Introduction to Real World uses of Essential Oils
Many of the products we spray in our homes, store in our cupboards, and purchase off store shelves are laced with cancer-causing chemicals. With so many consumers looking to go natural with household cleaning products, air fresheners, anti-bacterials and other uses, people are rediscovering essential oils.
Essential oils have been used since ancient times, so they’re hardly new. Tea tree oil, for example was already being used by Australian aboriginals when the British arrived on the continent in 1770. What’s new is that these essential oils are proving, in many cases, to be more effective at doing the jobs we need than the chemicals, products and practices we’ve all grown accustomed to using.
As an example, inhaling certain essential oils can help you sleep better, experience higher mental function and clarity, and overall enjoy life much more. From adding integrated essential oils to a diffuser in the bedroom, to applying a few drops of lavender oil on pillows and sheets, to tea tree oil on their face, to using intimate oils with their lover, essential oils are becoming — well — essential.
The following list is an array of vastly different essential oils and how they can be used in real and everyday life situations. From the most popular tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender oils down to more arcane and obscure types of essential oils, we hope this list will introduce you to the world of essential oils and show you why they need to be in your life.
This essential oil comes from the seed of the ajowan plant also commonly called bishop’s weed. Ajowan oil is popularly known for being used as a tonic to help cure digestive problems. Since ancient times, ajowan oil has been used in India for its health benefits and has been greatly valued for its carminative (acid reducing), anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. The health benefits of ajowan oil include:
- Inhibiting the growth of fungus and Streptococcus mutans;
- Dealing with dental caries;
- Protecting the liver;
- Keeping the heart healthy;
- Increasing sperm count; and,
- Preventing the growth of tumors and cancer cells.
It is also effective for treating:
- Inflammation especially among pregnant and lactating women;
- Chronic fever
- Cold, sinusitis, nasal congestion, sore throat,
- Rheumatoid arthritis, earache, hiccups, hyperacidity, headache, migraine, dyspepsia and urinary tract infection.
Pro tips: Add a few drops of ajowan oil to your diffuser to get rid of mosquitoes and other insects. You can also add ajowan oil in stored water or damp places in your house to kill maggots or larvae like that of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that can cause the spread of diseases like dengue and yellow fever.
Allspice oil otherwise known as pimento or Jamaican pepper oil comes from pimento, a tree native to the Caribbean islands and Central America. Aside from being a culinary spice, allspice oil is also known for its health benefits like:
- Relieving headaches, colds, sinusitis, cramp, spasms, arthritis, rheumatism and gastric cramps;
- Protecting wounds from bacterial infection;
- Treating neuralgia, insomnia, flatulence and indigestion;
- Boosting blood circulation, proper digestion and regular excretion; and,
- Healing insect bites, stings as well as bone and muscular injuries.
Allspice oil is rich in antioxidants and has a spicy and warm scent reminiscent to that of cinnamon and clove essential oils. It is also rich in eugenol which makes it an effective antiseptic and anesthetic substance. Other vitamins and minerals that are helpful to the body can also be found in allspice oil such as vitamins A, C and B-complex, magnesium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese, selenium, riboflavin and niacin.
Pro tips: Put 2-3 drops of allspice oil on a cotton ball and dab it on your tooth to relieve toothache.
This essential oil is derived from almonds and is rich in Vitamin E, proteins and antioxidants and has a lot of benefits for the hair and skin. Almond oil can make your skin healthy by nourishing it, improving its complexion, retaining its glow and moisturizing it. It also reduces dark circles and wrinkles and removes impurities and dead skin cells. Applying and massaging a few drops of almond oil onto your scalp can also do wonders for your hair. It can help get rid of split ends, leave your hair soft and shiny, reduce hair fall-out, make your hair grow long, strong and thick, and improve its overall quality.
Pro tips: For a natural makeup remover, put a small amount of almond oil into a cotton ball and use it to gently remove your makeup. Massaging a small amount of almond oil into your face can also help moisturize and nourish your skin to make it look more beautiful and healthy.
Ambrette Seed Oil
This essential oil comes from the seeds of ambrette, a plant that is indigenous to India. It has a pale yellow color and a sweet, heavy and flowery scent similar to musk. In the past, Egyptians use ambrette seed oil to emulsify milk, treat itches and sweeten breath. The Chinese used it in perfumery and to treat headaches, while the Arabs used it to add flavoring to coffee. In aromatherapy, ambrette seed oil is utilized to treat stiff joints. Other health benefits of this essential oil include treating:
- Low blood pressure,
- Poor blood circulation,
- Anxiety, depression, nervous disorders
- Cramps and muscle aches
- Indigestion, hyperacidity; and,
- Common colds.
It also helps detoxify the body from steroids and other harmful drugs, stimulates the adrenal glands and balances the body’s hormones.
Pro tips: Put a drop of ambrette seed oil on your palm and inhale it to relieve tiredness or motion sickness while travelling.
This essential oil has a gentle and soft woody aroma with an underlying note of vanilla. In Biblical times, it was said that God had instructed King Solomon to make the furniture in his temple from amyris due to its wonderful scent and has come to be viewed as a reference to purity and spirituality. Amyris oil is often referred to as West Indian sandalwood oil even though it doesn’t have the same characteristics as true sandalwood. However, it is sometimes used in creams and lotions as a substitute for sandalwood. Amyris oil is used to:
- Treat hemorrhoids;
- Support the heart;
- Regenerate the skin;
- Slow skin aging;
- Soothe dry irritated skin;
- Loosen tight muscles;
- Treat wounds and other skin disorders;
- Alleviate cystitis and vaginal infections;
- Eliminate and mask bad body odor;
- Induce sleep and inhibit the growth of microorganisms.
It is also used to scent incense, encourage meditation and keep insects and pests away.
Pro tips: Add 1-2 drops of amyris oil to your burner or diffuser to help relieve anxiety, soothe the mind, induce general feelings of wellbeing and get rid of stress.
This essential oil comes from angelica or “Angel Grass,” which is the component for the famous Benedictine liquor that was used to combat the Black Plague. Angelica oil is widely used for skin problems like psoriasis, gout, dull skin and irritation. Its fresh, herbaceous, woody and peppery scent helps fight exhaustion and boost the lymphatic system. Angelica oil is also used for stomach problems like flatulence, indigestion and discomfort. Its other health benefits include:
- Stimulating blood circulation and secretion of enzymes;
- Protecting the liver from infections;
- Regularizing the menstrual cycle;
- Strengthening the immune system;
- Treating nervous disorders;
- Lowering high blood pressure; and,
- Providing relief from cough, asthma, nausea and bronchitis.
Pro tips: Use angelica oil in vapor therapy to help clear the lungs and relieve different respiratory problems.
Anise oil comes from the anise herb and is usually used for treating upset stomach and intestinal gas. It has a wide array of health benefits and is commonly used as a pain reliever, decongestant, sedative, insecticide and natural head lice remover. It helps treat:
- Rheumatism; and,
- Muscle aches.
Anise oil is used by women to increase the production of breast milk, treat menstrual pain and discomfort, increase sex drive and ease the process of childbirth. This essential oil is used as a substitute for licorice flavor because it contains a distinctive black licorice aroma. It is also utilized as a flavoring in candies, gelatins, puddings, liquors, alcohols and dairy products.
Pro tips: If you’re suffering from dysmenorrhea, gently massage a few drops of anise oil on your abdominal area to relieve your menstrual cramps.
Traditionally, Greeks and Romans use aniseed oil as flavoring for their alcoholic beverages as well as in their confectionery. Today, it is widely used as flavoring in toothpaste and mouthwash. It is utilized as herbal steam, herbal tea, massage oil and flavoring for culinary dishes. It is also used to treat:
- Muscle and joint pain;
- Whooping cough;
- Fungal infections;
- Nausea and vertigo.
Aniseed oil is effective as an insecticide and it helps kill lice, mosquitoes, water fleas and dust mites.
Aniseed oil is considered one of the most powerful essential oils. It cannot be ingested directly, but only in aromatherapy, vapor therapy or, once diluted, by direct application to the skin.
Pro tips: Use 2-3 drops of aniseed oil via steam inhalation to alleviate nausea or quell hiccups.
Arnica oil is known as massage oil, a healing salve and an effective first aid remedy for sport related injuries like:
- Muscle aches;
- Sprains, spasms;
- Pulled or injured muscles;
- Joint pain;
- Rheumatic pain; and,
- Swelling due to fracture. It also has a lot of skin and hair benefits like:
- Nourishing the skin;
- Treating skin irritation and skin diseases like eczema;
- Promoting hair growth;
- Getting rid of dandruff, treating premature hair graying, split ends and hair breakage;
- Treating stretch marks.
Using arnica oil as a massage helps relax tired and overworked muscles. It can also helps reduce skin inflammation. Surgeons nowadays advise patients to rub arnica oil into the area near their wound to reduce post-surgical bruising. Rubbing arnica oil on a black eye or a bruise is also effective in lightening and improving its appearance.
