Patchouli possesses a soothing, calming earthy scent. It is a good antiseptic with anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a sensible choice in the treatment of minor burns. Patchouli ahs also been credited with aphrodisiac powers, and is excellent for relieving a variety of skin disorders including acne, athlete’s foot, eczema and dry and cracked skin. It is also used for treating poisonous snakebites in Japan and Malaysia.
Peppermint is a native plant of Europe with a long history of medicinal use dating back to the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome. Oil of peppermint is obtained by subjecting the flowering parts of the plant to a process of steam distillation. The essential oil of peppermint has a claming effect on the digestive tract and is excellent for the relief of indigestion, colic-type pains, nausea, travel and morning sickness. It is also an extremely gentle inhalation for asthma. It is cooling and refreshing, and useful in the treatment of colds, respiratory symptoms and headaches.
Peppermint is widely used in remedies for colds and indigestion, as a food flavouring, especially in confectionery, and in toothpaste.
Possibly irritant to sensitive skin – use in moderation always.
Petitgrain can be used as a mild antidepressant substitute for neroli, and is effective in the alleviation of anxiety and insomnia. It is also valuable in skin car, having a balancing and toning effect on greasy skin conditions. In the digestive system, it reduces the symptoms of dyspepsia and flatulence.
Pine has a strong antiseptic quality, valued for its effectiveness in treating respiratory conditions and relieving asthma, blocked sinuses and catarrh when used as an inhalation. Its stimulating effect also makes it a good choice as a warming massage oil for muscular pains and strains. It has a multitude of other applications for cuts and sores, arthritis and rheumatism, cystitis and urinary tract infections, fatigue, stress, anxiety and neuralgia.
Those with a tendency towards sensitive skin should avoid bathing in pine oil. Pine oil should only be used under the direction of a trained aromatherapist and is unsafe for home use.