ESSENTIAL OIL HANDBOOK

How to store essential oils:

Essential oils should always be kept in a cold dark place. Keep them out of reach of children. Always keep them in their original glass bottles or in other glass bottles of your preference. Never bottle them in a plastic bottle, as essential oils eat through plastic and will create a mess on your shelves.

How to use essential oils (external use):

Always remember that essential oils are incredibly strong and condensed! In order for skin to absorb essential oil, it must be diluted in a carrier oil, lotion or cream. A few carrier oils are: Almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil. Other carriers can be lotions and creams you may already have at home.

Certain groups of people should be cautious or avoid essential oils:
1. Diabetes sufferers
2. Epilepsy patients
3. Pregnant women
4. Breast feeding women

Oral use of essential oils:

Many debate over this subject. Some encourage to use essential oils orally, others highly disagree. Many essential oils have irritant properties that could burn the passage down to your gut. Taking high doses of essential oils orally can be extremely dangerous.
The only essential oil that we do recommend using orally, as it is the most powerful natural antibiotic, is Oregano. For instructions on how to use oregano orally and externally, click here.

How much oil to use:

As stated above, essential oils are highly condensed and in most cases, just one drop is more than enough! For therapeutic and aromatherapy reasons, the recipe is 1 drop of essential oil in 5ml or 1 tsp carrier oil. Mix with a toothpick or a teaspoon. Always be cautious when choosing your carrier oil, as many carrier oils are cold pressed from nuts and you may be allergic to them.

One essential oil can be used to kiss injuries better:

Remember that in each case, less is more. Use one or two drops of oil, at the most three to 5ml carrier oil.

Aching muscles: Lavender, Geranium
Acne: Tea tree to reduce bacterial infection and lavender to reduce acne.
Alopecia: Lavender and Rosemary massaged into the scalp.
Aphrodisiac: Ylang ylang, sandalwood, rose
Arthritis: Lavender and Rosemary for pain relief
Athletes foot: Tea tree, use neat and also wash socks with it to kill microbes.
Bruises: Lavender and geranium
Black heads: Rose and Lavender
Bladder infections: tea tree
Blood pressure: ylang ylang balances. Also use geranium to soothe the underlying stress
Sore breasts: geranium, use warm compresses
Broken skin: Myrrh
Bronchitis: Eucalyptus, myrrh, tea tree
Burns: Lavender, use neat
Candida: Oregano, geranium, lemon. Swirl and spit out treatment.
Chicken pox: tea tree in a lotion with lavender to sooth the itching
Circulation: geranium and rosemary
Cold sores: tea tree, use neat and wash hands before and after.
Concentration: rosemary
Coughs colds and sneezes: Eucalyptus, Lavender, Rosemary
Cystitis: tea tree
Depression: lemon verbena, geranium, rose
Diarrhoea: tea tree
Dry skin: rose, geranium, frankincense
Eczema: oregano, geranium, calendula salve
Fibromyalgia: Rosemary
Gingivitis: Lemon
Haemorrhoids: geranium in a cold compress or cream
Halitosis: Peppermint
Headaches: lavender and rosemary
Hyperactivity: Lavender, geranium, frankincense
Insomnia: Lavender
Nightmares/terrors: lavender, geranium in an oil diffuser
Oral thrush: Tea tree massaged onto the cheeks
Psoriasis: oregano, lavender
Relaxation: lavender, ylang ylang, geranium, sandalwood, myrrh, lemon verbena
Rheumatism: Lavender for pain relief
Sinusitis: myrrh, lemon, frankincense, eucalyptus
Sore throats: one drop each of tea tree and lavender in a pint of water. Gargle it to help the pain and to wash away bacteria.
Tummy upsets: Spearmint

Sports injuries:

Aching joints: lavender eases the pain. Perfect in the bath after the first exercise session after a long break.
Ballerina toes: myrrh to heal where pointe shoes rub
Muscle strain: lavender, geranium
Sprained ankle: lavender for discomfort, geranium for the swelling, frankincense for the connective tissue
Tendons: Frankincense bring back elasticity, lavender eases the pain
Spots: lavender oil or tea tree oil neat on the spot.
Stretch marks: coconut oil
Thrush: tea tree
Toothache: use lavender for the pain.
Worms: thyme

Essential oils in your medicine cabinet
The most useful oils to have in your cabinet are:

Oregano
Lavender
Tea tree
Rosemary
Myrrh
Frankincense
Eucalyptus
Ylang Ylang

Essential Oils for Travelling

Having a mobile essential oil pharmacy with you whilst travelling, whether it be a short or long journey, can save you precious time from feeling ill, nauseous, help tummy aches after a bad meal, simple flu and many other unwanted health problems as well as repelling insects. 

