Essential Oils Uses Chart

Easy reference essential oil comparison chart                

This chart is an excerpt from Aromatherapy for Every Day by Christoph Streicher, Ph.D. and Karla Christensen. This ebook is now available at the link to download in digital PDF format for only $0.99. These are the properties of 33 popular essential oils.

  • Properties

    Warming, stimulating, anti-inflammatory

    Emotional or mental

    Clear thinking, faith, compassion, calms nerves

  • Physical

    Headaches, sinus, asthma, bronchitis

  • How to use

    Diffuser, bath, massage

    Cautions

    Avoid for pregnancy. Can irritate skin.

  • Properties

    Fresh,
    spicy,
    refreshing

    Emotional or mental

    Confidence,
    insight,
    courage

  • Physical

    Lymph
    congestion,
    sprains,
    bruises,
    colds,
    coughs

  • How to use

    Diffuse,
    Massage

    Cautions

    Avoid for pregnancy,
    Use moderately,
    Can be a narcotic

  • Properties

    Cooling,
    uplifting,
    euphoric

    Emotional or mental

    Optimism,
    spontaneity,
    calms nervous
    tension

  • Physical

    Urinary
    infections,
    herpes,
    shingles

  • How to use

    Diffuse,
    Bath,
    Massage

    Cautions

    Phototoxic –
    avoid exposure
    to sun for
    3 hours
    after bath or
    massage

  • Properties

    Warming,
    Harmonizing, meditative

    Emotional or mental

    Strength,
    endurance,
    use for anger

  • Physical

    Coughs,
    bronchitis,
    bladder &
    kidney
    infections,
    oily skin
    & hair

  • How to use

    Diffuse,
    Bath,
    Massage,
    Topical

    Cautions

    Avoid for
    pregnancy

  • Properties

    Sweet & warm,
    soothing,
    calming

    Emotional or mental

    Calm acceptance,
    use for stress
    or irritability

  • Physical

    Muscle
    spasms,
    eczema,
    arthritis,
    colic,
    PMS/PMT

  • How to use

    Diffuse,
    Bath,
    Massage,
    Topical

  • Properties

    Euphoric,
    clearing,
    regulating,
    increases
    estrogen

    Emotional or mental

    Clarity,
    groundedness,
    use for fear & depression

  • Physical

    Asthma,
    muscular
    stiffness,
    cramps

  • How to use

    Diffuse,
    Bath,
    Massage

    Cautions

    Avoid for
    pregnancy

  • Properties

    Astringent,
    refreshing

    Emotional or mental

    Gives stability,
    renewal,
    use for loss
    or anger

  • Physical

    Hemorrhoids,
    varicose
    veins,
    bladder
    infections

  • How to use

    Diffuse,
    Bath,
    Massage

    Cautions

    Avoid for
    pregnancy

  • Properties

    Refreshing,
    stimulating

  • Physical

    Insect repellent

  • How to use

    Diffuse
    Massage

  • Properties

    Refreshing,
    stimulating

  • Physical

    Colds,
    congestion,
    coughs

  • How to use

    Diffuse
    Massage

    Cautions

    Safe for children

  • Properties

    Refreshing,
    stimulating

    Emotional or mental

    Dispels melancholy,
    promotes optimism

  • Physical

    Asthma,
    bronchitis,
    coughs

  • How to use

    Diffuse
    Massage

    Cautions

    Do not use with infants

  • Properties

    Warming,
    refreshing

    Emotional or mental

    Grounding,
    promotes intuition,
    use for anxiety,
    stress,
    creative blocks

  • Physical

    Muscle &
    rheumatic
    pain,
    asthma,
    coughs

  • How to use

    Diffuse
    Bath
    Massage

  • Properties

    Refreshing,
    fortifying

    Emotional or mental

    Good self-image,
    energy,
    use for guilt,
    helplessness

  • Physical

    Asthma,
    bronchitis,
    flu,
    cystitis,
    hepatitis,
    prostate

  • How to use

    Diffuse
    Massage

    Cautions

    Could be skin irritant

  • Properties

    Warm,
    tranquil,
    revitalizing

    Emotional or mental

    Promotes meditation, prayer,
    use for agitation

  • Physical

    Scars,
    wounds,
    wrinkles,
    asthma,
    colds,
    flu,
    stress

  • How to use

    Diffuse
    Bath
    Massage

  • Properties

    Light,
    sensual,
    balancing

    Emotional or mental

    Promotes security, intimacy,
    use for workaholic
    or discontent

  • Physical

    Hormone
    balancing,
    diuretic,
    adrenal
    conditions


  • How to use

    Diffuse
    Bath
    Massage

    Cautions

    Could
    cause
    contact
    dermatitis

  • Properties

    Refreshing,
    cooling,
    reviving

    Emotional or mental

    Lightness of spirit,
    use for
    self-criticism

  • Physical

    Cellulite,
    oily skin,
    obesity,
    water
    retention

  • How to use

    Diffuse
    Bath
    Massage

  • Properties

    Euphoric,
    calming,
    uplifting,
    aphrodisiac

    Emotional or mental

    Harmony,
    delight,
    creativity,
    use for fear &
    apathy

  • Physical

    Hormone imbalance,
    uterine tonic,
    sensitive skin

  • How to use

    Diffuse
    Bath
    Massage

  • Properties

    Warming,
    invigorating,
    clearing

    Emotional or mental

    Empowerment,
    use for worry,
    gloom, &
    fear of failure

  • Physical

    Cystitis,
    bronchitis,
    arteriosclerosis,
    obesity,
    oily skin

  • How to use

    Diffuse
    Bath
    Massage

    Cautions

    Avoid for
    pregnancy
    & kidney
    disease

  • Properties

    Calming,
    cooling,
    balancing

    Emotional or mental

    Calm,
    composure,
    use for emotional overload,
    tension &
    panic

  • Physical

    Headaches,
    insomnia,
    acne,
    bruises,
    burns,
    asthma,
    flu,
    colic

