Myrtaceae 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: Myrtales
   Family: Myrtaceae    aka "Eucalypteae"   Commonly Known as "The Myrtle Family"  Pronounced:  mur-tay’-see-ee    
 This family consists of tropical trees and shrubs having large evergreen leaves. Some plants in this group are grown for ornamental effects along road sides and sidewalks. Others are grown for oils, resins, fruit, timber, and cloves.
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    Essential Oil List
Allspice    Pimenta dioica
Bay Rum    Pimenta racemosa
Cajeput    Melaleuca leucadendra
Clove Bud    Syzygium aromaticum
Eucalyptus (Citriodora)    Eucalyptus citriodora
Eucalyptus (Dives)    Eucalyptus dives
Eucalyptus (Globulus)    Eucalyptus globulus
Eucalyptus (Lemon)    Eucalyptus citriodora
Eucalyptus (Radiata)    Eucalyptus radiata
Fragonia    Agonis fragrans
Kanuka    Leptospermum ericoides
Kunzea    Kunzea ambigua
Manuka    Leptospermum scoparium
Manuka (Lemon)    Leptospermum petersonii
MQV    Melaleuca viridiflora
Myrtle    Myrtus communis
Myrtle (Anise)    Syzygium anisatum
Myrtle (Lemon)    Backhousia citriodora
Niaouli    Melaleuca viridiflora
Pimento    Pimenta officinalis
Rosalina    Melaleuca ericifolia
Tea Tree    Melaleuca alternifolia
Tea Tree (Lemon)    Leptospermum petersonii
    Carrier Oil List
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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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