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Essential Oil Profiles S-Y

Sage/Saliva officinalis/Salvia lavandulifolia

Medicinal Uses-

Skin care- Acne, bedsores, excessive body odour, cuts, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, excessive or insufficient perspiration, hair loss, insect bites & stings, night sweats & sweaty hands, sores, ulcers, wounds

Oral care- Gingivitis, Gum Infections

Circulatory system- Fluid retention, hypotension, poor circulation, varicose veins

Muscles & Joints- Arthritis, muscular aches & pains, rheumatism

Respiratory system- Asthma, bronchitis, coughs, laryngitis, sore throats

Digestive system-   Diarrhoea, Jaundice, liver congestion, intestinal sepsis, slow digestion

Reproductive system- Amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, hot flushes, leukorrhea, menopause, painful periods, suppresses lactation, sterility

Immune system- Colds, convalescence, fevers, influenza

Nervous system- Anxiety, Headaches, debility, nervous, mental & physical exhaustion, stress,




Sandalwood.(Santalum Album/Santalum spicatum)

3% Sequisterpenes

68% Alcohols

Psychological Scale; balancing and soothing.

Physiological Scale; stimulating and regulating.

         The key qualities of sandalwood are; relaxing, aphrodisiac, uplifting, purifying, warming, grounding, opening, elevating, and sedative.


Medicinal uses-

Skin care- Acne, barber’s rash, body odour, cold sores, cracked & chapped skin, eczema, dry skin, inflamed mucous membranes, golden staph infections, seborrhoea, and psoriasis, dehydration in mature skin, tinea, and ringworm


Circulatory system-  High blood pressure

Respiratory system-  Bronchitis, catarrh, dry & persistent coughs, laryngitis, sore throat

Digestive system-  Diarrhoea, nausea

Urinary system-  Cystitis, urinary infections

Reproductive system-  Herpes, Impotence, tonic to the reproductive organs, thrush, vaginal pruritus

Nervous system-  Depression, insomnia, irritability caused from anxiety, insomnia caused from stress, agitation caused from stress, nervous tension, restlessness, stress



Sandalwood blends well with; rose, jasmine, clove, myrrh, lavender, patchouli, black pepper, vetiver, bergamot, geranium, rosewood, angelica root, frankincense, petitgrain, coriander, chamomile, clary sage, juniper, ylang ylang, ginger, cypress, rosemary, lemon, thyme, palma rosa, peppermint and lime.


Thyme. (Thymus vulgaris.)

* Avoid use during pregnancy.

40% Monoterpenes

50% Alcohols

Psychological Scale; uplifting and balancing

Physiological Scale; stimulating and regulating.

Thyme’s key qualities are; stimulating, anti-depressant, restorative, purifying, warming, purifying, reviving and refreshing.

Skin care-  Abscess, acne, bruises, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, insect bites and lice

Circulatory system- Anaemia, hypotension, Obesity, Oedema, Poor Circulation

Muscles & Joints-  Arthritis, Gout, Muscular aches & Pains, Osteo-arthritis, Rheumatism, Sprains

Respiratory system-  Asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, emphysema, laryngitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis

Digestive system- Diarrhoea, dyspepsia, flatulence, slow digestion, worms

Immune system- Chills, colds, Influenza, Infectious diseases, Immuno-stimulant

Reproductive system-  scanty periods

Genito-Urinary system-  Cystitis, leucorrhoea, urethritis, vaginitis

Nervous system- Fatigue, debility, headaches, insomnia, mental & physical exhaustion, stress


 Thyme blends well with; bergamot, pine, lemon, rosemary, marjoram, black pepper, ginger, peppermint, myrrh, lavender, basil and sandalwood.


Valerian.(Valeriana officinalis.)

  • Use in small doses only-large amounts can cause headache, mental agitation and delusions. Not to be used for longer than a month without a break.

30% Esters

5% Sequisterpenes

12% Monoterpenes

12% Alcohols

Psychological Scale; balancing and soothing

Physiological Scale; regulating and sedative


            Valerian’s key qualities are; sedative to mental and nervous system, grounding, depressant to the central nervous system, calming, regulating and soothing. Valerian acts on the nervous system to treat conditions such as; insomnia, migraine, tension, restlessness and nervous indigestion

Valerian blends well with; patchouli, pine, lavender, cedarwood, mandarin, petitgrain and rosemary.


Vetiver.(Vetiveria Zizanoides/Andropogon Muricatus.)

12% Ketones

6% Sequisterpenes

12% Monoterpenes

2% Alcohols.

Psychological Scale; soothing and balancing

Physiological Scale; Sedative

   Vetiver is known as the oil of tranquillity. Its key qualities are as follows; sedative to the nervous system and the mind, soothing, calming, tonic to the nervous system, grounding, uplifting and protective.  

Vetiver blends well with sandalwood, rose, jasmine, angelica root, lemongrass, patchouli, lavender, clary sage, frankincense, cedarwood-atlas, lime, ginger, rosewood, bergamot and ylang ylang


Ylang Ylang.(Canaga Odorata.)

*Use in moderation, can cause headaches, nausea and skin sensitization.

Up to 16% Esters

16% Sequisterpenes

47% Monoterpenes

20% Alcohols

Psychological Scale; balancing and soothing

Physiological Scale; stimulating and regulating.

Ylang Ylang’s main key qualities are; sedative, aphrodisiac, soothing, regulating, euphoria-inducing and narcotic when used in large quantities. Ylang Ylang works on the nervous system to treat depression, stress-related disorders, insomnia, frigidity and impotence.

Ylang Ylang blends well with sandalwood, rose, vetiver, jasmine, rosewood, bergamot, frankincense, lemon, neroli, Melissa, patchouli, petitgrain, geranium, lime, cinnamon leaf, cedarwood, lavender, pine, clary sage, bergamot and black pepper.

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