Types of Essential Oils and Their Uses

Essential Oils Uses

Ever wondered about those essential oils you hear so much about…Find out with our helpful online guide about all the different types of Essential Oils, the uses of Essential Oils and their Effects all in one place at Psychics on Cam.

Browse through the essential oils online guide and learn about your essential oil of interest or find out about new ones you can use to fulfill your desires and needs whether that e for relaxation, enhanced psychic awareness or to relieve headaches.

Essential Oils Uses Reference Guide

Essential Oils A to C

Amber Oil

Pinus succinifera. Properties: calmative, analgesic, antispasmodic, expectorant, febrifuge.

Aroma: resinous, warm and smoky with an undertone of floral citrus.

Emotional: encourages harmony and balance.

Combines with: Geranium, pine, spruce, cedar wood, myrrh, galbanum, frankincense, cypress, clove, aniseed, lemon, orange, cistus, rose absolute, benzoin.

Angelica Seed Essential Oil

Angelica archangelica, A. officinalis, A. glauca (Family, Apiaceae [Umbelleferae]).

Perfume Note=Base to middle. Angelica Seed Essential Oil has a warm, musky, earthy aroma with excellent staying power. Only small quantities are needed to create an effect in a perfume.

Angelica Seed essential oil blends well with: patchouli, clary sage, citrus oils, frankincense.

Aromatherapy: anchoring, restorative, strengthening. Also used for depression.

Safety Information: Avoid during pregnancy & Avoid use in the sun.

Aniseed (Anise Seed) Essential Oil

Pimpinella anisum, Anisum officinalis (Family, Apiaceae [Umbelliferae]).

Perfume Note=Middle.

Aniseed essential oil aids muscle aches, bronchitis, indigestion. Known for its use in fisherman’s soap…. said to remove human scent so that fish will be more likely to bite. Aniseed Oil is added to perfumes for a rich, sweet fragrance.

Aromatherapy class: energizing, toning.

Aroma type: anise traditional use: deodorant. Blends well with: amyris, bay, cardamon, caraway, cedarwood, coriander, fennel, galbanum, mandarin.

CAUTION: Safety Information: slight dermal toxicity.

Balsam Peru Essential Oil

Myroxylon balsamun var. pereirae Harms, Family, Fabaceae [Legumunosae].

Balsam Peru is used on chafed skin to soothe. Exotic aroma, anchoring, strengthening and imparts a rich, earthy scent to perfumes.

Perfume Note=Base.

Basil Essential Oil

Ocimum basilicum L. (Family, Labiatae).

Basil essential oil invigorates body and spirit: helps refresh the mind allowing concentration, especially when tired. A good nerve tonic after a stressful day. Basil oil has a sweet liquorice-like fragrance.

Perfume Note=Top. Blends well with Lavender, Bergamot, Clary Sage and Geranium.

CAUTION: Do not use Basil essential oil during pregnancy, can be a skin irritant.

Traditional use: deodorant, soothing agent, insect repellent, muscle relaxant.

Blends well with: bergamot, black pepper, clary sage, geranium, hyssop, lavender, marjoram, neroli.

Safety Information: use recommended dilution or less.

Bay Essential Oil

Laurus nobilis (Family, Lauraceae).

Perfume Note: Top.

Uses: Bay essential oil has been used for: Amenorrhea, colds, dyspepsia, flu, loss of appetite, tonsillitis.

Safety Information: Bay Oil can be narcotic, cause dermatitis and should not be used in pregnancy.

Benzoin Essential Oil

Styrax benzoin, S. tonkinensis (Family, Styacaceae).

Benzoin is a warming, vanilla scented resin absolute from Sumatra with uplifting and soothing properties.

Perfume Note=Base.

Add to carrier oil or cream for protecting skin against chapping or cracking.

Bergamot Essential Oil

Citrus bergamia (Family, Rutaceae).

This light, fruity citrus oil is uplifting, antiseptic, and relaxing. Bergamot oil relaxes and refreshes and is good for confidence building. Uplifts the spirit and emotions with its fresh and invigorating citrus fragrance. Useful for caring for oily and blemished skin. Bergamot essential oil has a lovely light citrus aroma.

Use in vaporizer to disperse unpleasant odors. It is familiar to many as the flavoring in Earl Grey Tea.

Perfume Note=Top.

Warning Do not apply to skin or use in bath prior to exposure to the sun. It can increase the susceptibility of the skin to severe burning.

Aromatherapy class: calming, balancing.

Aroma type: citrus.

Skin type: oily, blemished, normal to combination.

Traditional use: antiseptic, deodorant, perfume, soothing agent, skin conditioner.

