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10 Most Popular Aromatherapy Essential Oils

Updated on December 24, 2015

10 Most Popular Aromatherapy Essential Oils

There are several types of essential oils available but only a few ones are trusted names when it comes to aromatherapy application. These popular essential oils are chosen not only for their therapeutic properties, but also for their holistic benefits. Hence, they make great ideas for essential oils to store at home ready for use anytime you need them.


This probably isn't the first you've heard of eucalyptus essential oil. It offers a wide range of health and emotional benefits, which make it one of the most popular essential oils used in aromatherapy.

Its anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for treating sprains, spasms, back pain, and arthritis, among others. It is also a good detoxifier to improve your respiratory and immune system and get rid of a host of other diseases such as bladder infections, diarrhea, tendinitis, and fungal infections.

Mentally, eucalyptus is an effective stress reliever and its aromatic essences invigorates your mental health to improve alertness and mental performance.

Clary sage

Clary sage is one of the most versatile essential oils available in aromatherapy. It is rich in different properties such as antibacterial, astringent, antiseptic, and deodorant that enables it to serve different purposes.

However, its most famous application would have to be its benefits in terms of balancing or regulating your emotions. By de-stressing yourself, it can cure a lot of chronic sleep disorders such as insomnia so you can get a peaceful sleep at night. It is also very useful type of oil in treating gum diseases, swelling, and easing night sweats caused in menopausal women.


Bergamot is famous as an aromatherapy essential oil since it is packed with beneficial properties. Physically, its antibacterial and anti-viral properties help eliminate nasal mucus and is also ideal for relieving one of pain or itching associated with allergy conditions. Bergamot contains powerful antiseptic qualities that make it a natural aid for cuts and wounds while preventing scar tissue.

If you have lower back pain or muscle cramps, it antispasmodic effect helps to relieve of any pain of the same nature. For your emotional upliftment, the balancing and refreshing effect of bergamot essential oil helps to alter depressive moods and anxiety.


Lavender essential oil is one of the gentlest types of oils available for use in aromatherapy. This is also one reason why lavender essential oil is used on babies or as ingredients on various baby products for skin care or remedy for sleeping disorders.

In adults, lavender also offers several benefits. If you have headache or migraine, simply apply a few drops of lavender oil to your temples to provide a soothing relief. You can also massage it onto the back of your neck and on your shoulders for neck or shoulder pains.

Apart from its wonderful benefits, lavender is an inexpensive type of oil that makes it easily accessible to most users. One of the most effective methods of using lavender oil is through a diffuser.


Geranium is specific kind of oil that is used in aromatherapy for treatment of various conditions in women. It has beneficial properties including astringent, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, it is even a popular natural ingredient for skin care.

Geranium essential oil is quite effective as a home remedy for laryngitis by making a gargle using this type of oil. Prepare a cup of cool water and add a drop of this essential oil. You can gargle the essential oil solution to provide immediate relief.


Lemon is one of the most popular fruits belonging to the citrus family. But aside from its wonderful flavors, essential oil extracted from the lemon plant actually serves a lot of purpose in the field of aromatherapy. Its antihistamine, antibacterial, and antiviral properties enable it to effectively eliminate sore throats. It can also be used topically to cure insect bites or stings, minor scrapes, and wounds due to its antiseptic properties.

Lemon essential oil is also one of the highly recommended oils in aromatherapy for increasing mental performance, particularly your in heightening your memory.


Sandalwood is one of those essential oils that help facilitate in meditation. Hence, it is popularly used in yoga. One reason for that is that this type of essential oil has relaxation properties that reduce anxiety and tension for both mind and body, which makes it really useful during meditation. Other psychological conditions it has been able to treat include depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia, and nervous tension. Sandalwood is also ideal to help increase your ability for concentration.

Other common uses for sandalwood essential oil include skin care, particular those with acne or dry skin, and as an aphrodisiac.


Here is another popular choice of essential oil but one must take proper consideration since this oil can be quite strong. Hence, you need to seek the advise of an aromatherapist to determine whether peppermint essential oil is the right type of oil to use for your specific condition.

It is a very reliable oil to use for lower back pain, cramps, sprains, nausea, and other related conditions due to its anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. Peppermint also comes with a very powerful scent, so you have to take note of the proper dosage to use. Inhaling its scent though helps to increase mental alertness and vitality.

Ylang Ylang

While it is known as an aphrodisiac, ylang ylang essential oil has other powerful benefits to the body and mind. First off, it has sedative properties that make it an effective treatment against depression, palpitation, and providing relaxation while stimulating your circulatory system.

Ylang ylang is another popular ingredient for skin and hair care products as research has proven it effectively cures hair loss and dry skin conditions.

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is rich in antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Hence, it can be used for treating viruses or bacteria that is causing several infections such as blemishes and acne, sore throats, and earaches. This type of oil is very suitable for treating oily skin.

It is also a powerful natural antiseptic, which makes it ideal as a first aid treatment for wounds and minor cuts. You can also use tea tree oil as an insect repellent.

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