Below is a list of commonly used essential oils, and the wellness benefits they claim to promote. If you are new to essential oils, and just looking to learn more great, but make sure you consult an MD before applying any type of holistic approach to physical wellness.
Angelica Root has a sweet, musky scent. It is a superb tonic and supports a healthy immune system. It has been used since antiquity to help restore strength and stamina during periods of convalescence.
Basil smells garden-fresh, spicy and floral. It has a clarifying effect on the brain and helps with mental alertness. An uplifting oil that inspires confidence, Basil can be beneficial to healthy respiratory and digestive systems.
Bay has a spicy, balsamic scent. A mentally stimulating, invigorating oil that is often used in hair and scalp tonics. Bay can be irritating to the skin, so dilute properly before using.
Bergamot is wonderfully uplifting and refreshing with a fruity, floral scent. It’s considered a tonic for frazzled nerves. Can be supportive to healthy digestive and upper respiratory systems. Often used as an air freshener to combat odors.
Birch Sweet 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. A very powerful oil best used intermittently.
Black Pepper has a warm, spicy scent. A stimulating oil that is comforting and motivating. It is supportive to a healthy digestive system and helpful for common muscular aches and pains.
Cajeput is helpful for skin conditions such as insect bites. Helps keep the body and mind balanced when exposed to continued stress. Often used in the popular body art of henna to enhance the quality of color.
Cardamom is a spicy, yet sweet smelling oil. It is believed to be mentally stimulating and to help aid concentration. A support to healthy digestive and respiratory systems.
Carrot Seed has a woody, earth scent. It has a wonderful toning action on the body. Can be beneficial particularly to mature skin. It’s also helpful for supporting a healthy reproductive system.
Cedarwood has a pleasing, woody aroma and has been used since antiquity for perfumery and as a preservative. Wonderful addition to a skin and hair care regime. This oil helps calm nervous tension and anxiety, and is supportive for a healthy upper respiratory system.
Chamomile German has a sweet, warm herbaceous scent. Often referred to as Blue Chamomile for its wonderful azure color. Historically known for its wonderful anti-inflammatory properties. A soothing oil that helps ease anxiety. Use as a massage on sore muscles or as a cold compress.
Chamomile Roman has a sweet, fruity odor often referred to as ‘apple-like’. Promotes an inner sense of peace and calming. Can be supportive to healthy reproductive and digestive systems, and as a balm for muscle soreness and spasm. Excellent for skin care.
Cinnamon Leaf 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.
Citronella has a fresh grassy, lemony scent and is commonly used to ward off insects. It also has a very calming effect on the nervous system and acts as a general tonic for the body. It is often used in skin care products to impart a fresh scent.
Clary Sage has a sweet, musky, spicy odor. A relaxing and uplifting oil that helps ease emotional stress. Supportive to a healthy digestive system and believed to help strengthen the immune system and help balance hormones. Lovely for hair care, especially the scalp.
Clove Bud has a penetrating warm, spicy aroma that is mentally uplifting and stimulating. It helps support healthy respiratory and digestive systems and fortify the immune system. Because of its trademark reputation as a disinfectant, Clove makes a great oil to use in room sprays and aromatherapy diffusers.
Coffee is a very potent and earthy base note. Like the beverage, the essential oil is mentally stimulating, invigorating and uplifting.
Coriander Seed has a spicy, pungent wood-like smell. It’s uplifting, refreshing and mentally stimulating. Helps support a healthy digestive system. A warming oil that helps aid circulation and alleviate muscle pain.
Cypress 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. Supportive to healthy reproductive and circulatory systems.
Dill helps when feeling overwhelmed and is calming in moments of crisis. It has a beneficial effect on a healthy digestive system. Its antispasmodic properties help relieve cramping muscles. Warm and spicy aroma.
Eucalyptus citriodora is remarkable for its lemony, citronella-like fragrance. Also known as Lemon Eucalyptus, traditionally used to help support the immune system. It can be added to household cleaners to help disinfect. This particular variety is most effective in deterring insects.
Eucalyptus globulus is a sharp camphor smelling oil that’s invigorating, penetrating and cleansing. Helps support healthy immune and respiratory systems. (Not recommended for children under age 12.)
Eucalyptus radiata is favored for a more subtle camphor aroma than Eucalyptus globulus. Helps support healthy immune and respiratory systems.
Fennel Sweet has a sweet licorice scent. This oil is similar to Dill for its soothing action on the digestive system. Additionally, when used in a massage, it helps encourage the release of toxins.
Fir Needle has a clean, pleasant, balsamic aroma. This oil is warming and grounding. Often used for muscular aches and is beneficial to a healthy respiratory system.
