What’s that? Mixing up little batches of your own essential oil blends isn’t a part of your Sunday afternoon routine rn? Well, it should be. With a few simple ingredients, you can start a supes fancy perfume counter from your very own kitchen—and what better place to start that with scents for your star sign, ya know? Let’s call it astrological aromatherapy.
But first, what is an essential oil anyway?
It’s the oil extracted from a plant (from its leaves, herbs, bark, or rind) that contains the essence of the plant’s signature fragrance. Distilled into small bottles of pure oil, they pack quite a punch and form the basis of aromatherapy. Essential oils can be breathed in, dabbed onto the skin, dropped into a diffuser, or infused in a bath. (PSA: they’re intense, so follow any and all instructions like a Virgo.)
Okay, so what’s your sign—er, I mean—oil?
Aries have a passionate nature and can be prone to stress and headaches because of that fiery Mars influence making ‘em get all aggro. Strong fragrances suit Aries’ powerful and dynamic personality, and can also help to soothe those fiery vibes. Frankincense, peppermint, rose, and marjoram all fit the bill. Chamomile and lavender can help to comfort unwelcome stressy headaches.
Taureans are ruled by Venus, which influences sensuality and indulgence, so Taureans love to smell alluring and rich. Neroli, rose, and ylang-ylang are alluring fragrances, whilst black pepper and cardamom are *wink* energizing in the bedroom. Venus also rules the neck and throat areas, so Taureans are vulnerable to aches and pains there, which rosemary and lemon can help to alleviate.
Geminis run on nervous energy and they can be prone to shortness of breath and tense, tender shoulders and necks. Thyme and eucalyptus can help to clear the airways. Marjoram and peppermint can help to relax tight muscles. Bergamot, grapefruit, rosemary and ginger are very stimulating scents, that can keep even the most fraught Gemini alert and ready for anything.
Crabbies experience tricky digestion sometimes, probably because of all those secrets they swallow down and brood over, which can be helped by peppermint, chamomile, and fennel. Being ruled by the Moon can make them moody and unpredictable, a tidal force of emotion. Calming, steadying oils such as lavender, patchouli, and neroli are the MVPs for leveling off those mood swings.
Leos commit 100 percent of their energy and vitality to everything (and everyone) they do. Such a high energy attitude requires a potent ~fuel~ to help keep them going. See: powerful fragrances like clove, cinnamon, and sweet orange. Leos can also be susceptible to aching backs (hi, same), which a blend of rosemary and ginger can help to alleviate.
Virgo is the worrier of the zodiac, fighting off mini meltdowns on an almost hourly basis. An overworked mind can be soothed by ylang ylang, lemon, rose, and vetiver. Maybe because of their stress levels, they can also be prone to colds and flu. Citrus oils, eucalyptus, and peppermint are all useful oils to keep handy to help soothe cold symptoms.
Librans are laid back, they like to mull over stuff and can procrastinate about decisions waaay too long. A focusing kind of scent like sage, frankincense, or ylang ylang will help to sharpen their clarity and attention when they need to *deep breaths* make a firm and final decision. Libras can also experience lower back pain, which basil and bergamot can help to relieve.
Scorpios love sex (blame Pluto, their planetary ruler, which influences the reproductive organs). Patchouli, jasmine, and neroli are erotic aromas that make them feel seductive. Some oils, such as melissa, rose, and fennel, are said to support reproductive health too. Scorpios also like to explore their psychic abilities (blame Pluto again, can’t resist those mystic vibes) and those skills can be enhanced by cedarwood, myrrh, and mugwort.
Sag is a freedom-loving, outdoorsy sign whose symbol is the archer—they’re always hunting and chasing a new target. Geranium, rosemary, and tea tree are all powerful oils that amplify feelings of adventurousness and boldness, helping Sag get out there and live life to the max. PSA: sometimes the Sagittarian appetite for life can tip over towards being an addictive personality, and tempering those excesses is sometimes necessary—juniper and basil can help.
Capricorn rules the bones and joints, so they can experience stiffness or sprains (especially around their knees). Ginger, lavender and lemon are good soothers. Caps are also huuuge worriers, and harbor feelings of insecurity, which drives them to work (too hard) to protect their material world. De-stressing oils include chamomile, sandalwood, and patchouli.
Aquarians dance to their own beat, and are typically pioneering and assertive. Sometimes this comes off as them being stubborn or unreasonable—don’t worry, those sharp edges can be smoothed by rose, lemon, and coriander. A natural-born inventor and innovator, Aquarius is always working on some project, campaign or scheme. Oils such black pepper, peppermint, and rosemary will help them to burn the midnight oil when they need to.
All Pisceans have a ~thing~ with their feet and love pampering and pedicuring. Oils such as tea tree, lemon, and lavender are great to soothe and soften hard-working feet. Pisceans are the zodiac’s dreamers, and it can be hard to persuade them to come back to reality sometimes. Grounding oils such as vetiver, spruce, rosemary, and cedarwood can help keep them connected to planet earth.
Kerry Ward, AKA Tarotbella, is an inaugural member of The Cosmo(s) Council—your team cosmic life coaches here at Cosmopolitan.
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