Pro tips: Add a few drops of arnica oil with water and use it as a gargle. Washing your mouth with diluted arnica oil will help reduce the pain caused by wisdom tooth extraction, prevent oral infection and improve your overall oral health.
This essential oil comes from asafetida, also called as “food for the gods”, “devil’s dung” or “stinking gum,” that is indigenous to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. Asafetida oil is an antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, laxative, expectorant, anti-flatulent, anti-coagulant and antispasmodic substance. Its benefits include:
- Reducing gas;
- Lowering cholesterol;
- Treating depression and hysteria;
- Preventing constipation and digestive disorders;
- Relieving headaches, migraines;
- Treating dysmenorrhea;
- Regulating blood pressure;
- Countering the effects of alcoholism on the liver;
- Serving as a natural insecticide;
- Killing parasitic worms; and,
- Curing candida
It is also effective for treating:
- Asthma, whooping cough, bronchitis;
- Minor inflammations;
- H1N1 virus (swine flu);
- Irregular bowel movements;
- Toothaches, halitosis, cavities, and bleeding gums;
- Seizures caused by epilepsy.
It is also used as an additive, food preservative, flavoring and fragrance.
Pro tips: Dab a drop of asafetida oil on your palm or wrist and smell it to prevent hysteria and nervous tension.
In aromatherapy, atlas oil is used for achieving strength, positivity and stability. Atlas cedarwood oil is derived from red cedar from North America — the same tree that has been widely used in making pencils — which has a rich, woody and earthy aroma. The warm and rich scent of atlas oil is widely used in men’s perfume as well as in soaps and insect repellents.
Atlas oil helps:
- Provide adrenal support to menopausal women;
- Decrease cellulite;
- Relieve arthritic pain;
- Balance bodily fluids;
- Aid water retention;
- Ease discomfort of nasal congestion, cough and colds; and,
- Treat urinary tract infection and prostate issues.
Its emotional benefits include relieving stress, calming the mind and relaxing tensed nerves and muscles.
Pro tips: Use atlas oil to treat seborrhea by diluting it and massaging it into the area of concern. It can also be used to control excessive skin peeling and to treat dry skin.
Balm oil (commonly referred to as melissa oil) is known for its lemony fragrance which is why it’s also called lemon balm oil. This essential oil is helpful in treating:
- Digestive problems, including flatulence, colic, bloating, vomiting;
- Menstrual cramps;
- Hysteria, melancholia, anxiety, and other disorders such as ADHD and Alzheimer’s disease;
- Insomnia, anxiety, restlessness,
- Grave’s disease;
- Cold sores;
- Swollen airways;
- Insect bites;
- Bacterial and viral infections;
- Vertigo; and,
- Rapid heartbeat.
In the kitchen, balm oil is used as a main ingredient for lemon balm cheesecake and to add flavor to chicken, fish, beverages, salad dressings, dips and sauces. It is also used as a natural insect repellent and treatment for insect bites.
Using balm oil in aromatherapy can help:
- Improve concentration;
- Enhance mental clarity;
- Relieve chronic fatigue syndrome;
- Stimulate good mood;
- Reduce irritability; and,
- Avoid bad dreams.
Pro tips: To get rid of warts, apply a drop of balm oil directly on the wart twice a day until it completely falls off.
Balsam oil is one of the essential oils that is used to treat a number of skin problems like eczema, scabies, chapped skin, cuts, bruises, dry skin and rashes. However, balsam oil must be diluted first before being applied to the skin to prevent any irritation especially to those with sensitive skin types.
Balsam oil is popularly used in dentistry as a treatment for dry socket, oral wounds and ulcers. Respiratory problems such as cough, colds, bronchitis and congestion can also be treated with balsam oil; it is even used as a component in cough syrups.
This essential oil is used as an antiseptic, antioxidant and diuretic. Other health benefits of this balsam essential oil include:
- Improving the hair and scalp by getting rid of dandruff and dry scalp;
- Preventing the development of chronic diseases;
- Improving the heart’s condition by lowering blood pressure;
- Relieving mental fatigue; and,
- Increasing urination, thereby healing kidney problems.
Pro tips: Add 2-3 drops of balsam oil to 100ml of a carrier oil like olive oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil, and massage it on your tired muscles to relieve tension, cramps and soreness.
The warm sweet-spicy aromatic scent of basil oil helps one to focus and have better concentration by stimulating the mind. If used in the morning, it acts as an energizer and has the same waking effect as coffee, just minus the negative effects.
Traditionally, basil oil has been used to treat respiratory and digestive problems as well as insect and snake bites. Its other health benefits include being used to treat:
- Flaky scalp;
- Nervous disorders, mental anxiety;
- Blood circulation;
- Muscle pains; and,
- Other problems related to stress.
Blending a few drops of basil oil in your bath or using it as massage oil will also relieve arthritis, gout, rheumatic pain and menstrual problems. Adding a few drops of basil oil to your shampoo will get rid of oily or greasy hair. You can also use it to add more flavor to your food (especially if you’re going for Italian) and to keep your kitchen smelling clean and fresh.
Pro tips: Dilute basil oil or mix a drop with your carrier oil and massage over and behind your ears to relieve earache. Never drop pure basil oil inside your ears.
Bay oil is widely used in perfumes, especially men’s fragrances. Bay oil has a lot of medicinal benefits such as:
- Reducing fever;
- Promoting discharge of bodily toxins by encouraging perspiration;
- Providing relief from neuralgia (nerve pain, commonly in the face and neck);
- Providing relief from hysteria, epilepsy, anxiety and stress;
- Improving appetite;
- Killing infection and bacterial growth;
- Regulating menstruation; and,
- Curing coughs and aches caused by spasms.
Bay oil can also be used to treat:
- Flu symptoms;
- Viral infections;
- Respiratory problems;
- Oily skin;
- Flatulence; and,
Bay oil contains anticancer properties like parthenolide which can help fight cervical cancer as well as euganol, catechins, quercetin and caffeic acid that help the body develop resistance against the formation of cancerous growth and tumors.
Pro tips: If you’re hit by insomnia, mix 1-2 drops of bay oil to a glass of water to induce sleep.
Bay Laurel Oil
Bay laurel oil is also known as laurel bay oil, sweet bay oil and noble laurel oil. This essential oil has been widely used since the time of the Greek Hippocrates up to the medieval times for its medicinal benefits like treating stomach problems, renal diseases and colic. Today, this essential oil is utilized for treating:
- Loss of appetite;
- Dry and itchy scalp, dandruff, greasy or dull hair;
- Rheumatism; and,
- High blood sugar.
This essential oil is also used for flavoring some condiments, as an effective carrier oil and as an ingredient in perfumes, fresheners and mouthwash. Bay laurel oil is known for its spicy, camphorous, sweet, floral and fruity scent which is used in aromatherapy to improve mental focus, boost confidence and maintain courage.
Pro tips: Dilute bay laurel oil and apply on skin to treat candida.
This essential oil, also known as gum benjamin, comes from benzoin tree native to Thailand, Java and Sumatra. Benzoin oil has a warm and sweet scent similar to that of vanilla. In the past, this essential oil has been mainly used as an ingredient for Friar’s balsam, a concoction that is used to treat respiratory problems. Aside from addressing respiratory related problems, benzoin oil is widely used nowadays to:
- Treat rashes and measles;
- Aid digestion;
- Promote and facilitate urination;
- Provide relief from arthritis and rheumatism;
- Protect wounds from infection;
- Remove excess gas from the stomach;
- Reduce stress;
- Treat coughs; and,
- Promote blood circulation.
Other health benefits of benzoin oil include:
- Aiding digestion;
- Boosting the pancreas;
- Regulating blood sugar levels; and,
- Reducing irritation, swelling and itchiness on skin.
Pro tips: Mix 4 drops of benzoin oil to 10 ml almond oil, 2 drops lemon oil and 2 drops wheatgerm oil. Dilute the mixed oil with water. Apply on the skin to get rid of brown marks.
Bergamot essential oil, known for its sweet light orange smell with a hint of floral, has long been a component of perfumes and fragrances. This essential oil is one of the major staple components of the original Eau de Cologne by Farina in 18th century Germany. Aside from being used in fragrances, it is also used to treat skin problems like acne, oily skin, psoriasis and eczema. It has a lot of medicinal benefits including reducing fevers when added to bath water, and treating urinary tract infections, digestive and respiratory diseases, gallstones, diphtheria, colic, bronchitis and halitosis.
Pro tips: To get rid of your varicose veins, apply one drop of bergamot oil to the area twice a day.
Birch oil is rich in salicylic acid and methyl salicylate which are good for protecting the skin from fungal and bacterial infections. As such, it is good for getting rid of acne, dandruff, hair fall-out, skin irritation and other skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. It’s also good for:
- Reducing skin sagging, wrinkles and fine lines;
- Removing toxins from the body;
- Purifying blood;
- Reducing fever;
- Relieving joint and muscle pain; and,
- Stimulating the body’s digestive, circulatory and excretory systems.
Using steam inhalation also helps relieve nasal congestion, cough, bronchitis and pneumonia. Birch oil is also a rich source of Vitamin C and flavonoids that can help fight against diseases, viral infections and cancer.
