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As well as our pre-blended range of aroma oils, we are also pleased to introduce a new range of essential oils from Tender Essence. The Tender Essence range includes a wide range of good quality essential oils at very reasonable prices. We’re currently carrying a few of the most popular oils from the range, but we hope to increase this depending on customer demand over the next few months. If you have a specific oil you’re looking for, please contact us and let us know, and we’ll be able to get it into stock within a couple of days.

Aromatherapy.

One of the most versatile and useful essential oils, lavender has literally dozens of uses. Most commonly used as a sleep aid, lavender oil can also be used to soothe headaches (the easiest way to do this is to mix with witch hazel and dab onto the forehead), and also as an antiseptic. It can be dabbed directly onto cuts and bruises with a cotton bud. It is also said to affect the centre of the brain which deals with pain and to help ease nausea when inhaled.

 

Lavender should be avoided in early pregnancy, but is safe for use with young children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lavender Essential Oil

10ml bottle £3.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tea Tree.
Lemongrass.
Lavender.

Essential oils are pure essences of various flowers, woods, resins and leaves, and are pure and undiluted. These can be used in the same ways as our aroma oils, and can also be used in the bath or, in some cases, for first aid use. In addition, they can  be diluted for use in massage, or added to your favourite body products to fragrance them. They can be added to boiling water for use as inhalants, or can simply be inhaled from a handkerchief. They are 100% natural plant oils with nothing added, and are suitable for vegans. They are heavily concentrated and need to be diluted before contact with skin, except where indicated specifically.

 

Tea Tree is a powerful antimicrobial agent, effective against a wide range of bacteria, viruses and fungi - and has even been shown to kill MRSA bugs. It is toxic when taken via mouth, but is a common ingredient in skincare preparations owing to its excellent healing and cleansing properties, particularly with regard to spots and pimples. A few drops in your bath water with some salt is a great treatment for both skin infections and vaginal thrush.

Tea Tree is also toxic to animals, and so should be kept away from children and pets. Tea tree is a powerful extract, and should be well diluted before use (although it can be dabbed neat onto pimples). It is safe for use in pregnancy (but not labour)  and is safe for children over 5 when well diluted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The exotic and refreshing scent of lemongrass makes a great natural insect repellent - for people and pets. It’s primary usage outside of perfumery, however, is in the healing of connective tissue injuries - from tennis elbow to sprains, strains and torn ligaments. Diluted in a carrier oil, it should be massaged in to the affected area. The same diluted oil makes a good rub for varicose veins, and to rub on the stomach for digestive disorders.

Lemongrass should not be used during pregnancy. It is safe for use with children over the age of 3, but it should be well diluted (1% maximum) for children under 10.

 

 

 

Eucalyptus.

Eucalyptus oil is a powerful decongestant, and its most popular use is as an inhalant to treat colds, winter bugs, asthma and other respiratory problems. It can also be diluted with a carrier oil and massaged in to help treat muscle aches and inflammation, as well as neuralgia. It is antimicrobial, and can be dabbed on to acne, cold sores and other sores directly with a cotton bud.

 

Eucalyptus is safe for use in pregnancy, as well as safe for use with children, although it shouldn’t be used (even diluted) on the skin of children under two - try a diffuser instead.

 

Tea Tree Essential Oil

10ml bottle £2.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lemongrass Essential Oil

10ml bottle £3.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

10ml bottle £2.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citronella.

Citronella oil is a an excellent anti-fungal agent, but it is best known as one of the best insect repellents around! Used in oil burners, vaporisers and similar, or as an ingredient in candles, it’s excellent at getting rid of mosquitoes, ticks and stable flies.

 

Citronella is safe for use with children, although avoiding direct skin contact with citronella when you’re pregnant is advised, so adding it to a water spray to spritz on your clothing may be better for pregnant people! The same type of spritz can also be used on dogs and horses (but do a patch test first, as animals can have skin sensitivities just like people can!).

 

Citronella Essential Oil

10ml bottle £2.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bergamot.

Bergamot is an oil extracted from a citrus fruit rind. It’s probably best known as the flavour in earl grey tea, but it has a wide range of uses in aromatherapy. It’s an uplifting aroma with powerful anti-depressive properties, and this is it’s most common use. Add a few drops to an oil burner, your favourite body lotion or your bath water. It’s also a good antimicrobial and analgesic oil, and is a popular ingredient in natural deodorants owing to it’s antimicrobial and sweet-smelling properties.

Bergamot is safe for children and in pregnancy, although it can make skin photosensitive, so avoid direct skin contact before going out in the sun and dilute well for use on children's skin.

Bergamot Essential Oil

10ml bottle £3.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peppermint.

