Lauraceae Family Members  Botanical Name Lookup
Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering Plants) --- The most diverse plant group worldwide with over 250,000 documented living species.
Most of the essential oils and carrier oils listed on this website come from this group.
 Class: Magnoliopsida --- Commonly Known As "Dicotyledons" --  This class consists of flowering plants (Angiosperms) whose embryo has two or more seed leaves.
  Order: Laurales
   Family: Lauraceae    Commonly Known as "The Laurel Family"  Pronounced:  lau-ray’-see-ee    
 This family consists of a widely distributed group of trees and shrubs commonly found in warm regions. Flowers are petal-less and leaves are often leathery in nature.
    Genus: ...
    Essential Oil List
Bay Laurel    Laurus nobilis
Bois de Rose    Aniba rosaeodora
Camphor (Chinese)    Cinnamomum camphora
Camphor (Japanese)    Cinnamomum camphora
Camphor (White)    Cinnamomum camphora
Cassia Bark    Cinnamomum cassia
Cinnamon Bark    Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Cinnamon Cassia    Cinnamomum cassia
Cinnamon Leaf    Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Clove (Brazil)    Dicypellium caryophyllatum
Clove Bark    Dicypellium caryophyllatum
Ho Leaf    Cinnamomum camphora
Laurel    Laurus nobilis
Litsea Cubeba    Litsea cubeba
Malabathrum    Cinnamomum tamala
May Chang    Litsea cubeba
Ravensara    Ravensara aromatica
Ravintsara    Cinnamomum camphora
Rosewood    Aniba rosaeodora
Rosewood (Cayenne)    Dicypellium caryophyllatum
Sassafras    Sassafras albidum
Tamala    Cinnamomum tamala
    Carrier Oil List
Avocado    Persea americana

Species Defined
A species is a group of plants that have all originated from the same form (Genus), that all resemble each other, that all propagate by spreading their own seeds, and that all have the first part of their specie name in common. By convention, specie names consist of 2 parts, the first part always starting with a capital letter and the second part always starting with a lower case letter. In addition, specie names are also written in italics. For example:
Pinus sylvestris     --     "Scotch Pine"
Pinus strobus     --     "White Pine"
Pinus rigida     --     "Pitch Pine"
These are all plants from the same original form or Genus. The genus name in this example is "Pinus".

Plants within the same genus each vary slightly depending on soil conditions, climate, cultivation method, etc. Examples of slight variations include, flowers differing in color, fruit differing in flavor, leaves differing in form, etc. So, Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citrodora) grown in one country may taste slightly different from Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla) grown in another country. The point is, both Lemon Verbena plants are from the same genus (Aloysia) but since they differ slightly due to climate conditions, etc. they each have their own distinct specie name.

For the purposes of aromatherapy, the percentages of oil constituents in a bottle of Lemon Verbena from Aloysia citrodora might only vary slightly from the percentages of oil constituents in a bottle of Lemon Verbena from Aloysia triphylla assuming the same distillation process was used for both.

Or, the oil constituents could quite possibly vary by a sizable amount. Some examples of oils that vary by a large amount depending on the specific species involved would be Rosemary, Thyme, and Eucalyptus, just to name a few.

With this in mind, finding a bottle of "essential oil" in a store that only says "Chamomile" on it without any specific plant specie name should leave a question in your mind. Do they mean German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), Moroccan Chamomile (Chamaemelum mixtum), or Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), or Wild Chamomile (Ormenis multicaulis)?   Or perhaps something else?

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