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The Ten Most Popular Essential Oils and Their Uses

Updated on October 8, 2014

Most popular essential oils and their uses

Aromatherapy and essential oils are gaining in popularity in the field of alternative medicine. These days aromatherapy and the use of essential oils can be used to treat just about anything.

Here is a list of the most popular essential oils.


Chamomile is at the top of the list of the most popular essential oils. It is considered to have the most calming, soothing and relaxing effect on the body and mind. Its has a mild aroma, not too strong nor too. The aroma of chamomile is sweet, herbal and fruity. Chamomile has analgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic and digestive properties. This is why it can be used for so many different reasons and why it is considered one of the most popular essential oils. Chamomile can be used to cure and control acne. It also used for the treatment of blisters and boils, as it can be soothing for them. Chamomile is also useful for digestive and gastric problems like indigestion, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. Flatulence and gout can be treated with the use of Chamomile essential oil. Chamomile essential oil when massaged with base oil can help relieve nervous tension like anxiety, fear and even mild cases of depression. Skin disorders like dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis can be treated with chamomile essential oil also.


Eucalyptus is an essential oil that has a balancing and stimulating effect when used. Its aroma is a mix of camphor and the forest. Eucalyptus oil has analgesic, anti - inflammatory, antiseptic and antiviral properties. It is also a stimulant by nature. Eucalyptus can be used as an air disinfectant. It is popularly used to treat lung disorders like asthma and bronchitis. Eucalyptus oil is used to topically treat cuts, wounds and burns. It is also used to relieve muscle and rheumatic pains by massaging it into the skin. Eucalyptus oil is popularly used to treat flu as a decongestant and it great for headaches and sinus problems when inhaled or massaged with base oil into the scalp.


This essential oil is comforting and healing and mixes well with chamomile, cypress and juniper essential oils. It has a sweet, floral and earthy aroma. Geranium essential oil has antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic and diuretic properties. It is also used for skin conditions like eczema and edema and is used for the treatment of burns.. It also helps in the prevention of fluid and water retention. Geranium essential helps to cure conditions like rheumatism, poor circulation and tonsillitis. It is also used to calm PMS symptoms.


Lavender essential oil is used and is popular for its calming and therapeutic effects. It has a floral, sweet, woodsy and herbal aroma. Lavender oil is known for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, diuretic and sedative properties. It is used to treat skin problems like acne, psoriasis and eczema. It is used to topically treat burns, sunburns, wounds, sores and insect bites. Lavender oil is also helpful in curing bronchitis, sinusitis, flu, colds and throat infections. As it is calming and relaxing, it helps induce sleep and can help in the treatment of insomnia.

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Rose: It is very popular and has been used for ages as bath oil. Its fragrance is warm and deeply floral. Rose essential oil is antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic in nature.

Rosemary: Rosemary essential oil is refreshing and stimulating. It is known for its refreshing, woodsy and herbal fragrance. It is analgesic, antidepressant, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, stimulating, diuretic and decongesting properties.

Sandalwood: Sandalwood essential oil is essentially very relaxing. It has a woodsy, sweet and exotic aroma. It has all the properties of the other essential oils but it is an aphrodisiac as well. While, Sandalwood oil is used to treat skin disorders, and cystitis, it is also very popular for meditation enthusiasts.

Marjoram: Marjoram has a warm and spicy fragrance. It has analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic and diuretic properties. It is used to deal with anxiety and insomnia.

Jasmine: Jasmine oil is soothing and relaxing. It has a warm and floral scent. It has antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, expectorant properties. It is used for cough, headaches, laryngitis, catarrh, anxiety, to relieve mental tension and for the benefits of sensitive or dry skin.

Neroli: Neroli essential oil is a relaxing essential oil. It has a floral and refreshing fragrance. Neroli oil has antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic and sedative properties.

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    8 years ago

    I like the way you described the oils! Good job.


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