Essential Oil Classifications

Essential oils can be divided into different plant classifications. Oils within each classification share common characteristics, so understanding the attributions of each classification can help you to easily determine which oils will be helpful in different circumstances. However, it is important to keep in mind that every essential oil is unique and has its own fabulous set of benefits and uses.

Ripe apricots hanging from a tree, their sweet fragrance filling the air.


Extracted from the rind of juicy citrus fruits, citrus oils are wonderfully uplifting and detoxifying. Use these oils to reduce feelings of sadness, stress, and fatigue, and instead promote feelings of joy. Restore your energy, lift your mood, and enhance mindfulness and productivity.

Bergamot, Grapefruit, Green Mandarin, Lemon, Lime, Litsea, Tangerine, Wild Orange.  

A field of dahlias with orange and white flowers in Australia.


Floral oils are natural essential oils, distilled from the petals or aerial parts of plants, and can nurture the body and mind with their calming and harmonising benefits. Use these oils if you’re feeling wounded, neglected, fearful, or worried. Replace emotions of frustration, depression, and isolation with a sense of reassurance, purpose, and love. Furthermore, floral oils offer anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, and antiviral benefits.

Clary SageGeranium, Helichrysum, Jasmin Touch, Lavender, Magnolia Touch, Neroli Touch, Roman Chamomile, Rose Touch, Ylang-Ylang.

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Distilled from the bark, roots, seeds, and buds of aromatic, flavourful plants, spices offer an abundance of warming and protecting essential oils benefits. Address feelings of apathy, boredom, uncertainty, and repression, and begin to feel activated and empowered instead. Spice oils can also assist with digestion and infection, and act as an aphrodisiac.

Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cassia, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander, Fennel, Ginger.

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Cleansing and activating natural essential oils are distilled from the leafy part of herb plants and can reduce feelings of anger, confusion, doubt, and stubbornness. Herb oils promote an array of positive emotions, leaving you feeling open-minded, enhanced, invigorated, and relieved. Furthermore, some herb oils offer antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, and detoxifying properties.

Basil, Blue Tansy, Cilantro, MarjoramMelissa, Oregano, Patchouli, Peppermint, Spearmint, Thyme.

A woman's hands delicately cradle a snowdrop plant, possibly to make her own essential oil blends.


As the name suggests, oils are distilled from the fibres that anchor the plant to the ground. They are delightfully centering and calming. Use these oils if you are feeling ungrounded, obstructed, agitated, or scattered. Alternatively, make use of root oils to feel more centred, grounded, flowing, elevated, peaceful, and aware.

Spikenard, Tumeric, Vetiver.

Green leaves adorned with delicate water droplets, reminiscent of an enchanting morning in nature.


Extracted from the leaves of plants, these oils are fantastically invigorating and soothing, addressing negative emotions such as stubbornness, doubt, and confusion. Use these oils to feel invigorated, enhanced, progressing, and enlightened. Leaf oils can also hold antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Citronella, Eucalyptus, Lemon Eucalyptus, Lemon Myrtle, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Wintergreen.

A path through a forest with many trees, scented with essential oils.


Wood oils can be distilled from leaves, twigs, branches, berries, and bark, and they are characterised by grounding and renewing properties. Indulge in these oils if you are experiencing feelings of sadness, shame, or grief, or if you are feeling uninspired, blocked, or stalled. Promote feelings of courage, composition, stimulation, relaxation, and progression.

Arborvitae, Black SpruceCedarwood, Cypress, Douglas Fir, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Juniper Berry, Manuka, Petitgrain, Pink Pepper, Sandalwood, Siberian Fir.

Water droplets on the bark of a tree glisten in the sunlight.


Resin is a natural, sticky, substance produced by certain trees. Oils are distilled from hardened resins and used for their excellent restoring and strengthening properties. These oils can be helpful if you’re feeling stressed, abandoned, darkened, weak, or disconnected. Use resin oils if you want to feel unified, connected, grounded, nurtured, and awakened.

Copaiba, Frankincense, Myrrh.

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