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Melanie Bryan

Acupuncture & Complementa​ry

Health Clinic​

Essential Oils

Aromatherapy has been around for thousands of years, essential oils have many medicinal properties and can be used to improve your health and wellbeing. Essential oils are extracted from the roots, leaves, seeds or blossoms of herbs, bushes, shrubs and trees.

They are commonly used to aid relaxation, enable sleep and lift moods. On a physical level they can improve circulation, ease joint and muscle pain and aid healing through their antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Methods of using essential oils

Disclaimer- Avoid contact with eyes. Discontinue use if skin irritation occurs. Always consult with a physician before use if pregnant or nursing. For external use only—do not ingest.

Basil Essential Oil

Basil essential oil has carminative properties and can be used to relieve indigestion, constipation, stomach cramps and flatulence. It’s effective for providing relief from colds and has antibacterial properties. It is excellent for giving mental clarity and/or if you suffer with nervous tension, migraines and depression. Basil oil is analgesic and provides relief from pain such as arthritis.

Basil Essential Oil

Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot is a citrus fruit whose rind is used for the essential oil. It is commonly used in Earl grey tea. Bergamot has an uplifting, balancing quality and is excellent for people who suffer with depression and anxiety. It has a delightful, fresh citrusy aroma.

It helps with reducing scars, it heals wounds and is antiseptic. Bergamot is well known for helping with cystitis.

Bergamot Essential Oil

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary sage can be beneficial if you’re struggling with PMS, irregular cycles or menopause-related symptoms. It can also help with symptoms such as cramping because of its antispasmodic properties. During menstruation Clary sage can aid bloating, mood swings and headaches. The essential oil has the ability to relax the arteries allowing blood to circulate more effectively therefore reducing blood pressure and improving the flow of oxygen to the muscles and organs. Clary sage helps with stress levels and anxiety.

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus is exceptional for improving respiratory and is believed to be one of the most effective for improving respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, common cold, cough or the flu. Eucalyptus brings mental clarity and is anti-inflammatory helping any muscular aches and pains.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense is good for blemishes, dry and mature skin, scars, wounds and wrinkles. Frankincense has the ability to slow down and deepen the breath enabling help with anxiety, nervous tension and stress related conditions.

Frankincense aids to help reduce muscle and joint pain.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium oil encourages to lift mood, relieve stress, acts as an antiseptic, beneficial for burns, dermatitis and mature skin. It also has acts as a hormone balancer.

Not to be used in people with a history of breast cancer or hyper-sensitive skin (some people with hypersensitive skin may get an allergic rash).

Geranium Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender has been used for thousands of years. It is an antiseptic, relaxant, sedative, aids to lift mood and is a reviving and soothing oil. The essential oil can ease tension, reduce stress levels and is beneficial for a good night’s sleep. Lavender can be used as an insect repellent.

It’s excellent for burns/sunburn, acts as a skin regenerator and helps the skin to not peel. Benefits arthritic joints and reduces headaches. Lavender oil has many more benefits and is the most versatile.

Lavender Essential Oil

lemon Essential Oil

The lemon is closely related to the lime and bergamot.

The essential oil is extracted by cold expression from the outer part of the fresh peel.

The essential oil has many benefits which include acne, brittle nails, boils, greasy skin, insect bites varicose veins and warts.

Lemon essential oil benefits arthritis, high blood pressure, nosebleeds, poor circulation, rheumatism, colds fevers and infections.

lemon Essential Oil

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass has a light and lemony smell with earthy undertones. It is stimulating, relaxing, soothing and balancing. The compounds that make up lemongrass are anti-fungal, insecticidal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Lemongrass is excellent for muscular pain, poor circulation, muscle tone and slack tissue. It is an effective cleanser for all skin types, its antiseptic and astringent properties make it perfect for getting even and glowing skin.

The calming and soothing effects of lemongrass are useful to relieve the pain, pressure or tension that can cause headaches.

lemongrass Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary has analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Its antiseptic action makes it useful for respiratory infections/colds, sore throats and flu. It is widely used in haircare shampoos and lotions. Rosemary helps to stimulate follicles, making hair grow stronger and longer. Rosemary boosts mental activity and is a good remedy for depression, mental fatigue and forgetfulness.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree is a powerful anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. It can be used for many infections and skin conditions, like acne, wounds, fungal skin and nail infections, head lice, insect bites and stings.

It can be used as a cleaning product and mould remover.

As it is clearing and decongestant it is an excellent choice for colds and congestion.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

The essential oil of Ylang ylang helps to alleviate anxiety, reduce depression and helps to boost your mood if you’re feeling low. Ylang ylang is also used as an aphrodisiac and for sexual stimulation. It has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil