Essential Oil Starter Kit – 26 herbal oils every home should have

If you want to know more about herbal chemistry before looking through this list, check out this post.

If you need a reference of the terms listed below, check out this post.

Check the source link under each image if you want quick reference to an article/post/page that talks about growing the herb. These oils are ideal for inhalations, relaxing baths, massages, pulse points, and as additions to creams, ointments and balms, compresses, and foot/hand baths.

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Black-Pepper
Cajeput
Eucalyptus
Fennel-seed
Frankincense
Geranium
German-Chamomile
Ginger
Lavender
Lemon
Lemon-Balm
Myrrh
Neroli
Patchouli
Pine
Roman-Chamomile
Rose
Rosemary
Sweet-marjoram
Tea-Tree
Thyme
Vetiver
Yarrow
Ylang-Ylang
  • Black Pepper – Piper nigrum
    1. Analgesic for musculoskeletal pain. 
    2. Anticatarrhal
    3. Contains monoterpenes (including pinene, limonene and sabinene), monoterpenols, phenolic esters, ketones, and aldehydes
    4. expectorant
    5. Febrifuge for fevers
    6. Rubefacient for warming muscles and joints
  • Cajeput – Melaleuca leucadendron
    • Analgesic for musculoskeletal pain
    • Anti-infectious especially for the respiratory system
    • Contains monoterpenes (including beta pinene), oxides (including 1,8-cineole), alcohols, aldehydes, esters
    • Decongestant and anticatarrhal
    • Expectorant
    • Phlebotonic for varicose and broken veins

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  • Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus globulus
    • Analgesic for neuralgia, sprains and strains
    • Antimicrobial for respiratory infections
    • Contains monoterpenes (including alpha pinene and limonene), sesquiterpenes (including aromadendrene), oxides (including 1,8-cineole), ketones, alcohols and aldehydes
    • Decongestant and anticatarrhal
    • Expectorant for coughs
    • Mucolytic for sinusitis
    • Rubefacient for musculoskeletal issues
  • Fennel seed – Foeniculum vulgare
    • Analgesic for backache and other musculoskeletal issues
    • Analgesic for backache and other musculoskeletal issues
    • Circulatory stimulant for poor circulation
    • Circulatory stimulant for poor circulation
    • Contains monoterpenes (including alpha-pinene and limonene), oxides, ketones (including fenchone), phenolic esters (including methyl-chavicol) and aldehydes
    • Emmenagogue for absent of scanty periods

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  • Frankincense – Boswellia carteri
    • Analgesic for musculoskeletal issues and injuries
    • Anticatarrhal for bronchitis, congested colds and coughs
    • Antidepressant for low mood
    • Cicatrisant for healing the skin
    • Contains monoterpenes (including alpha pinene, alpha thujene, limonene and para cymene), alcohols, ketones, and esters
    • immunostimulant
  • Geranium – Pelargonium graveolens
    • Analgesic for musculoskeletal issues and neuralgia (especially facial)
    • Anti-infectious for acne, wound and skin infections
    • Anti-inflammatory for arthritis and reducing redness in acne
    • Antimicrobial
    • Antispasmodic for painful periods
    • Cicatrisant for healing the skin, especially for acne scars
    • Contains monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, monoterpenols (including citronellol, geraniol and linalool), aldehydes, ketones, and esters (including citronellyl formats)
    • Phlebotonic for varicose veins and haemorrhoids
    • Relaxant for anxiety and tension

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  • German Chamomile – Chamomilla recutita
    • Anti-inflammatory for eczema and other skin inflammations, also for join inflammations
    • Cicatrisant for healing the skin
    • Contains sesquiterpenes (including chamazulene and trans-alpha, and beta-farnesene), sesquiterpenols (including alpha-bisabolol) oxides (including alpha-bisabol oxide A and B, and bisabolone oxide A), coumarins and esters
  • Ginger – Zingiber officinale 
    • Analgesic for musculoskeletal pain
    • Anticatarrhal, especially for chronic congestion
    • antiemetic
    • Circulatory stimulant for poor circulation
    • Contains monoterpenes (including beta phellandrene and camphene), sesquiterpenes (including zingiberene and ar-curcumene), monoterpenols (including linalool and 2-butanol, 2 nonanol), sesquiterpenols (including nerolidol) aldehydes, ketones, and oxides (including 1,8-cineole). 
    • expectorant
    • Rubefacient for warming muscles and joints

