Aromatherapy Basics: The Essential Essential Oils


Aromatherapy uses essential oils to improve mood, body function, and health. In this post, we’ve collected our 5 go-to scents to help you reap the benefits of this alternative health practice. 

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Odds are you’ve got at least one product that features this clean and appealing scent. Lavender is in everything from deodorant—check it out in Meow Meow Tweet Deodorant Cream—to mixed essential oils like Inner Peace, a mist from Lotus Wei

Experiencing sleeplessness or emotional stress? Lavender’s for you.

Blood Orange

Orange in all its types is a perky, lively scent. It’s known to help indigestion and can even help address high blood pressure. Try it out in Joy Juice, a serum from Lotus Wei.

Experiencing depression or indigestion? Give Blood Orange a go.


This essential oil is know to help when you’re feeling under the weather. You can find it and its minty relatives in everything from—you guessed it—toothpaste to lip balms like this one from The Fanciful Fox.

Experiencing low energy levels or headaches? Try Peppermint.

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Sandalwood is the perfect oil to help you relax and sleep deeply with its sweet, warm, and woody aroma. Give it a smell in Delicacy, a scent from Grasse Roots Perfumery.

Experiencing sleeplessness or inflammation? We recommend Sandalwood.

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Myrrh boasts a rich, smoky scent and can help body inflammation. If you haven’t given it a try before, check it out in The Dirt Mineral Toothbrushing Powder.

Experiencing restlessness or swelling? Myrrh’s your scent.

We love essential oils, and they are an essential—excuse the pun—part of our self care routine. What’s your go-to aroma? We would love to know in the comments below!


  1. Terry

    Blood orange is new to me. Geranium is a favorite. Thanks for this list. Love Vegan Cuts.

  2. Michelle

    My go to is a mixture of lavender and lemon essential oils! So clean and fresh and relaxing too!

  3. Tea tree oil is my favorite :)

  4. I use lavender oil a lot, love tea tree, thyme, but lavender helps with headaches, migraines, and a general sense of relaxation!

  5. Inga

    Try Lavender+Grapefruit+Bergamot
    Most uplifting smell ever :-)
    I use in my yoga classes

  6. I’m really wanting to get more into aromatherapy. This article was right up my alley <3

  7. Leslie

    These all sound wonderful. I would like to start using essential oils. In your opinion what brand of oils do you prefer?

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