With their back-to-basics sophistication and straightforward ingredients, essential oils have become a part of many folks’ daily lives. But for most of us, the world of oils is as vast as it is intriguing. Where, oh, where is an oilbolaryo-in-training to begin?

To help you make sense of it all, check out this oil-by-oil breakdown of 22 different essential oils. We’re telling you how they smell, what they do, and when to use them—in alphabetical order, of course.

Bergamot has a citrusy, floral scent. It is familiar to most as the main ingredient in Earl Grey Tea.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Uplifts and ehances the mood
  • Helps reduce breakouts

    HOW TO USE: For aromatic or topical use. Note: Do not apply it to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or UV light within 72 hours.
    WE RECOMMEND: Beryl Essentials Bergamot Essential Oil, P189

Cedarwood has a warm, musky aroma. When used, it eases both the body and the mind.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Brings feelings of wellness and vitality
  • Supports and maintains respiratory health

    HOW TO USE: For aromatic or topical use. Dilution recommended for topical use. WE RECOMMEND: Beryl Essentials Cedarwood Essential Oil, P279

Citronella has a pungent yet uplifting fragrance. It is commonly used to repel insects.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Repels insects, particularly mosquitos
  • Refreshes the air and eliminates bad odors

    HOW TO USE: For aromatic or topical use. Diffuse up to 30 minutes 3 times daily. Dilution recommended for topical use. WE RECOMMEND: 100% Natural Citronella Oil, P295

Eucalyptus has fresh, penetrating scent. Because it is gentle, it can be used on children, too.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Supports normal breathing
  • Soothes achy muscles

    HOW TO USE: For aromatic or topical use. Inhale directly or diffuse. Dilution recommended for topical use. WE RECOMMEND: Beryl Essentials Eucalyptus Essential Oil, P189

Frankincense has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma. It is considered a holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used for thousands of years.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Helps with overcoming stress and despair
  • Builds and maintains a healthy immune system

    HOW TO USE: For aromatic or topical use.
    WE RECOMMEND: doTERRA Frankincense Touch, P3,650

Geranium has an uplifting, flowery aroma. Most of its power lies in its ability to revitalize body tissues.

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Ginger has an warm, zesty fragrance with energizing properties. It is most commonly used to soothe and comfort.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Eases nausea, indigestion, and bodily pains
  • Supports and maintains digestive system

    HOW TO USE: For aromatic or topical use.
    WE RECOMMEND: Zenutrients Ginger Rx Roll-On Oil, P140

Green tea has a refreshing and energizing scent. It is known to have potent anti-aging properties.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Purifies the skin and prevents acne
  • Helps reduce dandruff and improve dry, itchy scalps

    HOW TO USE: For topical use. Dilution recommended for topical use.
    WE RECOMMEND: Beryl Essentials Green Tea Essential Oil, P199

Jasmine has an exotic, floral fragrance. It has been used throughout history for romance and for balancing the feminine energy of the body.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Uplifts and enhances self-confidence
  • Balances hormones and manages symptoms of PMS

    HOW TO USE: For aromatic or topical use. Dilution recommended for topical use. WE RECOMMEND: Beryl Essentials Jasmine Essential Oil, P180

Lavender has a fresh, sweet, floral aroma. It is, without a doubt, the most versatile of all essentials oils.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Calms and relaxes the mind
  • Eases muscle tension

    HOW TO USE: For aromatic or topical use. Dilution recommended for topical use.
    WE RECOMMEND: Milea Lavender Essential Oil, P545

Lemon has a strong, purifying, citrus scent. It is jam-packed with antioxidants, too.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Promotes a positive mood and cognitive ability
  • Cleanses the body and aids in digestion

    HOW TO USE: For aromatic or topical use. Note: Do not apply it to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or UV light within 72 hours.
    WE RECOMMEND: Milea Lemon Essential Oil, P435

Oregano has a spicy and pungent aroma. When used, it offers powerful antioxidants—extending its use beyond the kitchen.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Used as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent
  • Supports healthy respiratory function

    HOW TO USE: For aromatic or topical use. WE RECOMMEND: doTERRA Oregano Touch, P1,290

Peppermint has an revitalizing and fresh mint aroma. This amazing essential oil is widely used for its for its ability to enhance mental acuity.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Promotes normal breathing
  • Alleviates occasional stomach upset

    HOW TO USE: For aromatic or topical use. WE RECOMMEND: doTERRA Peppermint Touch, P1,190

Pine has a fresh and invigorating aroma. It is similar to Eucalyptus, and the effects of both oils are enhanced when blended together.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Kills odors and purifies the air
  • Treats muscle aches and pains

    HOW TO USE: For aromatic or topical use. Dilution recommended for topical use.
    WE RECOMMEND: Beryl Essentials Pine Essential Oil, P139

Rose has a strong yet appealing floral scent. It helps stimulate the senses and uplift the body and the mind.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Creates a sense of well-being and self-confidence
  • Promotes a healthy, even complexion

    HOW TO USE: For aromatic or topical use. Dilution recommended for topical use. WE RECOMMEND: Beryl Essentials Rose Essential Oil, P180

Rosemary has a fresh, herbaceous, slightly medicinal aroma. Because it is so energizing, it may be beneficial for restoring mental alertness.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Restores mental alertness
  • Helps reduce nervous tension and fatigue

    HOW TO USE: For aromatic or topical use. Dilution recommended for topical use. Note: For adult use only.
    WE RECOMMEND: 100% Natural Rosemary Oil, P295

Sage has a spicy, herbaceous aroma. It was traditionally used for the skin and to ward off negative energy.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Soothes discomfort associated with menstruation
  • Balances hormones

    HOW TO USE: For aromatic or topical use. Dilution recommended for topical use. WE RECOMMEND: Beryl Essentials Sage Essential Oil, P299

Sandalwood has a rich, sweet, warm, and woodsy aroma. Used traditionally for meditation, this oil helps ground the body and the mind.

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Sweet orange has a rich, citrusy scent that lifts the spirit. It is also rich in powerful antioxidant, d-limonene.

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Tangerine has a sweet, tangy aroma. It is also rich in d-limonene.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Fights off bacteria
  • Accelerates the skin healing process and reduces cellulite

    HOW TO USE: For aromatic or topical use. Dilution recommended for topical use.
    WE RECOMMEND: Beryl Essentials Tangerine Essential Oil, P159

Tea tree has has a invigorating, slightly medicinal scent. It is highly praised for its wide range of uses.

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Ylang ylang has sweet, flowery fragrance. It is often used to support healthy skin and hair, while simultaneously offering a sense of calm.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Brings about a sense of relaxation
  • Helps with hormonal imbalance

    HOW TO USE: For aromatic or topical use. Dilution recommended for topical use. WE RECOMMEND: Beryl Essentials Ylang Ylang Essential Oil, P199

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