This is essential oil chart by desire is a list of the most common problems found in and around the home, with a remedy on the chart to achieve your desired result. Where there isn’t remedy or recipe, have a look at our specialised pages on how to mix oils, synergise oils, use carrier oils, etc. For more in depth information, see our charts and posts devoted to certain problem areas. (This information has been provided with permission by Ena Knox – Author of Everybody’s Aromatherapy Pocket Reference. Click here to purchase this useful little book. An essential item on your book shelf.)


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Always be aware of the strength of essential oils and follow these guidelines.


AbsessesUse DefensorTM or
Bergamot, chamomile, hyssop, lavender, tea-tree  
Dental abscessApply to abscess: 1 drop chamomile on cotton ball. Rub jaw with 1 tsp carrier oil and 3 drops lavender plus 3 drops tea-tree.
CompressApply twice a day to the swelling: 2 drops lavender, 2 tea-tree, 3 chamomile.
Abdominal PainUse DefensorTM or
Chamomile, cloves, coriander, eucalyptus, fennel, marjoram, peppermint, thyme.
Massage stomach clockwiseUpper – 1 tsp carrier oil, 3 drops peppermint, 2 drops cloves
Massage stomach clockwiseLower – 1 tsp carrier oil, 2 drops thyme, 3 drops eucalyptus
AbrasionsUse DefensorTM or
Lavender, frankincense, myrrh, neroli, thyme Clean the wound with 5 drops lavender, diluted in a small bowl of water – apply neat to wound.
Clean with5 drops lavender in a bowl of warm water.
Then apply1 or 2 drops lavender to the wound – neat or in water; repeat 3 times a day.
Aches & PainsUse DefensorTM or
Basil, black pepper, chamomile, clary sage, eucalyptus, ginger, lemongrass, marjoram, spearmint, peppermint, niaouli, rosemary, thyme, tea-tree.
Compress2 drops lavender, 2 tea-tree, 3 chamomile Roman or German
Genitalia wash2 drops lavender, 1 tsp rock salt, half liter water.
Inflammation or infectionApply equal parts, lavender, tea-tree, juniper in warm water, or bath.
Aching Muscles  Use DefensorTM or
Basil, black pepper, chamomile, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium rose, ginger, lavender, marjoram, rosemary.
Massage10 drops lavender, 5 peppermint, 15 cypress, 2 tbsp carrier oil.
Aching JointsUse DefensorTM or
Clove, comfrey, ginger, nutmeg, rosemary  
Massage20 drops ginger, 17 nutmeg, 3 cloves in 2 tsp carrier oil.
AcidityChamomile, eucalyptus, fennel, peppermint, spearmint.
Chest & abdomen rub2 drops eucalyptus, 3 peppermint, 1 tsp carrier oil.
AcneBergamot, chamomile, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, neroli, niaouli, orange (sweet), sandalwood, tea-tree, ylang-ylang.
AllergiesChamomile, lavender, lemon balm, Melissa, yarrow (anti-histamine)
Rub on affected area20 drops lavender, 5 yarrow, 5 lemon balm, 1 tsp carrier oil.
AnaemiaAngelica, black pepper, lemon, rose, sage
Anal FissureEucalyptus, myrrh, neroli, petitgrain, thyme, tea-tree
WashWash hands and anal area well, with 5 drops lavender and 2 drops lemon grass in a bowl of warm water.
Massage anal area with2 drops chamomile, 1 geranium, 2 lavender in 1 tsp carrier oil.
Anti-bacterial propertiesUse DefensorTM or
Calendula, garlic, lavender, marjoram, peppermint, rose, thyme – see Bacterial Defence Force on
Anti-biotic PropertiesRosemary, sage, tea-tree
Anti-depressantJasmine, lavender, lemon verbena, Melissa, rosemary, ylang-ylang
Anti-inflammatoryUse DefensorTM or
Basil, bergamot, chamomile, ginger, lemon, rosemary.
AntisepticUse DefensorTM or
Bergamot, lavender, neroli, rose, thyme – see Bacterial Defence Force
Anti-oxidantUse DefensorTM or
Anti-rheumaticUse DefensorTM or
Borage, chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint  
Bath & MassagesWith oils listed will help: 2 tbsp carrier oil to 20 drops essential oils: gradually increase the essential oils strength until you are using 10% in your massage or bath oil.
Anti-spasmodicBasil, chamomile, fennel, ginger, juniper, mandarin, lemon
Arteries blocked8 drops ginger, 10 rosemary, 10 lemon, 2 red thyme, in 2 tbsp carrier oil; 5 drops to a bath; or geranium, hyssop, black pepper, cardamom, use any three or maybe four (but remember to use only half the amount for black pepper and red thyme.)
ArthritisUse DefensorTM or
Benzoin, black pepper, borage, cajeput, eucalyptus, ginger, juniper, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, vetiver
Arthritis – Rheumatoid Use DefensorTM or
Baths: Bulk mix10 drops lavender, 30 drops eucalyptus or peppermint, 16 drops chamomile, in 2 tbsp carrier oil; add 4-6 drops to a bath or 4 drops to 2 handfuls of Epsom salts in a bath
Massage 1st 2 weeks30 drops fennel, 16 drops cypress, 10 drops juniper mix and bottle; use 2 tbsp carrier oil to 20 drops of the above for a massage.
Massage 3rd – 4th weeks8 drops chamomile, 10 lavender, 2 peppermint, 8 eucalyptus in 2 tbsp carrier oil.
Massage 5th – 6th weeksI drops rosemary, 7 lavender, 10 frankincense, 10 ginger in 2 tbsp carrier oil.
AsthmaBasil (dilute/almond oil), benzoin, bergamot, cajeput, chamomile, clary-sage, frankincense, lavender, lemon, lemon balm, lime, myrrh, niaouli, rosemary, tea-tree
Anxiety & PanicBasil, bergamot, cedarwood, chamomile (German/Roman), geranium, hyssop, juniper, lavender, mandarin, neroli, patchouli, rose, sage, sandalwood
Massage10 drops geranium, 5 lemon in 1 tbsp carrier oil.
AstringentLemon, sage
Athletes footUse DefensorTM or
Eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, myrrh, patchouli, tea-tree; 1 tbsp carrier oil, 5 drops tea-tree, 1 drop lemon
Massage 3 times a day5 drops tea-tree in 1 tsp carrier oil. Remember to clean toes and feet.
Back pain Use DefensorTM or
Black pepper, camphor, chamomile (German & Roman), cypress, eucalyptus, ginger, juniper, lavender, marjoram, peppermint, rosemary
Massage10 drops of each rosemary, peppermint, sage in 2 tbsp carrier oil
Bad breath  Peppermint, spearmint, nutmeg  
Digestive – mouthwash  2 drops peppermint, 2 lemon in 1 tsp brandy in a tumbler of water – don’t swallow
Gum disease – mouthwash2 drops tea-tree, 2 thyme diluted in 1 tsp brandy and a tumbler of warm water
General – mouthwash4 drops lavender, in 1tsp brandy and a tumbler of water, gargle
BaldnessBay, chamomile, grapefruit, juniper, patchouli, rosemary, ylang-ylang – see Hair Growth
Bilious AttachesLavender, lemon, peppermint, tagetas, thyme: inhale 1 drop of peppermint and 2 lemon blended with 5 drops carrier oil, rub the oiled tissue over the gall bladder area plus over tummy.
