Quintessential Oils

Essential Oils Index (M thru R)

All contents of this site are to be used as informational guidelines only. We are not responsible for the misuse of any of the essential oils listed. We cannot and do not prescribe. The aromatherapy and herbal products listed in our site are listed as alternative health maintenance aids. They are not recommended for use in place of treatment for disease. Please consult a competent health care practitioner when appropriate. People differ and their responses to essential oils & herbs may differ. Therefore, we urge you to be careful, to learn all that you can about the products you're using and to treat yourself and the Herbal Kingdom with respect. Safety precautions must always be considered before using essential oils. The user should be knowledgeable about essential oil properties and actions before any use. Because of their high concentration, a little bit goes a long way. Most essential oils may cause skin irritations if not diluted in a carrier oil. Some oils may be toxic if taken internally or used in excessive quantities. We do not advocate taking essential oils internally. Proceed carefully and with guidance from a trained aromatherapist if any of the following situations exist: pregnancy, breastfeeding, high blood pressure, epilepsy, open wounds, diabetes, rashes, neurological disorders, or if taking prescription medications or homeopathic remedies. Keep out of reach of children and pets! Listed below is a list of possible uses and known contra-indications for each essential oil. There may be additional contra-indications not included in the general list below. We highly recommend consulting an aromatherapy book which explains the benefits and contraindications of each oil. A Glossary of Medical Terms is available for referencing different properties. Essential oils can be found under Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Blends. Carrier oils can be found under Carrier Oils. Please check specific data before purchasing oils as they are non-refundable. Please read our Ordering Information Page for complete details on our return policy. Enjoy!

MANDARIN, RED (Citrus Reticulata) - A light, clean citrus scent. Antispasmodic, analgesic, antibacterial, antifungal, sedative. Insomnia, nervousness, schizophrenia, relaxant, travel sickness, liver problems, breast cancer, digestion, anxiety, tonic, tranquilizer, dry or aging skin. Possible skin irritant. Photosensitive (avoid sun-exposure).
MANGOGINGER (Circuma Amada) - A tart, spicy mangolike ginger scent. Used to promote playful sensuality. Reduces fear from past traumas pertaining to sexuality. Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Not to be used on babies or small children.
MANUKA (aka Tea Tree, NZ) (Leptospermum Scoparium) - Anti-infectious, antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, analgesic, germicidal, anti-inflammatory, immune-stimulant, insect repellent, decongestant, expectorant. Colds, coughs, flu, bronchitis, strep throat, staph infections, liver cancer, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, epstein-barr, drug addictions, warts, athelete's foot, chlamydia, cold sores, acne, herpes, hepatitis, chicken pox, measles, staph infection, strep throat, mouth & skin ulcers, boils, burns, thrush, bladder infections, candida. Possible skin irritant. Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
MARJORAM, SPANISH (aka Wild Marjoram) (Thymus Mastichina) - Strong, herbaceous scent. Powerful decongestant, expectorant. Bronchitis, colds, flu, respiratory, sinusitis. Avoid with high blood pressure. Avoid with asthma.
MARJORAM, SWEET (Origanum Marjorana) - Strong, herbaceous scent. Anti-infectious, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anaphrodisiac, diuretic. Relaxing, sprains, bruises, colds, rheumatism, arthritis, intestinal, PMS, cramps, irritable bowel syndrome, parkinson's disease, panic attacks, menstrual problems, anxiety, bronchitis, respiratory, hangovers, spasms, vertigo, migraines, headaches, insomnia, circulation and muscle aches. Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding,. Avoid with high blood pressure. Avoid with asthma.
MELISSA (aka Lemon Balm) (Melissa Officinalis) - A minty clean citrus scent. Antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antispasmodic. Relaxant, nervousness, soothing, hangovers, uplifting, hypertension, shingles, cold sores, infections, flu, herpes, PMS, menopause, diarrhea, eczema, hay fever, sedative, migraines, epilepsy, cardiac, tonic. Possible skin irritant. Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
MIMOSA ABSOLUTE - Solid (Acacia Decurrens) - It's odor is a soft, slightly floral, slightly green, powdery scent. Very hard, must be melted to work with. Used for nervous tension, anxiety, oily skin & stress-related skin disorders. Promotes psychic dreams and opens the heart. Possible skin irritant.
MINT, BERGAMOT (Mentha Citrata) - Has a certain bergamot note without the citrus notes. It's dryout has a strong resemblance to Clary Sage. Antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory. Nervous exhaustion, impotency, irritable bowel syndrome, muscle spasms, cramps, stimulates liver & pancreas. Possible skin irritant. Neutralizes homeopathic remedies.