  • How to use

    Diffuse,
    Bath,
    Massage,
    Topical

  • Properties

    Refreshing, purifying

    Emotional or mental

    Trust,
    clarity,
    concentration,
    use for confusion, indecision
    or fatigue

  • Physical

    Antiseptic,
    blood
    purifier, rheumatism,
    gout,
    liver
    cleanser

  • How to use

    Diffuse,
    Bath,
    Massage

    Cautions

    Photo-sensitizing,
    do not use
    on skin
    before
    exposure
    to sun

  • Properties

    Stimulating,
    reviving,
    tonic

    Emotional or mental

    Good for jet lag,
    small amounts
    are calming
    & clearing

  • Physical

    Antiseptic,
    analgesic,
    tonic to the
    nervous
    system

  • How to use

    Diffuse,
    Massage

    Cautions

    Could be a skin irritant

  • Properties

    Soothing,
    uplifting

    Emotional or mental

    Happiness,
    calm,
    use for anxiety,
    insomnia,
    stress

  • Physical

    Detoxifying,
    regulating to
    lymphatic
    system,
    water
    retention

  • How to use

    Diffuse,
    Bath,
    Massage

    Cautions

    Photo-sensitizing,
    do not use
    on skin
    before exposure
    to sun

  • Properties

    Dry,
    meditative,
    warm,
    calming

    Emotional or mental

    Clarifying,
    grounding,
    use for sorrow
    or worry

  • Physical

    Thrush,
    athlete’s
    foot,
    ringworm,
    cracked
    skin,
    mouth
    ulcers

  • How to use

    Diffuse,
    Bath,
    Massage

    Cautions

    Avoid for
    pregnancy

  • Properties

    Cooling,
    clearing,
    sedating

    Emotional or mental

    Comfort,
    strength,
    release

  • Physical

    Muscle
    spasms,
    diarrhea,
    heart
    palpitations,
    dry skin

  • How to use

    Diffuse,
    Bath,
    Massage

  • Properties

    Cheerful,
    warming,
    uplifting

    Emotional or mental

    Ease,
    optimism,
    happiness,
    use for irritability

  • Physical

    Constipation,
    obesity,
    water
    retention,
    gas,
    chills

  • How to use

    Diffuse
    Bath
    Massage

  • Properties

    Fresh,
    stimulating,
    regulating

    Emotional or mental

    Clear thinking,
    concentration,
    use for mental fatigue

  • Physical

    Indigestion,
    sinus
    congestion,
    headaches,
    gall bladder,
    nausea

  • How to use

    Diffuse
    Topical

    Cautions

    Could be
    sensitizing

  • Properties

    Joyous,
    cooling,
    soothing

    Emotional or mental

    Opens the heart,
    love,
    trust,
    use for anger,
    fear and anxiety

  • Physical

    Sensitive skin,
    herpes,
    nausea,
    poor
    circulation,
    palpitations

  • How to use

    Diffuse
    Bath
    Massage

    Cautions

    Do not use
    during
    the first 3
    months
    of pregnancy

  • Properties

    Fresh,
    reviving

    Emotional or mental

    Mental clarity,
    good memory,
    use for poor memory

  • Physical

    Low blood pressure,
    poor
    circulation,
    colds,
    sinus

  • How to use

    Diffuse
    Bath
    Massage

    Cautions

    Avoid for
    pregnancy,
    epilepsy,
    high blood
    pressure

  • Properties

    Purifying,
    penetrating,
    warming

    Emotional or mental

    Strong memory,
    inward focus,
    use for nervous debility,
    or insomnia

  • Physical

    Throat &
    mouth infections,
    jaundice,
    asthma,
    coughs,
    headaches

  • How to use

    Diffuse

    Cautions

    Avoid for
    pregnancy
    & epilepsy

  • Properties

    Uplifting,
    opening,
    meditative

    Emotional or mental

    Courage,
    energy,
    drive,
    use for worry
    or
    attachment

  • Physical

    Chapped
    skin,
    sore
    throat,
    cystitis,
    dry
    cough,
    colic,
    gastritis

  • How to use

    Diffuse,
    Bath,
    Massage,
    Topical

  • Properties

    Antibiotic
    calming

    Emotional or mental

    Strength,
    morale,
    use for tension
    or stress

  • Physical

    Acne,
    athlete’s
    foot,
    chicken
    pox,
    fungus,
    burns

  • How to use

    Diffuse,
    Topical

    Cautions

    Could be
    sensitizing

  • Properties

    Hot,
    dry,
    stimulating

    Emotional or mental

    Courage,
    energy,
    drive,
    use for poor
    self-confidence
    or fear

  • Physical

    Lung
    infections,
    fatigue,
    chills,
    colds,
    flu,
    asthma,
    bronchitis

  • How to use

    Diffuse,
    Massage

    Cautions

    Avoid for high
    blood pressure,
    could be
    sensitizing

  • Properties

    Warm,
    earthy,
    tranquil

    Emotional or mental

    Grounding,
    centering,
    use for
    over-sensitivity

  • Physical

    PMS / PMT,
    menopause,
    hormone balancing,
    anemia,
    mal-absorption

  • How to use

    Diffuse
    Bath
    Massage

  • Properties

    Sensual,
    heady

    Emotional or mental

    Joy,
    sensuality,
    use for agitation,
    fear,
    withdrawal
    or anxiety

  • Physical

    Hypertension,
    palpitations,
    epilepsy,
    diabetes,
    acne,
    oily skin

  • How to use

    Diffuse
    Bath
    Massage