Essential oils – L


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:

Lavender organic/Lavandula angustifolia – Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils. Its beautiful purple flowers contain the constituents Linalyl acetate & Linalool which gives Lavender its characteristic aroma. Lavender is a lovely sedative and relaxant and you can diffuse this whenever you need its reassuring relaxant properties. Lavender is also a great antiseptic & liniment and can be used topically for aches, pains, sprains & sore muscles as well as burns & mild skin infections. Lavender blends well with most oils & is safe to use both topically and in a diffuser. This is an organically grown oil. Country of origin: Greece.

Lavender NZ Pacific Blue/Lavandula angustifolia – Lavender grows well in hot dry climates. The east coast of New Zealand produces some lovely Lavender, hence the name Pacific Blue. This Lavender has a lovely softness to it. Country of origin: New Zealand.

Lemon organic/Citrus limonum – Lemon oil from the Lemon rind is such a lovely fresh smell it’s hard not to like it. Lemon, being a citrus oil contains a high % of Limonene as well as b-Pinene & g-Terpinene. Lemon is a very useful oil as it is not pricey and is great for cleaning as it lifts grease & dirt easily. It is also lovely in the diffuser and blends well with florals & other herbs. It can be diffused during times of stress & infection or blended with other oils to add a freshness to the blend. Citrus oils are best avoided topically as they can cause photosensitisation. Organically certified. Country of origin: Mexico.

Lemongrass/Cymbopogon flexuosus – Lemongrass oil is a familiar scent which most people know from Asian cooking or Lemongrass tea. Lemongrass has an intense citrus aroma and is good for cleansing the air, especially during winter when cooking and food smells build up in the home. Because of its intensity it is also good for a fresh burst when you have a headache or are feeling really tired. It also has antiseptic qualities. Lemongrass blends well with other oils to tone down its intense lemonyness! Citrus oils are best avoided topically as they can cause photosensitisation. Country of origin: India.

Lemon myrtle/Backhousia citriodora – Lemon myrtle has a similar scent to Lemongrass, not as strong but with a more balanced profile. Lemon myrtle comes from the leaves of the Lemon myrtle tree and is the smell of Australia. Citrus oils are best avoided topically as they can cause photosensitisation. Country of origin: Australia.

Lime/Citrus aurantifolia – Lime is a popular oil. You will know it from using Limes in the kitchen. The peel has a lovely fresh bite to it and the citrus qualities come shining through. Use Lime in the same way as Lemon, you may prefer the smell of one or the other? Citrus oils are best avoided topically as they can cause photosensitisation. Country of origin: Mexico.

{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.