Bites & StingsUse DefensorTM or
Lavender, tea-tree, thyme, ylang-ylang
ImmediatelyRemove sting, apply neat lavender or tea-trea
Black EyesChamomile (German or Roman), geranium
Soak cotton wool swab/ball in 1 tbsp witch hazel, 1 drop geranium, 1 chamomile, to which you have added 1 tbsp ice water, close your eyes and apply the pad to the eyelid and affected area, relax for ten minutes.
Bladder ProblemsFennel
Open wound1 drop geranium, 1 drop lemon, chamomile, also cypress and rose. Make a sterile compress; remember to dampen the compress in the oils and water.
Nose bleedLie on back, pinch nostrils and inhale the following oils from a tissue; 3 drops lemon, 1 drop lavender or rosemary, chamomile, cypress and rose.
Bleeding gums2 drops lemon, 1 lavender, 2 eucalyptus, in 1 tsp brandy; put in a tumbler full of warm water; gargle – don’t swallow.
BlistersUse DefensorTM or
Bergamot, chamomile, lavender, tea-tree
Apply1 drop lavender and 1 chamomile to the blisters; if possible cover with a piece of gauze to keep clean; don’t pop them.
BloatingChamomile, fennel, lavender, marjoram, peppermint, spearmint
Blood Pressure – HighBasil, lavender, lemon, marjoram, neroli, rose, ylang-ylang
Blood Pressure – LowBenzoin, black pepper, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, juniper, lemon, rosemary, thyme
Blood Pressure LoweringBasil
Blood TonicBasil, lemon
Boils, Abscesses & BlistersUse DefensorTM or
Bergamot, chamomile, eucalyptus, hyssop, lavender, lemon, niaouli, parsley (infused), tea-tree
East plenty of fresh fruit and veggies, spinach recommended for its iron content.
To cleanTo a small bowl of hot water, add 2 drops lavender, 2 tea-tree, 2 chamomile; clean area twice daily.
Hot compress1 or 2 drops red thyme on a hot dampened compress.
After pus expelledYou can use a bottle to which you have added hot water to create a vacuum to help draw out the pus; when squeezing, pull the skin rather than pressing it.
Apply: Twice a day3 drops lavender, 2 red thyme, 2 tea-tree diluted, in 1 tsp oil;
cover lightly with a piece of gauze or something similar to keep it clean.
Brain – Increasing ConcentrationBasil, black pepper, ginger, cardamom, peppermint, sage
Room SprayTo refresh, sanitise and keep mosquitos away, use our very popular Frequency Intention Room Refresher OR
Equal parts: basil, black pepper, cardamom, to 2 tsp vodka to 100ml water.
Breath-Sweeteners MouthwashEucalyptus, lemon, lavender, peppermint, tea-tree, thyme
Breathing DifficultiesUse DefensorTM or
Fennel, thyme
Shortness of breathMassage 15 drops nutmeg, 2 cinnamon, 10 peppermint, 10 ginger, in2 tbsp carrier oil.
FibrosisMassage 5 drops nutmeg, 2 cinnamon, 10 peppermint, 10 ginger in 2 tbsp carrier oil.
BathUse DefensorTM or
Use 5 drops of above mix in your bath.
Noisy breathingMassage: 15 drops eucalyptus, 15 rosemary, 5 hyssop in 2 tbsp carrier oil; massage chest, upper back and throat.
Broken BonesUse DefensorTM or
Black pepper, peppermint, infused comfrey leaves and stalks with ginger; use as a rub.
BronchitisUse DefensorTM or
Basil (French), benzoin, cajeput (blend with lavender), cedarwood, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, myrrh, niaouli, orange, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, tea-tree.
Massage 15 drops cinnamon, 5 nutmeg, 5 ginger, 5 thyme, 10 eucalyptus in 2 tbsp carrier oil.
Massage 23 cedarwood, 3 ginger, 10 eucalyptus, 5 benzoin in 2 tbsp carrier oil.
BruisesUse DefensorTM or
RubArnica mixed with lavender.
WashWith black pepper, geranium, lavender, marjoram.
Oils in cold water2 drops lavender, 3 rosemary, 1 geranium.
Then oils in hot waterAlternate 3 times OR do a compress twice; as the compress gets cold leave for 5 minutes and then repeat the hot compress.
BurnsUse DefensorTM or
Chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender, tea-tree.
Do not break blisters as nature has put a healant in the liquid that helps the body heal itself; it will pop when it is ready; treat it gently; simply add neat lavender to the blister; if really burning, hold a piece of ice to it; do this three times a day.
Candida – ThrushLavender, tea-tree, myrrh
From coldsEucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, tea-tree. Or simply use DefensorTM
CatarhhUse DefensorTM or
Eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, thyme, tea-tree
Stream inhalation10 minutes; 1 drop rosemary, 2 peppermint, 1 tea-tree
RubThroat, upper shoulders and back, nasal passages, neck.
The mix2 tbsp carrier oil, 2 drops rosemary, 5 eucalyptus, 1 thyme
From allergiesCajeput with lavender, lavender, eucalyptus, frankincense
CelluliteBasil, black pepper, chamomile, cypress, fennel, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon, rose, rosemary, tangerine, thyme
Toxic eliminator – bath2 handfuls of Epsom salts, 1 handful of rock salt
The blend – bottle6 drops oregano (or rosemary), 6 drops juniper, 10 lemon, 10 grapefruit, 8 drops basil to 2 tbsp carrier oil
MassageAdd 2 tbsp carrier oil
Bath5 drops to either 1 tbsp carrier oil or 5 drops to 1 tsp vodka
The carrier oils2 tbsp almond oil, 5 drops jojoba, 5 drops carrot
Anto-cellulite bathsUse 6 drops of any of the blends listed
The blends2 tbsp carrier oil plus 8 drops thyme, 4 lemon or 8 drops sage, 4 patchouli or 6 rosemary, 6 juniper or 6 oregano, 6 lemon
Chapped & Cracked SkinBenzoin, carrot, geranium, lavender, myrrh, patchouli, rose, sandalwood
Apply to affected parts2 tsp carrier oil, 10 drops geranium, 10 chamomile, 5 lemon, 5 lavender
Chapped LipsChamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, neroli, rose, sandalwood
Apply2 tsp aloe vera, 2 drops geranium, 2 drops chamomile
Chest InfectionUse DefensorTM or
Bluegum (galbanum), fennel, hyssop, lemon balm thyme
Chill BlainsBenzoin, black pepper, chamomile, cypress, geranium, ginger, lavender, lemon, marjoram, peppermint, rosemary, tea-tree
Massage / rubBlood tonic: 1 tsp carrier oil, 1 drop lavender, 1 rosemary, 5 geranium
ChillsGeranium, ginger
Cholesterol – HighDrink barley water and lemon juice
Circulation – PoorBlack pepper, cardamom, cypress, geranium, ginger, rosemary, thyme, tea-tree
Massage8 drops black pepper, 8 geranium, 8 rosemary, 8 ginger, 2 tbsp carrier oil
CleansingBasil, fennel, geranium, lemon grass, rosemary, thyme
Cold HandsGinger, but using the following as a hand oil will help solve the problem
Hand carrier oil10 drops carrot oil, 10 drops jojoba, 10 drops evening primrose, 2 tsp avocado oil, 10 drops or 2 capsules vit E
The blend add5 drops rose, 2 lemon, 1 geranium, 2 sandalwood
Cold SoresBergamot, bluegum oil, chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, peppermint, rose, thyme, tea-tree
Apply to the spot1 drop geranium on a swab (cotton wool) twice a day
Massage upper body2 tbsp carrier oil, 10 drops geranium, 10 lavender, 2 thyme, 9 lemon; massage the throat, face and neck area
Colds & FluUse DefensorTM or
Basil, bergamot, cajeput, eucalyptus, lavender, marjoram, niaouli, peppermint, rosemary, sage, red thyme, tea-tree
Nasal dropsUse DefensorTM – or
Red Thyme, eucalyptus
Hot bath2 tsp carrier oil or other carrier medium, 2 drops thyme, 2 tea-tree, 3 lemon
Steam inhalationUse DefensorTM concentrate or
1 drop thyme, 1 tea-tree, 1 lavender, 1 clove
SnifferTissue with DefensorTM or 1 drop thyme, 1 peppermint, 1 clove; add 10 drops carrier to the above but do not touch your skin with the oils. (You can however touch your skin with DefensorTM.