Pro tips: Massage 1-2 drops of birch oil on your spine, back and other areas of concern to help relieve back pain due to trauma, scoliosis and osteoporosis.
Bitter Almond Oil
Bitter almond oil comes from Prunus amygdalus var. amara, a type of almond tree that has pink flowers and was common in English gardens during Shakespeare’s time.
Since bitter almond oil is considered more toxic than sweet almond oil, it is only used internally in very small dosages, but mostly applied externally to the body. It is used for treating:
- Spasms, cramps, convulsions;
- Intestinal worms;
- Digestive problems;
- Cancerous cells;
- Muscle spasms;
- Tetanus; and,
- Bacterial and fungal infections.
Bitter almond oil contains benzaldehyde, hydrogen cyanide and glycoside amygdalin which can be dangerous if consumed in medium to large doses, so it is highly advisable to use bitter almond oil internally under the care and guidance of your trained herbalist, doctor or medical professional.
Pro tips: Diffuse bitter almond oil and dab on the corners and edges of your bed to keep those bedbugs away.
Black oil is primarily used as an antiseptic in dentistry, most especially for tooth decay and gum diseases. Black oil is rich in:
- Vitamin A;
- Vitamin K;
- Magnesium; and,
- Antibacterial properties.
It is effective for:
- Relieving arthritis, rheumatism, cramps and convulsions;
- Removing gases from the intestine and stomach;
- Cleanses the digestive system;
- Boosts proper digestion cures infection; and,
- Promotes the proper excretion of bodily fluids.
Studies also show that black oil helps treat:
- Neck pain;
- Poor circulation;
- Nicotine addiction;
- Muscle cramps;
- Sluggish digestion;
- Pneumonia and other upper respiratory problems.
Using black oil as aromatherapy can also help calm and relax those who suffer from anxiety and need help with stress relief.
Pro tips: Cup 1-2 drops of black oil in your hand and slowly breathe through it for a couple of seconds to relieve the symptoms of vertigo.
Blue oil is one of the most effective essential oils for pain relief. It can be used to soothe:
- Back problems;
- Muscle and joint pain;
- Migraines, headaches;
- Arthritic and rheumatic pain;
- Inflammation; and,
- Even growing pains in children.
It can provide a soothing, cooling sensation to sensitive skin caused by irritation, inflammation, swelling and insect bites. It has also been shown to be an effective massage oil for sprains, sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, work-related chronic aches and muscle tension caused by long hours at the computer. In aromatherapy, blue oil can help users overcome feelings of physical discomfort such as that following surgery or other major treatment.
Pro tips: Massage blue essential oil onto your tired muscles after hitting the gym to reduce painful cramps caused by intense exercise.
Boldo Leaf Oil
Boldo, an indigenous tree in Chile, is the source for this essential oil. Boldo leaf oil has been widely used since the time of the Incas as a treatment for liver, stomach and digestive problems. It is popular in Latin America as a traditional medicine for upset stomach, and gallbladder support. Boldo leaf oil has many health benefits including:
- Treating indigestion, diarrhea, vomiting and food poisoning;
- Eliminating hookworm, tapeworm, roundworm and other intestinal worms and parasites;
- Relieving arthritis and rheumatism;
- Protecting liver from infection;
- Getting rid of lice, mosquitoes, flies and bedbugs;
- Preventing inflammation in the liver, stomach and intestine;
- Preventing microbial and bacterial infection;
- Stimulating brain activity, nerve function and blood circulation;
- Increasing urination;
- Reducing inflammation;
- Reducing gas;
- Supporting the heart; and,
- Treating infections in the gallbladder, colon, rectum and urinary tract.
Other health problems that can be treated by boldo leaf oil include:
- Heartburn, bloating, indigestion, GI disorders;
- Earache; and,
- Menstrual problems.
Pro tips: Add a drop of boldo leaf oil your tea to improve digestion, promote weight loss and boost your digestive system.
Borneol oil is extracted from the Dipterocarpaceae family of lowland rainforest trees species native to Borneo and Sumatra. Borneo oil is also referred to as Borneo camphor, Sumatra camphor and Malayan camphor. This essential oil has been traditionally used for ritual purposes and as a remedy for plague and infectious diseases.
Borneol oil is effective in treating:
- Stomach problems;
- Bowel complaints;
- Coughs, bronchitis, flu;
- Bruises, cuts, wounds, boils;
- Mouth sores, throat infection, ear infection;
- Rheumatism, muscle and joint pain;
- Digestive and circulatory issues;
- Swollen hands and feet;
- Insect bites and stings.
It is an effective agent for repelling insects, opening blocked orifices, and easing heat-related syndromes. Today, it is also being used in the manufacture of fragrances, soaps, varnish and ink.
Pro tips: Add 10 drops of Borneo oil to a 1 ounce of unscented carrier oil or lotion and massage your tired and sore muscles with it.
The top three uses of boronia oil include being utilized in perfumery, in aromatherapy and as an aphrodisiac. This golden brown essential oil is very difficult to find and is well known for its intoxicatingly sweet, fruity and floral aroma and for its high cost. It is one of the most adulterated essential oils in the market. It is well known in perfumery for improving the fragrance of other essential oils like bergamot, violet and clary sage. Boronia oil is also used as a commercial flavoring in most cuisines, candy, baked products, ice cream and beverages. The health benefits of boronia oil when used in aromatherapy or steam inhalation include treating congestion, stress and depression.
Pro tips: Blend a few drops of boronia oil with citrus or green oils and add 2-3 drops of the mixture to your oil burner to instantly lift your spirits and energize your body.
This essential oil comes from a class of broad-leaved herbs and plants like eucalyptus, paperback (Niaouli), lavender and melaleuca tree bark. Broad-leaved oil is used for dealing with insects, bacteria, fungi, inflammations and viruses. It is also effective for treating:
- Scratches, cuts, minor wounds, minor burns;
- Insect bites and stings;
- Rashes, allergies;
- Arthritic and rheumatic pain;
- Diarrhea, stomach aches; and,
- Bone injuries.
Broad-leaved oil is a known antiseptic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, abortifacient, carminative and emenagogue substance. It is also used as a component in soaps, veterinary medicines, insect repellents, incense, potpourri, food flavoring, porcelain paintings and perfumes.
Pro tips: Add 4 drops of broad-leaved oil to 10 ml of a carrier oil and use as a massage oil to help relax and invigorate sore and tensed muscles.
Broom oil is derived from the root of butcher’s broom, a wild invasive plant that is also used for ornamental purposes. Broom oil is utilized for treating:
- Varicose veins, leg swelling or lymphedema, leg cramps;
- Chronic venous insufficiency;
- Hardening of the arteries, and other circulatory disorders;
- Itching, swelling;
- Fractures and general inflammation.
- Prevent cancer;
- Maintain healthy skin and hair;
- Reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease;
- Lower cholesterol levels and high blood pressure;
- Boost the immune system;
- Treat ulcerative colitis;
- Relieve arthritis;
- Provide relief from toothache and deal with halitosis (bad breath).
Broom oil is also used as an anti-inflammatory, astringent, vasoconstrictor, laxative and diuretic.
Pro tips: Add 1-2 drops of broom oil to your eye cream and apply to upper and lower eyelids to help get rid of dark circles around your eyes.
Buchu oil comes from the dried leaves of the three species of Barosma that is native to South Africa. This essential oil has been popularly used in food manufacturing to add a spicy and fruity flavor to food resembling that of black currant or a mixture of rosemary and peppermint. Buchu oil is effective for:
- Aiding digestion;
- Relieving rheumatism and arthritis;
- Removing gas from the intestines;
- Keeping mosquitoes, fleas, bedbugs, and lice away
- Protecting the body against any form of infection;
- Boosting the metabolism;
- Treating kidney and urinary tract infection; and,
- Preventing wounds from becoming septic.
Buchu oil also helps treat:
- Prostate problems;
- Kidney problems;
- Water retention;
- High blood pressure and congestive heart failure.
Unlike most other essential oils, buchu oil has high pulegone content, making it unsafe for aromatherapy use.
Pro tips: Apply 1-2 drops of Buchu oil to skin to remedy bruises and sprains.
Cabbage is one of the world’s healthiest foods. Cabbage oil has high amounts of vitamin C and antioxidants that help prevent sickness as well as vitamins A and D that are beneficial for the skin.
Cabbage oil is useful in:
- Delaying the effects of skin aging;
- Avoiding the destruction of skin cells due to sun and UV rays exposure;
- Treating skin conditions like acne, rashes, eczema, psoriasis and insect bites;
- Preventing hair loss, moisturizing dry and frizzy hair;
- Easing digestive problems like heartburn, gastritis, peptic ulcers and constipation;
- Lowering high blood pressure;
- Treating scurvy;
- Providing relief from pain;
- Promoting good eye health;
- Supporting healthy weight loss;
- Boosting concentration and healthy mental functions;
- Preventing osteoporosis;
- Treating gingivitis and other gum problems;
- Protecting the body from cancer causing agents and the effects of radiotherapy;
- Reducing the risks of Alzheimer’s disease; and,
- Boosting cardiovascular health.
