A-Z Guide of Essential Oils

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 Angelica Root (Angelica archangelica) has an earthy, herbaceous scent.  It is a superb tonic and supports healthy immune and respiratory systems.  Angelica root is a fortifying essential oil that has been traditionally used to help restore strength and stamina and to combat stress, anxiety, nervous tension, and exhaustion.  It’s a great addition to skin care products to soothe dry and irritated skin, and is reputed to help stimulate circulation and relieve indigestion. Angelica Root blends well with Clary Sage, Patchouli, most citruses, and woodsy oils like Cedarwood and Juniper.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) smells garden-fresh, spicy and floral. It is an uplifting essential oil that inspires confidence and has a clarifying effect on the brain. Use Basil as a study buddy to improve concentration, alertness, and memory retention. Basil can also be beneficial to healthy respiratory and digestive systems, helping with sinus congestion and nausea.  Basil essential oil blends well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lime, and Grapefruit.

Bay (Pimenta racemosa) has a spicy, sweet-balsamic scent.  Bay is a warming and stimulating essential oil that can improve circulation and soothe minor muscle sprains and strains.  Because of its stimulating properties, Bay has traditionally been used in hair and scalp tonics for greasy hair and to reduce the symptoms of dandruff. It’s a mentally stimulating and invigorating oil that can help support healthy immune and circulatory systems. Bay can be irritating to the skin, so dilute properly before using.  Bay blends well with Lavender, Rosemary, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, and citrus and spice oils.

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) is a wonderfully uplifting and refreshing essential oil with a fresh sweet-citrus, floral scent. It's considered a tonic for frazzled nerves and can help soothe anxiety and lift melancholy. Bergamot can be supportive to healthy digestive and upper respiratory systems, and is great for oily or blemish-prone skin. Often used as an air freshener to combat odors. Bergamot blends well with Lavender, Neroli, Cypress, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Chamomile, Geranium, Rose, and Clary Sage.

Birch Sweet (Betula lenta) has a medicinal yet refreshing minty wintergreen aroma that's very invigorating. Traditionally used as an analgesic, the warming properties seem to help soothe muscular aches and pains. It helps improve circulation, remove toxins, and its natural astringent properties make it a good skin toner.  A very powerful essential oil best used intermittently and properly diluted. Birch blends well with Cardamom, Chamomile, Lavender, Ginger, Lemon, Orange, and Thyme.

Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) has a warm, fresh spicy scent. A stimulating essential oil that is comforting and motivating. Black Pepper is one of the best essential oils for common muscular aches and pains.  It is supportive to a healthy digestive system and can help stimulate appetite. Black Pepper may increase circulation and support a healthy immune system. Black Pepper blends well with Frankincense, Sandalwood, Lavender, Rosemary, Geranium, and most floral and citrus oils.

Cajeput (Melaleuca cajeputi) is helpful for skin conditions including blemishes, oily skin, and insect bites.  Helps keep the body and mind balanced when exposed to continued stress. Cajeput is one of the best essential oils for respiratory conditions and the immune system, and for relieving minor muscle and joint pain.  It is often used in the popular body art of henna to enhance the quality of color.  Cajeput blends well with Bergamot, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Pine Needle, Rosemary, and Lavender.

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) is a warm spicy, yet sweet smelling essential oil. It is believed to be mentally stimulating and to help aid concentration, increase focus, and reduce drowsiness. Cardamom has traditionally been used to soothe digestive issues like heartburn and indigestion, and to support a healthy respiratory system. Cardamom blends well with Cedarwood, Frankincense, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, citruses, and florals like Rose and Ylang Ylang.

Carrot Seed (Daucus carota) has a woody, earthy scent.  It has a wonderful toning action on the body and can be helpful for toxin build-up and water retention. Carrot Seed essential oil can be beneficial for skin care, particularly to revitalize mature skin by adding tone and elasticity to the skin, improving complexion, and helping with aging spots. It's also helpful for supporting a healthy reproductive system and emotional well-being.  Carrot Seed blends well with Geranium, Cedarwood, Juniper Berry, Lavender, spice, and citrus oils.

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) has a pleasing, woody aroma and has been used for centuries in perfumery and as a preservative. It can help combat oily or dry skin, improve skin tone, and soothe inflammation, and is a wonderful addition to skin and hair care regimes. Cedarwood essential oil helps calm nervous tension and anxiety, lessen hyperactivity, enhance concentration, and relax the body, aiding meditation.  Additionally it is supportive for a healthy upper respiratory system and a great addition to home cleaning solutions. Cedarwood blends well with Bergamot, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Rosemary, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Vetiver, and florals like Jasmine, Neroli, and Ylang Ylang.

