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aromatherapy essential oils guide

Angelica Root 

Is a tonic and supports immune and respiratory systems, a fortifying essential oil used to restore strength and stamina, to combat stress, anxiety, nervous tension, and exhaustion.  It's a great to soothe dry and irritated skin, and helps stimulate circulation and relieve indigestion.  


Uplifting essential oil that inspires confidence and has a clarifying effect on the brain. Use to improve concentration, alertness, and memory retention. Beneficial to healthy respiratory and digestive systems, helping with sinus congestion and nausea.  


Warming and stimulating essential oil that improves circulation and soothes minor muscle sprains and strains.  Is stimulating and is used in hair and scalp tonics for greasy hair and to reduce dandruff. It’s mentally stimulating and invigorating and supports healthy immune and circulatory systems. Bay can be irritating to the skin, so dilute properly before using.  


Uplifting and refreshing with a fresh sweet-citrus, floral scent. It's a tonic for frazzled nerves and can soothe anxiety and lift melancholy. Bergamot supports to digestive and upper respiratory systems, and is used for blemish-prone skin. Also used as an air freshener to combat odors. 

Birch Sweet  

Medicinal yet refreshing minty wintergreen and very invigorating. Used as an analgesic, and warming properties soothe muscular aches and pains. It improves circulation, remove toxins, and as an astringent makes it a good skin toner.  A  powerful essential oil best used intermittently and properly diluted. 

Black Pepper 

Warming. A stimulating oil, is comforting and motivating. Black Pepper is one of the best oils for common muscular aches and pains.  It is supportive to the digestive system and can stimulate appetite. Black Pepper may increase circulation and support the immune system.


Warm spicy 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. 



Woody aroma, traditionally used in perfumery as a preservative. Combats oily or dry skin, improve skin tone, and soothe inflammation. Cedarwood calms nervous tension and anxiety, lessen hyperactivity, enhance concentration, and relaxes the body, aiding in meditation. Supportive for upper respiratory system and great for home cleaning solutions. 


Chamomile German 

Known as Blue Chamomile for its color, Great anti-inflammatory properties due to its higher percentage of azulene. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it one of the best oils for skin care and muscle and joint pain. Chamomile is a soothing oil that helps ease anxiety, soothe headaches, relieve stress and nervous tension, and promote sleep. 


Chamomile Roman 

Promotes an inner sense of peace, reduces stress and anxiety, and promotes restful sleep. Supportive to reproductive and digestive systems. Anti-inflammatory, often used as a balm for muscle soreness, spasm, and joint pain. Excellent essential oil for skin care and minor wound treatment like soothing insect bites. 


Cinnamon Leaf

Warming and mentally stimulating. It aids healthy digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems and is used to boost the immune system.



Used to ward off insects. Very calming and uplifting effect on the nervous system and helps ease headaches. Citronella acts as a general tonic for the body, helping to relax the body and combat fatigue. It is used in skin care products to impart a fresh scent. 


Clary Sage 

Relaxing and uplifting, helps ease emotional stress, headaches and anxiety. Supportive to a healthy digestive system and to help strengthen the immune system. Clary Sage helps balance hormones and is used to help alleviate menopause symptoms, regulate menstruation, and reduce menstrual cramps. It is a regulating addition to hair and skin care products, for oily hair and skin. 



Uplifting and stimulating. Supports healthy respiratory and digestive systems and fortifies the immune system. Is also a disinfectant, Clove is a great essential oil to use in room sprays and aromatherapy diffusers. 



Calming and soothing, used as an astringent for oily skin or to help regulate excessive sweating. Is antispasmodic and relieves cramping muscles and soothe coughing. Supports reproductive and circulatory systems. 



Invigorating, penetrating, and cleansing. Best oil for diffusing. Supports immune and respiratory systems, clearing congestion, relieving sinuses and reducing headaches. Energizing and mentally stimulating while stress-reducing. Increases circulation and relieves sore muscles.  (Not recommended for children under age 12.) 



Similar to Dill for its soothing action on the digestive system, relieving nausea and abdominal cramping. Used in a massage to release toxins and help with fluid retention and muscle tone. Fennel is known as an expectorant and clears congestion. It is mentally stimulating and improves clarity, focus, and concentration. 


Fir Needle

Emotionally energizing and can reduce anxiety. Great deodorizing room spray, especially during the winter months to help with the ‘winter blues.’ Warming and grounding. Used for muscular aches and is beneficial to the respiratory system, soothing coughs and relieving sinus congestion. 



