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Personal Care: The 8 Families Of Essential Oils & Their Benefits

Essential oils have been around for thousands of years, but have not been fully explored until the recent decade. This is because many did not believe that essential oils can indeed be helpful. However, recent studies have shown that essential oils are potent tools for personal care  and that the chemical compounds they contain are beneficial.

As the market of essential oils is rising, it is best to educate ourselves with the common types of essential oils and their hidden benefits.

 

8 Essential Oil Aroma Families

1. Citrus

Citrus oils  are light and carry a fruity sense of smell. They are extracted from the rids of the fruits from the citrus family. The adjectives that are used to describe citrus-based essential oils are tart, fresh, clean, vibrant, refreshing, exciting, energizing, uplifting, and tangy. According to a study conducted by the Statista Research Department, in 2015, orange-based essential oils from the citrus family accounted for the most significant portion of essential oil sales in the United States. Essential oils  extracted from orange generated 480 million U.S. dollars that year.

Essential oils are extracted from:

  • Grapefruit, 
  • Lemon, 
  • Orange,
  • Lime, 
  • Tangerine, 
  • Mandarin, 
  • Citronella, 
  • Lemongrass, 
  • Tagetes
  • Litsea Cubeba, 

Common benefits of these oils include:

  • Energizing
  • Emollient skin
  • Uplifting
  • Antibacterial
  • Emotional balancing
  • Deodorizing
  • Supple skin
  • Refreshing
  • Reduce feelings of stress and anxiety

2. Floral

Floral, as the name suggests, are essential oils  that are reminiscent of the flowers that they are extracted from. The adjectives that best describe the essential oils from the floral family are poetic, romantic, modest, subtle, feminine, and powdery. They carry a sweet fragrance and spread a cheerful vibe. Floral scents are classical scents that have been used in many perfumes and skincare products.

Essential oils are extracted from:

  • Jasmine, 
  • Geranium, 
  • Chamomile, 
  • Lavender, 
  • Rosewood, 
  • Neroli, 
  • Petitgrain
  • Ylang-Ylang, 
  • Rose 

Common benefits of these oils include:

  • Comforting
  • Emollient skin
  • Promotes rest
  • Sometimes sleep-inducing
  • Supple skin
  • Mood balancing

3. Herbaceous

The essential oils extracted from the herbaceous family of plants can be described as green smelling or grassy fragrance. The herbaceous family is closely associated with the floral family for their spring-like scents. The adjectives that essential oils from the herbaceous family are associated with are trees, herbs, mown grass, fresh leave, and moss.

Essential oils are extracted from:

  • Fennel, Hyssop, 
  • Chamomile, 
  • Clary Sage, 
  • Angelica Root, 
  • Thyme, 
  • Eucalyptus Radiata, 
  • Melissa, 
  • Marjoram, 
  • Sage, 
  • Rosemary, 
  • Bay Laurel, 
  • Oregano, 
  • Yarrow
  • Catnip, 
  • Tea Tree, 
  • Parsley 

Common benefits of these oils include:

  • Promotes positivity
  • Emotional balancing
  • Encouraging
  • Emollient skin
  • Supple skin
  • Calming
  • Grounding

4. Camphoraceous

The essential oils derived from the camphoraceous family have a strong scent. They are most commonly used for treating respiratory ailments such as nasal congestion. The adjectives that best describe these essential oils are purifying, penetrating, clarifying, energizing, and the aroma that lingers around medical facilities.

Essential oils are extracted from:

  • Eucalyptus, 
  • Cajeput, 
  • Camphor, 
  • Pennyroyal, 
  • Lavandin,
  • Laurel Leaf

Common benefits of these oils include:

  • Focus-enhancing
  • Refreshing
  • Stimulating

5. Minty

Oils from the mint family are strong scented, fresh fragrances. The common adjectives that are used to describe the essential oils from the mint family are clearing, cooling, relaxing, rejuvenating.

Essential oils are extracted from:

  • Spearmint, 
  • Peppermint,
  • Wintergreen

Common benefits of these oils include:

  • Motivating
  • Cooling
  • Invigorating
  • Mentally clarifying

6. Spicy

The essential oils of the spicy family carry with them an intense aroma. These oils are used for stimulating concentration and the energy flowing through you.

Essential oils are extracted from:

  • Black Pepper, 
  • Basil, 
  • Aniseed, 
  • Cardamom, 
  • Coriander, 
  • Nutmeg, 
  • Cinnamon, 
  • Ginger, 
  • Cumin, 
  • Allspice, 
  • Clove Bud
  • Cassia

Common benefits of these oils include:

  • Bracing
  • Rousing
  • Energy

7. Resinous

The essential oils that are part of the resin family are often related with musky scents. These essential oils carry with them deeply, vibrant scents. The adjectives that best describe these scents are smoky, woody, earthy, sweet, leather-like, and warm. The scents of the plants belonging to the resin family are long-lasting and are used for many spiritual practices.

Essential oils are extracted from:

  • Benzoin, 
  • Elemi, 
  • Frankincense, 
  • Myrrh, 
  • Peru Balsam

Common benefits of these oils include:

  • Emotional balancing
  • Promotes relaxation and 
  • Inner calm
  • Grounding
  • Uplifting
  • Intimacy enhancement

8. Woody

The essential oils derived from the woody family are often earthy. The scents of these essential oils are deep, warm, and lingers around your nose. The adjectives that best describe woody essential oils are masculine, seductive, hypnotic, sensual, musky, mysterious, and soft.

Essential oils are extracted from:

  • Cypress, 
  • Juniper Berry, 
  • Pine, 
  • Sandalwood, 
  • Fir, 
  • Cedarwood (Atlas & Virginian), 
  • Palo Santo, 
  • Rosewood, 
  • Patchouli, 
  • Vetiver, 
  • Carrot Seed.
  • Valerian 

Common benefits of these oils include:

  • Grounding
  • Aphrodisiacs
  • Emotionally balancing
  • Uplifting

The Overview

In recent years essential oils have played a significant role in personal care  products such as topical skincare, but they are yet to be fully explored and understood. The article above gives a brief explanation of the different families within essential oils and their benefits. To best understand their mysterious powers, one needs to experiment and witness it for themselves.

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