Peppermint is a refreshing, reviving oil which has numerous uses, from neat topical application to teeth and gums as a pain reliever and antimicrobial agent for toothache, to use in diffusers and burners and diluted in gels to relive headaches, help concentration and awaken the senses. It’s also fantastic used as a remedy for IBS, indigestion and trapped wind - either dilute in oil and gently rub into the stomach or add a few drops to a sugar cube and eat to relieve discomfort.

Bergamot is safe for children, but should not be used in early pregnancy owing to its emmenagogue and stimulant properties.

Peppermint Essential Oil

10ml bottle £3.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary.

Rosemary Essential Oil

10ml bottle £3.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosemary is a refreshing oil which can be used to aid concentration and awaken the senses. It’s also used in skin and hair care, and is a popular additive to rinse water when washing hair as it stimulates hair follicles and promotes hair growth. As with many essential oils, it’s also antimicrobial, and so can be diluted for use on cuts, grazes and similar minor injuries. It can also be used to help relieve headaches and applied neat on a cotton bud, can help heal cold sores.

Rosemary is safe for children when well diluted, but should not be used in early pregnancy owing to its emmenagogue and stimulant properties, it can also exacerbate epilepsy and seizures in susceptible people and animals, so avoid use around those who may be affected by this.

Sweet Orange.

Sweet Orange is a light, sweet and refreshing oil which is mostly used as an uplifting, refreshing fragrance around the home, although it also has antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea properties. It’s  use in reducing nausea is especially helpful in with morning sickness. Unlike many citrus oils, it does not increase photosensitivity of skin. It blends very well with other citrus oils and spice oils like clove, cinnamon and similar.

Orange is safe for children and is also safe for use during pregnancy. It can stain clothing, so care should be taken when using.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil 10ml bottle £2.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ylang Ylang.

Ylang Ylang is an exotic, sweet floral oil with relaxing, aphrodisiac and soothing properties. It’s most common use is to combat anxiety and stress, although it’s relaxing, sensual scent makes it popular in perfumery and home fragrance, as well as in bath and massage use.


To use in massage, mix a few drops with a tablespoon of carrier oil or unscented body cream, or try adding a few drops to your bath water or a burner or diffuser.


Ylang Ylang is safe for children and is also safe for use during pregnancy.  

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil 10ml bottle £3.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patchouli.

Beloved of hippies everywhere, patchouli has a very distinctive woody, musky and warming aroma with relaxing, aphrodisiac and soothing properties. It’s most common use is in perfumery, although it’s also popular as an anti-depressive agent. It’s ideal for home fragrance, as well as in bath and massage use. It’s also a good anti-inflammatory, and can be used in massage to help relive arthritis, sports injuries and gout.


To use in massage, mix a few drops with a tablespoon of carrier oil or unscented body cream, or try adding a few drops to your bath water or a burner or diffuser. Patchouli is safe for children and is also safe for use during pregnancy.  

Patchouli Essential Oil 10ml bottle £3.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clary Sage.

Clary Sage is a herbal oil with relaxing, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressive and antispasmodic properties. It’s most common use is as a uterine tonic, diluted in carrier oil and massaged into the stomach to help relieve the symptoms of problem periods. It’s also used frequently to aid in starting labour for late babies by adding 10 or so drops to a warm bath. For these reasons, it should never be used in early pregnancy, and should be avoided right up until a couple of weeks before the due date.


Clary sage can enhance the effects of alcohol and both recreational and prescription medication , so care should be taken if taking medicine which makes you drowsy or drinking alcohol. It should only be used in pregnancy once full term is reached, and should be avoided when breast feeding.

Clary Sage Essential Oil 10ml bottle £3.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pure Essential Oils.
Lemon.
Cedarwood.

Lemon is a light, citrus oil with stimulating, calming, carminative, anti-infection, astringent, antiseptic, and antifungal properties. It’s most common use is in skincare, especially for oily and spot-prone skin, and can be used neat on spots as an alternative to tea tree oil. It can also be dissolved in a teaspoon of grain alcohol and added to water for a homemade spritz or toner to cleanse and reduce oil on skin. It’s excellent for calming nausea, and can be added to carrier oil and used for massage to reduce nausea, and is excellent added to bath water or burners and diffusers for a light, refreshing and stimulating scent.

It is safe for children and in pregnancy, but be aware that all citrus oils can increase photosensitivity, so do not use on skin before going out in the sun, especially with children.  

Lemon Essential Oil 10ml bottle £3.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cedarwood is a warm, woody oil with antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, tonic, astringent, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, insecticidal, sedative and fungicidal properties. It’s most common use is in skincare, especially for inflammation of sebaceous glands. It’s excellent for calming inflammation, and is often used in topical treatments for arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. It’s sedative properties make it a great choice for night time and bedrooms.  It also makes a great natural insect repellent, and can be diffused to keep the mozzies at bay!

It is safe for children, provided it is well diluted, but should be avoided in pregnancy.

Cedarwood Essential Oil 10ml bottle £3.25