Properties of Essential Oils

Essential Oil Benefits

Many essential oils have properties associated with them.  Below is a small (but growing) list of oils with a few qualities listed and how they are typically used.  These lists have been compiled from various sources.  The list of conditions are generally accepted benefits or conditions that they can be used to assist with.

Research for Your Safety

I’d highly recommend doing your own research before using any oils.  Some oils require special rates of dilution to be used topically or internally.  Many oils are not safe for children or pregnant women.

Other oils are phototoxic and can damage the skin when used topically and then the area exposed to the sun. This list is only meant to provide a general idea of ways essential oils are used to improve health and well being.

As mentioned on my essential oils basic information page, not all oils are created equal.  Some oils are not safe for use topically or internally.  Be sure to research into the company you purchase your essential oils from so you can use them safely.

* Please Note: The statements about specific oils below have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Essential oil products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  These are oils recommended in assisting with conditions listed in various essential oil references books.

The following icons will be used to indicate the ways you can use any specific oil listed.




Basil (Ocimum basilicum)


Bites, Bronchitis, Cramps, Cuts, Fatigue, Greasy Hair, Infertility, Migraines, Stings, Wounds

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)


Calming, Colic, Depression, Infection, PMS, Sedative, Stress

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)


Coughs, Digestion, Headaches, Inflammation, Aches, Nausea, Repiratory

Cedarwood (Cedrus alantica)


Calming, Deodorant, Insect Repellent, Stress, Tension

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)


Calming, Deodorant, Insect Repellent, Stress, Tension

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)


Bacteria, Bites, Breathing, Diabetes, Fatigue Fungal Infections, Immune System, Infection, Libido, Mold, Pneumonia, Stings, Warming

Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus)


Insect Repellent

Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)


Cholesterol, Cramps, Estrogen Balance, Fatigue, Hormonal Balance, Hot Flashes, Impotence, Infection, Infertility, Insomnia, Mood Swings, Stress, PMS, Postpartum Depression, Restlessness, Tension

Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)


Addictions, Antioxidant, Disinfectant, Fever, Funcal Infections, Hormonal Balance, Memory, Metabolism, Mold, Muscle Pain, Termites, Thyroid, Toothache, Viral Infections, Wounds

Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)


Circulation, Flu, Greasy Hair, Fatigue, Hemorrhoids, Incontinence, Menopause, Pain, Skincare, Varicose Veins

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radia)


Anger, Asthma, Bronchitis, Congestion, Cooling, Coughs, Depression, Diabetes, Disinfectant, Fever, Flu, Frustration, Inflammation, Lice, Pain, Respiratory Viruses, Tension

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)


Bruises, Digestion, Parasites, Skincare, Wrinkles

Frankincense (Boswellia frereana/carteri/sacra)


Arthritis, Asthma, Balance, Breathing, Cancer, Confusion, Cough, Depression, Fatigue, Immune System, Inflammation, Memory, Moles, Postpartum Depression, Scarring, Warts, Wrinkles

Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)


Bruises, Calming, Cancer, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Dry Hair, Grief, Insomnia, Libido, PMS, Skincare, Stress, Vertigo, Vulnerability, Wrinkles

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)


Diarrhea, Gas, Indigestion, Libido, Morning Sickness, Nausea

Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi)


Air Freshener, Anorexia, Appetite Suppressant, Cellulite, Hangovers, Lethargy, Obesity, Overeating, PMS, Stress, Withdrawal

Jasmine (Jasmineum officinale)


Anxiety, Apathy, Aphrodisiac, Depression, Pink Eye, Sensitive Skin, Shyness, Tension

Juniper (Juniperus communis)


Acne, Confusion, Emotional Distress, Exhaustion

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)


Allergies, Anxiety, Appetitle Loss, Bites, Blisters, Boils, Burns, Calming, Cancer, Chick Pox, Concentration, Cuts, Depression, Diaper Rash, Dry Hair, Dry Skin, Exhaustion, Fever, Gas, Hair Loss, Hyperactivity, Inflammation, Insomnia, Itching, Menopause, Mood Swings, Mosquito Repellent, Pain, Poison Ivy/Oak, Postpartum Depression, Rashes, Relaxation, Sedative, Sleep, Stress, Stretch Marks, Sunburn, Teething, Tension, Ticks, Withdrawal, Wounds, Wrinkles

Lemon (Citrus limon)


Anxiety, Bites, Blod Pressure, Colds, Concentration, Constipation, Depression, Disinfectant, Exhaustion, Fever, Flu, Greasy Hair, Hangovers, Heartburn, Overeating, Postpartum Depression, Puriffication, Relaxation, Restlessness, Skincare, Stress, Uplifting, Varicose Veins

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)


Cholesterol, Crhamps, Fleas, Purification, Springs, Thyroid Diseases, Varicose Veins, Wounds

Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)


Fever, Skincare

Orange (Citrus sinensis)


Anxiety, Depression, Fear, Insomnia, Menopause, Uplifting, Withdrawal

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)


Athlete’s Foot, Caluses, Cancer, Carpal Tunnel, Cholesterol, Fungal Infections, Gut Health, Immune System, Inflammation, Insect Repellent, Menstrual Cramps, Muscle Aches, Pain, Pneumonia, Ringworm, Staph Infection, Viral Infections, Warts, Weight Loss, Whooping Cough

Patchouli (Pogostemon patchouli)


Anxiety, Depression, Fever, Mosquito Repellent, Stress, Termite Repellant

Peppermint (Mentha piperata)


Alertness, Asthma, Congestion, Flu, Headaches, Heartburn, Hives, Hot Flashes, Itching, Memory, Motion Sickness, Nausea, Varicose Veins, Vomiting

Rose (Rosa damascena)


Anxiety, Aphrodisiac, Depression, Insecurity, Poison Ivy/Oak, Skincare

Rosemary (Rosmarius officinalis)


Addiction, Arthritis, Cancer, Cellulite, Constipation, Diabetes, Fatigue, Flu, Hair Loss, Headaches, Lice, Memory, Worms

Sandalwood (Santalum album)


Aphrodisiac, Back Pain, Cancer, Confusion, Dry Skin, Exhaustion, Fear, Moles, Rashes

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)


Acne, Allergies, Bactiral Infections, Boils, Cavities, Chicken Pox, Colds, Coughs, Earache, Flu, Fungal Infections, Hives, Immune System, Infection, Inflammation, Lice, Rashes, Sunburn, Viral Infections, Wounds