Even having two essential oils with you can make an incredible difference to your precious travelling days.

Travel Kit:

Travel Sickness:

Ginger helps with all sorts of travel sickness, including seasickness. Two drops of ginger essential oil on a handkerchief, use to inhale. 

Driving and commuting:

While driving in hot weather, the driver and passengers can be kept cool in the car, bus, taxi or train just by placing one drop of lavender or peppermint on 1-2 cotton pads on the rear window-shelf of the vehicle. Not only are these essential oils cooling, they will help the driver to be alert while feeling de-stressed, and also disinfect the interior air of the vehicle from lurking bacteria and exhaust fumes.

Flying:

If flying makes you anxious, put two drops of lavender essential oil on a handkerchief and keep it in your pocket or bag. Whenever you feel anxiety, pull the handkerchief out and hold it on your nose for a moment, taking slow, mindful breaths. Close your eyes, lie back and relax. 

Sun:

For mild and severe sunburns, soak in a cold bath with few drops of lavender essential oil for 10-15 minutes. Lavender is cooling and treats burned skin, peeling skin, redness, tightness and blisters. Keep a bottle of lavender hydrolate in your fridge and spray all over your body as many times as you like. 

Skin conditions, insect bites, cuts, bruises, itchiness etc:

Lavender: One drop on the affected area, neat. 

Fevers:

The best treatment is plenty of rest and sleep. You can also wet a towel with cold water and a few drops of lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint essential oil and then place it on your forehead.

Tummy trouble, diarrhea:

Recipe: 1 litre bottled water, 8 teaspoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 8 drops of lemon essential oil. Drink plenty of water, including this recipe and rest as much as you can. Soak for 10-15 minutes in a bath with a few drops of geranium and ginger. 

Bedtime:

Lavender, thyme and citronella or lemongrass: Add one drop on each corner of the mattress and with a cross motion, add drops on the center of the mattress. This will prevent and kill bed mites and other tiny creatures living in the mattress. Safe for children. It’s a good idea to do it on any mattress you will sleep on whether you stay in a luxury hotel or in a hostel. 

Insect repellent:

Take our mosquito repellent spray with you! Spray on exposed skin. 

A list of 100% Organic Essential Oils that are produced by and at Cyherbia, in our distillation room:

Oregano Oil:

  • antibiotic, antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal, antioxidant, digestive
  • heals respiratory, urinary, peptic and fungal infections
  • kills bacteria that are resistant to chemical antibiotics
  • relieves muscular, rheumatic and arthritic pain
  • relieves skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, athlete’s foot

Thyme Oil:

  • boosts the immune system
  • anttiviral, antiseptic, antibiotic
  • relieves muscular, rheumatic and arthritic pain
  • strengthens the nerves, aids memory and concentration

Bay Laurel:

  • Relieves muscular, rheumatic and arthritic pain
  • Stimulates hair growth and strengthens the hair
  • Digestive, antiseptic
  • Dental infections
  • Tonic for the liver and kidneys
  • Calms the emotions and triggers inspiration

Rosemary Oil:

  • uplifting and energizing
  • decongestant in colds, asthma and bronchitis, antiseptic, digestive
  • stimulates hair growth and strengthens hair follicles
  • relieves headaches, migraines and menta fatigue
  • boosts memory and concentration
  • improves blood circulation
  • relieves muscular and arthritic pain

Lavender oil:

  • relaxing and calming, useful iin insomnia
  • antidepressant
  • relieves coughs, colds and other respiratory conditions
  • antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, bactericide, antiviral
  • relieves headache, muscle and arthritic pain
  • digestive, insect repellent
  • useful in skin conditions such as acne, burns, wounds, insect bites etc.

