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Please Read  Scent Safety if you are new to Aromatherapy.

Also, check out The Many Methods of Aromatherapy for more mixing advice.

Essential Oils, Resins and Absolutes:

Allspice (Pimenta dioica): Warming, sense-enhancing, allspice has been known to enhance positive feelings and reduce stress. When used in massage oils it can warm muscles and ease muscle fatigue, stiffness and cramps. Its scent is used to treat nausea, depression, exhaustion, and nerves. It is also helpful to ease chills and congested coughs. (To learn more about treating respiratory ills, please read, Essential Oils to help Prevent & Treat Colds, Flu, and other Infectious DiseasesThe herb, allspice is named such because it is said to taste like a mix of cloves, juniper berries, cinnamon and black pepper. Similarly, it’s scent is a multi-layered spice.

Angelica Seed & Root (Angelica archangelica): Angelica Seed and root oils have a deep, musky, spicy scent The root oil is stronger and more medicinally scented than the seed oil. Their scent is used to relieve fatigue and nervous stress. In skin care, these oils are used to decongest pores and to heal and soothe irritated skin. They are also used to help eliminate toxins from muscles and to relieve water retention. Their scent is helpful to relieve coughs and can aid digestion. I like to use the root oil on the bottom of  my feet for Root Chakra balance, if you are curious about what Chakra Balancing is, please read, Essential Oils to Balance Chakras

Anise, Star (Illicium verum): Licorice sweet anise oil must be used in strict moderation as it is known to produce a narcotic effect when overused. Anise is recognized for luck, protection and psychic awareness. It invigorates the mind. This essential oil is used as an expectorant, to strengthen the immune system against the common cold, and for nervous conditions such as migraine headaches and nervous tension. 

Ambergris: (not an essential oil) Believe it or not, this sweet, musky perfume is made from the intestines of the sperm whale. At one time many whales were killed for the substance. Nowadays, that is frowned upon; Ambergris is obtained either from whales that have beached themselves (and died), or it is found floating in the sea. It does not smell pleasant at all until the sun is allowed to harden it. Once that happens the scent becomes intoxicating. When applied to the body it attracts potential lovers and enchants the wearer as well. I only use this oil in perfumery. 

Amyris Sandalwood (Amyris balsamifera): This rich, musky essential oil is often substituted for the endangered and very costly Eastern Sandalwood Oil. It is best when mixed in blends with deep oils (like the Oakmoss and Patchouli) It works as a sedative, antiseptic, and balsamic and has very soothing qualities. It does not have the same benefits as true Sandalwood oil.

Balsam - Peru (Myroxylon balsamum): Heavily vanilla balsamic, this essential oil is warming, opening, and comforting. It has expectorant qualities and is used to treat respiratory conditions, such as asthma, bronchitis, and coughs. Its sweet vanilla undertone can produce a relaxed mood. It has healing properties and when mixed with carrier oil can be of great aid to dry, cracked, winter skin. It helps to heal sores, wounds, eczema and rashes. To learn more about which essential oils are good in skin care, please read, Scents, Salves & Supplements Stunning Skin.

Basil (Ocimum basilicum): Basil’s fresh herbaceous scent can heighten focus, reduce nausea, stimulate blood circulation and bring comfort to body and spirit. It can be used to help lift bad moods. This oil is great to use when studying, in an important meeting or interview, or anytime you want to remain sharp and alert. When properly diluted, it can help relieve muscle and nerve pain. It is also considered an aphrodisiac. In folklore, the herb Basil is thought to bring money. It is one of the gentler cooling oils. To read more about the cooler oils, check out, Have a Cool Summer.

Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis): This is an old-timey barbershop scent which is very nice in men's products. It is used in aromatherapy primary for digestive issues, such as flatulence and loss of appetite; colds; viral infections; and oddly (considering it is a male scent) scanty periods.

Benzoin (Styrax benzoin): This rich, euphoric resin is thick as honey. It has a sweet balsamic scent. It warms and tones the heart. Benzoin oil has been used ceremonially to drive away evil and negative forces. It is very relaxing and can create a sense of padding from daily stresses. In skin care for it is used for healing: cuts, chapped skin, and inflamed or irritated skin.

