Info: 15 ml (unless otherwise specified; some are 10)
As we know from our own experience, various scents have various effects on us, whether pleasurable, invigorating, relaxing, or stimulating, and the practice of aromatherapy has taken this one step further, analyzing just which scents have which effects on us. Not only will paying attention to scent in this way make your life more enjoyable, but it can also improve your quality of life and health.
Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea) - 771853053474
Balsam fir essential oil delivers the refreshing scent of pine, traditionally used as a decongestant as well as for purifying air generally and in the respiratory system.
Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) - 771853053016
Rich, lavish, and spicy, this citrus scented essential oil is traditionally known for antibacterial and antiseptic properties, and is also used for its calming and sedative effects.
Black Spruce (Picea mariana) - 771853053139
The deep, pine-tar scent of the black spruce makes it popular as a cough suppressant and expectorant, and it is known traditionally for fungicidal, parasiticidal, and anti-inflammatory properities.
Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora) - 771853053030
Perhaps best known for the decongestant properties associated with its powerful scent, camphor essential oil is also traditionally recognized for analgesic and anti-rheumatoid properties.
Cedar (Juniperus ashei) - 771853053054
An essential oil with a history, cedar oil thousands of years old was found in the tombs of ancient Egyptians - and it still retained its scent! Known in ancient times for the strength of its wood, cedar in its essential oil form is traditionally used in treatment of skin and hair, as well as for its properties of lypolysis, that is, dissolution of fats.
Ceylon Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus) - 771853053078
The lemon-like scent of citronella essential oil is perhaps most familiar to us through its popular use as an insect repellant. However, it is also traditionally used for other purposes, including antifungal, anti-infective, and anti inflammatory, as well as for room deodorization.
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) - 771853053047
Cinnamon, so familiar in smell and taste to most of us, is perhaps less familiar - but unjustly so - for its properties as an essential oil. Traditionally held to have cleansing properties including antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and parasiticidal, Cinnamon essential oil is also used as a tonic, general stimulant, and aphrodisiac.
Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) -771853053498
Spicy and woody in scent, clary sage is traditionally used for the regulation of menstruation and perspiration, and also as a scalp tonic, relaxant, and aphrodisiac.
Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) - 771853053245
A popular ingredient in winter drinks such as apple cider, the strong yet pleasant and festive scent of cloves makes clove essential oil popular as a broad-spectrum antibacterial often used for antifungal, antiviral, analgesic, and anesthetic purposes. It is also used as a nerve, uterine, and sexual tonic.
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) - 771853053085
The rich, woody, pine scent of cypress, traditionally associated with eternal life, is, in its essential oil form, also associated with life and health; it is often used as a decongestant, digestive tonic, and immunostimulant, as well as for the regularization of menstruation and perspiration.
Eucalyptus Globulus - 771853053153
The fresh, rousing scent of Eucalyptus Globulus makes this essential oil a favorite expectorant and mucolytic (which breaks down buildups of mucus), but it is also valued for antimicrobial properties and, together with lavender and peppermint essential oil, as a deterrent of fleas and lice.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) - 771853053627 - 10 ml
Not just a flower in your garden, geraniums produce essential oil known for antibacterial and analgesic properties, as well as skin care and circulatory stimulation.
Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) - 771853053375
The distinct scent of grapefruit makes this a popular choice for cleansing; used as an air antiseptic and astringent, it is also used for liver and kidney health, nervous-system tonic, and digestive stimulation.
Lavandin Abrialis - 771853053269
Unabashedly sweet, lavandin abrialis essential oil is known as a stronger disinfectant than regular lavender, and is used for its relaxing, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties.
Lavandin Grosso (Lavandula hybrida grosso) - 771853053276
The scent of lavandin grosso is like the scent of the abrialis variety, but with the more metallic notes of green foliage; it is not so overwhelmingly sweet. It is often used as an antispasmodic, a muscle relaxant, and a microbicide, as well as for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Lemon (Citrus limonum) - 771853053061
As one might expect from the familiar, clean scent of lemon essential oil, they are perhaps most commonly known for their antiseptic, antibacterial properties, but are also used for various other purposes, including as a tonic for digestion and the nervous system, and as a lytholytic (for dissolving kidney and gall stones).
Lemon Scented Eucalyptus (Corymbia citriodora, Eucalyptus citriodora) - 771853053146
As one might expect from its citronella-like smell, skin-soothing lemon scented eucalyptus oil is traditionally known as a mosquito repellant, as well as for its antiviral, fungicidal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) - 771853053320
Richer and more tart than regular orange essential oil, mandarin helps purify air, calm nerves, and stimulate digestion.
Officinal Sage (Salvia officinalis - 771853053481
With notes of pine anchored in a deeper, spicy richness, sage is traditionally used for the treatment of menstrual issues (as it can mimic the effects of estrogen), as well as hot flashes and excessive perspiration. It is also used as an antibacterial and antiviral agent.