Massage chest, neck, sinus area, forehead incl.Use DefensorTM or
1 tsp carrier oil, 1 drop lemon, 2 eucalyptus, 3 rosemary
ColicChamomile, cinnamon, fennel, lavender, lemongrass, lemon verbana, marjoram, peppermint
For babiessee baby section and check warnings
ConcentrationChamomile, lavender, geranium, mandarin, peppermint, sage
Under 16 study – bathTO assist you to concentrate, start taking these baths 1 week before the exams. 3 – 4 drops in a bath of water, 3 drops lavender, 3 chamomile, 3 geranium, 3 mandarin 1 teaspoon of carrier oil
The night before exams1 tsp carrier oil, 3 drops chamomile, 6 geranium, 4 sandalwood, 3 lemon
Morning of exams2 drops grapefruit, 1 drop lavender, 5 drops evening primrose
A.M. very tense exams or interview*1 tsp carrier oil, 8 drops grapefruit, 5 basil, 5 bergamot, 2 lavender*
Massageadd 2 tbsp carrier oil to *A.M.* oils
Baths10 drops *A.M.* oils to bath water
Body rub5 drops *A.M.* oils to 1 tsp carrier oil
Poor ConfidenceVetiver
Congested & Dull SkinGeranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lime, neroli, orange (sweet), palmarosa, rosemary, rosewood, tea-tree, ylang-ylang
ConjunctivitisChamomile, rosewater, witch hazel
2 tbsp rosewater mixed with 1 drop chamomile and 1 tsp witch hazel; mix well; add 2 tbsp of rosewater and leaver for 8 hours; strain through a coffee filter paper; place some of this on a compress and onto the eyelid
ConvalescenceChamomile, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, rose, rosemary, thyme
Diffuser or inhalantBlend your favourites from the above list
Bath5 drops: mix 20ml carrier oil, 2ml essential oils
MassageRemember: Use 4 oils max; use chamomile and lavender as they are relaxants; plus any 2 others; be aware of the powerful aroma of lemongrass and rosemary – they can overpower a blend.
Spray1 part rose; 2 sandalwood, 3 orange, 1 tbsp vodka; leave 24 hours; add 200ml boiled cooled water; leave another 24 hours or more; it’s fabulous
Constipation & Spasmodic ColonBlack pepper, cedarwood, fennel, orange (sweet), marjoram, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary
Massage clockwise2 tbsp carrier oil, 15 drops rosemary, 10 lemon, 5 peppermint
Bath20 drops of above essential oils to a 5ml bottle of carrier oil; use 5 drops at a time; OR 2 tbsp carrier oil to 15 drops patchouli, 5 black pepper; and 3 cardamom
Corns & CallousesSoften the feet by bathing feet daily in 2 tbsp salt and 2 tsp vinegar; dry the skin
Foot rubApply 3 times a day; rub the solution onto the corns until they soften; rub the dead skin away with a pumice stone or foot file
Solution 110 drops calendula to 2 tsp carrier oil
Solution 230 drops tagetas to 2 tsp oil
Simple Homemade CalendulaPut as many marigold flower heads into a dark glass jar (dark green bottles are great); “fill the jar with almond oil or safflower oil; leave in the sun for 48 hours then strain everything through a sieve – pressing and squashing the flower heads against the sieve to ensure you get all the oils out”; when done, sieve the oil through a coffee filter bag; now add new marigold heads to the strained oils in the jar and repeat the “procedure” – I do it three times, but many believe it should be done at least seven times
Cooking OilsIn passing, make the most of herbal oils this way; use extra virgin olive oil as your carrier, instead: suitable herbs are garlic, parsley, thyme and rosemary; for these digestible oils, put them in dark green bottles in a cool dry place; the sun can make them rancid rather quickly; add a drop or two of rosemary to lengthen their shelf life; always ensure you keep them for only a month before using them; if a little older, use them on your dog pellets – dogs love them – plus minus a teaspon a day
External use onlyTo apply to dogs wounds and sore bones, use comfrey leaves and ivy leaves in the same way; just remember to add a little wheatgerm to give it a longer shelf life
 That’s enough of the herbs since this is an aromatherapy book 🙂
CoughsUse DefensorTM or
Basil (French), benzoin, bergamot, cajeput, cinnamon, eucalyptus, frankincense, fennel, juniper, lemon, marjoram, sage, sandalwood, thyme, tea-tree
Dry cough1 wineglass of hot water, 2 drops eucalyptus, 2 lemon oil, with 2 tbsp honey, sip slowly – yes you are ingesting them, but check the quantity of oil to the quantity of hot water; ensure you mix the oils with the honey first;
REMEMBER: Never exceed the dosage
Dry cough – chest rubRub chest and back with; 1 tsp carrier oil, 3 drops eucalyptus, 2 drops thyme
Cough – mucus overloadEverything as above except; Drink 1 tbsp honey, with the cup of hot water and 2 drops eucalyptus, 1 drop thyme, 1 drop tea-tree
REMEMBER: Never exceed the dosage
CrampsLavender, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, marjoram
Cuts & SoresUse DefensorTM or
Benzoin, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, lemon (dilute), lavender, niaouli, peppermint, tea-tree
Clean the wound with2 cups warm water plus 5 drops lavender, 2 drops tea-tree; then for 3 days put lavender and tea-tree on a piece of gauze and cover the wound; repeat twice daily
CystitisBergamot, chamomile, garlic, juniper, lavender, sandalwood, thyme, tea-tree
DandruffBergamot, carrot, cedarwood, clary sage, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, lime, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary, tea-tree
DepressionBasil, bergamot, camphor, chamomile, clary sage, hyssop, jasmine, lavender, lemon balm, neroli, sandalwood, thyme, ylang-ylang
DermatitisBenzoin, chamomile, clary sage, juniper, lavender, palmarosa, peppermint
DetoxifierBasil, juniper, see Toxins
DiarrheaChamomile, cinnamon, cypress, eucalyptus, lavender, neroli, orange (sweet), peppermint, sandalwood
DrinkNot more than 2 drops nutmeg in honey.
