Which Essential Oils are Floral?
Feeling anxious, stressed, or worried? There’s an essential oil that can help.
For thousands of years, essential oils have been used to treat both medical and mental conditions. Whilst there are many types of essential oils, some of the sweetest smelling and most popular are the floral kind.
Implementing aromatherapy as part of a healthy lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular, and using floral essential oils is a great place to start.
So what is a floral essential oil?
Ultimately, essential oils can be categorized into five different groups (citrus, floral, spicy, woody, and herbal). If you’re unsure of where to start, picking an essential oil that smells like a fresh bunch of flowers means you can’t really go wrong.
However, it’s important to know which essential oils are floral. And some floral essential oils are best blended with others or mixed with woody and spicy aromas for additional health benefits.
So, let’s delve into the world of floral essential oils and find out just how they can help and support you in your everyday life.
Our Favorite Floral Essential Oil Blends
Essential oils are concentrated extracts from plants or flowers, and many of these produce a sweet or floral smell.
In the list below, we have explained our favorite floral essential oil blends and individual oils. It’s then down to you to try and test your favorites!
The 5 Best Floral Essential Oils
1. Blue Tansy Essential Oil
Blue Tansy (which is actually a yellow-colored flower) is one of the most expensive, sweetest essential oils on the market. If used for health benefits, the blue tansy is excellent at calming irritated or dry skin. In aromatherapy, blue tansy has a powerful calming effect on moods and is one to pop into your diffuser at the end of a stressful day at work.
If you’re looking to blend blue tansy, it’s best mixed with citrus essential oils such as lemon, or another floral blend like geranium.
2. Chamomile Essential Oil
There’s nothing quite like a cup of hot chamomile tea and a cozy book to snuggle up with after a long day.
Directly extracted from the flower of the plant, the floral chamomile essential oil has an apple-like scent best known for its anxiety relief. Paired with a good book, it works wonders!
If you struggle with sleep, have your tea before bed, or add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer or lotion. Chamomile essential oil is especially good for aging skin, helping to regenerate and tighten pores. It’s one to add to your daily skincare routine!
3. Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary sage, also known as Salvia sclarea, is another popular floral essential oil. Used to treat digestive disorders, menstrual cramps, or relieve symptoms of menopause, the sweetsmelling clary sage is also used in aromatherapy.
Add clary sage to your bathwater for a calming, stress-free zone.
When added to water, the clary sage will provide a sweet, fruity musk-like scent. However, be sure to not add too much, as it can become overpowering quickly!
Pair with lemon, lime, or wild orange to balance out the aromas.
4. Geranium Essential Oil
A floral scent with sweet, herbaceous notes, Geranium is used to aid a whole myriad of health conditions. Derived from the leaves of the pink Pelargonium graveolens, Geranium is an anti-inflammatory essential oil that leaves a light, radiant glow on the skin.
Geranium has been a popular essential oil for centuries and is trusted by many to treat anxiety, depression, and pain. Known as being one of the more floral scented essential oils, rub geranium into the skin for the best results (although you’ll need to carry out a patch test first, as it can cause allergic reactions).
5. Jasmine Essential Oil
Known to improve mood, depression, stress, and the balancing of hormones, Jasmine has been used by humans in aromatherapy for hundreds of years as a natural remedy. Originating in Asia, Jasmine can enhance your mood for love, and affection, and even increase your libido. An essential oil that sedates the mind, body, and soul.
When trying and testing Jasmine oil, it’s best to inhale either directly or through a diffuser. It’s also common to add Jasmine to a hot bowl of water whilst meditating or winding down for the day, creating aromatic steam.
More Great Floral Essential Oils
6. Lavender Essential Oil
Whilst immense blue and purple fields may spring to mind, lavender is also one of the sweetest and most popular floral essential oils used in aromatherapy. Known for its versatility, the essential oil is derived from the plant Lavandula angustifolia, and has powerful anxiety-relieving qualities. Many choose to fill their homes with the sweet smell of lavender all year round.
Whether you’re dealing with a case of insomnia, need a bit of a push to relax, or are feeling overwhelmed with sadness, lavender is an excellent essential oil to promote healthy mental health.
Either put lavender directly onto your skin or add a few drops to your body lotion. It’s worth mentioning that lavender also has incredible anti-aging properties, so if you’re battling a few new wrinkles, lavender is your new best friend!
7. Neroli Essential Oil
Promoting emotional wellness, neroli is a floral essential oil that blossoms from the fragrant orange tree, citrus Aurantium.
Using neroli essential oil in your everyday routine can help to ease feelings of sadness or grief in tough times. It helps to soothe this darkness you may feel, and promote a feeling of happiness and joy.