Frankincense has an earthy yet spicy scent. This oil is traditionally used for its sacred healing qualities. It is considered to slow and deepen your breathing making your mood more conducive for meditation. Can be helpful for mature and problematic skin. Supportive to healthy respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems.
Geranium, also known as Rose Geranium, has a sweet, floral smell similar to Rose. Unlike Rose, this essential oil is extracted from the leaves and not the flowers. It’s uplifting, mentally balancing and helpful in relieving stress and anxiety. Great for skin care because it helps balance sebum and blood flow.
Ginger root has a warm and spicy grounding aroma. A drop of oil on a tissue for inhalation can help relieve jet lag or motion sickness. It is very beneficial to digestion. It helps support healthy respiratory and circulatory systems and has a warming and soothing effect on muscles.
Grapefruit 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.
Hyssop has a camphor odor with sweet, spicy undertones. It helps in situations of stress, anxiety and nervous tension. This oil helps support healthy respiratory, digestive, reproductive and circulatory systems.
Immortelle, also known as Helichrysum or Everlasting, is very useful in relieving stress and nervous tension. This oil is excellent on bruises to help with swelling and inflammation. Helps support healthy immune, digestive, respiratory and muscular systems.
Jasmine is a rich, warm, floral fragrance known for its aphrodisiac properties. It is calming and emotionally balancing. Helps promote confidence and creativity. Helps support healthy reproductive and respiratory systems.
Juniper Berry has a sweet, fresh, woody odor that is mentally stimulating. Because of its powerful detoxifying properties, it can have a rejuvenating effect on the body. Helps support muscle and joint issues as well as healthy respiratory and digestive systems.
Lavandin is a cross of true Lavender and Spike Lavender. This hybrid has Lavender’s familiar sweet floral scent but with a hint of camphor. Its uses and benefits are similar to Lavender.
Lavender has a light, sweet floral scent. The variety from France (L. angustifolium) has a softer, more complex scent than the one from Bulgaria (L. vera), but shares many of the same properties. Undeniably the most popular oil for all age groups, it is therapeutically superior for many conditions (from sleeplessness to stress) and definitely the number one choice for first aid. Supportive to healthy reproductive, respiratory, lymphatic and immune systems. Great for skin.
Lemon has a light, fresh citrus scent. This oil is uplifting, energizing and promotes optimism. Great to add to household cleaners. It helps support healthy immune, circulatory and digestive systems.
Lemongrass has a penetrating lemony herbaceous scent. This oil has a soothing effect on the emotions. Provides support to healthy immune and circulatory systems.
Lime has a fresh, sweet citrus scent that is very mentally uplifting and refreshing.
This oil helps strengthen a healthy immune system. Excellent as an air freshener.
Linden Blossom has a sweet, spicy floral aroma. Its effects are often calming and soothing.
Mandarin has a sweet, floral citrus scent that helps ease anxiety, nervous tension and irritability. It is uplifting and revitalizing. Helps support a healthy digestive system. Often used as an air freshener to combat odors.
Marjoram has a warm, woody, spicy aroma. This oil has a comforting and deeply relaxing effect. It is supportive for sleep and is helpful in soothing sore muscles. It is good for healthy digestive and reproductive systems and believed to help boost the immune system.
Maychang has a lemony, fresh fruity aroma. It is wonderful for deodorizing and cleansing a room. It is supportive to healthy respiratory and digestive systems. Also great for skin care.
Melissa, also known as Lemon Balm, has a sweet, lemony smell with floral undertones. It helps soothe anxiety and has the ability to calm body and mind. Traditionally thought to be helpful for the circulatory and female reproductive systems. It takes a large volume of plant material to produce minute amounts of the oil.
Myrrh has a penetrating, smoky, musky aroma. It helps support healthy immune and digestive systems. Use as a chest balm or inhalation to help support a healthy respiratory system. Combined with Frankincense, it has an even more powerful effect. Both oils are used to help facilitate meditation.
Myrtle has an aroma similar to Eucalyptus. This oil can help support a healthy respiratory system at night as an alternative to the mentally stimulating Eucalyptus. If used in small amounts, it can be slightly sedative; good to use before bedtime in chest rubs, diffusers or inhalations, particularly when combined with Lavender.
Neroli, also known as Orange Blossom, has an exquisite bittersweet floral-citrus aroma that is wonderfully uplifting. It is calming and emotionally balancing which helps to soothe anxiety and stress. Supportive to healthy digestive and circulatory systems, and is good for sensitive and mature skin.
Niaouli smells like Eucalyptus (clearing and penetrating) but has properties similar to Tea Tree. It is mentally stimulating and helps concentration. Its gentle action is beneficial to healthy respiratory, digestive and circulatory systems and can be used for a variety of skin issues.
