A Basic List Of Essential Oils


This is a basic list of “must have” essential oils that cover a wide range of applications.

Lavender,( lavandula angustofolia) or vera, steam distilled, often referred to as the “Swiss Army Knife” of aromatherapy. It is most recognized for its stress relieving effects.

Geranium (pelargonium graveolens), steam distilled- a wonderful oil that is great to help increase circulation and is effective for female hormonal balance.

Eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus) steam distilled- Is a known decongestant and expectorant, it helps open up respiratory passages and has a refreshing invigorating scent.

Peppermint (mentha piperita) steam distilled – It’s strong and minty scent is indicative of its properties. Stimulates alertness without make you jittery, when diluted and applied to temples it helps tension headaches and the same diluted preparation when massaged over your stomach helps with stomach aches.

Rosemary (rosmarinus officionalis) steam distilled- Rosemary is for remembrance, it stimulates memory , it’s refreshing minty scent also helps stimulate circulation and when used in a massage lotion or oil is a great way to refresh tired muscles that need to keep going.

Orange (citrus aurantum) cold pressed- sweet orange oil, most citrus’s are uplifting and mood brightening. Refreshing scent of freshly peeled orange will put a smile on most people. Care must be taken whenever using citrus oils because they are photosensitizing. When you are exposed to citrus oils your skin is more susceptible to sunburn. It can be used as an accent in a blend and stay out of direct sunlight for the next two hours. Sweet Orange oil is one of the least expensive essential oils but also is one of the most volatile. Every time you open your bottle it will tend to vaporize so I often recommend purchasing it in a size that you will use within 3 months. This is also true of other citrus oils.

Sandalwood (santalum album) steam distilled- considered a sacred oil by most not only because it is obtained from the heartwood of mature sandalwood trees, but because its woody aroma is subtle and all encompassing at the same time. For centuries used in India for religious ceremonies it has become a western favorite. Sandalwood oil from Mysore, India is the most prized and most expensive. Great care is being taken now to create an eco friendly sustainable harvest for sandalwood trees.

Chamomile, Roman (Chamaemelum nobile) steam distilled, – is often used to help stress, frazzled nerves and anxiety. It is also has anti inflammatory properties so is useful for injuries or arthritis. There is another variety of Chamomile known as German Chamomile, do not confuse the two. They come from different botanical species and their properties and applications differ. It is a clear pale yellow essential oil with a sweet floral scent much like the tea.

Melaleuca-Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) steam distilled – the Aborigines of Australia have for centuries used Tea Tree for many medicinal purposes. Studies have found it to have very strong antiviral and antifungal properties. You can use it just about everything. I find it most helpful in skin related applications from heat rash to toe nail fungus.

Alchemista Aromatherapy Sanctuary

6955 North Oracle Road,

Tucson, AZ 85704

Phone. 520-867-6501