MUGWORT, WHITE (Artemisia Herba Alba) - A powerful, fresh camphoraceous, herbaceous, penetrating scent. Anti-infectious, anticatarrh. Believed to assist in promoting vivid dreams. Used to regulate and balance female cycles. It is also believed to promote one's psychic powers. Used sometimes for chronic bronchitis, warts and parasites. USE WITH EXTREME CAUTION! Can be highly toxic if used in large doses or for extended use. Possible skin irritant. Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Avoid with epilepsy. Not to be used on babies or small children.
MUHUHU (Brachyleana Hutchinsii) - Sometimes called East African Sandalwood although it is not a true Sandalwood. A soft, balsamic woody, somewhat sweet and faintly floral odor, reminiscent of Vetiver and Sandalwood. Antiseptic, aphrodisiac, sedative. Calming, grounding, stress, insomnia, centering, impotence. Used in meditation and yoga.
MYRRH (Commiphera Species) - A very smokey, resinous, mysterious scent. Antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, tonic. Coughs, asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, gingivitis, mouth & skin ulcers, athletes foot, chapped or dry skin, eczema, dermatitis, ringworm, wounds, wrinkles, alzheimer's disease, candida, thrush, diarrhea, lupus, parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, cervical & uterine cancer, dyspepsia, flatulence and hemorrhoids. Spiritual, balancing, centering oil used in yoga & meditation. A good fixative. Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
MYRTLE, RED (Myrtus Communis) - Strong, herbaceous, camphoraceous, spicy but sweet and fresh bodynotes. Antispasmodic, antiseptic, astringent. Respiratory, coughs, colds, flu, oily skin, infectious disease, insomnia, alcohol, drugs & tobacco withdrawels, hemorrhoids, bladder infections, multiple sclerosis, menstrual pain, hormonal imbalances of the thyroid & ovaries. Centering oil used in yoga, meditation and spirituality.
NARCISSUS ABSOLUTE (Narcissus Poeticus) - Strong, sweet, exotic floral / foliage green scent. Hypnotizing, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, narcotic, sedative. Nervousness, stress, insomnia, drug addictions, impotence, frigidity.
NEROLI (aka Orange Blossom) (Citrus Aurantium) - Antidepressant, aphrodisiac, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic, digestive, sedative. Stress, anxiety, tension, alzheimer's disease, hypertension, bronchitis, diarrhea, detoxifying, blood purifier, deodorant, dry or aging skin, scars, stretch marks, varicose veins, heart palpitations, breast cancer, PMS, menopause, insomnia, soothing, uplifting, relaxant. Possible skin irritant. Photosensitive (avoid sun-exposure).
NEROLINA aka MQV (Melaleuca Quinquenervia, chemotype LN) - Sometimes called "True Niaouli - Nerolidol Type". Extracted from the leaves and twigs of a selected chemotype LN of the Broad-Leaved Paperbark, Melaleuca Quinquenervia. Equal parts of linalool and nerolidol give this oil a very distinctive, sharp note. Antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic. Used for staph infections, hepatitis, herpes, shingles, candida, allergies, bronchitis, laryngitis, pulmonary & lymphatic system. It has a hormone-like action on the HPA system. Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Not to be used on babies or small children.
NIAOULI (Melaleuca Viridiflora) - Powerful, camphoraceous scent. Good substitute for Tea Tree. Antiseptic, antibacterial, analgesic, decongestant, anti-viral. Wounds, infections, herpes, hepatitis, chlamydia, hay fever, sore throats, burns, respiration, staph infection, strep throat, cold sores, acne, burns, boils, cystitis, shingles, bladder infections, cervical & uterine cancer, psoriasis and skin irritations.
NUTMEG (Myristica Fragrans) - Warm, spicy scent. Analgesic & antibacterial. Nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, joints, rheumatism, arthritis, circulation, endometriosis, nervousness, insomnia, frigidity, impotence, neuralgia, flatulence, drug addictions, hypertension, indigestion. Possible skin irritant. Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Not to be used on babies or small children. Narcotic (trance inducing). Can be toxic if used in large quantities.
OAKMOSS ABSOLUTE (Evernia Prunastri) - Very smoky, earthy, leathery scent. Sedative, aphrodisiac, expectorant. Stress, frigidity, respiratory & sinus infections. An excellent fixative in perfumes, potpopourri and cosmetics.