Diffuse neroli into your home for wonderful citrus, floral, and slightly bitter scents. But be warned, this floral essential oil may even mentally transport you to a sunny summer in the European countryside!
Best of all, neroli blends well with other essential oils, and only a little is needed for a strong, powerful scent.
8. Rose Essential Oil
Using rose as an essential oil comforts the mind and body. When used for aromatherapy, rose moves deep into your skin and lungs to comfort the mind and relax your muscles. It is also known to reduce inflammation and relieve spasms.
Most importantly, this sweet-smelling floral oil relieves stress, fights anxiety, and allows you to calm your mind to combat hard times.
Whether you apply rose essential oil directly to the skin, or by adding a few drops into your skincare routine, it has many popular benefits. This subtle scent will ensure your skin looks radiant and hydrated, as well as helping you to wake up with a healthy mind.
Even More Floral Essential Oils
9. Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang-Ylang, pronounced eee-lang eee-lang, has one of the most aromatic scents of all the floral essential oils. Commonly used in perfume and cosmetics, ylang-ylang is one of the main ingredients in Chanel No 5, one of the most popular scents in the world.
Whilst ylang-ylang has a whole number of health benefits, it also promotes a happy and healthy mood, and is often used to balance the sacral and solar plexus chakras. Either inhaled or applied directly once diluted, ylang ylang is can help with nerves before a big day, or help to calm your anger in difficult situations.
10. Palmarosa Essential Oil
Rich in nutrients, another floral essential oil is the beautifully scented palmarosa. If you’re in need of some serendipity, peace, tranquility, and happiness, spritz some palmarosa oil onto your pillow before bed.
Essentially a ‘mood booster’, palmarosa is a sweet, floral scent that helps to calm the spirit and increase focus.
11. Rose Geranium Essential Oil
One of the sweetest floral essential oils is rose geranium. The sweet scent from the rose flower has been known to increase relaxation and decrease stress in the right setting. Extracted from the leaves and stem of the rose geranium plant, this essential oil has been used in aromatherapy for hundreds of years, and is commonly used to aid anxiety and overwhelm.
Add a few drops of rose geranium to your bathwater and carry a small spray bottle in your handbag for when you need a bit of a boost.
Top Floral Essential Oil Blends
Floral Blend #1
- Rose Geranium + Lavender + Grapefruit + Lime
Floral Blend #2
- Lavender + Orange + Rosemary
What is the sweetest smelling essential oil?
All of the floral essential oils on our list have a sweet, fruity smell, but some of our favorites are jasmine, ylang ylang, and lavender.
All have their own unique benefits to mental and physical health, and implementing these essential oils into your everyday routine can aid happiness, mood, and positivity. And who doesn’t want that?!
Which floral essential oils go well together?
Essential oils can be loosely grouped into five categories, citrus, floral, herbal, spicy, woody. If desired, each category can be paired with another to create complementary blends.
Floral essential oils usually blend well with woody, spicy, and citrus aromas. For example, mixing ylang ylang with sandalwood or pine needle. However, this is down to personal preference, and you may want to try a few different blends before choosing your favorite!
Floral Essential Oils for Diffuser
One of the best ways to enjoy your new floral essential oil is through a diffuser. When used in this way, we’ve found the best essential oils to be;
- Ylang ylang
- Blue tansy
Whether you place the diffuser in your bedroom, lounge, or bathroom, each will have the calming and soothing effects you desire.
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Floral Essential Oils for Skin
Depending on skin type, different essential oils can be used. For example, geranium and neroli are soothing and kind to the skin, so they are good for all skin types and possibly even slightly sensitive. However, if you have dry and aging skin, it’s better to stick to ylang-ylang or clary sage.
Try some of your favorite scented essential oils next time you moisturize, and see which one works best for you.
Note that all essential oils are concentrated, so they need to be diluted in carrier oil, moisturizer, or butter for the skin.
Also, be aware to look out for any allergies or reactions when using the oils for the first time (and it’s always best to do a patch test beforehand).
Floral Essential Oils Set
If you are new to essential oils, it’s best to start off with a set. This means you can enjoy the different oils at your own pace, and decide which ones work best for you.
Recap: The Best Floral Essential Oils
Whether you are new to using essential oils or are starting out for the first time, floral essential oils are a great start.
Their sweet smell filling a room will make you feel like you have had fresh flowers bought for you every day (or as I mentioned earlier, can transport you to the sunny countryside of Europe!)
If you’re unsure of where to start, buy a small set of testers or try one floral essential oil at a time. This can ease you into the process, and you can find the best floral essential oils for you.