Essential oils – C


Essential oils are the volatile oils from the distillation of aromatic plants. Essential oils may contain as many as 10 plants per bottle!

We stock the following oils:

Cajeput/Melaleuca cajuputi – Cajeput leaf has a similar medicinal smell to Eucalyptus, with a slight lemony tone. It is very useful to burn during cold and flu season and also in muscle and joint balms for topical, temporary pain relief. It is a very safe oil. Country of Origin: Indonesia.

Camphor white/Cinnamomum camphora – Camphor bark has a strong, fresh smell and has anti-inflammatory actions when used topically. It smells similar to Eucalyptus and Cajeput. It contains 2% Myrcene which gives it a relaxing quality as well. Camphor is used in moth balls as it repells insects. Country of Origin: China.

Cannabis/Cannabis sativa – Cannabis flower essential oil is separated from the resin (so it contains only terpenes no THC or CBD ) however it does contain Humulene, Myrcene, Limonene and Pinene among others which gives it a relaxant and antispasmodic quality. This helps topically for pain relief. Country of Origin: Canada.

Caraway/Carum carvi – Caraway seed oil is a lovely spice and you may know it from the garden or spice rack. It has a pleasant smell with a sweet, spicy aroma and is a digestive herb. Country of Origin: Egypt.

Cardamon/Elettaria cardamomum – Cardamon seed is the pleasant, sweet, Indian spice that flavours most Indian dishes. It is a rather uplifting smell and apparantly has energising and aphrodisiac properties. It blends well with woods and florals in perfumery. Country of Origin: India.

Cinnamon sweet/Cinnamomum cassia – Sweet cinnamon is one of life’s joys. This essential oil is a classic warm, winter spice, which reminds one of those little smoker lollies. Cinnamon bark needs no introduction but we think you will find this type of cinnamon the most pleasant to burn, don’t use it on the skin though it prickles and irritates. Cinnamon contains two unique compounds Cinnamaldehyde & Cinnamyl acetate. Country of Origin: China.

Cedarwood/Cedrus atlantica – Cedarwood is a classic woody bark, used in perfumery & in mens colognes. It has antiseptic qualities and contains a unique constituent called Himachalene. Use in the diffuser or in skin products & perfumes. Country of Origin: India

Chamomile German/Matricaria recutica – German Chamomile is the volatile oil from the popular Chamomile flower tea. This interesting oil has hugley beneficial qualities for the skin and a relaxing quality when burnt. It contains the terpene Azulene which has a blue colour. It is a safe to use topically for inflammatory skin conditions, dilute as per our guidelines. Burn to enjoy the aroma and help relax children & adults alike. Can be used in the bath as a night time ritual for children. Country of Origin: Nepal.

Chilli/Cayenne/Capsicum annum – Cayenne pepper needs no introduction, this is the volatile oil from the seeds of the Chilli. This oil is extremely hot and must be used with care however it is a proven, powerful, topical pain relief and is easily diluted in a cream or oil for sore joints, nerve & muscle pain. It is very useful for fibromyalgia s& arthritis ufferers. Only use only 0.5% and if you get it on  your hands dont touch your face for a wee while afterwards. Country of Origin: India.

Cistus/Cistus labdaniferus – Cistus is a pleasant sweet, musty balsam which has a wide variety of terpenes in the oil, the dominant one being Pinene {from Pine}. It is a safe oil and can be used topically or burnt in a diffuser. Country of Origin: Spain.

Citronella/Cymbopogon nardus – Citronella is a popular insect repellant. It contains a constituent called Citronellal as well as many others including Geraniol. It originates in Asia from the wetlands and its lemony, pungency is found in its grassy leaves. It is a strong scent and can be used to make your own insect repellant blended with other oils or burnt when outside or inside to repel flying insects. Country of Origin: Sri Lanka.

Clary sage/Salvia sclarea – The leaves and flowers of the Clary sage plant have a herbaceous, floral, sharp scent, pleasant to smell. It has antispasmodic properties and can be used in a cream to relieve tight cramps or sore muscles. It is also good to blend with other herby, citrus and woody smells as it is strong in its aroma. Country of Origin: India.

Clove bud/Eugenia caryophyllata – Clove oil is the warm, sharp spice that you will recognise from the spice rack in the pantry. It is a great oil to use for burning in the winter months and its antifungal properties make it useful for cleaning products. Clove bud is an anaesthetic on mucous membranes and is used in Dentistry for toothache. Country of Origin: Indonesia.

