Essential oils – F


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:

Fennel/Foeniculum vulgare – Fennel seed is a popular herb in the kitchen, with its aromatic, sweet, aniseed flavour. Its intensly fresh smell comes from its main constituent Anethole. Fennel is a digestive herb and it lends itself to diffusing in the kitchen to ward off stale house smells, along with other fresh mints and citrus oils. Country of Origin: USA.

Fir needle siberian/Abies sibirica – Siberian Fir is a refreshing antiseptic, with its balsamic, pine flavour coming from its constituents Bornyl acetate, Camhene, Carene & alpha-Pinene. It is great for diffusing around the house as it clears the air of airborne germs and imparts a fresh, clean smell, which is also quite uplifting. It is also used in homemade cleaning products. Country of Origin: Siberia.

Fir needle silver/Abies alba – Silver Fir is a similar type of Pine but with a higher amount of Limonene which gives it a slightly lemony quaity. Use in the same way as Siberian Fir needle. Country of Origin: Austria.

Fragonia/Agonis fragrans – Fragonia is an uncommon essential oil from the leaves of the Fragonia tree. It is a lovely smelling oil and is used for burning and blending with all types of oils as it has a balanced flavour profile. It contains an amazing array of phytochemicals found in other plants such as Pinene, Limonene, Myrcene, Geraniol, Linalool, Cineole, Terpinene & Cymine! Try this oil, you wont be dissapointed. Country of Origin: Australia.

Frankincense carterii/Boswellia carterii – Frankincense is a very famous oil, from biblical times through to today as it has become one of the worlds most researched oils. It is the resin that exudes from the Boswellia tree that is created when the trunk and branches are wounded. It heals the tree. Boswellia carterii is African Frankincense, not as rare or costly as ‘sacra’, but has a similar monoterpene profile and therefore many of the same benefits as Sacred Frankincense. It contains the following terpenoids: alpha & beta-Pinene, Limonene, alpha-Thujene, Octyl acetate, beta-Caryophyllene, Sabinene & Myrcene. Traditionally Frankincense was burned on charcoals to inhale the terpenoids but diffusing the oil releases the monoterpenes from Frankincense much more easily without the smoke inhalation! Frankincense is a very beneficial oil to use topically for its anti-inflammatory actions but also through direct inhalation which benefits inflammatory conditions, especially in the brain. It is used for mental clarity, antiseptic & calming. Country of Origin: Somalia.

Frankincense serrata/Boswellia serrata – Frankincense serrata is Indian Frankincense. The constituents of Boswellia serrata are Thujene, Limonene, Pinene & Sabinene. Use for the same reason as any Boswellia/Frankincense. Country of Origin: India.

Frankincense sacra/Boswellia sacra – Also known as sacred Frankincense, this is the most valued Frankincense oil from East Africa and has some exciting research associated with it. It contains the following terpenoids: alpha & beta-Pinene, Limonene, Sabinene, 3-Carene, trans-Caryophyllene & Myrcene. Use in the same way as Frankincense serrata. This is the preferred Frankincense option when using for medicinal reasons. Country of Origin: Oman.

Frankincense blend – This made up of mostly Boswellia carterii as well as other African Frankincense and has a notably sharper and more intense smell which makes it perfect for diffusing or burning. A lovely oil. Country of Origin: Somalia & East Africa.

{Please come in store to smell testers}

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 & 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 & is a local business within Christchurch so has a low carbon footprint.

Please see below for safety considerations & 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 the ‘Additional Information’ section before purchasing.