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Gain Radiant Health Naturally in 2020: The Complete List of 251 Essential Oils [What Essential Oils to Use for What?]

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Gain Radiant Health Naturally in 2020: The Complete List of 251 Essential Oils [What Essential Oils to Use for What?]

Are you an essential oil enthusiast? Or just beginning to discover the great power and effectiveness of essential oils as natural remedies or skin care agents?

The complete list of 251 essential oils you will find here is a practical tool you can use right away to bring the power of nature into your life in 2020.

Whether you are experimenting with DIY cosmetics and perfumes or looking for an effective home remedy here is the perfect starting point for your research.

The List of 251 Essential Oils in Alphabetical Order

Do you get frustrated trying to collect meaningful information out of all the scattered pieces out there on the internet? Do you find most of the information confusing?

Whether you are looking for essential oils for headache or desperately wanting an ultimate solution for your acne you can use this list and save hours of your time on a preliminary research.

Organized in alphabetical order the Complete List of 251 Essential Oils details properties including health benefits, skin benefits and safety recommendations.

But here is the crucial thing to remember:

The list is not intended as a medical advice. With any health issue you should ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN PRIOR TO USING ESSENTIAL OILS.

Essential Oils and Their Benefits |

Scientific Research on Essential Oils  Scientifical Research on Essential Oils |

Some essential oils are better researched than others. However most studies have been conducted on animal or cell models . Only a few studies actually report on effects of essential oils on people.

For useful information on scientifical research on essential oils go to:

The National Center for Biotechnology Information


American Botanical Council

Directory of Open Access Journals

American Journal of Essential Oils and Natural Products

And others

Traditional Medicine and Essential OilsTraditional Medicine and Essential Oils |

Traditional or folk medicine is based on valuable knowledge and practices developed over generations. It draws from experiences in maintaining health and treatment of diseases.

You will find information on essential oil uses in the systems of:

Traditional European medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine


Native American medicine

And others

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils  Aromatherapy and Essential Oils |

Reputable aromatherapy practicioners and professional aromatherapists refer about specific effective use of essential oils.

Find your own aromatherapist or informative blogs on:

The Alliance of International Aromatherapists

International Federation of Aromatherapists

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy

Tisserand Institute


And others

Essential Oil Benefits Based on Traditional and Common Use as Well as Science

The therapeutical benefits for health and skin you will find in the essential oil guide are based on traditional and common use. Properties of some of the better researched essential oils are also based on scientific papers including those published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

But the first thing you need to know is:

The guide is not meant to diagnose or treat any condition or symptom.

What is it good for then?

Get Concise Data on 251 Essential Oils in One Place

There is around 300 essential oils available on the market and information on them is scattered and frequently confusing.

Here you will find a comprehensive list of 251 most used essential oils along with the notes on what they are used for.

What Essential Oils to Use for What?

Based on the list you can select which essential oils might be helpful for your concern and then delve straight into your own further research.

Depending on your condition or health issue then you compare several resources to find more details and to verify whether the chosen essential oils might be suitable for you.

Besides the National Center for Biotechnology Information you can look for relevant journals and articles on ScienceDirect or check the information provided on the subject by the Americal Botanical Council.

Essential Oil Safety Guidelines

First of all you need to keep in mind that:

Essential oils are very powerful extracts. Much stronger than herbal infusion or any other natural extract we usually use as a natural remedy.

There are safety guidelines necessary to follow. Make sure to check the Quick Guide to Using Essential Oils Safely listing daily situations and health issues when specific essential oils are contraindicated.

3 Steps To Use Essential Oils Safely |

Furthermore, to understand essential oils it is important to know that:

Natural Substances Are Complex in Their Activity

Unlike chemical drugs or synthetic medicines which are aimed at single action only essential oils are complex in their activity.

What does it actually mean?

You can often find seemingly contradictory properties like energizing and calming listed at one essential oil. This complexity allows natural substances to tune our body and mind into balance and perfect harmony.

What Information Will You Find in the List?

  1. Essential oil’s common name
  2. Botanical name
  3. Health benefits
  4. Skin benefits
  5. Safety recommendations
  6. Perfume note
  7. Plant part used
  8. Region

Why is all this information useful?

Common Name for Basic Identification

Common Name serves for a basic identification of the essential oil. As there are frequently more names used for one oil you will find them in the brackets behind the most used common name.

In order to be able to compare for example the activity of Black Spruce and Hamlock Spruce easily you will find them toghether under “S” for Spruce in the Complete List of 251 Essential Oils with the adjectives behind a coma.

So it goes: Spruce, Black (Black Spruce) followed by Spruce, Blue (Blue Spruce), followed by Spruce, Hemlock etc.

Likewise if you are looking for Holy Basil for example look for it under “B” for Basil.

Botanical Name to Make Sure We Are Getting What We Want

Botanical name is a crucial information. Why? For 2 reasons mainly:

  • Common names may vary. But when you check the botanical name on the product’s label you can be sure there is no mistake.
  • Botanical name on the etiquette is one of the signs by which you can distinct whether the essential oil company is trustworthy or not and what they are actually selling to you.

Check out the 3 simple steps to make sure you purchase good quality essential oil from a reputable company in one of my previous articles on essential oil safety.