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  • Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
    • Analgesic for musculoskeletal issues
    • Anti-inflammatory for skin, respiratory system and joints
    • Antiseptic for the skin and respiratory system
    • Antispasmodic for cramps, digestive spasms and painful periods
    • Calming sedative for headaches, nervous tension, stress, anxiety and insomnia
    • Cicatrisant for healing the skin, especially burns
    • Contains monoterpenes (including alpha pinene and cis-ocimene), monoterpenols (including linalool), oxides, ketones, esters (including linalyl acetate and lavandulyl acetate) and aldehydes
    • Emmenagogue for scanty periods
  • Lemon – Citrus limon
    • Anti-inflammatory for joints
    • Antibacterial for bacterial skin infections
    • Antifungal for candida
    • Antimicrobial for infections across the body (especially the respiratory system)
    • Astringent for oily skin (especially acne) and varicose and broken veins
    • Calming for headaches, anxiety and frightening dreams
    • Contains monoterpenes (including limonene), alcohols, aldehydes, and esters
    • Expectorant for coughs

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  • Lemon Balm – Melissa officinalis
    • Antiemetic for nausea and morning sickness
    • Antiviral
    • Calming for nervous tension, headache and palpitations
    • Contains monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes (including beta-caryophyllene), monoterpenols (including linalool), sesquiterpenols, oxides, ketones, aldehydes and esters
    • Sedative for insomnia
  • Myrrh – Commiphora myrrha va. molmol
    • Anti-inflammatory for joints
    • Antiseptic for cleaning wounds and use in gargle and mouthwashes
    • Cicatrisant for healing the skin
    • Contains monoterpenes (including furanoeudesma-1,3diene), sesquiterpenes (including elemene and copaene), ketones (including curzerenone), aldehydes, phenols, acids and aromatic alcohols.
    • Expectorant for coughs

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  • Neroli blossom- Citrus aurantium var. amara
    • Antidepressant for low mood, tension and anxiety
    • Contains monoterpenes (including limonene and beta pinene), sesquiterpenes, monoterpenols (including linalool), esters and aldehydes
    • Neurotonic for fatigue, low energy and poor sleep
    • Phlebotonic for varicose veins
    • Vulnerary for healing the skin
    • Fights pimples, reduces scarring, minimizes age spots
  • Niaouli – Melaleuca viridiflora
    • Analgesic for musculoskeletal pain
    • Anti Infectious especially for respiratory system
    • Anti-inflammatory for sinusitis
    • Antipruritic for itchy skin conditions and insect bites
    • Antiseptic for infected skin conditions
    • Antiviral
    • Contains monoterpenes (including 1-limonene and pinene), sesquiterpenes, monoterpenols (including nerolidol), oxides (including 1,8-cineole), and aldehydes
    • Decongestant and anticatarrhal
    • Immunostimulant
    • Phlebotonic for varicose and broken veins

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  • Patchouli – Pogostemon patchouli
    • Anti-inflammatory for skin, especially in acne and seborrheic eczema
    • Cicatrisant for healing the skin (especially dry, cracked skin)
    • Contains monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes (including aromadendrene, bulnesene, seychellene and guaiene), sesquiterpenols (including patchoulol), oxides, ketones
    • Decongestant 
    • immunostimulant
    • Phlebotonic for varicose and broken veins
  • Peppermint – Mentha piperita
    • Analgesic for nerve pain, musculoskeletal pain, headaches and migraine
    • Anti-inflammatory for respiratory and skin 
    • Antiemetic for nausea and vomiting
    • Contains monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, monoterpenols (including menthol and isomenthol), oxides (including 1,8-cineole), ketones (including menthone and isomenthone), and esters (including menthyl acetate) and coumarins.
    • Decongestant and mucolytic
    • Expectorant 
    • Neurotonic for nervous digestive issues and palpitations