Cyherbia sells the following essential oils, which are not distilled at Cyherbia:

Eucalyptus:

  • Decongestant
  • Anti-bacterial and anti viral
  • Respiratory infections
  • Tonic to the liver
  • Mouth wash for oral bacteria
  • Measles

Frankincense:

  • Skin preservative
  • Very dry and mature skin
  • Tendonitis
  • Respiratory complaints – opens the airways
  • Slows down breathing (hyperventilation)
  • Calming to anxiety

Geranium:

  • Lovely rosy scent
  • Antidepressant

Lemon:

  • infection
  • wounds
  • bronchitis and influenza
  • gastric infections
  • reduces temperature
  • bactericidal
  • cooling and refreshing
  • insect bites, snake bites
  • tonic for the liver and pancreas
  • rheumatism and arthritis
  • circulation
  • varicose veins
  • high blood pressure
  • warts, corns and verrucae (use neat on the affected area, dab with a cotton bud)
  • gallstones
  • seborrhoea
  • brittle nails
  • tender feet
  • whitens teeth

Note: Phototoxic, sensitive skin after use. Avoid sunlight after use. Recommended to use at night only.

Myrrh:

  • incredible skin healer, and was used in the embalming process of mummification
  • cuts through congestion, so use for catarrh and chesty coughs
  • relaxing to sooth muscle tissues
  • uterine stimulant so useful after childbirth
  • deeply relaxing and uplifting

Orange:

  • useful for the mouth, for sore gums, ulcers etc
  • sluggish digestion
  • revives dull looking complexions
  • uplifting

Note: Phototoxic, sensitive skin after use. Avoid sunlight after use. Recommended to use at night only.

    Pine:

    • chest infections
    • pneumonia
    • expectorant
    • pulmonary antiseptic
    • stimulating to the circulation
    • rheumatic pain
    • refreshing
    • deodorant
    • muscular pain
    • cystitis
    • prostatis
    • inflammation of the gall bladder
    • infections
    • impotence
    • rickets
    • intestinal pain

    Spearmint:

    • Cleans wounds and ulcers and speeds healing
    • Antispasmodic
    • Digestive
    • Flatulence
    • Indigestion and heartburn
    • Bloating
    • Gastro-intestinal spasm
    • Irregular and missing periods
    • Promotes production of oestrogen
    • Insecticide, especially to mosquitoes

    Ylang Ylang:

    • slows heartbeat
    • palpitations
    • over rapid breathing
    • fright
    • anxiety
    • high blood pressure
    • balanced the skin
    • calming and relaxing
    • aphrodisiac

    Lemon Verbena:

    • indigestion, gas, colic, diarrrhea, constipation
    • agitation
    • joint pain
    • insomnia
    • asthma
    • colds, fever
    • hemorrhoids
    • varicose veins
    • skin conditions
    • chills
    • antibacterial

    Citronella:

    • Kills worms and parasites from the intestines
    • Muscle spasms
    • INcrases appetite
    • increase urine production
    • mosquito and insect repellant

    Note: Phototoxic, sensitive skin after use. Avoid sunlight after use. Recommended to use at night only.

    Sage:

    • antifungal
    • antimicrobial
    • antioxidant
    • antiseptic
    • anti-inflammatory
    • antispasmodic
    • antibacterial
    • cholagogue
    • choleretic
    • cicatrisant
    • depurative
    • digestive
    • disinfectant
    • emenagogue
    • expectorant
    • febrifuge
    • laxative

    On regulation and legislation:

    The health and safety organisations protect the general public by restricting what aromatherapists and herbalists can and can’t say essential oils and herbs can do because they have not yet undergone these tests and come out the other side successfully. Therefore, we can’t state that we can cure anything. Cyherbia does not state that essential oils can be used as drugs to treat a condition. In practical terms this means, if cyherbia makes you a pot of cream for your eczema, whilst you would call it your eczema cream, Cyherbia would have to label it as lavender, chamomile and geranium or whichever oils are put in it.

    Take into consideration that the following information has been used historically by patients who have seen positive outcomes. A herbalist or aromatherapist can help you choose which essential oils or herbs best suit you after a consultation appointment.

    Always ask your doctor for advice or help. This information does not suggest in any way to stop using your prescribed medicine, pharmaceutical medicine or doctor’s treatment. You are responsible for using this information in any way, for using essential oils and herbs in any way. 

    References:

    Ashley, E. (2014). The Secret Healer: The complete guide to clinical aromatherapy & essential oils for the physical body. 1st ed. [ebook] Kindle. Available at: https://read.amazon.co.uk/?asin=B00PM7PB2I [Accessed 15 Sep. 2018].

    Worwood, V. (1991). The complete book of essential oils and aromatherapy. San Rafael, Calif.: New World Library, pp.22-57.

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