If you have ever dabbled in aromatherapy or used essential oils I am sure that you will have own personal preferences. I’m highlighting my top 12 aromatherapy oils not from a scent perspective but from a usage and health point of view.
Personally I would not want to be without Tea Tree, Lavender, Peppermint, Orange and Ylang Ylang which are by far my Top 5 for scent preference, but also for frequent usage due to the treatment solutions they provide.
Please let me know your personal preferences or if you have found useful tips for any of the following oils.
My favourite Top 12 Aromatherapy Oils – for Health and De-stressing
- Tea Tree. There are three types of Tea Tree – Common, Lemon and New Zealand. Both Common and New Zealand Tea Tree have a middle perfumery note and a woodsy scent. Lemon Tea Tree has a top note and a sweeter scent. Uses for all Tea Tree include acne, stress, cold sores, colds, flu, insect bites, migraine headaches, oily skin, warts and athlete’s foot.
- Vanilla. Vanilla has a strong, sweet scent that is used as a base note in perfumery. It is one of the few essential oils that is safe to use directly on the skin. Vanilla can be used as a stress reliever, but it is mostly used in perfumery.
- Ylang Ylang. A sweet and floral fragrance that is used as a base and middle note in perfumery. Ylang Ylang is used to treat anxiety, mild depression, stress and is a powerful aphrodisiac.
- Patchouli. A woodsy scent that is used as a base note in perfumery. It is used to treat acne, minor skin conditions, stress and as an insect repellent. It is also a powerful aphrodisiac.
- Peppermint. It has a minty scent and is used as a top note in perfumery. It is used to treat headache, nausea and flatulence as well as vertigo. It should not be used if a person has a fever and should not be taken internally as it can be toxic. Those with epilepsy should avoid taking peppermint.
- Rose. Rose has as a floral scent and is used as a middle note in perfumery. It is used to treat stress, depression and symptoms of menopause. It is also used as somewhat of an aphrodisiac. Rose is one of the safest of all of the essential oils.
- Sandalwood. Used as a base note in perfumery, the scent is both woodsy and floral and very rich. It can be used to treat mild depression and skin conditions.
- Orange. There are two types of orange – bitter and sweet. Both are top notes in perfumery and sweet orange, as its name implies, is sweeter. Both are used to treat constipation, colds, flatulence, and stress. Sunlight should be avoided for 12 hours after using orange essential oil.
- Lavender. Lavender has a floral scent and is used as a top note in perfumery. It is used to treat just about everything – from acne to vertigo. It is one of the safest of all of the essential oils and one of the few that can be used directly on the skin. Lavender buds are also boiled like tea and consumed internally.
- Lemon. Citrus scent like lemons only much stronger in an essential oil. It is used as a top note in perfumery and is also used to treat athlete’s foot, colds, oily skin, acne, and even warts. Like most of the citrus derived essential oils, it is photo toxic and should not be used in the sunlight.
- Grapefruit. Very citrus like scent and is used as a top note in perfumery. It can treat dull skin and water retention. It should not be used in the sunlight as it can be photo toxic. Avoid the sun 12 hours after using Grapefruit essential oils.
- Eucalyptus. This has a top note in perfumery as it is very woodsy and fresh. It is used to treat cold sores, colds, coughing, flue and sinusitis. It can be very toxic if taken internally and is strictly for external use only.
Note: that the conditions listed above are mild conditions. Those who have severe medical conditions are urged not to attempt to treat themselves but visit a doctor.
Essential oils should not be used directly on the skin, with the exception of lavender and vanilla.
Essential oils should not be taken internally – they are for external use only. Lavender and chamomile are often dried and sold as teas; however, the essential oils should not be taken orally.
Aromatherapy oils are safe when used as directed. If you have a condition that is not clearing up after treatment with aromatherapy, or if the problem is getting worse, see you doctor.