Essential oils capture the essence of plants, or specific parts of plants.

Flowers from which essential oils are made include rose, jasmine, orange flower, ylang ylang, violet, narcissus, jonquil, hyacinth, tuberose, acacia, cassia, and mimosa.

Grasses from which essential oils are drawn are lemongrass, gingergrass, vetiver, and palmarosa.

Spices and herbs also are used to make essential oils. Clove, ginger root, nutmeg fruit/nut, thyme, vanilla bean, costus, clary sage, lavender, and rosemary are among those favored.

Citrus chosen for their essential oils are orange, bergamot, lemon, lime, and petitgrain.

Woods used for their essential oils are sandalwood, cedarwood, and rosewood.

Gums and balsams in demand for their essential oils include labdanum, myrrh, galbanum, olibanum, benzoin, opopanax, storax, balsam peru, and balsam tolu.

Emotional healing with essential oils

Essential oils have a history of use in enhancing relaxation as well as diminishing negative emotions.

Essential oils used to combat fears include sandalwood, cypress, lemon, chamomile, lavender, cedarwood, vetiver, and neroli.

Essential oils that bring calm relaxation include lavender, neroli, sandalwood, chamomile, clary sage, and ylang ylang.