Birch, Sweet Essential Oil

Betula Lenta, B. capinefolia (Family, Betulaceae).

Sweet Birch essential oil has a sweet, bracing aroma. It is said to be effective on arthritic and muscular pain and can be a stimulant to the circulation.

CAUTION: Keep in secure location – Sweet Birch Essential Oil smells somewhat like candy.

Sweet Birch contains the active ingredient in aspirin, methyl salicylate, and is the original “natural” source for same. It is highly concentrated and can be toxic (you can get an aspirin overdose) especially if you are using other products which contain aspirin or methyl salicylate.

Birch, White Essential Oil

Betula pendula Roth (Family, Betulaceae).

White birch can help to clear the skin and help with psoriasis and eczema. Believed to assist in removing toxins and boosting the circulation.

Aroma type: woodsy.

Traditional use: soothing agent, muscle relaxant.

Safety Information: should be avoided by pregnant women.

Cajeput Essential Oil

Melaleuca cajaputi (Family, Myrtaceae).

Cajeput essential oil is said to improve mood, and to help increase resistance to infections. A good ‘unwinding’ oil. Cajeput oil is excellent used in a steam inhalation to help clear the nasal passages, and is also helpful when treating oily skin and spots.

Perfume Note=Top.

Warning: Cajaput essential oil is a stimulant and an irritant and must be used with care.

Aromatherapy class: soothing, stimulating, energizing.

Traditional use: antiseptic, deodorant, insect repellent.

Camphor, White Essential Oil (AKA Ho Wood Essential Oil)

Cinnamomum camphora (Family, Lauraceae).

Camphor essential oil can be used as a deodorant, soothing agent, skin conditioner, aphrodisiac, muscle relaxant and to care for oily skin and, has also been used as an insect repellent. Also used in detergents, soaps, disinfectants, deodorants, room sprays etc…

Aromatherapy class: balancing, stimulating, toning, cooling.

Aroma type: camphoraceous.

Safety Information: Camphor should be used sparingly and completely avoided by those suffering from epilepsy, and should be avoided by pregnant women.

Cardamom Essential Oil

Elettaria cardamomun (Family, Zingiberace ae).

The sweet, spicy, warming fragrance of cardamom oil has been enjoyed since the days of the ancient Egyptians, who used it as a perfume and incense. It can be used as an aid to digestion and makes an excellent bath oil as a tonic which refreshes and invigorates.

Aromatherapy class: stimulating, toning.

Aroma type: spicy.

Uses: muscle relaxant, skin conditioner, soothing agent.

Carrot Seed Essential Oil

Daucus carota, Family, Apiaceae [Umbeliferae]).

From the seed, this essential oil has the same sweet, earthy fragrance of the vegetable. Carrot seed essential oil is considered to be particularly beneficial for dry, mature skin-types and can help to restore elasticity to the skin and could therefore reduce wrinkles.

The root oil is used in food coloring, (yellow), and in sun tan lotions.

Aromatherapy class: stimulating, toning.

Aroma type: spicy.

Traditional use: muscle relaxant, soothing agent, skin conditioner, aphrodisiac.

Cedarwood, Atlas Essential Oil

Cedrus atlantica (Family, Pinaceae).

Warm and woody, with a hint of camphor, cedarwood oil eases aches and pains and is especially good in cosmetic preparations for oily skin. Helps to clear the breathing passages and is used in hair and skin care products.

Cedarwood, Texas Essential Oil

Juniprus ashei.

The essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the heartwood and wood shavings of this small, alpine evergreen native to the Southwestern U.S., Mexico an Central America. Traditionally, it has been used for skin problems, arthritis and rheumatism and is also said to aid nervous tension and stress.

CAUTION: used externally it is relatively non-toxic but can cause significant local irritation of skin and possible sensitization. Should be used with care.

Chamomile, Blue Essential Oil (German Chamomile Essential Oil)

Matricaria chamomilla or M. recutia (Family, Asteraceae [Compositae]).

An Absolute. German chamomile AKA blue chamomile or chamomile matricaria. The blue color is from azulene which is formed during the distillation of the oil.

The odor is sweet and adds a warm, long-lasting undertone in perfumes. All the Chamomiles are used in massage oils and herbal mixtures.

Perfume Note=Middle.

Aromatherapy class: soothing, toning.

Aroma type: fruity.

Traditional use: muscle relaxant, soothing agent, skin conditioner, aphrodisiac.

Chamomile, Roman Essential Oil

Anthemis nobilis (Family, Asteraceae [Compositae]).

Roman Chamomile has a warm, sweet, herbaceous scent that is relaxing and calming. It is soothing to all types of skin and is a wonderful addition to a massage oil for sore muscles. Known for its strong soothing effect on mind and body.

