Aromatherapy Decoded: Essential Oils Use Chart

The true therapeutic essential oils are truly a natural solution to be used by anyone to treat common ailments or health problems.

Essential oils are pure aromatic plant essences distilled from flowers, fruit, leaves, resins, roots, seeds, and wood. The are used for their healing properties all over the world.

But there are important guidelines that everyone should follow while using these gifts of nature.

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The essential oil use chart below is all you need to get started. Great summary of what can be done with specific essential oils and how they can be used.

How to use this essential oil use chart?

Basically, you look up your ailment on the left side, whether it is a headache or cold or other problems. Then see what essential oils to use to treat the problems. On the right side, the chart would suggest variety ways on how to use the essential oils, such as bath, massage or inhalation.

Common AilmentsEssential Oils to UseMethod of Application
Aches and Painsbasil, benzoin, black pepper, chamomile, cinamon, clove, cypress, ginger, juniper, lavender, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, ylang ylangmassage, compress, bath
Acnebasil, bergamot, cedarwood, cypress, geranium, grapefruit, lavender,palmarosa, rose, tea treebath, massage
Asthmachamomile, frankincense, myrtle, myrrh, pinebath, massage, vaporization, inhalation
Athlete’s footlavender, lemon, myrrh, tea treebath, neat application
Chest Problemsbenzoin, frankincense, myrtle, myrrh, niaouli, pine, rosemary, tea tree, thymebath, massage, vaporization, inhalation
Chilblainsbenzoin, black pepper, cedarwood, ginger, juniper, marjoram, thymemassage, bath, compress
Colds and Flubasil, benzoin, black pepper, cinnamon, eucalyptus, ginger, lavender, lemon, myrtle, niaouli, peppermint, pine, tea tree, thymebath, massage, vaporization, inhalation
Constipationblack pepper, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemarymassage, bath, compress
Crampchamomile, lavender, marjoram, sandalwood, vetivermassage, bath, compress
Cystitischamomile, lavender, tea tree, geranium, pine, sandalwoodmassage, bath, compress
Dandruffcedarwood, lavender, lemongrass, sandalwoodscalp message, rinse
Diarrheachamomile, lavender, rose, nerolimassage, bath, compress
Eczemabenzoin, chamomile, lavender, myrrh, sandalwood, vetivermassage, bath
Fluid Retentionblack pepper, cypress, junipermassage, bath
Hay Feverbergamot, cedarwood, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, myrtle, pine, rose, rosemary, rosewood, ylang ylangbath, massage, vaporization, inhalation
Headacheschamomile, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, rosewoodbath, massage, vaporization, inhalation
Headlicebergamot, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, tea treescalp massage, rinse
HerpesChamomile, lavender, myrrh, tea treebath, massage, compress, neat application
High Blood Pressurebergamot, chamomile, fennel, frankincense, lavender, mandarin, marjoram, neroli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, ylang ylangmassage, bath, vaporization, inhalation
Indigestiondill, fennel, parsley, peppermint, mandarinmassage, inhalation
Nauseabergamot, black pepper, chamomile, fennel, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, mandarin, orange, peppermint, rosewoodbath, inhalation, vaporization
Sinusitischamomile, lavender, eucalyptus, lemon, lemongrass, myrtle, niaouli, peppermint, pine, tea treemassage, bath, vaporization, inhalation
Sprainschamomile, lavendermassage, bath, compress
Throat Infectionsbasil, benzoin, black pepper, cinnamon, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, myrtle, niaouli, peppermint, pine, sandalwood, tea treemassage, bath, compress, inhalation, vaporization

Bath – For beginner, you can add up to 6 drops in a bathwater. If you have sensitive skin don’t add more than 6 drops. You can gradually increase the dose up to 10 drops if you have become familiar with its effects.


  • Always add the oils after the water has been run and ensure the water is not too hot or the oils will vaporize.
  • Essential oils do not dissolve in the water, but float in the surfaces, so make sure you don’t sit on them directly

Massage – 5 drops of essential oils to 10 ml of aromatherapy carrier oil (as essential oils are highly concentrated and you can’t use it directly on our skin, so that’s why you need carrier oils as a medium to minimize skin irritations. Most commonly used are grapeseed, olive, avocado, jojoba oils)

Compress – Compress can be done with a cold or hot water. For a cold compress, add 2 or 3 drops essential oils to ice water then soak a cloth and wring it out. Lay it on the affected area for about 15 minutes. Do the same to make hot compress. Hot compress will cool quickly and must be replace frequently.

Inhalation – Add about 10 drops to hot water then lean over the bowl and cover your head with towel for 10 minute as you inhale.

Vaporization – The best way to use vaporization is to use ceramic aromatherapy oil burner. Add 4 drops to water in a bowl. Other option is to use electric oil diffuser



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