Essential Oils for Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that is growing in popularity. The belief is that the aroma of essential oils (that is to say, oils with essence ) have healing benefits and can uplift one’s mood and disposition. Any oil with an essence can be used for aromatherapy, but some are more popular and are said to produce more benefits than others. Here are some of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy and some of their purported benefits.

Sweet Orange Oil

This is the most widely produced aromatherapy oil and produces a smell that almost everyone recognizes: that of an orange. It is thought that the scent of orange oil produces relaxing and refreshing effects.


Also known as menthol or mentha arvensis, the oil of mint leaves is widely used to create a stimulating aroma. Since it is antispasmodic, that is, it suppresses muscle spasms, pregnant women are advised against using mint essential aromatherapy oil.


The most commonly used essential oil derived from wood is oil of cedarwood. In addition to filling a room with an enchanting woody scent, the oil is also thought to produce soothing effects in the mind.


Lemon oil produces a citrus-y smell that borders on pungent. This aroma is thought to be refreshing and stimulating. Applying lemon oil to the skin prior to exposing one’s self to the sun is ill-advised as lemon is a photosensitizer and therefore makes the skin more likely to burn.


One of the most intoxicating essential oils is the aroma of the eucalyptus, or blue gum tree. This oil is widely used in saunas for its balancing, anti-inflammatory effects. This oil should never be ingested as it can prove fatal for epileptics or those battling hypertension.

May Chang

May Chang, or litsea cubeba, is a commonly produced essential oil from the evergreen tree of the same name. The tree is common throughout Asia and produces an oil that commonly serves as a fragrance in bar soap and other vanity products.


Oil of clove leaf is irritating to human skin and should be strongly diluted prior to direct contact. As an aromatherapy oil, it is popular for its warming effects and is thought to have value as an insect repellent.


Myrrh is not just something that was given as a gift in Biblical times, it is still used for its aromatherapy benefits to this day. It has a spicy scent and is well-liked for its rejuvenating effects by those who practice aromatherapy.

Rose Oil

Rose oil is commonly distributed and unfortunately often bogus. Since it takes literally pounds of rose petals to produce one single ounce of rose oil, many distributors dilute the valued liquid. Rose oil is thought of as relaxing and some believe it has anti-depressant effects.