Benefits of essential oils

Here's a select few of my favourite essential oils:

Lime - acne, dull skin

Rose - depression, eczema, stress

Lemongrass - acne, insect repellent, muscle aches, oily skin, stress

Rosemary - aching muscles, arthritis, dull skin, poor circulation

Peppermint - headaches, nausea, sinusitis

Patchouli - acne, chapped skin, eczema, insect repellent, oily skin, stress

Lavender - acne, anxiety, burns, cuts, depression, headaches, insect bites, insect repellent, itching, oily skin, stress, soothing, calming

Sweet orange - dull skin, stress

Ylang ylang - anxiety, depression, stress

Cedarwood - acne, arthritis, stress

Sweet Birch - antiseptic, anti-inflammatory

Cinnamon - stress

Ginger - aching muscles, arthritis, poor circulation, nausea


Plus, these are excellent additives:

Honey - moisturising, antiseptic, antioxidant

Oats - dry skin, itchy skin, eczema


References: Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, (Rockport, MA: Element Books 1995, p56-67)