Less Common Essential Oils

These essential oils are less commonly known among most essential oil users, although you can still find some of them for purchase as a single oil.  They do however play a large supporting role when blended with other oils to create desired health benefits.

Anise may help calm and strengthen the digestive system.

Black Cumin Seed  oil has been used since ancient times for a myriad of health concerns. In addition to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, black cumin seed oil also has a high content of linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid used by the body to help maintain healthy skin and hair.  Linoleic acid has been studied for its ability to reduce acne microcomedones and to enhance cellular migration during would healing.

Blue Tansy is analgesic (pain relieving) and anti-inflammatory.  It may be beneficial for arthritis, rheumatism, muscle aches and pains, sprains and bruises.

Camphor is analgesic (pain relieving), antiseptic, carminative, diuretic, insecticidal, has laxative properties and is anti-inflammatory.  It may be beneficial for arthritis, rheumatism, nervous depression, acne, bronchitis, coughs, cold, fever, flu, muscle aches and pains, sprains and bruises. It is a well known repellent of moths and other insects and is an ingredient in moth balls.

Caraway is anti-parasitic and antispasmodic.  it may also help with indigestion, gas, and colic.

Citronella has antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory, deodorizing, insecticidal, purifying and sanitizing properties.

Clementine is soothing and sedating.  it may help ease tension.

Elemi is antidepressant and sedative. It may help relieve stress and is calming to the nerves.

German Chamomile is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic.  It may also help relieve congestion and arthritis.

Laurel Leaf (Bay) has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties.  It may also help with asthma, bronchitis and viral infections.

Lavandin may help dispel feelings of depression or anxiety.

Lemon Eucalyptus is insecticidal. It may also help repel cockroaches, silverfish and other insects.

Lemon Myrtle has a strong lemony aroma that is elevating and refreshing.

Mandarin is appeasing, gentle and promotes happiness.  It is also refreshing, uplifting, and revitalizing.  Because of its sedative properties, it is very good for combating stressa nd irritability.

Osmanthus is one of the 10 famous traditional flowers of China.  The blossoms are highly aromatic and are used in the world's rarest and most expensive perfumes.  It is used in Chinese medicine to reduce phlegm and remove blood stasis.

Pine has anti-microbial and antiseptic properties. It may help with cuts and infections of the urinary system.

Ravensara is a powerful antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-infectious oil.  It may help dilate, open, and strengthen the respiratory system. As a cross between clove and nutmeg, it may also help support the adrenal glands.

Rosewood is known for its anti-septic properties and is often used to help clear infections.  It also contains elements that may help support the revitalization of skin tissue.

Spruce grounds the body, creating the balance and the opening necessary to receive and to give.  It may help dilate the bronchial tract to improve the oxygen exchange. It may also help a person to release emotional blocks.

Tarragon may help to reduce anorexia, dyspepsia, flatulence, intestinal spasms, nervous and sluggish digestion and genital urinary tract infection.

Vanilla Bean is calming and may help ease tension.