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12 Must-Have Essential Oils

Essential oils offer a wide variety of benefits for every day body care, home care and more. But it can be difficult to determine where to start. Here's our break down of the 12 most popular must-have essential oils — their aromas, benefits, best uses and more.

1

Lavender

Lavender

The most popular essential oil because of its versatility and well-liked floral, herbal aroma, lavender can be used in a variety of ways to inspire calm and relaxation.

Benefit:

Calming, relaxing

Aroma:

Floral, herbal

Uses:

Body oils, massage oils, cleansers, lotions, creams, body mists, perfumes, shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, hair serums, hair mists, room mists, diffusions

2

Frankincense

Frankincense

Used extensively in incense and fine perfumes for thousands of years, frankincense essential oil is characterized by a resinous aroma and can bring a calming benefit to body care, diffusion and air freshening as well as grounding practices like meditation or yoga.

Benefit:

Meditative, grounding, calming

Aroma:

Resinous, balsamic

Uses:

Body oils, massage oils, body mists, perfumes, room mists, diffusions, meditation roll-ons and mists, yoga mists

3

Peppermint

Peppermint

The menthol, herbal aroma of peppermint essential oil can be used in many ways to uplift and invigorate.

Benefit:

Uplifting, invigorating

Aroma:

Menthol, herbal

Uses:

Body oils, massage oils, creams, lotions, salves, cleansers, soaks, scrubs, body mists, perfumes, scalp oils, hair rinses, room mists, diffusions, workout mists

4

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus essential oil is distilled from the leaves of the tree and is great for body care products like salves and rubs.

Benefit:

Clarifying

Aroma:

Foresty, medicinal

Uses:

Body oils, massage oils, salves, room and outdoor mists, diffusions

5

Tea Tree

Tea Tree

Well known for its cleansing and purifying benefits, tea tree essential oil is great for a variety of body and home care products.

Benefit:

Cleansing, purifying

Aroma:

Spicy, herbal

Uses:

Body oils, body scrubs, cleansers, cleaning sprays, cleaning wipes, room mists, diffusions

6

Grapefruit

Grapefruit

The tangy, citrusy aroma of grapefruit essential oil can freshen up your space and provide an uplifting benefit.

Benefit:

Uplifting, refreshing

Aroma:

Tangy, citrusy

Uses:

Body lotions, creams, scrubs, soaks, body mists, cleaning spray, cleaning wipes, room and outdoor mists, diffusions

7

Rosemary

Rosemary

Rosemary essential oil can bring uplifting, energizing and purifying benefits to your airspace and body care.

Benefit:

Uplifting, energizing, purifying

Aroma:

Herbal, medicinal

Uses:

Body oils, massage oils, scrubs, soaks, body mists, shampoos, scalp oils, hair serums, room mists, diffusions

8

Lemon

Lemon

Fresh and fruity, lemon essential oil is often used for home cleaning and air freshening, but can also be used for many body care products.

Benefit:

Uplifting, cleansing, freshening

Aroma:

Fruity, like lemon peel

Uses:

Body lotions, creams, cleansers, scrubs, soaks, perfumes, body mists, cleaning sprays, cleaning wipes, room mists, diffusions

9

Sweet Orange

Sweet Orange

The citrusy aroma of sweet orange essential oils bring uplifting, balancing and freshening benefits to a variety of body and home care products.

Benefit:

Uplifting, balancing, freshening

Aroma:

Citrusy, like orange peel

Uses:

Body oils, cleansers, lotions, creams, scrubs, soaks, perfumes, body mists, cleaning sprays, cleaning wipes, room mists, diffusions

10

Patchouli

Patchouli

Patchouli essential oil lends a floral, earthy aroma and grounding benefit to body care products, diffusion blends and more.

Benefit:

Grounding, relaxing

Aroma:

Floral, earthy, herbal

Uses:

Body oils, cleansers, lotions, creams, scrubs, soaks, body mists, perfumes, room mists, diffusions, meditation roll-ons and mists, yoga mists

11

Bergamot

Bergamot

The uplifting citrusy, spicy aroma of bergamot essential oil is especially great for homemade deodorants, but also other kinds of body and home care. Be sure to use bergaptene-free bergamot for skin care applications.

Benefit:

Uplifting, energizing, purifying

Aroma:

Citrusy, spicy

Uses:

Body cleansers, lotions, creams, deodorants, body mists, perfumes, cleaning sprays, cleaning wipes, room mists, diffusions

12

Lemongrass

Lemongrass

The fresh, leafy, lemon-like aroma of lemongrass essential oil lends uplifting and cleansing benefits to home and body care products.

Benefit:

Uplifting, cleansing, purifying

Aroma:

Leafy, lemon-like

Uses:

Body cleansers, lotions, creams, scrubs, soaks, body mists, perfumes, room mists, diffusions, cleaning sprays, cleaning wipes

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