There are many more oils available on the market with astounding healing properties. My suggestion is to start with a few (maybe tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender), then start adding on to the list, while gaining experience and falling deeper in love with the magic world of aromatherapy!
In Greek mythology, the blood of Aphrodite gave roses their red colors. Rose oil fights infections, soothes the skin and relieves muscle spasms; stimulates sexual desire; decreases depression and anxiety; aids digestion.
Rosemary was one of the first plants used in religious rituals and for its healing properties. Rosemary oil fights infections, helps decrease joint pain, promotes nerve health. It should be avoided if you suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure), or have a history of seizures.
The pharmaceutical and food industry has used peppermint for decades for its taste and aroma. Peppermint oil fights bacterial infections and stimulates circulation; tones tissues and reduces oiliness; good digestive aid. It may irritate sensitive skin. May reduce the efficacy of homeopathic remedies.
Tea Tree Oil
During World War II, Australian soldiers were given tea tree oil as a “first-aid” kit to be used in the battle. Clinical studies have shown that tea tree oil has the same efficacy as benzoyl peroxide in the treatment of acne without the side effects of its chemical counterpart. Good for many skin conditions and very effective for fungal infections. It may irritate very sensitive skin.
It is believed that Christopher Columbus brought lemon seeds to the New World. Lemon oil tones and soothes mature skin. Effective in controlling oily hair and dandruff. Long-term use can help reduce broken capillaries and softens scar tissue. It may irritate sensitive skin and increase photosensitivity.
The European settlers, in Australia, cultivated eucalyptus trees for their hardwood as well as for their ability to fight malaria. Eucalyptus oil fights bacterial, fungal and viral infections; eases respiratory congestion; promotes cell regeneration; eases muscle pain; relieves tension headaches; helps stabilize blood sugar; can irritate sensitive skin.
The Romans considered lavender a symbol of mistrust, while in the Middle Ages, Europeans prized lavender as the herb of love. Lavender oil soothes the skin and promotes cell growth. Reduces inflammation and enhances hair health; lowers blood pressure; reduces muscle pain. Calming and soothing for the mind; lifts depression.
Sandalwood was largely used by the ancient Egyptians in the embalming process. Ayurvedic medicine still uses sandalwood oil to treat urinary problems. Treats respiratory problems; soothes itching and inflammation of the skin; mild enough to be used by very sensitive skin.
In the nineteenth century, French hospitals burned juniper wood to fight the spread of smallpox. Juniper oil fights infections; stimulates menstrual flow; increases urination; relieves muscle pain; stimulates new cell growth. Not to be used by people with kidney problems. Avoid during pregnancy.
Rose Geranium Oil
Many European gardeners thought geraniums had the magic ability to dispel evil spirits. Geranium oil is great for the skin; improves blood circulation; lifts depression and eases anxiety; soothing for mind and body; lowers blood sugar levels.