From food – massage abdomen2 tbps carrier oil, 2 drops chamomile, 3 peppermint, 1 eucalyptus
From viral infection2 tbsp carrier oil, 2 thyme, 2 lavender, 1 tea-tree
And drink the following1 drop eucalyptus in honey / hot water; also see Rehydration under Tummy Ache)
Digestion AidBergamot, cinnamon, fennel, lemon grass, lemon verbena, peppermint, rosemary
Digestive ProblemsBergamot, mandarin, marjoram, neroli, nutmeg, orange (sweet), peppermint, rose
DisinfectantUse DefensorTM OR DefensorTM concentrate OR
lavender, marjoram, sage; see various application headings e.g. cleaning hands, etc
DiureticFennel, lemon, rosemary
Dry & Sensitive SkinChamomile, geranium, jasmine, frankincense, lavender, neroli, orange (sweet), rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang
See: Skin, Aging Skin, Golden Years, Baby, Toddler, Teenage Skins
Ear AcheChamomile, lavender, tea-tree; 1 drop lavender in a teaspoon of warm olive oil
NOT hotSoak a cotton wool ball in it, and plug the ear; careful not to push it down into the ear.
RubEar area, up the neck and cheekbone
The blend1 tsp carrier oil, 3 drops chamomile, 1 lavender, 1 tea-tree
Hot compressUse the lavender, chamomile and tea-tree neat on hot face cloth rolled up or a proper compress pack; the bought one that you put in the microwave to heat up is fantastic; it helps relieve the pain of throat cancer; you simply add the drops of oil onto the compress and heat; add 5 drops of carrier oil to each drop of oil used; make up in bulk (10ml at a time) to be used as and when you need it (you can add rosemary as well); this mix can be put in drops on the pillow – to aid sleeplessness
For massage use
As for ear ache, but
1 tsp carrier oil, 3 drops tea-tree, 1 thyme, 2 drops lavender.
EczemaBergamot, carrot seed, chamomile, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon balm, patchouli, rosemary, sandalwood, tea-tree
See Teens: I have been trying everyone’s remedies on ten teens and the remedies given in the chapter were personal findings after experimenting with the recommendations given; what I did find was those that took the point of a knife of Epsom salts baths seemed to clear up faster than those that did not; Also: The “chocolate” munchers broke out more often than the others; pastries also seemed to be taboo; the salad and fruit eaters definitely came out tops.
Elderly PeopleSafe – mandarin; don’t use salts
Energypeppermint, rosemary
Exhaustionchamomile, geranium, hyssop, jasmine, lavender, rose, rosemary, rose geranium
The remedy10 drops lavender, 10 grapefruit, m 10 coriander; in 2 tbsp carrier oil
The massageUse the remedy
The bath6 drops of the remedy to a bath
The foot bath4-5 drops in hot water for a foot bath
The body rub1 tsp carrier oil to 5 drops of the remedy
ExpectorantFennel, lemon verbana
Faintinglavender, rosemary, peppermint
Smelling saltsLoosen all clothing, raise legs; mix lavender, rosemary and/or peppermint and use as smelling salts; or on a piece of cotton wool
Awake?1 cup hot water with 1 tsp honey and 1 drop lemon; sip slowly
Fearpeppermint, rosemary
FeetCalendula, tagetes
Preventing hard skin1 tsp carrier oil, 1 tsp salt, 5 drops calendula or tagetes; soak periodically then rub with a pumice stone to remove any hard skin; rinse in a drop or two of lavender water (spray with rosewater) for nice soft feet
Foot massage6 drops palma rosa, 4 lemon, 3 thyme, 2 benzoin; use 5 drops in a tsp carrier oil
Fever & Chillsbergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, lemon grass, orange (sweet), peppermint, rosemary, tea-tree
DrinkGinger (1 or 2 drops on honey)
Sprays / burnersAny two or three (include thyme in the burner oils)
Body sponge1 drop eucalyptus and/or peppermint, 1 lavender, on a wet facecloth or dipped in water and oils
Fever Blisterspeppermint and lavender (mix); or peppermint only
FibrositisApply DefensorTM application oil OR
Black pepper, chamomile, clary sage, clove, frankincense, ginger, marjoram, thyme
Massage1 tsp carrier oil, 2 drops rosemary, 1 lavender, 1 peppermint, 2 cloves
Or massage with DefensorTM Body Care
Flatulencelavender, lemon grass, marjoram, peppermint
DrinkDry ginger on honey
Body rub1 tsp carrier oil, 2 drops peppermint, 3 cardamom; rub clockwise over abdomen
FluSanitise air using DefensorTM Essential Oil
Apply DefensorTM Application oil to neck, behind ears, sinuses (avoid eyes and eye area) and under feet, OR
use Eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, lemon, rosemary, sage, tea-tree; see also Colds & Flu
Fluid RetentionCarrot seed, cypress, fennel, geranium, mandarin, orange (sweet)
Body rub3 drops ginger, 2 cypress, 2 lavender, 2 tbsp carrier oil;
work from ankles upwards toward the heart once a day for 10 days; not on the abdomen.
