5 Essential Oils in 5 Minutes: Fall Picks

Oct 3, 2012 8:25:00 AM | achs 5 Essential Oils in 5 Minutes: Fall Picks

If you could only pick five essential oils to use for the rest of your life, which would they be? Don’t worry … we can’t answer that question either!

describe the imageIf you could only pick five essential oils to use for the rest of your life, which would they be? Don’t worry … we can’t answer that question either!

But, we can recommend five of our favorite essential oils to keep on hand this fall. Here’s a snapshot introduction to our top five picks:

1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) has a spicy aroma and is considered a base to middle note. It blends well with frankincense, orange, and peppermint, forming a lovely seasonal scent. Medicinally, cinnamon has antiseptic, antispasmodic, and bactericidal qualities, making it an effective air purifier. Blend cinnamon with some of our other favorites (like clove, lavender, and peppermint) to create a room spray that’s both seasonal and germicidal.

2. Clove 

Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) was an important commodity for the Greeks and Romans and was heavily traded. Clove bud oil has been shown to inhibit the production of free radicals and to have anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Recent studies have highlighted its use especially for oral hygiene. It's a good oil for travel! You can add 2 drops of the essential oil to 1 cup of water to make an on-hand mouthwash. For aromatherapeutic blends, clove imparts a fresh top note and blends well with bergamot, lavender, vanilla, and ylang ylang.

3. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) is a versatile essential oil and another good oil for travel. In addition to its analgesic properties, natural pain relieving and soothing action, eucalyptus is antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, and a useful respiratory support. For an immune support (use with adults and children older than two), you can add 1 teaspoon of eucalyptus oil to a pan of water; leave the burner on low so the vapor diffuses during the night. You can also use eucalyptus with a vaporizer or diffuser to achieve the same effect; the vapors will help break up mucus and reduce coughing.

4. Tea Tree Australia

Tea Tree Australia (Melaleuca alternifolia) is prized for its antibacterial properties. It has been shown to be effective with mouth sores and also helps promote healthy skin. Though tea tree Australia has a somewhat medicinal aroma, it has a sweet middle note and soft tones as it dries out. Tea Tree Australia blends well with bay leaf, bergamot, black pepper, cajuput, cedarwood atlas, cinnamon, clove bud, elemi, ginger, juniper, lavandin, lavender, nutmeg, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood, thyme, and vetiver.

5. Vetiver

Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) essential oil has been used in the East for years to fragrance linens and clothes. The oil is complex and has more than 50 active constituents, but the earthy aroma is attributed to the ketonic sesquiterpene and the ester. Vetiver is a natural antimicrobial, antioxidant, immune system stimulant, and tonic. Medicinally, vetiver is useful for anxiety, colds, depression, nail infections, cracked and dry skin, and stress, among other uses. The rich, burnt, and smoky aroma blends well with bay leaf, black pepper, cedarwood atlas, cinnamon, ginger, juniper, nutmeg, cassia, clary sage, lavender, jasmine, mimosa, oakmoss,
opoponax, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, violet, and ylang ylang. It is considered a perfume fixative.

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Which of these five essential oils is your favorite and why? Be sure to post a comment. We'd love to hear from you!

Want to learn more about aromatherapy? Click to read our blog article Aromatherapy for Self-Care by ACHS President Dorene Petersen.


*This information is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult with your primary care physican or Registered Aromatherapist before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.

Lauren Torchia

Written By: Lauren Torchia

Lauren Torchia is a writer, editor, and obsessive iPhotographer. She holds an MS in Writing from Portland State University and has more than 10 years’ experience writing and editing for commercial and creative enterprises. She currently serves as ACHS Dean of English and Communications Manager and is 200-hr yoga teacher certified from YoYoYogi in Portland, OR. Recent work has appeared in YOGANONYMOUS and Elephant Journal.