Below you will find a list of essential oils and their uses, along with some detailed information on more than forty of the most popular oils to explore, I have listed their properties along with pairings, substitutes, descriptions, and my recommended choice.
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A to D Essential Oils
Fragrance: Sharp and peppery
Note: Top to middle
Blends Well With: All citrus oils – Clary sage- Oakmoss – Opopanax – Patchouli – Vetiver
Angelica is widely recommended for treating various digestion problems such as stomach ulcers, anorexia, gastritis, flatulence, gout, and indigestion. Other main benefits include the reduction in the symptoms of bronchitis, asthma, and colds. Angelica is also good for detoxifying the body, healing various skin conditions, and balancing the nervous system.
Fragrance: Fresh, sweet and spicy smells a bit like licorice
Blends Well With: Lavender- orange- spice oils- pine- rose
Extremely good for relaxing muscles, clearing the mind, and generally making you feel more balanced and tranquil. Anise is also an antiseptic and is often used to treat headaches, respiratory problems, and aid digestion. Avoid using this oil outdoors as it often attracts insects.
Fragrance: Fresh, warm and spicy
Blends Well With: Bergamot- citronella- citrus oils- clary sage- geranium- hyssop- rosemary
Mainly known for its fresh, warm and spicy aroma that’s perfect for expelling unwanted odors, basil can also actually help to stimulate hair growth when added to a hair tonic. Basil also has antiseptic and antibacterial qualities that can combat mouth ulcers, gum infections, and ease bronchitis.
Fragrance: Strong, spicy and medicinal
Blends Well With: Bergamot- ginger- orange- patchouli- rosemary- ylang-ylang- pine- cypress- juniper- lavender- frankincense- clary sage-citrus oils- spice oils
Bay is a fantastic and uplifting oil that can stimulate the memory, help concentration, and increase confidence. It’s also good for stomach complaints and will help to ease cold and flu symptoms.
Fragrance: Soft, sweet and warm, smells a bit like vanilla
Blends Well With: coriander- cypress- frankincense- jasmine- juniper- lemon- myrrh- rose- sandalwood- spice oils.
Its sedative qualities are great for dealing with general sleep problems along with relieving anxiety and stress.
It is also useful for helping to relieve asthma, coughs, and colds.
Fragrance: Fresh, spicy, floral and citrusy
Blends Well With: Chamomile- citrus oils- coriander- cypress- geranium- jasmine- juniper- lavender, melissa- neroli- nutmeg- rose- sandalwood- vetiver- violet- ylang ylang
Produced from orange rind and has a lovely refreshing citrus scent. This is a great uplifting effect so it’s a good one for relieving stress and anxiety.
Fragrance: Dry, spicy, woody and sharp
Note: Middle to Top
Blends Well With: Cardamom- clary sage- clove- frankincense- geranium- lavender- juniper- marjoram- myrrh- orange- nutmeg- rosemary- sage sandalwood- tea tree- vetiver- ylang ylang
Black pepper not only helps to strengthen the nerves and mind, because of its warming qualities it helps to reduce the discomfort of any muscular aches and pains along with easing arthritis and sprains.
Fragrance: Strong and slightly sweet, a bit medicinal
Blends Well With: Clary sage- geranium- lavender- marjoram- oakmoss- pine- rosemary- spice oils- ylang ylang
With its painkilling properties this oil will help to ease most muscular aches and pains. Adding cajeput to a diffuser will disinfect the air, clear congestion and ease headaches, catarrh, and sinusitis infections.
Fragrance: Warm, green, spicy, balsamic
Blends Well With: Bay – bergamot – black pepper – caraway – cedarwood – cinnamon – cloves – coriander – fennel – ginger – grapefruit – jasmine – lemon – lemongrass – mandarin – neroli – orange – palmarosa – patchouli – petitgrain – sandalwood – ylang ylang
Cardamom oil is used heavily in perfumes and is added to many soaps, cosmetics, and body care recipes.
