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Aromatic Plants With Healing Oil Properties

Updated on October 8, 2014

The Essential Oil Series- Ylang Ylang

What are Aromatic Plants?

Plants are one of the most versatile and useful natural resources found in the planet. They have a wide variety of uses and benefits. Its most important benefit is most evident in the many medicinal breakthrough there has been. Indeed, you will find several aromatic plants in the world of various origin that have been utilized both in the ancient and modern world for their ability to heal.

Different countries have their own inhabitants of medicinal plants, wherein in India alone, there are multiple medicinal plants that were discovered during ancient times. The utilization of these plants persists until today such that you will find a lot of modern medicines that incorporate a lot of herbal ingredients and properties. Growers are also looking at the idea of incorporating agronomic practices apart from the already growing number of the plants' medicinal benefits. As more of these aromatic plants are grown to produce medicinal substances. For these plants, one or more of their parts are utilized to successfully come up with these essential oils and other similar products for natural treatment of various diseases.

Various Plant Families with Healing Properties

Some plant families have natural aromas to release that serve its purpose in aromatherapy for treatment of various conditions. The ability to address the different conditions depend on the quality of the aroma and the properties contained in the plant material itself. The aromatic essences extracted from these plants are commonly referred to as essential oils in aromatherapy, which can vary in toxicity levels.

There are a few common aromatic plant families that are widely used in aromatherapy and other medicinal purposes. Essential oils produced from plants belonging to the same plant family can have similar characteristics and can produce the same results. Learn more about what these aromatic plants are below.

Abietaceae and Annonaceae Plants

The family of Abietaceae and Annonaceae are plants that belong to the conifer class. These aromatic plants are also extracted into essential oils that are used to cure respiratory conditions apart from havoing antiseptic properties which protect the skin from germs. The plants belonging to this family are relatively small in size. To learn more about which plants belong to this plant family that are commonly used in aromatherapy, they are listed below:

  • Cedarwood
  • Ylang Ylang

Apiaceae and Asteraceae

The aromatic plants belonging to the Apiaceae and Asteraceae families have similar appearances as each of them are equipped with flower heads that appear as umbrellas. Essential oils extracted from aromatic plants belonging to the Apiaceae family are rich in either phenolic ethers or ketones, which can be potentially hazardous. Most of these plants contain uterine stimulant properties, but can activate its abortive properties without properly following instructions in terms of usage.

These plants contain seed oils which are beneficial in creating a balance in your digestive functions. Those aromatic plants belonging to this family are the following:

  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Coriander

Meanwhile, plants belonging to the Asteraceae family are characterized by having daisy-like flower heads wherein it is made up of small flowers as opposed to having petals. Some of the most beneficial properties of these aromatic plants include are excellent for the skin which serve as anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, and digestive as these plants provide natural treatment. Aromatic plants belonging to this family that are commonly used in aromatherapy are as follows: German chamomile, Romam chamomile, Moroccan chamomile, and helichrysum.

Frankincense Oil

Burseraceae and Cupressaceae

These aromatic plants are popular for its expectorant qualities that produce effective treatment against respiratory ailments, such as bronchitis and coughs. These properties may be obtained through inhalation. In addition, these plants also contain properties that help speed up the healing process of wounds and ulcers, while reducing the possibility of developing scar tissue.

For those who wish to eliminate the appearance of cellulites, Cupressaceae plants are rich in medicinal properties that address this problem. These plants also effectively combat stress, nervous tension, and insomnia. Some of the aromatic plants belonging to both of these plant families are:

  • Frankincense
  • Cypress
  • Juniper Berry

The Essential Oil Series- Patchouli

Lamiaceae Plant

Majority of the plants that are used in aromatherapy belong to this specific family. The essential oils from these aromatic plants are extracted through the leaves since these volatile oils are normally stored on the surface. Moreover, these plants are chemically complex, wherein it contains a combination of aldehydes and alcohol. But do not be concerned since they are safe to use in aromatherapy application.

Some of the plants belonging to lamiaceae plant that are commonly used in aromatherapy are as follows:

  • patchouli
  • lavender
  • peppermint
  • rosemary
  • sweet marjoram
  • sage
  • basil
  • clary sage
  • melissa

These aromatic plants contain therapeutic properties that cure headaches, provide relief for muscular pain, and relieve nasal congestion.

Lauraceae and Myrataceae

The Leuraceae plants contain rich amount of therapeutic properties that provide a wide range of health benefits. These aromatic plants include rosewood, cinnamon, and litsea that contain such properties as anti-fungal, bactericidal, stimulant, tonic, and anti-viral properties.

Those plants that belong to the Myrataceae family are especially useful in treating respiratory conditions. This is made possible by the presence of various therapeutic properties such as tonic, stimulant, and antiseptic properties. Essential oils belonging to this family of aromatic plants include:

  • clove
  • tea tree
  • eucalyptus

Poaceae and Rutaceae

These essential oils extracted from Poaceae are used for pain relief or to improve blood circulation. Moreover, it also contains properties that make it effective in curing acne problems. On the other hand, Rutaceae aromatic plants contain citrus wherein most of plants' essential oil is extracted from the peel of the fruit.

Below is a list of aromatic plants belonging to this family that is often used in aromatherapy:

  • citronella
  • palmarosa
  • neroli
  • petitgrain
  • lemon
  • mandarin
  • bergamot
  • orange sweet
  • orange bitter
  • grapefruit


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