Natroma advise customers to research each essential oil, before attempting to use on the skin (diluted in a suitable carrier). The following is for guidance only, and makes no medical recommendations:
* Important please read contra-indication advice before ordering these essential oils.
Basil Sweet ocimum basilicum *
A strong essential oil, that has antibacterial and antiviral properties. It has a bright, herby uplifting aroma and is said to aid concentration. Sweet basil should be avoided during pregnancy, and by sufferers of high blood pressure or epilepsy. This is an oil that needs to be used with knowledge so tends to only be used by Aromatherapists since it can cause dermal irritation. We'd suggest vaporisation in an oil burner is the safest for home use.
Bergamot FCF citrus bergamia
A cooling and refreshing oil traditionally used in skincare and for digestive issues. This is the FCF version of the oil (the phototoxic bergaptene has been removed so there's no danger of the usual phototoxicity associated with bergamot). Also reputed to be a relaxing essential oil, so is used to cope with times of stress.
Black Pepper piper nigrum
Has a woody, spicy aroma that is useful when a warming effect is needed. Is often used during aromatherapy massages to support muscular aches and digestive issues. We'd suggest only using a couple of drops in an aromatherapy blend to keep the concentration low.
Cedarwood cedrus atlantica *
Has a sweet, woody aroma that is said to be sedative. Is astringent, so can be found in skincare blends where it suits oily skins. Avoid during pregnancy.
Chamomile Roman anthemis nobilis
Has a sweet, herby aroma (which sometimes isn't liked by everyone) and is said to have calming, anti-inflammatory properties. Is often used in skincare since it can support eczema and troubled skin conditions. Is also helpful in calming feelings of stress and in the management of headaches.
Cinnamon cinnamomum zeylanicum *
This is a powerful essential oil that tends to be used for aromatherapy and foot massage when there are digestive issues. It's another oil that we'd recommend for use by Aromatherapists since there is a risk of dermal irritation. Best avoided with liver or kidney disease or when taking anticoagulants. Due to the strength of this oil, we'd recommend using cinnamon essential oil for home fragrancing only.
Citronella cymbopogon nardus *
Has a strong lemony smell that is commonly used as an insect repellant, so is useful for coping with moths, ants, flies, fleas etc. Not recommended for skin application.
Clary Sage sativa sclarea *
Clary sage has a strong, pervasive aroma which can easily overwhelm a blend. It has calming, hormonally balancing properties so is often used by Aromatherapists in blend for period pains, PMT and menopausal symptoms. It is contraindicated throughout pregnancy but is used in the last few days before birth, since calming, sedative qualities are reputed to help manage labour pains. We'd advise that pregnant ladies seek advice from their midwife or doctor before purchasing clary sage for use in the delivery room.
Clove Bud eugenia caryophyllus *
This is another strong essential oil that is used in aromatherapy massages for aches and pains. The traditional use of clove oil was to deaden the pain of tooth ache. We would not recommend that clove oil is applied neat since it can cause a permanent loss of sensation when applied to the delicate tissues inside the mouth. Best avoided with liver or kidney disease or when taking anticoagulants. For this reason, we'd recommend that clove essential oil is best used for home fragrancing.
Cypress cupressus semperivens
Cypress is a lovely essential oil with a clean, slightly woody aroma. It is often used in massages to support the veins, so could be added to an aromatherapy blend for use on tired legs at the end of the day. It is traditionally associated with aromatherapy treatments for coping with tiredness and bereavement.