OPOPANAX (Commiphora Erythrea) - Known as "Bisabol Myrrh". A very smokey, earthy, balsamic, exotic scent. Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, antispasmodic, expectorant, fixative. Coughs, asthma, bronchitis, mouth & skin ulcers, athletes foot, eczema, diarrhea, dyspepsia and hemorrhoids. Spiritual, balancing, centering oil used in yoga & meditation. Photosensitive (avoid sun-exposure). Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Not to be used on babies or small children.
ORANGE (Citrus Varieties) - A sweet, clean citrus scent. Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, tonic, digestive, diuretic, sedative, restorative. Anxiety, stress, drug addictions, parkinson's disease, constipation, obesity, cramps, calming, nervous conditions, bronchitis, colds, flu, sore muscles, natural degreaser and hand cleaner. Photosensitive (avoid sun-exposure).
OREGANO (Origanum or Thymus Varieties) - Powerful, herbaceous scent. Anti-viral, antibacterial, antifungal, analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic. Bronchitis, rheumatism, respiration, sore muscles, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, epstein-barr, circulation, cellulite, neuritis, skin parasites. Powerful skin irritant. Use highly diluted! Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Not to be used on babies or small children. Avoid with asthma or liver disease.
ORRIS ROOT (CO2 Select) (Iris Pallida) - Sometimes called "Iris Root". A soft, powdery scent that is solid at room temerature. Anticatarrh, expectorant, mucolytic. Uplifting, respiratory, bronchitis, coughs, colds, asthma, lung infection. An excellent fixative in perfumes, pot popourri and cosmetics. Possible skin irritant or allergic reactions.
OSMANTHUS ABSOLUTE (Osmanthus Fragrans) - One of the most of the exotic and complex of all absolutes. Intensely sweet floral with rich fruity undertones (plums, raisins and apricots.) Sweet-scented Osmanthus is usually called "Jiu Li Xiang" (people can smell the fragrance many miles away). It is a famous traditional flower in China. A symbol of preciousness and honour. In Korea, the odor of Osmanthus is equated with the highest and purest spirituality. Both the blossoms and the leaves of this plant are highly aromatic and are used in the production of some of the world's rarest and most expensive perfumes. Used as a perfume with antidepressant and sedative properties. Stress reducing. Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Not to be used on babies or small children.
PALMAROSA (Cymbopogon Martini) - Peppery, spicy, lemon-rose geranium scent. Antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, analgesic. Infections, bronchitis, flu, fevers, anorexia, uplifting, diaper rash, dry or mature skin care, acne, scar tissue, insect repellent, mind tonic.
PARSLEY, HERB (Petroselinum Sativum) - Antiseptic, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antiseptic, diuretic, sedative, expectorant. Nervous conditions, urinary tract problems, syphylis, gonnorhea, obesity, arthritis, rheumatism, muscle spasms, sciatica, cramps, menopause, menstrual problems, flatulence, indigestion, regulates menstruation. Possible skin irritant. Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Not to be used on babies or small children. Avoid with kidney disease.
PATCHOULI (Pogostemon Cablin) - Very earthy, musky scent often associated with hippies with a root like note with a delicate earthiness. The odor of the oil improves significantly upon ageing. The sharp green or wet earthy, minty notes are subdued or vanish and the sweetness rises to the surface of the odor pattern. Used to scent fabric in India. Antidepressant, antiseptic, appetite suppressant, deodorant, sedative, aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, antifungal, tissue regenerating, decongestant. Anxiety, dry or mature skin care, acne, dandruff, eczema, hives, herpes, athlete's foot, wrinkles, chapped skin, skin ulcers, scabs, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, obesity, insect repellent. Photosensitive (avoid sun-exposure). Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Avoid with anorexia.
PEPPER, BLACK (Piper Nigrum) - Anti-inflammatory, anticatarrhal, analgesic, expectorant, digestive, muscle relaxant, aphrodisiac. Asthma, bronchitis, aches, flu, flatulence, cholera, sore muscles, arthritis, rheumatism. Possible skin irritant. Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Not to be used on babies or small children. Avoid with kidney disease. Neutralizes homeopathic remedies.
PEPPERMINT (Mentha Piperita) - Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic, stimulant, restorative, digestive. Respiration, refreshing, cooling, circulation, obesity, flu, fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, epstein-barr, asthma, sinusitis, bronchitis, nausea, indigestion, fevers, flatulence, nausea, sore throats, neuralgia, sciatica, shingles, headaches, migraines, jet lag, travel sickness, alcoholism, hangovers, breath freshener, diabetes, itching, eczema, hay fever, liver problems, chicken pox, measles, arthritis, insect repellent. Possible skin irritant. Avoid near eyes! Avoid during pregnancy (1st trimester). Not to be used on babies or small children. Neutralizes homeopathic remedies.