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia): Bergamot is that familiar citrus scent found in Earl Grey tea. It has a spicy undertone and adds a fresh note to blends. Bergamot oil is employed to reduce anger, frustration, irritability, anxiety and depression. It is said to help with confidence, concentration, and cheer. It is known to lessen many emotional imbalances. In skin care, it is used to treat acne, eczema, wounds, oily skin and more.

Black Pepper (Piper nigrum): Hot and spicy, black pepper oil should only be used in small amounts. It’s regarded as an aphrodisiac. It is said to help with stamina, endurance, and motivation. It can affect the circulatory system to improve muscle tone. It can warm and relax muscles when used in massage oils, lotions or liniments.

Cade (Juniperus oxycedrus): From the wood of the Juniper tree comes Cade. Woody, smoky, with a leather-like undertone, this mysterious essential oil smells like pure fire. It is a bit too much for most, but for those who enjoy its powerful scent, it can be excellent treatment for dandruff and chapped skin. I like mixing a few drops in Argan oil to make a pre-shampoo scalp treatment. Learn more about Argan Oil by reading, All About Argan Oil. 

Cardamon Seed (Elettaria cardamomum)Light with a hint of spice, Cardamon Seed oil is recommended for easing nervous stress and mental fatigue. It also aids digestion and is used to treat conditions such as indigestion, acid reflux,  and flatulence. 

Carrot Seed (Daucus carota): Warm and earthy, this oil revitalizes and tones. It is used to help skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, rashes, slack skin and more. It offers a nice grounding note when added to blends. In massage oils it can help detoxify joints. It is also recommended to detox the liver. Carrot Seed oil is highly recommended to maintain youthful skin, to learn more about essential oils that are great for mature skin, please read, Essential Oils to Maintain Beauty as we Age.

Cedarwood, Virginian (Juniperus virginiana): Warm and woody, this oil smells like a cedar chest. Cedarwood’s meditative qualities help the mind to focus and can help bring balance to the body. It has been used historically for its soothing & purifying qualities. It is used to counteract worry, fear, irritability, and gloomy thoughts. Cedarwood oil also helps with a variety of skin issues including dermatitis; acne; oily skin & hair; eczema and psoriasis. It is also a good oil to use to repel many insects. To learn more about pest repelling oils please read, How to get rid of Pests without Yelling, Screaming or Toxic Chemicals  *Never use Cedarwood oil when you are pregnant. 

Celery Seed (Apium graveolens): Light with a little spice, Celery seed adds an interesting undertone to blends. It is used to ease digestive complaints such as indigestion. It is detoxifying and can ease liver congestion as well as aid conditions such as gout, arthritis and inflamed joints. It also eases some menstrual and menopausal symptoms.

Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile): With a bright apple-like undertone, this gentle, relaxing oil is recommended to heal skin inflammation and for cell regeneration. It is also used to treat acne, burns, cuts, and rashes. It is one of the few essential oils gentle enough for infants. Its scent may help calm worries, grief, fear, anger, and other emotional imbalances. This peaceful oil is great to ease nerves, stress, and tension.

German Chamomile (Matricaria recutica): Velvety blue oil—it is warm with a pleasant medicinal undertone. Like Roman Chamomile, this gentle, relaxing oil is recommended to heal skin inflammation and for cell regeneration. It is also used to treat acne, burns, cuts, and rashes. It is one of the few essential oils recommended for babies. This is a excellent oil to use when recovering from an injury. See, Essential Oils for Healing from Injuries  to learn how. 

Chamomile – Moroccan (Ormenis multicaulis): Ormenis Flower otherwise known as Moroccan Chamomile is not a true chamomile, however it is recommended for sensitive skin. It is fresh, and herbaceous with a  lightly sweet undertone It is used to treat headaches, insomnia, and irritability.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum): Hot and sweet; cinnamon oil warms, stimulates and revives tired nerves. It is often used to strengthen the immune system against colds and flu. It can warm muscles, especially when used in a massage oil. It is very cheerful and mixes nicely with orange oil for a holiday scent. 

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea): Clary Sage oil is sweet, rich, and highly relaxing. It has been known to induce colorful dreams and reduce nightmares while aiding in a deep, peaceful rest. In Aromatherapy, it is used to counteract: nervousness, stress, anxiety, panic, fear, and guilt. In skin care it helps with acne, oily skin, and wrinkle prevention. It is also used to treat dandruff and to stimulate hair growth.

Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum): Spicy, sweet oil that inspires the mind and memory; clove bud oil often eases mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion. Its scent is warming, cheering, and welcoming. It is said to help with creativity, focus, and self-awareness. It is especially comforting during the cold season, perhaps due to its reported expectorant, antiviral, and antibiotic qualities. Like most spice oils, it has aphrodisiac qualities.

Cocoa Resin (Theobroma cacao): Delicious chocolaty resin which must be melted before use. It adds a luscious undertone giving perfumes a sweet allure.

Cypress: (Cupressus sempervirens) This strengthening oil has a clean, evergreen scent. It is cleansing, comforting, and may be used as an antiseptic. It is used to ease sore throats, asthma, bronchitis, and spasmodic coughing. It is used emotionally to increase confidence, balance, patience and direction as well as to reduce fear, sorrow, frustration and muddled thoughts. It can also help with some nerve issues, I use it in this treatment for RLS, Quick Treatment for Restless Leg Syndrome - RLS.

Elemi (Canarium luzonicum): This fresh scented oil has a hint of spice. It is a resin extracted from a tropical tree gum. It’s used in skin care to heal cuts, wounds, inflammation and more. It is also used to relieve nervous exhaustion and stress.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus): Clean, camphoraceous Eucalyptus oil is great for helping to ease headaches, lifting fatigue and  healing respiratory ails. It helps open up sinuses and can be used to strengthen the immune system again common ills. When used in laundry, it can help kill dust mites. Used in dog soaps it can act as an insect repellent. It’s an excellent, economical oil for general cleaning and deodorizing purposes. To learn more about which essential oils are best for cleaning, your home, laundry and dishes, please read,The Easy Way to a Clean and Healthy Home.

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) : This is a sweet, licorice-like oil. It is used to help keep skin young looking, and for weight control. Fennel often helps balance female hormones and may ease premenstrual symptoms. It can be used in small amounts in baths, soaps, and massage oils. It has been reported to help reduce cellulite.

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri): Calming and focusing frankincense has a warm, sweet, and rich scent that has been used in religious ceremonies for centuries. It often acts to slow and deepen breathing making it perfect for meditation. Its scent is said to stimulate creativity and enlightenment. It is used to ease feelings of anxiety, grief, fear, and disconnection. In skin care it can be used to heal chapped skin. Folklore tells us that frankincense is used to welcome in positive forces. It also a great oil to use in meditation. To learn more about how aromatherapy can be used in Meditation, please read, Essential Oils for Meditation.

Garden Sage (Salvia officinalis): In lore, this oil was used by the American Indians as a cleansing agent to banish evil spirits. Legend says that it brings wisdom. This oil brings a fresh, clean, herbaceous tone to blends. It can clear the mind, helping with focus and concentration. Not recommended in skin care.

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens): Dry with a rosy undertone, geranium oil is wonderful for helping to balance female hormones. It has deodorizing properties and can be very relaxing. It is recommended to help treat many emotional issues including anxiety and depression. It can help increase feelings of self-worth. Its astringent action makes it ideal for controlling oily skin and great for helping to heal cuts & wounds. It is one of the oils that helps reduce excess water weight. To learn more about reducing water weight, please read, Bloated? Here's How To Lose that Water Weight Overnight .

Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Spicy, hot and earthy, this oil energizes and warms. It has been used historically to increase strength and courage. In massage oils, it is helpful for easing sprains and lower back pain. Its scent can lessen nervous exhaustion. Ginger is recognized as an aphrodisiac. Ginger is one of the best oils to reduce nausea. To learn more about reducing nausea, check out the guide in, Scents in the Sky. It’s best to use ginger sparingly.

Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi): Grapefruit is a clean, light, and refreshing citrus oil. Its scent is known to help ease headaches, performance stress, and depression. It is can help with clarity, alertness, confidence, and a positive attitude. It is said to help when dealing with emotional violence, self-doubt, mental pressure and more.When used in massages and baths it can help tone skin and may reduce cellulites. It is also good to use when the body is retaining too much water. It may also encourage hair growth when used in hair care produces. And if you add a bit to your dish soap it can cut grease and grime.

