Top 5 Under-Rated Essential Oils

Updated: Feb 28, 2020

I planned on writing a bit about the more well-know essential oils, such as Lavender, Lemon, and Frankincense - and I still plan to. I decided, however, to start with some of my favorites that are a bit less common but still major players in the world of natural healing and aromatherapy. So here are the top 5 most under-rated essential oils that you should be taking advantage of for yourself and your family!

1. COPAIBA (Copaifera officinalis or langsdorfii)

If you've ever attended one of my essential oil classes, you've heard me excitedly tell you about my love for this particular oil! Copaiba comes from the resin of trees in South America of the genus Copaifera. The beauty of this oil is it's amazing anti-inflammatory properties!

In fact, pure Copaiba essential oil typically contains 55% beta-caryophyllene, which is the constituent that gives it its anti-inflammatory power, among other things. The Copaiba oil that I carry actually has an analysis reading of 71.37%! Beta-caryophyllene is also a very common cannabinoid, and one of the main reasons CBD oil is so often sought after for health issues. Copaiba has a higher level (often MUCH higher) of beta-caryophyllene than your average CBD oil on the market and is much less expensive and easier to obtain.

Copaiba can be used internally if it is high quality and pure. I recommend internal use only as needed and just a few drops two or three times per day, diluted in a carrier oil. Diffusing and topical application are also amazing ways to use Copaiba essential oil, of course.

Copaiba is mild in aroma, and even taste, and is safe for dogs, cats, and other animals! A well known and respected Holistic Veterinarian has said that Copaiba is the most valued and most used oil in her practice. I have used this oil on my dogs for various issues such as muscle strains, wounds, and general healing, with great success!

Therapeutic Properties:

Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory, Antibacterial, Anti-cancer, Anti-fungal, Decongestant, Antiseptic, Astrigent, Hypertensive, Vulnerary (wound healing), Diuretic, Immune-stimulant, Sedative, and Calming.

Possible Uses:

Acne (Copaiba is amazing for skin health and all skin types!), asthma, allergies, pain-relief, inflammation of ALL kinds, wounds, sprains, strains, headache, muscle and joint issues, eczema, wrinkles, dermatitis, colds, cough, bacterial infections, immune system stimulating.

Safety Issues:

Dilution before topical use may be preferred for those with sensitive skin.

2. ANISE SEED (Pimpinella anisum)

Anise Seed, (not to be confused with "Star Anise" which is an entirely different plant), is another under-rated essential oil with many amazing properties.

One of its most amazing is the fact that it is one of the few essential oils that actually has bronchodilating properties. That means that it can actually help to open the airways, and is particularly useful in issues such as coughs, asthma, allergies, and may even help with COPD. Combine that with the fact that Anise Seed oil has also shown muscle relaxant and anti-convulsant (or antispasmodic) properties, and you can see what makes this such a great oil to have on hand! Anise Seed essential oil is the first ingredient in my proprietary "Breathe" essential oil blend.

Therapeutic Properties:

Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-convulsant, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, digestant, disinfectant, expectorant, tonic

Possible Uses:

Anxiety, asthma, breathing difficulty, congestion, colitis, cough, fluid retention, headache, hiccups, indigestion, insect bites, insomnia, migraine, stress

Safety Issues:

Dilution before topical use is recommended. Do not use internally more than 3 drops, 3 times per day, or with prolonged use over 14 days. Avoid use during pregnancy and internally for children under 12.

3. MARJORAM (Origanum majorana)

Marjoram essential oil is used often in clinical aromatherapy, but is not as well known as other oils. I like to call this oil "Oregano's Little Sister", because it is related to Oregano, but is not as pungent or as hot as Oregano essential oil. In spite of that, Marjoram still has a big punch when it comes to knocking out viruses, bacteria, and joint pain (it's one of the main ingredients in my popular "Movease" blend for that reason)! It can also be a great choice for stomach issues, sinus/respiratory problems, and nervous tension. It has a nice herbal aroma, can be used topically and diffused, and can be used internally (diluted) for adults one to two drops three times per day, for a max of two weeks before taking a break.

