Essential Oil Profile: Tea Tree

Tea Tree

Latin Name: Melaleuca alternifolia

Family: Myrtaceae

Plant Part: Leaf

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Top Element: Metal

Functional Groups: Alcohol, oxide, sesquiterpene, terpene

Type: Stimulating

Ayurvedic Doshas: Pitta, Kapha

Scent: Bracing, medicinal, penetrating, fresh, woody, earthy.

For Skin type: Oily, acne

Cautions: Possible skin sensitivity

Physical Uses: Acne, nail care, yeast, infection, colds, flu, cough, fever, gum, disease, mucus, systitis, athlete’s foot, cuts, herpes, blemishers, insect bites, rash, wart, immune stimulant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal,lice,ringworm, dandruff.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Stimulating, purifying, nervous wxhaustion, energizing

Other Uses: Room disinfectant, revitalizing, daytime treatment while ill, scalp tonic 

Blends Well With: Leaf, Needle


Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Foundation Level, 1999-2010.



Essential Oil Profile: Rose


Latin Name:Rosa centifolia, Rosa damascena

Family: Rosaceae

Plant Part: Flower

Method: Distillation (rose Otto), Solvent extraction (absolute).

Note/Element: Note: Top/Middle Element: Fire

Functional Groups: Alcohol, ester, oxide

Type: Euphoric, Balancing

Scent: Floral, sweet, heady

Ayurvedic Dosha: Vata, Pitta

For Skin Type: Mostly All (normal, dry, sensitive, mature)

Cautions: Not during pregnancy

Physical Uses: Skin care, wrinkles, cold sores, herpes, rash, heart palpitations, menstrual and menopausal problems, hot flashes, circulation, labor.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Stress, anxiety, tension, PMS, hearbreak, grief, self-esteem, depression, jealousy, nurturing, unconditional love, self-acceptance.

Other Uses: Perfumery, aphrodisiac, love rituals, children

Blends Well With: Flower, Peel, Resin, Root, Wood

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Photos by AromaAngie


Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Foundation Level, 1999-2010.


Essential Oil Profile: Patchouli


Latin Name: Pogostemon patchouli

Family: Lamiaceae

Plant Part: Plant, leaves

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Note: Base Elelment: Earth

Functional Groups: Alcohol, aldehyde, sesquiterpene

Type: Euphoric

Scent: Earthy, Sweet, enduring, woody, hint of sweetness.

Ayurvedic Doshas: Vata, Pitta

For Skin Type: Dry, Mature

Cautions: None

Physical Uses: Itchy skin, dandruff, rash, fungus, cracked feet & hands, nail care, dry skin, athlete’s foot, insect bites, nausea, scars, natural deodorant, strengthens hair, .

Mental/Emotional Uses: Grounding, stress, tension, worry, connection to the earth, enhances mood.

Other Uses: Meditation, insect repellent, perfummery fixative, aphrodisiac

Blends Well With: Flowers, peel, resin, root, wood


Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Advanced Level, 2001-2011.

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.