Top 5 Essential Oils for Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy uses extracts from plants (essential oils) to help with emotional and physical well-being. They are used by massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and holistic health care providers.

Inhaling aromatherapy oils stimulates smell receptors in the nose, which send messages to the brain that impact emotions and body functions. They can also be applied topically or ingested as part of a treatment plan.

Orange Essential Oil

Orange oil is a popular choice for aromatherapy because of its pleasant and uplifting scent that boosts mood and creates a warm environment. It also has anti-inflammatory and deodorizing properties and blends well with frankincense, ginger, nutmeg, and cypress essential oils.

Orange essential oil can be used in diffusers to fill the air with its fresh and energizing aroma. It can also be applied to a clean skin to help calm the mind and relax the body.

Inhalation of orange oil may reduce stress and anxiety levels, according to a 2021 study. Its limonene compound may also have anticancer properties. Additionally, orange oil is a powerful insect repellent and can be diluted and used on the skin to ward off mosquitoes and other pesky insects. Just make sure to do a patch test before applying it to your skin. It’s also important to avoid ingesting any essential oils, especially if you’re preggo or breastfeeding. Talk with your doctor first before trying any essential oils, and always dilute them with a carrier oil before use.

Rose Oil

Rose essential oil is known to be soothing, and is used in aromatherapy to reduce stress and anxiety. It is also a great aphrodisiac, and helps with feelings of love and romance. When applied topically, it can also help with skin elasticity, fading dark spots and hyperpigmentation, and balancing skin tone.

In ayurveda, rose is considered to have benefits for all three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha), as well as the heart, stomach, liver, reproductive system, blood, nerves and skin. Inhaling the unmistakable scent of rose oil is known to calm the mind and emotions, and may be useful for those suffering from insomnia.

Because it can be irritating to the skin, rose essential oil must always be diluted with a carrier oil before application. A good guideline is to use 1 to 2 drops of diluted rose oil to 10ml of carrier oil. Before applying, it is recommended to perform a patch test on a small area of the skin.

doTERRA Cheer

Everyone knows that a cheerful disposition and positive attitude can smooth over many of life’s bumps and challenges. But on those days when even the most optimistic self-talk isn’t enough, doTERRA Cheer is here to help. This uplifting blend of citrus and spice essential oils is a great way to lift your spirits when needed.

Apply this uplifting blend to your neck and wrists for a bright, personal fragrance that keeps you going. Diffuse it in the home or workplace to create a positive atmosphere. Add a drop to a terra cotta plate and place in the car when driving for an energizing aroma on your drive.

doTERRA Cheer Touch is a convenient, gentle roll-on that combines Fractionated Coconut Oil and the sunshiny aroma of doTERRA Cheer Uplifting Blend. The easy application makes it perfect for children and those with sensitive skin.


Known for its woody, balsamic scent, cedarwood essential oil was used by ancient civilisations for its durability and well-being benefits. Young Living’s cedarwood oil is steam distilled from the wood of the tree species Cedrus atlantica, a close relative to the Cedars of Lebanon (Cedrus libani).

The antiseptic properties in this essential oil are reputed to help protect against infections in wounds and abrasions. It is also a natural insect repellent. It is great for calming the mind and improving respiratory health. Its soothing aroma soothes coughs, congestion and the build-up of phlegm in the throat. It also encourages deep breathing and sleep.

Cedarwood oil blends well with many oils, including Laurel Leaf, Lavender, Clary Sage, Cypress, Juniper Berry and Frankincense. It is an excellent addition to a natural vapor rub for chest congestion, and can be added to a diffuser to promote restful sleep. It is a great addition to the bath, or can be mixed with a carrier oil for scalp and skin massage.