FracturesGeranium, ginger, lavender, thyme (herbal – comfrey, also known as bone knit) OR
Apply DefensorTM Application oil regularly
FrostbiteClove, geranium, ginger
Massage first withNeat geranium or lavender
Then1 tsp carrier oil with 4 drops geranium, 2 drops clove oil
Frozen Shoulderblack pepper, chamomile, clove, geranium, ginger, lavender, nutmeg, rosemary
Cabbage compressIron a cabbage leaf and put 3 drops clove, 3 chamomile, 3 thyme, in 2 tsp carrier oil onto the hot leaf;
while still warm, apply to shoulder for 10 minutes
Fungal Infectionspatchouli; see also Athletes Feet
Gastritischamomile, melissa
Gastro EnteritisNutmeg (3-5 drops in honey)
mouthwash4 drops lavender; in 2 tsp brandy added to a tumbler of warm water – don’t swallow
GingivitisBergamot, chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender, myrrh, peppermint, thyme
inflamed gums mouthwash1 tsp of the mixture given below to a glass of warm water
The mixture3 drops thyme, 2 eucalyptus, 3 chamomile, 3 peppermint in 1 tsp brandy
2nd choice mixture3 drops chamomile, 2 lavender, 1 tbsp aloe vera; smooth and gently rub the gum
Goutbasil, benzoin, fennel, juniper, lemon, rosemary, thyme
Grieflavender, melissa
Gripecardamom, fennel, myrrh, tea-tree
(halitosis – never take orally)
Gums Bleedingcypress, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, myrrh, rose, tea-tree
Mouthwash1 cup warm water; 2 drops lemon, 2 eucalyptus, 1 lavender;
rinse mouth, holding in mouth as long as possible (up to 1 minute) – don’t swallow
Gum Diseaselavender, thyme, tea-tree
Mouthwash2 drops tea-tree, 2 thyme diluted in 1 tsp brandy in a tumbler of warm water – don’t swallow
HairSee chapter on Hair Care for full routines;
Where a toxic oil like cinnamon is recommended – keep to the drops NEVER NEVER mix in bulk
Hair: Healthybasil, cajeput, chamomile, lavender, rosemary, tea-tree
Best carriers: almond, calendula, jojoba
Hair Growth3 drops rosemary, 4 geranium, 5 lavender, 2 drops to 1 tsp carrier oil
Massage head for balding3 times a day: 4 drops cypress, 3 cinnamon, 5 lavender to 1 tsp sesame oil
Hair TonicMix olive oil, coconut and sesame as your carrier oil
Hair UnwantedChamomile (massage) or St. Johns wart oil;
1 tsp carrier oil with 5 crops chamomile
After massaging, rub the affected are with the oil; work up towards heart and use long strokes
Halitosis Bad Breathlavender, lemon, peppermint, tea-tree, thyme
From digestive problems2 drops peppermint, 2 lemon diluted, in 10 drops brandy and half a tumbler of warm water
Gargle & mouthwashAlso see Gum Disease
Bath, or face rinse, or infusion
Hay Feverbergamot, chamomile, clove, lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary
Bath2 drops lemon, 2 lavender, 2 chamomile
Massage neck, chest & back1 tsp carrier oil, 2 drops chamomile, 2 geranium, 1 lemon
HeadachesApply DefensorTM Application oil to neck, behind ears and temples OR
chamomile, coriander, cloves, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, peppermint, rose, rosemary, thyme
MassageAround temples and carrier of scull, along the hairline with DefensorTM Application OR
5 drops carrier oil, 3 drops lavender, 1 peppermint
Headache3 drops lavender neat, or add 1 chamomile with 5 drops carrier oil / vodka
Tension / nervousAs above
Massage / solar plexus1 drops geranium, 2 lemon, 3 lavender in 1 tsp carrier oil
Sinus headachesee Sinus
Headache Gastriclavender, peppermint, rosemary
Drink1 drop peppermint, 1 tsp honey in warm water to taste
Massage1 drop rosemary, 2 peppermint, 1 lavender / 1 tsp carrier oil
Inhalea drop on a tissue or steam inhalation of above oils
HeartburnAniseed, black pepper, chamomile, cardamom, eucalyptus, fennel, marjoram, orange (sweet), peppermint
Massage or rub2 drops eucalyptus, 3 peppermint in 1 tsp carrier oil
Heart Tonicgarlic, rosemary
Hiccupschamomile, fennel, lavender, lemon
Sniffer1 drop chamomile, breathe deeply; hold bag with oiled tissue inside over nose
High Blood Pressurebasil, clary sage, lavender, lemon, marjoram, neroli, rose, ylang-ylang
High Blood Sugarbasil
Hot Flushessage
Hyperactivitylavender, rose-scented geranium
Hysteria, Shock, Traumalavender, neroli, thyme, vetiver
Indigestion cardamom, fennel, ginger, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, spearmint
Drink1 tsp honey, 1 drop peppermint in a half cup of hot water OR
half tsp dry powdered ginger and honey, in half a cup of hot water; drop ginger oil in honey water
Massage as a tonic15 drops rosemary; 15 cardamom, 2 tbsp carrier oil;
also lavender, fennel or peppermint
Nervous indigestion15 drops spearmint, 15 lavender, 2 tbsp carrier oil; also ginger, peppermint
Hot compressLavender and chamomile with peppermint, or rosemary
Throat & chest rubs10 ml carrier oil, with 5 drops lavender, 3 chamomile, 2 peppermint
3 drops chamomile, 5 drops marjoram, 2 peppermint in 10ml carrier oil
InfluenzaTreat all surroundings with bacteria killers and viral infection killers.
Use DefensorTM concentrate in a diffuser to keep air fresh and sanitised
Bath – warm5 drops tea-tree, 2 lavender, 2 thyme
OR 3 drops of DefensorTM concentrate in warm bath water
Massage2 drops tea-tree, eucalyptus in 2 tbsp carrier oil
OR use DefensorTM Body Care
Drink plenty of1 tsp honey, 1 drop clove, 2 lavender, 1 cup warm water
Burn – Diffusersas above essential oils; OR I use DefensorTM concentrate
OR blend for yourself chamomile, lavender, thyme, rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, clove
At onset of symptomsRub DefensorTM Application oil on throat, behind ears, sinuses (avoid eye area), and cup hands over mouth and nose and breathe once through nose, and then out and then cup again and breathe once through mouth. Do this 3 times a day till symptoms are gone.
Bath: 1 tsp carrier oil, 5 drops tea-tree, 2 lavender, 2 thyme
Massage: 2 drops tea-tree, 3 eucalyptus, 2 tbsp carrier oil, massage over entire body; to go bed.
OR massage entire body with DefensorTM Body Care and go to bed.
Hot compresslavender and chamomile with rosemary and eucalyptus
Insect Bitesbasil, bergamot, cajeput, chamomile, clove, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, niaouli, thyme, tea-tree, ylang-ylang
Insect Repellantbasil, bergamot, camphor, cedarwood, citronella, cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, lemongrass, patchouli, peppermint, rosemary
Try our popular Frequency Intention Room Refresher to keep mosquitos away with pleasant uplifting aromas for a change.