The Roman and German are excellent for protecting dry skin. They have many uses e.g. can be used to treat nerve, headache, insomnia, menstrual disorders and the Roman is a comforting oil during high pollen count.(Unless you have an allergy to the rag weeds).

A gentle oil suitable for the young and fragile. One of the few essential oils that can be used on inflamed skin conditions.

Aromatherapy class: calming.

Aroma type: fruity.

Traditional use: muscle relaxant, skin conditioner.

Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil

Cinnamomum zeylanicum Nees, C verum, Laurus (Family, Lauraceae).

Cinnamon essential oil warms and stimulates. A strong antiseptic, it has a cleansing effect. Used as a comforting oil during the cold season, A lovely room fragrance, especially during Christmas.

Perfume Note=middle (only room scent).

Aroma type: spicy.

Traditional use: anti-inflammatory agent, aphrodisiac, skin conditioner, deodorant.

Safety Information: can cause skin irritation; moderate dermal toxicity.

Cistus Essential Oil (Labdanum Essential Oil or Rock Rose Essential Oil)

Cistus ladanifer (Family, Cisgaceae).

Cistus essential oil is an excellent fixative in perfumery, used in some expensive brands. Helpful in meditation and counseling – has calming, stress reducing and mood uplifting properties. Cistus oil is a good choice as an addition to a lymph drainage massage blend,and, in a warm compress, is said to be an effective treatment for swollen lymph glands.

Aromatherapy class: stimulating, toning, soothing.

Traditional use: aroma fixative, skin conditioner.

Citronella Essential Oil

Cymbopogon nardus L, Andropogon nardus (Family, Poaceae [Gramineae]).

Light, fresh and uplifting, citronella oil is obtained from the grass. Citronella essential oil is a natural deodorizer, and is useful as an insect and cat repellent.

Perfume Note=Top.

Aromatherapy class: soothing.

Aroma type: citrus.

Traditional use: insect repellent, skin conditioner / Blends well with: bergamot, lemon, orange, lemongrass.

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Salvia sclarea, (Family, Lamiaceae [Labiatae]).

With a warm, nutty, herbaceous scent, Clary Sage essential oil has uplifting and relaxing properties. It encourages sleep and is said to promote dreaming. Soothes, relaxes and warms. uplifts the spirit. Contains a hormone-like compound similar to estrogen that regulates hormonal balance.

Massage on muscles and on abdomen before and during menstruation. Induces feeling of well-being. Helpful with oily hair and skin, dandruff and treating wrinkles. Sensual properties.

Perfume Note=Top/Middle.

Aromatherapy class: balancing, calming, toning.

Aroma type: herbaceous.

Traditional use: skin conditioner, astringent, soothing agent, aphrodisiac, muscle relaxant.

Safety Information: Do not use during pregnancy. Do not drink alcohol or drive.

Clove Bud Essential Oil

Eugenia caryophyllata Thumb., Syzygium aromaticum, E. aromaticia, E. caryophyllus (Family, Myrtaceae).

An antiseptic and stimulating oil useful in mouthwash and gargle. Comforting rubbed onto gums, traditionally used to relieve toothache. Could be an effective mosquito repellent.

CAUTION: Clove oil is a powerful skin irritant and should be used carefully. Do not use during pregnancy.

Perfume Note=Middle.

Aromatherapy class: stimulating, energizing.

Aroma type: spicy.

Traditional use: muscle relaxant, soothing agent.

Safety Information: use ½ recommended dilution or less; can cause skin irritation.

Coriander Essential Oil

Coriandum sativum (Family, Apiacea [Umbelliferae]).

Coriander essential oil is a sweet-smelling, spicy essence. It makes a good massage blend to relieve stiffness and muscle ache. In the bath it is refreshing and stimulating.

Warning: Due to its slight toxicity this oil should be used sparingly.

Perfume Note=Top.

Aromatherapy class: warming, stimulating.

Aroma type: spicy.

Traditional use: muscle relaxant, deodorant, soothing agent, aphrodisiac.

Cypress Essential Oil

Cupressus sempervirens (Family, Cupressaceae).

Cypress is a soothing oil that eases aches and pains and coughs. It has a sweet, smoky, balsamic odor. With its smoky woody fragrance it refreshes, restores and tones. An astringent oil useful for refreshing and caring for oily and blemished skin, As an antiperspirant it is good for sweaty feet.

Massage cypress essential oil on abdomen during menstruation and where there is cellulite. Good menopausal oil. Natural deodorant. Blends well with Lavender and Sandalwood.

