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Essential Oils Directory:
Essential Oil Properties, Uses and Benefits

The Essential Oils Directory provides over 110 essential oil profiles. Each profile includes the properties, uses, benefits and safety information for each essential oil. Absolutes and CO2s are also covered. The Essential Oil Directory also includes essential oil guides and other helpful information about properly using and enjoying essential oils within the scope of holistic aromatherapy.

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Clicking on one of the below essential oil area names will take you to corresponding section on this page:
Essential Oil Profiles for 110 Oils    
Introductory Essential Oil Information    
Essential Oil Guides, Tips & Info  
Seasonal Essential Oil Information    


   
Introductory Essential Oil Information


If you're brand new to essential oils and holistic aromatherapy,
start by reading the below definitions and guides:

What are Essential Oils?What are Absolutes?What are CO2s?
Essential Oil UsesGuide to Diluting Essential Oils
What is Aromatherapy?

Be sure to also read the other articles
and guides within the Aromatherapy Articles & Guides area.


 
EOs for Emotional Well-Being Essential Oils for Men
Essential Oils for Emotional Well-Being

Essential oils can play a part in enhancing your emotional outlook on life. See which essential oils can assist with particular emotional states.


Aromatherapy for Men Articles



View which essential oils are generally considered favorites amongst men.

 
Essential Oil Safety Hazardous Essential Oils
Essential Oil Safety Information



The Essential Oil Safety article, borrowed from the Aromatherapy Articles area on AromaWeb, provides many valuable guidelines regarding the safe use of essential oils.

The Essential Oils That May Cause Dermal Irritation and Skin Sensitization article lists essential oils that should be used with extreme care (if at all) in topical applications.


Hazardous/Toxic  Essential Oils


The Hazardous Essential Oil List contains information about the essential oils that should be avoided within aromatherapy. If you are new to aromatherapy, it is important to be familiar with the toxic oils as some sellers offer toxic oils without informing newcomers of the dangers.

 
Citrus Essential Oils


Citrus Essential Oils are often thought of for their light, summery aromas, but I love using citrus oils all year round. My use of the citrus oilsactually increases during the colder months as they are energizing and help to uplift the spirits. They are the perfect complement to blends that fight off the winter blues, "cabin fever" and depression. Read about the aromatic properties of each of the citrus essential oils.

 
Essential Oils for Springtime


Enjoy browsing this list of essential oils chosen with springtime use in mind. Blends are also provided.

 
Essential Oils for Summertime


The warmer summertime months are the perfect time to diffuse and blend with light, energizing, herbaceous, floral, and cooling essential oils. Oils from the mint, citrus and floral families are especially nice during summer. Read more and view a list of oils suited for use during the summertime. Blends are also provided.

 
Essential Oils for Fall & Autumn


As Autumn brings forth its cooler temperatures and richly colored falling leaves, it's a good time to enjoy diffusing and blending with warming essential oils like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and clove. Read more and view a list of oils suited for use during Autumn. Blends are also provided.

 
Essential Oils for Winter & Holidays


Enjoy diffusing and blending these essential oils to help get into the spirit of the season. Learn more and view a list of oils suited for use during the Christmas and holiday season.

 
 
Essential Oil and Absolute Profiles


For each profiled oil, you will find information on its botanical name, common method of extraction, oil color, oil consistency, perfumery note, strength of the initial aroma, aromatic description, uses, constituents, and safety information. For most information provided, the data is based on the review of particular samples and could differ from your experience. As the uses, constituents and safety information data are subjects requiring research, specific references are provided.


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Essential Oils Alphabetized by Common Name
     
A
Allspice
Ambrette Seed
Amyris
Angelica Root
Anise
Anise, Star
Atlas Cedarwood
B
Balsam, Peru
Basil
Basil, Holy
Bay
Bay Laurel
Beeswax Absolute
Benzoin Absolute
Bergamot
Bergamot Mint
Black Pepper
Blue Cypress
Bois-de-rose
Boronia
Bursera Graveolens
C
Cajeput
Cananga
Cardamom
Carrot Seed
Cassia
Catnip/Catmint
Cedarwood, Atlas
Cedarwood, Virginian
Chamomile, German
Chamomile, Roman
Chocolate Peppermint
Cinnamon
Citronella
Clary Sage
Clove Bud
Coffee
Common Sage
Coriander
Cumin
Cypress
Cypress, Blue
D
Davana
Dill
Dalmation Sage
E
Elemi
Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus, Lemon
Eucalyptus Radiata
F
Fennel
Fir Needle
Frankincense
G
Galbanum
Geranium
Geranium, Rose
German Chamomile
Ginger
Grapefruit
Gurjum Balsam
H
Helichrysum
Holy Basil
Hyssop
I
Immortelle
J
Jasmine Absolute
Juniper Berry
K
Kanuka
L
Lavandula abrialis
Lavender
Lavendin
Lemon
Lemon Balm
Lemon Eucalyptus
Lemongrass
Lemon Myrtle
Lime
Linden Blossom
M
Mandarin
Mandravasarotra
Manuka
Marjoram
May Chang
Melissa
Mullein
Myrrh
Myrtle
Myrtle, Lemon
N
Neroli
Niaouli
Nutmeg
O
Oakmoss
Olibanum
Orange, Bitter
Orange, Sweet
Oregano
P
Palmarosa
Palo Santo
Parsley
Patchouli
Pepper, Black
Peppermint
Peppermint, Chocolate
Peru Balsam
Petitgrain
Pimento Berry/Leaf
Pine, Scotch
R
Ravensara
Roman Chamomile
Rose
Rosemary
Rosewood
S
Sage, Clary
Sage, Common
Sage, Dalmation
Sage, Spanish
Sandalwood
Saro
Scotch Pine
Spearmint
Spikenard
Spruce
Star Anise
Sweet Orange
T
Tagetes
Tangerine
Tea Tree, Common
Tea Tree, Lemon
Tea Tree, New Zealand
Thyme
Tobacco
Tuberose
Tulsi
V
Vanilla
Vetiver
Violet Leaf
Virginian Cedarwood
Y
Yarrow
Ylang Ylang
Yuzu

Click Here to View Profiles Alphabetized by Botanical Name

 
Carrier Oil Profiles (Vegetable Oils)


Each carrier oil differs in its therapeutic properties and characteristics. View profiles of 22 carrier (aka fixed, vegetable, base and vegetal) oils used in aromatherapy.

 
Additional Essential Oil Information


For additional information, see the following articles: What are Essential Oils?, What are Absolutes?, What are CO2s?, What are Carrier Oils?, What are Infused Oils?, What are Resins?, What are Hydrosols/Floral Waters?, The Parts of Plants That Produce Essential Oil all located within AromaWeb's Article Archive area.

 
 
 

Own Profiles on 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols
In 375 Essential Oils and Hydrosols, Jeanne Rose supplies brief monographs (summaries) of essential oils, hydrosols and other botanicals.   Read a review of this book or purchase this book from Amazon.com for a discount off the normal retail price.

 
 

Important Note: The information provided in the Essential Oil Profiles area is for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.

General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before. Instructions on conducting a skin patch test and more safety information can be found by visiting the Safety Information page. For very in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand. 

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