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis): Sweet yet camphoraceous hyssop oil has a spicy warm undertone. Hyssop oil is used to stabilize blood pressure, help many respiratory conditions, and relieve nervous tension and fatigue. It is used to heal bruising and wounds. Added to massage oils it can ease rheumatism.

This precious essential oil, Jasmine (Jasminium officinale), is a rich, exotic floral. Jasmine may generate euphoria. It is well known for it’s sensual qualities and is often used to enhance libido. Jasmine has been reported to help with a wide range of emotional issues including: dealing with past violence and abuse; repression, guilt, relationship problems and more. It is emotionally warming and may help with self confidence . Although it is expensive, it only takes just a few drops to add a dramatic effect to blends. It can last for years.

Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis): Juniper Berry has a fresh, nutty, berry scent. In folklore this oil is said to augment psychic purity. This meditative oil is also used for spiritual purposes. In aromatherapy it is used to calm emotions. It is said to help improve confidence, peace and help with many forms of inner conflict. It’s sometimes used to detoxify the body as well as tone & stimulate flesh. It can help to strengthen the immune system. It is used to control acne, dandruff & hair loss, haemorrhoids and more.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): Highly floral and mildly herbaceous, lavender is considered the most versatile essential oil. It is said to balance one’s energies: stimulating if tired, and relaxing if stressed. It is excellent for treating scarring, acne, burns, eczema, psoriasis, wounds and more. It is great to use to in soaps, baths, or skin ointments to maintain healthy skin. It is known to help with a variety of problems including: anxiety; depression; feelings of fear, anger, aggression, & irritability, insomnia and headaches. It is great to have on hand in an Essential Oil First Aid Kit.

Lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia): This oil is a cross between true lavender and spike lavender. Its scent is similar to true lavender, but more herbaceous. It is more stimulating and cooling than lavender. Like lavender, it can help to heal a host off ills, including migraine headaches, anxiety; depression; and feelings of fear, anger, aggression, and irritability. It has been used in skin care to help heal: blisters, burns, cuts, dry/dull skin, rashes, insect bites, muscle aches, sores, sprains, strains, wounds and more.

Lemon (Citrus limon): Lemon has a light, clean citrus scent which can enliven us. It’s an excellent oil to add to cleaning products as it can cut grease while deodorizing. It is often employed to help fight infections during the cold and flu season. It can act as restorative and general tonic. Its scent is recommended to help ease mental blocks, lethargy, and stress; it may also enhance memory, clarity, and concentration. In skin care it is used to treat acne, cuts, oily skin, warts and more.

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus): The sharp, yet lemony scent of lemongrass oil is used to relieve headaches, stress, and nervous exhaustion. It is sometimes employed in massage to improve muscle tone and poor circulation. It’s a great insect repellent (Repels: Head Lice, Ticks, Spider Mites & Fleas). It’s also great to use in hair care products to make hair shiny, aid in detangling and add subtle highlights. It is an excellent body deodorizer and natural antiperspirant. Read, Make Your Own Natural Body and Underarm Deodorizer to learn more.

Lime (Citrus aurantifolia): The powerful scent of sweet, tangy lime oil can pep us up. It has similar healing properties to lemon essential oil. It is often employed to help fight infections during the cold and flu season. It can act as restorative and general tonic. It’s an excellent oil to add to cleaning products to help cut grease. 

Mandarin (Citrus reticulata): This light, sweet, citrus oil is often employed to fade stretch marks & scars, as well as to help relieve fluid retention. It is used to treat acne, congested pores and oily skin Its scent is very relaxing. This very gentle oil is one of the few recommended for young children (toddlers and up). Its scent is used to aid depression, anxiety, and feelings of emptiness.

Marjoram (Origanum majorana): Marjoram is an anaphrodisiac meaning it reduces sex drive. It is said to be comforting, warming and strengthening. It is used to help ease mental strain, anger, frustration, hostility and more. It is one of the gentler and warmer herb oils.

Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha): This is an old-fashioned remedy for making a wash for infections. It was used by the Egyptians and Hebrews for incense, cosmetics, as perfume fixatives, and medicines. It was also used at that time for embalming. It was considered, as was Frankincense, a rare treasure and was thought to be a great gift for baby Jesus. It is a gummy resin derived from the shrub Commiphora. It is used in treating sore throats, infected gums, thrush, and athlete’s foot. It is good for healing dry, cracked skin. It contains cleansing agents and has been used to counter poisons in the body. It also has worked to stimulate the circulatory system and as an expectorant.

Myrtle (Myrtus communis): Myrtle is an ancient biblical shrub. It’s sweet and herbaceous with a pleasing medicinal undertone. When diffused into the air Myrtle may aid in preventing infectious diseases. It acts as an expectorant and a bactericidal. It is gentle and suitable for treating children's coughs

Neroli (Citrus Aurantium): This is the essential oil of the orange blossom. This oil is often recommended when treating abuse, hopelessness, fear, and other emotional crises. It may be used to fade scars & stretch marks and to tone the complexion. It is quite sensual whether wore on men or women. Given that it is very expensive it is most often used in fine perfumery.

Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans): In mythology, this oil has been recommended for blends to add physical & metaphysical energy. In aromatherapy it has been used to lift fatigue and reduce nausea. Its scent is warm and exotic and considered to have aphrodisiac properties. Nutmeg oil should be used sparingly. It works well (very diluted) to treat tooth and mouth pain.

Oakmoss (Evernia prunastri): Oakmoss oil is an excellent fixative oil with a rich, deep, meditative scent. It has been used in perfumery as early as the 16th century. It has been found in the ancient royal tombs of Egypt, still fragrant, even after centuries.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare): Oregano has a warm, spicy-herb scent. It works as a stimulant and may provide protection against viruses and bacteria.

Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis): Sweet, fresh and fruity, this oil warms the heart. The popular scent of orange oil is lively, yet calming. Emotionally, this oil is used to increase happiness, spirituality, connectedness, peace and understanding. It is said to be good when healing from emotional crisis, panic, depression or fear. When used in baths and massage oils it can be very cleansing; it may help eliminate toxins from the body and reduce water retention.

Blood Orange (Citrus x sinensis): Blood Orange has similar healing properties as Sweet Orange. Its scent is a bit less sweet and more tart. Using the two oils mixed together gives blends an added complexity.

Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii): Palma Rosa is a wild growing herbaceous plant with very fragrant grassy leaves. The essential oil mimics the name with a light, dry, rosy-floral scent. It is used to dispel anger & frustration and to reduce irritability & stress-related conditions. When used in lotions, massage oils and baths it can help maintain healthy skin, It is used to help prevent scarring and wrinkling. In is also used to treat acne, dermatitis and sores. It helps cell regeneration and sebum balance in skin.

Palo Santo (Bulnesia sarmienti): This oil is steam distilled from the wood of the Palo Santo tree, also known as Guaiacwood. It is also called "the Sacred Wood" and is used for meditational and spiritual purposes. In massage oils, it can help ease muscular issues such as arthritis and gout.

Parsley Seed (Petroselinum sativum): Used to detoxify muscles and joints, Parsley oil is also reputed to break down cellulite. It is spicy, warm and herbaceous with woody undertones. It is one of the best oils to help bring on a late period. (To learn more about how many seed oils can help in feminine care, as well as detoxification read, The Seediest Thing I have ever Written.

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin): This sweet amber oil is rich and earthy; its scent can be very meditative. It can help with physical and emotional energy. In skin care it is used to treat cracked dry skin; acne; eczema; dermatitis and for wrinkle control. In hair care it’s great for dandruff control and to help encourage hair growth. Emotionally, it is used to treat lethargic depression nervous exhaustion, and stress. This is a particularly stimulating oil, so best not to use before bedtime.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita): Cool, clean peppermint essential oil boosts energy and has been known to ease headaches, nervous stress, nausea and the common cold. It definitely wakes us up. Emotionally, it is recommended to ease mental fatigue and feelings of helplessness while increasing self-acceptance and vitality. When used in soaps, shampoos, and misters it can also really help cool us down in the summertime. When used in massage oils it can ease muscle pain and improve circulation. As and added bonus it repels: mosquitoes, ants, moths, flies, head lice, spider mites, ticks, fleas, mice and chipmunks. Here is more information about this great economical oil, Powerful Peppermint Essential Oil.

