Essential oils are natural substances extracted from flowers, herbs, fruits, trees, and grasses through a special distilling process. Many of these oils have been found to contain healing properties. Some are also known to affect the nervous system and can elicit either a calming or stimulating effect.
ESSENCES THAT SOOTHE
Basil: Helps ease muscle aches and pains. It is also used in skin toners.
Bergamot: Possesses antitoxin agents. Effective against acne and blemishes.
Cedarwood: Possesses antitoxin agents. Good for oily skin.
Chamomile: Helps skin conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, and herpes.
Clary sage: Good foraging skin and varicose veins. Also known to have aphrodisiac qualities.
Cypress: Helps alleviate bruising, muscle cramps, and broken capillaries. Believed to help control cellulite.
Geranium: Helps ease breast tenderness and swelling.
Hyssop: Helps ease dermatitis, eczema, and acne. Helps reduce water retention.
Jasmine: A softener for dry, sensitive skin. Also believed to have aphrodisiac qualities.
Lavender: Helps soothe inflamed skin.
Mandarin: Good for scars and stretch marks. A great skin toner.
Marjoram: Has extra-strength calming qualities.
Neroli: Good for scars, stretch marks, sensitive and aging skin. Believed to have aphrodisiac qualities.
Patchouli: Helps soothe skin irritations. Good for aging skin and varicose veins.
Peppermint: Soothes muscle aches and pains. Helps constrict capillaries.
Rose: Good for aging skin. Believed to have aphrodisiac qualities.
Sandalwood: Good for dry and aging skin. Believed to have aphrodisiac qualities.
ESSENCES THAT ENERGIZE
Eucalyptus: Possesses antitoxin qualities. Helps heal blisters and other skin irritations.
Ginger: Helps fight congestion; improves circulation.
Grapefruit: Helps fight muscle fatigue and jet lag. Noted for its cleansing effect on the circulatory and lymphatic systems. Also good for oily skin.
Juniper: Known as a detoxifying agent. Also good for oily skin and blocked pores.
Lemon: Helps lighten skin pigmentation.
Lemongrass: Eases muscle soreness, bruising, and athlete’s foot. Good for aging skin.
Pine: Helps fight eczema and psoriasis.
Rosemary: Eases sore muscles. Good for oily skin.
Adapted from The Purification Plan: Clear Your Body of the Toxins That Contribute to Weight Gain, Fatigue, and Chronic Illness from the Editors of Rodale Health Books (Rodale, 2005).