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Essential oils have long been used as part of aromatherapy to help with a wide variety of problems. It is mostly famous to help assist people in being able to relax and unwind, which makes it commonly used in spas and therapy.
Essential oils are plant extracts that are highly concentrated and mass produced. This makes it easier than ever to get the benefits of a huge variety of plants that can be affordable, they also takes up very little room as most essential oils come in 10 ml bottles.
Essential oils are classed under 8 different categories that share help define what kind of aroma they fall under. This can be useful to aromatherapy beginners when looking at which oils they might like to try, but also can be used to help when deciding to mix oils to create homemade products with scents that compliment each other, such as anti-bacterial hand soap or hair conditioner for example.
Essential Oil Categories
Plants are can share similar benefits that can help with a variety of conditions, even those in different categories. Understanding this can be useful if you are looking to try out new oils for their individual traits. Some essential oils can fall under more than one type.
There are 8 categories types that essential oils tend to fall under, lets take a closer look at them below.
Aromas that fall under Camphoraceous tend to have a strong aroma that is often described as herbal with a woody and earthy scent. It is not the most easiest of the types of oils to describe but it is very unique.
Oils that are under Camphoraceous are as follows:
Aromas that are part of the Citrus group have a sweet sharp scent and can often be good at helping to clear the mind. They are often described as uplifting and energizing. Citrus scents are often added to cleaning products due to their acidity and creating that feeling of a clean home.
Oils under Citrus are as follows:
Aromas that fall under the Floral group have a sweet spring scent to them. They are often used in perfumes and are considered the most pleasant out of the essential oil groups. Floral scents are described as calming and relaxing.
Oils that are under Floral are as follows:
Aromas under Herbaceous have a scent that can either grassy, mildly floral and like herbs. Some of them smell like wet grass or greenery. They are often described to be calming and grounding.
Oils under Herbaceous are as follows:
Aromas that are Minty are known to have a strong sharp scent. They are very popular and are often used to help clear your airways making them perfect for cold and flu symptoms. Minty scents are often described as cooling and motivating.
Oils under Minty are as follows:
Aromas that are Musky have a rich, warm and sometimes smoky scent to them. A lot of them are used in spiritual places due to their relaxing properties. They are often described as calming and grounding.
Oils under Musky are as follows:
Aromas under the Spicy category are known for their warm and exotic scent. They are often described as being strong and can help clear your mind. Many of these scents you may be using when cooking, that being said do not use essential oils on food.
Oils under Spicy are as follows:
Aromas that have a Woody scent often smell like being in a forest. They have also been described to have an earthy smell like damp soil. Scents under the Woody category are not for everyone, some people don't like the earthy smell of some of them such as Vetiver. They are known for their grounding qualities and some of them are known for their aphrodisiac properties.
Oils under Woody are as follows:
Each essential oil has its own unique aroma and individual properties. If there is a particular aroma you like, then you may like the ones that are in the same category. If you want to know more about how to use essential oils then check out our Guide To Essential Oils.
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