Orange is sweet, fresh and fruity smelling. This oil helps alleviate tension and stress and promotes a positive outlook. It is considered relaxing, uplifting and refreshing. Wonderful as an air freshener to combat odors and freshen your rooms. Helps support healthy digestive and immune systems.
Oregano has a warm, spicy herbaceous odor. It is mentally stimulating, relaxing to muscular strains and beneficial for a healthy upper respiratory system. CAUTION: This oil can be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes. It should be diluted to no more than 1% and first tested on a small patch of skin.
Palmarosa has a sweet, floral, rosy, geranium aroma. This oil is refreshing, clarifying, calming and uplifting. It stimulates and helps balance sebum production for dry skin. Herbalists believe its antimicrobial properties make it useful in helping to keep your body well during times of stress. Supports a healthy digestive system.
Patchouli has a sweet, rich, earthy aroma that is mentally grounding and balancing. Great for skin care in addition to supporting healthy digestive and immune systems.
Peppermint has a penetrating grassy, mint scent that’s mentally stimulating and useful in soothing nervous stress. It helps relieve common muscular aches and pains; however, this oil can quickly drop the body temperature because of its menthol content so use it well diluted and only on small, localized areas of the body. Helps fortify healthy immune, digestive and circulatory systems. Known to deter mice, ants and spiders.
Petitgrain’s aroma is woody and floral. This oil comes from the leaves of the bitter orange tree. It makes a fantastic air freshener, brightens the mood and relaxes the body. It’s also believed to help boost a healthy immune system.
Pine Needle with its clean, forest fragrance is mentally refreshing. It is excellent support for a healthy upper respiratory system and helps stimulate circulation. Use this oil to rid your home of unwanted smells. Also a great car deodorizer!
Ravensara has a spicy, camphor-like scent. It can be used in skin care and is also beneficial to a healthy respiratory system in chest rubs or as an inhalation. It can also help soothe sore and tired muscles.
Rose has an exquisite, rich floral fragrance that helps relieve stress and nervous tension and promote positive feelings. It is excellent for skin care but particularly for mature, dry or sensitive skin. Beneficial to healthy reproductive, circulatory and digestive systems. It is considered precious oil because it takes large amounts of rose petals to produce small amounts of the oil.
Rosemary has a strong, fresh, herbaceous aroma. Its stimulating effect on the brain is good for tasks where alertness, memory recall and being mentally sharp are required. Combine with basil for an enhanced effect. It also helps soothe tired muscles, fortifies healthy immune and respiratory systems, as well as being a stimulant for the circulatory system.
Sandalwood has an exotic, soft, woody scent. It has a calming influence on the mind and emotions. It is very useful in skin care, especially dry skin. Popular since antiquity, it was used to help boost the immune system and is beneficial to the respiratory system. 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.
Spearmint has a sweet minty aroma which can be mentally stimulating. Wonderful for its cooling properties, it’s also traditionally used to aid the digestive system and for jet lag. Its properties are similar to Peppermint but more gentle.
Tangerine is very sweet, floral citrus scent that’s uplifting and stress relieving. This oil is often used as an air freshener to combat odors. Combine with a Lavender to achieve a relaxing and cheerful effect. It is beneficial to a healthy digestive system and helps stimulate circulation.
Tea Tree has a fresh, spicy camphor scent that is cleansing and revitalizing. It helps boost a healthy immune system and is good for skin care as well as being an effective first aid oil. Reputed to be effective against nail bed fungus. Also traditionally used for controlling mold by diffusing in the affected area or adding to household cleaners.
Thyme is a stimulating oil with a strong, woody, spicy aroma that helps sharpen concentration. This is a wonderful oil to help strengthen a healthy immune system. In addition, it is beneficial to healthy respiratory, circulatory and digestive systems. It also helps clean the air when used as an air freshener.
Vanilla has a lovely relaxing and uplifting aroma. It can be a wonderful addition to your daily skin and hair care regime.
Vetiver has a rich, smoky, earthy aroma that’s deeply relaxing and grounding. It’s very calming in stressful situations and promotes meditation. Traditionally used for soothing muscular aches and pains and is beneficial to a healthy reproductive system. Good for oily skin. This oil improves with age.
Ylang Ylang has an intensely sweet and floral fragrance. Believed to help assuage fears and feelings of stress and anxiety, it has a very calming effect and may help with melancholy. It’s thought to have a balancing effect on sebum which makes it good for both oily and dry skin
Ylang Ylang Extra has an intensely sweet and floral fragrance. A sensual and mentally exhilarating oil which inspires creativity, it has a very calming effect and may help with melancholy. This product is the most fragrant grade from the multi-phased steam distillation process unique to this flower. It is often used in perfumes.