Types of essential oils

Main types of plants rich in essential oils

types of essential oils
Types of essential oils, which differ according to the part of the plant where they are extracted.

Among the plants that contain more essential oils are those that belong to the mint family (Labiatae), within which we have aromatic plants as interesting as sage, rosemary, mint, etc.

The members of this family  are very important plants in Mediterranean vegetation, widely known and studied for their role as aromatic herbs in the kitchen.

Citrus  plants are rich in essential oils

Other families, such as Rutaceae, are rich in essential oils, especially the Citrus genus to which citrus fruits such as orange, lemon or bergamot belong.

Mirtaceae  family members contain a lot of essential oils

Mirtaceae family is also a producer of essential oils. Eucalyptus, guava, allspice and clove belong to this family.

Main types of essential oils

The following table shows the parts of the plants where the essential oils and some essential oils that correspond to each of the parts can appear:

Table of types of essential oils according to where they are extracted
Part of the plant that contains themExamples of essential oils
RootsVetiver and Ginger
ResinIncense, Myrrh
WoodSandalwood, Cedar, Camphor, Cypress, Cinnamon
LeavesGeranium, Rosemary, Mint, Tea tree, Patchouli, Lemongrass, Melissa, Sage, Tarragon, Citronella, Cajeput
FlowersLavender, Roses, Jasmine, Clove, Oregano, Thyme, Chamomile, Ylang-ylang, Marjoram
FruitsOrange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Green Anise, Fennel, Bergamot
BerriesJuniper, Black Pepper

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

3 July, 2021

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