Ten Chemical Families of Essential Oils

 
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Essential Oils Cebu - Knowing the chemical component of a plant and the essential oil it produces is vital in aromatherapy. This is the reason why we need to consult someone who is knowledgeable about essential oils like a certified aromatherapist or an essential oil specialist. They took time to study the chemistry of these volatile compounds. Essential oils have different chemical families that are also beneficial for a specific purpose. The compounds that make up essential oils can be both a monoterpene and an alcohol at the same time, or a sesquiterpene alkene, or a monoterpene aldehyde, and so on. Let us check the 10 various chemical families of essential oils.





The Alcohol Family


-good as a cleansing agent
-provides antioxidants
-support a restful sleep
-support a healthy cardiovascular system
-gives an uplifting aroma

example: Linalool

Essential Oils:

Monoterpene Alcohols


Tea Tree
Geranium
Coriander
Basil
Jasmin
Lavender


Sesquiterpene Alcohols


Sandalwood
Vetiver
Cedarwood
Patchouli


The Phenol Family


-Subtype to alocohol
-might cause "skin irritation"
-offers antioxidants
-aid immune function
-provides cleansing benefits


example: Eugenol

Essential oils:

Monoterpene Phenols (HOT oils)


Thyme
Oregano
Clove
Cinnamon
Basil


The Aldehyde Family


-easily oxidized
-can irritate skin
-provides antioxidants
-supports gastrointestinal function
-support digestion

example: Cinnamaldehyde

Essential oils:

Monoterpene Aldehydes


Cassia
Cinnamon
Lemongrass
Melissa
Cilantro
Lemon
Mandarin



The Ketones Family


-Improves the appearance of the skin
-Support a healthy respiratory function
-aid in healthy digestion

example: carvone

Essential Oils:

Monoterpene Ketones


Spearmint
Peppermint
Geranium
Caraway

Sesquiterpene Ketones


Spikenard


The Alkane Family


-soothes skin
-promote relaxation
-it is balancing and grounding

example: tricosane




The Alkene Family


-can rejuvenate the skin
-promote uplifting environment
-provide antioxidant
-promote healthy inflammatory response

example: alpha-pinene

Essential oils:

Monoterpene Alkenes


Frankincese
Douglas Fir
Blue Tansy
Green Mandarin
Lemon
Lime
Pink Pepper
Red Mandarin
Tangerine
Wild Orange


Sesquiterpene Alkenes



Ylang Ylang
Black pepper
Copaiba
Melissa
Ginger



The Ether Family


-promotes to clear airways
-improves the appearance of the skin
-provides cleansing benefits
-support immune function

example: 1,8 Cineole (Eucalyptol)

Essential oils:

Monoterpene Ether


Cardamom
Eucalyptus
Rosemary
Tea Tree
Peppermint
Myrrh
Vetiver


The Ester Family


-calming, relaxing and balancing
-reduce skin blemishes
-soothing when applied

example: linalyl acetate


Essential Oils:

Monoterpene Esters


Lavender
Clary Sage
Bergamot
Jasmine
Roman Chamomile
Helichrysum
Aborvitae
Wintergreen



The Oxide Family


-provide antioxidant support
-promote a sense of clear breathing
-aid in respiratory function
-soothe sore muscles

example: rose oxide

Essential Oils:

Monoterpene Oxides


Eucalyptus
Rosemary

Sesquiterpene Oxides


Copaiba
Melissa



The Phenylpropene Family


-support healthy brain and cardiovascular function
-provides antioxidants
-aid digestion

example: estragole

Essential Oils:

Monoterpene Phenylpropene


Fennel
Myrtle
Anise
Star Anise
Basil



Hope you will have an idea now on how you will group your essential oils according to families. In this way, it will be easier to create a blend for a specific purpose. This is blending by chemical families.



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*This article is written with confidence by a Certified Essential Oil Specialist.



Disclaimer



Our Certified Essential Oil Specialist supports the suggestions above are safe given the quantities of the essential oils.  DO NOT EXCEED dosage to what's been recommended above. As unique as we all are, some essential oils or blends might work for you, some may not work for others. Each will have a different experience. So please take note and experiment "safely" on what works for you.

Should you be seeking medical cure or treatment, please contact a doctor immediately and refer to their prescribed medications.

The use of essential oils whether aromatically, topically or internally is NEVER a cure to illnesses or diseases. It should not be intended for use in the mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.  It is just supplementary or complementary to orthodox medicines. And is dependent to the client's wishes to use the Holistic Approach in healing.

Any products or brands mentioned above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

If unsure or in doubt about what essential oils to use, always consult or refer to a Certified Essential Oil Specialist here.

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