Woody Essential Oils

If you have ever used essential oil blends with sandalwood or cypress, you probably know some of the oils included in the woody aroma family. However, some might surprise you. Here are the essential oils included in the woody family.


The first two essential oils that are considered woody aromas are frankincense and myrrh, which are often put together. Frankincense comes from the boswellia tree, and is used very frequently in aromatherapy. Not only does this woody aroma work great in blends, but it helps with things like digestive issues and working as an antiseptic.

  • Frankincense (Olibanum, Somalia)
  • Frankincense (Olibanum, Somalia)
  • Frankincense (Olibanum, W. India)\Frankincense (Olibanum, Ethiopia)
  • Frankincense (Olibanum, Kenya)
  • Frankincense (Olibanum, Oman)


The next is myrrh, another essential oil in the woody aroma family. There is a tree that grows in Africa and the Middle East called the commiphora myrrha, where myrrh essential oil is extracted. This works very closely with frankincense and is often used in the same blends.

  • Myrrh (Egypt)
  • Myrrh (Kenya)
  • Myrrh (India)
  • Myrrh Dark (Resinoid, India)
  • Myrrh (Somalia)


You may also be interested in the sandalwood essential oil, which is another woody aroma. This oil is extracted from sandalwood trees, the older the better. It can come from trees as young as 40 years old, but those 80 years old or older are preferred. This is typically done through a steam distillation process of wood from this tree. With the older trees, the aroma of sandalwood essential oil is typically stronger.

  • Sandalwood Super (W. Australia)
  • Sandalwood Mysore (India)
  • Sandalwood White (Tamil Nadu, India)
  • Sandalwood White (New Caledonia/Loyalty Islands)


Fir or fir needle essential oil is not only often in blends with other woody and earthy scents, but frequently in Christmas and holiday blends as well. This has a fresh scent, so it is a little lighter than traditional woody aromas. The fir essential oil can also help with conditions like fatigue and arthritis.

  • Fir Balsam (Canada)
  • Fir Balsam (Canada)
  • Fir Needle Grand (France)
  • Fir Needle Douglas (Slovenia)\Fir Needle Silver (France)
  • Fir N eedle  (Canada)
  • Fir Needle  (Siberia, Russia)


Another woody essential oil in this aroma family is cedarwood. The cedarwood is of course a type of tree, and one that grows better in colder climates. Cedarwood essential oil can be used for its scent in blends, but is most often used when trying to help with certain health issues like for oral health and helping with hair growth.

  • Cedar Wood (China)
  • Cedar Wood Atlas (Morocco)
  • Cedar Wood, Crude (Himalaii)
  • Cedar Wood (W. India)
  • Cedar Wood Port Orford (Oregon, USA)
  • Cedar Wood Crude (Redistilled, Texas  USA)
  • Cedar Wood (Virginia, USA)


The cypress essential oil is another woody aroma family scent. With cypress, it can be used in aromatherapy or applied topically to help with skin conditions and calming the skin. You will find it in various blends, often with ylang ylang, chamomile, bergamot, and cedarwood oils.

  • Cypress (France)
  • Cypress (India)
  • Cypress Blue (Australia)\
  • Cypress Clear (Cypressence, Australia)
  • Cypress Emerald (Australia)
  • Cypress Jade (Australia)


The last of the woody scents is juniper essential oil. Juniper oil comes from the juniper tree, which is a type of evergreen shrub growing mostly in Europe. It helps with stomach issues, digestive problems, and can work as an antiseptic.

  • Juniper Berry (Croatia/Humgary/Romania/Slovenia)
  • Juniper Berry (Europe)
  • Juniper Alpine Berry & Leaf  (France)
  • Juniper Leaf (France)\
  • Juniper Leaf (Bulgaria/Romania)


Another essential oil in the woody aroma family is eucalyptus. This has many healing properties and is often found with other woody, spicy, and floral scents. It is an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and decongestant.

  • Eucalyptus  80/85% Cineole (India)
  • Eucalyptus 80/85% Cineole (Australia)
  • Eucalyptus Gully Gum (Smitii, Australia)\Eucalyptus Strawberry Gum (Australia)
  • Eucalyptus Lemon (Australia)
  • Eucalyptus Lemon (India)
  • Eucalyptus Peppermint Gum (Australia)
  • Eucalyptus Blue Malee Bush (Australia)
  • Eucalypus Red Gum (Nepal)

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