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Aromatherapy is the use of natural oils extracted from bark, flowers, leaves, roots, stems or other parts of plant to enhance a persons well-being either physically or mentally.

The essential oils that are created from the extraction are widely believed to stimulate brain function if inhaled.  Essential oils are easily absorbed through the skin, where they can travel to the bloodstream to promote whole-body healing.

As a form of alternative medicine, aromatherapy is gaining momentum.  It is used for a variety of applications, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.

We have a wide number of essential oils available on homeherbs.co.uk, each with its own attributes and healing properties.  So have a look through and see if any will be of any use for your needs.
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Lavender Crystals in Pouch Essential Oils Citronella 10ml Aniseed (Illicium Verum) Essential Oil - 10ml
A lovely, small and compact bag of lavender crystals.  Ideal for handbags, drawers or even your pocket. Lavender is renowned for its soft aroma with relaxing properties. The bag is actually cream with a lavender flower embroidered on the front and a white string bow fastener. 5cm long and 4cm wide. Citronella oil's most useful quality is that of it being an insect repellent. It is best used in a spray, a diffuser or on a cotton ball amongst linen. It is also useful in ridding cats and dogs of fleas. Furthermore, citronella oil helps to clear the mind and has a general toning and tonic effect on the body. It is helpful with colds, flu and minor infections and also has deodorizing qualities. Blends well with: bergamot, geranium, lemon, orange, lavender and pine. Caution: Irritant to skin, always use diluted Aniseed essential oil can be used as a room freshener, to help clear tense nervous headaches or added to the bath to ease tension and aching muscles.
Caraway Essential Oil - 10ml Bottle Essential Oils Clove Bud 10ml Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora) Essential Oil - 10ml
This warming essential oil helps to relieve mental strain and emotional fatigue, while aiding the digestive and urinary system and clearing the respiratory system. At the same time it also fights skin and scalp conditions. Blends well with: basil, chamomile, coriander, frankincense, ginger, lavender and orange. Caution: May cause skin irritation if used in high concentration. Clove Bud essential oil is a powerful antiseptic and fungicide with a rich, sweet and spicy aroma. Like most oils obtained from spices, it has a positive action on the digestive system when used in massage. Caution: Irritant to skin if used undiluted. If used in high concentration can irritate mucus membranes. Blends well with: Lavender, Bergamot, Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang. Camphor oil is a balancing oil, it can sedate the nerves and uplift apathy. It can help with feeling cold and reduces inflammation. It is used with great effect to repel insects such as flies and moths. It also has a positive effect in colds and flu, infectious diseases, bronchitis, coughs, and can assist with muscular pains, rheumatism, sprains, arthritis etc. Mixes well with: basil, cajuput, chamomile, lavender & melissa. Caution: Overdosing can cause convulsions and vomiting. Pregnant women as well as people suffering from epilepsy and asthma should not use it.
Cedarwood Essential Oils - 10ml Bottle Grape Seed Oil (Carrier Oil) - 100ml Bottle Essential Oils Fir 10ml
Essential Oils Fir 10ml
Our Price: £4.00
Cedarwood has a pleasant, refreshing, woody smell and is a popular fragrance with men. Some people find its scent exhilarating and very sensuous. It has a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Its astringent properties make it an effective oil for skin conditions. It is an excellent decongestant, which is especially useful in treating catarrh. Cedarwood oil acts as a stimulating tonic on the spirits, whether used in the bath or for a massage. Also it has a composing effect that helps with stress and poor concentration. It mixes well with eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, jasmine and lemon oils.

Contains Vitamin E, Linoleic acid (high percentage), Linoleic acid is an unsaturated fatty acid. Benefits: Gentle emollient leaving the skin feeling silky without being greasy. This oil keeps well.

Not to be taken internally. This is a carrier oil for use on the skin.

