The Oils and Plants Oil Finder Database, helps you quickly find which Essential Oils to use for which ailment. Type in the name of an Essential Oil or an Ailment to find the definition. You will find fuller explanations on our Ailments and Essential Oil pages.

Please note that this is only a guide to help you identify which oils are good for which ailments and vice versa. Once you have found the oil that suits your needs, please read the whole article for that oil to find out any contraindications and if it is the right oil for you.

Here are the results for the letter c

Analgesic, Antidontalgic, Antineuralgic, Antiheurmatic, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Balsamic, Cicatrisant, Decongestant, Expectorant, Febrifuge, Insecticide, Pectoral, Stimulant, Sudorific, Vermifuge Improves mood, increases resistance to infections. A good 'unwinding' oil. Can be used in a Steam inhalation to help clear the nasal passages, also helpful when treating oily skin and spots. Excellent antiseptic for the respiratory tract. Its sudorific properties help to minimise feverish colds by exerting a cooling influence. A drop in the bath promotes sweating, releasing flu toxins and is also effective in inhalations I Particularly beneficial at the start of infections such as in colds, pharyngitis, laryngitis and bronchitis. Said to ease chronic pulmonary disease generally and may be helpful for asthma. Soothes colic and inflammation of the intestines such as enteritis, dysentery, gastric spasm, nervous vomiting and intestinal parasites. Also has an antiseptic effect on the urinary system and could help with cystitis and urethritis.

See our Cajuput Oil Page for indepth information.

ROMAN CAMOMILE: It is soothing to all types of skin and is a wonderful addition to a massage oil for sore muscles. Known for its strong soothing effect on mind and body.

GERMAN CAMOMILE: Useful for headaches, neuralgia, toothache and earache. Useful with menstrual problems since helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and eases period pain. Seems to be a popular choice for calming irritable effects of pre menstrual tension and the menopause.

See our Camomile Oil Page for indepth information.

Aromatherapy treatment consists of baths and local applications of Lavender, Myrrh or Tea tree oil, or a blend of any of these three. These three oils are some of the few known to be anti-fungal, and although Tea tree is possibly the most powerful of the three, it may irritate the delicate mucous membrane, so use it in very low proportions in a blend with Myrrh or Lavender, and very well diluted.

The therapeutic properties of Caraway oil include anti-histaminic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aperitif, astringent, cardiac, carminative, digestive, disinfectant, diuretic, emmenagogue, galactagogue, expectorant, parasiticide, stimulant, stomachic, tonic and vermifuge.

A very good digestive aid, good for nausea heartburn and flatulence, and is helpful for diarrhoea, easing the griping pains that often accompany it.

See our Cardamon Oil Page for indepth information.

Carminative, Cytophylactic, Depurative, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Hepatic, Stimulant, Tonic, Vermifuge. Considered to be particularly beneficial for dry, mature skin-types and can help to restore elasticity to the skin and could therefore reduce wrinkles. The root oil is used in food coloring, (yellow), and in sun tan lotions. An excellent purifier of the body, mainly due to its detoxifying effect on the liver. Can possibly help with jaundice as well as other liver problems. Reputedly expels kidney stones and eases hepatitis. Also cleanses the bowels, controls flatulence and stems diarrhoea.

See our Carrot Oil Page for indepth information.

Cassia is similar to true cinnamon and mimics some cinnamon benefits and uses. They’re from the same botanical family, and they both have a spicy, warm aroma — but cassia oil is sweeter than cinnamon. Cassia has been used extensively in indigenous and folklore medicine systems. In the Indian system of medicine, the plant has been documented as thermogenic, purgative, expectorant and diuretic, and it’s been used in the treatment of leprosy,erysipelas, ulcer symptoms, cough, flatulence, dyspepsia, menstrual problems and tuberculosis. It’s also been used as a bronchitis natural remedy, anemia natural treatment and for natural constipation relief.

The production of excessive mucus in the nose and other respiratory passages is a response to any inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines them. This can be caused by an infection, such as COLDS or INFLUENZA, or by irritants like pollen and dust.

For the immediate relief of congestion, a steam inhalation with essential oil is very effective. Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Thyme or Tea tree will ease the congestion and also help to combat the infection which has caused it. For catarrh caused by pollen and other irritants, Lavender and Camomile are the best choice. (For method, see entry for INHALATIONS.)

Antiseptic, Astringent, Diuretic, Emollient, Expectorant, Fungicide, Insecticide, Sedative, Tonic. This oil eases aches and pains and is especially good in cosmetic preparations for oily skin. Helps to clear the breathing passages and is used in hair and skin care products. Tends to be useful for long standing complaints rather than acute ones. A combined tonic action on the glandular and nervous system helps put the body back into balance thereby regulating homeostasis. Its main effect due to expectorant properties, is on the respiratory tract and may help ease conditions such as bronchitis, coughs and catarrh. Excess phlegm is curbed through Cedarwood's drying effect.