Pro tips: Apply cabbage oil on swollen joints, sprains and strains and wrap the affected area in gauze. Leave it overnight.
This essential oil comes from the wood chippings and bark of the cabreuva tree, which primarily grows in South America. Cabreuva oil has both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties as well as anti-cancer agents. Before nerolidol was synthetically produced, this essential oil was being used for its production.
Cabreuva oil is used to treat:
- Wounds, cuts, scars;
- Acne, blemishes;
- Infection, rashes;
- Dry skin, cracked skin, skin ulcers;
- Improper ovulation of the ovaries;
- Enlarged prostate, testicular problems;
- Imbalanced pituitary glands;
- Pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, and muscle tension; and,
- Irregular breathing, nasal congestion, asthma and other respiratory problems.
The warm and woody scent of cabreuva oil is also perfect for men’s perfume and men’s massage oils.
Pro tips: Use cabreuva oil as a massage oil as it has been found to penetrate easily into skin unlike other essential oils.
This essential oil is derived from the leaf, stem and wood of juniper trees native to France, Germany and India. Though the scent of cade oil is less than appealing because of its resemblance to the smell of tar, it is still used in fragrances, perfumes, cosmetic products and the food industry.
Cade oil can be used for treating:
- Sore throat;
- High blood pressure;
- Pneumonia; and,
- Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD).
Its antiseptic, antimicrobial and fungicidal properties are good for treating hair and skin problems like:
- Hair loss (including that caused by stress),
- Skin eruptions and other skin conditions caused by bacteria, fungus and parasites.
Pro tips: Massage a few drops of undiluted cade oil on your hair and scalp to strengthen weakened hair due to dyeing, bleaching and other chemical hair treatments.
Traditionally, camphor essential oil has been used by Ayurvedic medicine as a germ killer. It has also been used in Persia in the past to remedy plagues. Today, Camphor Oil is used as one of the basic components for Vicks VapoRub. It has a cooling effect similar to that of menthol when rubbed and absorbed by the skin making it the perfect remedy for:
- Rheumatic and arthritic pains,
- Sprains, muscle pains,
- Skin itching and skin irritation.
Its cooling effect is also good for providing respiratory relief, especially for treating bronchitis, coughs and colds. Camphor oil also has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties.
Pro tips: Dilute camphor oil with water or liquid lanolin and apply it into the skin as an after-sun tonic.
Cajeput oil is primarily used for relieving toothache and gum pain after a tooth extraction. It is derived from the leaves and twigs of the cajeput tree and the paperbark tree. It is also used for:
- Treating scabies, skin infection, colds and headaches;
- Relieving joint and muscle pain;
- Reducing fever;
- Providing relief from neuralgia, intestinal worms and microbial infections, and as an indoor insect repellant.
Cajeput oil has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help the body fight bacteria that causes influenza, cholera and typhoid fever. The fresh, fruity and camphorous aroma of cajeput oil makes it perfect for scents, fragrances, perfumes and aromatherapy.
Pro tips: Dab diluted Cajeput oil on your scalp to get rid of lice.
This essential oil comes from the leaves, flowers and stems of Calamintha Officinalis, a member of the mint or Labiatae family, otherwise known as calamint which is native to Europe. Calamintha comes from the Greek word kala or kalos which means “good”. Roughly translated, it means “good mint” because it has been known to ward off serpents or snakes like the Basilisk.
Calamintha oil is effective for treating:
- Colds, chest congestion, fever, cough;
- Choleric pains;
- Shortness of breath;
- Yellow jaundice;
- Parasitic worms, gall and spleen disorders;
- Bowel problems; and, indigestion.
It is also an effective diaphoretic, expectorant and aromatic substance.
Pro tips: Mix a few drops of calamintha oil with salt and honey to help get rid of parasitic worms in the body.
Calamus oil is an essential oil that is popularly used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat digestive problems. Calamus oil:
- helps relieve rheumatic and arthritic pain;
- Stimulates blood circulation;
- Reduces panic attacks;
- Epileptic fits and neurotic disorders;
- Treats headaches and migraines;
- Boosts the metabolism;
- Stimulates secretion of hormones; and,
- Prevents internal and external infections.
This essential oil has a sweet and uplifting scent similar to that of cinnamon oil. Diffusing calamus oil into the air can help:
- Increase mental focus and awareness;
- Improve memory;
- Reduce stress;
- Ease dizziness;
- Fatigue and tension; as well as,
- Foster positive feelings and uplift dampened spirits.
Respiratory problems like bronchitis, pneumonia, phlegm and congestion can also be treated with calamus oil.
Pro tips: To ease the effects of nerve pain (neuralgia), add 2-3 drops of calamus oil to a base oil and massage it on the affected area.
This essential oil is actually a unique blend of natural oils that is refreshing, satisfying and relaxing. Majestic Canada oil or Canadian oil is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is made up of the natural oils from balsam fir, eastern white cedar, ledum, goldenrod, hemlock spruce, Canadian fleabane and other minor oils. Canadian oil is effective in relieving:
- Tired, tense and achy joints and muscles;
- Stressed, irritated and inflamed skin;
- Fine lines, wrinkles;
- Urinary tract infection;
- Liver disorders; and,
- Respiratory problems.
It is particularly helpful in:
- Disinfecting and cleaning surfaces;
- Protecting the body against germs;
- Boosting the circulatory system;
- Regularizing blood pressure;
- Supporting normal cell function;
- Fighting skin aging;
- Enhancing cardiovascular health; and,
- Relieving pain and discomfort caused by arthritis and rheumatism.
Pro tips: Diffuse or use Canadian oil in aromatherapy. You’ll not only get hooked on its fresh, crisp, woodsy and earthy aroma, but you’ll also feel rejuvenated and more energetic.
Cananga oil is used as a cheaper substitute for ylang ylang oil since the two have quite similar scents, but the fragrance of cananga oil is just a tad greener and less floral than that of ylang ylang oil. Cananga oil is useful for relieving anxiety, stress, nervous tension, and high blood pressure, and treating oily skin, oily hair, and insect bites. It is also used as a stimulant, sedative, antidepressant and aphrodisiac.
Other medicinal benefits of cananga oil include being used to treat:
- Itchy scalp,
- Split ends,
- Moisturizing the hair, scalp and skin,
- Stimulating hair growth,
- Inducing sleep for those who suffer from insomnia,
- Lowering high blood pressure,
- Regulating rapid breathing and irregular heartbeat, and
- Soothing irritated skin.
Cananga oil is also used as a flavoring agent in puddings, gelatins and beverages as well as a component in:
- Body lotions,
- Massage oils,
- Scented sprays,
- Face creams, and
- Scented candles.
Pro tips: Mix cananga oil with a few drops of hazelnut oil. Warm the mixture and apply on your hair in the mornings after shampooing. Massage your scalp with it to make your hair more shiny and healthy.
Caraway oil is derived from caraway, a strongly aromatic plant that is widely used as a spice in parts of Europe. Caraway oil has a lot of health benefits including, but not limited to:
- Providing relief from menstrual problems and symptoms of menopause;
- Reducing the risk of heart disease;
- Curing allergies;
- Colorectal infections;
- Problems with the respiratory, digestive and excretory systems;
- Killing intestinal worms and parasites;
- Relieving anxiety, stress, depression and fatigue;
- Regulating normal urination; and,
- Protecting the body’s internal organs from infection.
Caraway oil helps in weight loss, in killing fungi and bacteria, and in improving local blood flow. It is also effective in relieving menstrual cramps and discomfort as well as in increasing the flow of milk among nursing mothers.
Pro tips: Massage diluted caraway oil on your stomach area and the reflex points for the respiratory and digestive systems to help manage respiratory and digestive problems.
Cardamom oil comes from the seeds of the cardamom herb. This essential oil is popularly known as a culinary spice, but most people don’t realize is that it also has a plethora of medicinal uses and benefits. The health benefits of this essential oil include:
- Aiding weight loss,
- Lowering blood pressure,
- Being used as a disinfectant and antiseptic agent,
- Easing breathing and curing respiratory problems,
- Relieving discomfort caused by muscular disorders,
- Increasing libido,
- Acting as an aphrodisiac,
- Treating impotence,
- Calming upset stomach,
- Stimulating secretion of bile, enzymes and hormones,
- Promoting sweating,
- Disinfecting cuts, wounds and bruises,
- Promoting healthy teeth and gums,
- Giving radiance and healthy glow to the skin,
- Treating scalp infections and dandruff, as well as sustaining hair health,
- Relieving muscular spasms,
- Maintaining normal body temperature,
- Ensuring gastrointestinal balance,
- Boosting the immune system and preventing cancer.
It is used for treating:
- Intestinal gas,
- Loss of appetite,
- Gallbladder disorders,
- Kidney stones,
- Digestive problems,
- Cold, cough, bronchitis, sore throat,
- Sore mouth,
- Urinary problems and infection.
