The ultimate zodiac guide for essential oils

The world of astrology is an extensive and detailed atmosphere of growth and self-discovery.

Many of us are familiar with the 12 zodiac signs and their corresponding colors and gems. Astrology and aromatherapy might seem to share no more in common than distant cousins. However the 12 signs are intrinsically linked to natural healing, so it makes sense that each sign has its own ideal essential oil that helps soothe and rejuvenate the body. Just like extended families, they come together flawlessly if you unite them consciously and intentionally to reach your goals, conquer your dreams and achieve the peaceful calm you get from a weekend at the spa. While horoscopes offer a reliable roadmap to choosing essential oils, you're a complex, unique individual. Try out essential oils that you're attracted to, especially considering your personality traits.


Each oil below is unique to a particular zodiac sign and helps offset the potential extremes of each sign in order to bring every member of the zodiac into balance and help you begin your journey toward enhanced clarity and growth.

Aries (21 March– 20 April) - Peppermint

Those born under this first sign of the Zodiac are natural leaders who are ambitious, industrious, courageous, confident and always passionate. However, their determination and pioneering spirit, to lead through their fiery, energetic and competitive spirit is prone to headaches and stress related problems.

Peppermint essential oil is excellent for calming the fire! Peppermint can totally chill out the ambitious Aries who will find themselves rejuvenated, refocused and ready for a fresh start. A whiff of its radiant aroma will help alleviate those pesky headaches and when mixed into a massage oil, peppermint oil can help with those tender joints and cramped muscles, enabling an Aries to continue forward with their driving desires.

Taurus (21 April – 21 May) - Eucalyptus

Children of Taurus are reliable, determined, highly practical and logical.  Thanks to being ruled by Venus, they are also sensitive, loving, appreciative of beauty and pleasure and not opposed to the occasional romantic interlude. Being ruled by Venus, Taureans are known for being loyal homebodies with a love of stability. They do not like change. Their inflexible disposition translates to stiffness in the rest of the body, too

The addition of Eucalyptus oil would resonate quite well with the Taurean who is often riddled with sore throats, stiff neck muscles and reoccurring colds. Eucalyptus oil assists in the healing of sore throats and is often used in neck massages to release tension, allowing the Taurus-born person to handle difficult situations in a dignified way and enjoy feeling grounded and steady. Add it to a hot bath filled with Epsom salt. Let the oil and the steam overwhelm your senses as the water relaxes your muscles. 

Gemini (22 May - 21 June) - Bergamot

Gemini’s are quick-witted, mercurial, and multidimensional, known to be inquisitive communicators, who will never shy away from an intellectual discourse or debating politics. Gemini have a duality about their personality, meaning they can sometimes change their minds and moods on a whim, but they're also easily adaptable to any situations and are natural problem solvers. They bring a lively, versatile, and restless approach to living life. Because Gemini’s are naturally good at almost everything, they tend to bite off a little more than they can chew.

Individuals with effusive energy can encounter burnout, so the perfect oil for the Gemini personality is Bergamot. Gemini’s are prone to respiratory illnesses as well as sore and strained muscles of the neck, arms and shoulders. Bergamot will bring out your quick wit and help you connect mentally with others. Bergamot works well in a diffuser when you use it to sharpen your mental focus or add a few drops to your favorite carrier oil (we love rosehip oil) and dab onto wrists for an all-day reminder to slow your roll.

Cancer (22 June- 22 July) - Lavender

The least predictable of all the signs, Cancerians are ruled by the moon and known to be easy-going yet sensitive creatures who enjoy solitude and contemplation. One minute patient and easygoing, the next irritable and moody -  their emotions are easily influenced by their surroundings and the energy around them. Nurturing to the other signs, with an intuitive and patient understanding of the world around them, they often enjoy the quiet home life.

The unpredictable Cancerian will find balance with the fortifying nature of Lavender essential oil as it aids in fighting depression and raising spirits. It eliminates feelings of sadness and depression and induces a state of relaxation due its antispasmodic and antidepressant properties. You sometimes slip into a moody malaise, Cancer, so use lavender to ease your anxiety, regulate mood swings and restore comfort. For a quick and easy source of calm, add a few drops of lavender to your pillow before you fall asleep. You'll breathe it in all night long and wake up refreshed and free of anxiety.

