Essential oils have been an increasingly popular option for home fragrances and natural remedies for ailments, from anxiety to pain relief and several things in between. There are many options to consider when looking at different floral essential oils, such as scent profile, application use and strength of scent.
While they might not be the same thing as a flower bouquet, essential oils are close in comparison in terms of freshening up your home! Keep reading to learn more about the most popular floral essential oils and how to best use them for your specific circumstances.
Please note that this article is purely for educational and exploratory purposes. Any prospective health regimens should be discussed with a licensed health care provider.
Review: Essential Oil Basics
Dabbling in essential oils can seem a little overwhelming at first, especially given the vast amount of types available. There are some fundamental aspects of using essential oils that are important to understand before going through the process of purchasing oils and diffusers. Below are a few of the basic points to know.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are concentrated extracts that are made from mechanical pressing or distillation of a plant or flower. In this process, different parts of the plant are used depending on the oil — this can be flowers, leaves, roots and even peels. To think of it simply: These oils are the essence of the plant or flower.
How do essential oils work?
While essential oils are not meant to be consumed, there are a few ways to use essential oils to reap potential benefits.
- Aromatherapy massage: This includes massaging the oils into the skin for absorption.
- Inhalation: Typically the safest and easiest way to administer essential oils. When inhaling essential oils, remember to:
- Diffuse in well-ventilated areas
- Use in 30-minute increments and take breaks
- Ensure pets are not exposed
- Follow any dilution instructions
Are Essential Oils Safe?
Before starting any essential oil regimen, it’s important to consult with your health care provider first. Discuss with them your desire to start an essential oil treatment and what you’re looking to gain from the experience. They might suggest certain methods of use or precautions to look out for based on your medical history. Other factors to remember for essential oil safety include:
- Read all safety labels for each oil
- Do not take essential oils orally
- Do not use or inhale essential oils while pregnant or nursing
- Always dilute essential oils before use
- Stop use if irritation occurs
- Do not use essential oils around children or pets
Bergamot oils provide a citrusy and spicy floral scent, making it a fantastic option for essential oil due to its strong fragrance. This scent has calming properties, and can possibly even help boost your immune system with its purifying benefits. Consider using this oil in a diffuser at night to help relax before bed, or add a few drops to your pillowcase for ongoing scent therapy.
- May help with: Anxiety, depression
- Blend with: Orange, cypress or vetiver
2. Blue Tansy
The blue tansy, which is yellow in color, is one of the most expensive essential oils that you can buy. That being said, this oil has a sweet, herbal and almost apple-like scent that cannot be ignored. This oil has many calming properties, both for the skin and the nose, so it’s best to use either in a diffuser or in a spray bottle mixed with water.
- May help with: Tension, irritated skin, redness, acne
- Blend with: Lemon, geranium or bergamot
If you fancy a strong fragrance, you’ll want to turn to carnation essential oils as they provide a rich, sweet and spicy floral fragrance, just like the carnation flower they’re extracted from. This is a versatile oil option; it can help with ailments such as anxiety but can also help with digestion, eczema and skin rashes. Feel free to use this oil topically or inhale directly.
- May help with: Anxiety, depression, sore muscles, inflammation
- Blend with: Jasmine, lavender, lemon, neroli, orange or vanilla
Chamomile tea is a popular drink to help calm nerves, and the same properties are found in chamomile essential oils. Not only is the chamomile flower a beautiful summer flower, but this oil can help relax the mind and ease an upset stomach, making it a great addition to your collection. This oil can be used in a diffuser or as a spray.
- May help with: Anxiety, digestive upset, eczema, restlessness
- Blend with: Lavender, lemon or ylang ylang
Geranium oils have a scent that resembles rose, making this one of the best essential oil options to help lift your spirits and soothe any worries you may have. Geranium oils have properties that can help with skin irritation if applied to the skin, and, if added to bathwater, can help reduce leg swelling.
- May help with: Stress, anxiety, hormonal imbalance, edema
- Blend with: Orange, basil or clary sage
If you’re feeling emotionally unbalanced or unusually fatigued, helichrysum could be a good option to try. This oil has a sweet, rich, floral scent, and is a perfect go-to option if you have a cold, as helichrysum oil can help reduce inflammation. For best use, add to a diffuser to continually breathe in the benefits or apply onto the skin for muscle and joint pain relief.
- May help with: Stress, fatigue, allergy symptoms
- Blend with: Lavender, chamomile or bergamot
The hyssop flower has a history of being a medicinally beneficial flower, making it a vital essential oil to keep around. If you suffer from asthma or chest inflammation, you might find relief from inhaling hyssop oils, as it tends to have a calming effect on the respiratory system. You can use hyssop oil topically, in compress form or in a diffuser.
