Essential Oils

Essential oils are composed of the volatile compounds extracted from plants such as herbs, flowers, wood or fruit. It is important to handle essential oils with care, and only use high quality, pure oils from reputable suppliers. For more information, please see the Aromatherapy page.

Uses for Common Essential Oils

  Medicinal Uses / Effects
Lavender An exceptional oil to keep on hand as it doesn’t need to be diluted. Good for relaxation and sleep.
Effect: Relaxing & Uplifting
Tea Tree   Ideal for use in a medicine kit as it is anti-fungal and antibacterial
Effect: Stimulating
Eucalyptus A powerful decongestant and anti-inflammatory. Adding a drop to a neti pot helps to clear the sinuses.
Effect: Stimulating
Peppermint Can alleviate nausea and fatigue. Is cooling to the skin.
Effect: Stimulating
Rosemary A brain booster which is good for studying. It also helps to act as a free radical scavenger once inhaled.
Effect: Stimulating
Lemon Kills airborne pathogens. It is both antibacterial and antimicrobial.
Effect: Stimulating
Oregano   Antibacterial and antimicrobial. A drop of oregano oil on the soles of the feet could help fight a cold or the flu.
Effect: Stimulating
Jasmine Good for muscle cramps and improving feelings of self-worth.
Effect: Relaxing
Rose Good for relieving headaches and fatigue. Enhances mood.
Effect: Relaxing
Melissa (Lemon Balm) The most antiviral oil. It is good for cold sores.
Effect: Relaxing and Uplifting
Sandalwood Ideal for treating depression and tension.
Effect: Relaxing
Sage Good for bacterial and throat infections.
White sage is used in purification processes (rituals). The plant is dried for use in smudge sticks, and the hydrosol can be used for space clearings.
Effect: Stimulating

*Chart reflects basic information. Each oil has additional healing/medicinal properties.

Essential Oil Blends for Health

Condition Essential Oils
Stress Lavender, marjoram, ylang ylang, neroli, sandalwood, tangerine
Flu Eucalyptus, niaouli, cajeput, thyme, peppermint, rosemary
Headache Peppermint, basil, lavender, marjoram, rosemary
Depression Jasmine, rose, neroli, patchouli, clary sage, citrus
PMS Clary sage, geranium, mugwort, German chamomile , fennel
Self-esteem Jasmine, rose, neroli, patchouli, clary sage, citrus
Indigestion Peppermint, coriander, ginger
Sleep/Insomnia Roman chamomile, neroli
Cuts/Bites Tea tree, geranium, lavender, rosewood
Bruises Italian everlasting (helichrysum), peppermint
Alertness/Creativity Peppermint, rosemary, basil, ginger, spruce, sage

*Adapted from Practical Aromatherapy, An Introduction to the Art and Science of Essential Oils – by Maren Good 

Essential Oil Sources – beautiful site with a wide variety of aromatherapy oil and supplies.

The Laboratory of Flowers – purchase high quality essential oils from around the world.

Mountain Rose – find organic essential oils, aromatherapy sprays and more.

Nature’s – they sell a variety of aromatherapy products.

Original Swiss Aromatics – A great source for essential oils, hydrosols, vaporizers and more.


Maren Good, Lecture at The Graduate Institute, March 16-17, 2012. Healing with Scents and Sounds

C. Norman Shealy, MD, Ph.D. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies, 2002.

Mark Evans B Phil., FNIMH. Yoga, Tai Chi, Massage, Therapies & Healing Remedies, 2004.

[Last Updated: 6/16/21]

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