Top 100 Essential Oils (Celery Seed to Copaiba)

Celery Seed to Copaiba

Here is the 3rd group of 10 of the Top 100 Essential Oils. They are arranged alphabetically from Celery Seed to Copaiba. Find out about their qualities and uses detailed with a great images and current details about where to source them.

Celery Seed Essential Oil

Celery seed essential oil is obtained by passing steam through the small oval greenish brown seeds of the celery plant.

celery seed essential oil

Uses: Celery seeds are strongly antioxidant apart from being stimulant, carminative, anti-rheumatic, diuretic, anti inflammatory and laxative. The oil is used as flavoring agent but its most popular use is in treating asthma, flatulence and bronchitis.

The leaves are also used for making celery essential oil which is used for skin problems. The insecticidal agents in the essential oils can repel many species of mosquitoes.

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Cedarwood Essential Oil

Cedarwood oil sold commercially is obtained from either one of the following plants: Juniper, Thuja or Cedrus. The oils are obtained from the bark or leaves by either steam distillation or solvent extraction.

cedar wood essential oil

Uses: Cedarwood essential oil has even been referenced in the Bible! The oil has been used since centuries for its insecticidal and antifungal properties. Egyptians used this oil for embalming while the Indians used it to drive away insects and mosquitoes. The oil has an exotic woodsy aroma that is especially suitable for men and used extensively in after shaves, beard oils and shaving products.

Common uses for Cedarwood essential oils are: treating eczema, preventing hair loss, moisturizing dry scalp, relieving restless legs and muscle spasms, repelling mosquitoes and moths, reducing acne, treating stress and depression, and as an exfoliating face scrub.

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Chamomile Essential Oil

There are two varieties of Chamomile essential oil, namely German and Roman Chamomile. The latter is used extensively in Aromatherapy and is obtained from steam distillation of the daisy like Chamomile flowers. The oil has a distinctive bluish color and a fruity, herbaceous aroma.

chamomile essential oil

Uses: One of the most calming of all Aromatherapy essential oils, Chamomile oil is anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. It is one of the few oils that is safe for use on babies and can help calm fussy colicky infants.

Due to its numerous healing properties, you can use Chamomile oil for soothing dry skin and chapped nipples, treating eczema and other skin conditions and also on scars and stretch marks to soothe them.

It is one of the best essential oils for stress relief and can quickly stop headaches. Insomnia sufferers can also benefit from this oil. PMS symptoms, arthritis, rheumatism and menopausal symptoms can also be relieved with this oil.

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Cilantro Essential Oil

Cilantro essential oil comes from the leaves of coriander herb which is used extensively for flavoring food and in several medicinal and herbal applications.

Cilantro Essential Oil

Uses: The antiseptic action of the oil is useful on pimples, and oral health problems when used as a mouthwash. The oil can freshen breath and is suitable for treating halitosis. It has a pain relieving and warming action that is suitable for muscular aches and pains.

Analgesic properties of cilantro oil can relieve headaches. Its strongly antiseptic and deodorizing action can get rid of smelly feet, bad breath and gum disease. Used as a room spray, the oil lifts apathy and nervous exhaustion.

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Cinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon essential oil is of two types: one made from the bark, the other from the leaves. Both oils have a sweet pungent fragrance, though the leaf oil is a lot stronger than the bark oil.

cinnamon essential oil

Uses: The Cinnamon bark oil has more medicinal properties and the leaf oil is better for diffusing in the room. Cinnamon oil has been mentioned in the Bible and in the Middle Ages, it was used for anointing.

Today, the common uses for Cinnamon Bark oil are: for treating acne, to alleviate urine infections, for arthritis and joint pain relief, as a room freshener, for respiratory problems etc. Use cinnamon essential oil with extreme caution since the undiluted pure oil can be highly irritating to the skin and the mucous membrane.

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Citronella Essential Oil

Citronella essential oil is obtained by steam distilling tall grassy leaves of shrubs called Cymbopogon Winterianus found in South Asian countries. The oil is low in viscosity and has a grassy, lemony aroma.

Citronella Essential Oil

Uses: One of the most important uses of Citronella essential oil is to repel mosquitoes. It is also used in deodorants and can be used in balms to prevent headaches, colds and menstrual irregularity. It has antiseptic and diuretic properties. The oil is also an emmenagogue which means it can make women regular in their menses.

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Cistus Essential Oil (Labdanum Oil)

Cistus essential oil is steam distilled from flowering tops of Cistus Ladaniferous –a small sticky shrub. It is also called Labdanum oil or “Rock Rose”. The oil has a strong, musky aroma.

Cistus essential oil

Uses: Cistus or Labdanum oil has antiseptic, antimicrobial, astringent and expectorant properties which find use in hundreds of applications. Primarily, it is used for treating diarrhea, dysentery, ulcers, tumors and skin ailment. Many perfume, cosmetics and soaps also contain this oil.

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Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary sage essential oil is extracted from the Clary sage herb (Salvia Clarea). The meaning of the word Clary Sage is ‘clear eye’. It is an uplifting, relaxing and euphoric oil that works on the senses.

clary sage essential oil

Uses: This wonderful essential oil is ideal for aromatherapy massages. It has aphrodisiac, revitalizing and sedative properties. The oil can be used for postpartum depression, menstrual and premenstrual issues as well as mood swings in menopause. It is one of the best oils for treating phobias.

You can also use this oil for treating high blood pressure, headaches and migraines. It reduces perspiration and is one of the best essential oils for treating sleep issues like insomnia. Clary Sage is a popular oil to be diffused in hospices, hospitals, elderly care homes and during meditation. Avoid using this oil when you are pregnant.

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Clove Essential Oil

Clove oil is extracted from the clove buds. It is a viscous oil having a sharp medicinal aroma.

clove essential oil

Uses: Clove essential oil is one of the best oils to use for dental pain, abscesses, gum problems and other oral hygiene issues. You can use it to rub on painful tooth to alleviate pain and also prevent dental caries.

Clove oil also reduces digestive problems and relaxes the lining of the digestive tract. It has a broad antimicrobial action that can kill intestinal parasites. Cigarettes containing Clove oil can help smokers overcome nicotine addiction. The essential oil of Clove also has antihistamine action to reduce allergic reactions, hay fever etc.

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Copaiba (Copal) Essential Oil

Copaiba essential oil is a rare essential oil because it is not distilled but is tapped directly from the Copaiba tree.

copaiba essential oil

Uses: Copaiba essential oil may cause skin irritation so do exercise caution if using topically. Aromatically, it can instill positive and calm atmosphere.

Diluted oil can be used on the skin after exercise, to nourish the skin and promote youthful appearance. Also use it as a hair masque with egg and avocado to moisturize hair and scalp.

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About the author

Jill Holiday

Jill Holiday is publisher of Pure Wild OIls, an e-magazine devoted to articles about the benefits of essential oils and related product reviews.


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