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Essential Oil Ingredients

Pure Essential Oils

Our oils are imported directly from England, where each batch is tested using gas chromatography for its quality and purity.

Oils are classified as Top, Middle or Base Notes:

Top Notes:

Top notes are used to stimulate the mind and body. They have a sharp smell and evaporate quickly, lasting approximately 24 hours.

Middle Notes:
Middle notes are usually used to help with bodily functions. They evaporate moderately quickly, lasting 2 to 3 days.

Base Notes:
Base notes are used to soothe the mind and body. They are known as fixatives, as they 'hold back' the fast evaporation of the top notes. They last approximately 1 week.

Aniseed (Illicum vexum)
Origin: Central America
Aniseed is a popular oil with soap makers because of its strong, fresh smell. In aromatherapy it is usually blended with something else to aid upper respiratory conditions and is good for the digestion.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Origin: Egypt, Top Note
Basil makes a good massage oil for tired, overworked muscles, and is often used by owners, trainers of animals involved with strenuous physical activities. It is also effective for mouth ulcers and gum infections. It is perhaps most widely used in the treatment of chest infections.

Benzoin (Styrax benzoin)
Origin: Sumatra, Base Note
Benzoin is the active ingredient for Friars Balsam. Used as an inhalation for irritated throats and loss of voice, and added to a cream it will help heal chapped and cracked skin. It has an uplifting quality to help lift lethargy.

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Origin: Italy, Top Note
Used daily as a room fragrance, bath oil, Bergamot can help control tension and depression build up. It is a powerful disinfectant of the urinary system and valuable to animals who suffer from recurrent attacks of cystitis.

Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
Origin: India, Middle Note
Black pepper is a warming stimulating oil and is best known for alleviating muscular pains, stiffness and fatigue. It mixes well with other oils, and has had good reports owners of hunting dogs & working horses who confirm fewer muscular pains and problems when using it.

Cajaput (Melaleuca leucadendron)
Origin: Vietnam
Cajaput is best known as an inhalation respiratory infections. Used in a steam inhalation, it will effectively clear the nasal passages while inhibiting the bacteria that proliferate in the mucus.
Caution: Cajaput can irritate the skin.

Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
Origin: North America, Base Note
Cedarwood breaks down mucus, making it useful for treating catarrhal conditions, especially bronchitis.

Chamomile Roman (Anthemis nobilis)
Origin: Argentina, Middle Note
The most important actions of Chamomile are its soothing, calming, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, produced by the azulene it contains. It is also effective in treating swollen painful joints, inflamed tendons and sprains.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
Origin: Sri Lanka
Cinnamon is a warming herb useful in a blend for aching muscles and joints. It is antibiotic, antiseptic and antiviral.

Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus)
Origin: Sri Lanka, Top Note
Citronella is known mainly as an insect repellent. A few drops on pot pourri, in water, on candles or burners is very effective. Mixed with a vegetable carrier oil and rubbed into the skin, it will keep mosquitoes from biting.

Clary Sage (Salvia solarea)
Origin: Russia, Top to Middle Note
Clary Sage is a powerful muscle relaxant and is especially useful where muscle tension arises from mental or emotional stress. As it is relaxing, warming and antispasmodic.

Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Origin: Madagascar
Clove is antibiotic, antiseptic and an analgesic. It is a good oil for the prevention of infections and disease. Well known for a quick cure for tooth ache, it is equally useful in digestive problems and muscular disorders. Used in the past for sterilizing surgical instruments.

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
Origin: Russia/France
Like most members of the herb family, Coriander stimulates and aids digestion and prevents flatulence. The oil is analgesic, good for neuralgia and rheumatic pains.

