Popular list of essential oils

There are over a hundred different types of essential oils out there. Some are more popular than others but they all have their own medicinal effects and their potential health benefits are widespread. Always choose whichever oils work best for you and your needs.

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Types of Essential Oils


Lavender Oil

I want to start with Lavender oil since it is the most popular and famous essential oil on the market. Everyone is familiar with its wonderful floral scent since it is so widely used especially in cleaning products, lotions and candles.

blue lavender essential oil bottle with lavender flowers next to it

Potential Benefits:

  • promotes relaxation
  • reduces anxiety
  • sleep aid
  • clears acne
  • reduces inflammation
  • soothes skin
  • anti fungal properties
  • insect repellent

Lemon Oil

Lemon oil is also another famous oil that is not only used for its potential health benefits but also for cleaning. It’s fresh citrus aroma is appealing to almost everyone and can be used in numerous body care products as well as cleaning agents.

lemon essential oil with sliced lemon and peel

Potential Benefits:

  • powerful anti-microbial benefits
  • boosts energy and alertness
  • improves mood
  • enhances skin
  • disinfectants air and surfaces
  • uplifting
  • helps digestion

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary is one my all-time favorite herbs to grow and use in my cooking. It’s essential oil is also very popular outside of the kitchen known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

rosemary essential oil on slate table

Potential Benefits:

  • helps with inflammation
  • enhances memory and concentration
  • promotes hair growth
  • improve circulation
  • reduce stress
  • supports respiratory function

Rose Oil

Roses are beautiful and have been around forever but they offer more than just beauty. Essential rose oil has a quite a few health benefits that some may not be aware of including the potential to decrease pain levels.

rose essential oil bottle with pink roses on table

Potential Benefits:

  • Eases pain
  • Menstrual relief
  • improves libido
  • Decreases stress/anxiety
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Anti fungal properties

Clove Oil

Close oil comes from clove trees native to Southeast Asia. It has a strong, spicy aroma plus many potential health benefits.

clove essential oil bottle with clove scattered on table

Potential Benefits:

  • Antimicrobial (great for hand sanitizer)
  • pain reliever
  • aids in respiratory health
  • helps with digestion
  • can help prevent cavities

Sandalwood Oil

Sandalwood oil comes from the wood and roots of the sandalwood tree and is used in many perfumes and air fresheners. It can be used to promote both our mental and physical health.

sandalwood essential oil bottle with sandalwood chips in a bowl and a candle behind it

Potential Benefits:

  • calms nerves
  • improves focus
  • aid in digestion
  • increases alertness
  • anti-bacterial properties
  • eases anxiety

Bergamot Oil

Bergamot is a fragrant citrus fruit about the size of an orange that is yellow/green in color. IT has a soothing scent and is known to be both calming and uplifting.

Potential Benefits:

bargamot essential oil bottle with bargamot fruit next to it

Potential Benefits:

  • Helps reduce stress
  • Improves skin condition
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Uplifting
  • Anxiety reducer
  • Anti-inflammatory

Ylang-Ylang Oil

Ylang-Ylang are the flowers grown on a tropical tree native to India. Its flowers have a strong perfume smell that results in a sweet, floral and bright scent.

ylang-ylang essential oil bottle with flowers next to it

Potential Benefits:

  • Eases headaches
  • Relieves nausea
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Increases memory/cognitive skills

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil comes from the leaves of the Australian tea tree. It is a very common oil that is used in many skin products.

Potential Benefits:

tea tree essential oil bottle with tea tree leaves behind

Potential Benefits:

  • Anti-bacterial properties
  • Immunity booster
  • Promotes nail growth
  • Improves skin health/acne
  • Anti-microbial (great for hand sanitizer)
  • Antiseptic
  • Deodorant

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint comes from the mint family and is a hybrid between watermint and spearmint. Peppermint essential oil is a popular one and has been used in many products, perfumes and candles.

peppermint essential oil bottle with peppermint leaves on table

Potential Benefits:

Jasmine Oil

Jasmine oil comes from the white night blooming flowers on the Jasmine plants. This scent is known world-wide for being very aromatic, sweet and floral. It also happens to be used in the famous perfume, Chanel No. 5.

jasmine essential oil bottle with white jasmine flowers on table

Potential Benefits:

  • Helps with depression
  • Can reduce labor pains
  • Can improve libido
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Improves scarring

Chamomile Oil

Chamomile comes from daisy-like flowers that have been used in natural remedies for years. Other than being used in many teas, chamomile has other benefits you may not know about.