Essential Oils and Their Benefits

Health benefits of essential oils in this list are based on:

  1. Traditional use and traditional or folk medicine
  2. Common use reported by aromatherapy practicioners
  3. Scientific research

Activity of Essential Oils |

Essential Oils and Their Medicinal Uses

Despite huge increase in popularity of essential oils scientific research in this area is still incomplete. Effects of many plants and herbs and their diverse extracts be it herbal infusion or ethanolic extract have been documented but significant data on essentil oils are still lacking.

Furthermore, most studies that have been undertaken so far have been conducted in cell or animal models. Just a few of them document effects of essential oils on people.

Essential Oils Good for Skin

Skin benefits of essential oils may range from anti-inflammatory to activites soothing eczema or psoriasis to improving mature skin or cellulite and supporting hair growth.

What about sensitive skin?

If you have sensitive skin you want to avoid essential oils which are indicated in the Safety Recommendations column of the essential oil list. It is for example Bay, Ginger, Juniper or Pepper and a number of others.

A patch test is always recommended.

How to Do a Patch Test of an Essential Oil

Double-Check the Safety Recommendations

Like with all other information it is always smart to consult several reliable sources for safety guidelines for a specific essential oil.

With some essential oils there is maximum dillution recommended for topical use as they usually irritate skin in higher doses.

Several essential oils, mainly citruses but some others as well are phototoxic which means you should not apply them within 12 hours before sun exposure.

Some, like peppermint or clove are mucous membrane irritants and therefore are not recommended for use in a bath as they may dry up your eyes and nose.

A number of essential oils need to be avoided with certain health conditiones. Some for example raise blood pressure, others are contraindicated with blood thinners etc.

Several essential oils are contraindicated in common daily situations. For example some oils are calming to the point of making you dreamy or sleepy and therefore need to be avoided when driving.

Do You Use Essential Oils for DIY Perfumes?

You will find information on whether your chosen essential oil is a top, middle or base perfume note in the 6th column of the essential oil list. Check out one of my previous articles on How to Make a Homemade Perfume and Create Your Own Unique Fragrance.

Some essential oils may create either a top or a middle note and others may be used either as a middle or a base note.

You will find the list useful when creating your own DIY perfume or when thinking about purchasing new additions to your essential oil collection.

Do You Know Which Plant Part is Used to Make Your Favorite Essential Oil?

You will find the information in the 7th column of the essential oil guide.

There are for example 3 essential oils – Bitter Orange, Petitgrain and Neroli – made of different parts of the same plant (Citrus aurantium). Bitter Orange essential oil is made of the fruit peel, Petitgrain is made of leaves and twigs and Neroli is made of flowers.

Which brings up the following question:

How Are Essential Oils Made?

There are 3 different ways to make essential oil:

  1. Distillation

Most essential oils are distilled using heated water. The steam rising from the heated plants takes the essential oil from the plant with it. The steam is than cooled to make a water and oil mixture. Oil collects on top of the water and the leftover water is hydrosol or floral water which is a valuable by-product of essential oil distillation.

  1. Mechanical pressure

Essential oils from plants rich in volatile oils, for example citruses, are extracted by mechanical pressure.

  1. Solvent extration

Oils from delicate plants like jasmine or rose are extracted by a solvent. First, plants are washed with a solvent which separetes essential oils and waxes from the plants and creates a concrete. Then, waxes are removed from the concrete and the resulting product is an absolute.

Reputable Essential Oil Companies Indicate the Country of Origin

The last column of the Complete EO list gives you the information of a region where the plant used for a specific essential oil grows. Some plants of course are native to some region but have spread and are cultivated in other regions now as well.

The country of origin of an essential oil is one of the criteria by which you can distinct a quality product from others as reputable essential oil companies provide this information on the product label.

With time and experience you may come to prefer essential oil from one country over another.

Let’s Make It Easier

To make it easier for us to comprehend the big group of essential oils we can break it down into a few smaller ones.

We can see that there are conifers (for example pine, spruce fir), flowers (for ex. rose, lavender, jasmine), spice (ginger, clove, vanilla…), fruit or citruses (for ex. bergamot, lime, orange), herbs (thyme, rosemary, coriander…) and resins (frankincense, benzoin, labdanum…).

Essential oils from these groups tend to have similar qualities. Most conifer oils are used to get rid of cold. Flower oils are recommended for emotional balance. Spice oils are usually warming and help to ease tired muscles. Citrus oils are phototoxic  and need to be avoided before sun exposure.

But this is of course a simplification just to help us in basic orientation only. To avoid any unwanted surprises we always need to research each essential oil separately rather than just to assume it has some qualities.

So what Can Essential Oils Help With?

As you will see in the list many essential oils are antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Eucalyptus is a good example. Many help to ease anxiety and stress, like lavender. Simultaneously many of them are uplifting and energizing (bergamot) helping to balance our emotions in a complex way.

Lots of them help to cleanse acne and eczemas (chamomile).

A number of essential oils are used for cold and support respiratory system (pine). Several essential oils are helpful for alleviating muscle pain (ginger).

Respect the Power of Nature and Gain Radiant Health

Studying essential oils we can’t help but stand in wonder in front of all the richess of nature.  Let’s be thankful for it and let’s use it cautiously and wisely respecting its great power.

The only wise thing to do before using any essential oil is to always consult several independent and respectful resources. You want to do your own research to make sure the essential oil will actually help you.

I wish you lots of inspiration, personal discoveries and humbleness on your journey with essential oils. And eventually lots of joy and vibrant health to you and your families in 2020!

Please share with us your experience with essential oils in the comments below. You never know, it may help another person on the other side of the globe!

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