These Are The 15 Best Essential Oils For Women

These are our favorite essential oils for women and how you can use them in your daily life.

Essential oils can be beneficial for everyone, but we’re especially big fans of them for women (maybe we’re just a little bit bias. Oops!). Aromatherapy has been around for centuries for the purpose of balancing the body and mind, but also for treating specific ailments or issues. Essential oils have been known to treat everything from anxiety and depression, to dandruff and bug bites, so I think it’s safe to say they’re like little miracles in a bottle. Even more so though, essential oils are about a general sense of well being, and we’re here for anything that’ll help women live their very best and healthiest lives.


There are many ways to use essential oils, in fact, they seem almost endless. From topical applications like creating infused lotions and serums, to using diffusers that distribute the fragrance within a room, to cleaning products for your home, there are so many ways essential oils can be put to use. And that also means there are so many ways women can integrate them in their lives, too.


Both physically and mentally, women can turn to essential oils to deliver whatever relief it is they crave. From simply inhaling lavender essential oil from the palms of your hand for an instantly calming sensation, to rubbing clary sage on your belly to alleviate painful cramps, essential oils should definitely be a part of every woman’s life. While every essential oil can bring benefits to your life, we do have some favorites when it comes to women.


Are you looking to bring essential oils into your daily life? We’ve got you covered, girl — here are our 15 favorite essential oils for women.

Frankincense

Frankincense, sometimes called olibanum, is an earthy essential oil that can be amazing for grounding yourself and reducing stress and anxiety, which let’s be real, is something we all need. For those benefits, you can add a few drops to a diffuser, or simply inhale after rubbing a drop between your palms.

Frankincense essential oil is also used to support your immune system, which means it’s great to turn to at the first sign of an oncoming cold. It’s anti-inflammatory and great for combating bacteria, helping your body to heal and strengthen its immune system again. Some recommend ingesting a very small amount once a day, but please check with your healthcare provider before doing so.

Clary Sage

Clary sage seems like it’s an essential oil that was almost created for the benefit of women. This essential oil, whose name comes from the Latin word “clarus” which means “clear”, was once used for eye conditions, though now its benefits have a way broader reach. The reason we love it for women is because it’s known to have hormone regulating properties, and can also provide relief from uncomfortable menstrual symptoms. Next time you have cramps, rub a mixture of clary sage essential oil mixed with a carrier oil on your stomach. Women also love it for treating symptoms of menopause — everything from hot flashes to regulating your libido.

15 Best Essential Oils For Women

Tea Tree

Tea tree essential oil is simply amazing, and many think of it as a cure-all for all skin ailments. It has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which makes it a favorite for treating acne too. Mix a few drops into your cleanser, moisturizer, or use as a spot treatment with a carrier oil. Tea tree oil is potent stuff, so be careful about applying it directly onto your skin.

Think of tea tree oil as a cleaner, which means it can be used for both your body and your home. Whether you’re fighting a pesky rash or infection, or simply want to make a DIY all-purpose cleaner, tea tree oil is a great essential oil to have on hand.   

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Lavender

Oh, lavender essential oil, how we love you so. This wonder serum can benefit you in so many ways, and it smells divine. First, we love lavender essential oil for its relaxing properties, and how even a few whiffs can totally change your mood and calm your mind. That means it’s great for any of you ladies who suffer from anxiety, or even have trouble falling asleep at night. With a carrier oil, rub some lavender essential oil onto your temples, behind your ears, on your inner wrists, or just the palm of your hands.

Lavender essential oil is also a great anti-inflammatory and helps calm the skin. Try adding it to your skincare routine, even in conjunction with tea tree oil.

15 Best Essential Oils For Women

Ylang Ylang

Ylang ylang essential oil has a unique floral fragrance that is commonly used in perfumes. It may be a lesser known essential oil, but it is no less beneficial. It’s been known to act as a mood lifter and fight against depression, while also helping boost your libido and acting as a natural aphrodisiac. Ylang ylang is a great essential oil to use in a diffuser because it’ll give your space a beautiful smell, while also cultivating a sense of positivity. Or, dab a few drops where you would normally apply perfume for a seductive scent.

15 Best Essential Oils For Women

Oregano

When you hear the word oregano you may think of the spice used in the kitchen, but it is also a powerful essential oil. Oregano essential oil has antibiotic and antioxidant properties, so it’s great for when you’re sick, and specifically for respiratory issues. When used for immune system support, it is typically taken orally. Or, you can add a few drops into a pot of hot water, and carefully place your face over and inhale the steam.

