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An interesting approach to combining essential oils was published by Valerie Ann Worwood in her book The Fragrant Mind, where she found that many people naturally gravitated to a particular group of similar oils, which she has dubbed "Aroma Genera". By combining several oils from a similar group of oils, for example, fruits, herbs or resins, the result was very pleasing.

Some essential oils can be in more than one group; for example black pepper, cardamom and clove are in both the "fruities" group and the "spicies" group, since the essential oil is in fact extracted from the fruit of these spice plants.

Grouping Essential Oils

jasmine

Florals

This section contains the most absolutes - essential oils that cannot be extracted by steam distillation.

carnation, chamomile (German), chamomile (Roman), champaca, helichrysum (immortelle), hyacinth, jasmine, lavender, lemon blossom, linden blossom, neroli, rose marroc, rose otto, ylang ylang

grapefruit

Fruities

Essential oil is extracted from the fruit.

bergamot, black pepper, cardamom, clove, cubebs, grapefruit, hops, juniper berry, lemon, lime, litsea cubeba (may chang), mandarin, orange, tangerine, vanilla

peppermint

Herbies

The majority are distilled from the flowering tops or whole plant.

basil, chamomile (German), chamomile (Roman), clary sage, geranium, hyssop, lavender, marjoram, melissa, peppermint, spearmint, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, yarrow

patchouli

Leafies

The extraction of leafies sometimes includes the twigs and stems.

bay, birch, buchu, cajeput, cinnamon leaf, cistus (rock rose), cypress, eucalyptus, fir, myrtle, patchouli, petitgrain, ravensara, spruce (black), spruce (white), tea tree, violet leaf

myrrh

Resinies

From the resins or balsam that exudes from trees or shrubs.

benzoin, Canadian balsam, tolu balsam, elemi, frankincense, galbanham, myrrh, opopanax, styrax levant

ginger

Rooties

Extracted from the roots of plants.

angelica, galangal, ginger, orris, spikenard, tumeric, valerian, vetiver

caraway

Seedies

Extracted from the seeds of plants.

ambrette seed, angelica seed, anise (star), aniseed, caraway, carrot seed, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel (sweet), nutmeg, parsley seed

cinnamon

Spicies

Mostly taken from seeds and fruits, these oils are also categorized under those groups.

anise (star), aniseed, black pepper, cardamom, caraway, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cubebs, cumin, ginger, mace, nutmeg, pimento berry

cedarwood

Woodies

Extracted from twigs, wood, or shaving from trees.

amyris, camphor white, cedarwood (Atlas), cedarwood (Virginian), linaloe, pine, rosewood, sandalwood, spruce (black), spruce (white)

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Blend these combinations into 10 ml jojoba oil and wear as a natural perfume:

Natural and Light

  • 5 Bergamot
  • 5 Petitgrain
  • 10 Jasmine

Woodsy and Resonant

  • 4 Clary Sage
  • 4 Cedarwood
  • 4 Petitgrain
  • 1 Vetiver

Green Herbal

  • 4 Lavender
  • 4 Clary Sage
  • 2 Neroli
  • 2 Rosemary

Romantic

  • 10 Sandalwood
  • 5 Ylang Ylang
  • 3 Lime

Discretely Romantic

  • 3 Bergamot
  • 3 Coriander
  • 3 Geranium
  • 6 Ylang Ylang

Fresh and Energetic

  • 8 Bergamot
  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 5 Orange
  • 1 Cardamom
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