Pro tips: Use cardamom oil to lighten your hair. Mix a few drops of cardamom oil, cinnamon oil and extra virgin olive oil with honey. Add a little distilled water to the mixture and apply to your hair.
Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot seed oil is a disinfectant, antiseptic, antioxidant, detoxificant, stimulant and anti-carcinogenic substance. This essential oil has major health benefits that include:
- Treating ulcers, kidney stones and jaundice;
- Relieving dysmenorrhea;
- Stimulating one’s appetite;
- Healing boils, abscesses and other skin problems while rejuvenating and stimulating the skin in general; and,
- Relieving fluid retention which could be beneficial for those who suffer from anorexia.
Carrot seed oil also has carminative properties that can help cancer patients who are suffering from throat and stomach problems. Its sweet, fresh, pungent and herbaceous scent is also good for aromatherapy, baths and massages. Since carrots are rich in vitamin A, this essential oil is not only good for your hair and skin, but also for promoting healthy teeth and gums.
Pro tips: Carrot seed oil is an excellent vermifuge. Use it to eliminate annoying worms and parasites in your children’s intestines to avoid harmful health conditions like malnutrition.
Cascarilla Bark Oil
This essential oil comes from the bark of the cascarilla tree, a small tropical tree also known as sweet bark or sweet wood bark that is native to the Bahamas and Caribbean Islands. In the past, cascarilla bark was used to dye clothes, until the Chinese discovered its medicinal benefits and made use of it as a tonic and stimulant. Traditionally, cascarilla bark oil has long been used for treating nausea and vomiting. Is also used as a digestive tonic to aid proper digestion and the secretion of digestive juices as well as provide relief from common digestive problems. Today, cascarilla bark oil is considered a great part of modern alternative medicine and is utilized for treating:
- Intermittent fever,
- Intestinal bloating,
- Chronic bronchitis,
- Debility and dyspepsia.
Pro tips: Add cascarilla bark oil to your diffuser. The spicy, woody, fresh and rustic scent of this essential oil will not only provide your room with a unique and wonderful aroma, but will also give a mild decongestant effect and help relieve your allergy rhinitis, sinusitis and other upper respiratory problems.
Cassia essential oil comes from the bark of the same botanical family as cinnamon. It looks like cinnamon and has the same spicy and warm scent, but its aroma is just a bit sweeter than cinnamon. Cassia oil is known for protecting the kidney and other parts of the body from microbial infections. It is used for treating:
- Joint pain, and
It is also effective for:
- Improving blood circulation;
- Fighting depression;
- Protecting the body from viral infections;
- Strengthening hair and gums, and
- Tightening the muscles.
Cassia oil can be irritate skin, especially for those with sensitive skin, so when using it as massage oil for arthritis or rheumatism, dilute it first or add only a few drops to a much milder carrier oil.
Pro tips: Add a drop of cassia oil to your bottle or glass of water to stop your sugar cravings and to get rid of your fungal problems.
Cassie oil is derived from the blossoms of acacia farnesiana or cassie plant that is native to Egypt. Cassie oil is more commonly referred to as sweet acacia and cassa ancienne which is actually different and, therefore, should not be confused with Cassia oil from cinnamomum cassia.
The sweet, unique, warm, woody and floral scent of cassie oil is widely used in high-end perfumes, soaps, scented candles, cosmetics and fragrances. Cassie oil is a relaxing, warming, deodorant, sedative, soothing and anti-depressant substance. It is effective as a skin care and nourishing agent as well as treatment for oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin and skin irritation. Used with salt and iron ores, this essential oil is utilized in the process of tanning leather. It is also valuable in manufacturing dye, adhesive and ink.
Pro tips: Dab a drop or two of cassie oil on your neck and wrists for an instant high-end smelling perfume.
Cedarwood or cedar oil is derived from the roots and wood pieces of the cedar tree. Cedarwood oil has antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, sedative and astringent properties. It’s a great essential oil that can be used for hair care and treating problems like dandruff, itchy scalp and hair loss. When used in aromatherapy it:
- Helps the body fight off stress,
- Stabilizes the heart rate,
- Lowers blood pressure, and
- Boosts the immune system.
It can also be used as a tonic to:
- Improve the brain function;
- Enhance the functionality of the liver and kidneys;
- Protect teeth and gums; and,
- Tone the muscles of the body.
Cedarwood oil is also good for getting rid of insects and a variety of pests like bed bugs and for controlling fungi, molds and yeasts.
Pro tips: Add 8-10 drops of cedarwood oil in your bath or massage 2-4 drops into your stomach area to improve the condition of your kidneys and treat cystitis and urinary tract infection.
Celery Seed Oil
This essential oil comes from the seeds of the flowers of celery plant. Historically, this essential oil has been used to soothe physical discomforts. Though celery seed oil is an unlikely choice for aromatherapy, fragrances and perfumes, it can be used in cooking and massage oil.
It is known for its calming, antibacterial, diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to treat:
- Loss of appetite,
- Urinary tract infection,
- Blood clotting,
- High blood pressure,
- High sugar levels,
- Irregular bowel movement,
- Menstrual problems,
- Low libido,
- Water retention,
- Muscle spasms,
- Insomnia, and
- Urinary tract infection.
Celery seed oil is also rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, coumarins, omega-6 fatty acid and linoleic acid that do amazing things for the body.
Pro tips: Add a few drops of celery seed oil to your lotion and apply on the skin for an instant mosquito and insect repellent.
Chamomile oil is extracted from the flowers of the Chamomile plant. This essential oil is one of the most common oils that we hear about on the market. It is rich in anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antiseptic properties. It helps maintain healthy liver, stomach and digestive systems; it provides relief from muscle and joint pain as well as from arthritis and rheumatism. It helps cure depression, lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of heart disease.
Chamomile oil is also used to treat skin problems especially among children like:
- Skin allergies,
- Dermatitis, and
- Sensitive skin.
This essential oil also has calming properties that can help relieve nervous anxiety and fight off stress, that’s why it’s popularly being used in herbal tea, massage oil, bath oil, aromatic oil and sedatives.
Pro tips: Add 3-4 drops of chamomile oil to baby oil and massage on your baby to calm him down and to soothe his senses. This will help trigger your baby’s sleeping hormones and induce him to sleep.
This essential oil comes from the leaves and dried flowers of chervil or sweet cicely, an herb that is used primarily for culinary purposes. Chervil oil is a rich source of vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, calcium, iron and magnesium. It is used for:
- Boosting blood circulation,
- Stimulating digestion,
- Purifying blood,
- Increasing the body’s energy levels,
- Promoting excretion of bodily wastes,
- Cleansing the skin, and
- Treating chronic respiratory ailments.
It is known for being a diuretic, expectorant and anti-inflammatory substance. It is useful for treating:
- Cough, colds, flu;
- Fluid retention;
- Digestive problems;
- High blood pressure;
- Insect bites;
- Irritated eyes;
- Liver problems;
- High cholesterol;
- Abdominal pain;
- Menstrual cramps;
- Varicose veins;
- Cystitis, and,
- Kidney stones.
Pro tips: If you’re pregnant, add a few drops of chervil oil in your bath especially during your first trimester to help calm your nerves, reduce morning sickness, prevent nausea and lighten your stretch marks.
Cinnamon essential oil has an earthy, sweet, spicy, and slightly woodsy aroma that makes it a staple ingredient in perfumes. It is one of the most versatile essential oils and has a plethora of health benefits. It relieves arthritis, protects the kidneys, improves digestive health and irregular menstruation, helps fight against diabetes by lowering blood glucose levels and boosts the immune system. Cinnamon oil has also high amounts of eugenol that can help relieve toothaches. Cinnamon oil is also good for killing mosquito larvae, and fungus and mold in the house. In a study conducted by researchers from Turkey’s Cumhuriyet University which was published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, research showed that cinnamon oil also has antibacterial and cancer-fighting properties.
Pro tips: If you have pneumonia, try diffusing cinnamon oil in your room to help you ease symptoms and boost the healing process.
Citronella oil has been widely used as an insect repellent and is found in sprays, lotions and other registered pesticide products. It is very effective in warding off Aedes Aegypti, the species of mosquito that causes dengue fever and yellow fever. Interestingly, it is used as a preservative and as an added flavor to food, beverages, baked products, gelatin, puddings, candies and frozen dairy.
Having antifungal and antibacterial properties, it helps heal wounds, prevents the growth of bad bacteria in the body and treats infections in the urethra, bladder, colon prostate, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract. The lemony smell of citronella oil also makes it good for fighting body odor.
Pro tips: Dilute and massage citronella oil onto your skin to treat excessive perspiration and oily skin. Apply also on your temples to get rid of headache and fatigue.
The name clary oil comes from the Latin word clarus meaning “clear”. During Medieval times, clary oil has been referred to as “clear eyes” because it helps improve vision and deal with many eye problems. Other benefits of clary oil include:
- Reducing blood pressure;
- Inhibiting bacterial growth in the intestines, colon and urinary tract;
- Providing relief from stress, tension and anxiety;
- Treating septic and inflamed wounds, cuts and bruises;
- Managing spasms and convulsions;
- Toning skin and hair;
- Strengthening gums and teeth;
- Treating colds, bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments;
- Supporting healthy digestion and regulating bowel movement.