We like to think of oregano essential oil as your best friend for all cold and viral related problems. From a congested chest to an upset stomach, oregano essential oil helps you to never miss a beat.

15 Best Essential Oils For Women

Geranium

Geranium essential oil is great for adrenal health, which is essential for women who suffer from adrenal fatigue. If you’re someone who always feels tired and burnt out — listen up — because geranium essential oil could be a huge help in your life. It’s also great for general hormone and endocrine support, which is something all women can benefit from.

Women also love using geranium essential oil on their skin, with some even claiming it helps reduce signs of wrinkles. At the very least we know geranium essential oil is an anti-inflammatory and smells great, so go ahead and add a few drops to your face lotion, it definitely won’t hurt.

15 Best Essential Oils For Women

Lemon

Lemon is a favorite around the home, and for good reason! The scent is uplifting, and generally just gives you a fresh, clean feeling. We love adding lemon essential oil to a diffuser, especially on those days you really need to tackle that long to-do list. It’ll keep you energized and alert, and may allow you to take a pass on that second or third cup of coffee.

Lemon essential oil is also great for cleaning, and you can easily make your own cleaning solution to use at home. And as for consumption, add a drop or two into a glass of water in the morning for a little extra zing.

15 Best Essential Oils For Women

Jasmine

Jasmine may be known as “the king of essential oils,” but we think it could just as easily be “the queen of essential oils” instead. This essential oil can be a little on the expensive side, but it may just be worth it once you hear its benefits. Jasmine essential oil has been used for centuries, often for skincare by those with dry skin or eczema. It’s also a mood lifter and aphrodisiac.

The jasmine flower is thought of as the flower of love, and has great significance across many cultures. Using jasmine essential oil should cherished as a very luxurious and special experience.

15 Best Essential Oils For Women

Orange

Orange essential oil is very versatile, and could be compared to lemon essential oil. This citrus-scented oil is overall uplifting and energizing, and can work across various seasons. Think about it — orange works great as a light summer scent, or mixed into a more rich winter aroma. That’s why using orange essential oil in a diffuser is awesome, either on its own or mixed with other essential oils.

Orange essential oil is also great for your immune system, is an anti-bacterial, and helps with digestion. This is a great oil for all women to have stashed in their back pockets.

Cypress

Cypress essential oil is great for healing wounds and infections, so it’s definitely a must for mothers to have on hand. It’s an anti-bacterial and helps remove toxins, making it a favorite for liver function as well.

Both energizing and grounding, cypress essential oil is a one stop shop for enhancing your mood. The freshness of the scent gives you a jolt of energy, while the earthy aroma helps you stay calm and collected.

Ginger

Ginger is a common ingredient in the kitchen, but it’s also an awesome essential oil. First and foremost, ginger essential oil is amazing for all sorts of stomach and digestive issues, from nausea to indigestion. Next time you’re feeling queasy, take a sniff of the potent oil and see how your symptoms began to diminish and hopefully disappear altogether.

In addition, ginger essential oil can provide relief from menstrual cramps, headaches, and backaches, making it a great essential oil for women to turn to during that time of the month.

Basil

Another kitchen favorite turned essential oil, basil is an excellent oil for women. Basil essential oil is known for its mental benefits, acting somewhat as a stimulant for the mind so that you can conquer whatever tasks are on your list. Because of this, we think it’s best used during the daytime, and probably should be avoided at night.

Others love basil essential oil for muscle aches. Try mixing a few drops in with a carrier oil and give your tired muscles a quick massage the next time you’re feeling sore.

15 Best Essential Oils For Women

Vitex

This essential oil comes from the berries of a vitex, or chaste, tree that’s native to the Mediterranean (sometimes called chaste tree berry). Vitex essential oil, and vitex berry in general, is considered incredibly helpful to women, mainly for its hormone balancing benefits. While it’s most commonly taken in pill form, the essential oil is still just as beneficial in liquid form. Women love it for everything from PMS to infertility, menopause to acne. Yay vitex!

Rose

Ah, rose. A classic floral scent, rose essential oil has even more benefits than just its lovely aroma. Rose essential oil is an anti-inflammatory and is great for women with sensitive skin. It can help clear acne, hydrate skin, and soothe irritation all at once — and what could be better than that? You’ll notice that a lot of skincare products on the market contain rose, but you can easily make your own by adding a few drops to whatever products you already use.

Rose has long been associated with love and comfort, whether you have a bouquet of flowers on display in your home, or a rose quartz crystal next to your bed. Think of rose essential oil as carrying the same positive and loving energy.

Associate Editor at Livingly. You can reach me by email at sydney.fogel@livingly.com and on Instagram @sydneyfvz
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