Essential oils – T


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:

Tangerine/Citrus reticulata – Tangerine oil from the fruit peel has a slightly different note than its citrus cousins. Tangerine can be used in the same way as any citrus oil, some prefer Tangarine to Orange or Lemon? Its main constituents are Limonene & Myrcene. Myrcene gives it a relaxant property so it can be used in night time blends. Country of origin: USA.

Tarragon/Artemisia dracunculus – French Tarragon is a herbaceous essential oil. It contains Estragole, trans-beta-Ocimene, cis-beta-Ocimene & Limonene. Avoid this around babies, children and pregnant women. Country of origin: France.

Tea tree/Melaleuca alternifolia – Tea tree oil is one of the most commonly used essential oils. Its antiseptic and antifungal properties are well known and its oil is easily distilled from the leaf of the Tea tree. It contains the phytoechemicals Terpinen 4-ol, g-Terpinene, a-Terpinene, Terpinolene & a-Terpineol. Tea tree oil can be used in face creams and cleansers for acne and skin infections. It is useful on insect & spider bites to help prevent infection from developing. It can be added to shampoo & conditioner for headlice treatment and prevention. There is some exciting research going on to determine novel uses for Tea tree oil see here. Tea tree oil is also a great oil to diffuse in winter to help kill airborne germs, in particular chest infections. This Tea tree oil is the Australian Tea tree but is organically certified and grown in New Zealand under the growers brand True Blue.

Thyme/Thymus vulgaris – Thyme white is the medicinal Thyme as opposed to its variations (ie Pizza Thyme). Its a herbaceous, strong smelling, pleasant herb which you will recognise form the kitchen cabinet. In herbal medicine Thyme has an affinity with the lungs due to the antibacterial voaltile oil. Therefore Thyme can be diffused during winter when coughs and colds are going around to help kill bacteria. A steam inhalation can be done with Thyme oil whereby you add 1-2 drops of Thyme essential oil to a bowl of warm/hot water and hold your head over it with a towel on top so that you can inhale the volatile oils. This helps release mucous from the lungs. Thyme contains Linalool, Tymol, Carvacol, Geraniol & g-Terpinene. Country of origin: Spain.

Tobacco/Nicotiana tabacum – Tobacco essential oil smells like freshly dried Tobacco – a fruity raisin like smell with a rich, deep aroma. Tobacco is used in perfumery for its brown base note. It blends well with spices, citrus and florals. Tobacco is a sticky oil, this is a 25% Tobacco in Jojoba oil. Country of origin: Bulgaria.

Turmeric/Curcuma longa – Turmeric essential oil has a subtle spicy smell, slightly different to dried Turmeric powder. Turmeric oil is mainly used in skin prducts for its anti-inflammatory action which makes it good for arthritis but also beauty products. Turmeric contains some unique phytochemicals such as b-Turmerone, Ar-Turmerone, Curlone, b-Sesquiphellandrene, Ar-Curcumene & a-Zingiberene. Turmeric oil does have the potential to cause skin irritation so use in small amounts & temporarily. Country of origin: India.

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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 & 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.