Essential oils are awesome. Some of the most amazing essential oils are incredibly hard to produce and can be very costly.
What are the priciest essential oils anyway?
8 Most Expensive Essential Oils
- Rose Essential Oil
- Melissa Essential Oil
- Neroli Essential Oil
- Blue Tansy Essential Oil
- Sacred Sandalwood Essential Oil
- Jasmine Essential Oil
- Helichrysum Essential Oil
- Frankincense Essential Oil
Expensive = Rare, Hard to Get, Difficult to Extract
Imagine walking through a lush forest. The pine needle trees enveloping around you and the soft forest floor beneath your feet, wet from recent rainfall. Now breathe deeply. Notice the woodsy scents, the citrusy notes, and the overall freshness of the air.
These soothing and calm-inducing scents you are experiencing are plant-derived essential oils.
Through varying processes of extraction and distillation, we can capture these essential oils in order to benefit from their myriad of uses including reduced stress, uplifted moods, and clearer minds.
Yet some essential oils are more difficult than others to obtain. The combination of short harvesting seasons, rare botanicals, and complex extraction processes make it harder to acquire certain oils, and this will undoubtedly be reflected in their price.
Below are some of the most expensive essential oils used in aromatherapy as well as their impressive range of benefits. While some prices may certainly be surprising, keep reading to learn what makes them such coveted products in the natural health world.
8. Frankincense Essential Oil
$93.00 15-ml or $0.31 per drop
Nicknamed the “King of Oils,” Frankincense promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, grounding, and overall wellness with an earthy and uplifting aroma.
Frankincense is derived from the resin of a small, woody tree. In order to obtain this resin, the tree is slashed to make an incision, which causes the tree to exude a whitish-yellowish resin that hardens. When hardened, the resin can be collected and is graded by color, the whitest being most prized. The essential oil is then distilled from the hardened resin.
Frankincense is often used during yoga, prayer, or meditation to enhance concentration and offer a sense of spiritual connectedness.
7. Helichrysum Essential Oil
$100.00 5-ml or $1.00 per drop
Helichrysum essential oil is steam distilled from tiny, delicate, golden yellow blossoms of the perennial herb, Helichrysum italicum, offering a sweet and earthy aroma. There are hundreds of Helichrysum varieties, but only a few produce essential oil.
When diffused, Helichrysum creates an invigorating scent that promotes stimulating and refreshing surroundings.
Also known as the Immortal Flower, Helichrysum can be applied topically as well to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes and provide a glowing complexion.
6. Jasmine Essential Oil
$103.00 5-ml or $1.03 per drop
Regarded as the “King of Flowers,” Jasmine is a highly fragrant aroma that uplifts mood and provides a positive outlook.
The oil is extracted from the flowering Jasmine plant, but the flower must be hand-picked at night before sunrise when their aroma is most intense. Then they are processed to produce a solid material from which their absolute is obtained. It requires more than 10 pounds of flowers to create one 5-ml bottle. This is a very labor-intensive process, which accounts for the high price of jasmine.
Nonetheless, Jasmine is a very versatile essential oil. It can be added to your evening bath for a calming, aromatic experience, or applied directly to skin to promote the appearance of healthy, youthful-looking skin. It can even be used as a personal fragrance, boosting self-confidence and energy.
5. Sacred Sandalwood Essential Oil
$131.25 5-ml or $1.31 per drop
Native to India, Sacred Sandalwood essential oil is recognized for its woodsy, uplifting and sweet aroma. Sandalwood has been steadily increasing in cost in part due to growing demand and scarce resources. It takes as long as 30 years for a tree to mature in order to harvest sandalwood properly.
It is commonly diffused during yoga, meditation, or prayer for an immersive and focused experience.
Sacred Sandalwood can also be applied topically to enhance the natural radiance of healthy-looking skin.
4. Blue Tansy Essential Oil
$124.67 5 ml or $1.24 per drop
Blue Tansy essential oil is harvested from a rare yellow-flowered Mediterranean plant found in northern Morocco, offering a sweet and herbaceous aroma.
When applied topically, Blue Tansy helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes and soothe skin irritation. For this reason, it is often used in high-end luxury beauty products.
Blue Tansy can also be used aromatically to uplift mood and reduce stress.
3. Neroli Essential Oil
$140.46 5-ml or $1.40 per drop
Carefully extracted from orange blossoms, Neroli has a citrusy, floral scent that instills mental clarity, emotional balance, and relaxation. It takes 220 pounds of flowers to produce just 2 ½ fluid ounces of Neroli oil.
When applied topically, Neroli helps to soothe the skin and offers an aromatic massage experience. It also combines well with other essential oils such as Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and Marjoram.
2. Melissa Essential Oil
$180 5-ml or $1.80 per drop
Melissa, also known as lemon balm, is a rare essential oil that offers a sweet, fresh, citrus-like fragrance. Steam-distilled from the flowering tops and leaves of Melissa officinalis, it can be used aromatically, topically, and internally. Although the fragrance is easily released, a considerable amount of plant material is needed to create this essential oil.
It is known for reducing tense feelings, promoting relaxation, and calming feelings of nervousness. Melissa can be diffused at night to encourage peaceful sleep or massaged onto the forehead, shoulders, or chest to help reduce stress. Or add a few drops to moisturizer as a refreshing way to rejuvenate the skin.
1. Rose Essential Oil
$251.32 5ml or $2.51 per drop
Rose oil is one of the most expensive and valuable essential oils, with a history dating back as early as the eleventh century with Persian writings describing the process of rose distillation.
Roses must be hand-picked very early in the morning and distilled immediately. Harvesting season is short, lasting only between May and June. It requires 22 pounds of rose petals to create 5-ml of essential oil.
With a fresh, soothing aroma, rose oil is excellent for inducing a spa-like feeling when used in aromatherapy, helping to reduce feelings of emotional anxiety, stress, and nervous tension. It can also be applied topically to dehydrated skin and to help prevent premature aging.
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