Perfume Note=Middle.

Aromatherapy class: stimulating.

Aroma type: coniferous.

Traditional use: insect repellent, antiseptic, astringent, deodorant, soothing agent, skin conditioner.

Safety Information: FLAMMABLE.

Essential Oils D to G

Dill Essential Oil

Anethum graveolens (Family, Apiaceae [Umbelliferae]).

Dill Essential oil has been used to reduce appetite, and, along with fennel oil and baking soda, is a constituent of “Gripe Water” (Anti-colic water).

Elemi Essential Oil

Canarium luzonicum.

Elemi is a wonderful essential oil that is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. It comes from a large tropical tree that may grow to as high as 100 feet. Elemi oil is native to the Philippines and is also cultivated there. The essential oil is extracted by steam distilling a resin that oozes from the tree in places where it is punctured or injured.

It is antiseptic, soothing to skin, fortifying and tonic, regulatory, stimulant, expectorant, and stomachaches. It helps skin to heal. It is excellent to use for skin rejuvenation, and infected cuts and wounds. Elemi essential oil is known as an ‘anti-wrinkle’ oil. It is also used to help clear bronchitis and when there is coughing. It is said to be helpful in cases of nervous exhaustion.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus globulus (Family, Myrtaceae).

Eucalyptus oil is a fresh and stimulating oil with a penetrating scent and antiseptic properties. Eucalyptus oil is widely used as a component of preparations for relieving congestion and muscle aches. Powerful antiseptic, used in baths and massage during the cold season.

Blend oil in chest rubs and use in a vaporizer to keep air germ free in sick room. Blends well with Lavender and Pine. There are many Eucalyptus oils, including; Australian Eucalyptus, (E. australina); Lemon Eucalyptus, (E. citriodora); Dives or Broad-Leaved Peppermint, (E. dives); Peppermint Eucalyptus, (E. piperita); Blue Mallee (E. polybractea); Grey peppermint, (E. radiata); Cully Gum, (E. smithii) and more.

Perfume Note=Top.

Aromatherapy class: toning, stimulating.

Aroma type: camphoraceous.

Traditional use: deodorant, antiseptic, soothing agent, skin conditioner, insect repellent.

Eucalyptus Citriodora Essential Oil

Eucalyptus citriodora (Family, Myrtaceae).

This eucalyptus is lighter, with a lemony scent and is a great air freshener and good for clearing the air and killing germs. It is a strong anti-fungal oil, and great for removing the musty smell in basements and is also recommended as an insect repellant.

Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil

Eucalyptus radiata (Family, Myrtaceae).

Eucalyptus Radiata oil is lighter in smell than the Eucalyptus globulus (the most commonly found Eucalyptus) less likely to trigger cough reflex with breathed in as an inhalation. A good choice for respiratory infections.

Eucalyptus Smithii Essential Oil

Eucalyptus smithii (Family, Myrtaceae).

Eucalyptus Smithii essential oil A very mild eucalyptus – works well as a room disinfector when used in a diffuser. Excellent for painful joints and muscles.

Fennel Essential Oil

Foeniculum vulgare, F. officinale, Anethum foeniculum (Family, Apiaceae [Umbelliferae]).

Fennel essential oil has a sweet aniseed-like aroma which makes it pleasant for skin care. For massage where there is cellulite and for the digestive system, especially the dreaded wind.

Good for breast firming massage and to promote milk production, use sparingly.

Warning Fennel essential oil can be a skin irritant. Do not use it on young children. Do not use if pregnant. Do not use if suffering from epilepsy.

Perfume Note=Top/Middle.

Aromatherapy class: energizing, toning.

Aroma type: anise.

Traditional use: antiseptic, aphrodisiac, soothing agent, muscle relaxant.

Safety Information: slight dermal toxicity; use ½ recommended dilution or less.

Fir Needle Essential Oil

Apies siberica, (Family, Pinaceae).

Fir Needle oil is fresh spicy scent. A few drops will remind you of fir forests. Will refresh the aroma of a Christmas tree. Warning Dilute well. It can be a skin irritant.

Fir Silver Needle Essential Oil

Abies alba (Family, Pinaceae).

Fir Silver is fresh spicy scent. A few drops will remind you of fir forests. Will refresh the aroma of a Christmas tree. Warning Dilute well. It can be a skin irritant.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Boswellia carteri, B. thurifera or B. cateri (Family, Burseraceae).

Also known as “Olibanum” B. papyrifera. Considered sacred and precious since ancient times, boswellia frankincense, has a warm, rich woody fragrance. It is relaxing and, added to a moisturizing facial oil, is wonderful for mature skin. Used for centuries, and burnt on alters and in temples. “Creates a ‘spiritual’ atmosphere”.

