As for anything else in this world, for aromatherapy, knowledge is power. You need to know what kinds of oils you are dealing with, and the various “classes” of oils out there. That’s right. This is a lot more confusing than it might sound. There are so many different essential oils in the world, though it makes sense to classify them.
So, what are the main kinds of essential oils?
- Citrus: The most typically known kind of essential oils, these are items like lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit essential oils.
- Herbaceous: Basil, peppermint, and rosemary tend to make up this section. They usually have a range of different properties and can help anything from sore heads to frantic minds.
- Spicy: Anything from coriander to cinnamon, black peppers to aniseeds can fall under this specific category. They tend to be most commonly used for helping the body strengthen up and deal with certain specific issues.
- Camphoraceous: Peppermint, tea tree oils, and eucalyptus fall here. Many of these are used to help the body breathe better and opens up things like pores, which are commonly used when ill.
- Woods: Taken from pine, cypress, cinnamon, and cedarwood, tend to be therapeutic systems. An efficient and useful system that will help you stay in the right mental frame of mind. Also especially useful for strengthening the body once and for all.
- Earth: Anything from angelica to vetiver can fall under this category, and they have some of the most diverse essential oil benefits and properties around.
- Resinous: Elemi, myrrh, and frankincense fall under this category, and they have some somewhat volatile solutions that we can benefit from taking.
- Floral: Taken from plants such as chamomile, geranium, and lavender, you can find that these are some of the most common forms of essential oils for health benefits.
- Medicinal Oils: Medicinal oils are clean and crisp, often considered the top notes in a blend. They are great to layer with a woody or herbaceous oils. Sage, wintergreen, peppermint, eucalyptus, and camphor are top medicinal oils.
Beyond the family of oils and carrier oils, when you create recipes and blends, you may wish to use other ingredients, such as beeswax, emulsifying waxes, castor oil, rose floral water, candle wax, glycerin, kaolin powder, baking soda, citric acid, and mineral salts.
The reason you may wish to have these additional ingredients in your starter kit and for using essential oils in aromatherapy is to create massage oils, bath bombs, and tinctures.
Keep in mind that most of these oils tend to have a wide range of what falls under what category — some can be seen as arguably in more than one category. Getting used to this format will ensure that you have easy access to genuine solutions.
However, you will have to spend the time to look around and fully understand what you are looking for and where you think it could be found, helping you locate ideal sources. Make sure that you read further into each class as there are so many different essential oils out there. It’s hard to understand if you are buying the correct classification for what you need.