Used for its sacred healing qualities and slows and deepen your breathing which is conducive for meditation. Frankincense is spiritually grounding, calming and relaxing without being sedative.  Frankincense is one of the best essential oils for mature, dry, or problematic skin and was used in Egypt in rejuvenating masks and cosmetics. Supportive to respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. 



Uplifting, mentally balancing, and relieves stress and anxiety. 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 used to support the reproductive system and ease menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms. Geranium can also help deter insects and outdoor pests. 



Can relieve jet lag, motion sickness, and nausea. Beneficial  for most digestive issues. Ginger helps support healthy immune, respiratory, and circulatory systems and has a warming and soothing effect on sore muscles. It is emotionally energizing and uplifting and helps with nervous exhaustion. 



Great for mental exhaustion and to recover from jet lag. Used to combat odors and freshen your environment. Stimulating to the lymphatic , immune and digestive systems. 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.


Also known as Everlasting, useful in relieving stress, nervous tension and fighting lethargy. 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. Used for respiratory issues and to boost immunity to fight infections, also supports digestive and muscular systems. It is used in meditation to promote reflection and self-growth.



Warming aphrodisiac properties. Calming and emotionally-balancing, helps promote confidence, optimism, and creativity. 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. 


Juniper Berry

Mentally stimulating. It is calming and stress-reducing without being sedative. Because of its powerful detoxifying properties, has a rejuvenating effect. A natural astringent, Juniper can be used as a skin toner and for oily or inflamed skin. Juniper is cleansing, both spiritually and environmentally - Diffuse during meditation or purification rituals. Helps muscle and joint issues as well as the respiratory and digestive systems. 



Is the most popular essential oil, it is therapeutically superior for a variety of conditions and the number one choice for first aid. Lavender is 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. Great for skin care as its anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties help soothe irritated and sensitive skin. Best oil for relaxation as it helps calm stress and anxiety, eases headaches, and promotes restful sleep.



Uplifting, energizing, and promotes optimism. Great to add to household cleaners, soaps, and air fresheners or diffusers. It helps support healthy immune, respiratory, circulatory, and digestive systems. One of the best essential oils for skin care because of its natural astringent properties - Used as a skin toner, to balance oily skin, and brighten dull skin. Also used to ease stress, combat fatigue, and insomnia.


Uplifting, invigorating, and encouraging. Good essential oil to use when emotionally or physically lethargic or when needing help focusing. Increases circulation and is naturally astringent, making it a good skin and muscle toner and improves elasticity and reduces muscular pain. Boosts the immune system and can help fight fevers and infections. Used 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. 



Mentally uplifting and refreshing. Restorative properties and used for cleansing, purifying, and renewing both spirit and mind. Helps strengthen the immune system, reducing the frequency of infections,  fevers, and easing coughs and congestion. It is a good skin toner and improves the appearance of oily, dull, and blemish-prone skin. 


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. 



Warm, has a soothing, fortifying, and warming effect. It is comforting, 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, immune-boosting and can support the respiratory system. It also is supportive of reproductive health, provides relief from headaches, great for adding to household cleaning solutions. 


Also known as Lemon Balm. It is calming and uplifting, helping soothe anxiety, balance emotions, and promote a positive outlook. 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. Traditionally thought to be helpful for female reproductive health. 



Warm. Traditionally use in spiritual and meditative rituals. Great essential oil to use for improving the appearance of mature skin as it can help smooth and tone the skin. Use in chest balms or inhalation to relieve respiratory issues, congestion and boost immune health. It can soothe digestive complaints, aid in detoxification, and support reproductive health. 


Or Orange Blossom. Uplifting and often used in perfumery. It is calming and emotionally balancing which helps to soothe anxiety and stress, encourage happiness, and lift moods. It balances, tones, and moisturizes the skin to improve its appearance, especially in cases of dry, sensitive, or mature skin. Lessen the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks. Neroli is a tonic, keeping both body and mind in balance and healthy. It is supportive to healthy digestive, muscular, immune, and respiratory systems.



Uplifting essential oil helps alleviate tension and stress, fight fatigue, boost mental clarity, and encourage positivity. It is a tonic, strengthens and regulates bodily systems and boosts immunity. Used to improve dull and oily complexions, tone the skin, and reduce wrinkles and fine lines. Promotes digestion, relieves indigestion and cramping, and helps rid  of toxins and fluid accumulation. Used in disinfecting household cleansers and air fresheners. 