Comforting oil, by slowing down breathing and controlling tension it helps to focus the mind. Excellent for toning and caring for mature/aging skin. (claimed to have rejuvenating qualities [the Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face-masks.]).

Aromatherapy class: stimulating, toning, grounding.

Aroma type: balsamic.

Traditional use: skin conditioner, soothing agent.

Geranium Essential Oil

Pelargonium graveolens (Family, Geraniaceae).

Geranium essential oil has a wonderful green, flowery aroma and is both uplifting and calming. It exerts a “balancing” effect on skin and is therefore useful for all skin types. It has often been used to ease the effect of PMS. A fresh, floral and sweet smelling oil it relaxes, restores and maintains stability of the emotions. An astringent oil excellent for all skin types.

Used in skin care products for both its fragrance and cleansing properties. Useful insect repellent. For massage where there is cellulite and treating eczema and psoriasis. Blends well with other floral oils, and, mixed with Lavender and Bergamot produces a delightful room freshener.

Perfume Note=Middle to Top.

Aromatherapy class: balancing, soothing.

Aroma type: floral.

Traditional use: skin refresher, astringent.

Ginger Essential Oil

Zingiber officinale Roscoe (Family, Zingiberaceae).

Fiery and fortifying. Ginger essential oi is a comforting oil, useful for massaging on the muscles. Good for nausea and sickness.

Blend with orange for warming winter baths. Blends especially well with orange and other citrus oils.

Perfume Note=Top.

Aromatherapy class: energizing, warming.

Aroma type: spicy traditional use: aphrodisiac, astringent.

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Citrus x paradisi C. racemosa (Family, Rutaceae).

Grapefruit essential oil has, with a fresh, citrus smell is energizing and helps to elevate the spirits. It also has antiseptic properties.

Do not use Grapefruit essential oil on the skin or in the bath for 12 hours prior to sun or sunlamp exposure. Grapefruit essential oil has a lovely fresh aroma which can help with nervous exhaustion. it relieves congested and oily skin, having a toning effect on both skin and tissues.

For this reason it is a good oil to use when treating cellulite.

Perfume Note=Top.

Aromatherapy class: energizing.

Aroma type: citrus.

Traditional use: soothing agent, astringent, skin conditioner.

Essential Oils H to L

Helichrysum Essential Oil

Helichrysum italicum , H. angustifolium (Family Asteraceae).

Helichrysum species is used as an antidepressant. Used to freshen the air, mind and body this is a very useful oil. Helps to clear the mind, chest and sinus and relieves aches, pains and menstrual discomfort.

There are approximately 500 species of helichrysum.

Ho Essential Oil (Ho Wood Essential Oil)

Cinnamomum camphora (Family, Lauraceae).

Can be used as a deodorant, soothing agent, skin conditioner, aphrodisiac, muscle relaxant and to care for oily skin and, has also been used as an insect repellent.

Also used in detergents, soaps, disinfectants, deodorants, room sprays etc…

Aromatherapy class: balancing, stimulating, toning, cooling.

Aroma type: camphoraceous.

Safety Information: Camphor should be used sparingly and completely avoided by those suffering from epilepsy, and should be avoided by pregnant women.

Jasmine Absolute

Jasminum Grandiflorum or J. officinale (Family, Oleaceae).

Pure and undiluted. Jasmine oil is Emotionally warming. Relaxes, soothes, uplifts and helps self confidence. Good for stress and general anxiety. Perfect skin care oil, excellent for hot, dry skin.

Sensual properties and reputedly an Aphrodisiac!. Only needs to be used in very small quantities. Exquisite perfume. A vast quantity of blossoms, which must be gathered at night when scent is at highest, are required to produce only a few drops of oil.

Perfume Note=Base.

Aromatherapy class: uplifting, balancing.

Aroma type: floral.

Traditional use: antiseptic, aphrodisiac, emollient, soothing agent.

Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Juniperus communis.

Juniper oil has astringent, antiseptic, and detoxifying properties, Juniper is said to exert a cleansing effect on the mental and spiritual planes as well as on the physical. It has a clean, mildly penetrating, woody scent.

It has a cleansing effect on the body, used in many masculine perfumes, after shaves and colognes, and has a calming effect on the emotions. Reputed to strengthen the immune system.

Warning Juniper should not be used when pregnant.

Perfume Note = Middle.

Aromatherapy class: energizing.

Aroma type: coniferous.

Traditional use: astringent, skin detoxifier, deodorant, soothing agent.

Safety Information: FLAMMABLE.

