Top 100 Essential Oils (Niaouli to Petitgrain)

Niaouli to Petitgrain

Here is the 7th group of 10...of the Top 100 Essential Oils in the world. These 10 oils are organized alphabetically from Niaouli to Petitgrain. Get information about their attributes and how you can benefit from using them. Every oil displays an image of the plant they are extracted from. You can also get information about where to purchase them.

Niaouli Essential Oil

Niaouli oil is a distant cousin of Tea Tree essential oil and is obtained by steam distillation of fresh leaves and twigs of Melaleuca quinquenervia which is closely related to the Tea tree. It is a gentler oil compared to Tea Tree oil.

Niaouli essential oil

Uses: Niaouli essential oil was used during the plague where people used handkerchiefs soaked in the oil to prevent the spread of germs. It can be massaged onto painful joints to promote blood circulation and stop inflammation. The oil is particularly beneficial for diarrhea, colds and flu, and other respiratory ailments like asthma, bronchitis etc.

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Nutmeg Essential Oil

Nutmeg oil is obtained by the steam distillation of the dried kernels of the evergreen nutmeg tree. The oil has a spicy, warm, nutty aroma.

nutmeg essential oil

Uses: One of the few oils you can ingest, Nutmeg essential oil is analgesic, digestive stimulant and uterine, nervine and neuro tonic. You can blend it with other essential oils like

Lavender for massage for muscular, joint or rheumatic pain. It is a fantastic oil for diffusing in a room to alleviate depression, anxiety and nervous disorders. The oil has anesthetic and stimulant action on the stomach and intestines.

A little bit of the diluted oil massage on the head or added to the pillows can aid sleep.

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Oakmoss Essential Oil

This is one of the most controversial oils in Aromatherapy. Many countries have banned it owing to its toxic nature. It is obtained from Evernia Prunstri tree.

Oakmoss Essential Oil

Uses: Mainly, Oakmoss oil is used in perfumes, soaps and cosmetics as well as in alchemy and magical rituals or spiritual practices.

It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and helps restore moisture to the skin. Oakmoss essential oil may even be use for treating breathing problems, asthma and coughs.

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Opopanax Essential Oil (Sweet Myrrh Essential Oil)

Opopanax is an oleo resin and the essential oil is obtained from this oleo resin gum exudates obtained from the bark of the Bisabol Myrrh or Sweet Myrrh tree. It is greenish yellow in color and has a warm, intense and balsamic odor.

Opopanax essential oil

Uses: Opopanax oil is used in perfumery and for flavoring alcoholic beverages. It is a key ingredient for repelling ticks.

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Orange Essential Oil

Orange essential oil, also called Orange sweet oil is obtained by steam distillation of the peels of Citrus Sinensis. It may even be obtained by mechanical pressing of peels but the oil produced is tart and bitter.

Uses: Orange essential oil rejuvenates the skin, fights eczema, dermatitis and wrinkles. You can use it for menopause, premenstrual stress, edema, obesity, stress, colds, mouth ulcers and constipation.

Bitter orange essential oil is beneficial for acne prone skin, wounds and vertigo. Both oils can be used for anxiety and insomnia and must be made a part of your herbal medicinal kit for children’s first aid.

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Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano oil is one of the most important essential oils in Aromatherapy and the spice oregano which we use for flavoring our food is actually called as the “Queen of spices”. The oil is obtained by steam distilling shoots and leaves of herb Origanum vulgare.

oregano essential oil

Uses: Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used Oregano essential oil in his practice for treating intestinal parasites, digestive and respiratory issues. The oil is a great topical analgesic. It can be used on the chest as a rub for breaking up mucous.

Applied to gums and teeth, it can prevent dental caries and fight gum problems. The warming oil has a high content of Carvacol and phenols that eliminate Candida, thrush and other bacterial and fungal infections. Oregano essential oil is an indispensable addition to your herbal medicinal kit.

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Palmarosa Essential Oil

Palmarosa essential oil is obtained by harvesting, drying and steam distilling palmarosa grass having bluish flowers and growing in tropical climates. The pale green oil has a sweet floral fragrance reminiscent of Geranium or Rose essential oils.

palmarosa essential oil

Uses: Palmarosa was used extensively in ancient Turkey as a low cost substitute for the expensive Turkish rose oil. It was also added to Indian and African curries for flavoring and to aid digestion. The oil has antibacterial and antiviral properties. It can relieve symptoms of cystitis and vaginitis.

Palmarosa oil cools down fevers quickly and eases discomforts of cold and flu. It can also heal wounds and cuts quickly. In skin care, it can be used for all skin types and particularly for oily and dry skin as it regulates sebum production.

You can use it to fight old acne scars and blemishes and as it helps regenerate skin cells, it is a good oil for use on stretch marks. It also minimizes the appearance of broken capillaries.

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Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli oil is steam distilled from the dried and fermented fuzzy leaves of Pogostemon Patchouli. It is a viscous amber, orange or dark brown oil that has a heavy herbal odor.

patchouli essential oil

Uses: Patchouli oil repels insects. It is one of the best oils for weight loss. You can use it to tighten the skin and especially on cellulite prone areas. The oil has diuretic properties which stimulate urination and prevent water retention and bloating.

It fights fungi and is a useful remedy against Athlete’s Foot, Jock Itch and other tinea or ringworm infections. The oil has anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial for fighting skin allergies, eczema, psoriasis, acne, dermatitis, varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Patchouli oil is also beneficial in anti aging skin care.

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Peppermint Essential Oil

Steam distillation of about 1000 pounds of mature Mentha Piperita plants in full bloom will yield about 1 lb of Peppermint essential oil.

peppermint essential oil

Uses: One of the most popular oils in Aromatherapy, Peppermint essential oil has hundreds of medicinal uses. It stimulates the central nervous system, calms muscle aches and is one of the best oils for gargling to deter dental and gum issues.

Use the oil in a diffuser, steam inhaler or in the bath water to prevent headaches, negative feelings, drowsiness, coughs, colds and flu. It can be used in motion sickness and its anti-inflammatory properties are useful for relaxing tense muscles, healing gout, stopping menstrual pain etc.

Peppermint essential oil reduces oiliness to prevent acne and also is beneficial for fighting itching and swelling caused by insect bites.

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Petitgrain Essential Oil

Petitgrain oil is a volatile oil obtained by steam distilling leaves and twigs of Citrus Aurantium. It is a yellowish brownish oil having a bitter sweet floral aroma.

petitgrain essential oil

Uses: Uplifting, calming and relaxing oil that is beneficial in meditation. It calms the mind and relieves stress. The calming and tonic properties make Petitgrain oil one of the best essential oils for insomnia relief. Use this wonderful oil to calm acne prone skin and relieve muscular aches and pains.

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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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