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Aromatherapy is an art & science. We invite you to read the following information for some basic, creative tips on traditional uses and methods of application for essential oils. The notes we've provided cover anything from anxiety to headaches, influenza to tired feet. 

Aromatherapy Made Easy: Ideas You Can Use!

Here's a brief view of typical uses for essential oils.  This list is followed by some suggestions for various methods of use and application. An even more complete reference guide follows the notes on use and application.

Essential oils--being the true concentrated essence of the plant material from which they are derived--are potent; thus, while some might seem a bit costly, you will find that even a  drop or two can create a remarkable effect. Synergy--the magic of one plus one becoming something even more effective than each single element--is often the real secret behind aromatherapy's art. 


Analgesic (Pain-Relieving): Cajeput, Chamomile, Ginger, Helichrysum, Lavender, Rosemary, Rose, Sweet Marjoram

Anti-Inflammatory: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood

Relaxing: Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang  

Uplifting:  Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

Decongestant:  Eucalyptus, Lavender, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary  

Aromatherapy Notes

Essential Oils according to their potential to aid the Emotions

Heart, Head, Soul & Psyche
Scents to Relieve Anger: Chamomile, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose and Ylang Ylang METHODS: massage, bath, inhalation, perfume

Scents to Relieve Anxiety: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium (Rose), Hyssop, Lavender, Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange and Rose   METHODS: massage, bath, inhalation, atomizer, perfume  

Scents to Relieve Apathy: Frankincense, Orange and Sandalwood METHODS: massage, bath, inhalation, atomizer, perfume

Scents to Encourage Confidence: Frankincense, Jasmine, Patchouli and Sandalwood METHODS: massage, bath, inhalation, atomizer, perfume

Scents to Alleviate Depression: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium (Rose), Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Neroli, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose Geranium, Sandalwood, Tangerine and Ylang Ylang METHODS: massage, bath, inhalation, atomizer, perfume

Scents to Calm Irritability: Chamomile, Geranium (Rose), Neroli and Rose METHODS: atomizer, perfume, massage, bath

Scents to Improve Memory Bay Laurel, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon and Rosemary METHODS: atomizer, perfume, inhalation

Scents to Relieve Sorrow: Clary Sage, Cypress, Fir, Marjoram, Rosemary and Sage METHODS: atomizer, perfume, inhalation, massage, bath

Scents to Stimulate (Aphrodisiac): Jasmine, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Ylang Ylang METHODS: atomizer, perfume, massage, bath

Scents to Stimulate (to Counteract Fatigue & Lethargy): Angelica, Benzoin, Black Pepper, Camphor, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary and Sage METHODS: atomizer, perfume, massage, bath

Scents to Treat Stress, Nervous Tension & Insomnia: Bergamot, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Balm (Sweet Melissa), Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli, Nutmeg, Orange, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood, Vanilla and Ylang Ylang METHODS: atomizer, perfume, massage, bath, a few drops on pillow


Essential Oils according to their potential to aid: 

Physical Ailments

Abrasions: Lavender, Sandalwood and Tea Tree METHODS: apply a few drops of essential oil directly to cleansed area

Acne: Bergamot, Chamomile, Geranium (Rose), Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Tea Tree METHODS: facial wash, compress, steam facial, facial massage

Anxiety: Bergamot, Chamomile, Geranium (Rose), Jasmine, Lavender, Marjoram, Neroli, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Vanilla METHODS: bath, massage, inhalation, diffuser, atomizer

Aches & Pains: Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Juniper, Marjoram, Rosemary METHODS: bath, massage

Asthma: Cajeput, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus METHODS: bath, chest massage, inhalation on tissue or cotton ball

Arthritis: Eucalyptus, Juniper and Rosemary METHODS: bath, massage

Athlete’s Foot: Lemongrass and Tea Tree METHODS: foot bath, compress, direct application

Bloating: Bergamot, Cypress, Fennel, Grapefruit and Lemon METHODS: abdominal massage

Boils: Chamomile, Lavender and Tea Tree  METHODS: compress, direct application

Burns (minor): Chamomile, Geranium (Rose), Lavender METHODS: cold compress, direct application of lavender oil & aloe vera gel

Cellulite: Cypress, Geranium (Rose), Grapefruit , Juniper, Lemon, Lime, Rosemary METHODS: massage, cool bath

Circulation (poor): Chamomile, Fennel, Lemon, Neroli, Peppermint, Rosemary METHODS:  massage, bath

Colds: Cajeput, Eucalyptus,Peppermint, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Tea Tree METHODS: inhalation, atomizer, diffuser, bath, chest massage

