Top 100 Essential Oils (Coriander to Ginger)

Coriander to Ginger

This is the 4th group of 10 of the Top 100 Essential Oils... organized alphabetically from Coriander to Ginger. Discover their attributes and how to use them with stunning photos and information about where to buy them.

Coriander Essential Oil

Coriander or Cilantro essential oil is steam distilled from the seeds of the herbaceous coriander plant. It has a spicy, woody aroma and a yellowish hue. The oil can last for up to 5 years with proper storage.

Uses: The essential oil of Coriander is uplifting, antioxidant and digestive. It is a wonderful detoxifying agent that can chelate heavy metals from the body.

Coriander essential oil can be used for its deodorant, aphrodisiac, fungicidal properties. It has been scientifically studied for relieving rheumatism, migraines, and muscle spasms.

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Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress essential oil is obtained by the steam distillation of the needles/leaves and twigs of the Cypress tree. The oil is pale yellow/olive green to colorless and has a sweet, pine like woodsy aroma.

cypress essential oil

Uses: In Aromatherapy, Cypress essential oil is used for circulatory problems, flu, broken veins, coughs, rheumatism, excess fluids etc. It is diuretic, expectorant and vasoconstrictor oil used for a variety of mental, emotional and physical issues.

Hippocrates recommended Cypress oil for hemorrhoids with bleeding. You can use it externally for varicose veins, scars and stretch marks. Food grade oil can be ingested to treat coughs, flu and rheumatic aches and pains.

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Elemi Essential Oil

Elemi or Canarium Luzonicum oil is obtained from distillation of a gum like exude of the tropical tree Canarium Luzonicum.

Elemi Essential Oil

Uses: Use this oil aroma-therapeutically with extreme caution as it be a skin irritant. In ancient Egypt, the oil and gum resin was used during embalming. Use it spiritually to increase positive vibrations. The oil is also used to encourage restful sleep. Diluted Elemi oil can control excess perspiration and also for fighting fungal infections. Elemi oil can be inhaled when trying to quit smoking. It can reduce mucus production and heal wounds quickly.

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Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus essential oil is clear yellow in color and obtained by steam distillation of leaves of the eucalyptus globulus plant. It has a fresh, medicinal and camphoraceous aroma.

eucalyptus essential oil

Uses: Eucalyptus essential oil is analgesic or pain relieving and can be used for treating joint aches muscle spasms, headaches etc.

Diffuse it in the room or use it in an inhaler when suffering from bronchitis, sinusitis, cold, cough and flu for its decongestant, expectorant and antiseptic action.

This is one of the best oils to use when feeling depressed or rundown. Like Citronella essential oil, use Eucalyptus oil to repel mosquitoes.

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Fennel Essential Oil

Fennel essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of dried ripe fennel seeds. The oil is pale yellow or greenish in color and has a characteristic smell of anise seeds. There are two types of fennel oils namely bitter fennel and sweet fennel oils.

fennel essential oil

Uses: Sweet fennel essential oil has hundreds of uses in Aromatherapy including in the treatment of obesity, cellulite, bronchitis, menstrual and menopausal problems, hiccups, colic, labor pains, insufficient lactation etc. The oil can dissolve urinary stones, and relieve feeling of fullness after heavy meals. It is an ideal remedy for gas, bloating and flatulence in kids and adults alike.

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Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense essential oil is obtained from the resin that is hardened inside the bark of the Boswelia trees found in Africa. The resin is subjected to steam distillation where it produces a colorless to pale yellow oil.

frankincense essential oil

Uses: Frankincense essential oil can be used for treating hundreds of health ailments. Historically the oil was used by Egyptians for embalming. It was also a popular oil for religious and spiritual ceremonies. Food grade oil can be used internally but the best way to use Frankincense is aromatically and topically.

For the skin, it can reduce acne, wrinkles, scars, stretch marks and other signs of aging and sun damage. It is an immune-stimulant oil that boosts melatonin levels to reduce stress. Frankincense oil is antiseptic, anti inflammatory, sedative and expectorant. It makes a great addition as a bath oil to relax and calm frayed nerves.

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Galbanum Essential Oil

Galbanum oil is obtained by steam distillation of oleoresin that exudes from the herb Ferula Galbanifula. It is a colorless, pale yellow oil having fresh odor reminiscent of green peppers.

Galbanum Essential Oil

Uses: Galbanum essential oil can be used with Lavender essential oil and suitable carrier oil for mature skin. It can also be mixed with other essential oils and used for massaging away joint acnes, pains, muscle spasm, arthritis pain etc.

Galbanum oil is nervine tonic and can lift away tension, fatigue, mental exhaustion and stress. Ix it with fir, rosemary or cedarwood oils for respiratory infections.

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Garlic Essential Oil

Garlic essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of garlic cloves. The oil is available in the form of capsules.

garlic essential oil

Uses: For more than 500 years, garlic essential oil has been used as a remedy for intestinal issues, flatulence, worms, respiratory infections, skin diseases etc. Garlic essential oil can prevent cardiovascular diseases, and stimulate immune function. This is one of the few essential oils that can be ingested and can chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body. 

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Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium essential oil is not extracted from the brightly colored Geranium flowers but from the species known as Pelargonium or Geranium Robert or Lemon plant. The oil has a delightful fragrance which makes it wonderful for use standalone or in other oil blends.

geranium essential oil

Uses: Geranium essential oil is used extensively in skin care owing to its antiseptic and astringent properties. Used regularly, it can fight acne, wrinkles and signs of aging.

It is also estrogenic and can alleviate menopausal problems like osteoporosis, hot flashes, mood swings etc. Geranium is a nerve tonic and can be used in prevention of diabetes. It works well as a sedative and can be used to fight many health conditions from infertility to frostbite, to blood disorders.

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Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger essential oil has a thick and light colored consistency and is typically steam distilled from Ginger herb called Zingiber officinale.

ginger essential oil

Uses: Ginger oil is anesthetic, anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory, digestive, expectorant, stimulant, tonic and warming. It should be diluted 50:50 before use. Ginger essential oil is suitable for ingestion and culinary purposes. It alleviates car sickness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, respiratory infections, diarrhea and indigestion.

The oil can be used for gargling to prevent scurvy and sore throat. Ginger oil has an uplifting energizing scent that blends well with many other essential oils. Its sweet spicy aroma can instill feelings of energy, vitality and promote self confidence.

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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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