Clary oil also works as a:
- Skin and hair treatment,
- Food additive, and
- As an ingredient in most herbal products.
When used in aromatherapy, clary oil helps boost memory, stimulate brain activity and induce meditation.
Pro tips: Massage 2 drops of https clary oil on your temples and on your eyebrows to help get rid of eye fatigue.
Clove oil is famous for dental pain relief, particularly toothaches. It comes from the pink unopened flower buds of the evergreen tree native to Indonesia and Madagascar. This essential oil known for its sweet and spicy fragrance was used by the ancient Chinese as part of their natural medicine. Some of its health benefits include:
- Improving blood circulation;
- Eliminating acne; and,
- Killing bacteria and parasites in the body.
Aside from its antibacterial properties, it is also rich in antioxidants that help fight cancer by reversing the damage caused by free radicals and carcinogenic compounds in the body. However, you should only use clove oil in very small amounts as it can cause liver and respiratory problems if taken in very large quantities.
Pro tips: If you want to do a candida cleanse minus the expense, you can take small amounts of clove oil for two weeks. Clove oil can help eliminate candida, kill parasites and manage your yeast infection.
Common Sense Oil
Common sense oil is a blend of wonderful therapeutic grade oils that include lime, ylang ylang and frankincense oils among others. Common sense oil is popularly used in aromatherapy because of its aromatic benefits like:
- Boosting mental clarity,
- Encouraging good decision making,
- Calming the mind,
- Relieving stress, and
- Enhancing mental focus.
Other benefits of common sense oil include:
- Countering negativity,
- Supporting proper lung function,
- Regulating breathing,
- Rebalancing the body’s energy levels,
- Contributing to the body’s response to irritation and infection by producing high levels of alpha-humelene (an anti-inflammatory),
- Releasing feelings of anger and tension,
- Stimulating positive emotions,
- Enhancing visualization and spiritual attunement,
- Helping deal with dementia and treating nervous disorders.
Pro tips: Use common sense oil to help train your dog or cat by applying a few drops of this essential oil to your pet’s coat. This can help give focus to your pet and help keep them from getting overly excited.
Copaiba oil is good for soothing physical discomfort, but has a plethora of health benefits. It:
- Regulates the body’s immune response,
- Supports the body’s natural response to irritation, injury and infection, and
- Aids digestion.
What makes copaiba oil an amazing essential oil is that it is known as a magnifier because when it is mixed or blended with other essential oils, as it magnifies or increases the properties of that oil. While there’s no exact scientific finding to back this up, for years copaiba oil has been believed to reduce moles, normalize their color or lessen their spread especially when combined with other essential oils.
Pro tips: Apply copaiba oil on your skin to lighten scars, treat cellulite and remove post pregnancy stretch marks.
Though not many people know about coriander oil, this essential oil is good not only as a culinary spice, but also for preventing food poisoning and for treating a number of health problems. The Chinese believe that coriander oil brings longevity to life and they use it to create a heart and stomach tonic.
Coriander oil can be utilized for:
- Stimulating hormones and enzymes in the body;
- Preventing fungal infections;
- Relieving stress and depression;
- Improving appetite and healthy digestion;
- Eliminating excess gas;
- Promoting weight loss;
- Detoxifying and purifying the blood; and,
- Promoting good stomach health.
Coriander oil is also used to add flavor to beverages, tobacco and medicines as well as to add fragrance in soaps, shampoos and other cosmetic products.
Pro tips: Use coriander oil as a cooking oil, or massage 1-2 drops of coriander oil in a counter-clockwise motion over your pancreas to help manage diabetes.
This essential oil is distilled from the organic mentha arvensis plant that is indigenous to Asia and Europe. It is also called as wild mint oil or field mint oil because it contains a high amount of menthol and is widely used in a similar way to peppermint oil. Aside from being a natural menthol, cornmint oil is widely used in manufacturing:
- Insect repellents,
- Conditioners, and
The Chinese use cornmint oil to relieve earaches, skin conditions and tumors. It also widely used in the eastern cultures to alleviate:
- Rheumatic and arthritic pain,
- Toothache, and
It is used in aromatherapy to treat nausea, fatigue, sinusitis, congestion and digestion. Diluted cornmint oil is also effective for:
- Muscular pain,
- Mouth ulcers and swollen gums.
Pro tips: Dilute cornmint oil, then place 2 drops on your tongue to improve alertness.
The medicinal benefits of costus oil dates back to ancient Chinese medicine as mentioned in The Divine Farmer’s Materia Medica which is China’s oldest medical material. In Ayurvedic medicine, costus oil has been considered the best ingredient for pain relieving oils. Though costus oil has been primarily used for treating worm infections, it also has other health benefits that include treating:
- Cough, colds, asthma, COPD and other respiratory diseases;
- Cholera, dysentery and other intestinal diseases including indigestion;
- Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis;
- Hiccups; and,
- High blood pressure.
It is also helpful in:
- Protecting the liver from degeneration,
- Increasing sperm count,
- Relieving pain and inflammation,
- Promoting gastric emptying,
- Boosting the secretion of digestive juices,
- Burning fat and increasing energy.
Costus oil blends well with floral fragrances and is commonly used nowadays as an ingredient for:
- Oriental perfumes,
- Air fresheners,
- Body fragrances,
- Laundry detergents,
- Massage oils,
- Bath oils,
- Hair treatments, and
Pro tips: Dilute costus oil and massage on affected areas to help relieve swelling, rheumatic pain and abdominal pain.
Cubeb oil has been known as a fertility oil. It has been widely used by Royals as an aphrodisiac in the past. Other health benefits of cubeb oil include:
- Loosening mucus,
- Increasing urination,
- Treating parasitic infections in the intestine,
- Relieving water retention, and
- Treating respiratory illnesses, cancer, flatulence, irregular bowel syndrome and gonorrhea;
- Alleviating dental infections and other oral problems;
- Detoxifying the body from harmful substances;
- Relieving nasal and respiratory congestion; and,
- Aiding proper digestion.
It is also effective for treating:
- Chronic pharyngitis,
- Hay fever,
- Sore throat,
- Throat infections,
- Bad breath,
- Urinary tract infection,
- Urethral burning,
- Vulva irritation,
- Vaginal discharges,
- Skin inflammation and rashes,
- Indigestion and stomach diseases.
Pro tips: Add 5-10 drops of Cubeb oil in a glass of water and swish on your mouth twice a day to help relieve toothache and treat halitosis.
Cumin oil comes from the black cumin seed known in the Middle East as the “seed of blessing”. It is an antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiseptic, carminative, detoxificant, stimulant, nervine and digestive-aid substance. The benefits of this essential oil dates back thousands of years. It’s been said that cumin oil was a part of Cleopatra and Queen Nefertiti’s hair, skin and beauty treatments. The great Greek physician Hippocrates has also used it to treat digestive disorders.
Today, it is used to:
- Cure bacterial infections in the colon, rectum, stomach and intestine;
- Aid digestion;
- Reduce anxiety, stress and convulsions;
- Prevent formation of excess gas;
- Treat diarrhea, cholera, flatulence and dysmenorrhea;
- Remove toxins from the body and tone the muscles and skin.
Cumin oil also improves health by boosting the body’s immune system by enhancing production of infection-fighting cells, bone marrow and natural interferon in the body. Ayurvedic medicine also uses cumin oil to treat various medical conditions like fever, hepatitis, cough and hemorrhoids.
Pro tips: Dilute cumin oil to apply to wounds, cuts and bruises to clean and prevent bacterial infection.
The cypress tree is not only known for being featured in Van Gogh’s paintings and for being a melancholic symbol of grief and immortality, but also for producing cypress oil. Cypress oil if translated from Greek would mean “ever living” and fortunately, this essential oil holds true to its Greek translation because of its medicinal benefits and uses.
Some of the health benefits of cypress oil include:
- Improving blood circulation, and the appearance of scars and acne,
- Treating menstrual problems,
- Easing muscle spasms, rheumatism, and varicose veins
- Weight loss,
- Pain relief,
- Relief of hemorrhage, lethargy,
- Improving body odor.
It also has antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, hepatitic, anti-inflammatory, mucolytic, analgesic and antispasmodic properties. Recently, cypress oil has been found to be effective in pain relief especially for those who suffer from bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and Raynaud’s disease.
Pro tips: Inhale a steam of cypress oil (you can also add eucalyptus or camphor essential oil to it) to treat excessive phlegm production or to provide relief from dry cough, bronchitis and other respiratory problems.
Damask oil also referred to as damask rose oil or Damascus rose oil. The damask rose is a flower used as a symbol of love and beauty. This essential oil is known for its fresh, deep, rosy scent that is highly valued in perfumery.
