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List of 130 Essential Oil Profiles (Monographs) Categorized by Plant Family

Essential Oil Plant Families

What is a Plant Family?

The essential oil bearing plants used to product essential oils and absolutes each belong to a plant family, as do all known species of plants.

Explained as simply as possible, taxonomy is an area of science that involves classifying all living organisms into an organized heirarchy.1

The plant kingdom is formally known as Plantae, and it is broken down into subkingdoms. These subkingdoms are then further broken down to help organize plants by their similar characteristics:2

  • Superdivision
  • Division
  • Subdivision
  • Class
  • Subclass
  • Order
  • Family
  • Genus

When studying all plants, including essential oil bearing plants, it can be especially helpful to pay attention the Plant Family and the Genus that a the essential oil bearing plant is a member of.

What is a Genus and Species?

When you study the botanical name of an essential oil bearing plant, you will notice that it contains at least 2 words. The first word is the Genus, and the second word is the species. Whenever possible, botanical names should be italicized with the Genus being capitalized and the species appearing in all lowercase letters. When handwriting a botanical name, it is customary to underline the botanical name.

List of Plant Families and their Corresponding Essential Oil Bearing Plants3,4

On this page, you will find headings for 36 plant families. For each, you will see links to the AromaWeb profiles for the essential oils that are produced from plants that are classified within that plant family.

Each link shown below will lead you to a detailed profile (monograph) for the essential oil.

Agavaceae

Anacardiaceae

Annonaceae

Apiaceae

Asteraceae

Burseraceae

Canellaceae

Cannabaceae

Cistaceae

Cupressaceae

Dipterocarpaceae

Ericaceae

Fabaceae

Geraniaceae

Illiciaceae

Lamiaceae

Lauraceae

Malvaceae

Myristicaceae

Myrtaceae

Oleaceae

Orchidaceae

Parmeliaceae

Pinaceae

Piperaceae

Poaceae

Rosaceae

Rubiaceae

Rutaceae

Santalaceae

Solanaceae

Styracaceae

Tiliaceae

Valerianaceae

Violaceae

Zingiberaceae

References

General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. 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 be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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Important Information About the Profiles

The essential oil information provided on AromaWeb is intended for educational purposes only. The references to safety information, constituents and percentages is generalized information. The data is not necessary complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. The essential oil photos are intended to represent the typical and approximate color of each essential oil. However, essential oil color can vary based on harvesting, distillation, age of the essential oil and other factors. Profiles for several absolutes are included within the directory, and are denoted as such.

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