Discover Your SCENTS-U-ALITY…

Does the aroma of fresh-cut flowers inspire you when you walk into a room? Does the lingering scent of a Christmas tree bring back memories of happy holiday times? Does the “hot” character of spicy scents like cinnamon and pepper evoke sensations of good taste? Essential oils can be floral, resinous, spicy and more! They can remind you of experiences past, and create new memories yet to come.

In their 2004 book Aromatherapy for Everyone, P.J. Pierson and Mary Shipley describe eight aroma ”families” that classify essential oils. They note that, "Because of their complex chemical make-up, some essential oils can be classified under several families."

To help you discover which aromas appeal to your sense of smell–and evoke the environment you want to create–we’ve classified 100 essential oils in the chart below. While most oils are always safe to use, some should not be used if you have specific medical conditions (this information is covered in the far right column).

The categories are:

Citrus – This scent family offers fresh and uplifting aromas like orange, lemon, bergamot and grapefruit.

Floral – Floral oils bring the pure aroma of one of nature’s most soothing smells into your home.

Herbaceous – Offers hardy, non-woody scents created from verdant plants like chives, oregano, mint and chives.

Camphoraceous – Pungent, woody aromas like eucalyptus created by compounds from camphor trees.

Spicy – For those who like it hot, spicy scents include ginger, nutmeg and cardamom.

Resinous – Uses sap secretions of cedar, pine and other trees and evokes the distinctive scent of tar pitch.

Woody – Woody scents from the juniper berry, oak, cypress and spruce bring the scent of the forest alive.

Earthy – Evokes natural aromas like freshly turned soil, cut grass, mushrooms and truffles.

CITRUS

FLORAL

HERBA-CEOUS

CAMPHOR-ACEOUS

SPICY

WOODY

RESINOUS

EARTHY

SAFE USE INFO*

Amber

Angelica

Seed

Avoid during pregnancy and in the sun

Anise Seed

Slight dermal toxicity

Balsam Peru

Basil

Bay

Can be narcotic, cause dermatitis and should not be used in pregnancy

CITRUS

FLORAL

HERBA-

CEOUS

CAMPHOR-

ACEOUS

SPICY

WOODY

RESINOUS

EARTHY

SAFE USE NOTES

Benzoin

Bergamot

Birch Sweet

Birch White

Avoid during pregnancy

Cajeput

Camphor

Use sparingly. Do not use if you are epileptic or pregnant.

Cardamom

Carrot Seed

Cedarwood

Atlas

Cedarwood

Texas

Used externally it is relatively non-toxic but can cause significant local irritation of skin and possible sensitization. Use with care.

Chamomile

Blue

Chamomile

Roman

Cinnamon

Leaf

Can cause skin irritation; moderate dermal toxicity.

Cistus

Citronella

Clary Sage

Do not use during pregnancy. Do not drink alcohol or drive.

Clove Bud

Clove is a powerful skin irritant and should be used carefully. Do not use during pregnancy.

Coriander

Cypress

FLAMMABLE

Cypress

Organic

FLAMMABLE

CITRUS

FLORAL

HERBA-CEOUS

CAMPHOR-ACEOUS

SPICY

WOODY

RESINOUS

EARTHY

SAFE USE NOTES

Dill

Elemi

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Organic

Eucalyptus Citriodora

Eucalyptus

Radiata

Eucalyptus

Smithii

Fennel

Can be a skin irritant. Do not use on young children, or if you are pregnant or epileptic.

Fir Needle

Dilute well. It can be a skin irritant.

Fir Silver

Needle

Frankincense

Galbanum

Geranium

Geranium

Organic

Ginger

Grapefruit

Helichrysum

Ho

Hyssop

Powerful oil not to be used when pregnant, suffering from epilepsy, or high blood pressure.

Jasmine

Absolute

Juniper Berry

Do not use when pregnant.

Juniper Berry Organic

Do not use when pregnant.

Kanuka

Kanuka is a strong oil and should be diluted in a carrier oil - no more than 2 drops per tsp. Use at very low strength with children as it may irritate their skin.

Lavanden

Lavanden

Organic

Lavender

40/42

Lavender E. Europe

Lavender High Alpine

Lavender

Provence

Organic

Lemon

Do not use on the skin or in a bath for 12 hours prior to sun or sunlamp exposure.

Lemon

Organic

Do not use on the skin or in a bath for 12 hours prior to sun or sunlamp exposure.

Lemongrass

May cause skin irritation.

Lime

Linden

Blossom

Should not be used over a long period of time.

Mandarin Red

Do not use on the skin in direct sunlight

Mandarin Red Organic

Do not use on the skin in direct sunlight

Manuka

Marjoram

Do not use during pregnancy. Care must be taken due to its sedative action - use sparingly!

Marjoram

Sweet Organic

Do not use during pregnancy. Care must be taken due to its sedative action - use sparingly!

Melissa

Do not use on skin in direct sunlight. Dilute to 1% and use only 3 drops in a bath as it may cause irritation of the skin.

Myrrh

During pregnancy use in moderation.

Neroli

Niaouli

Nutmeg

Oak Moss

Absolute

Orange

Sweet

Do not use on the skin or in baths 12 hours prior to sun or sunlamp exposure.

Orange Sweet Organic

Do not use on the skin or in baths 12 hours prior to sun or sunlamp exposure.

Oregano

Can be irritating to sensitive skin - only use small amounts.

Palmarosa

Patchouli

Pepper Black

Can be a skin irritant, so must be used with care.

Peppermint

Some Aromatherapists say do not use Peppermint when pregnant.

Peppermint Organic

Some Aromatherapists say do not use Peppermint when pregnant.

Petitgrain

Pine Needle (Scoptch Pine)

Dilute and use with care as may otherwise cause skin irritation

Ravensara

Rose Absolute

Avoid using during the first four months of pregnancy.

Rose

Gernanium

Rose Otto

Avoid using during the first four months of pregnancy.

Rosemary

Do not use when pregnant, epileptic or have high blood pressure. It may cause irritation of the skin.

Rosewood

Sage

Do not use when pregnant or epileptic.

Sandalwood

Scotch Pine

(Pine Needle)

Dilute and use with care as may otherwise cause skin irritation.

Spearmint

Spearmint

Organic

Spruce

Tagates

Possibly toxic. Use only in moderation. Severely phototoxic. Do not use if the area of application will be exposed to sunlight for 24 hours.

Tangerine

Tea Tree

May cause irritation to sensitive skins.

Tea Tree

Organic

May cause irritation to sensitive skin.

Thyme Linanol

Do not use when pregnant or if you have high blood pressure.

Thyme White (Sweet)

Do not use when pregnant or if you have high blood pressure. Dilute to no more than 2% before use. May cause irritation to sensitive skin.

Vanilla

Absolute

Viviter

Yarrow

Ylang Ylang

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