Insect StingsRemove sting, apply lavender neat
Insomniabasil, bergamot, benzoin, chamomile, lavender, marjoram, mandarin, neroli, primula, rose, sandalwood, tangerine, vetiver, ylang-ylang
Internal BleedingYarrow
Bath or infusionBUT SEE DOCTOR
Itchy SkinLavender – neat or diluted as a wash
Kidney ProblemsSEE DOCTOR
Baths / massagesChamomile, cardamom, cedarwood
InfusionsFennel, celery
Labourclary sage, jasmine, lavender
Relaxantsmarjoram, neroli, rose, sage
Labour Painsjasmine, lavender, nutmeg, rose, sage; use almond oil as your carrier oil
Massagejasmine and almond oil and nutmeg; relax
BathIn rose and lavender NB: Deep breathing
LaryngitisBenzoin, chamomile, geranium, ginger, lavender, niaouli, sandalwood, thyme; the treatment is throat rubs
Steam inhalation2 drops chamomile, 3 lavender, 1 thyme
MassageNeck and shoulders with any two or three of above essential oils or 5 drops chamomile,1 thyme, 2 lemon in 2 tbsp carrier oil
Drink2 drops lemon, 1 lavender, 2 tsp honey, added to a wine glass of warmed rosewater
Leg Crampshyssop, lavender, marjoram, rosemary
Massage10 drops rosemary, 5 hyssop, 5 lavender, 10 marjoram in 2 tbsp carrier oil
Bathuse 5 – 6 drops of the oil
Liver Tonicbasil, chamomile, cinnamon, fennel, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, rosemary, sandalwood
Lumbagochamomile, clove, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary
Hot compressApply to lower back; can repeat three times a day; 3 drops peppermint, 5 rosemary, 2 chamomile, 2 tsp carrier oil
Then when relievedMassage lower back into crevice of buttocks, avoiding anus and private parts; 3 drops peppermint, 5 rosemary, 2 chamomile, 2 tsp carrier oil
Rest in bedDrink plenty of fluids, eat fresh fruit and veggies that can detox you
Lung ProblemsAlways see a medical doctor
Lung Pneumoniabergamot, jasmine, lavender, rose
Massage30 drops rose or jasmine, in massage oil / cream or bergamot and neroli
BathOil or salt, geranium, rose, lavender
Drink teafennel
SniffersThe magic, 10 drops basil, 10 grapefruit, 10 lavender, 5 rosemary; add the carrier oil only to the mix you intent putting near your nose – add 10 ml carrier oil; if you intent keeping it longer than a month, add a little rosemary in your blend; remember rosemary is rather strong and can overpower the aroma, so go easy.
Memory – Improvingbasil, black pepper, cardamom, ginger, lavender, hyssop, marjoram, peppermint, rosemary
Room sprayEqual parts basil, ginger, black pepper, cardamom; in 1 to 2 tsp vodka; leave for 2 days; add boiled water; allow to stand for 3 to 4 days before using
Room spray 2100 ml spray bottle, mix 2 to 5 ml of bergamot and/or neroli with 10ml vodka, allow to stand 2 days, then fill bottle with boiled water; patience: leaving to stand in a cool, dry, dark place 2 days minimum allows the oils to impart their aromas to the alcohol; you can save oils this way
InhalantIf you don’t have a diffuser (or burner) use an old glass pot and slowly bring to boil; turn heat down and keep simmering; take the pot off the stove and walk around the house with it; use any of the oils mentioned above.
It will be great if you can invest in a diffuser. The benefits of using a diffuser are worth it.
Menopausebergamot, fennel, geranium, lavender, neroli, rose
Massagebergamot, rose, jasmine, neroli in carrier oil/cream
Bathsalts, oils, soaps geranium, lavender, rose
Menstruationchamomile (relaxant), clary sage, cypress, jasmine
Painfulmarjoram (cramps), rosemary (warm and stimulating)
MassageCarrier oil/cream and clary sage and chamomile; start using a day or two before menstrual cycle begins; this breaks down clots and cleanses the system
Menstruation – Excessive BleedingMassage and bath in bergamot, cypress, neroli, rose, thyme
Menstruation – Irregularmarjoram (relieves cramps), clary sage, sage, rose
Menstruation – ProblemsHot compress on tummy and lower back help to regulate flow; rose, marjoram, lavender, thyme, borage
Oils that really helprose = well being
rosemary = warm
frankincense = calming
juniper = detox
lavender = antiseptic, soothing
ginger as a drink
cypress, chamomile, fennel, jasmine, marjoram, peppermint, geranium
Mental Fatiguebasil, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, thyme
Migrainebasil, chamomile, clary sage, lavender, marjoram, peppermint
OR rub DefensorTM Application on temples, behind ears, throat and back of neck
Compress, rub or massage & then a relaxing bathWill help the symptoms; remember, only se three or four of the above; try and ensure chamomile and basil are two you choose
Morning Sicknesschamomile, fennel, lemon
Motion Sicknessbasil
Mouth & Gumchamomile, geranium, lavender, lemon, peppermint, thyme
Mouth Ulcerstea-tree, sage, myrrh
Mouthwash & gargle1 tsp of mixture to a glass of warm water – don’t swallow
Viral infection2 tsp brandy, 2 drops peppermint, 4 lemon, 2 geranium, 2 thyme
Mouth wipesa tsp aloe vera, 2 drops chamomile, 1 thyme; put on a swab and wipe affected area
Multiple SclerosisSee your doctor!
Bath in rose and lavender
Massagebergamot and basil with mandarin for aroma
Muscle Aches & Painsblack pepper, clary sage, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, juniper, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, thyme, vetiver
OR Massage with DefensorTM Body Care
Muscle Cramps & Stiffnessrosemary, thyme, basil, bergamot, black pepper, coriander, cypress, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, marjoram, nutmeg, orange, peppermint
OR Massage with DefensorTM Body Care
Muscle Toningblack pepper, grapefruit, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, rosemary
Nails / Beds5 drops tea-tree, 5 tagetas, 2 tsp carrier oil; if fungus present use neat tea-tree
Cuticle softener1 tsp jojoba oil, 5 drops carrot oil, 2 peppermint or eucalyptus
Nail Beds 
Stimulating Strength & Growth5 drops carrot, 10 lemon, 4 rosemary, with following carrier oils: 6 drops jojoba, 5 drops borage, 1 tsp evening primrose, 2 tsp avocado oil
Nasal CongestionUse DefensorTM Application oil. A few drops in palm of hands, rub to warm oils, cup hands over nose and mouth and breathe.
Nasal spray, Inhaler or diffuser/burnerBergamot or eucalyptus (also in an inhaler)
Try DefensorTM Essential oil in your diffuser.
RubTo open nasal passages rub temples with eucalyptus or peppermint in almond carrier oil OR
Rub DefensorTM Total Body Care on temples, sinuses, throat and behind ears. Breathe.
Pillow talkPut a drop or two of marjoram on your pillow or for a stronger smell use peppermint or eucalyptus; avoid contact with the skin/eyes.
You can also try DefensorTM Essential Oil this way.
Bath timelavender and / or geranium will help you relax and decongest you OR
a few drops of DefensorTM Essential Oil in your bath for total body care.
GargleDiluted benzoin can help; add a little dried ginger and honey with boiling water; allow to cool; if you feel a sore throat coming on; take cooled boiled water with honey and ginger
Hot compressOn forehead and nasal passages of bergamot, peppermint, eucalyptus
Nauseabergamot, fennel, lemon, lavender, nutmeg, peppermint
DrinkA little ginger in hot water with honey
Nerve Tonic 
Facial rinselemon
Inhalerlemon verbana
Nervous Exhaustionbasil, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint, pine, rosemary
Nervous Tensionbasil, clary sage, lavender, marojam, peppermint, thyme
Nettle Rashchamomile, lavender
UrticariaApply 2 drops lavender immediately, then
Blend & apply5 drops lavender, 5 chamomile in 2 tsp aloe vera
Epsom salt bath1 handful to 4 drops chamomile
Neuralgia (Sciatica)chamomile, clary sage, clove, eucalyptus, lavender, marjoram, peppermint, rosemary
Cold compressNumb area with an ice pack which has 2 drops peppermint, 2 drops eucalyptus in it
Massage5 drops lavender3, 5 chamomile, 2 clove and 2 tbsp carrier oil
Face washUse rosemary; do not put cloves near your face.
