Beginning Essential Oils
Scent description: A light, fruity citrus oil. The fragrance is a refreshing citrus but slightly spicy, uplifting yet mellow. Bergamot essential oil blends well with other scents such as chamomile, lavender, lemon, neroli and ylang ylang.
Uses: Bergamot is an antiseptic. It destroys odor causing bacteria, viruses and fungi. Bergamot is used as a soothing agent for a variety of skin problems such as eczema, and blemishes.
Precautions: Bergamot is photosensitizing (sun sensitive) and should not be applied to the skin prior to sun exposure.
Scent description: A sweet and herbaceous apple-like scent. It adds a warm, long lasting undertone in perfumes. Chamomile essential oil blends well with bergamot, jasmine, neroli, and rose.
Uses: Chamomile is a great beginning essential oil. It is a soothing agent, and is used to relax the mind and body. It reduces inflammation caused by burns, eczema or skin rashes. Chamomile numbs the pain of stiff joints and cramping muscles when used as a massage oil.
Scent description: A nutty, warm, herbaceous scent. Clary sage blends well with cedarwood, lavender, and most citrus oils.
Uses: Clary sage soothes and relaxes and is used to ease pain and muscle tension. It also helps to relieve depression and encourages sleep. Clary sage can also be used to reduce wrinkles and skin inflammation. It is a muscle relaxant and aphrodisiac.
Precautions: Clary sage increases the effect of drinking alcohol. Do not drink alcohol or drive after use. Do not use if you are pregnant.
Scent description: Camphor-like, penetrating scent. Eucalyptus is a fresh and stimulating oil. It blends well with lavender, lemon, and juniper berry.
Uses: Eucalyptus essential oil is highly antiseptic. It’s used as a massage oil to elieviate sore muscles, and as an inhalant to relieve lung and sinus congestion. Eucalyptus is also one of the strongest essential oils to help fight viral infections such as the flu.
Scent description: Fresh floral sweet scent, a woodsy combination of rose and citrus. Geranium blends well with bergamot, cedarwood, clary sage, jasmine, lavender, neroli, orange, rose, and sandalwood.
Uses: Geranium is a “balancing” oil. It has a calming, relaxing and uplifting effect both physically and emotionally. It is sometimes used to ease symptoms of PMS and menopause. Geranium is also an astringent oil and is useful in treating skin problems such as eczema, acne and stretch marks. It fights bacteria, viruses and fungi and is known to relieve skin inflammation.
Scent description: Lavender has a sweet floral but very herbal fragrance. It blends well with bergamot, rosemary, eucalyptis, patchouli, rose, and jasmine.
Uses: Lavender is a must-have beginning essential oil. It is one of the most antiseptic of the essential oils, and is also one of the most versitile. Lavender is used to treat a variety of infections, including skin, lung and sinus. It reduces inflammation and is excellent for refreshing tired muscles and relieving aches and pains. Lavender also acts as a sedative and anti-depressant.
Scent description: Clean, sharp, citrus scent that is uplifting and revitalizing. Lemon blends well with bergamot, citronella, clary sage, orange, neroli and peppermint.
Uses: Lemon is an astringent and antiseptic oil. It is used to relieve fevers, sore throat, coughs and indigestion. It’s usually used in a steam bath or massage oil to help relieve congestion from infection. Lemon is also used to relax stiff muscles.
Precautions: Lemon is photosensitizing (sun sensitive) to some people. Do not use on the skin for at least 12 hours prior to sun exposure.
Scent description: Patchouli has an earthy, exotic, musky scent. Patchouli oil blends well with bergamot, clary sage, cedarwood, geranium, neroli and rose.
Uses: Patchouli is astringent and antiseptic. It’s a soothing oil that is used to treat, eczema, acne and dry skin problems. It’s also an anti-inflammatory agent. Patchouli is an aphrodisiac and the scent relieves headaches.
Scent description: Peppermint has a minty, slightly camphor scent. It’s an energizing oil that blends well with bergamot, geranium, lavender, lemon, rosemary and sandalwood.
Uses: As a massage oil, peppermint relaxes muscles, relieves cramping and pain caused by arthritis. It’s also used to stimulate oil production in dry skin. Peppermint is used to kill bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Relieves lung and sinus congestion when inhaled.
Precautions: Can cause skin irritation. Do not use if you are pregnant.
Scent description: Ylang ylang has an intensely sweet, floral and slightly spicy scent. It’s an exotic oil that blends well with bergamot, lavender, lemon, neroli, and sandalwood.
Uses: Ylang ylang is soothing and relaxing, it relieves stress and tension. It balances oil production when used as a hair rinse or conditioner. It’s calming effect helps to reduce insomnia. Ylang ylang is also an aphrodisiac.
There you have it, your essential oil starter kit. Now that you know what beginning essential oils to buy, you need to know how to buy them. Check out my tips on what to look for when buying essential oils to make sure you are getting a quality product.