This post follows on from What is an essential oil?
Now that we know what essential oils are, which ones do we use? It helps to have an understanding of plant classifications and, thereby, essential oil classifications. Each classification has its own general attributes and wellness benefits.
Within each classification, the individual essential oils have more specific properties, but for now let’s stay at the high this high level overview.
Uplifting & Detoxifying
Citrus – Citrus essential oils come from juicy fruits with a pulpy rind grown in warm climates. The oils are cold-pressed or distilled from the rind.
Beneficial Properties: stimulating; uplifting; antiseptic; calming; antimicrobial; energizing; antioxidant
Some Citrus Essential Oils: bergamot; grapefruit; wild orange; lemon; lime; tangarine
Calming & Harmonizing
Florals – floral essentail oils come from flowers. The oils are distilled from the petals or aerial parts of the plant (the parts completely exposed in air).
Beneficial Properties: antiinflammatory; antispasmodic; relaxant; antihistamine; analgesic; regenerative; antiviral
Some Floral Essential Oils: clary sage; geranium; helichrysum; lavender; neroli; roman chamomile; rose; yarrow, ylang ylang
Warming & Protecting
Spices – Spices essential oils come from aromatic, flavourful plants. The oils are distilled from the bark, root, seeds, and buds of the plant.
Beneficial Properties: warming; digestive stimulant; immunostimulant; aphrodisiac; antiemetic (anti-nausea); anti-infectious; anti-parastitic
Some Spices Essential Oils: black pepper; cardamom; cassia; cinnamon; clove; coriander; fennel; ginger
Cleansing & Activating
Herbs – herb essential oils come from low growing seed-bearing, flowering plants that do not have woody tissue in the stem. the oils are distilled from the green leafy parts of the plants.
Beneficial Properties: immunostimulant; detoxifier; antiviral; antifungal; carminative (fart relieve); antibacterial; anti-parasitic
Some Herbs Essential Oils: basil; blue tansy; cilantro; dill; marjoram; melissa; oregano; patchouli; peppermint; spearmint; thyme
Centering & Calming
Roots – root essential oils come from the plant fibres that receive water and nourishment for the plant. The oils are distilled from the roots.
Beneficial Properties: calming; nervine (calms the nerves); grounding; sedative; restorative; neuroprotective
Some Roots Essential Oils: spikenard; vetiver
Invigorating & Soothing
Leaves – leaves essential oils come from the outgrowth of the plant stem that manufacture nutrients by photosynthesis. The oils are steam disilled from the leaves.
Beneficial Properties: antiseptic; invigorating; anti-inflammatory; insecticide; analgesic; antibacterial; antimicrobial
Some Leaves Essential Oils: eucalyptus; melaleuca; ravensara; rosemary; wintergreen
Grounding & Renewing
Woods – woods essential oils typically come from high growing plants with, typically, a single trunk. The oils are distileed from the leaves, twigs, branches, needles, berries, bark and wood.
Beneficial Properties: regenerative; relaxant; grounding; analgesic; astringent
Some Woods Essential Oils: arborvitae; birch; cedarwood; cypress; douglas fir; juniper beery; manuka; petitgrain; sandalwood; siberian fir
Restoring & Strengthening
Resins – resins essential oils come from the sticky substance found in certain trees tghat are insoluble in water. The oils are distilled from the hardened resin.
Beneficial Properties: anti-inflammatory; analgesic; restorative; antidepressant; immunostimulant
Resins Essential Oils: copaiba; frankincense; myrrh
Really Cool Observation
Writing the above lists, I noticed this is all very intuitive. This is a good thing, because I am seriously lazy when it comes to memorizing anything.
- my mother used to stir the bubbles out of Gingerale to settle my upset tummy (ginger = antinausea)
- walking the woods does wonders for grounding me
- on a cold day there is nothing more warming — emotionally & physically — than a mug of hot chocolate and cinnamon
- citrus is my ultimate scent, because it always makes me smile
Intuitive and common sense … just like how I approach my Tarot Readings … ooooh, I am liking this new journey I am on.
What are some of your favourite scents and how do they affect your emotions? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Stay curious, my lovelies!
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