Chamomile German (Matricaria recutica) has a sweet, warm herbaceous scent. Often referred to as Blue Chamomile for its deep azure color, German Chamomile has greater anti-inflammatory properties than its Roman counterpart due to its higher percentage of azulene. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it one of the best essential oils for skin care and muscle and joint pain. Use as a massage on sore muscles or as a cold compress. Chamomile is a soothing oil that helps ease anxiety, soothe headaches, relieve stress and nervous tension, and promote sleep. German Chamomile blends well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender, Marjoram, Neroli, Rose, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, and Lemon.

Chamomile Roman (Anthemis nobilis) has a sweet, fruity odor often referred to as 'apple-like'. Promotes an inner sense of peace and calming, reduces stress and anxiety, and promotes restful sleep. Can be supportive to healthy reproductive and digestive systems. Chamomile is anti-inflammatory and is often used as a balm for muscle soreness, spasm, and joint pain. Its anti-inflammatory properties also make it an excellent essential oil for skin care and minor wound treatment like soothing insect bites. Roman Chamomile blends well with Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender, Jasmine, Neroli, Geranium, and Rose.

Cinnamon Leaf (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) essential oil has a warm, spicy odor that is warming and mentally stimulating. It aids healthy digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems and is traditionally used to boost the immune system. Add to water with Patchouli and Lavender for a great home air freshener that will also support immune health. Cinnamon is also added to many holiday diffuser blends for its warming properties. Blends well with citruses like Orange and Mandarin, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Clove Bud, and Ginger.

Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus) essential oil has a fresh grassy, lemony scent and is commonly used to ward off insects. It also has a very calming and uplifting effect on the nervous system and can help ease headaches. Citronella acts as a general tonic for the body, helping to relax the body and combat fatigue. It is often used in skin care products to impart a fresh scent. Citronella blends well with Geranium, Cedarwood, Lavender, Peppermint, Pine Needle, and most citruses.

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) has a sweet floral, herbaceous aroma. A relaxing and uplifting essential oil that helps ease emotional stress, it may also help with headaches and anxiety. Supportive to a healthy digestive system and believed to help strengthen the immune system. Clary Sage is reputed to help balance hormones and has historically been used to help alleviate menopause symptoms, regulate irregular menstruation, and reduce menstrual cramps. It is a relaxing and regulating addition to hair and skin care products, especially for oily hair and skin. Clary Sage blends well with Juniper Berry, Lavender, Bergamot, Geranium, Pine Needle, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, and citrus essential oils.

Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophylatta) has a penetrating warm, spicy aroma that is mentally uplifting and stimulating. It helps support healthy respiratory and digestive systems and fortifies the immune system. Because of its trademark reputation as a disinfectant, Clove is a great essential oil to use in room sprays and aromatherapy diffusers. Clove Bud blends well with Rose, Lavender, Vanilla, Clary Sage, Bergamot, Bay, Ylang Ylang, and Lavandin.

Coffee (Coffee arabica) is a very potent and earthy base note.  Like the beverage, the essential oil is mentally stimulating, invigorating, and uplifting.  Coffee is a natural astringent, which makes it a great addition to any body scrubs, balms, lotions, or creams.  Coffee blends well with Vanilla, Sandalwood, citruses, and florals.

Coriander Seed (Coriandrum sativum) has a spicy, pungent woody-herbaceous aroma. It's uplifting, refreshing, and mentally stimulating. Coriander has traditionally been used to support a healthy digestive system and relieve symptoms of indigestion and nausea. A warming essential oil that helps aid circulation, alleviate muscle pain, and detoxify. Coriander Seed blends well with Clary Sage, Bergamot, Jasmine, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Petitgrain, Cypress, Pine Needle, Ginger, and spice and citrus oils.

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) essential oil is calming and soothing. It can be used as an astringent for oily skin or to help regulate excessive sweating. Its antispasmodic properties help relieve cramping muscles and soothe spasmodic coughing. Supportive to healthy reproductive and circulatory systems. Cypress blends well with Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Lavender, Juniper Berry, Marjoram, Pine Needle, Sandalwood, and citrus oils like Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, and Orange.

Dill (Anethum graveolens) essential oil has a fresh warm, spicy aroma and helps when feeling overwhelmed, is calming in moments of crisis, and can help relieve nervous headaches. It’s widely known as a digestive aid for issues such as indigestion, cramping, and flatulence. Dill has historically been used as a galactagogue for increasing milk supply in breastfeeding women. Its antispasmodic properties help relieve cramping muscles, and Dill is often used in skin care to help moisturize, smooth wrinkles, and fight free radical damage. Dill blends well with citrus and spice oils.