Potential Benefits:

chamomile essential oil with chamomile flowers on table

Potential Benefits:

  • Improves mood
  • Increases relaxation
  • Aids in sleep
  • Decreases anxiety
  • Can improve appearance of skin

Basil Oil

Basil is one of my favorite herbs to cook with. I also love growing my own basil because of the amazingly fresh smell.

basil essential oil bottle with basil leaves on table

Potential Benefits

  • Relieve crampsEases joint pain
  • Soothes muscles
  • Helps with gas
  • Reduces water retention
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Promotes clear skin

Myrrh Oil

Myrrh is an ancient essential oil known for its medicinal properties. It was once valued at its weight in gold. The oil is extracted from the myrrh tree and is most commonly known for its cleansing properties. It has an earthy smell with a touch of licorice.

myrrh essential oil in bottles with myrrh on table

Potential Benefits

  • Cleanses the through and mouth
  • Smooths skin complexion
  • Antimicrobial
  • Can help treat ulcers
  • Helps lung congestion
  • Promote wound healing

Frankincense Oil

Frankincense is called the ‘king of oils’ for a reason. It has been around for centuries and has powerful medicinal properties. Oil is extracted from the resin of the Boswellia tree and has a woody, spicy smell.

Frankincense essential oil bottle with Frankincense on a table

Potential Benefits

  • Supports cellular function
  • Clear skin
  • Supports immune system
  • Astringent properties
  • Disinfectant
  • Prevent cavities

Grapefruit Oil

Grapefruit essential oil comes from the fruit that we have all come to love especially in the mornings. It has a bright citrus aroma that is uplifting and very invigorating.

grapefruit sliced with grapefruit juice and essential oil

Potential Benefits:

  • Promote weight-loss
  • Balance mood
  • Antibacterial
  • Antimicrobrial
  • Stress reducer
  • Reduce acne

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus essential oils comes from the eucalyptus tree. It is known for its cleansing properties and stimulating scent.

Eucalyptus leaves next to bottle of eucalyptus oil

Potential Benefits:

  • Bug repellent
  • Reduce cough
  • Disinfectant
  • Helps you breathe easier
  • Maintain blood sugar
  • Breath freshener
  • Joint relief

Patchouli Oil

Patchouli essential oil is extracted from the patchouli plant which is an herb similar to lavender, oregano and mint. It offers an a strong, earthy aroma that can help to balance our emotions.

patchouli plant

Potential Benefits:

  • Reduce appearance of wrinkles and skin imperfections
  • Insect repellant
  • Anti-depressant
  • Helps heal wounds
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Can help with dry skin/rashes
  • Reduce anxiety

Lemongrass Oil

Lemongrass oil has a fresh, citrusy scent. It reminds me of summertime in a bottle. The oil comes from the tall, tropical grass that is often dried and brewed in teas.

lemongrass in glass bottle and lemongrass essential oil in a bottle

Potential Benefits:

  • Reduce headaches
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Helps with digestion
  • Antimicrobial
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Clears skin

Clary Sage Oil

Clary sage essential oil comes from a flowering herb that has a clean and refreshing scent. It has traditionally been used to treat eye conditions but it has an array of other benefits.

Clary sage leaves on table with sage oil in bottle

Potential Benefits:

  • Reduce stress
  • Antibacterial
  • Antidepressant
  • Aids in menopause
  • Reduces menstrual cramps

Oregano Oil

Oregano essential oil comes from the popular herb. I use this all the time when I cook since it’s a popular Greek herb! When extracted, the oil is much more potent and can be used for many other health benefits.

oregano essential oil in bottle with oregano leaves on table

Potential Benefits:

Orange Oil

Orange essential oil is a popular oil known for its citrus, uplifting scent. It is commonly uses in lotions, candles and cleaning products because of its antibacterial properties and refreshing aroma.

orange slices on table with clear orange essential oil bottle

Potential Benefits:

  • Air purifying
  • Food/drink enhancer
  • Mood lifter
  • Increase awareness
  • Immune support
  • Antimicrobial
  • Improve blood flow

Cinnamon

Cinnamon essential oil has a warm and spicy aroma. It is one of my favorites to use especially during the colder months. Other than adding some to your oatmeal, it offers many other health benefits that may surprise you.

