Essential Oil Profile: Oregano


Latin Name: Origanum vulgare

Family: Lamiaceae

Plant Part: Plant

Method: Distillation

Note:/ Element: Note: Middle. Element: Metal, Fire.

Functional Groups: Phenol, Perpene, Sesquiterpene, Alcohol

Type: Stimulating, heating

Ayurvedic Dosha: Kapha 

Scent: Herbaceous, spicy, penetratins, camphoraceous

For Skin Type: None

Cautions: Not during Pregnancy

Physical Uses: Nail  fungus, athlete’s foot, strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, Via diffusion for (colds, flu, coughs, bronchitis), ear infections, insect repellent.     

Mental/Emotional Uses: Strongly stimulating to the mind. Not recommended for emotional work.

Other Uses: Sickroom diffusion during the day or to purify a room.

Blends Well With: Flowering Plants, Fruit, Spice

Possible Substitutions: Thyme


Graf, Katherine:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Master Level, 2001-2012.

Photo by AromaAngie from Fordville Gardens



Essential Oil Profile: Fir Silver (Fir White)

Fir Silver

Latin name: Abies alba

Family: Pinaceae

Plant Part: Needles, cones

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note:Top/Middle  Element: Metal

Functional Groups: Terpene, ester

Type: Stimulating

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balance): Kapha

Scent: sweet, woodsy, fresh, hint of orange, earthy undertones,

For Skin Type: Oily

Cautions: Do not use oxidized oil. Use within 6 months. Do not use Fir Douglas during pregnancy.

Physical Uses: Immune system, colds, flu, sinusitis, cough, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, detox, increases metabolism and body odor.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Stress, depression, nervousness, emotionally uplifting, mental clarity, studying.

Other Uses: Christmas scent, forest scent in diffuser & natural perfumery.

Blends Well with: Woods, leaves, citrus, needles

Possible Substitutions: Pine, Spruce



Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Master Level, 2001-2012.

Cooksley, Valerie, Aromatherapy A Lifetime Guide to Healing with Essential Oils, Prentice -Hall, 1996, Paramus, New Jersey.