Eucalyptus citriodora (Eucalyptus citriodora) is remarkable for its lemony, citronella-like fragrance. Also known as Lemon Eucalyptus, this essential oil is traditionally used to help support the immune system and for upper respiratory health. It is a powerful deodorant and can be added to household cleaners, soaps, and detergents to help disinfect. Eucalyptus citriodora is most effective in deterring insects. It is also useful for minor muscular aches and soreness as well as fungal skin conditions. Lemon Eucalyptus blends well with Cedarwood, Lavender, Lemon, Pine Needle, Rosemary, and Thyme.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is a sharp camphor smelling oil that's invigorating, penetrating, and cleansing. It is one of the best essential oils for diffusing. Helps support healthy immune and respiratory systems, clearing congestion, relieving sinus pressure, and reducing headaches. Eucalyptus is energizing and mentally stimulating while also stress-reducing. It can increase circulation and relieve sore muscles. Eucalyptus blends well with Cedarwood, Lavender, Lemon, Pine Needle, Rosemary, Thyme, and Marjoram. (Not recommended for children under age 12.)

Eucalyptus radiata (Eucalyptus radiata) essential oil is favored for a more subtle camphor aroma than Eucalyptus globulus. Helps support healthy immune and respiratory systems, clearing sinuses, relieving sinus pressure, and reducing headaches. Eucalyptus radiata is a general stimulant and tonic that can help with mental exhaustion, muscle aches, and abdominal or menstrual cramping. Eucalyptus radiata blends well with Cedarwood, Lavender, Lemon, Pine Needle, Rosemary, Thyme, and Marjoram.

Fennel Sweet (Foeniculum vulgare) has a sweet licorice scent. This essential oil is similar to Dill for its soothing action on the digestive system, relieving nausea and abdominal cramping. Additionally, when used in a massage Fennel helps encourage the release of toxins and may help with fluid retention and muscle tone. Fennel is known as an expectorant and can help clear congestion. It is mentally stimulating and improves clarity, focus, and concentration. Fennel blends well with Geranium, Lavender, Rose, and Sandalwood.

Fir Needle (Abies alba) has a clean, pleasant, balsamic-coniferous aroma. This essential oil is emotionally energizing and can help reduce anxiety. Fir makes a great deodorizing room spray, especially during the winter months to help with the ‘winter blues.’ It is warming and grounding. Often used for muscular aches and is beneficial to a healthy respiratory system, soothing coughs and relieving sinus congestion. Fir Needle blends well with Lavender, Lemon, Pine Needle, Myrtle, Niaouli, Frankincense, Cedarwood, and Basil.

Frankincense (Boswellia neglecta) has a fresh, woody, slightly sweet resinous scent. This essential oil is traditionally used for its sacred healing qualities and is thought to slow and deepen your breathing which is conducive for meditation. Frankincense is spiritually grounding and is calming and relaxing without being sedative.  Frankincense is one of the best essential oils for mature, dry, or problematic skin and was used in ancient Egypt in rejuvenating face masks and cosmetics. Supportive to healthy respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. Frankincense blends well with Sandalwood, Vetiver, Pine Needle, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, spices like Cinnamon, and citruses like Orange and Bergamot.

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), also known as Rose Geranium, has a sweet, fresh floral smell similar to Rose. It's uplifting, mentally balancing, and helps relieve stress and anxiety. Geranium is one of the best essential oils for skin care because it helps balance the skin’s production of sebum and is a natural astringent, increasing blood flow and improving skin tone and elasticity. It has traditionally been used to support a healthy reproductive system and ease menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms. Geranium can also help deter insects and outdoor pests. Geranium blends well with Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Patchouli, Sandalwood, and citruses like Bergamot and Grapefruit.

Ginger (Zingiber officinalis) root has a spicy warm, fresh, grounding aroma. When inhaled, Ginger can help relieve jet lag, motion sickness, and nausea. It is a very beneficial essential oil for most digestive issues. Ginger helps support healthy immune, respiratory, and circulatory systems and has a warming and soothing effect on muscles, making it a great oil to add to massage blends for sore muscles. It is emotionally energizing and uplifting and can help with nervous exhaustion. Ginger blends well with Sandalwood, Vetiver, Patchouli, Frankincense, Cedarwood, Coriander, Rose, Linden Blossom, and citruses like Orange.

Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) has a fresh, sweet citrus aroma that is cheerful and uplifting. Great for mental exhaustion and to help recover from jet lag. Often used to combat odors and freshen your environment. It is stimulating to the lymphatic and digestive systems. Grapefruit is one of the best essential oils for skin care as it is a natural astringent and can help improve skin tone, elasticity, blemish-prone and congested or oily skin. It’s also good for muscle fatigue and stiffness as well as immune support. Grapefruit blends well with Lemon, Palmarosa, Bergamot, Linden Blossom, Sandalwood, Neroli, Rosemary, Cypress, Lavender, and Geranium.

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) has a fresh camphor aroma with sweet, spicy undertones. It can be emotionally purifying and cleansing, and helps in situations of stress, anxiety, and nervous tension. This essential oil helps support healthy respiratory, digestive, reproductive, and circulatory systems. Hyssop can soothe minor muscle and joint pain and can help with common skin complaints like bruising and inflammation. Hyssop blends well with Lavender, Rosemary, Myrtle, Clary Sage, Geranium, Fennel, and citrus oils.

Immortelle (Helichrysum italicum), also known as Helichrysum or Everlasting, is very useful in relieving stress and nervous tension and fighting lethargy. Immortelle is the best essential oil for bruises and helps with swelling and inflammation, as well as other skin conditions like blemishes, minor wound care, and athlete’s foot. Historically used in Europe for respiratory issues and to boost immunity to fight infections, Immortelle also helps support healthy digestive and muscular systems. It is commonly used in meditation to promote reflection and self-growth. Immortelle blends well with Chamomile, Clary Sage, Lavender, Geranium, Rose, Clove Bud, and citruses like Orange and Bergamot.

Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum) is a rich, warm, exotic floral fragrance known for its warming aphrodisiac properties. It is calming and emotionally-balancing and helps promote confidence, optimism, and creativity. Add to any personal fragrance for an extra boost. Jasmine Absolute helps support healthy reproductive, immune, and respiratory systems. It is moisturizing and soothing when used in hair and skin care products, especially with dry, irritated, or sensitive skin. Jasmine blends well with Rose, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, and citruses.

Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis) essential oil has a sweet, fresh, woody-balsamic odor that is mentally stimulating. It is calming and stress-reducing without being sedative. Because of its powerful detoxifying properties, it can have a rejuvenating effect on the body. A natural astringent, Juniper can be used as a skin toner and for oily or inflamed skin. Juniper is cleansing, both spiritually and environmentally - add to any room spray for immune support or diffuse during meditation or purification rituals. Helps support muscle and joint issues as well as healthy respiratory and digestive systems. Juniper Berry blends well with Vetiver, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Lavender, Lavandin, Geranium, citruses, and coniferous oils like Pine Needle and Cypress.

Lavandin (Lavandula hybrida super) essential oil is a cross of  True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia).  This hybrid has Lavender's familiar sweet floral scent but with a hint of camphor. Its uses and benefits are similar to Lavender, but due to its higher percentage of camphor Lavandin can be more stimulating and better for respiratory, circulatory, and muscular conditions. Lavandin blends well with Citronella, Cypress, Pine Needle, Clary Sage, Geranium, Thyme, Patchouli, Rosemary, spice oils, and citruses like Bergamot and Lime.

Lavender has a light, sweet floral scent. The variety from France (Lavandula. angustifolium) has a softer, more complex scent than the one from Bulgaria (Lavandula vera), but shares many of the same properties. Undeniably the most popular essential oil for all age groups, it is therapeutically superior for a wide variety of conditions and definitely the number one choice for first aid. Lavender can be used for minor wounds like bruises, burns, cuts and scrapes, bug bites, and sunburn. Supportive to healthy reproductive, respiratory, lymphatic, circulatory, muscular, and immune systems. Lavender is great for skin care as its anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties help soothe irritated and sensitive skin. Of course, it is widely known as the best essential oil for relaxation as it helps calm stress and anxiety, eases headaches, and promotes restful sleep. Lavender blends well with most oils, but especially Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Pine Needle, Geranium, Vetiver, Patchouli, citruses, and floral oils.

Lemon (Citrus limon) has a light, fresh citrus scent that’s uplifting, energizing, and promotes optimism. Lemon is great to add to household cleaners, soaps, and air fresheners or diffusers. It helps support healthy immune, respiratory, circulatory, and digestive systems. Lemon is one of the best essential oils for skin care because of its natural astringent properties - it can be used as a skin toner, to balance oily skin, and brighten dull skin. Commonly used to ease stress, combat fatigue, and insomnia. Lemon blends well with Lavender, Lavandin, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Chamomile, Fennel, Eucalyptus, Juniper Berry, other citruses, and floral oils like Neroli, Ylang Ylang, Rose, and Geranium.