Pettigrain (Citrus aurantium): From the leaves and twigs of the bitter orange tree, this mesmerizing scent was created. Pettigrain oil has a bright floral-citrus aroma, similar to the very costly Neroli oil, which is made from the blossoms of the same tree. It is very relaxing and can help create a positive, mood. It is used to reduce anger and pessimism.

Pine Needle (Pinus palustris or Pinus sylvestris): With a fresh, clean turpentine-like aroma, pine needle oil works as an expectorant, antiseptic, and restorative. It’s used to help fight fatigue and stress, while strengthening the immune system against colds and flu. Its scent may help with motivation, concentration, patience, acceptance, and forgivingness. This is a great oil that works wonders in cleaning and deodorizing products. It is best not to use Pine Needle directly on skin, but it is wonderful scent to diffuse. 

Rose Damask (Rosa damascena): Deep, rich, and floral - the fragrance of true rose oil is unmistakable. Prized since biblical times, the scent of the rose is a famous aphrodisiac. It is very comforting and can be of great aid during blue moments. In skin care, it is used to help repair broken capillaries, and to maintain a youthful complexion. Being very expensive, this oil is most often used in perfumery. Its scent is used to ease fear and grief; as well as aid forgiveness, motivation, and confidence.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): Rosemary is the herb of love and remembrance. The essential oil is recognized as an aphrodisiac. It can help with memory and concentration as it has been said to strengthen both the brain and the nervous system. Emotionally it is used to increase confidence, energy, clarity, structure, and awareness. In skin care, it has been used to fade varicose veins. It has also been used to: help relieve fluid retention, aid the immune system in fighting infections, relieve headaches, fight nervous exhaustion, and bring relief to respiratory ailments. It may also stimulate hair growth and lessen dandruff when used in hair care products. To learn more about hair care, please read, The Ultimate Guide to Natural Hair Care.

Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora): Sweet, light woody oil with an underlying deep rose scent. Rosewood oil is steadying, balancing and can aid concentration. It may help bring about a positive mood and can lessen a headache. In skin care it has been used to help heal: acne, dermatitis, scars, wounds, and dry and/or sensitive skin. It’s scent is used to heal many kinds of stress related troubles. It is also used as an aphrodisiac. Along with Sandalwood, Rosewood is on the endangered list so the oil can only be made from trees or branches that have fallen, thus it has grown quite costly.

Saffron (Crocus sativus): Saffron is known to be one of the most expensive spices. This is because the stigmas of the flower must be handpicked. Its oil is deep red has an interesting earthy scent which adds an exotic note to perfumes and colognes. This oil is best used in moderation and not recommended for general skin/hair care. 

Sage – Common (Salvia officinalis): This herb was used by the American Indians as a cleansing agent to banish evil spirits. Legend says that it brings wisdom. The essential oil brings a fresh, clean, herbaceous tone to blends. It can clear the mind, helping with focus and concentration. It may help regulate the central nervous system. It is best to use this oil in a diffuser, rather than in skin products.

Sandalwood Oil (Santalum album): This rich, musky, wood was traditionally burnt as an aid to meditation. The essential oil is known for its calming and grounding effects. This oil is recognized as having aphrodisiac qualities. It's rich, woody scent helps to anchor blends. In aromatherapy it is used to help heal dry chapped skin, razor burn, and acne. Emotionally it is good to help with trust issues, self-esteem, loneliness, irritability, feelings of uneasiness and dwelling on the past.

Spearmint (Mentha spicata): Cool and minty, this essential oil is the most gentle of all the mints. Diffused with water, it may be used to treat children's coughs. It works as an antiseptic, decongestant, and expectorant. Its scent is said to be comforting to the head, thus it is often employed for tension and migraine headaches.

Tangerine (Citrus Tangerina): Like orange and mandarin oil, this delicious citrus oil has a very cheerful scent. It’s excellent for skin tone and is very purifying. This is another nice oil to use in cleaning products.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia): Teatree is a clean, camphoraceous oil. Much of what is known about the healing properties of teatree oil was learned from its long history of use by the aboriginal people of Australia. Scientifically it is shown to be active against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It works to rid the air of disease, while acting as expectorant. It can be used in skincare to treat acne and oily skin. It is sometimes used to treat and control the itch of dandruff.