Apricot Kernel (Carrier Oil) - 100ml Sweet Almond Oil (Carrier Oil) - 100ml Bottle Essential Oils Eucalyptus - 10ml Bottle
Almost identical chemically to sweet almond oil and peach kernel oil and therefore, they have the same beneficial properties. Apricot and peach kernel oils are a little more expensive as they are not produced in such large quantities. They are particularly light oils which make them ideal for facial massage. They contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, E (small amount), and a high percentage of unsaturated fatty acids. The oil keeps reasonably well. Benefits: Protects the skin, nourishes the skin, calms eczema irritation. This light oil suitable for facial massage. Sweet Almond Oil is comparatively inexpensive. It is light, almost odourless and its ideal for massage. The sweet almond tree yields its oil through cold pressing. The oil contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, E (small amount), and a high percentage of unsaturated fatty acids. It keeps reasonably well. Benefits: Protects the skin, nourishes the skin, calms eczema irritation.
Note: Don't confuse with Bitter Almond Oil is toxic and not to be used in aromatherapy.
Eucalyptus has a distinctive aroma that instantly clears the head. Its decongestant effect has been employed in countless cold and cough remedies. It is a powerful antiseptic and is a warming oil for soothing muscular pains. Steam inhalation or a few drops on the pillow at night can relieve cold and 'flu symptoms and help bronchitis. Heating eucalyptus oil in a vapouriser at night will help to make breathing easier and will disinfect the air. Eucalyptus oil can also be applied as a chest rub, provided it is properly diluted with a carrier oil, or as a hot poultice. Eucalyptus helps heal sprains, it may be massaged directly on to the affected area, provided that it is properly diluted with a carrier oil first. A hot bath with a few drops of oil may also be helpful. It is best used on its own, but can be mixed with bay, cedarwood, frankincense, geranium, lemon and sandalwood oils. Caution: May cause skin irritation. Only use diluted and not for more than a few days at a time. Don't use on babies or young children. Not advisable in early pregnancy or if you have high blood pressure. Toxic if taken internally. Don't use in conjunction with homeopathic remedies.
Essential Oils Tea Tree - 10ml Bottle Cassia Oil (Ideal for your traditional Easter biscuits) - 10ml Pine Needle Essential Oil - 10ml Bottle
The essential oil is a non-irritating antiseptic which is particularly effective at treating fungal infections and may also be used for burns and insect stings. Tea Tree is good for treating abscesses, blisters, cuts, warts, pimples, burns, insect bites and stings, cold sores, dandruff, herpes, oily skin, rashes (including nappy rash), acne, blackheads, verrucae, wound healing, athlete's foot and ringworm.

Caution: May cause skin irritation when applied neat or unadulterated.

Directions
Because of its strong smell, it is not an ideal oil for massage, but it is excellent for adding to baths or applying with a cold compress.

Use it in a vapouriser when there is family sickness because Tea Tree a powerful immune system stimulant. It is also good for inhaling.
10ml Pure Cassia Oil (Chinese Cinnamon). This hard to get hold of Food Grade oil is the essential ingredient if you want to bake traditional biscuits this Easter!

Please note: The label contains the standard "Do not ingest" warning that accompanies all essential oils, as the general advice is not to ingest, as by their nature they are very concentrated. A few drops of Cassia in a recipe is fine though, and is a much loved Easter tradition. The reason the warning remains is that is still not advisable for anyone to drink the contents of the bottle neat.

Easter Biscuits -
Ingredients for Basic Easter holiday butter biscuits/ cookies:
275g Plain Flour, 200g Butter, 150g Caster Sugar, 50g Currants (may be left out), 2 Egg Yolks, 6 drops of Cassia oil.

Quick & easy recipe: Mix the ingredients together. If the mix is a little dry, add a little milk. Roll and cut to shape. Bake in a moderate oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

