Essential Oil Guide - M

Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) essential oil has a sweet, citrusy floral scent that is uplifting and revitalizing. It helps ease anxiety, stress, nervous tension, irritability and can promote relaxation and sleep. Mandarin helps support a healthy digestive system, acting as a digestive stimulant to relieve symptoms of indigestion. It's also been used in skin care to balance oily skin, brighten and tone the skin, diminish the appearance of scars, wrinkles, blemishes and age spots. Mandarin is deodorizing and is often used in candles to combat odours and purify the air. It is considered safe for use around children and pregnant women.


Marjoram (Origanum majorana) has a warm, woody, spicy herbaceous aroma. This essential oil has a soothing, fortifying, and warming effect. It is comforting, deeply relaxing and supportive for sleep. Marjoram is helpful in soothing sore muscles, reducing pain and stiffness. It is a digestive stimulant that can relieve symptoms of indigestion. Marjoram is immune-boosting and can help support the respiratory system. It also is supportive of reproductive health and can provide relief from headaches.


Maychang (Litsea cubeba) (also referred to as May Chang or Litsea cubeba) has a lemony, fresh fruity aroma. This essential oil is wonderful for deodorizing, purifying and cleansing a room. May Chang is an immune system booster that can also help calm respiratory conditions. It has also been known as a digestive aid that can reduce the symptoms of indigestion and nausea. May Chang is also useful for balancing oily skin, and soothing irritated and inflamed skin.


Melissa (Melissa officinalis), also known as Lemon Balm, has a sweet, lemony smell with floral undertones. It is calming and uplifting, helping to soothe anxiety, balance emotions and promote a positive outlook. Melissa essential oil has been used as a sleep aid and to relieve headaches. Its antispasmodic properties make it useful for many digestive and respiratory complaints and for relaxing muscles during massage.


Myrrh (Camphora myrrha) has a warm penetrating, earthy, woody aroma that is emotionally grounding. It is best known for its traditional use in spiritual and meditative rituals. Myrrh is a great essential oil to use for improving the appearance of mature skin, as it can help smooth and tone. Using Myrrh in candles can relieve respiratory issues, congestion and boost immune health. It can soothe digestive complaints, aid in detoxification and support reproductive health.


Myrtle (Myrtus communis) has a fresh camphorous aroma similar to Eucalyptus. This oil can help support a healthy respiratory system and is more relaxing than Eucalyptus, which can have a stimulating effect. Myrtle is one of the best essential oils to use to relieve cold and cough symptoms in children. Its sedative properties can help calm the mind, ease anxiety and promote restful sleep. Myrtle can also be used in skin care to balance oily skin and as a toner to diminish the appearance of wrinkles. Myrtle has a combined effect of strengthening the immune system when used in a candle.