Natroma advise customers to research each essential oil, before attempting to use on the skin (diluted in a suitable carrier). Typically our essential oils are supplied in 10ml sizes, but smaller sizes are offered for the more expensive essential oils and absolutes. The following information is about traditional use of each essential oil and is for guidance only, and makes no medical recommendations:
* Important please read contra-indication advice before ordering these aromatherapy grade essential oils.
Amyris - Sandalwood West Indian amyris balsamifera - 10ml
Not to be confused with true Sandalwood (santalum album), this is nevertheless a lovely smelling oil, that closely mimics the rich woody notes of the far more expensive oil. It is said to be calming and sedative, offering support during times of stress. This oil is very thick, so the bottle has a large dropper attachment, but it may need to be removed from the bottle to decant your drops. Amyris offers an affordable way to enjoy a rich woody aroma in an aromatherapy blend.
Basil Sweet ocimum basilicum * - 10ml
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 - 10ml
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 - 10ml
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.
Black Spruce picea mariana * - 10ml
Has a softer uplifting aroma than some of the other evergreen essential oils. Has antibacterial properties so is used as a respiratory oil, clearing airways with it's clean balsamic aroma. Also used in massage, supporting muscular aches. This is a strong oil, so use with caution on sensitive skin and is best avoided during pregnancy.
Caraway carvum carvi - 10ml
Caraway has a soft slightly sweet, spicy aroma. It is a soothing and uplifting essential oil, and is used in aromatherapy for emotional issues. It is also reputed to gently support the digestive system, and is sometimes used in skincare and for scalp conditions.
Cedarwood cedrus atlantica * - 10ml
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 - available in 2ml and 5ml sizes
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. This is a more expensive oil so please select your bottle size from the drop down list.
Cinnamon cinnamomum zeylanicum * - 10ml
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 * - 10ml
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 * - 10ml
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 * - 10ml
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.
Coriander Seed coriandrum sativum - 10ml
A lovely oil with a slightly sweet, mild aniseed-like aroma traditionally used for digestive issues. It's light uplifting aroma is also supportive in times of stress, and it's warming properties also support muscular aches.
Cypress cupressus semperivens - 10ml
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.