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) has a penetrating fresh, grassy-citrus scent that’s uplifting, invigorating, and encouraging. Lemongrass is a good essential oil to use when emotionally or physically lethargic or when needing help focusing. It can help increase circulation and is naturally astringent, making it a good skin and muscle toner that can also help improve elasticity and reduce muscular pain. Lemongrass helps boost the immune system and can help fight fevers and infections. Both the plant and the essential oil have been used for centuries to deter insects as well as to ease symptoms of indigestion. It is a deodorant that can be added to soaps, detergents, and air fresheners. Lemongrass blends well with Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Myrrh, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rosemary, citruses, and spices like Cardamom and Ginger.

Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) has a fresh, sweet citrus scent that is very mentally uplifting and refreshing. It has great restorative properties and has historically been used for cleansing, purifying, and renewing both spirit and mind. Lime essential oil helps strengthen the immune system, reducing the frequency of infections, reducing fevers, and easing coughs and congestion. It is a good skin toner that can also improve the appearance of oily, dull, and blemish-prone skin. Lime is a great addition to household cleaners and air fresheners. Lime blends well with Neroli, Citronella, Lavender, Lavandin, Rosemary, Clary Sage, Spearmint, and other citruses.

Linden Blossom (Tilia americana) has a sweet, spicy floral aroma that’s slightly citrusy. It’s typically considered a relaxant as it has a sedative effect on the nervous system and is calming and emotionally soothing. Linden Blossom has been used to relieve headaches and reduce stress and nervous tension. It is a mild astringent and emollient that can help soften and tone the skin, lessening the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes. Linden is supportive to healthy digestive and immune systems. It makes a great addition to any personal fragrance or perfume. Linden Blossom blends well with Ginger, Sandalwood, florals, and citruses like Grapefruit and Lime.

Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) essential oil has a sweet, citrusy floral scent that is uplifting and revitalizing. It helps ease anxiety, stress, nervous tension, and 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 as an air freshener to combat odors and purify the air. It is considered safe for use around children and pregnant women. Mandarin blends well with German Chamomile, Geranium, Lemongrass, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosemary, citruses like Neroli, and spices like Coriander, Cinnamon, and Clove Bud.

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 and 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, can provide relief from headaches, and is great for adding to household cleaning solutions. Marjoram blends well with Lavender, Rosemary, Bergamot, Chamomile, Cypress, Cedarwood, Tea Tree, and Eucalyptus.

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 and cleansing a room and a popular addition to household cleansers and air fresheners. 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. Maychang blends well with Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Sandalwood, Vetiver, citrus, and woodsy essential oils.

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. Traditionally thought to be helpful for female reproductive health. Melissa blends well with Lavender, Geranium, Chamomile, Petitgrain, citruses, and florals like Neroli and Rose.

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 the skin. Use Myrrh in chest balms or inhalation to relieve respiratory issues and congestion and boost immune health. It can soothe digestive complaints, aid in detoxification, and support reproductive health. Myrrh blends well with Frankincense (especially to facilitate meditation), Sandalwood, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Mandarin, Geranium, Patchouli, Thyme, Lavender, Pine Needle, and spice essential oils.

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. Use in a chest rub, diffuser, or inhalation to clear congestion and for cough relief. 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. Make a deodorizing air freshener with Myrtle that has the added effect of strengthening the immune system. Myrtle blends well with Bergamot, Lavandin, Lavender, Rosemary, Hyssop, Lime, Tea Tree, Spearmint, and spice oils like Ginger, Clove, Cardamom, and Coriander.

Neroli (Citrus aurantium), also known as Orange Blossom, has an exquisite floral-citrus aroma that is wonderfully uplifting and often used in perfumery. It is calming and emotionally balancing which helps to soothe anxiety and stress, encourage happiness, and lift moods. Neroli essential oil balances, tones, and moisturizes the skin to improve its appearance, especially in cases of dry, sensitive, or mature skin. It is also believed to lessen the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks. Neroli acts as a tonic, keeping both body and mind in balance and healthy. It is supportive to healthy digestive, muscular, immune, and respiratory systems. Neroli blends well with Chamomile, Coriander, Geranium, Lavender, Rose, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, and citruses like Lemon.

Niaouli (Melaleuca viridiflora) smells like Eucalyptus (clearing and penetrating) but has properties similar to Tea Tree. This essential oil has traditionally been used to cleanse minor cuts, scrapes, burns, and bug bites and speed healing. Niaouli may also help reduce the appearance of scars and balance oily skin. It is supportive of respiratory health by opening airways, clearing congestion, and strengthening the immune system. Niaouli stimulates circulation which aids in soothing sore muscles and joints. Niaouli blends well with Cedarwood, Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Pine Needle, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetiver, and citruses.