Lavandin Essential Oil

Lavandula hybrida grosso, L. fragrans, L. hortensis (Family, Lamiaceae [Labiatae]).

Lavandin is a hybrid plant, a cross between true lavender and spike lavender. The oil has camphoraceous, herbaceous, floral aroma. Used in many types of perfumes, and soaps.

Blends well with other oils including cypress, geranium, citronella, clove, cinnamon leaf, pine, thyme and patchouli. Refreshing, purifying, gently clarifying.

Perfume Note=Middle to Top.

Aromatherapy class: stimulating, energizing.

Aroma type: herbaceous.

Traditional use: soothing agent, muscle relaxant, skin conditioner, astringent.

Lemon Essential Oil

Citrus limonum (Family, Rutaceae).

Lemon essential oil has a fresh, citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. It has antibacterial and tonic properties, making it useful for relief of cold symptoms. Widely used in beauty care. It cleanses, refreshes, cools and stimulates. Astringent and antiseptic oil. Useful for oily skin.

Can be used to lighten dull, stained hands or to tone and condition nails and cuticles. Blends well with other oils.

Warning: Do not use Lemon on the skin or in a bath for 12 hours prior to sun or sunlamp exposure.

Perfume Note=Top.

Aromatherapy class: energizing, uplifting.

Aroma type: citrus.

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Cymbopogon citratus (D.C.) Stapf. Family, Poaceae [Gramineae]).

Lemongrass essential oil has a refreshing, cleansing and stimulating tonic on the body. Added to shampoos to give a shine to the hair. An antiseptic and astringent oil. Sweet powerful ‘lemony’ aroma which make a good refreshing and deodorizing room fragrance.

Warning: may cause irritation of the skin.

Perfume Note=Top.

Aromatherapy class: calming.

Aroma type: citrus.

Traditional use: insect repellent, skin conditioner, soothing agent, muscle relaxant, deodorant, antiseptic.

Safety Information: can cause skin irritation.

Lime Essential Oil

Citrus Aurantifolia (Family, Rutaceae) Acts like lemon and the other citrus oils, Nice aroma.

Warning Do not use lime on the skin in direct sunlight, however if the essential oil of lime is distilled rather that expressed, then it does not have a photo-toxic effect. Dilute to 1% and use only 3 drops in a bath as it may cause irritation of the skin.

Perfume Note=Top.

Aromatherapy class: energizing, uplifting.

Aroma type: citrus.

Traditional use: soothing agent, astringent, skin conditioner.

Essential Oils M to P

Mandarin, Red Essential Oil

Citrus reticulata Blanco v. “Mandarin”, C. Noblis (Family, Rutaceae).

Manderine Red essential oil is gentle and calming oil, and good for oily skin. Known in France as “the children’s remedy” for its mildness. You can use it in massage for the digestive system and, like Lavender, can be used in massage oil to help prevent stretch marks.

Warning: Do not use Mandarin on the skin in direct sunlight.

Perfume Note=Top.

Aromatherapy class: calming.

Aroma type: citrus.

Traditional use: soothing agent, astringent, skin conditioner.

Marjoram, Sweet Essential Oil

Origanum majorana, Majorana hortensis,(Sweet), Thymus mastichina (Spanish) (Family, Lamiaceae [Labiatae]).

Marjoram oil is a calming, soothing oil that has a warming effect on both mind and body. It helps to relieve the miseries of the common cold, including congestion and muscle aches and pains, and is also comforting in times of stress. It has a warm, woody odor with spicy undertones.

Useful on tired muscles and for massaging on abdomen during menstruation. Used to regulate the nervous system and treat insomnia. Add to After-Sports Rub. It is pleasant in a hot bath, especially blended with Lavender.

Warning: Do not use during pregnancy. Care must be taken due to its sedative action – use sparingly!

Perfume Note=Middle.

Aromatherapy class: calming.

Aroma type: herbaceous.

Traditional use: antiseptic.

Myrrh Essential Oil

Commiphora murrha, C. Molmol, Balsamodendrom myrra (Family, Burseraceae).

Myrrh has been used since ancient times as a sacred incense, a perfume, and as a therapeutic agent. It has a rich, smoky, balsamic odor and is soothing to the skin, centering, visualizing and meditative.

The sap or resin from a tree rather than a true essential oil.

One of the oldest-known perfume materials. Myrrh has a long history of use as incense, especially with frankincense. Add to cream for protecting against cracking and chapping in the cold. Used as a fixative in perfumery.

Warning: During pregnancy use Myrrh only in moderation.

Perfume Note=Base.

Aromatherapy class: toning, stimulating, soothing.

Aroma type: balsamic.