Leo (23 July- 22 August) - Rosemary

Ruled by the powerful Sun, Leos are known to be powerful and dominant and just like the lion they are born leaders. The Leo has an air about them that the world revolves around them. Being self-expressive, magnanimous and confident instills charisma and the Leo will seem entraining and self-assured in the most trying of times. However, this commanding, extroverted and overly ambitious nature can also lead to burnout and stress.

Rosemary essential oil would serve the Leo energy well, with its complimentary spicy aroma that nurtures the overall energy of the body. This sign rules over the heart, the back, and spine, which means that people born in this sign have a tendency toward back pain and circulatory issues. Rosemary is often used to dispel lethargy and fatigue due to its stimulating actions. You can also mix it with lemon juice or peppermint to weaken its strong odor. If you're feeling frustrated, dilute the oil and apply it to the soles of your feet for fast absorption. Those who like the aroma are often people who are multi-taskers and have a spirit about them that people seem to notice, very much like the fire signs Leo.

Virgo (23 August- 23 September) - Frankincense

Virgos are blessed with a social behavior that is intelligent, orderly, practical and sociable. Preferring to keep life simple and uncomplicated, Virgos are perfectionists with a little OCD, and can easily be stressed if they're juggling too much at home or at work. They often go with the most logical or sensible choice when forced to make decisions and sometimes need a little extra inspiration to get creative and think outside of the box. They tend to be conscious of their health, and they plan their time very carefully. Virgos are prone to feeling stressed, allergies and frequent colds, They also have a tendency to worry and can be prone to depression.

The Virgo essential oil is Frankincense oil which helps the stressed Virgo soothe their mind while fighting colds. Frankincense would benefit the Virgo personality with its ability to clarify thinking and refresh one who is constantly analyzing and introspective. Use it to slow your racing thoughts and calm your pounding heart. Add Frankincense oil to your bath at night or sprinkle a couple drops in your favorite shampoo.

Libra (24 September- 23 October) - Geranium or Frankincense

Represented by the scales, Libra is the definition of balance— the idealistic peacemakers of the zodiac.  They are particularly romantic and compassionate, able to find harmony between work and play, be the diplomat amongst their many friends and always looking for justice and balance in life. This ability to adapt and be accepting to whatever comes one's way is ironically tempered with their hormones that sometimes fall out of whack—hormonal imbalances are common amongst Libra. You're prone to colds, tummy aches and minor illnesses.

The balancing oil of geranium has adaptogenic properties that when applied topically can control oil production and when inhaled can help regulate hormones. Geranium helps alleviate anxiety, reduce inflammation and balance the hormones. Through the use of Geranium essential oil, Libra women experience less fatigue and general feeling of emotional wellness. 

Frankincense is another balancing oil for nurturing a sense of self-support and to calm down after partying. It deflects and reduces stress. Rub frankincense into the soles of your feet for an immediate mood boost. Surrender and let Frankincense transport you to into an emotional "middle ground," where Libras feel most comfortable and where time is never of the essence. 

Scorpio (24 October- 22 November) - Patchouli

Emotional, passionate, perceptive and determined, Scorpio is a force to be reckoned with. Scorpios make incredibly loyal and loving friends. They are the most contradictory of all the signs - your best friend or your worst enemy. Extremely emotional, they have a highly developed sense of sensuality, with a powerful and mysterious aurora about them. Because they're so emotionally charged Scorpios find it very difficult to forgive.

Patchouli can help soften the heart of this powerful sign, making it easier for the scorpion to move on and forgive. This intense and powerful energy can be best supported with Patchouli, which works wonders for healing the emotional and psychological impact of stress and provides a relieving and soothing energy, opening the heart to accepting what is and balancing any obsessiveness. Patchouli calms down the body, mind and soul while bringing forth positive and constructive emotions. It gives relief from anxiety, stress, annoyance, anger and depression. It can supply the extra energy when you don't have anything left to give.