Orange (Citrus sinensis) is sweet, fresh and fruity smelling. This uplifting essential oil helps alleviate tension and stress, fight fatigue, boost mental clarity, and encourage a positive outlook. It is considered a tonic, strengthening and regulating bodily systems and boosting immunity. Orange can be used to improve dull and oily complexions, tone the skin, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Orange promotes better digestion, relieves indigestion and cramping, and helps rid the body of toxins and fluid accumulation. It is commonly used in disinfecting household cleansers and air fresheners. Orange blend well with Lavender, Neroli, Lemon, Clary Sage, Myrrh, and spice oils like Cinnamon and Clove Bud.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) has a warm, spicy herbaceous aroma. Oregano is a great essential oil to diffuse for respiratory issues to clear congestion, relax inflamed lungs and throat, and reduce coughing. It can be added to disinfecting household cleansers to maintain a healthy home and boost immunity. Stimulating and anti-inflammatory, Oregano can provide relief from muscular and joint pain, promote digestion, and support reproductive health. Oregano blends well with Lavender, Lavandin, Pine Needle, Citronella, Rosemary, and Cedarwood. CAUTION: This oil can be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes and is best used via inhalation. If applied topically it should be diluted to no more than 1% and first tested on a small patch of skin.

Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini) has a sweet, floral, rosy-geranium aroma. This essential oil is refreshing, clarifying, calming, and uplifting. Palmarosa moisturizes and helps balance sebum production for dry, oily, or combination skin types, improving the appearance of skin. Considered a tonic, herbalists believe its antimicrobial properties strengthen the immune system, helping to keep your body well during times of stress. Supports a healthy digestive system and stimulates circulation, relieving muscular aches from over-exertion. Palmarosa blends well with Geranium, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Patchouli, citruses, and florals like Rose.

Patchouli (Pogostemon patchouli) has a deep, rich, earthy aroma that is mentally grounding and balancing. Patchouli is one of the best essential oils for skin care due to its versatility - it can help moisturize dry and cracked skin, regulate oily and blemish-prone skin, and overall keep skin looking healthy, young, and vibrant. Patchouli is considered a tonic, having an overall toning effect to help optimize metabolic function and strengthen the immune system. It stimulates blood circulation, digestion, and the elimination of toxins and excess water. Historically believed to be a prophylactic, helping prevent the spread of disease and infection. Patchouli blends well with Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, and Myrrh.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has a penetrating grassy, mint scent that's mentally stimulating and energy boosting. It helps increase focus, mental clarity, memory, alertness, and concentration while soothing nervous stress. One of the best essential oils for your first aid kit, Peppermint is believed to help relieve headache symptoms and provide relief from nasal and respiratory congestion caused by allergies or the common cold. Widely known as a digestive aid, Peppermint can be used to alleviate common digestive complaints like bloating, cramping, nausea, motion sickness, and upset stomach. It nourishes dry skin and be used in hair care to relieve scalp irritation and dryness, stimulate hair growth, and give hair a shiny, fresh look. Peppermint is also known to deter mice, ants, and spiders. Peppermint blends well with Rosemary, Lavender, Marjoram, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and other mints.

Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium) has a fresh, woody, and citrusy-floral aroma. This essential oil comes from the leaves of the bitter orange tree. It is uplifting, calming, and balancing, soothing stress and anxiety. Petitgrain induces relaxation in tissues, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels which can promote digestion and ease abdominal cramping and discomfort. It is used in skin care to maintain moisture and oil balance of the skin for all skin types, toning, and preventing blemishes. Petitgrain is a fantastic deodorant, and is commonly used in personal deodorants, soaps, detergents, and air fresheners.  It's been used to support the immune system to help ward off general illnesses. Petitgrain blends well with Lavender, Bergamot, Geranium, Rosemary, Palmarosa, Jasmine, Frankincense, Orange, and Neroli.

Pine Needle (Pinus sylvestris) with its clean, forest fragrance is mentally refreshing. It is energizing and mood-elevating, providing mental clarity and improved concentration and memory. Best essential oil for use in a diffuser as a natural remedy for colds and coughs to ease congestion and clear nasal and respiratory passages. Pine is commonly used in household cleansers as a disinfectant that can also strengthen the immune system and deodorize any environment. It can stimulate circulation and reduce muscle and joint pain and inflammation. Pine is purifying, aids detoxification, and is beneficial for dry and itchy skin. It blends well with Cedarwood, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemon, Juniper Berry, Niaouli, Eucalyptus, and Marjoram.

Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica) has a spicy, fresh camphoraceous scent. It is a powerful remedy for cold symptoms and congestion, and can help boost immunity and prevent illness. Add to household cleaners as a disinfectant. Ravensara essential oil has been traditionally used to cleanse wounds, cuts, and scrapes as well as common skin conditions like chapped skin and cold sores. It may also help with fungal problems including skin and nail bed issues. As a relaxant, Ravensara can reduce muscle spasms, cramps, and nervous tension. It is emotionally rejuvenating, inducing feelings of peace and tranquility which can promote restful sleep. Ravensara blends well with Bay, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus Radiata, Frankincense, Ginger, Lavender, Grapefruit, Lemon, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Thyme, and balsams like Cypress and Juniper Berry.

Rose (Rosa damascena) has an exquisite, rich floral fragrance that helps relieve stress and nervous tension, boost confidence, self-esteem, and mental strength. This essential oil is excellent for skin care, particularly for mature, dry, or sensitive skin, to reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles, tone, firm, and moisturize the skin. Rose works to balance hormones and support female reproductive health by relieving cramping, nausea, pain, and fatigue related to menstruation. It is commonly thought of as an aphrodisiac. Rose blends well with Bergamot, Immortelle, Frankincense, Lavender, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Chamomile, and florals like Jasmine, Neroli, and Geranium.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) has a strong, fresh, herbaceous aroma. It has a stimulating effect on the brain, improving cognitive function by increasing concentration, focus, clarity, and memory retention. Rosemary essential oil is commonly seen in hair care products that relieve dryness and flakiness associated with dandruff. It also stimulates the hair follicles which may promote hair growth and overall health. When used for skin care, Rosemary can improve skin hydration and elasticity while reducing irritation and excessive oil production. It also helps soothe tired muscles, fortifies healthy immune and respiratory systems, and stimulates circulation. Rosemary blends well with Basil, Cedarwood, Citronella, Lavender, Lavandin, Peppermint, Pine Needle, Frankincense, Thyme, Oregano, and citruses.

Sandalwood (Santalum album) has an exotic, soft, woody scent. It is spiritually grounding and has a calming influence on the mind and emotions. Sandalwood essential oil is very useful in skin care to moisturize dry, chapped, or cracked skin, soothe irritation, and improve tone and complexion. It was traditionally thought to be disinfecting and was used as incense in cleansing rituals to purify the air. Today Sandalwood is believed to boost the immune system, relieve respiratory issues, and relax nerves and muscles to ease spasms, cramping, and tension. Sandalwood is an endangered species. Wyndmere purchases only AG marked oil from plantations that practice reforestation and is approved for exportation by the Indian government. Sandalwood blends well with Bergamot, Clove Bud, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rose, Myrrh, Black Pepper, and Vetiver.

Spearmint (Mentha spicata) has a sweet minty-fresh aroma which is mentally stimulating. It is restorative and invigorating, can help relieve stress and nervous tension, aid concentration, and fight fatigue and jet lag. Wonderful for its cooling properties, Spearmint essential oil can provide relief from headaches as well as digestive complaints like nausea, cramping, and indigestion. Its properties are similar to Peppermint but more gentle, making it suitable for use with children. Spearmint blends well with Basil, Rosemary, Peppermint, Grapefruit, Lime, Tangerine, and Lavender.

Tangerine (Citrus reticulata) is very sweet, floral citrus scent that's uplifting and stress-relieving. It can help fight fatigue, irritability, nervous tension, and can aid sleep, especially when combined with Lavender. Tangerine has traditionally been used as a detoxifying agent, promoting the removal of toxins and excess fluid as well as boosting immunity and fortifying against illness. This essential oil is often used as an air freshener to combat odors. It is used in skin care to maintain oil and moisture balance and smooth, soften, and brighten skin. Tangerine blends well with Clary Sage, Frankincense, Lavender, other citruses like Neroli, and spice oils like Cinnamon and Clove.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) has a fresh, spicy camphor scent that is cleansing and revitalizing. It is another must-have essential oil for every home first aid kit, as it is most commonly used to prevent infection and speed healing of minor cuts, scrapes, burns, bug bites, rashes, and other wounds. Tea Tree’s antioxidant and cleansing properties make it one of the best essential oils for skin care to help clear pores, regulate oil production, and improve the appearance of blemishes, scars, and age spots. It is reputed to be effective against nail bed fungus, dandruff, warts, and athlete’s foot. Tea Tree helps boost the immune system and can relieve respiratory conditions by clearing congestion and reducing inflammation and pain in the airways. It is the best essential oil to add to household cleaners and has been shown to control mold. It is also commonly added to deodorants, hand sanitizers, and natural insect repellents. Use in shampoos for a healthy scalp and to prevent lice. Tea Tree blends well with Lavender, Lavandin, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Lemon, Pine Needle, Geranium, Marjoram, and spice oils like Clove Bud.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a stimulating oil with a strong, woody, herbaceous aroma that is energizing, mentally stimulating, and stress-relieving. This is a wonderful essential oil to help strengthen a healthy immune system and prevent infections. Thyme can boost circulation, aid toxin removal, and act as an anti-inflammatory to help soothe minor aches and pains. It may improve the appearance of scars and other signs of aging, and help keep skin clear, moisturized, and vibrant. Thyme has also been used to promote healing, prevent inflammatory pain, and prevent infection in minor wounds. It is beneficial to healthy digestive and respiratory systems and is a great essential oil to add to household cleaners, air fresheners, and hand sanitizers. Thyme blends well with Bergamot, Lavender, Lavandin, Lemon, Marjoram, Pine Needle, Rosemary, and Melissa.

