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Stimulating Essential Oils


Stimulating  essential oils are best described as uplifting, energizing, refreshing, invigorating and warming  to body systems and emotions. Some essential oils are adaptogenics, they can be soothing or stimulating depending on the chemical profile of a therapeutic blend. See below a listing of  stimulating essential oils specifying their “note”.

Top notes generally have a light, fresh aroma and mainly consist of citrus and other aromatic essential oils (mostly aldehydes and esters). Top notes are the first scent you notice when opening an essential oils bottle or when applying it to the skin.  Top notes usually last for about 1-2 hours.

Middle notes are also described as the “heart” of an essential oil blend, they are the enhancer or balancer of the blend (mainly monoterpene alcohols). Middle notes are often florals, greens, spices or fruity notes and can last 2-4 hours.

Base notes are the foundation of a blend and last the longest in the air. Base notes are mainly woody and earthy scents and can last up to 72 hours (sesquiterpenes and diterpenes).

“Stimulating Essential Oils” classified by note:

Stimulating Top notes:
Basil, Camphor, Coriander, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Wild Orange, Oregano, Peppermint, Spearmint, Melaleuca, Rosemary

Stimulating Middle notes:
White Fir, Black Pepper, Blue Tansy, Cardamom, Caraway Seed, Cinnamon, Clove Bud, Dill, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Marjoram

Stimulating Base notes:
Ginger, Jasmine, Myrrh, Patchouli

Key with therapeutic blending is to combine a top, middle and base note (sometimes multiple essential oils within one note) that are chemically balanced, harmonize well together and support the body system correctly that needs to be supported.

Interested in getting a custom therapeutic blend made just for you? Please contact me.


As a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist®, Scarlet Strapko offers guidance and education, identifying the best single essential oils, essential oil blends, and custom creates personalized essential oil products, supporting YOUR physical health, emotional wellbeing, and ability to effectively reduce stress. Learn how to best integrate essential oils and essential oil based products into your daily routines to experience sustained benefits.

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