Many essential oils have a variety of properties. An oil such as bergamot is soothing to the nervous system, yet uplifting to the mind; a regulating oil such as geranium is either relaxing or reviving according to the individual’s need. Other oils like patchouli can be stimulating in small amounts but sedating or even soporific in excess – much like a wine!
The following list is no means complete, but provides a good basis for understanding each oil’s potential:
(for low blood pressure and lack of energy) : basil, black pepper, cardomon, ginger, peppermint, pine needle, rosemary, thyme.
(for emotional or physical tension) : atlas cedarwood, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, neroli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylang.
(for colds, coughs and congestion) : eucalyptus, myrtle, peppermint, pine needle, rosemary, spanish sage, thyme.
(for any kind of virus or infection) : basil, bergamot, clary sage, clove, eucalyptus, fennel, lavender, lemon, pine needle, rosemary, spanish sage, tea tree, thyme.
(to soothe irritating coughs or bronchitis) : atlas cedarwood, benzoin, cypress, frankincense, juniper, pine needle, sandalwood.
(for cellulite, skin eruptions, arthritis, etc.) : carrot seed, cypress, fennel, grapefruit, hyssop, juniper, lemon, mandarin, orange, thyme.)
(for infected cuts, sores, stings, etc.) : benzoin, bergamot, camomile, frankincense, geranium, lavender, myrrh, palmarosa, patchouli, rose.
(for period pains, indigestion, muscular cramps, etc.) :black pepper, cardomon, camomile, clary sage, fennel, ginger, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, nutmeg, orange, pine needle, rosemary.
(for post-natal depression, listlessness, etc.) : basil, benzoin, bergamot, geranium, jasmine, lavender, neroli, petitgrain, rose, ylang ylang.
(to increase sexual desire) : black pepper, cardomon, ginger, jasmine, myrtle, neroli, nutmeg, patchouli, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, ylang ylang.
Atlas cedarwood, basil, citronella, clove, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, myrtle, patchouli, peppermint, thyme.