Most of us can recognize the smell of a lilac when we get a whiff, but are you aware of all the benefits of lilac essential oil? In reality, it’s just a fragrance oil because it can’t be extracted through steam distillation. Either way, it still smells great and has some real benefits when used properly.
The smell of Lilacs is the first true sign of spring here in Massachusetts. They bring back so many fond memories of playing outside after being kept up all winter! Any scent that brings back fond memories for most people is great to use as an essential or fragrance oil.
Lilacs are a species of flowering plants that are surprisingly part of the olive family. Native to the rocky hills of the Balkan Peninsula, we know cultivate lilacs as ornamental plants that can be found all over the world. Today, lilacs can be found planted sporadically across Europe and most of North America.
Lilacs are grown in temperate climates and grow as tall as 15 feet in height. They are fairly hardy, don’t require must maintenance, and are very easy to grow once established. They produce dark green leaves and large clusters of beautiful flowers.
These beautiful flowering plants were very popular in the Ottoman gardens during the 16th century. It is believes that those lilacs wer supplied from The Holy Roman Emperor’s ambassador, Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq in 1562. As for American history, lilacs were first introduced in the 18th century.
Benefits of Lilac Essential Oil
Because it is scientifically not possible to extract essential oils from a lilac, we are only able to get fragrance oil from the plant. Therefore, there are no real benefits of using lilac oil other than the mental aspact. As I mentioned before, the scent of lilacs can be very beneficial to those that associate fond memories with the scent.
Since this lilac essential oil is not 100% pure or organic, it is important that you do not ingest it or use it internally. I also strongly suggest that you dilute it somehow before applying it directly to your skin too. This can be easily done by using a carrier oil, water, or numerous other techniques you can learn about on this site.
Uses of Lilac Essential Oil
- A Good Soak – One of my favorite uses for lilac essential oil, or lilac fragrance oil, is to add it to my bathtub and soak it in. There isn’t much better than taking a bath in a room filled with great smelling steam. You will feel so refreshed when you get out and be ready to take on the world!
- Body Message – When creating a body message oil, I love to add a few drops of lilac to make it smell great. Especially if I am looking to make something girly that I am going to leave on for the day. Who doesn’t want to smell like lilacs all day!
- In Your Diffuser – If you run a diffuser in any room of your house, you should really try adding some lilac to your mixtures. If you don’t run a diffuser in your house, then you should stop by my reviews of the best diffusers on the market and pick one up. They can really change the whole atmosphere of a room by providing a fresh scent and putting everyone in a better mood.
- Candle Making – I don’t do much candle making myself, but I do love a lilac scented candle I keep in my living room. If you make candles at home, adding lilac fragrance oil is something you should look into if you haven’t already!
When I am looking to blend lilac with other essential oils, I am usually looking for other floral scents. That’s not to say that it doesn’t mix well with other fragrances, but that is just what I prefer. Here are my 5 favorite scents to mix with lilac:
As I have mentioned a few times in this article, it is important to remember that there is not such thing as true lilac essential oil. What you are actually looking at is lilac fragrance oil. This oil is extracted differently or created synthetically and is not all natural.
You should not ingest this product on use internally.
While lilac essential oil might not provide any therapeutic benefits, it still has many uses. You should keep this oil on hand for when you are looking for an uplifting scent!