Thyme,Wild (Thymus serpyllum) is a stimulating oil with a soft, woody, herbaceous aroma. This variety is grown wild and considered more gentle than Thymus vulgaris but has similar properties. It's rejuvenating and helps support mental clarity. This is a wonderful essential oil to help strengthen a healthy immune system and prevent infections. Thyme can boost circulation, aid toxin removal, and act as an anti-inflammatory to help soothe minor aches and pains. It may improve the appearance of scars and other signs of aging, and help keep skin clear, moisturized, and vibrant. Thyme has also been used to prevent infection in minor wounds. It is beneficial to healthy digestive and respiratory systems and is a great essential oil to add to household cleaners, air fresheners, and hand sanitizers. Thyme blends well with Bergamot, Lavender, Lavandin, Lemon, Marjoram, Pine Needle, Rosemary, and Melissa.

Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia) has a rich, warm, sweet-vanilla aroma. It is comforting and relaxing and has a calming effect on the nervous system which may help relieve stress, anxiety, anger, and restlessness. Vanilla has sedative properties that can soothe inflammation and hyperactivity in respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and nervous systems. As an antioxidant it can be a wonderful addition to your daily skin and hair care regime. Vanilla is also thought of as an aphrodisiac and is commonly used in perfumery. Vanilla blends well with Sandalwood, Vetiver, Orange, spice oils, florals, and citruses.

Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) has a rich, smoky, earthy aroma that's deeply relaxing and grounding. It's very calming in stressful situations and promotes meditation and sleep. Vetiver essential oil can help even skin tone, balance oily skin, and reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and blemishes. It improves circulation, helping soothe muscular and joint stiffness, aches, and pains. Vetiver helps support reproductive health, and is commonly used in perfumery and blending. It has traditionally been used as a natural insect repellent. Vetiver blends well with Sandalwood, Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Lavender, and Patchouli.

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) has a sweet and exoticly floral fragrance. It is emotionally uplifting, promoting feelings of joyfulness while reducing stress, anxiety, and tension. Ylang Ylang essential oil tends to regulate sebum production, helping with irritated and oily skin. It was traditionally thought to have a stimulating effect on the scalp, promoting hair growth and overall health. Ylang Ylang also benefits the cardiac, reproductive, and immune systems. This product is often preferred by aromatherapists because it is thought to be a more complete representation of the plant and its therapeutic properties. Ylang Ylang blends well with Jasmine, Bergamot, Rose, Vetiver, Clary Sage, Petitgrain, Cedarwood, and citrus essential oils.

Ylang Ylang Extra (Cananga odorata) has an intensely sweet exoticly floral fragrance. A sensual and mentally exhilarating essential oil which inspires creativity and joyfulness, it has a very calming effect and may help with melancholy. Ylang Ylang tends to regulate sebum production, helping with irritated and oily skin. It was traditionally thought to have a stimulating effect on the scalp, promoting hair growth and overall health. Ylang Ylang also benefits the cardiac, reproductive, and immune systems. This product is the most fragrant grade from the multi-phased steam distillation process unique to this flower, and is often used in perfumes. Ylang Ylang blends well with Jasmine, Bergamot, Rose, Vetiver, Clary Sage, Petitgrain, Cedarwood, and citrus essential oils.

**This guide is not intended as medical advice.  For any medical conditions, you should always consult your physician.  The statements herein are based on traditional or common use of essential oils and are made for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated by the FDA.  These products are not meant to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any illness, disease, condition or symptom.