Fragrance: Dry, sweet-woody, root-like, earthy
Blends Well With: Bergamot – cedarwood – cinnamon – clove – geranium – grapefruit juniper berry – frankincense – lavender
Carrot Seed Essential Oil is your go-to for dark spots as it’s absolutely amazing at evening out skin tones. Its high beta-carotene content reduces pigmentation in the skin by inhibiting tyrosinase, an enzyme produced in our melanocytes that is responsible for the production of melanin.
Fragrance: Woody and balsamic, with rich dry overtones
Blends Well With: Bergamot- chamomile roman- clary sage-cypress- eucalyptus- jasmine- juniper- labdanum- lavender- neroli- petitgrain- rosemary- rosewood- sandalwood- vetiver- ylang ylang
Cedarwood is a superb skin refresher particularly if your skin is dry or cracked. This oil is extremely relaxing; its scent is popular with both men and women and makes an excellent aphrodisiac. Can be used to relieve a persistent dry cough or to lift depression when mixed with citrus oils.
Fragrance: Strong, warm and sweet
Blends Well With: Benzoin- bergamot- citrus oils- clary sage- frankincense- geranium- jasmine- labdanum- lavender- marjoram- neroli- patchouli- rose- rosemary- tea tree- ylang ylang
For soothing just about anything; anxiety, sleep disorder, anger, arthritis, neuralgia, headaches, migraine and stomach problems.
Fragrance: Warm, dry and spicy
Note: Base to Middle
Blends Well With: Benzoin- bergamot- cardamom- clove- frankincense- ginger- grapefruit- lemon- mandarin- marjoram- nutmeg- orange- peppermint- petitgrain- rose- vanilla- ylang ylang
A mild antiseptic that gently warms and relaxes, it can make a mild and calming aphrodisiac. Cinnamon is a very good addition to a blend that’s to be used for disinfecting the air.
Fragrance: Rich, fresh, sweet, lemony
Blends Well With: Bergamot – cedarwood – citrus oils – geranium – pine – sandalwood.
Citronella is used within fragrances and also medicinally to help with fevers and rheumatic pain. It’s also been useful for menstrual and digestion difficulties. Citronella is broadly identified as a bug repellent and may be utilized to create your own outside candles for all those late summer evenings. It’s also good for pimples, joint inflammation, bruises, common colds, fatigue, abnormal sweating, high temperature, influenza, headaches, infections, bites and stings, neuralgia, greasy skin, rheumatism and abdominal spasms.
Fragrance: Nutty, warm, light and musky
Blends Well With: Bay- bergamot- black pepper- cardamom- cedarwood – coriander- cypress- frankincense- geranium- grapefruit- jasmine- juniper- lavender- lemon- verbena- lime- mandarin- patchouli- petitgrain- pine- rose- sandalwood- tea tree
Although clary sage is well known for its sedative effect, it can also be used to treat pre-menstrual tension and stomach cramps along with labor pains and nightly sweats. It can also make a first-rate skin conditioner.
Fragrance: Warm and spicy with a woody odor, a slight hint of leather
Blends Well With: Bay- bergamot- clary sage- geranium- ginger- grapefruit- jasmine- lavender- lemon- mandarin- palmarosa- rose- sandalwood- vanilla- ylang ylang
A well-known antiseptic regularly used to relieve tooth and gum pain. Treats colds and flu symptoms along with warts, verrucas, acne, cuts and bruises, also makes a first-rate insect repellent.
Fragrance: Fresh, green, evergreen aroma, balsamic undertone.
Blends Well With: Benzoin – black pepper – cedarwood – chamomile – citrus oils – clary sage – ginger – lavender – pine – ylang ylang.
Cypress was used for centuries as the cleansing incense for many Nepalese and Tibetan civilizations. The anti-inflammatory as well as antispasmodic attributes of cypress helps asthma when breathed in, and will also reduce inflammation when used in your blend. You can even make use of cypress in your home as an alternative to pine oil. Additionally beneficial for respiratory disease, cellulite, coughing, dysmenorrhoea, water retention, insect bites and repellent, the symptoms of menopause, rheumatism, greasy skin, anxiety, inflammation, wounds