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Jul 23 2013

Benefits of essential oils – Reference Chart


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When it comes to essential oils, it is always a case of “different strokes for different folks”.  Indeed, the therapeutic properties of essential oils are so varied and diverse that it can be difficult to decide which ones to stock in your cabinet. Some oils are versatile, while others are known to work on specific systems. Some are gentle, while others are strong. Some work on the muscles, while others work on the mind. On this blog, we have forever been talking about various essential oils and their uses in aromatherapy. So wouldn’t it be nice if we had a comprehensive chart listing out individual properties of each oil?

Download this chart and paste it somewhere near your medicine cabinet for a quick reference the next time you need some aroma healing: Benefits of Essential Oils

A glossary of terms is provided at the bottom of the chart.

Find another aromatherapy reference card here:

Essential Oils for Mind and Emotions Reference Chart

Essential Oils and their specific uses Reference Chart

Benefits of essential oils chart

Analgesic: this is pain-relieving, for mild and sever pain, for shoulder pain, knee pain,back problems, muscle pain: BasilBay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, German Chamomile, Eucalyptus radiata, Fennel, Fir, Geranium, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Niaouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea Tree.

Antidepressant: this the mood, for depressed people, depression causes: Basil, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang

Anti fungal or fungicidal: this inhibits mold and fungi growth: Basil , German Chamomile, Clary Sage, Helichrysum, Fennel, Geranium, Litsea Cubeba, Marjoram, Patchouli, Peppermint, Ravensara, Rosemary, Spearmint, Spruce, Tea Tree

Anti infectious: this kills pathogenic bacteria: Basil, Bay LaurelBergamot, Eucalyptus radiata, Helichrysum, Fennel, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Marjoram, Niaouli, Patchouli, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary, Rose, Spruce, Tea Tree, Thyme

Anti inflammatory: this helps to reduce and prevent inflammation: BasilGerman Chamomile, Helichrysum, Fennel, Geranium, Lavender, Litsea Cubeba, Niaouli, Patchouli, Peppermint, Ravensara, Rosemary, Rose, Spearmint, Spruce, Tea Tree

Antispasmodic: this relieves muscle spasm in smooth muscle: Basil, Black Pepper, German Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Helichrysum, Fennel, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram,Orange, Peppermint, Rose, Spearmint, Spruce, Thyme

Antiseptic:  this is cleansing and prevents the development of microbes: Basil, Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Cypress, Helichrysum, Fir, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Marjoram, Niaouli, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Ravensara, Rose, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Thyme, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Aphrodisiac: this increases sexual desire: Cinnamon, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rosemary, Rose, Ylang Ylang

Astringent: this contracts blood vessels and body tissue: Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary,

Calming: this produces a sedative or tranquilizing effect: Basil, Clary Sage, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Pine

Carminative: this reduces intestinal spasm, settles the digestive system: Basil, Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, German Chamomile, Cinnamon, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Marjoram, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme

Cicatrizant: promotes healing of scar tissue: Bergamot, German Chamomile, Eucalyptus radiata, Helichrysum, Frankincense, Lemon, Niaouli, Patchouli, Rosemary, Rose, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Thyme

Cephalic: this is stimulating and clears the mind: Basil, Cardamom, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint

Decongestant: this reduces congestion: German Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus radiata, Fennel, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Niaouli, Orange, Patchouli, Peppermint, Ravensara, Rosemary, Rose

Deodorant: this destroys or inhibits odors: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Fir, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Pine

Digestive: this aids the digestion of food: Basil, Bay Laurel, Cardamom, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Fennel, Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram, Niaouli, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Rose

Diuretic: this aids urine production: Cardamom, Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Helichrysum, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Patchouli, Pine, Rosemary, Thyme

Expectorant: this encourages coughing – up of mucus: Basil, Bay Laurel, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus radiata, Helichrysum, Fir, Frankincense, Ginger, Marjoram, Niaouli, Peppermint, Pine, Ravensara, Tea Tree, Thyme

Febrifuge: this helps reduce fever: Basil, Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus radiata, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Niaouli, Patchouli, Peppermint, Spruce

Immune stimulant: this stimulates the correct function of the immune system: Cypress, Frankincense, Niaouli, Patchouli, Tea Tree

Hormone influencer: it is a tonic of the hormone system: BasilGerman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Helichrysum, Fennel, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Marjoram,Niaouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spruce, Ylang Ylang

Rubefacient: this is warming and increases blood flow: Black Pepper, Eucalyptus radiata, Fir, Ginger, Lemon, Niaouli, Pine, Rosemary, Vetiver

Sedative: this slows down functional activity and lessens excitement, calming: Bergamot, Cedarwood, German Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Stimulant: this has an uplifting effect on the body: Basil, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Fir, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Litsea Cubeba, Niaouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Thyme

Tonic: strengthens and enlivens the body or parts of the body: Basil, Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Cardamom, Clary Sage, Cypress, Helichrysum, Fennel, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Litsea Cubeba, Marjoram, Niaouli, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary, Rose, Spearmint, Spruce, Thyme,Vetiver

Vulnerary: this prevents tissue degeneration and promotes healing of wounds: Bergamot, German Chamomile, Eucalyptus radiata, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Marjoram, Niaouli

Read: Handy Aromatherapy Guide for Everyday Uses  

Aromatherapy Reference Charts:

Essential Oils for Mind and Emotions
Essential Oils and Their Specific Uses
The Ultimate Aromatherapy Skincare Chart

© 2013, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC


This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.


karunacitta wong 04-04-2014, 16:48

Very useful and every should share the articles .

Carol 12-05-2014, 10:42

great Chart! thank you!

Jennifer 27-07-2014, 00:02

Can you please explain what the different colors mean on your charts? I couldn’t find a legend.


Barb 28-07-2014, 13:46

Can’t wait to see this cause my grand-daughter is always taking decongestants and an inhaler and sinus medicine. Saw about essential oils on news this morning and was going to do some research to help her and hopefully not take all these medicines.

Betty 19-08-2014, 15:59

Nice chart, but I also would love to have an explanation of what the colors mean. Thanks.

Info 11-02-2015, 04:30

The colors don’t mean anything. They’re just there to highlight the crosses and break up the columns.

donna 16-06-2015, 13:48

thank you for the info on using these oils.
i didnt see any specific way to use the oils for these benefits.
would love it if you help with this matter.
thank you for your time.

Cristina Proano-Carrion 22-06-2015, 14:07

Thank you Donna.

You can find more information on how to use the oils here: http://thearomablog.com/how-to-use-essential-oils-part-1/

Susan 30-08-2015, 08:35

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! You have save me the task of doing this! Thank you for sharing!

Lillian 12-01-2016, 15:00

Nice chart 🙂 I’m also looking for a chart that is sorted by highest -lowest effects on the above chart???
Like for Analgesic (numbing effect) there’s 19 essencial oils, but would be awesome to see list for levels from strongest to week effect on each oil????
Is that out there?????
Thank you 🙂

Dot 28-05-2016, 21:07

Amazing, your research will benefit to thousands of others desperate health seekers. Do you have information on Autism by any chance?

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