Normal SkinBest for all applications: neroli, orange (sweet)
Sandalwood, tea-tree, ylang-ylang
Nose BleedChamomile, cypress, lavender, lemon, palma rosa, rose, rosemary lie on back, pinch nostrils
Inhale3 drops lemon to 1 lavender
Obesityfennel (sweet), juniper, lemon, mandarin, orange (sweet)
Fat breakersUse 6 drops in a bath: 4 drops lavender, 8 grapefruit, 5 cypress, 3 juniper, 4 basil in 2 tbsp carrier oil
Tonic massage4 drops lemon grass, 5 oregano, 3 fennel 8 petitgrain in 1 tsp carrier oil: *5 drops grapefruit, 3 drops basil*
Massage8 drops juniper, 10 fennel, 12 grapefruit, 2 tbsp carrier oil
OR 15 drops cypress, 15 lemon, 5 juniper, 2 tbsp carrier oil
Oedemafennel, geranium, grapefruit, juniper, rosemary
Oedema & Water Retentioncarrot seed, cypress fennel, geranium, mandarin, orange (sweet)
Body rub3 drops ginger, 2 cypress, 2 lavender, 2 tbsp carrier oil
Methodwork from ankles upwards toward the heart once a day for 10 days, but NOT on the abdomen.
Oily Skinbasil, bergamot, juniper, neroli, sandalwood, tea-tree, ylang-ylang
Osteoporosiscomfrey, sage, (compress/rub)
Over Eatingmelissa, peppermint
Pain Reliefchamomile, cloves
Pale Complexionginger, geranium, neroli, orange (sweet), rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang
Palpitationschamomile, lavender, neroli, rose, ylang-ylang
Inhale on tissue2 drops lavender, 1 chamomile, 2 geranium
Massage – upper torsoEvery night: 10 drops lavender, 10 chamomile, 3 rosemary, 7 lemon; 2 tbsp carrier oil
Bath2 drops chamomile, 2 drops lemon; 1 tsp carrier oil
Panic Attackschamomile, geranium, lavender, lemon, melissa, neroli, rose, rosemary, rose scented geranium
Parkinson’sbasil, bergamot, lavender, lemon, marjoram, orange, rosemary
Bath5 drops orange, 5 bergamot, 10 lavender; use 5 drops
Massageto the above oils, add 1 tbsp carrier oil
Muscle stiffnessMassage the muscles with long strokes, always going in the direction of the muscle toward the heart; 2 tbsp carrier oil, 10 drops marjoram, 5 basil, 10 rosemary, 5 lemon
Piles (Hemorrhoids)Apply 3 times a day: 2 drops patchouli, 10 myrrh, 5 cypress; put two or three drops on a wet facecloth and wipe anal area; use makeup remover swabs; eat live yogurt
Pleurisyginger, marjoram
Body rub or bath5 drops of the following mix: 10 drops lemon eucalyptus, 10 niaouli, 5 thyme, 5 tea-tree, 2 tbsp carrier oil
Poor Concentrationpeppermint, sage
Poor Memorycloves, peppermint, sage, rosemary
Post Nasal Dripcloves infusion; also sage
P.M.T.bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, geranium, lavender, marjoram, neroli, carrier oil – evening primrose oil
Massagebergamot and chamomile
Bathrose and bergamot
Diffuserlavender and bergamot
Prostate ProblemsSee a doctor and treat the symptoms to being relief
Psoriasisbergamot, carrot seed, chamomile, juniper berry, lavender
Rasheschamomile, lavender, neroli, sandalwood, tea-tree
Relaxationchamomile, jasmine, lavender, rose-geranium
Rheumatismblack pepper, chamomile, cajeput, ginger, juniper, lavender, marjoram, niaouly, nutmeg, peppermint, rosemary, thyme
Rheumatoid Arthritisblack pepper, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, rosemary, borage
Ringwormgeranium, lavender, peppermint, myrrh, rosemary, tea-tree
Rough Skinneroli, patchouli, sandalwood, tea-tree, ylang-ylang
Scars & Stretch-Marksfrankincense, lavender, mandarin, neroli, palmorosa, patchouli, rosewood, sandalwood
Scabies bergamot, lavender, lemongrass, rosemary, thyme
Scalp – Greasybergamot, cajeput, camphor, citronella, cypress, fennel (sweet), geranium, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, myrtle, niaouli, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, rosemary, rosewood, sandalwood, tea-tree, thyme, vetiver, ylang-ylang
Sedativechamomile, hyssop, jasmine, neroli, lavender
Sensitive Skinbenzoin, chamomile, neroli, rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang
Useful oils at 0.2%-1%max that repair the skin barrier of sensitive skin – Eucalyptus, peppermint, rose EO, rosemary.
Shockbasil, benzoin, chamomile geranium rose, lavender, lemon, neroli, peppermint
Massage2 tbsp carrier oil, 2 drops lavender, 3 lemon, 2 geranium
Shortness of Breathcomfrey, infusion
Sinus 1basil, eucalyptus, geranium, niaouli, peppermint, pine
Blocked rosemary, tea-tree, thyme
Massage2 drops rosemary, 2 drops geranium, 1 eucalyptus, 10 drops carrier oil; rub behind the ears, around the neck and over the cheekbones, over the forehead and down the bridge of the nose; also inhale oils from a tissue
Another massage2 tbsp carrier oil, 5 drops rosemary, 5 geranium, 2 eucalyptus, 3 peppermint
Sinus 2bergamot, basil, cajeput, clary sage, eucalyptus, frankincense, lavender, marjoram, niaouli, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood, thyme
Sinus 3eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, tea-tree, thyme
Inhalerstea-tree, thyme
Skin Allergiesbenzoin, neroli, patchouli, sandalwood, ylang-ylang
Skin – Inflamed OR Irritatedbenzoin, chamomile, clary sage, jasmine, lavender, myrrh, patchouli, rose, tea-tree
Skin – Oily Scalpbergamot, cedarwood, geranium, lavender, sandalwood, tea-tree, benzoin, neroli, peppermint
Skin Problemsbenzoin, peppermint
Slack Tissueblack pepper, geranium, grapefruit, juniper berry, lemongrass, lime, mandarin, marjoram, orange blossom, petitgrain, rosemary
Slimmingclary sage, juniper berry, ylang-ylang
Sore Throatbenzoin, cajeput, lavender, niaouli, peppermint, thyme, tea-tree, sage, lemon OR
DefensorTM Application OIl
SplintersNeat lavender, myrrh, tea-tree; remove splinters; apply neat lavender
Spotsbergamot, camphor (white), eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, lime, mandarin, niaouli, tea-tree
Sprains & Strainsbasil, black pepper, chamomile, eucalyptus, juniper, lavender, marjoram
Stieschamomile, lavender, rosewater
Hot compressBoil 2 tsp rosewater, add 1 crop chamomile, strain, cool; add a drop lavender to a cotton wool pad or ball; wipe across the cheekbone under the styp keeping the eye closed; soak cotton wool in rosewater and chamomile mix; place on the closed eye; repeat twice a day for 3 days
StiffnessComfrey – infused or the oil
Stimulantbasil, geranium, lavender, lemon, neroli, marjoram, rosemary