A little goes a long way with this oil, so take it slow and let it pick up the slack. Mix a few drops to your bath salts and spend a few luxurious minutes all to yourself.


Sagittarius (23 November- 21 December) - Tea Tree

Sagittarians tend to suffer from wanderlust; traveling, moving, and experiencing new realities - the fun-loving adventurers and entertainers of the zodiac! Intelligent, friendly and enthusiastic as well as honest and outspoken with their ideas and philosophies, their gregarious and outgoing temperament can also make them restless. Consider yourself lucky if you're born under this sign - everyone adores you! Because they're constantly in motion, the Sagittarius is ruled by the body's thighs, liver and hips, often resulting in Sciatica, stress and upper leg pains.

Tea Tree essential oil is the perfect remedy to aching muscles and can help keep your muscles healthy and strong while easing the symptoms of the musculoskeletal conditions. It is ideal for calming the spirits without dampening the gusto. This soothing oil will increase circulation and ease aches and pains that come with traveling.

Capricorn ( 22 December- 20 January) - Vetiver

Capricorn is the 10th sign in the zodiac and we often find Capricorns to be logical, determined and ambitious individuals, deliberate and methodical in their actions, with self-imposed rules and limitations. They are a pro at examining all sides of a situation. Although considered the loners of the zodiac and loyal to a fault, they are fun when they let loose and live a little. Because they're so driven to succeed and constantly thinking about the future, it can be hard for Capricorns to let loose and really be themselves. They are prone to stiff joints, broken bones and skin problems.

Vetiver essential oil is perfect for soothing the perfectionist in Capricorn, as its stimulating properties can help remove blocked energy and open one up to new ways of thinking. Vetiver relieves mental exhaustion and reduces muscle pain, which can supercharge your stamina as you contemplate difficult choices or encounter everyday stressors. Vetiver is best for Capricorns to help them relax, rejuvenate and revive an overworked mind while combating the signs of negative health issues of broken bones, skin issues and stiff joints.

Aquarius (21 January- 19 February) - Ylang Ylang

The creators of the zodiac and the most friendly and kind sign of the zodiac, Aquarians are progressive visionaries who often have inventive ideas and unique opportunities. Famous for their cheerful personalities and originality, they are super creative and tend to be a bit eccentric and disruptive with their out-of-the-box thinking. Often considered to be intellectuals with liberal viewpoints, this sign is also very much humanitarian. Those under this sign experience health issues of varicose veins, shin splints, ankle and leg cramps and circulatory issues.

The essential oil of Ylang Ylang works wonders in helping Aquarians digest and express their ingenious ideas while also calming and quieting their overactive minds. The Ylang Ylang essential oil is suitable for softening hard-headed and stubborn personalities, giving the mood a boost and helping focus on the positives. Add the essential oil to your bath water, take a deep breath, relax and let the alluring aroma whisk you off to your happy place. Excellent for helping with circulation, this sensual smelling oil totally screams "I'm an Aquarius!"

Pisces (20 February- 20 March) - Myrrh

As the last and most psychic sign in the astrological calendar, Pisces are known as the easygoing dreamers — artistic and creative individuals with a vivid imagination who spend time developing a higher consciousness. They are some of the most gentle and patient members of the zodiac, notoriously empathetic and intuitive to the needs of others. Their out-of-this-world nature can make them seem like they've got their head in the clouds, or even lazy, but Pisces is just busy brainstorming a way to save the world with love. Throughout the zodiac we see each sign ruled by a body part, working its way down to the feet where Pisces born experience bunions, corns and tired aching feet.

The essential oil of Myrrh is ideal for grounding Pisces’ dreamy, unpractical nature and for nurturing the sensitive inner-self as its energy supports meditative desires by quieting the minds to allow for universal influences to be expressed. It helps to overcome soreness, arthritis of the feet and water retention while promoting good health and reducing inflammation. Use it when your nerves feel a little frayed and let it promote calm and rational thinking when your emotions become too hot to handle. It's excellent for keeping even the dreamiest among us focused and aware.



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