Aside from being used in perfumes and fragrances, damask oil is also known for its many medicinal benefits. Traditionally, it has been used to:
- Treat chest and abdominal pain,
- Treat digestive problems,
- Treat irregular menstruation,
- Reduce inflammation, and
- Strengthen the heart.
It is also effective for:
- Lightening scars,
- Relieving muscle spasms, and
- Regulating hormone levels.
- Treating dry skin;
- Reducing the effects of skin aging;
- Reducing frizzy hair;
- Soothing and healing eczema, wrinkles, mature skin;
- Alleviating stress, nervous tension;
- Regulating heart palpitations;
- Increasing circulation;
- Reducing nausea;
- Easing coughs, asthma, hay fever;
- Curing vaginal discharge, herpes, conjunctivitis, broken capillaries and uterine disorders.
Using damask oil in aromatherapy or vapor therapy will help increase libido, fight depression and relieve stress. Damask oil is also used to add flavor to meat dishes, ice cream, pudding, yogurt, cakes, desserts and sauces.
Pro tips: Simply dab damask oil on your skin or add it on your bath, shampoo, conditioner, soap and creams to give you that calming effect while at the same time helping you nourish and tone your hair and skin.
Deer Tongue Oil
Contrary to what most people think upon hearing the name, this essential oil does not come from the tongue of a deer or from any animal for that matter. Deer tongue is actually a Native American plant whose leaves resemble a tongue and is commonly referred to as vanilla leaf or wild vanilla because its crushed leaves smell like vanilla.
Deer tongue oil is effective for treating:
- Back pain,
- Irregular period,
- Injuries, and
- Promotes regular menstruation,
- Cures nephritic diseases,
- Cleans the blood,
- Stimulates the lymphatic system,
- Promotes sweating, and
- Soothes irritated mucus membranes.
Deer tongue oil is also popularly used as an ingredient in love potions as wells as lucky charms and as flavoring for tobacco.
Pro tips: Dilute deer tongue oil and massage on your reflex points to help boost your lymphatic system.
This essential oil comes from the dill plant, which is commonly known as a culinary spice, but actually has a history of being used throughout the Medieval Ages as a weapon against witchcraft, black magic, enchantments and for keeping all forms of evil at bay.
As a herbal medicine, dill oil has been utilized to:
- Aid the quick healing of wounds,
- Increase the flow of milk during lactation,
- Relieve stress and depression,
- Fight infection,
- Treat flatulence,
- Improve stomach health, and,
- Promote perspiration to eliminate toxins from the body.
Since dill oil is an effective gas reduction (carminative) substance, it can help with bloating and settling the stomach. Dill oil is rich in:
- Vitamin A,
- Folic acid,
- Vitamin C,
- Iron, and,
- Copper which can help boost the body’s immune system and fight different diseases.
Pro tips: Add a few drops of dill oil on your food or massage it on your feet’s reflex points to help lower your glucose levels.
Elecampane oil comes from Inula helenium, an herbal plant relative of the sunflower. Greeks and Romans in the past use this essential oil as a cure-all for dropsy, sciatica, digestive problems and menstrual disorders. It has also been used to treat leprosy and skin diseases. In the Medieval times, it was referred to as “Potio Paulina” because St. Paul was known to add this essential oil to his digestive wine to treat his stomach problems.
Elecampane oil is used for:
- Eliminating bacteria;
- Preventing periodontal disease;
- Easing cough, bronchitis, bronchial asthma and asthma;
- Reducing dark spots, blemishes and wrinkles;
- Eliminating parasitic worms;
- Enhancing the secretion of hormones and enzymes;
- Promoting sweating;
- Improving the digestive functions of the body; and,
- Boosting the immune system.
It is also effective for relieving:
- Nerve pain,
- Back pain,
- Pulmonary tuberculosis,
- Chronic diarrhea,
- Abdominal bloating,
- Nausea, and
Pro tips: Add 3-5 drops of Elecampane oil to a glass of water and drink twice a day to get rid of parasites and worms in the body.
Elemi oil is derived from elemi tree which is of the same family as myrrh and frankincense. It has a similar scent to these two oils, but with a hint of lemon. Elemi oil is fantastic for the skin and is widely used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, improve the skin tone and fight skin aging. Its rejuvenating effect is also good for reducing acne and scars. Its other health benefits include:
- Protecting the body from microbial infections,
- Boosting the immune system,
- Relieving cough, colds and other respiratory problems,
- Stimulating blood circulation as well as secretion of enzymes and hormones that are good for the body; and,
- Providing relief from nasal congestion and breathing problems.
Pro tips: Mix a few drops of elemi oil to your cream and lotion to treat skin infection and other skin problems.
Eucalyptus is a tree whose dried leaves and oils can be used for medicinal purposes. It can be harmful in pure forms so it must be diluted first for it to be used safely and effectively. Its diluted form can be safely taken to treat asthma, coughs, flu, bronchitis, sinusitis and allergies. It has also antibacterial and pain relief properties so it’s commonly used in mouthwashes, toothpastes, lozenges, cough drops and different cosmetic products.
Another important benefit of eucalyptus oil is that it’s great for hair nourishment and for treating dandruff and itchy scalp. Adding a few drops of eucalyptus in olive oil or in your shampoo can leave your scalp feeling cool, clean and fresh.
Pro tip: Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to your home products like soap, mop, and toilet cleaner to get rid of the harmful microbes in your house.
This essential oil is actually a wonderful and fun blend of different exotic oils that can do wonders for your senses like canola, avocado, walnut, macadamia, emu and argan oil. Aside from being used in bath, spa and massage, other benefits of exotic oil include treating:
- Joint immobility,
- High cholesterol,
- Psoriasis, eczema, and other rashes
- Athlete’s foot,
- Wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of skin aging
- Stretch marks,
- Acne and acne scarring,
- Dull skin, hair and nails,
- Insect bites,
- Hair thinning,
- Flu, bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory conditions.
Adding exotic oil to your diffuser or using it in aromatherapy will not only provide your room with a relaxing, calming and soothing ambiance, but will also help improve sleep, reduce daily stress, soothe the mind and body, bring a sense of security, provide mental clarity and boost concentration.
Pro tips: Pamper yourself by massaging exotic oil into your hair and scalp to give you shiny and healthy-looking hair. Massage it on your knees and elbows to avoid dryness and to lighten the skin in those areas.
Fennel oil is rich in antiseptic, antispasmodic, expectorant, antiparasitic, diuretic and antitoxic properties. It is derived from fennel, a plant with yellow flowers that may look and taste similar as anise, but is actually totally different. This plant is indigenous to the Mediterranean region, Asia Minor and Europe.
Women use fennel oil for:
- Promoting regular menstrual cycle,
- Facilitating easy childbirth, and
- Increasing the flow of milk during lactation.
Men use it for increasing their sex drive.
Fennel oil is used primarily for relief or treatment of:
- Digestive problems,
- Toxic buildup,
- Obesity and eating disorders like anorexia,
- Water retention,
- Gum problems and halitosis.
Pro tips: Massage diluted fennel oil on your lower stomach to reduce symptoms caused by irregular hormonal levels during menopause and also to help the uterus to contract after delivery.
Fir Needle Oil
This essential oil is extracted from fir needles. Fir needle oil has a lot of medicinal benefits including:
- Improving the respiratory system,
- Detoxifying the body,
- Stimulating the immune system,
- Boosting the body’s metabolism,
- Regulating the adrenal glands,
- Fighting infections,
- Eliminating body odor,
- Improving the blood circulation in the body,
- Suppressing cough,
- Relieving bodily pain, and
- Relaxing the muscles.
Other conditions that can be treated using fir needle oil include:
- Liver diseases,
- Urinary tract infection,
- Excessive sweating,
- Kidney stones, and
- Muscle aches.
Fir needle oil is also often used in aromatherapy, aroma lamps, massages, inhalation baths and sanitation in patients’ rooms. Due to the astringent properties of this essential oil, it is also effective for treating:
- Insect bites, and
- Skin infection.
Pro tips: Dilute fir needle oil and apply on your pet’s coat to serve as a non-toxic flea repellent.
Franch oil is an Ayurvedic medicinal oil that is actually a blend of oils from different natural herbs with a base of castor oil. This essential oil is used widely to treat:
- Cracked lips,
- Pimples and acne,
- Small burns and scalds,
- Cuts, wounds and abrasions,
- Pain during intercourse,
- Abdominal pain in children,
- Dysmenorrhea and menstrual pain,
- Itching and rashes from diapers and sanitary napkins,
- Aftershave allergy,
- External pile, fungal infection, bed sores,
- External ulcers, corns, dry skin, hyperkeratosis,
- Pregnancy stretch marks,
- Cracked heel,
- Mosquito and insect bites,
- Sprains, muscular pain, joint ache,
- Severe backache,
- Scar tissue formation,
- Dandruff, hair fall, hair dye allergy and other hair and skin problems.
Franch oil has analgesic, haemostatic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties that make it a good oil for skin emergencies.
Pro tips: Apply Franch oil around the eyes and on your face to get rid of dark circles around eyes, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads and wrinkles.
