Safe Oils

Here is a list of safe oils to use for diffusion in the presence of mammals (birds being more fragile, the diffusion of essential oils is not recommended without the advice of a specialist). Please note that these oils are not all safe for ingestion or contact with the skin or eyes!

You can add here the oils from the "to avoid" section which are often synthesized or adulterated if you know the producer, for example.

Fields of Lavandula angustifolia
  • Green Anise (Pimpinella anisum)
  • Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia): one of the most synthesized and adulterated oils, but safe when from a good source and used in small quantities (1 drop maximum for diffusion)
  • Sweet Basil, ct Estragol or Methyl-Chavicol
  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) (possible photosensitivity)
  • Sandalwood (Santalum album), Mysore Sandalwood, Indian Sandalwood.
  • German Chamomile, True Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
  • Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
  • Catnip, Catmint (Nepeta cataria)
  • Atlas Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)
  • Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • Ceylon Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus)
  • East Indian Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)
  • Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis, Copaifera langsdorfii)
  • Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
  • Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
  • Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
  • Tarragon (Artemisia dacunculus): to be avoided in case of epilepsy
  • Lemon Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora)
  • Blue Gum Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • Narrow-leaved Peppermint Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus polybractea)
  • Peppermint Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata)
  • Sweet Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Coriander Leaf (Coriandrum sativum)
  • Juniper (Juniperus communis)
  • Geranium (Pelargonium gravelolens): many versions exist, prefer Bourbon Geranium.
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • Black Cumin Seed, Black Caraway (Nigella sativa)
  • Immortelle, Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
  • Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
  • True Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): attention, one of the most synthesized and adulterated oils, but very safe when from a good source
  • Labrador Tea (Ledum groenlandicum)
  • Lime (Citrus aurantifolia): one of the most synthesized and adulterated oils, but safe when from a good source
  • Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
  • Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium)
  • Sweet Marjoram, Marjoram with Shells (Origanum majorana)
  • May Chang (Litsea cubeba)
  • Melissa, Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
  • Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
  • Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
  • Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
  • Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
  • Myrtle (Myrtus communis)
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis): one of the most synthesized and adulterated oils, but safe when from a good source
  • Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
  • Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)
  • Grapefruit (Citrus paradisii): one of the most synthesized and adulterated oils, but safe when from a good source
  • Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin): Attention, very strong scent! Use in smaller quantities than usual oils
  • Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
  • Black Pepper (Piper nigrum): Attention, can have a strong scent and sting the eyes
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) ct Cineole, ct Verbenone
  • Rose (Rosa damascene), Rose Otto: One of the most expensive oils on the market, very strong scent, use in small quantities.
  • Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
  • Dalmatian Sage (Salvia officinalis): to be avoided in case of epilepsy
  • Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea)
  • Tangerine (Citrus tangerina): one of the most synthesized and adulterated oils, but safe when from a good source
  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) ct Thymol (better), ct Linalool (faster oxidation)
  • Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
  • Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides)
  • Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) Complete
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