cinnamon essential oilwith cinnamon sticks on table

Potential Benefits:

  • Cough suppressant
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Stress reducer
  • Aids in digestion
  • Inspect repellent
  • Antimicrobial

Cypress

Cypress essential oils comes from the twigs, stems and leaves of the cypress tree. It contains a molecule that is found in herbal cough suppressants.

cypress leaves on table with bottle of cypress oil

Potential Benefits:

  • May help minimize warts
  • Antibacterial
  • Cough suppressant
  • Ease hemorrhoids
  • Disinfects wounds
  • Great for acne
  • Can reduce appearance of veins and cellulite
  • Helps with body odor

Vetiver

Vetiver essential oil is a green grass that is native to India. The aroma is earthy and woody similar to citronella and lemongrass.

vetiver essential oil on table with roots on table

Potential Benefits:

Hyssop

Hyssop essential oil comes from a small bush that comes from the mint family. This herb is normally used in cooking and herbal medicine.

hyssop essential oil with hyssop flowers on table

Potential Benefits:

  • Helps with digestion
  • Could ease gas
  • Can support respiratory functions
  • Can help fight infections
  • Insect repellent
  • May help with sore throats

Spearmint

Spearmint essential oil comes from the spearmint plant which has a sweet and minty taste. It is most commonly used to freshen breath and is often used in cooking. There are multiple other claimed benefits too.

spearmint essential oil with spearmint leaves on table

Potential Benefits:

  • Freshens breath
  • Mood lifting
  • Energizing
  • Promotes digestion
  • High in antioxidants
  • May lower blood sugar
  • May reduce stress

Arborvitae

Arborvitae essential oil comes from an evergreen tree that has natural preserving properties which helps prevent wood from rotting or decaying. The aroma is very grounding and calming.

arborvitae stem

Potential Benefits:

  • Powerful cleansing and purifying properties
  • Stress reducer
  • Supports immune system
  • Promotes healthy skin
  • Bug repellant

Cassia Oil

Cassia essential oil is extracted from the bark of a cassia plant and is closely related to cinnamon. It offers a warm, spicy aroma making it ideal in the winter months.

cassia sticks in bowl

Potential Benefits:

  • Can support the cardiovascular system
  • Can promote feelings of arousal
  • Energizing aroma
  • Supports digestion
  • Supports immune system
  • May support colon health
  • Improves skin

Geranium Oil

Geranium essential oil comes from the flowering geranium plant. It is most commonly used in both skin and hair care products such as lotions, shampoos and perfumes. It has a bold floral aroma and can offer you a peaceful environment when diffused.

geranium essential oil bottles on table next to pink flower

Potential Benefits:

  • Can boost skin appearance
  • May reduce swelling in legs/feet
  • Anxiety/stress reducer
  • Great for your hair

Ginger

Ginger essential oil is extracted from the ginger root. It has a strong, spicy taste and aroma and is known for many other health benefits outside of the kitchen.

ginger essential oil bottles on table with ginger root in background

Potential Benefits:

  • Promotes digestion
  • Relieve upset stomach/nausea
  • Promotes joint health
  • May help with inflammation
  • Relieves stress
  • Can improve circulation

Helichrysum

Helichrysum essential oil is known as the ‘everlasting flower’ and has an exotic, spicy scent like curry. It comes from a plant in the sunflower family and is most known for its anti-aging properties.

Helichrysum essential oil on a table with name tag and flowers next to it

Potential Benefits:

  • Promotes skin-cell regeneration
  • Promotes vitality
  • Reduces blemishes
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Can promote wound healing
  • May reduce fine lines/wrinkle
  • Helps fight infection
  • Can reduce inflammation

Neroli Oil

Neroli essential oil comes from the flowers of bitter orange trees. It is also known as orange blossom oil

neroli essential oil bottle on table next to white neroli flowers

Potential Benefits:

  • Relieves anxiety
  • Helps with depressions
  • Can help prevent breakouts
  • May reduce blood pressure
  • Can help with menopause
  • Anti-inflammatory properties

In Summary

These essential oils are just touching the surface. There are so many other essential oils out there that have many other benefits however these are the most popular ones and ones I use the most. I suggest adding a couple of drops of your favorites (with a carrier oil) in a small glass bottle to make your own essential oil recipes that work for you and your needs! Make sure to learn about where you should purchase your oils.

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