Frankincense oil has been referred to as the “King of Oils” for thousands of years in the Middle East and has been traded across the Arabian Peninsula, China and North Africa. Frankincense has always been a part of religious rituals since ancient times and was even said to be one of the gifts brought by the three magi to Jesus Christ.
But, aside from using frankincense oil for meditation, it can also be used in perfumes, aromatherapy, and skincare as well as for stomach problems and healthy digestion. It also has astringent properties which can strengthen the gums and hair roots, help stop bleeding and speed up the healing of wounds.
Pro tips: To help you relax and release muscle tension, put a few drops of frankincense oil in your palm and inhale. You can also use it to massage your head and neck to get rid of joint and muscle pains.
This essential oil comes from galangal, a plant that is a relative of ginger and is known not only for cooking, but also for its skin, hair and health benefits. Traditionally, galangal oil has been used to treat fungal infections and respiratory problems among children. In the past, it was also used in Europe with magical spells to help strengthen psychic powers, encourage lustful desires, attract wealth and ensure protection from evil spirits.
The medicinal benefits of galangal oil include:
- Relieving discomfort caused by inflammation,
- Treating diarrhea,
- Relieving motion sickness,
- Promoting good blood circulation,
- Slowing down skin aging, and
- Preventing ulcers and gastric lesions.
Adding galangal oil to a carrier oil and using it as massage oil will also serve as an aphrodisiac and help keep the body warm which is great for those who live in wintery climes.
Pro tips: Dilute galangal oil and apply on skin to treat sunburn, lighten scars and cure other skin-related diseases.
Galbanum oil or ferula galbaniflua resin oil is one of the ancient essential oils that has been used to support the body’s major systems. Its health benefits include:
- Improving circulation in the body,
- Treating acne, boils and abscesses,
- Clearing nasal and respiratory congestion,
- Preventing the growth of microbes,
- Speeding up the healing of wounds,
- Easing the symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism,
- Lightening acne and chickenpox scars,
- Treating muscle spasms, and
- Keeping the skin healthy.
This essential oil has a fresh, balsamic, spicy and woody scent and has been used in aromatherapy to calm the nerves, increase awareness, induce meditation, balance the psyche and fight against skin aging. It is also used to treat:
- Dry skin,
- Stretch marks,
- Cramping, and
Pro tips: Dilute galbanum oil and apply it directly on your cuts, wounds and bruises to prevent infection and help speed up their healing process.
Gardenia oil is derived from the petals of Gardenia Jasminoides which is indigenous to South America. The rich, exotic, sweet and floral scent of Gardenia oil is used in aromatherapy, candles, fragrances, perfumes, soaps, bath salts, conditioner, lotion and other beauty products.
Gardenia oil is used as an aphrodisiac, antidepressant, analgesic and detoxifying agent. It can help treat:
- Blood clotting,
- Bladder infections,
- Swelling, and
Gardenia oil is also effective for:
- Calming the nerves,
- Elevating the mood,
- Curing hepatitis, and
- Getting rid of flu, coughs,
- Easing headaches, and
- Countering insomnia.
Gardenia oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an effective remedy for treating sepsis, tetanus and potentially dangerous bacterial infections.
Pro tips: Spice up things in the bedroom and increase your sex drive and satisfaction by using gardenia oil as a massage for your partner.
Garlic is considered one of the healthiest foods in the world. Garlic oil is used to treat conditions like:
- High blood pressure,
- High cholesterol,
- Heart attack,
- Cold and flu, coughs, and sinusitis,
- Fungal infections,
- Warts, and
- Snake bites and poisons.
Though there are no definite approved therapeutic claims, some people believe that garlic oil can help prevent stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer and lung cancer. Taking garlic oil internally can also help detoxify the body, improve bone health and boost the metabolism.
Pro tips: Rub a few drops of garlic into your scalp to prevent hair loss and promote healthy hair growth.
This essential oil known for its flowery feminine scent comes from geranium, a perennial shrub with pointy leaves and little pink flowers which are indigenous to South Africa. Geranium oil is referred to as “the poor man’s rose” because it has the same benefits and uses as that of rose oil, but it’s much cheaper and, thus, more affordable.
Geranium oil is widely used for treating female problems like breast congestion, menstrual problems and cellulite. It is also used for enhancing one’s beauty as a facial cleanser, treatment for acne, hair growth serum and as a lightener of scars and blemishes. When applied to the skin, it has the ability to reduce and fight nerve pain. Its other health benefits include helping treat:
- Alzheimer’s disease,
- Respiratory infection,
- Bug bites,
- Skin inflammation, and
- Gastrointestinal problems.
Pro tips: If you have a jet lag, massage a few drops of this essential oil at the back of your neck or diffuse it throughout your room to make yourself feel better.
German chamomile oil or German oil comes from the leaves and flowers of matricaria chamomilia. This essential oil is widely known for its skin benefits and for its support of the body’s natural response to injury, irritation, inflammation and infection. Aside from being used to deal with redness in the skin, sensitive or inflamed skin conditions and other skin problems like acne, rashes and burns, German oil also has a lot of other health benefits like preventing premature aging, providing relief from respiratory tract infection, as well as treating
- Broken capillaries,
- Stuffy nose,
- Travel and motion sickness,
- Hay fever,
- Stomach ulcers,
- Menstrual cramps,
- Hemorrhoids, and
- Mouth and gum diseases.
It is also a wonderful and natural antioxidant, anesthetic, analgesic, anti-allergen and anti-inflammatory substance.
Pro tips: Apply German oil on the skin to reduce skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis.
The wonderful health benefits of ginger oil have been time-tested making it one of the most potent home remedies. For thousands of years, Greek, Chinese, Indian and other civilizations have used ginger for cooking, healing and treating various health problems.
It is widely used for relieving aches and pains, and for treating:
- Nausea, including morning sickness and motion sickness,
- Digestive problems including food poisoning and gas,
- Yellow fever,
- Respiratory problems,
- High blood pressure and other heart-related ailments,
- Bowel related problems,
- Kidney stones,
- Muscle pain and inflammation,
- Menstrual problems,
- Impotency and premature ejaculation,
- Pelvic Pain Syndrome, and
The spicy, sweet and warm aroma of Ginger oil is also perfect for fighting depression and keeping yourself energized. This essential oil is also used as a flavoring agent and as a component in soap, fragrances and other cosmetic products.
Pro tips: Inhale ginger oil using a vaporizer or a diffuser to relieve nasal congestion, sinusitis and nausea.
Grapefruit essential oil is rich in powerful antioxidants called d-limonene and is best used as a detoxifying and cleansing agent. It is very popular with weight management programs and in boosting healthy weight loss. It has a sweet tangy aroma that can be easily blended with other essential oils for a more amazing aromatherapy experience. Its scent can instantly boost your mood and appetite as well as uplift negative vibes that can help manage bulimia, anorexia and other eating disorders.
It is used for treating:
- Dull skin,
- Water retention,
- Dry throat,
- Jet lag,
- Gallbladder stones,
- Liver disorders, and
- Toxic buildup.
Grapefruit oil is also good for the hair and skin so be sure to add a few drops to your shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
Pro tips: To manage addiction to food, drugs and other substances, fight overeating and eliminate cravings, apply 1-2 drops of grapefruit oil on the back of your neck or stomach and massage it gently on those areas. You can also diffuse and inhale it for a more aromatic effect.
This essential oil comes from the resin of guaiacwood, an ornamental tree native to Paraguay, Brazil and Ecuador. Guaiacwood oil has been acknowledged by the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia as an effective treatment for rheumatism, joint pain and arthritis. It is also good for killing bacteria in the mouth and for treating:
- Skin disorders,
- Fungal infections,
- Lymphatic and pelvic congestion,
- Respiratory disorders, and
- Stomach problems.
It is a popular ingredient in:
- Meat products, and
- Frozen dairy desserts.
It has a woody, balsamic, creamy and slightly floral scent that can help relieve stress and anxiety, ground the senses and induce meditation when used in aromatherapy. It also blends well with other floral essential oils, but, since guaiacwood oil is very sticky, it must be warmed first.
Pro tips: Diffuse guaiacwood oil with rose, ylang ylang, jasmine or lavender oil to de-stress and calm yourself.
Eucalyptus gully gum oil or gum oil is considered the mildest of the eucalyptus oils. This essential oil has a zingy, refreshing and energizing aroma. It is effective for easing:
- Tired muscles,
- Breathing problems,
- Nerve pain,
- Muscular aches and pains,
- Minor wounds,
- Insect bites,
- Irritated and damaged skin,
- Mouth and throat infections,
- Cough, colds, flu,
- Bronchitis, asthma,
- Sinusitis, congestion and other minor respiratory complaints.
Gum oil is also used for getting rid of bad odors, cleaning kitchen surfaces and other areas in the house, removing stains, as well as making your laundry smell fresh and clean. This essential oil is perfectly safe for children and seniors.
Pro tips: Add 20 drops of gum oil to a 100 ml carrier oil and massage on your head, shoulders, neck and back to help relieve tired muscles, nervous tension and other stress related problems.