Traditional use: insect repellent, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory agent, emollient.

Safety Information: use ½ recommended dilution or less .

Nutmeg Essential Oil

Myristica aromata, M. fragrans, M. officinalis, Nux moschata. (Family, Myristicaceae).

Good for the digestion and calming to promote a restful sleep with dreams.

Warning: Nutmeg oil is toxic if used in large quantities, and can be stupefying.

Aromatherapy class: energizing, stimulating, warming aroma type: spicy.

Traditional use: antiseptic, muscle relaxant, aphrodisiac.

Safety Information: use ½ recommended dilution or less.

Orange, Sweet Essential Oil

Citrus sinensis (Family, Rutaceae).

With a rich, fresh citrus scent, the essential oil of Orange essential oil lifts the spirits yet is calming to the nerves. Blend with spicy oils for cheering baths. Add to massage oil for digestive system.

Believed to brighten dull complexions. Encourages sleep.

Warning: Do not use this oil on the skin or in baths 12 hours prior to sun or sunlamp exposure.

Perfume Note=Top.

Aromatherapy class: calming.

Aroma type: citrus.

Traditional use: astringent, soothing agent, skin conditioner.

Oregano Essential Oil

Origanum vulgare L. (Family, Lamiaceae).

Warms and assists improvement of circulation, digestion, mental clarity and alertness. Oregano oil relieves muscle aches and pains and assists in increasing physical endurance and energy. But it increases perspiration. It may assist in reducing cellulite.

Warning: Can be irritating to sensitive skin so only use small amounts.

Patchouli Essential Oil

Pogostemon cablin, P. patchouli (Family, Lamiaceae [Labiatae]).

Patchouli oil has a persistent, musky, earthy, exotic aroma. Soothes and uplifts the spirit. Is soothing to the skin and is reported to be especially good for mature skin. Useful in protecting dry, mature or blemished skin, Sensual properties, Musky aroma lingers.

Use on scalp for dandruff. Used in the East to scent linen and clothes and to repel fleas and lice. Can prevent sleep with its nerve stimulating properties.

Perfume Note=Base.

Aromatherapy class: soothing, toning.

Aroma type: woodsy.

Traditional use: anti-inflammatory agent, antiseptic, astringent, aphrodisiac, perfume.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Mentha piperita (Family, Lamiaceae [Labiatae]).

Peppermint is an energizing oil with a penetrating, minty aroma. It helps to relieve fatigue and muscle pain. Use it in the daytime, as its energizing effect may keep you awake at night.

Add to a massage blend for the digestive system. Excellent for refreshing tired head and feet. Sniff from bottle or one drop on handkerchief to revive during travel. Blended with Rosemary and Juniper it makes an excellent morning bath.

Warning: Some Aromatherapists say do not use Peppermint when pregnant.

Perfume Note=Top.

Aromatherapy class: energizing, stimulating.

Aroma type: minty.

Traditional use: insect repellent, emollient, antiseptic, muscle relaxant.

Safety Information: can cause skin irritation.

Pine Needle (Scotch Pine) Essential Oil – Pinus sylvestris L. (Family, Pinaceae).

Stimulates, refreshes and cleanses. With a strong, fresh, resinous aroma it has a powerful antiseptic quality and is widely used. Pine Needle oil has a deodorant affect and is often used in commercial preparations. Warning Dilute and use with care as Pine oil may otherwise cause skin irritation.

Perfume Note=Middle.

Essential Oils Q to Z

Rose Absolute

Rosa damascena Mill. (Family, Rosaceae).

The finest Rose Essential Oil. Known as the Queen of oils. With ‘Feminine’ properties – soothing, tones, cleanses, uplifts the spirit and helps maintain self confidence.

Excellent skincare oil, perfect for dry/mature, aging or thread veined skin. Has been renowned throughout the centuries as having Sensual and even Aphrodisiac properties. Exquisite aroma. Needs only a small amount to be affective.

Warning: Avoid using during the first four months of pregnancy.

Perfume Note=Middle.

Aromatherapy class: cooling, balancing, calming, toning.

Aroma type: floral.

Traditional use: perfume, skin conditioner, aphrodisiac.

Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Pelargonium graveolens (Family, Geraniaceae).

This Geranium has a wonderful rose aroma and is both uplifting and calming. It exerts a “balancing” effect on skin and is therefore useful for all skin types. It has often been used to ease the effect of PMS. A fresh, floral and sweet smelling oil it relaxes, restores and maintains stability of the emotions.

An astringent oil excellent for all skin types. Used in skin care products for both its fragrance and cleansing properties. Useful insect repellent.

