Spicy Essential Oils

Don’t let the name fool you – we are not talking about spicy as in jalapenos and peppers. This is more for the ‘spices’ that you find in seasonal blends, such as those for fall and winter. Here are the essential oils in the spicy aroma family.


Nutmeg is one of the more popular essential oils in the spicy aroma family. Nutmeg is often found in spice blends to smell like seasonal things such as fall treats like pumpkin pie and snickerdoodle cookies, or in blends for the holiday season, such as Christmas blends. It goes great with cinnamon, ginger, clary sage, orange, and lavender.

  • Nutmeg  (India/Ceylon)
  • Nutmeg (Indonesia)
  • Nutmeg (Spain)


Cinnamon is very similar to nutmeg and often found in the same seasonal blends. This is unique in that it is sometimes found not as a pure oil, but one in a dropper where you can use it directly on your skin for various healing benefits. As an essential oil, you can use it alone or with blends.

  • Cinnamon Bark, 65-75% cinnamaldehyde (Ceylon)
  • Bark (Shri Lanka)
  • Cinnamon Leaf  (Ceylon)


The next essential oil in the spicy aroma family is clove. Clove essential oil has a lot of antioxidants, so it is used for many healing powers. You can also use clove oil to help with toothaches and other oral health issues.

  • Clove Bud (Germany)
  • Clove Bud (India)
  • Clove Bud (Indonesia)
  • Clove Leaf Rectified  (Eugenol,  India)
  • Clove Leaf (Eugenol,  Madagascar)
  • Clove Stem (Indonesia)


Like many essential oils, ginger is very versatile. It can be used as medicine to help with pain and menstrual disorders, or used for its scent in seasonal and specialty blends. Ginger, like others on this list, is a type of spice.

  • Ginger  (China)
  • Ginger Cochin  (India)
  • Ginger (Hidden, India)
  • Ginger (India)
  • Ginger Hidden/White Turmeric (Nepal)
  • Ginger (Indonesia)
  • Ginger Grass (France)
  • Ginger Grass (India)
  • Ginger Lilly Root (North India)
  • Ginger Lilly Alpine (Himalaii)


The last essential oil that is in the spicy aroma family is cardamom. This is most often used for its healing benefits as opposed to its aroma. It can help reduce nausea, work as an antiseptic, and help with chemotherapy side effects.

You now understand what the 6 aroma families are, and what essential oils go in each one. Use this information to figure out what scents go well together in various blends.

  • Cardamom,  (Shri Lanka)
  • Cardamom (Guatemala)

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