Essential oils – R


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:

Ravensara/Ravensara anisata – Ravensara is a popular oil which can be used for the symptomatic relief of allergic rhinitis see here. Its leaves have a fresh Fennel/Aniseed aroma coming from the main phytochemical Estragole. It is perfect for diffusing during the spring hayfever season. Country of origin: Madagascar.

Rose/Rosa damascena – Rose essential oil is one of the most vaulable oils, you will know the deep, alluring Rose damascena from grandma’s garden. Rose petals yield such a small amount of its fragrant oil that it is sold as a % in Jojoba. We stock a 5% and a 25% dilution. Rose is a classic floral scent, its constituents are different depending on where it is grown and the sub-type. It is more of a base note than a top note as when you burn rose it will linger in the room for a long time. It is a welcome addition to any skin cream, Rose is known for its anti-aging and antioxidant effect on the skin. Rose essential oil is also a favourite for any perfumery or pot pouri making. Blend with woods, citrus & other florals to make a truly unique scent of your own. Country of origin: France (of course – where else!).

Rosemary organic/Rosmarinus officinalis – Rosemary is a well known plant, establishing itself in the temerate parts of the world. It is a vaulable oil for both its smell and its properties. Rosemary is a fresh smelling oil, as it contains a high ammount of 1,8-Cineole, a-Pinene & Camphor. Rosemary oils properties include antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. Its most beneficial use topically is as a rubefaciant & anti-inflammatory for sore muscles & joints. Recently the traditional usage of Rosemary has been researched and Rosemary has been found to improve certain aspects of memory when diffused in a room. The components of the essential oil were found in the bloodstream of the participants from inhalation and the beneficial effects were seen in the treated group. On top of this Rosemary essential oil has been found to reduce stress and anxiety see here. Therefore Rosemary can be used when recall is needed such as exam time or during times of high stress. It is best diffused for this action. This Rosemary oil has high levels of Cineole. Country of origin: Morocco.

{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.