One of the best essential oils for skin care, moisturizes dry and cracked skin, regulates oily and blemish-prone skin, and keeps skin looking healthy, young, and vibrant. Is a tonic, and helps optimize metabolic function and strengthen the immune system. It stimulates blood circulation, digestion, and the elimination of toxins and excess water. Used to be a prophylactic, helping prevent the spread of disease and infection. 



Stimulating and energy boosting. It helps to focus, for mental clarity, memory, alertness, and concentration while soothing stress. One of the best  oils for your first aid kit, helps relieve headache  and relieves nasal and respiratory congestion caused by allergies or the common cold. Known as a digestive aid, Peppermint alleviates 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, helps hair growth, and give hair a shiny, fresh look. Peppermint is also deters mice, ants, and spiders. 


It is energizing and mood-elevating, providing mental clarity and improved concentration and memory. Best oil for colds and coughs to ease congestion and clear nasal and respiratory passages. Commonly used in household cleansers as a disinfectant, also strengthens the immune system and deodorizes. Stimulates circulation and reduces muscle and joint pain and inflammation. Pine is purifying, aids detoxification, and is beneficial for dry and itchy skin. 


Decrease stress and tension, boost confidence, self-esteem, and mental strength. 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. It balances hormones and supports female reproductive health, relieving cramping, nausea, pain, and fatigue related to menstruation. Used as an aphrodisiac. 



Stimulating on the brain, improving cognitive function by increasing concentration, focus, clarity, and memory retention. Commonly seen in hair care products that relieve dryness and flakiness associated with dandruff. It stimulates the hair follicles which may promote hair growth.  Rosemary can improve skin hydration and elasticity while reducing irritation and excessive oil production. It helps soothe tired muscles, fortifies healthy immune and respiratory systems, and stimulates circulation. 



Spiritually grounding and has a calming influence. Useful in skin care to moisturize dry, chapped, or cracked skin, soothe irritation, and improve tone and complexion. Used as disinfecting and as incense in cleansing rituals to purify the air. It boosts the immune system, relieve respiratory issues, and relax nerves and muscles spasms, cramping, and tension. Sandalwood is an endangered species. 



Minty-fresh aroma which is mentally stimulating, restorative and invigorating, can relieve stress and tension, aid concentration, and fight fatigue and jet lag. Cooling properties, Spearmint essential oil can provide relief from headaches and digestive complaints like nausea, cramping, and indigestion. Similar to Peppermint but more gentle, making it suitable for use with children.


Uplifting and stress-relieving. It can fight fatigue, irritability, tension, and can aid sleep. Used as a detoxifying agent, promoting the removal of toxins and excess fluid as well as boosting immunity and fortifying against illness. Used as an air freshener to combat odors. Used in skin care to maintain oil and moisture balance and smooth, soften, and brighten skin. 


Tea Tree 

Cleansing and revitalizing. Essential for every home first aid kit, 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, used 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 boosts the immune system and relieves respiratory conditions, clearing congestion and reducing inflammation and pain in the airways. Add to household cleaners and to control mold. Also added to deodorants, sanitizers, and insect repellents. Use in shampoos  to prevent lice. 



Stimulating , energizing, mentally stimulating, and stress-relieving. Helps strengthen the immune system and prevent infections. Boosts circulation, aid toxin removal, and act as an anti-inflammatory to soothe minor aches and pains. Improves the appearance of scars and other signs of aging, and keeps skin clear, moisturized, and vibrant. Used to promote healing, prevent inflammatory pain, and infection of minor wounds. Beneficial to healthy digestive and respiratory systems and good for household cleaners, air fresheners, and hand sanitizers.


Comforting and relaxing, has a calming effect on the nervous system which may help relieve stress, anxiety, anger, and restlessness. Has sedative properties that soothe inflammation and hyperactivity in respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and nervous systems. As an antioxidant is a wonderful addition to your daily skin and hair care regime. Is also an aphrodisiac and is commonly used in perfumery. 


Relaxing and grounding. Calming in stressful situations, promotes meditation and sleep. It can help even skin tone, balance oily skin, and reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and blemishes. It improves circulation, soothes muscular and joint stiffness, aches, and pains. Support reproductive health, and is commonly used in perfumery blending. It has been used as a natural insect repellent. 

Ylang Ylang 

Uplifting, promoting feelings of joyfulness while reducing stress, anxiety, and tension. Regulates sebum production, helping with irritated and oily skin. Traditionally thought to have a stimulating effect on the scalp, promoting hair growth and overall health. Benefits the cardiac, reproductive, and immune systems. 

*This guide is not intended as medical advice. 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.

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