Cramps: Chamomile, Cypress, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint METHODS: bath, massage

Dermatitis: Bergamot, Chamomile, Geranium (Rose), Lavender, Patchouli  METHODS: bath, massage

Diarrhea: Lavender, Peppermint METHOD: abdominal massage

Eczema: Benzoin, Chamomile, Lavender, Patchouli, Rose and Sandalwood METHODS: compress, lotion, massage

Exhaustion: Basil, Geranium (Rose), Lavender, Neroli, Peppermint and Rosemary METHODS: atomizer, diffuser, bath, massage, inhalation

Fatigue: Basil, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit , Lemon, Orange, Peppermint and Rosemary METHODS:  (mental) diffuser, inhalation, atomizer; (physical) bath, massage

Feet (sore & tired!): Geranium (Rose), Lavender, Peppermint and  Rosemary METHODS: foot massage, foot bath

Fever: Chamomile, Lemon and Peppermint METHOD: cold compress

Headache: Chamomile, Lavender, Marjoram and Peppermint METHOD: cold compress, temple & neck massage

Immune System (to stimulate): Eucalyptus, Ginger, Lemon, Orange and Tea Tree METHODS: inhalation, bath, massage, diffuser

Indigestion/Heartburn: Fennel, Ginger, Lavender, Orange, Peppermint METHODS: compress, inhalation, abdominal massage

Infections: Geranium (Rose), Lavender and Tea Tree METHODS: cold compress, direct application

Influenza: Eucalyptus, Lemon and Tea Tree METHODS: inhalation, atomizer, diffuser, bath, massage

Menstrual Cramps: Clary Sage, Cypress, Marjoram and Peppermint METHODS:  hot compress, bath

Muscular Pain: Birch (Sweet), Black Pepper, Cajeput, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Rosemary METHODS: hot compress, massage, bath

Nausea: Orange and Peppermint  METHODS: atomizer, inhalation

Sunburn: Geranium (Rose), Lavender, Peppermint and Tea Tree METHODS: direct application (dilute geranium and peppermint at rate of 2%), cold compress, cool bath

Throat Infection: Benzoin, Bergamot, Frankincense, Sandalwood and Tea Tree METHODS: massage, inhalation, diffuser

   We trust this information is useful as you explore the intriguing potential of essential oils. Be sure to view our list of essential oils and base oils as well as our unique collection of Wellcat Aromatherapy Blends. Questions? Comments? Email us at info@wellcat.com




Special Note: the following recommendations are based on long held traditions & various published guidelines for use of essential oils. Neither Wellcat Herbs & Holidays nor anyone of its employ can or shall offer advice in place of proper diagnosis or treatment by a licensed medical professional. Do not use essential oils to treat a serious illness or injury. Do not ingest essential oils unless under specific guidance of a certified and reliable homeopath. Keep all essential oils away from children!  

Aromatherapy: Methods of Use & Application

Massage: add 10-12 drops of essential oil to an ounce of massage oil (Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel, Grapeseed, Hazelnut, etc.)

Bath: add 3-8 drops of essential oil to the water just before immersing yourself. Suggested essential oils: Bergamot, chamomile, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Palmarosa, Rose, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang

Steam Vapor Inhalation: Use 5-12 drops of essential oil in 2-4 cups of water. Boil water, cool it for a minute, then add desired oil(s). Cover your head and pan of water with large towel, close your eyes and inhale vapor deeply for a few minutes. Or, inhale vapors directly from bottle, from a few drops placed on small handkerchief or your pillow.

Spray Mist/Air Refresher: Mix 10-20 drops of essential oil in spray bottle with purified water (shake well before each use). Lavender & Pine and all of the citrus oils are particularly uplifting & refreshing. Juniper, Lavender, Peppermint & Rosemary are excellent for clearing negative energies. Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary & Tea Tree are powerful antiseptic oils for eliminating airborne bacteria during illness.

Skin Care: Essential oils easily penetrate into the underlying layers of the skin, promoting regeneration & rejuvenation of skin cells. For facial cleansers, toners, oils & lotions mix 10-15 drops total per one ounce of liquid. Do not apply essential oils undiluted directly to the skin. Normal Skin: Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Rose. Dry Skin: Carrot Seed, Chamomile, Neroli, Palmarosa, Rose, Sandalwood. Oily Skin: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon. Sensitive Skin: Chamomile, Jasmine, Neroli, Rose. Aged Skin/Wrinkles: Carrot Seed, Frankincense, Jasmine, Neroli, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Chapped Skin: Chamomile, Geranium, Rose, Sandalwood.