With hundreds of essential oils available (and hundreds more ways to use them), it’s no surprise that people love them.
We’ve already shared with you common essential oils that are proven to calm anxiety, those that are naturally uplifting, and those that are excellent additions to natural cleaning solutions. After awhile, you get used to associating lavender with “calm,” for example.
But what about the more unusual ones on the shelf? Read on for 15 essential oils you’ve probably never heard of, and how to use them.
1) Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
Black pepper oil is a warming oil, making it excellent for soothing muscular aches and pains. It also behaves as a stimulant and can help get your digestive system in motion. Dealing with cellulite? Black pepper essential oil stimulates the circulatory system, too.
2) Cajeput (Melaleuca cajeputi)
Keep this on hand if you’re dealing with a cold, cough or other respiratory infection. Inhale this essential oil to clear congestion and soothe a sore throat.
3) Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
Many people consider cypress to be among the “uplifting” oils. It helps to relieve muscle cramps and pains, such as menstrual or abdominal cramps. This oil can also help treat broken skin capillaries, hemorrhoids and varicose veins.
4) Fennel (Foeniculum dulce)
Reminiscent of aniseed, this sweet, aromatic oil is useful for treating indigestion. Rub on your belly or on the bottom of your feet to sooth menstrual or digestive discomfort, or put a drop underneath your tongue to dissuade a sweet tooth craving.
5) Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
If you have dry, problem skin, add geranium essential oil to your collection. It’s also a lovely remedy for anxiety, tension and restlessness and has calming properties that help soothe the nervous system.
6) Ho Leaf (Cinnamomum camphora)
Ho leaf oil is an excellent substitute for rosewood oil – an essential oil made from the endangered rosewood tree. This oil is considered a “peaceful” oil, so pull it out if you need to relax or unwind.
7) Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
Warm, stimulating and toning, juniper berry oil has a beautiful, woody aroma. Juniper berry is generally cleansing and antiseptic, making it an excellent choice for people with skin prone to blackheads and blemishes.
8) Lavendin (Lavandula hybrida)
While similar to lavender, lavendin oil has a much sharper, fresher fragrance. Antiseptic and very stimulating, lavendin is primarily used to treat aches and pains related to rheumatism and arthritis. Use the same way you would lavender.
9) Litsea Cubeba (Litsea cubeba)
Litsea cubeba essential oil is widely used in the perfumery and cosmetic industry, thanks to its enticing lemony, flowery aroma. Enjoy this oil to stimulate creativity and an open mind, or use it to calm digestive issues.
10) Spanish Marjoram (Thymus mastichina)
Spanish marjoram is among the “mucolytic” essential oils, meaning it has properties that dissolve and break down mucus in the respiratory track, enabling it to be coughed up more easily. Use Spanish marjoram in a diffuser to decongest, or add a few drops to your massage oil or lotion to relieve achy muscles.
11) Myrrh (Commiphora molmol)
Myrrh in its natural form is a resin or sap-like substance that comes from a tree in Africa and the Middle East. Related to Frankincense, myrrh is one of the most widely used oils in the world thanks to its incredible antioxidant, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic properties. Uses for myrrh oil are vast, so definitely keep a vial at home!
12) Neroli (Citrus aurantium)
Neroli falls among other antidepressant oils such as clary sage, sweet orange and angelica, but it has many other uses as well! Neroli oil is distilled from orange blossoms and its scent is a rich, intoxicating one. Add a couple of drops to your clean-burning, beeswax candles, or use it to reduce stress and lower inflammation.
13) Niaouli (Melaleuca vividiflora)
Niaouli essential oil is a relative of tea tree and comes from the island of Madagascar. Sweet, hot and medicinal-smelling, niaouli is a harsh but effective oil. Niaouli can be used as a pain reliever and circulation stimulant. It’s also antiseptic and bactericidal, so keep this on hand to protect open cuts and to heal scars on the skin.
14) Palma Rosa (Cymbopogon martinii)
Palma rosa essential oil is also jam-packed with incredible healing properties. This oil is antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, cytophylactic, digestive and hydrating. This oil is made from a dried grass which is harvested before flowering, and smells like rose oil, which makes it a favorite of the perfume and cosmetic industry since it’s cheaper than the former.
15) Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)
Vetiver, relative of lemongrass and citronella, is widely used in incense production. The plant from which vetiver oil comes is native to Southern India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, so it should be no surprise that the oil was a favorite ingredient in ancient perfumes.