Woodsy Essential Oils: Maximizing Nature’s Benefits
By Caryn Gehlmann, Clinical Aromatherapist
Woodsy essential oils are derived from various parts of trees, including leaves, bark, wood, and resin. These oils have been used for centuries for their aromatic and therapeutic properties.
We especially love how they make us feel like we’re taking a refreshing walk in the forest, even when we’re stuck indoors. And it smells a lot like Christmas!
Some of the benefits of woodsy essential oils include:
1. Aroma “therapy”: Anyone who has hiked in the woods knows that woodsy essential oils have a grounding and calming aroma that can help reduce stress, anxiety, and promote relaxation. Oils like Black Spruce, Cedarwood, Cypress, Fir Needle Balsam, Fir Needle Douglas, and Pine Needle are known for their soothing and forest-like scents. e3’s pre-blended Forest Blend is another great option.
2. Respiratory Health: Many tree oils, such as Black Spruce, Fir Needle Douglas, Eucalyptus, and Tea Tree, have properties that can help open up the airways and ease respiratory issues like congestion and coughs when diffused or used in a personal inhaler.
3. Antiseptic Properties: Tree essential oils like Black Spruce, Fir Needle Balsam, Fir Needle Douglas, and Tea Tree are well-known for their antiseptic and antibacterial properties, making them useful for cleaning scrapes and scratches or as a natural disinfectant.
4. Skin Care: Tree essential oils can be beneficial for the skin. Oils like Black Spruce, Fir Needle Douglas, and Frankincense have anti-aging and skin-rejuvenating properties, while Tea Tree is used to soothe acne and other skin conditions.
7. Mental Clarity: The woody scents of tree oils can help improve mental alertness, clarity, focus, and concentration. Oils like Black Spruce, Fir Needle Douglas, Pine Needle, Rosemary, and Frankincense are often used for this purpose.
8. Insect Repellent: The scent of Black Spruce, Fir Needle Douglas, Pine Needle, and Cedarwood can act as a natural insect repellent, making it suitable for use in outdoor and indoor settings to deter insects.
10. Emotional Balance: Tree oils like Black Spruce, Cedarwood, Cypress, Fir Needle Balsam, Fir Needle Douglas, and Pine Needle, are often used in aromatherapy to promote emotional balance and inner peace. They can help reduce feelings of irritability and stress.
11. Grounding and Centering: The earthy and grounding aroma of Black Spruce, Cedarwood, Cypress, Fir Needle Balsam, Fir Needle Douglas, and Pine Needle can help individuals feel more rooted, centered, and connected to nature.
If you’re looking for a pre-blended mix, try e3’s Forest Blend. It’s one of our best-sellers! If you’re not sure which oil you want, click on the links on this blog to learn more about the specific properties of each essential oil and safe application methods you can use. You can also take advantage of our Sample Policy to give several a try.
If you want to learn more about aromatherapy (and get a coupon for 20% off your next order), download our free guide, Listen to Your Nose — An Introduction to Aromatherapy.
Thank you for the photo Lukasz Szmigiel.