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.

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Galen's cold cream contained olive oil (for softening), water, beeswax (the base of the cream), and rose petals (for aromatherapy). It was called "cold cream" because after it was applied to the skin, its water content evaporated, which left a cool feeling on the skin.  Commercially manufactured cold creams have long since replaced the olive oil with mineral or other oils, which will not spoil as rapidly.

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Several essential oils are helpful to people feeling faint or in a state of shock, and the most important of these are Peppermint and Neroli. If neither of these oils is immediately available. Lavender and Rosemary are also useful.

See our Fainting Creams Oil Page for more information.

A number of essential oils can be helpful in combating fatigue, all of them classed as stimulant, but without any of the dangers associated with such stimulants as coffee, tea, alcohol or drugs. Any of these oils will help the body to recover from fatigue, rather than mask its effects. A massage using Basil, Geranium, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Thyme, Marjoram or Pine, or a blend of two or three of these, will help to restore tone to the body, clear the mind and give renewed energy. Aromatic baths using 6 drops of Geranium, Rosemary, Thyme or Marjoram can be very invigorating, but the two spice oils listed (and all other oils from spices) should be used with caution in the bath, as anything more than 3 drops in an average bath can cause skin irritation. You might like to make a blend of, say, 2 drops of Clove, Nutmeg, etc. with 4 drops of another oil.

See our Fatigue Page for more information.

Has a sweet aniseed-like aroma which makes it pleasant for skin care. For massage where there is cellulite and for the digestive system, especially the dreaded wind. An excellent body cleanser, ridding the system of poisonous toxins resulting from excess food and alcohol. It is great for hangovers acting as a tonic to the liver, kidneys and spleen. Clears poisons from insect and serpent bites too! Helpful in reducing diets as it seems effective in dispersing cellulitis through its diuretic action. May also dissolve kidney Stones. Works well on stomach ailments since it is a tonic to the digestion. It is good for hiccups, nausea, vomiting and colic. A clearing action on the Intestines helps to relieve constipation and flatulence. As an antispasmodic and expectorant, may be useful in cold conditions and bronchitis as well as whooping cough. Said to activate the glandular system by imitating the hormone oestrogen. This could make it helpful with pre menstrual tension, scanty periods, menopausal problems and low sexual response.

See our Fennel Oil Page for indepth information.

There are two ways in which essential oils can be used in a fever. One is to use those oils which promote sweating (sudorifics) to encourage the resolution of the fever, and the other is to select those oils which will actually help to reduce the temperature. This latter course is wise when the temperature is rising to a dangerous level (say, over 104°F), especially in a young child. Babies and young children may suffer convulsions if their temperature rises and remains very high.

Basil, Camomile, Cypress, Juniper, Lavender, Rosemary and Tea Tree will all induce sweating if the body needs to sweat. (It is interesting to note that none of these will make you sweat excessively when the body is in a normal state.) If the sick person feels strong enough to get into a bath, put up to 8 drops of one of these oils, or a blend, into a bath which is not too hot, and help the patient into it. Otherwise, give a little gentle massage, perhaps just to the back.

Any of the essential oils described as carminative will help to expel gas from the digestive system, and ease the pain that accompanies it. They can be massaged into the abdomen in a carrier oil, always working round the tumnmy in a clockwise direction. Aromatherapy can soothe your process of digestion. Essential oils like: Peppermint, Orange and Camomile oils can help in curing indigestion.

It is relaxing and, added to a moisturising facial oil, is wonderful for mature skin. Used for centuries, and burnt on alters and in temples. "Creates a 'spiritual' atmosphere". Comforting oil, by slowing down breathing and controlling tension it helps to focus the mind. Excellent for toning and caring for mature/ageing skin. (claimed to have rejuvenating qualities -the Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face-masks.) Has a pronounced effect on the mucous membranes, particularly helpful in clearing the lungs. Excellent effect on respiration, eases shortness of breath an useful to asthma sufferers. Good remedy for catarrhal conditions and generally regulates secretions. Has a soothing action on head colds and a palliative for coughs, bronchitis and laryngitis. Seems to have a helpful action on the genito-urinary tract and mitigate the effects of cystitis, nephritis and genital infections generally. Its astringent properties may relieve uterine haemorrhages as well as heavy Periods and generally acts as a tonic to the uterus. Said to be of value during labour with its calming action and could ease post natal depression. May also treat breast inflammation. Also soothes the stomach, easing digestion, dyspepsia and belching!

See our Frankincense Oil Page for indepth information.

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