Copaiba balsam/Copaifera langsdorfii – Copaiba balsam is a pleasant, earthy, sweet oil that has potent anti-inflammatory properties due to the high amount of Caryophyllene. This can be used topically on muscle and joint pain in a base cream. It also contains Humulene which has relaxant properties so it is useful in night time blends. Country of Origin: South America.

Coriander/Coriandrum sativum – Coriander seeds contain the sweet, spicy aroma that you will recognise from the spice cabinet. Coriander essential oil is lovely for burning as it blends well, but also in skin products as it helps stimulate blood flow. Country of Origin: Russia.

Cypress/Cupressus sempervirens – Cypress is a similar oil to Cajeput and Pine with a fresh, sweet, balsamic scent. It has an astringent effect meaning it tightens the skin so it can be useful in skin creams. Country of Origin: Crete

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Refills: We refill most essential oil bottles {except for the sticky ones} so please think of the planet’s resources and save your bottles. We dont mind which brand of oil the bottle is we will refill it with the same oil for a much cheaper price. See here for the oils we have in stock for refilling or call us to request your favourite oil.

If you would like larger amounts we can order in especially for you in 25ml, 50ml, 100ml or 200ml – please enquire by email or phone.

Zurma essential oils are the highest quality, pure and natural essential oils. Each batch has a full certificate of analysis, so you can be assured that Zurma oils are not adulterated in any way.  Zurma is our favourite brand of essential oils and is a local business within Christchurch so has a low carbon footprint.

Please see below for safety considerations and more information on how to use oils. Enjoy!

Additional information


Keep out of reach of children.
Never use essential oils near the eyes or internally (orally).
Only use on skin diluted in a carrier oil or cream.
Never use essential oils undiluted on the skin.
When diffusing or burning keep the room well ventilated.
Care must be taken with esential oils around pregnant women, babies and children and in people with liver or kidney disorders.
Rotate oils so that you do not become sensitised to any particular oil.
Some oils can cause allergy or irritation when used on the skin.
Discontinue use if you have a reaction.
Always consult with a qualified aromatherapsit or a reputable book for full safety profiles such as: Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014).

How to use essential oils:

Topically: Fragrance your own cream or massage oil. Essential oils can be applied onto the skin diluted in a nut or seed carrier oil. General guidelines for the safe dilution of essential oils recommended by the Tisserand Institute per 100ml is 14 drops (0.5%), 30 drops (1%), 60 drops (2%), or 90 drops (3%). Please note some oils are irritants and should not be used on the skin.

Diffuse: Steam diffuser’s release the oil without heating it which means that the oil lasts longer in the air. Use between 6-10 drops. Small amounts of the oils that disperse into the air absorb through the lungs into the bloodstream as has recently been shown in research. Please take care if you have a blood disorder.

Burn: Essential oils can be burnt over a tea light candle or in a burner which heats the oil and evaporates the oils into the room at a faster rate. Use 2-6 drops of oil in a burner and follow the same safety guidelines as diffusion.

Bath or Shower: Essential oils can be inhaled in the shower to help clear the sinus. Essential oils can be dispersed in the bath in either a liquid soap, shampoo, bath salt or carrier oil. Only place your oils in the bath once you are in the water to avoid the genital region coming into contact with the oils. Please do not use when kids are in the bath or if you have a skin condition. Some oils are irritant and should not be used in the bath.

Perfume: Making perfumes with essential oils is rewarding and fun. As you learn to blend you will find endless combinations that inspire you. Use a base of vodka or floral waters {hydrosols} in a spray bottle, or use Jojoba or Fractionated coconut oil as a base to make your own natural perfume. Find a beginners perfumery book to guide you.

Cleaning: Essential oils are fantastic for removing grease and killing microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and virus. Using essential oils in your home-made cleaning products is a great way to make use of oils.

There are many other uses, so get a book on the use of essential oils to learn more. We also run workshops on how to safely use oils in the home so sign up to our newsletter to get monthly updates or check out our EDUCATION section for upcoming workshops.

Disclaimer: Please note essential oils are strong pharmacologic agents and should be used with care. If you have a medical condition, or are pregnant or brestfeeding, please consult with an aromatherapist before using oils in the home. The information on this website is intended for aromatherapy purposes only and is not considered to be complete. It is up to the user to source information on the correct use of essential oils. Essential oils should not be used to treat any health condition. Please read ‘Additional Information’ section before purchasing.