be taken in the form of capsules), flatulence, mouth ulcers, mouth thrush, nausea, headache, migraine

Citrus aurantium L.

Italy Revitalizing and calming; good for depression, nervous exhaustion and other stress-related disorders, pessimism, confusion, nervous exhaustion Antiseptic, antispasmodic

Pinus sylvestris L.Pinus sylvestris L.

Hungary Acceptance; good for exhaustion, stress-related disorders, dissatisfaction, guilt; provides assurance, balance  

Ravensara aromatica Sonnerat

Madagascar Aids irritability, stress, nervous tension and insomnia Antibacterial; antiviral (can be used in the treatment of flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, and herpes simplex [cold sores] and herpes zoster [shingles])

Rose Absolute
Rosa damascene

Morocco Soothing, uplifting; creates a sense of wellbeing; good for depression, nervous tension and other stress-related disorders Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral; good for eczema, palpitations, respiratory ailments, nausea, menstruation problems, insomnia, headache

Rosemarinus officanalis L.

Portugal Strengthening; good for nervous exhaustion, overwork, strain, mental fatigue, and other stress-related disorders, loss of memory; provides energy, creativity, clarity, concentration Skin and hair care, dandruff, headlice, insect repellent, scabies, muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, poor circulation, headaches

Santalum spicatum

Australia Comforting; soothes anxiety, tension or stress; restores the spirit; relaxing; good for depression and other stress-related disorders Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial; good for acne, eczema, respiratory ailments, cystitis, nausea, insomnia, pre-menstrual tension

Citrus reticulata

USA Calming, relaxing, invigorating; good for mental stress, anxiety, apathy, nervous tension Antiseptic, antifungal, sedative; good for skin care, indigestion and other stomach problems, stretch marks

Tea Tree
Melaleuca alternifolia

Australia Good for anxiety Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal; good for acne, allergic skin reactions, athlete’s foot, bad breath, dandruff, cold sores, ringworm, , fungal nail infections, burns, insect bites/stings, cold and flu, sore throats, thrush, cystitis

Ylang ylang
Cananga odorata

Madagascar Uplifting, calming, balancing; good for anxiety, nervous tension, depression and stress-related disorders, impatience, fear Antidepressant, antiseptic, hypotensive, sedative; good for high blood pressure, palpitations, depression, insomnia, premenstrual tension

*Use of good-quality essential oils only is recommended

The coloured, italicised rows show oils that are contraindicated in pregnancy.

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A word of caution about Essential Oils

The essential oils supplied with Aroma™ products are 100% pure and natural, but even natural products can have side effects if not used properly, and some degree of care is needed when handling them. Pure undiluted essential oils should not (in general) be used directly on the skin. Do not take essential oils internally. Essential oils should be kept away from children, pets and the eyes. Essential oils are also very volatile and, therefore flammable - keep them away from naked flames. Aromatherapy products are never to be used in place of medical treatment. If you are pregnant, epileptic, suffering from high blood pressure or already taking medication consult your medical practitioner or a qualified aromatherapist.

All the essential oils provided by Aroma4u products are 100% pure (no synthetics or blends), are of the highest quality (for maximum stress-relieving effect) and have been obtained from a member of the UK Aromatherapy Trade Council - www.a-t-c.org.uk

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All the essential oils supplied with Aroma Stress Buster™ Factory products are 100% pure (no synthetics or blends), are of the highest quality (for maximum stress-relieving effect) and have been obtained from a member of the UK The Aromatherapy Trade Council. www.a-t-c.org.uk/

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