How to present the Easter butter cookies after baking: We prefer to present on a china plate with a light dusting of icing sugar. Some people like to add to the Easter theme by cutting the butter cookies into crosses, rabbits or egg shapes. These can then be decorated with ready made icing. Recipe provided by www.granniesunited.com
The invigorating essential oil is very antiseptic and is excellent for treating coughs and colds. The stimulating, balsamic aroma has a long tradition of use against respiratory infections and pine oil remains one of the best inhalants. Massage the chest with diluted pine oil for treating bronchitis, colds and a blocked-up nose. Or add a few drops of the oil to a warm bath and allow the aromatic steam plenty of time to work. This also helps relieve the pain of arthritis, rheumatism and muscular tension, as does gentle massage. Pine is a good oil for a hot poultice. It may be applied to the chest or to swollen joints and aching muscles. It is useful around the house because of its deodorising and antiseptic properties.
Essential Oils Nutmeg 10ml Essential Oils Violet (leaves) 5% 10ml Essential Oils Coriander 10ml
This warming spicy essential oil is used in aromatherapy to fight inflammations and muscle as well as rheumatic pain, while assisting the digestive system and supporting the reproductive system, and at the same time stimulating and invigorating the mind. Blends well with: black pepper, cypress, geranium, clary sage, rosemary and orange. Caution: If used in large doses can cause nausea and stupor. Avoid during pregnancy. Used diluted as a facial massage is both pleasurable and beneficial, good for treating open pores, blackhead, spots, thread veins, rashes and sores or irritated skin. It is so gentle that it can be used regularly morning and night to revive and rejuvenate the face and neck. It also may be used for a gentle steam facial. Steam inhalation is also good for relieving headaches. Coriander oil can be useful to refresh and to uplift the mind. It can help for mental fatigue, migraine, tension and nervous weakness. It has a warming effect on the stomach and relieve wind and cramps, while revitalizing the glandular system. It is helpful for alleviating rheumatism and arthritis pain, as well as muscle spasms and is useful with colds and flu. It also acts as a general cleanser of the body, to rid it of toxins and fluid wastes. Blends well with: bergamot, cinnamon, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, neroli and orange. Caution: May cause skin irritation if used undiluted.
Wheat Germ Oil (Carrier Oil) - 100ml Plastic Bottle Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Essential Oil - 10ml Essential Oils Cypress 10ml
Strengthening, clearing and liberating. Clears the head. Gives strength and clarity to the mind. Contains vitamin A and C, and calcium and iron. Helps ease sinus congestion. and headaches. Helpful against colds and congestion, as well as easing muscular aches and pains. Can reduce menstrual cramps. Mixes well with lavender, geranium, bergamot, lime, lemon, frankincense and pine. Caution: Avoid use if pregnant. Cypress oil is most helpful with menstrual and menopausal problems and can be used to treat both fluid retention and cellulite. It is a vaso-constrictor and may be good for dealing with varicose and broken veins. Cypress oil is excellent for massaging the abdominal area and relieving discomfort. A bath with a few drops of cypress oil relieves the discomfort of piles. Menstrual problem are best dealt with by means of a hot poultice or an aromatic bath. The astringent properties of this essential oil make it very effective in a foot bath. The smell of cypress oil is generally regarded as too overpowering to use as a room freshener, but a few drops of oil on the pillow at night will ease breathing and stop coughing, and can be helpful in preventing bedwetting. It mixes well with bay, cedarwood, frankincense, geranium, lemon and sandalwood.
Lavender Essential Oil - 10ml Bottle Melissa (Lemon Balm) Essential Oil - 10ml Bottle Essential Oils Birch 10ml
Essential Oils Birch 10ml
Our Price: £4.95
Lavender is the essential essential oil. With wide ranging benefits and a lovely aroma, lavender is the most used essential oil in aromatherapy. Used in oil burners, massage oils, as a bath oil, in creams and lotions or directly on the skin, lavender is calming, balancing, relaxing and aids a restful night's sleep. It can be used to relieve hay fever, headaches and tension to name just a few. It is also used to sooth burns, prevent blistering and scarring (cooks should always keep a small bottle to hand in the kitchen) as an antiseptic used on spots, bites and stings etc. as well as being an insect repellent. The therapeutic properties of lavender oil include antiseptic, analgesic, anti-depressant, anti-rheumatic, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, bactericide, carminative, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, sedative, and vulnerary. Aroma: clean, fresh & floral. Note: lavender oil is said to be one of the safest essential oils but some people are allergic to it; you should discontinue use if you have any allergic reactions. Melissa lemon balm essential oil is an affordable alternative to pure melissa oil. Used in an oil burner, a few drops in the bath or blended as a massage oil or cream it is a lovely relaxing, soothing oil which is uplifting to the spirits and good for shock, tension, stress, headaches and anxiety. Very well known to have been used as a sedative through the ages melissa eases fevers, headaches, and nausea. It is also documented to ease high blood pressure and is a tonic to the heart whilst also regulating the menstrual cycle and helping with period pains. The therapeutic properties of melissa oil include antidepressant, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, diaphoretic, febrifuge, hypotensive, nervine, sedative, stomachic, and tonic. Aroma: light, sweet lemony scent. Note: use sparingly, do not use when pregnant, may irritate sensitive skin
Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) Essential Oil - 10ml Naiouli Essential Oil - 10ml Ginger Esential Oil - 10ml Bottle
Warming oil during the winter season. Used for pre-sports and dance as it helps to maintain suppleness. Properties: Antiseptic, penetrating, muscle ease, athletic massage, stimulating, toning. Mixes well with cypress, frankincense, sandalwood and spice oils. Caution: Irritant to skin, always use diluted. It may over stimulate the kidneys if used in excess. Niaouli essential oil is well known for its antiseptic qualities being suitable for a multitude of skin problems. Used in an oil burner, a few drops in the bath or blended as a massage oil or cream, niaouli is great for concentration and clearing the head, fighting infections and relieving pain, acne, boils, ulcers, burns, cuts and insect bites. Six drops of niaouli in half a pint of boiled (cool) water can be used to cleanse minor burns and wounds, cuts, grazes etc. especially if there is dirt in the wound. The therapeutic properties of niaouli oil include antiseptic, bactericidal, decongestant, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide and stimulant. Aroma: sweet and fresh. Ginger essential oil is a lovely warming oil that is renowned for preventing vomiting, morning sickness and travel or motion sickness. Inhale some drops from a tissue, mix with a carrier oil and apply to temples and stomach before and during travel or use in an oil burner, which is also good for colds. Ginger is also good when used directly in the bath or in massage blends for arthritis, muscle aches, lethargy, colds, flu and all winter chills as it warms the mind and body giving a feeling of wellbeing. It is also said that ginger is good for combatting loneliness. The therapeutic properties of ginger oil include analgesic, anti-emetic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, expectorant, laxative, stimulant, stomachic, and tonic. Aroma: rich and spicy. Note: may irritate sensitive skin.
Essential Oils Thyme - 10ml Bottle Avena Neem Oil - 100ml Bottle Juniper Berry Essential Oil - 10ml Bottle
This essential oil can cause skin irritation, yet has great value to help with concentration and to focus, as well as being an excellent bronchial and lung stimulant, making it valuable in bronchitis, coughs, colds, asthma and the like, while the warming qualities are great for rheumatism, sciatica, arthritis and gout. Blends well with: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lavender, Rosemary and Pine. Caution: It is a very potent oil and should not be used during pregnancy or in cases of high blood pressure. Because of the phenols (carvacrol and thymol), which can irritate mucus membranes and cause skin irritation, it should not be used for skin care products, and in general should be used in low concentrations. Neem is a widely used resource in southeast Asia, particularly in India where it is used in the production of cosmetics and pharmaceutical products as well as in agriculture as an insecticide for crops. The Neem tree produces a compound called azadirachtin which protects it from damaging insects and is now widely used is the home for houseplants as well as in pet and animal products. Neem oil is crushed from the leaves and seeds of the Neem tree and contains 35 biologically active principals and has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. It is widely used in soaps, beauty creams, nail polishes and toothpastes for its anti-bacterial properties as well as in muscle rubs and creams etc. Neem oil has also been used for centuries in traditional Indian medicine to help with topical skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, burns and ringworm. It is rich in fatty acids, contains vitamin E and other essential amino acids making it an excellent natural moisturising base for the skin. Neem oil is a semi solid oil and in colder weather or storage will solidify but soon liquidises when slightly warmed. Juniper essential oil can be extracted from the berries, which take three years to ripen, or the needles and wood of the plant which yields a much cheaper oil. Our juniper essential oil is only extracted from the berries ensuring great quality and a superior oil. Always check when buying juniper that it states whether it is the berry oil. Used in an oil burner juniper berry is known to be great for hangovers, over indulgence and tension headaches. In massage oils, creams or used directly in the bath it is famed for eczema relief and is contained in many eczema remedies as well as other skin ailments including dermatitis, acne, blocked pores and psoriasis. The therapeutic properties of juniper oil include antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, depurative, diuretic, stimulating, stomachic, and tonic. Aroma: clear and refreshing. Note: do not use if pregnant or with kidney disease, use in moderation.