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  • Pine – Pinus sylvestris
    • Analgesic for musculoskeletal issues 
    • Anti infectious for skin and respiratory
    • Anti-inflammatory for arthritic and rheumatic joints
    • Antiseptic for cleaning skin
    • Contains monoterpenes (including pinene), sesquiterpenes, alcohols, aldehydes, and esters
    • Decongestant 
    • Expectorant
    • Neurotonic for debility and low energy
    • Rubefacient for warming muscles and joints
  • Roman Chamomile – Chamaemelum nobile
    • Anti-inflammatory for skin and joint
    • Antispasmodic for cramps and digestive spasm
    • Calming sedative for insomnia, tension, anxiety and stress
    • Contains monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes (including chamazulene), alcohols, aldehydes, oxides (including 1,8-cineole), and esters (including 2-methyl butyl 2-methyl propionate)
    • Vulnerary for healing the skin

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  • Rose – Rosa centifolia or Rosa damascena
    • Anti-inflammatory for red, inflamed and blotchy skin
    • Cicatrisant for healing the skin
    • Contains monoterpenes (including pinene, stearoptene, and limonene), sesquiterpenols, monoterpenols (including citronellol and geraniol, nerol and linalool), aldehydes and esters
    • Neurotonic for debility and low mood
  • Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis
    • Analgesic for headaches, migraine and musculoskeletal pain
    • Anti infectious for infectious across the body
    • Anti-inflammatory for musculoskeletal
    • Antispasmodic for muscle cramps
    • Antitussive for tiring coughs
    • Circulatory stimulant for poor circulation
    • Contains monoterpenes (including pinene), sesquiterpenes, monoterpenols, oxides (including 1,8-cineole), ketones, and esters
    • Decongestant and mucolytic
    • Neurotonic for debility and exhaustion

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  • Sweet marjoramOriganum marjorana
    • Analgesic for musculoskeletal issues
    • Anti Infectious for respiratory infections
    • Antispasmodic for muscle cramps and spasms in the gut and airways
    • Calming for anxiety, insomnia and pain
    • Contains monoterpenes (including sabinene, terpinenes, and myrcene), sesquiterpenes, monoterpenols (including terpinen-a-ol-4 and cis-thujanol-4), aldehydes, and esters
    • Expectorant
    • Neurotonic for exhaustion and debility
  • Tea Tree – Melaleuca Alternifolia
    • Analgesic for headaches and musculoskeletal pain
    • Anti-infectious for infections across the body
    • Anti-inflammatory for sinusitis, skin inflammation and abscesses
    • Contains monoterpenes (including para cymene and terpinenes), sesquiterpenes (including aromadendrene, cadinene and viridiflorene), monoterpenols (including terpenen-4-ol), oxides, sesquiterpenols
    • immunostimulant
    • Neurotonic for low mood, low energy and anxiety
    • Phlebotonic for varicose veins and broken capillaries

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  • Thyme – Thymus vulgaris
    • Analgesic for neuralgia, sprains and strains
    • Anti-inflammatory for arthritic and rheumatic joints
    • Anticatarrhal for congested colds and coughs
    • Cicatrisant for healing the skin
    • Contains monoterpenes (including para cymene, terpinenes and pinene), phenols (including thymol and carvacrol) sesquiterpenes (including chamazulene), monoterpenols, oxides, ketones, and esters
    • Emmenagogue used for painful periods
  • Vetiver – Vetiveria zizanioides
    • Anti infectious for skin and acne
    • Calming and sedative for anxiety, tension and insomnia
    • Cicatrisant for healing the skin
    • Circulatory tonic
    • Contains sesquiterpenes, sesquiterpenols (including bicyclovetiverol and vetiverol), ketones (including alpha and beta vetivone), esters, and acids (including benzoic and vetivenic acid). 
    • Immunostimulant

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  • Yarrow – Achillea millefolium
    • Analgesic for neuralgia, sprains and strains
    • Anti-inflammatory for arthritic and rheumatic joints
    • Anticatarrhal for congested colds and coughs
    • Cicatrisant for healing the skin
    • Contains monoterpenes (including alpha and beta pinene), sesquiterpenes (including chamazulene), monoterpenols, oxides, ketones, and esters
    • Emmenagogue used for painful periods
  • Ylang Ylang – Cananga odorata
    • Antispasmodic for cramps and digestive spasms
    • Anxiolytic for addressing stress, anxiety and tension
    • Contains monoterpenes (including alpha and beta pinene), sesquiterpenes (including cadinene and caryophyllene), monoterpenols (including linalool), phenols, and esters

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