See our Cedarwood Oil Page for indepth information.

To help with this overall situation, we need to select essential oils with a number of different properties: detoxifying, stimulating to the lymphatic system, hormone balancing and possibly mildly diuretic. As treatment needs to be continued over some weeks, or months, depending on the severity of the cellulite, how long it has existed and how much the client helps herself with a cleansing diet, etc., it is also very important to vary the combination of oils used. Begin by using a blend of Geranium and Rosemary, and vary this by incorporating Black Pepper in small amounts, Fennel and Juniper.

See our Cellulite Page for indepth information.

Treatment with essential oils can considerably reduce the duration, severity and discomfort of an attack of chickenpox. Bergamot and Eucalyptus oils, which are both anti-viral, were widely used against chickenpox, and found very helpful before Tea tree became readily available in this country. Tea tree for chickenpox is highly recommended, although it is also a good plan to alternate this with the other two.

If the chilblains are unbroken, essential oils classed as rubefacients will help to increase the local circulation temporarily, two of the most effective being Marjoram and Black Pepper.

In the long term, the circulation needs to be improved. Garlic capsules and food containing good levels of Vitamin C and Vitamin E will help, and so will massage and baths with oils of Cypress, Juniper and Rosemary. Keeping the extremities warm is the most obvious step to take, since prevention of chilblains is much easier than cure.

See also Chilblain Herbal Remedy and Chilblain Ointment

See our Cholesterol Page for indepth information.

Anaesthetic, Antidontalgic, Antiseptic, Antputrefactive, Antispasmodic, Aphrodisiac, Astringent, Cardiac, Carminative, Emmenagogue, Escharotic, Haemostatic, Insecticide, Parasiticide, Sialogogue, Stimulant, Stomachic, Vermifuge. Warms and stimulates. A strong antiseptic, it has a cleansing effect. Used as a comforting oil during the cold season. Very strong antiseptic and has a tonic effect on the respiratory tract, eases colds through its very warming action by slightly raising body temperature, indicated for infleuenza. Generally restores heat to the body . Eases breathing difficulties and restores the senses during fainting fits. as an excellent reputation for resisting viral infections and contagious diseases. Seems to have a spurring action on bodily fluids since it stimulates tears, saliva and mucous.

See our Cinnamon Oil Page for indepth information.

A natural deodoriser, and is useful as an insect and cat repellent. However it has some reputation for helping to clear the mind and therefore may be effective against headaches, migraine and neuralgia. It may well act as a general tonic to the body, balancing the heart and nervous system. Could have similar effect on the digestive and reproductive systems, so may be useful at the end of illness to restore tone, spirit and equilibrium. Its antiseptic properties may well be of use in a sick room by keeping germs at bay, again used in a diffuser. Its deodorant and stimulating qualities could refresh sweaty and tired feet, activating the whole system hereby. Reputedly helpful for rheumatic aches and pains.

See our Citronella Oil Page for indepth information.

Clary has uplifting and relaxing properties. It encourages sleep and is said to promote dreaming. Soothes, relaxes and warms. uplifts the spirit.

See our Clary Sage Oil Page for indepth information.

An antiseptic and stimulating oil useful in mouthwash and gargle. Comforting rubbed onto gums, traditionally used to relieve toothache. Could be an effective mosquito repellent and an energising muscle relaxant. Beneficial to the digestive system, renowned for relieving wind / reducing gripping action. Effective against vomiting, diarrhoea, intestinal spasm, dyspepsia, and parasites. Also eases nausea and bad breath due to gastric fermentation. Has a tonic effect on the kidneys, stomach, spleen and intestinal disorders generally. Relieves respiratory problems and has been used for tuberculosis, asthma and bronchitis. Valuable in disinfecting the atmosphere during infectious illness. An excellent bactericide and if frequently vaporised during winter will encourage resistance to germs. When mixed with Orange and Lemon, appears to be an excellent insect repellent.

See our Clove Oil Page for indepth information.

Fortunately, there are quite a number of essential oils which will not only help to diminish the discomfort of a cold, but will help to reduce the risk of secondary infections, partly because the oils themselves are bactericidal and partly because they stimulate the body's own ability to fight off infection. Chief among these are Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea tree (and the closely related Cajeput and Niaouli). Peppermint, Rosemary and Pine can also be used, and Thyme is a valuable inhalant for sore throats. Bathing with Marjoram will help to reduce shivers and aching, and also helps headaches associated with a cold. The two most useful methods of use are inhalations and baths.