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Origin: France, Middle Note
Cypress is a tonic to the circulation system and is helpful in the treatment of varicose veins. Animals with Asthmatic conditions will benefit from Cypress being used in the bedding. The aroma has a stimulating and elevating effect on the mind and psyche, which helps to relieve and quell anger.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
Origin: China, Top Note
From the gum tree only grown in Australia. Used in air sprays or any other form of vaporization during epidemics, it will also give a good measure of relief against upper respiratory infections. Combined with Bergamot it is used for the treatment of mouth sores.

Fennel, sweet (Foeniculum vulgare)
Origin: Spain
Fennel is classed as an anti-toxic oil. It can be used as an antidote to poisonous plants, mushrooms, etc. It is a digestive remedy and a diuretic. It is a valuable oil for cellulitis, the accumulation of toxic waste and fluid. It is known for cleansing and detoxifying. Fennel has a plant hormone, estrogen, which can help regulate estrus cycles.

Frankincense (Boswellia thurifera)
Origin: Somalia, Base Note
Has a calming effect on emotions, which can be seen as relating both to it's use as a meditation aid and in the treatment for Asthma. It is also relaxing and rejuvenating. In skin care Frankincense is helpful for mature skin and has a definite tonic effect, helping to restore tone.

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
Origin: Egypt, Middle Note
Will make chilblaines disappear overnight and bring a radiant glow when used in skin care. Its action in balancing the production of Sebum makes it valuable for skin that is excessively oily or dry. Has a stimulating effect on the lymphatic system.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Origin: India, Base Note
Ginger is a warming oil that also helps with digestion. It is effective for aching muscles, rheumatism and stomach cramps which are soothed by its fiery properties. It is also considered a powerful nerve tonic, good for exhaustion and mental lethargy.

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
Origin: USA (Florida) Top Note
The oil is distilled from the rind of the fruit and is used as a flavouring in the food industry. Its aromatherapeutic use is as a tonic to help lift lethargy.

Helichrysum (Helichrysum Italicum)
Origin: Italy
Helichrysum is useful for wounds and bruises. It is an anti-inflammatory and stimulates the appetite.

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
Origin: France
Hyssop was regarded by the Hebrews and the Greeks as a sacred herb. It is mentioned several times in the Bible. It can be used in burning or vapourizing to disinfect rooms and protect from infection.
Caution: not to be used when pregnant or have high blood pressure, or the animal has sensitive skin.

Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)
Origin: Morocco, Base Note
Jasmine is considered the King of oils with its rich long lasting aroma. The reason it is so expensive is because of the enormous amount of flowers needed to produce a small amount of oil. The flowers have to be gathered at night for the odour of Jasmine is more powerful after dark. They are laid out on cotton cloths soaked in olive oil for several days, then extracted leaving the true Jasmine essence. Jasmine is a very valuable uterine tonic, it is good for menstrual pain and cramps. When used as a massage oil in the early stages of labour, it will both relieve pain and strengthen contractions. On the emotional level, Jasmine is relaxing and emotionally warming, a powerful antidepressant of a stimulating nature which is wonderful where lethargy or a lack of confidence has set in.

Juniper (Juniperus communis)
Origin: Eastern Europe, Middle Note
Has been known since antiquity as an antiseptic and diuretic, both of which are important in Aromatherapy. It is one of the most valuable oils where the body needs to throw off toxic waste. Poor elimination is one of the causes of rheumatism, gout and arthritis, and Juniper Oil should be considered as a means of improving elimination.
Caution: Juniper should never be used when pregnant.

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolium)
Origin: France, Middle Note
Every home should have a bottle of Lavender as it is undoubtedly the most versatile and useful oil. It relaxes, soothes and restores balance to the body. It is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant and sedative. It is also stimulates the immune system and contributes to the healing process.

Lemon (Citrus limonum)
Origin: Italy, Top Note
Lemon cleanses, refreshes, cools and stimulates. This astringent and antiseptic oil has been used in the pharmaceutical industry for hundreds of years. Widespread use is made of this oil in the production of Perfumes, cosmetics, soaps, detergents and household cleaning products.

Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus)
Origin: India
Lemon Grass has a powerful tonic and stimulating effect on the whole organism. It is a good insect repellent and has been used extensively to protect animals from fleas and tics. It can cause skin irritation in some animals.

Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
Origin: Mexico
Lime is useful for depression and anxiety. It can be used as an astringent and tonic. Most citrus oils are stimulating and uplifting.

Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
Origin: Italy
It is useful in treating digestive problems. It has a tonic and stimulating effects on both the stomach and the liver. Its effect on the intestines is calming. Gentle in action, Mandarin is regarded as useful in young animals. Massaged into the abdomen it will help with tummy upsets, griping pains, etc. Always massage in a clockwise direction.

Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
Origin: Spain, Middle Note
Used by the ancient Greeks, it soothes comforts and warms. The plant was traditionally used as an appetite stimulant, to reduce fevers and to relieve asthma. The oil is now used extensively as an anti- inflammatory, rubeficient (to aid circulation) and as a warming analgesic for muscle aches, rheumatic pains and strains.

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
Origin: Somalia, Base Note
Myrrh is the sap or resin from a tree, rather than a true essential oil, and is a smoky mysterious oil with unique healing qualities. It is especially valuable for treating wounds that are slow to heal and for weepy skin conditions, such as weepy eczema. Myrrh is good for gum disorder-and mouth ulcers and for treating chest infections, inflamed throats and chronic bronchitis.

Neroli (Citrus aurantium)
Origin: Morocco, Base Note
This essential oil is usually produced by the enfleurage method. It is antispasmodic, antidepressant, antiseptic and aphrodisiac. It has been used effectively to treat anxiety and sleep disorders arising from anxiety, emotional problems and shock. Neroli is valuable in skin care as its stimulating properties promote the growth of healthy new cells.

Niaouli (Melaleuca viridiflora)
Origin: Australia
This is a suitable oil for cleaning wounds, cuts and grazes especially if any dirt has got into them at the time. 6 drops of Niaouli to 1/2 a pint of boiled cool water and wash out repeatedly. It is a powerful tissue stimulant and therefore will help healing.

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
Origin: West Indies
It is one of the warming spices and is in many respects similar to Cinnamon. Nutmeg is a stimulant of the heart and circulation but should be used with care. It makes an agreeable oil to use in the winter as it is warming and toning.

Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Origin: USA (Florida) Top Note
Essential oil of orange is extracted by simply applying pressure to the outer colored part of the peel. It is an antidepressant, antispasmodic and mildly sedative. Orange appears to have a normalizing effect on the peristaltic action of the intestines. It makes a very cheery bath in the winter.
Caution: Like most citrus oils, it may cause skin irritation, so only use three drops.

Origanum (Origanum vulgare)
Origin: Turkey
Origanum is a useful oil to use in burners or diffusers, or for inhalations.
Caution: This oil must be avoided during pregnancy and it is a severe skin irritant.

Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini)
Origin: India
This is a scented grass in the same family as lemon grass. It is a valuable skin care oil. Diluted with sweet almond oil in a massage oil it helps to re-establish the balance of sebum production.

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Origin: Indonesia, Base Note
This essential oil is a thick and dark yellowish brown in color. It is widely used in the perfume industry as a fixative due to its long lasting character. The plant has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine as a stimulant, tonic and antiseptic. In aromatherapy, Patchouli has valuable uses in skin care. It is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, fungicidal and it is also a cell regenerator. Providing the animal likes the aroma, this is a valuable oil.

Peppermint (Mentha piperata)
Origin: China, Top Note
Used traditionally for various stomach and gastro-intestinal tract ailments such as travel sickness, diarrhea, and heartburn.
Peppermint can also be used for its cooling effect in feverish conditions to reduce a fever in a natural way. Another use of this oil is to reduces fatigue and to increases mental alertness. Inhaled directly from the bottle, it will clear the head leaving a animal feeling fresh and bright.

Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)
Origin: Paraguay, Middle Note
Petitgrain is distilled from leafs and young tips of twigs from the bitter orange tree. This oil has a fresh, flowery, light perfume resembling its cousin Neroli & chemically shares many of the same properties. Petitgrain holds a middle position between sedative and stimulant, being a fairly neutral oil. It is a refreshing oil with deodorant properties and can be used in a final rinse after shampooing. This oil blends well with Rosemary, Lavender, Geranium and Bergamot.

Pine (Abies sibirica)
Origin: Siberia
Pine has a stimulating effect on the circulation and is sometimes used to relieve rheumatic pain. It is a refreshing, stimulating, clean smelling oil.

Rose Absolute (Rosa centifolia)
Origin: Morocco, Base Note
Known as the Queen of oils, it is expensive but only a small amount is needed. Traces of rose extracts have been found in several tombs from around 2000 BC. Rose, with its 'feminine' qualities has a powerful effect on the uterus. It is especially helpful where an emotional disturbance is linked to female sexuality. It has long been known as an aphrodisiac, the Romans used to scatter rose petals on the bridal bed, and this custom has degenerated into paper rose petals at weddings.

Rosemary (Rosmarinos officinalis)
Origin: Morocco, Middle Note
A popular oil in aromatherapy where it warms, stimulates and restores. Excellent for refreshing tired muscles, it combats fatigue and clears a stuffy atmosphere. It is one of the earliest plants to be used in medicine and is associated with "wasting" diseases or where there has been a loss of function, such as loss of smell, some kinds of speech impairment or poor sight. Ophelia in Hamlet says "there's Rosemary, that's for remembrance." It has long had the reputation for improving the memory.

Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora)
Origin: Brazil
Rosewood is antibacterial and is a good deodorant. It has a tonic effect on the body without being a stimulant. Rosewood has a cephalic property which helps clear the head.

Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Origin: Spain
Sage is good for the head and brain as it quickens the senses and memory. It helps to regulate the estrus cycle and can help dogs in childbirth. It can induce uterine spasm. It has a warming, softening effect which is useful on muscles which have been over-used.
Sandalwood EI (Santalum album)
Origin: East India, Base Note
Sandalwood WI (Amyris balsamifera)
Origin: Haiti, Base Note
A musky rich exotic oil, not initially a strong aroma, but persistent. Traditionally burned to aid meditation, much used in religious ceremonies. It's most important medicinal use is as a very powerful urinary antiseptic. It has been recorded for three thousand years for the treatment of urinary tract infections such as cystitis. Sandalwood is very beneficial to many skin problems and is a powerful antiseptic.

Tagete (Tagetes glandulifera)
Origin: South Africa
Tagete is useful for fungal infections, etc. and is also well known in circulation problems.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Origin: Australia, Top Note
Native to Australia, this oil is unusual in that it is active against all 3 categories of infectious organisms - bacteria, fungi and viruses. It is a very powerful immunostimulant, so when the body is threatened by any of these, Tea Tree increases its ability to respond. Effective for mouth sores, veruccae and warts, also used for the treatment of blisters caused by various diseases.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Origin: Spain
Thyme is a good digestive stimulant for animals with a sluggish digestive system. It is an intestinal antiseptic used in treating gastric infections and to expel intestinal worms (round worm, thread worm and tape worm).

Vetivert (Vetivera zizamoides)
Origin: China, Base Note
This is a scented grass. It is botanically related to Lemon Grass. Vetivert is deeply relaxing so it is valuable in baths or massage for anybody experiencing stress.

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
Origin: Comoro Islands, Base Note
One of the most important physical properties of Ylang Ylang is its ability to slow down over-rapid heartbeat and breathing, symptoms that may appear with shock, anxiety or fear. It is one of the oils that will help reduce high blood pressure. Like Jasmine and Rose, Ylang Ylang is an antidepressant, aphrodisiac and a sedative.
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