The Essentials of Essential Oils

Essential oils are the essence of a plants fragrance.  They are known as “essential” oils because they are the “essence” of the plant!  They are extracted from natural plant sources and then concentrated into the form of an oil.  Essential oils are typically taken from a plants flowers, leaves, wood, bark, roots, seeds, or peel.

There are tons of essential oils available for consumer use!  Typically, they are used for aromatherapy.  You can add essential oils to a carrier oil for use during a massage, or simply put a couple drops into a diffusor to change the atmosphere of the room.


Here is a list of the common essential oils and some of the benefits of using them:

  • Cassia


  • Cinnamon – can be used to help clear the lungs and breathe easier


  • Sassafras
  • Allspice
  • Juniper
  • Cannabis


  • Chamomile – mild calming, can be used when stress begins to build


  • Clary sage


  • Clove – very grounding, great for using during meditation


  • Hops
  • Hyssop
  • Jasmine


  • Lavender – very calming… great to use just before bed for a good night’s sleep


  • Manuka
  • Marjoram


  • Orange – very energizing!  great for use in the morning, or for an afternoon pick-me-up


  • Pelargonium


  • Plumeria – beautiful scent, good for use as a homemade perfume


  • Rose


  • Ylang-ylang – considered an aphrodisiac


  • Basil
  • Bay leaves
  • Buchu
  • Common sage


  • Eucalyptus – used for cleaning, disinfecting, and sometimes even vermin control


  • Guava


  • Lemongrass – can be used as an all-natural insect repellant!


  • Melaleaca
  • Oregano
  • Patchouli


  • Peppermint – can be used to increase mental clarity and diminish brain fog


  • Pine
  • Rosemary
  • Spearmint


  • Tea tree – commonly used to treat a multitude of skin conditions, including cuts and burns


  • Thyme
  • Tsuga
  • Wintergreen
  • Bergamont
  • Grapefruit


  • Lemon – energizing and refreshing! great for use first thing in the morning


  • Lime
  • Tangerine
  • Benzoin
  • Copaiba
  • Frankinsense
  • Labdanum


  • Myrrh – very grounding, perfect for meditation or yoga


  • Galangal
  • Ginger
  • Valerian
  • Anise
  • Celery
  • Cumin
  • Flax


  • Nutmeg – traditionally used for illnesses with the digestive or nervous system


  • Agarwood
  • Camphor
  • Cedar
  • Rosewood


  • Sandalwood – mainly used in cosmetics for its pleasant aroma!


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