Therapeutic Properties:

Antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-flatulent (gas pain), antifungal, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antiviral, digestive, sedative, stomachic, nervine protectant, diuretic, expectorant

Possible Uses:

Arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, bruises, colic, colitis, constipation, cough, diarrhea, hyperactivity, hypertension, gastritis, respiratory infections, sinusitis, muscle spasms, sprains, mouth ulcers, vertigo

Safety Issues:

Because of Marjoram's calming properties, excessive use should be avoided in cases of clinical depression or low blood pressure. Internal use should be for adults only unless under advice of a trained clinical aromatherapist. Avoid use during pregnancy.

4. ORANGE (Citrus sinensis)

Obviously Orange essential oil is common, but I still believe it's vastly under-rated, which is why I'm including it on this list. Orange is one of my all time favorites because it has all of the amazing properties of the other citrus oils, with a few extras thrown in.

One of those extras is the fact that Orange essential oil has been known to contain up to 90% limonene, which is the constituent in citrus oils (among others) that make them anti-viral, antibacterial, and also give them expectorant properties. So, definitely an oil you want in the diffuser during cold and flu season, right?! I've made sure to add Orange essential oil to my Aroma Defense blend because of that!

Orange is amazingly effective for emotional issues, particularly anger. It has also shown effectiveness in studies for depression, insomnia, and stress. Orange essential oil has even been shown to be an effective additive to prolong the shelf life of some foods due to it's antifungal and antioxidant properties.

Although most citrus oils have been shown to cause photosensitivity, Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) has not, which makes it one of the few citrus oils safe for skin care use if you are going out into the sun. Plus it smells fresh, clean, and fabulous, so it's a winner all around in my opinion!

Therapeutic Properties:

Anti-viral, antibacterial, antifungal, disinfectant, anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, antioxidant, energizing, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, wound healing, anticancer (as an antioxidant)

Possible Uses:

Cold, flu, cough, sinusitis, bronchitis, wounds, bruises, infections, anger, insomnia, stress, tension, nervousness, gas pain and bloating, disinfecting, poor circulation, cracked skin, teeth whitening

Safety Issues: May be used internally diluted for adults, up to 4 drops twice daily as needed (if stomach upset due to use is suspected, discontinue use for a period of time or all together). Safe for children diffused and/or diluted topically.

5. PALMAROSA (Cymbopogon martinii)

Although the name "Palmarosa" may sound like a flower, it's actually a grass, but its aroma does have a slight floral undertone. Most people I've talked with have never heard of Palmarosa essential oil, which is a shame because its benefits are huge and varied. Palmarosa is amazing for skin care, and is commonly added to many of the most popular brands for that reason. Because it can help regulate skin moisture and oil production, Palmarosa essential oil is a great choice for all skin types. It has also been shown to be very effective at healing damaged and cracked skin.

In addition to skin health, Palmarosa may reduce fever, help digestive issues, and aid in combating anxiety and depression. It can support the nervous system in general, and improve sleep quality.

It is also an effective anti-viral oil and a powerhouse at helping to build the immune system! So much so, that it is not recommended for long term use for those who may have auto-immune disorders. For those suffering from a low functioning immune system however, it should be one of your go-to oils!

Therapeutic Properties:

Antibacterial, antiviral, digestive, antidepressant, calming, immune-stimulant, anti-sepsis, wound healing, uplifting, cell regenerative, antiseptic

Possible Uses: Skin health, colds, flu, infections (of all kinds), immune support and rebuilding, depression, grief, insomnia, fatigue, nervousness, cell hydration, aids digestion, wound healing

Safety Issues:

To my knowledge, Palmarosa essential oil has not been studied for use internally so I am not able to recommend a dosage. Use long term with caution if you have been diagnosed with an auto-immune disorder.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this list! I hope you found some new favorites and gained some ideas about how to use natural essential oils to stay healthy and happy!

The FDA has not evaluated the statements in this post or on this website. No claims are made by Created Essentials as to the medicinal value of any products from Created Essentials. The information presented here is for educating our customers about the traditional uses of essential oils and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, or have a medical condition, ALWAYS consult a medical professional prior to use

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