THE TREES

Benzoin (Styrax benzoin)

N.B. Not to be used in pregnancy.

True Benzoin is non-irritant, non-toxic, possibly a little sensitising. The oil is made from the crude benzoin, collected from the trees and the essential oil consists of benzoin dissolved in solvent to keep it fluid. It is a very thick, orangey-brown oil with the scent of vanilla (Siam Benzoin). It is present in Friars Balsam, used for respiratory complaints.
Birch, White
N.B. Not to be used in pregnancy.

The oil is made from the leaf buds of the tree. It is not an oil I would recommend for general use as it has a very strong, tar like smell that lingers.
Cedarwood Atlas (Cedrus atlantica)
N.B. Never use Cedarwood Atlas when pregnant.

It is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising.

The essential oil is made from the wood.
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Don't use in pregnancy until the 6th month.

Cypress is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising.

The scent is light and woody, with a slight sharpness to it. The oil is made by steam distillation of the leaves and twigs.

Eucalyptus, Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globules var globules)
N.B. Not to be used in pregnancy, for high blood pressure or epilepsy.

Use only for a short period of time, up to 6 weeks only and in low dosage 1 drop / 1%.

TOXIC IF TAKEN INTERNALLY - as little as 3.5ml has been reported as fatal.

Not suitable for children. Please keep well out of the reach of children.

Eucalyptus is non-toxic externally, non-irritant (in dilution) and non-sensitising.

The oil is made by steam distillation of the fresh or partially dried leaves and young twigs.

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)

Frankincense is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising.

Frankincense is an oil that has been used since ancient times for skin preparations and is said to preserve a youthful complexion.

Frankincense is made from the gum of the tree and has a lovely woody, incense like perfume.

Juniper Berry (Juniperis communis)
N.B. Not to be used in pregnancy or for kidney inflammation. Prolonged use can overstimulate the kidneys and uterine muscle.

Juniper Berry is non-toxic, may be slightly irritant and is non-sensitising. Use in moderation.

Its scent is fresh and quite pungent. Juniper Berry oil is made by steam distillation of the berries.

Myrrh (Commihora myrrha)
N.B. Not to be used in pregnancy.

Non-irritant, non-sensitising, possibly toxic in high concentration.

Like Frankincense, Myrrh is an ancient healing oil. The oil is made by solvent extraction of the crude Myrrh from the Myrrh bush. The scent is woody and light.

Myrrh is non-irritant and non-sensitising, may be toxic in high concentration.

Myrrh has been use since ancient times for cosmetic purposes.

Niaiouli (Melaleuca viridiflora)
N.B. Not to be used in pregnancy until the 6th month.

Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising, though often prone to adulteration.

The essential oil is made by steam distillation of the leaves and young twigs of the tree, mainly produced in Australia and Tasmania, and is of the same family as the Tea Tree.

Pine, Scotch (Pinus sylvestris)
N.B. Avoid in allergic skin reactions. Do not use in pregnancy until the 6th month.

Non-toxic, non-irritant (except in concentration) and may cause sensitisation.

The essential oil is made by dry distillation of the needles. The scent is light and of pine needles.

Sandalwood (Santalum album)
It is a safe oil, non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising.

Sandalwood essential oil is made by water or steam distillation from the powdered and dried roots and heartwood of the tree.

Mysore sandalwood is the best to buy and comes from Mysore in India.

Sandalwood is now used in a wide range of skin cosmetics, aftershaves and salves, for shaving rash, irritated or inflamed skin.

Tea Tree (Metaleuca alternifolia)
This is an oil for those germs! Extensively researched and found to be useful against bactericidal, anti-viral and fungicidal. Tea tree is also an immuno-stimulant, helping the body to fight off infection.

Tea Tree is non-toxic, non-irritant and may cause sensitisation in some people.

The essential oil is made by steam distillation from the leaves and twigs of the Tea Tree in Australia. Its scent is fresh and you need very little of it as it has a strong scent and it lingers. Traditionally used by the Aboriginal people of Australia for centuries as a healing plant, it is thanks to them that we know the healing qualities of this tree.

Tea Tree is currently the fashionable oil to have in cosmetic form, used for oily skin conditions, acne, spots, cuts, colds, sore throats, 'flu and respiratory conditions.