Orange (Citrus sinensis) - 771853053368
Refreshing, mild, and sweet, orange essential oil is used in multiple ways, including air purification, stimulation of digestion, and as a skin tonic.
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) - 771853053658 - 10 ml
Sweet, earthy, and slightly spiced, patchouli essential oil is traditionally used to promote diverse aspects of health, including circulatory, skin, and digestive health. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory and an insect repellant.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) - 771853053337
A classic, this well known essential oil is both soothing and refreshing, and is traditionally held to have analgesic, anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, and decongestant effects. Some use it to relieve migraines by rubbing it on their temples.
Pine (Pinus strobus) - 771853053405
Not only does pine essential oil bring you the fresh scent of a pine forest, but it is often used to help cleanse the air and lungs, as well as for expectorant and mucolytic purposes - these properties have made it a popular ingredient in traditional cough syrups.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) - 771853053450
"There's rosemary - that's for remembrance," Ophelia says in Hamlet and, indeed, remembrance is a fitting association for a herb as rich in historical associations as rosemary, ranging through Egyptian pharaohs, classical gods and gladiators, the Virgin Mary, and modern weddings and funerals. In traditional aromatherapeutic practice, this essential oil with a history is used for its antibacterial, mucolytic, and expectorant properties.
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) -771853053344
Spearmint essential oil, rich and sweet in scent, is known for calming and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as for the improvement of digestion and tissue restoration in wounded skin.
Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia) - 771853053238 With its rich and bracing pungency, Spike Lavender essential oil is traditionally used as an emergency treatment for burns, wasp stings, and other skin-related problems. Properties attributed to it include analgesic, expectorant, and antifungal.
Tangerine (Citrus reticulata) - 771853053535
Sweet and tangy with a hint of sophisticated rind-bitters, tangerine essential oil is often used as an air purifying antiseptic, as well as for its nerve-calming effects and its stimulation of the digestive system. Together with Lavender, it is also used to reduce stretch marks and scarring.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) - 771853053542
The scent of tea tree essential oil is clean yet earthy, and fittingly so for this plant renowned in Australia and now worldwide for its antiseptic properties.
True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) - 771853053252
Sweeter and more entrancing than spike lavender, true lavender is traditionally known for its use as a moth repellant in closets and as a perfume. Its essential oil is often used for both its relaxing and its antibacterial effects alike.
Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata) -771853053634 - 10 ml
The intoxicating scent of this Indonesian "flower of flowers" makes its essential oil a popular aphrodisiac, following an Indonesian tradition of sprinkling ylang ylang flowers on the beds of newlywed couples before their wedding night. Seductive and enticing, this scent is known for its relaxing sedative and antidepressant effects.
Suggested Usage:Lotus Aroma essential oils can be used in a variety of different ways, including through steam inhalation, diffusers, and baths. For further information, please consult the manufacturer's instructions. For the range of diffusers we have available at Aviva, see our Aromatherapy (Essential Oils) section.
Warnings:The following warnings list the scents to which each warning applies, but are not exhaustive; please consult manufacturer's indications prior to use of any essential oil.
Avoid during the first 3 months of pregnancy: Bergamot, Camphor, Lemon, Citronella, Black Spruce, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Geranium, Spike Lavender, Mandarin, Orange, Pine, Rosemary, Balsam Fir, Tangerine, Tea Tree.
Dermocaustic (potential skin irritant if not diluted): Bergamot, Lemon, Citronella, Clove, Black Spruce, Eucalyptus Globulus, Mandarin, Orange, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Balsam Fir, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang.
Never to be used undiluted on the skin or around mucous membranes: Clove.
A stimulant when used in small doses, but can become a sedative when used in large doses: Patchouli.
Gynecomastia effects in young boys have been observed: True Lavender.
Possible photosensitization: Do not expose skin to the sun after application. Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine.
Not recommended for pregnant women: Ylang ylang.
Not recommended for pregnant or nursing women: Cinnamon, Cedar, Clove, Cypress, Eucalyptus Globulus, Lavandin Abrialis, Lavandin Grosso, Peppermint, Spearmint, Grapefruit, Officinal Sage, Clary Sage.
Not recommended for young children: Grapefruit.
Avoid combining with anticoagulant medications: Clove.
Not recommended for children under the age of 6: Cinnamon, Clove, Black Spruce, Eucalyptus Globulus, Lavandin Abrialis, Lavandin Grosso, Peppermint, Spearmint, Officinal Sage, Clary Sage,
Beware of potential hormonal effects: not recommended for women with hypoestrogenism, fibrocystic breast disease, or with a family history of gynecological cancers: Clary Sage.
Dermocaustic: Always dilute (max 20%) in vegetable oil. Cinnamon, Balsam Fir.
Not recommended for people with an epileptic condition: Lavandin Abrialis, Lavandin Grosso.