>Many essential oils support healthy digestive function and promote stability and comfort of the stomach and intestines. Great care must be taken when giving essentuial oils to babies and they must never be given to babies younger than 2 weeks old. It cannot be stressed strongly enough to thoroughtly dilute the blends given. Peppermint and Caraway, Fennel, and Cardamom have been shown in scientific studies to alter muscle tension during bowel spasm. Roman Camomile has been shown to modify irritated bowel associated with diarrhea. Massaging your child’s stomach with chamomile or peppermint in a clockwise direction. These same essential oils have been used for thousands of years to relieve symptoms associated with gassiness and bloating.

ESSENTIAL OILS SHOULD NEVER BE USED ON THE EYES, no matter how they may have been diluted. They can cause irritation or even damage. Instead, use a herbal infusion such as camomile, elderflower or eyebright, or distilled rosewater or cornflower water. You can make a herbal infusion just as you would make herb teas. Allow the infusion to cool until it is lukewarm and use it to wash the eyes three or four times a day. Vitamin A and Vitamin C are particularly important for the health of the eyes, and C is, of course, valuable in all infections, so these will help both in the treatment of conjunctivitis, and in its prevention; especially for anybody who has repeated attacks.

The most effective application of aromatherapy for constipation is massage of the abdomen, always in a clockwise direction, and this is something that the patient can easily be taught to carry out daily at home. Experience has shown that the best oils to use for this massage are Marjoram and Rosemary, together or singly, and you can also sometimes add a very small amount of Black Pepper or Fennel. Several cups of Fennel tea daily would be a good additional therapy.

See our Constipation Page for a fuller explanation of this condition.

Stimulates the production of gastric juices (carminative), tones the stomach, improves digestion, helps to regulate breathing, stimulates the heart, improves circulation, helps to eliminate toxins from the blood, it can encourage the production of estrogen, thus helping to regulate the menstrual cycle and alleviating the symptoms of pms, relieves pain and muscle spasms, used for arthritis (also because of its detoxifying action), gout, muscular aches, rheumatism, stiffness in the joints, as it stimulates circulation it is helpful in cellulite. effective in relieving facial neuralgia. helps to fight fungal infections.

See our Coriander Oil Page for indepth information.

The most appropriate form of aromatherapy treatment is a steam inhalation, since this will soothe the throat and bronchi, and also loosen any excessive mucous so that expelling it by coughing becomes easier. If the cough is due to a bacterial infection, bactericidal oils can be chosen to attack the root of the problem. Thyme is one of the most powerful of these, and others that combat cough*, include Benzoin (extremely soothing to the throat), Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lavender, Marjoram and Sandalwood,Benzoin, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Immortelle, Myrtle, Pine Needle, Tea Tree, Thyme.

Cracked skin, for example the cracks which may occur in dry, hard skin on the heels, or cracking of the hands due to extreme weather, exposure to water, detergents, outdoor work and so forth, can be effectively treated with Benzoin. Other useful oils are Calendula and Lavender, Benzoin, Myrrh and Patchouli.

Cumin is a more general tonic and stimulant, acting particularly on the heart and nervous system, and it may possibly have some aphrodisiac action. It needs, however, to be used with great care, as it may cause sensitisation of the skin in some people. In most cases it would be wiser to use Coriander which has very similar properties.

See our Cumin Oil Page for indepth information.

Virtually all essential oils are antiseptic and therefore helpful in cleansing and treating cuts, but some are more notably so. Several of them also help to promote healing and kill pain, so obviously a combination of these properties makes a good oil for treating cuts and wounds. A further requirement is that the oil will not damage or irritate the exposed flesh (some of the most powerfully antiseptic oils are more suitable for washing surfaces, vaporising in sickrooms, etc., than for applying directly to broken skin).

This combination of properties reduces our choice to a small handful of oils, but as each of these is a really powerful healer, this is no disadvantage. Lavender has been used for this purpose for thousands of years (indeed, its name is derived from the Latin 'lavare' = to wash, since it was used to wash out wounds). Myrhh was similarly used by the ancient Greeks, and Tea Tree, although a relatively recent introduction to Europe, has a long history of use by the Aboriginal people of Australia.

See our Cuts Page for a fuller explanation.

Cypress is a soothing oil that eases aches and pains and coughs. It has a sweet, smoky, balsamic odour. With its smoky woody fragrance it refreshes, restores and tones. An astringent oil useful for refreshing and caring for oily and blemished skin, As an antiperspirant it is good for sweaty feet. Massage on abdomen during menstruation and where there is cellulite. Good menopausal oil. Natural deodorant.

See our Cypress Oil Page for indepth information.

The most valuable oils in treating this painful and depressing condition are Bergamot, Camomile, Eucalyptus, Garlic, Lavender and Sandalwood.

See our Cystitis Page for a fuller explanation of this condition.

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