For massage where there is cellulite and treating eczema and psoriasis. Blends well with other floral oils, and, mixed with Lavender and Bergamot produces a delightful room freshener.

Perfume Note=Middle to Top.

Aromatherapy class: balancing, soothing.

Aroma type: floral.

Traditional use: skin refresher, astringent.

Rose Otto Essential Oil

Rosa damascena Mill. (Family, Rosaceae).

The finest Rose Otto available – pure and undiluted. Warm, intense, immensely rich fragrance. One of the oldest and best known of all essential oils. Used in all types of perfumes to lend beauty and depth to the aroma. A drop or two in a massage, facial, or bath oil creates a luxurious, soothing experience. The oil is also used in skin creams, powders, and lotions.

Romantic, creative, gently cheering oil.

Warning: Avoid using during the first four months of pregnancy.

Perfume Note=Middle.

Aromatherapy class: cooling, balancing, calming, toning.

Aroma type: floral.

Traditional use: astringent.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosmarinus officinalis, R. coronarium (Family, Lamiaceae [Labiatae]).

Rosemary is an energizing oil with a strong herbaceous aroma. It helps to relieve muscle aches and combats mental fatigue. Use it in the daytime as its energizing effect may keep you awake at night. Perfect in sports rubs to maintain suppleness. Helps combat water retention and cellulite.

Good hair tonic. An ‘ideal pick me up’. Combats fatigue and clears stuffy atmosphere.

Warning: Do not use Rosemary when pregnant, having high blood pressure, or suffering from epilepsy. It may cause irritation of the skin.

Perfume Note = Middle.

Aromatherapy class: energizing, stimulating.

Aroma type: camphoraceous.

Traditional use: antiseptic, muscle relaxant, soothing agent, skin conditioner.

Safety Information: use ½ recommended dilution or less.

Sage Essential Oil

Salvia officinalis (Family, Lamiaceae [Labiatae]).

A useful regulator of the central nervous system. May help with menstrual and digestive disorders. Warning Do not use Sage when pregnant or suffering from epilepsy.

Perfume Note = Top.

Aromatherapy class: energizing, stimulating.

Aroma type: camphoraceous.

Traditional use: soothing agent.

Safety Information: should be avoided by pregnant women.

Sandalwood Essential Oil

Santalum album (Family, Santalaceae).

Sandalwood is said to have been used for over 4000 years as a perfume and temple incense. It has a sweet, buttery, woody aroma that is very sensual. It is uplifting and relaxing and is beneficial for all types of skin. Traditionally burnt as an aid to meditation and much used in religious ceremonies.

Creates an exotic, sensual atmosphere with a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Excellent skincare oil. useful for dry and damaged hair and as a body fragrance.

Perfume Note = Base.

Aromatherapy class: calming, grounding.

Aroma type: woodsy.

Traditional use: antiseptic, emollient, soothing agent, astringent, insect repellent, skin conditioner.

Spearmint Essential Oil

Mentha spicata, M. viridis (Family, Lamiaceae [Labiatae]).

Energizing to the mind and body. Use in bath water for it’s refreshing effect. Make a facial steam of spearmint oil in a pot of boiling water to help cleanse and refine pores. It is refreshing, cooling, gently vitalizing.

Perfume Note=Top.

Aromatherapy class: calming.

Aroma type: minty.

Traditional use: insect repellent, emollient, astringent, soothing agent, muscle relaxant.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Melaleuca alternifolia, M. linariifolia, M. uncintata (Family, Myrtaceae).

Powerful antiseptic, antifungal and anti-viral. Good for acne, cold sores, warts, and burns. Use for vaporising to kill germs. Useful cleansing agent for skin.

Helps combat foot odor and athletes foot. Ti Tree, as it is also known, has a wide range of uses, including some aids related illnesses. Further reading is recommended.

Warning: May cause irritation to sensitive skins.

Perfume Note = Top.

Aromatherapy class: energizing, stimulating, toning.

Aroma type: camphoraceous.

Traditional use: insect repellent, antiseptic.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Cananga odorata (Family, Annonaceae).

With an intensely sweet, floral scent, this exotic oil lifts the spirits, promotes relaxation and has long used for its sensual properties. Soothing and relaxing during times of tension and stress. Ideal for both oily and dry skins and as a hair rinse [2 drops in rinse water].

Perfume Note = Base/Middle.

Aromatherapy class: calming, balancing.

Aroma type: floral.

Traditional use: perfume, aphrodisiac.

Wow! That was quite the reference guide, was it not? The worst part is there are so many more essential oils out there with a plethora of fabulous uses. So if you don’t see the one you were looking for here, please leave a comment and we will continue to update this guide on essential oils and their uses.

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