Traditional Uses of Oils

Neph Essential Oils: Usage Guidance

Aromatherapy is the modern name for the ancient practice of the usage of Essential Oils derived from a wide range of plants which claimed therapeutic and cosmetic benefit to the body and mind. Techniques derived by the great civilisations of Asia and Europe are now being widely revived and reapplied. None of these extracts should be taken internally and usually only lavender should be applied undiluted on to the skin. The eyes are particularly sensitive to oils and contact with them should be avoided. Oils can be used in a number of ways:


Massage -in a carrier oil such as grapeseed at a dilution of 2-3% : i.e. 20 to 30 drops to 50ml. For children, frail or very elderly adults a dilution of 1%: i.e. 10 drops to 50ml is sufficient. For babies 1 drop of essential oil in any application should be the limit though some views suggest it should not be used on babies.  

Bathing -a maximum of 6 drops into a warm bath.  

Vaporisation -3 or 4 drops always diluted in water using a burner or other vaporiser  

Inhalation -one or two drops on a pillow or handkerchief, or 3 or 4 drops in a  bowl of near boiling water for steam inhalation 

Shampoo -up to 60 drops (3ml) in 100ml of mild shampoo


All Neph Pure Essential Oils are carefully selected and are of the highest quality and purity obtainable; any information about them is given in good faith and is accurate to the best of our knowledge. To maximise their useful life they are supplied in amber glass and should always be kept in a cool and shaded place. Neph Essential Oils are pure vegetable extracts with no additives. Those which are in dilution are clearly indicated and fully detailed.

Particular oils should be avoided during pregnancy and by those with specific medical conditions, for instance, people with epilepsy or high blood pressure. If you are pregnant or have any medical condition please seek advice before using essential oils or aromatherapy products. Individuals may show signs of allergic reaction or sensitivity to particular oils and should this occur you should cease their use and seek advice.

The full list of Essential Oils available from Neph is -Basil, Black Pepper, Benzoin(50%), Bergamot (non phototoxic), Cajaput, Camphor, Cardomom, Carrot Seed, Chamomile (Roman & German), Cedarwood, Cinnamon Leaf, Citronella, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Coriander, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel (sweet), Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Hyssop, Jasmine (absolute), Juniperberry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Lime (non phototoxic), Mandarin, Marjoram (sweet), Myrrh, Myrtle, Neroli (pure & blended), Niaouli, Nutmeg, Orange (sweet and bitter), Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Pine, Rosemary, Rose (absolute), Rosewood, Sandalwood, Spike Lavender, Tagete, Tarragon, Tea Tree, Thyme, Vetivert, Wintergreen, Yarrow and Ylang Ylang.

All are available in quantities of 10ml upwards. Jasmine, Rose, Neroli and Yarrow are supplied in any quantity from 1ml, and Carrot Seed, both Chamomiles, Frankincense, Hyssop, Juniperberry, Myrrh and Sandalwood are available in 5ml measures. Both Chamomiles, Frankincense, Juniperberry, Sandalwood, Yarrow, Rose (absolute) and Jasmine (absolute) are also available diluted in carrier oils.

Essential Oils: Traditional Use Information

The Egyptians were the first recorded users of plant extracts - even before the Chinese - chronicled on manuscripts dating back to 2800 BC, when they were in use as medicines, perfumes and cosmetics. The name Neph is taken from this earliest use - Neph being the God of spirit or life-force, like the Hindu Brahma and the Greek Zeus. These historical uses are for information and do not suggest or advocate the use of any oil for any specific complaint or medicinal use. 

Acne: Bergamot, Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon, Myrtle, Niaouli

Air Freshener: Bergamot, Citronella, Lemongrass, Peppermint, Vetivert

Anxiety: Bergamot, Frankincense, Jasmine, Melissa, Vetivert, Ylang Ylang

 Aphrodisiac: Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang  

Appetite Loss: Bergamot, Cinnamon Leaf, Fennel 

Arthritic Pain: Black Pepper, Cajaput, Chamomile, Marjoram, Niaouli, Rosemary

Asthma:  Clary Sage, Lavender, Myrtle, Peppermint

Athlete's Foot: Lavender, Myrrh, Tea Tree

Brain Stimulant: Basil, Hyssop, Peppermint, Rosemary

Bronchitis: CamphorEucalyptus, Ginger, Myrrh, Sandalwood

Bruises: Fennel, Hyssop, Lavender

Burns: Lavender, Eucalyptus

Catarrh: BenzoinEucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Pine, Tea Tree

Chilblains: Black Pepper, Lemon, Lime, Marjoram

Circulation: Black Pepper, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Niaouli, Rosemary

Colic: Chamomile, Ginger, Clary Sage, Fennel, Marjoram, Peppermint

Constipation: Black Pepper, Fennel, Sweet Orange, Palmarosa 

Cystitis: Bergamot, Cajaput, Chamomile, Lavender, Niaouli, Sandalwood

Dandruff: Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Rosemary

Earache: Basil, Chamomile, Lavender

Eczema: Bergamot, Chamomile, Lavender, Patchouli

Exhaustion: Clary Sage, Hyssop, Jasmine, Peppermint, Rosemary, Vetivert

Fever: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea Tree

Gout: Basil, Carrot Seed, Coriander, Juniperberry, Rosemary

Greasy Skin: Bergamot, Cypress, Geranium, Myrtle, Palmarosa, Sandalwood, Tea Tree

Hair Care: Chamomile, Grapefruit, Petitgrain, Rosemary

Halitosis: Myrrh, Tea Tree

Headache: Chamomile, Citronella, Lavender, Peppermint 

Herpes: Eucalyptus, Tea Tree

Hypertension:  Lavender, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang

Indigestion: Chamomile, Ginger, Lavender, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Thyme

Insect Bites: Basil, Lavender, Tea Tree

Insect Repellent: Basil, Camphor, Citronella, Juniperberry, Lemongrass

Mouth Sores: Myrrh, Sweet Orange

Piles: CorianderCypress, Juniperberry, Myrrh

PMT: Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender

Sciatica: Chamomile, Marjoram, Rosemary

Shock: Citronella, Melissa, Neroli

Sinusitis: Basil, Benzoin, Eucalyptus, Niaouli, Peppermint, Pine, Tea Tree

Sore Throat: BenzoinClary Sage, Hyssop, Lime, Thyme

Spots: Cajaput, Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree

Sprain: CamphorChamomile, Lavender, Marjoram

Stretch Marks: Frankincense, Lavender, Neroli, Sandalwood

Thrush:  Lemon, Myrrh, Tea Tree

Toothache: Chamomile, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove Bud, Myrrh

Verrucae/Warts: Lemon, Lime, Tea Tree

Water Retention: Fennel, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniperberry, Mandarin

Wrinkles: Carrot SeedFrankincense, Neroli, Palmarosa, Rose