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This or that . . . or why not both? Comparing essential oils

Updated: 3 days ago



Do you know the difference between Tea Tree and Australian Ericifolia? What about Cypress and Blue Cypress? Or Peppermint and Wintergreen? If these related essential oils have you scratching your head in confusion, then this post is for you!

Many classic pairs seem interchangeable on the surface. And while it’s true that you can use many of these oils in place of each other, they’re unique enough that you’ll want to keep both on hand. Use our infographic to help you pick a favorite from popular pairs or discover the benefits of a duo!


This comparison chart is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to comparing essential oils. If you want to see an even better breakdown of each EO pair, dive deep with us below!

Tea Tree vs. Australian Ericifolia: How they’re different Although they share the same genus, these two essential oils are entirely different species. A household staple, Tea Tree may be more well known, but Australian Ericifolia’s light, sweet scent is in a class of its own. Tea Tree Latin name: Melaleuca alternifolia Aroma: Sharp and astringent Perfect for: eliminating odors from extra-smelly places like garbage cans and gym bags Also called: Melaleuca oil Add to: homemade cleaners Australian Ericifolia Latin name: Melaleuca ericifolia Aroma: Subtly clean with floral notes Perfect for: revitalizing your spirit after a long day Also called: Lavender Tea Tree Add to: V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex and rub into chest and shoulders How they’re similar Both Tea Tree and Australian Ericifolia fight musty odors with clean smells. They’re also cousins in the myrtaceae family. Here’s how to use them:

  • Freshen any space by diffusing.

  • Get gorgeous, healthy-looking hair by adding a few drops to some carrier oil and massaging into your scalp.

  • Add to your skin care routine to make blemishes less noticeable.

  • Try these 17 usage tips with Tea Tree or swap in the gentler aroma of Australian Ericifolia.

Peppermint vs. Wintergreen: How they’re different You can always rely on Peppermint to get the job done, but Wintergreen is a breath of fresh air in more ways than one! You may be surprised to learn that these oils aren’t related; in fact, wintergreen isn’t even a part of the mint family. Peppermint Latin name: Mentha piperita Constituents: menthol, menthone, and menthofuran Aroma: Refreshing and cool Perfect for: keeping it fresh Add to: LavaDerm™ After-Sun Spray for a chilly cooldown Wintergreen Latin name: Gaultheria procumbens Constituent: methyl salicylate Aroma: Sweet and shivery Perfect for: Staying cool Add to: thick foot cream for a tingly massage How they’re similar Though Wintergreen and Peppermint aren’t family members, they have a similar minty-fresh scent! Use either when you’re in need of a little refresh-mint. Here’s how to use them:

  • Dilute with carrier oil for a post-workout massage.

  • Try Cool Azul®, PanAway®, or Deep Relief ™. All three are made with both Peppermint and Wintergreen.

  • Diffuse with Lemon or Geranium during the afternoon slump.

To read the rest of the comparisons, go to the YL blog site here.

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