Different Types of Essential Oils


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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.

 

Camphoraceous

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:

Cajaput

Eucalyptus

Helichrysum

Hyssop

Juniper

Lavender

Marjoram

Niaouli

Oregano

Peppermint

Ravensara

Rosemary

Sage

White Camphor

 

Citrus

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.

Citrus oils

Oils under Citrus are as follows:

Bergamot

Citronella

Eucalyptus

Grapefruit

Lemon

Lemon Tea Tree

Lemon Verbena

Lemongrass

Lime

Mandarin

Neroli

Orange

Petitgrain

Tangerine

 

Floral

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.

Floral oils

Oils that are under Floral are as follows:

Chamomile

Geranium

Jasmine

Lavender

May Chang

Neroli

Palmarosa

Petitgrain

Rose

Rose Geranium

Ylang Ylang

 

Herbaceous

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. 

Herb oils

Oils under Herbaceous are as follows:

Aniseed

Basil

Bay leaf

Cajaput

Cedarwood

Dill Seed

Fennel

Geranium

Helichrysum

Lavender

Lemon Verbena

Lemongrass

Marjoram

Oregano

Parsley

Rose Geranium

Rosemary

Sage

Tea Tree

Thyme

Cat smell

Minty

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:

Cornmint

Eucalyptus

Peppermint

Spearmint

Sweet Birch

Wintergreen

 

Musky

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:

Benzoin

Cypress

Frankincense

Myrrh

Patchouli

Sandalwood

Turmeric

 

Spicy

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.

Spicy oils

Oils under Spicy are as follows:

Aniseed

Basil

Bay leaf

Black Pepper

Cinnamon

Clove Leaf

Coriander

Cumin Seed

Ginger

Juniper

Marjoram

Nutmeg

Oregano

Turmeric

 

Woody

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.

Earth Woody Oils

Oils under Woody are as follows:

Basil

Bay leaf

Carrot Seed

Cinnamon

Fennel

Ho Wood

Juniper

Marjoram

Oregano

Pine

Rosewood

Spruce

Tea Tree

Vetiver

Conclusion

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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