PETITGRAIN (Citrus Aurantium Varieties) - Known as "the poor man's Neroli". Distilled from the leaves of the Bitter Orange or Mandarin trees. Antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-infectious, antidepressant. Anxiety, stress, insomnia, refreshing, uplifting, oily hair & skin, acne, boils, restorative, breast cancer, aids convalescence. Photosensitive (avoid sun-exposure).
PINE (Pinus Varieties) - Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, diuretic, stimulant. Refreshing, bladder, kidney, infections, syphylis, gonnorhea, deodorant, fatigue, arthritis, rheumatism, gout, flu, bronchitis, muscle pain, disinfectant, insect repellent, respiratory, sinusitis, asthma, colds, circulation. Possible skin irritant. Avoid with high blood pressure.
RAVENSARA ANISATA (Ravensara Anisata) - Herbaceous, sweet, licorice-like scent. Carminative, heart & lung tonic, analgesic. Menopause, PMS, flatulence, indigestion, angina, asthma, bronchitis, regulates menstruation. With its estrogen-like activity, it may help promote lactation. Possible skin irritant. Avoid during pregnancy. Not to be used on babies or small children. Avoid with cancer and epilepsy.
RAVENSARA AROMATICA (Ravensara Aromatica) - Antiseptic, anti-infectious, antiviral, antibacterial, antiviral, analgesic, antispasmodic, diuretic, expectorant. Respiratory, flu, coughs, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, staph infection, strep throat, cholera, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, epstein-barr, viral hepatitis, shingles, edema, chicken pox, measles, blood poisoning, cholera, shingles, herpes, insomnia, arthritis, rheumatism, cramps and muscle fatigue.
ROSE (Rosa Varieties) - Antidepressant, aphrodisiac, antiseptic, analgesic, antispasmodic, astringent, emmenagogue, sedative. Female organ regulator, balancing, calming, anxiety, grief, circulation, menopause, PMS, menstrual disorders, stress, tension, sedative, mood swings, schizophrenia, heart tonic, alcoholism, drug addictions, sexual disability, frigidity, impotence, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, dry or aging skin, wrinkles, wounds, ulcers, sprains, bronchitis, angina, asthma, candida, thrush, cervical & uterine cancer, stomach, liver, uterus, nausea, headache, insomnia, skin care, relaxant, toning, moisturizing.
ROSEHIP (CO2 TOTAL) (Rosa Canina) - A rich, red oil with a sweet/sour berry-like scent. Rich in Vitamin C. Dry or Aging skin, scars, burns, wrinkles, stretch marks, sunburns.
ROSEMARY (Rosemarinus Officinalis) - Strong, herbaceous, camphoraceous, scent. Antidepressant, anti-catarrhal, anti-infectious, antispasmodic, antibacterial, antiseptic, decongestant, expectorant, stimulant, restorative. Sore muscles, hangovers, multiple sclerosis, parkinson's disease, sprains, cramps, bursitis, arthritis, rheumatism, neuralgia, sciatica, shingles, obesity, osteoporosis, migraine, mental-stimulant, flu, diabetes, bulimia, candida, cholera, cirrhosis, cystitis, hepatitis, lupus, cerebal palsy, muscular dystrophy, dandruff, oily skin & hair, acne, menstrual problems, tonic. Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Not to be used on babies or small children. Avoid with high blood pressure, asthma or epilepsy. Neutralizes homeopathic remedies.
ROSEMARY, VERBENONE (Rosemarinus Officinalis - Verbenone Chemotype) - Strong, herbaceous, camphoraceous, scent. Anti-catarrhal, anti-infectious, antispasmodic, antiviral, decongestant, expectorant, antibacterial. Vaginitis, viral hepatitis, cholera, leucorrhea, candida, thrush, breast cancer, cystitis, coughs, colds, bronchitis, sinusitis. Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Not to be used on babies or small children. Avoid with high blood pressure, epilepsy or asthma. Neutralizes homeopathic remedies.
ROSEWOOD (aka Bois de Rose) (Aniba Rosaedora) - A fresh, sweet woody, floral spice odor. Anti-infectious, antidepressant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, antiparasitic, tonic. Coughs, respiratory, candida, thrush, acne, dry or aging skin, wrinkles, deodorant, headaches, relaxing, sore muscles. Possible skin irritant. Avoid during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

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