Choosing Essential Oils - Top Middle and Bottom Notes, Chakras and Balancing

Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil or oil blend to your bath, shower buff, to a pan of warm water to inhale under a clean towel, add to wood on a fire, handkerchief, place a tissue behind a radiator or lightbulb, add to an oil burner, add to alcohol to make a perfume, or blend with base oils and massage into the skin or rub on the temples and wrists... There are many ways to inhale or absorb these energies, nutrients and vitamins!

Here's a quick summary for 3 common situations - mood enhancement, making balanced blends, and chakra balancing. All oils are available in the suite. Ask me about making specific blends for your mood, condition, personality, star sign, room, or season.  For medical or clinical conditions, use aromatherapy only as a complementary therapy - please [continue to] consult your GP or medical practitioner.


You can vaporise these in candles, oil burners, the bath, a lightbulb or tissue on the pillow or radiator, or place a few drops on a shower body buff.

Romance: Rose Absolute, Rose Otto, Rosewood, Marjoram, Ylang ylang, Clary Sage.

Sensual/Erotic: Rose Absolute, Sandalwood, Jasmine, Ylang ylang, Patchouli, Clary Sage, Cardamom, Black Pepper, Neroli, Ginger, Rose Otto, Rosewood, Juniper.

Helping sleep: Lavender, Marjoram, Chamomile Roman, Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Neroli.

Enlivening: Rosemary, Peppermint, Basil, Cardamom, Eucalyptus, Clove, Black Pepper, Coriander, Bergamot, Mandarin, Neroli, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Ginger.
Relieving worry, sadness or stress: Grapefruit, Bergamot, Basil, Neroli, Melissa, Geranium, Rosemary, Rose Absolute, Rose Otto, Frankincense, Mandarin, Peppermint, Pine, Lemongrass, Juniper, Marjoram, Neroli, Chamomile Roman, Verbena, Jasmine.

Calming/Giving patience: Lavender, Chamomile Roman, Neroli, Marjoram, Ylang ylang, Clary Sage, Sandalwood, Rose Otto, Rose Absolute, Melissa, Cypress, Patchouli, Bergamot, Vetiver, Neroli, Jasmine.

Giving confidence: Jasmine, Ylang ylang, Clary Sage, Bergamot, Frankincense, Lavender, Coriander, Ginger.

Easing muscles/nervous energy: Lavender, Rosemary, Marjoram, Chamomile Roman, Thyme, Geranium.

Cleansing and clearing skin/sinuses/head: Tea tree, Lemon, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Ginger.

Balancing: Geranium.


Each essential oil can also be characterised by its volatility (how quickly the molecules vaporise). You smell top notes first, then middle, and bottom notes provide the longer-lasting smell in a well-balanced perfume or remedy. This information is good if you are making perfume or want a more complex scent.

TOP NOTES: Basil, Bergamot, Cajuput, Lemon, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Niaouli, Petitgrain, Tea tree.

TOP TO MIDDLE NOTES: Caraway, Clary-Sage, Coriander, Peppermint, Thyme.

MIDDLE: Black Pepper, Chamomile Roman, Fennel, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Marjoram, Melissa, Rosemary, Savory.

BASE TO MIDDLE: Cinnamon, Clove, Cypress, Nutmeg, Pine Needle, Tarragon.

BASE: Benzoin, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Ginger, Jasmine, Marigold, Myrrh, Neroli, Oreganum, Patchouli, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood, Ylang ylang.


Here are key essential oils for the 7 major chakras:

Base Chakra (Grounding/Stabilising Earth energy)
Patchouli, Myrrh, Cedarwood.

Sacral Chakra (Transmuting sexual energy)
Sandalwood, Jasmine, Rose Absolute, Ylang ylang, Champaca.

Solar Plexus Chakra (Transducing solar and pranic energy)
Clary-Sage, Juniper, Geranium.

Heart Chakra (Flow of unconditional love)
Rose Absolute, Melissa, Neroli.

Throat Chakra (Self-expression, Communication, Will)
Chamomile Roman, Lavender, Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme.

Brow Chakra (Balancing the Higher and Lower Selves, ESP)
Frankincense, Basil.

Crown Chakra (Divine Love and Super-consciousness)
Ylang ylang, Rosewood, Linden.

Please feel free to contact me for more information.
Best wishes, Steve