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris): This fresh, herbaceous oil is used to treat aches and pains; bruises; and poor circulation (when used in massage oils). It can be employed to treat headaches and sinusitis. It may be used as a preventative against colds and flu. Its scent is said to help with direction, tolerance, focus and alertness.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa): This yellowy orange spice oil is primarily used for circulation problems such as arthritis, aches and pains. It may also be used for digestive issues and liver congestion. This oil must be used in moderate and only for short periods.

Valerian (Valeriana fauriei): Highly sedative valerian oil has a medicinal scent which is an acquired taste. It blends well with clary sage, mandarin and lavender to create a highly effective treatment for insomnia. To learn more about treating insomnia with essential oils, please read, Sleep Scents.

Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia): This sweet oil is said to be the closest scent to mother’s milk that nature has to offer. It is very expensive, so I usually substitute Balsam Peru for a similar aroma.

Verbena, Lemon (Aloysia, triphylla): This is a perennial shrub with a lovely lemony scent. Its scent eases nervous conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, tension and stress. It may also help ease cramps, indigestion and liver congestion. 

Violet Leaf (Viola odorata): Violet Leaf is a deep purple oil that has a strong almost medicinal scent that must be used in small doses and balanced with complementary oils to smell nice. It is recommended to ease vertigo, dizziness, headaches and nervous exhaustion. In skin care is used to help clogged pores, acne, eczema, thread veins, and wounds. 

Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides): This smoky, leathery oil is said to strengthen the central nervous system, restoring balance and focus. It is employed to stabilize energy. It is recognized to be grounding, and to help enhance feelings of protection, self-esteem and calmness. In skin care it is used to treat acne, oily skin, and abrasions. It is helpful to treat muscular aches and pains when used in massage oils. I like to use this oil directly on the bottom of my feet to help ground me during the day, to see why, please read, Foot Pharmacy - how, when, and why to use Essential Oils on the Feet.

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): This is a beautiful blue  essential oil with a fresh herbal aroma. It is used in skin care for acne, cuts, inflammation, and rashes. It is used to promote hair growth. It is recommended for high blood pressure and rheumatism. It may help ease cramps, flatulence, indigestion, and hemorrhoids. Its scent may help ease insomnia and stress. It is also used for some urinary and gynecological issues.  

Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata): This intense floral has had some rapturous results. It can help balance emotions; either energizing or relaxing depending on one’s needs. It often helps ease nervous conditions such as depression and stress. Additionally, it’s a wonderful general skin tonic. It may also stimulate hair growth when used in hair care products. Emotionally, it is recommended to help increase confidence and happiness; while reducing feelings of fear, dejection, anger, and guilt.

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Perfume Notes

Top notes are the first to hit the nose. They form the immediate impression of the scent. Some good top notes are: Grapefruit, Lemon, and Bergamot.

Middle notes are the core of the blend and are mixed in a greater percentage than the top and base notes. Some good middle notes are: Lavender, Geranium, Rosewood, Cedarwood, and Rosemary.

Nice base notes are rich, heavy, and heady. Base notes surface slowly and linger. They often have fixative qualities which keep the lighter, more volatile oils from evaporating too quickly. Some good base note are: Benzoin, Patchouli, Rose, Jasmine, Frankincense, and Myrrh.

Keep in Mind:

There are no hard and fast rules scent notes, so it takes some common sense and thought.  

If you prefer a very light blend you might use Rosewood (usually middle note) as a bottom note.  Lighter florals like Geranium and Palma Rosa (the lightest of the middle notes) as middle notes and the lightest of oils, like Lemon as a top note.   

If you prefer a deep blend you may use oils like Rosewood and Cedarwood (deeper middle notes) as Middle notes, Palma Rosa and Geranium (often used as lighter middle notes) as Top notes, and ultra-deep scents like Rose, Jasmine, Neroli, Patchouli or Myrrh as bottom notes.  

If can sound confusing at first, but much like cooking; once you get started, your intuition and own tastes shine through.  

To see how I got started, read, In Pursuit of a Passion.  


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