- May help with: Cough, sore throat, asthma, burns
- Blend with: Citrus, lavender or rosemary
If you’re looking for an essential oil to make you feel warm inside, jasmine is what you should turn to. Boasting a sweet and romantic fragrance, this oil can be used as an aphrodisiac or general mood booster. Jasmine has also been known as a plant that can help you sleep. Feel free to use jasmine oil in a diffuser, inhale it from the bottle or use in a steamer.
- May help with: Depression, body spasms, psoriasis
- Blend with: Rose, bergamot or citrus
The scent of lavender is a familiar favorite, providing both a floral and herbal scent to bring you comfort, relaxation and balance. This is a widely used scent in spa items like soaps, candles and lotions. Try applying this oil directly to your skin to help regulate emotions and calm your nerves.
- May help with: Sleeplessness, tension, headaches, allergies, nausea
- Blend with: Nutmeg, geranium or cedarwood
You’ve likely found lotus essential oils in personal care products, ranging from body lotions to massage oils. This soft and earthy floral fragrance is a staple when thinking about feelings of clarity and peace, and the flower it’s extracted from is one of the leading pink flowers that you can give. This oil is great when used in a bath or in a diffuser to breathe in calmness.
- May help with: Lack of focus, poor appetite
- Blend with: Cinnamon or sandalwood
If you’re an avid gardener (or live in the Southeastern United States) you’ve probably heard of the magnolia flower, the official Louisiana state flower. Magnolias have a fruity and floral scent and the magnolia essential oil is no different. This oil can be used as a natural sedative, helping you to relax and perhaps fall asleep easier. If you’re feeling anxious, try placing a few drops of magnolia oil on your wrist pressure points to help soothe you.
- May help with: Allergies, asthma, restlessness
- Blend with: Bergamot, cedarwood, ylang ylang, jasmine or geranium
Also known as orange blossom oil, neroli essential oil smells sweet and floral and can bring about feelings of relaxation. Try enjoying neroli by soaking it onto a cotton ball and inhaling to help relieve an upset stomach associated with being nervous. You can also enjoy neroli oils in a relaxing bath or in a spritzer for an everyday mood boost.
- May help with: Nervousness, depression, anxiety, inflammation
- Blend with: Jasmine, lavender or rosemary
Rhododendron oil, much like the West Virginia state flower, has a lighter, softer scent which is a great option for those who are scent-sensitive. This oil has a fresh scent that can help ease sore muscles and clear chest congestion. If you practice meditation and yoga, this is a great option to diffuse during a session as it promotes calmness and clarity.
- May help with: Sore muscles, congestion, stress
- Blend with: Bergamot, rose, pine, lemon or ginger
Not only does the illustrious rose oil smell of a beautiful fragrant flower, but it also has many potential benefits associated with its use, both psychological and physiological. The scent of rose oil can invoke feelings of harmony, which can in turn increase self-esteem. Furthermore, rose oil may be able to help with physical pain by releasing endorphins by inhalation.
- May help with: Depression, stress, physical pain
- Blend with: Jasmine or geranium
If one of your goals of using essential oils is to increase feelings of happiness, rosewood oil could be right for you. This oil has a mild, sweet, spicy scent, which makes it also work as an aphrodisiac. This oil should not be used in a bath, but can be used in a diffuser or mixed with your favorite lotion.
- May help with: Depression, nausea, stress, acne
- Blend with: Lavender, orange, lemon, sandalwood, cedarwood or geranium
You might not think of violet being a top floral essential oil, but its properties make it one of the best. Violet oil can help promote healthy skin and can aid in pain relief. This oil can be used in a diffuser for inhalation, topically for skin irritation relief or in a bath to soak in the goodness.
- May help with: Acne, joint pain, respiratory congestion
- Blend with: Tuberose, clary sage, lavender or citrus
Yarrow is a flower with multiple benefits, so it’s no surprise that yarrow essential oil is full of healing properties. Not only can this oil be used to help relieve stress and tension, but it’s been noted that it can help moisturize dry skin and reduce fever. The fruity scent of this floral oil is sure to be a favorite in your collection.
- May help with: Restlessness, anxiety, fever, congestion
- Blend with: Black pepper, clary sage or cedarwood
18. Ylang Ylang
If you’re looking for a sweet floral essential oil, look no further than ylang ylang. This oil can either be inhaled or applied directly to your skin to benefit from its properties. This oil has a myriad of benefits, the most unique of which is the potential ability to repel flying insects and reduce high blood pressure.
- May help with: Anxiety, depression, high blood pressure
- Blend with: Sandalwood, bergamot or citrus
Whether you’re an essential oil pro or beginner, floral essential oils should have a dedicated space in your oil assemblage. They boast a wide range of helpful benefits, plus they smell good, too! It’s not always possible to have fresh flowers in your home, but by having the familiar scent of these oils, your home can still feel like your own personal garden.
Disclaimer: Always discuss with your medical practitioner before using any alternative medicines, natural supplements or vitamins, including essential oils. All information is for reference purposes and is not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician or other licensed health care professional. Information regarding essential oil products has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any health condition or disease.