Stimulating boostA.M. bath salt or oil
The mix1 drop neroli, 2 lavender, 1 geranium in 1 tsp carrier oil
Second mix5 drops lemon, 5 neroli, 10 lavender, 5 geranium in 2 tbsp carrier oil
SprayTo any essential oil of choice (not the carrier oil) add 2 tbsp vodka, mix well; leave 2 days; add 250 ml water; leave for 3 days in a cool, dry place
Burner-inhalantAdd a few drops to the burner
SnifferAdd a few drops to a tissue or like and sniff
Stingslavender, thyme, tea-tree, ylang-ylang, remove the sting; dab neat lavender on the sting area
Stomach Achesfennel, cinnamon, ginger, lemon juice
MassageMassage the tummy area with two or three of the above oils; drink a cup of ginger with lemon and honey or chew a rose hop from your roses
Stressbasil, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, hyssop, jasmine, lavender, neroli, orange (sweet), rose, rose-geranium, sandalwood, thyme
Stress & Related Symptomshyssop, lemon-balm, rose
Sunburn250ml luke-warm water with 2 drops lavender oil or 2 drops tea-tree
Swollen Jointscomfrey infused with turmeric, carrot seed, cypress, fennel
Swollen Feet & Ankles10 drops fennel, 10 cypress, 10 carrot seed; 2 tbsp carrier oil; rub legs including behind the knees to the toes; put ice in a plastic bag with 3 – 4 drops oils (not the carrier oil); rub this bag over the sore parts first, then the rest of the leg; end up with the sore parts again
Synovitis (Inflamed Joints)chamomile, eucalyptus, ginger, juniper, lavender, peppermint, rose, rosemary
Massage10 drops chamomile, 5 eucalyptus, 5 rosemary, 3 lavender, 2 peppermint to 2 tbsp carrier oil
Tendonitiseucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, rosemary
Massage10 drops rosemary, 10 lavender, 10 peppermint in 2 tbsp carrier oil
Tensionbasil, cloves, jasmine, rose-geranium
Throat Infectionlavender, neroli, sandalwood, thyme, tea-tree
Inhalerlavender, thyme, tea-tree, neroli
Rub/massage10 drops lavender and 3 thyme or 3 thyme and 10 tea-tree; in 1 tbsp carrier oil
BathAbove oils without the carrier; use only 1 tsp carrier to 15 drops; use 5 drops in a bath
Thrushlemon, niaouli, patchouli, tea-tree
Anti thrushuse 5 drops in a bath
Massage5 drops of the mix in 1 tsp carrier oil for a lower abdomen massage
The mix7 drops niaouli, 10 patchouli, 7 lemon, 7 tea-tree
Ticksmarjoram (sweet)
Tight Chestbergamot, frankincense
Tired Eyeschamomile – face rinse; lay back with cucumber slices on your eyes
Tonic – Generalrosemary, sage
Tonsillitisbenzoin, eucalyptus, lavender, thyme, tea-tree
Tooth Achechamomile, clary sage, clove bud, lemon, myrrh, peppermint
Rub1 drop clove oil on a cotton ball; put on tooth rubbing gently
MassageCheek and jawbone with 1 drop clove, 3 chamomile. 1 lemon; 1 tsp carrier oil
In severe casesUse a hot compress; 1 small cup hot water, 3 drops chamomile, 2 cloves
SoakThe compress and apply to the jaw where the tooth is; at the same time do the rub
Torn Ligamentscomfrey – infuse using the leaves as a compress with a drop of oil on it
Toxinscarrot seed, coriander, cumin, fennel (sweet), grapefruit, juniper, infuse parsley or rosemary
Toxin eliminator – bath2 handfuls Epsom salt, 1 rock salt, add bath water,
then add 8 drops of the oil to the bath
BathAdd 5 drops of the above in a bath
Oil mix6 drops oregano, 6 juniper, 10 lemon, 10 grapefruit, 8 basil
MassageAdd 3 tbsp carrier oil to the mix
Massage2 drops narcissus, 4 nutmeg, 2 lemon, 2 tbsp carrier oil
Tummy AcheRehydrating therapy: This recipe is one used by doctors for rehydrating babies – it is apparently the same as Hydrosol: 1 tsp salt, 8 tsp sugar, 2 liters boiled water, 8 drops lemon juice (omit lemon juice for babies)
Urinary Problemsbasil, fennel
Varicose VeinsCypress, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, lime, orange blossom (neroli)
Daytime massage10 drops geranium, 15 cypress, 5 hyssop, 2 tbsp carrier oil
BathUse 5 drops in a bath
Night time massage30 drops parsley (or 20 parsley and 10 lavender); in 2 tbsp carrier oil
Varicose Ulcers 
The oils10 drops lavender, 5 geranium, 5 thyme, 5 eucalyptus, or peppermint; in 2 tbsp carrier oil
Washwith 3 drops of the above oils to a cup of water
MassageAll around the wound first to get the cirulation going; then gently wipe the ulcer and apply a gauze dressing to it; put 4 drops oil on the dressing; change at least twice a day
Vaginal Washcalendula: 2 – 5 drops every day
Massage, burners & bathsbergamot, lemon, peppermint
Warming the Body
& Weak Pulse
Ginger as a hot drink, with honey and a little lemon if preferred
Wartscinnamon, lemon, lime, tagetas, thyme, tea-tree
Whitlowsbenzoin, chamomile, lavender, lemon, myrrh, thyme, tea-tree
Swab3 drops of the mix
The mixApply 3 times a day until the pus has all gone: 1 tsp carrier oil plus 2 drops thyme, 3 drops lemon
ThenApply 1 tsp carrier oil, 2 drops chamomile and 2 lavender
Whooping CoughThyme
Windchamomile, lavender, peppermint
Winter Hands & Feetcalendula, marigold-infusion
Wounds 1benzoin, bergamot, chamomile, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, hyssop, juniper, lavender, lime, myrrh, patchouli, thyme
Wounds 2chamomile, cypress, geranium, lemon
Bleeding/openpalma rosa, rose
Wrinkled Skincarrot, clary sage, fennel, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, neroli, orange blossom, palma rosa, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, ylang-ylang – see Maturing Years
Womanbergamot, benzoin, lavender, marjoram
White Dischargerose, sandalwood

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All recommendations on this blog are believed to be effective. Since actual use of essential oils by others is beyond the author’s control, no expressed or implied guarantee as to the effects of their use can be given.

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The information on this blog comes from personal experience and research, supported by the information supplied, with consent, by Ena Knox, author of Everybody’s Aromatherapy Pocket Reference“.

Other sources come from intensive research on the internet and, among others, books such as “The complete book of essential oils and aromatherapy”, by Valerie Ann Wormwood and “The illustrated encyclopaedia of essential oils”, by Julia Lawless.