Reflection of the Colors of Essential Oils

Posted: January 17, 2011 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

I was doing my annual inventory count which involves transferring the essential oil liquids from their container into a measuring cylinder to see how many milliliters I have. I simply love this annual task because it gives me an opportunity to connect with the wonders of essential oils all over again. On regular days, when we handle small bottles of these oils, we tend to forget their origin, the plant where they came from, and their color.



This inky-blue liquid that you see here is German Chamomile (Matricaria recutica).  If you have ever had a cup of chamomile tea, you would probably remember the color to be greenish or yellowish. Now, look again at this picture – doesn’t look like chamomile by a mile, right? 
One of the main components of German Chamomile is Chamazulene which gives this oil its blue color.  This component is not present in the fresh flower but is only produced during the process of distillation.

Chamazulene, present in some volatile oils, is markedly anti-inflammatory and antiallergenic.

Just by looking at the color of the oil, one can determine its therapeutic qualities:
– Since blue is a ‘cooling’ color, think about all the ‘hot’ conditions that this refreshing oil is going to counteract.
 – On the emotional front, blue chamomile has a very strong influence in soothing the solar plexus – the major nerve center located in the stomach area.
According to Gabriel Mojay, the solar plexus is the vital center of our psychological needs and wants.  When negative or ‘hot’ feelings like frustration, chronic tension and insomnia appear, the cooling blue effect of this oil helps in restoring balance.

In the physical plane, hot conditions such as irritable bowel, inflammation and spasms, can be easily relieved with the topical application of this oil when combined with a carrier oil.


Red, the warmest of all colors, signifies passion, heat and vitality
Red is extroverted, just like the substance in this bottle.  The absolute extracted from the Jasmine flower is a bright, sensual red and helps shed inhibitions.
It helps introverts come out of their shells and helps a couple revive the ‘heat’ in their relationship. It is very effective in driving away depression and fueling passion, libido and self-esteem when a person is feeling down and low.


 This orange liquid here is Sweet Orange essential oil.  This organic oil comes from Argentina and just by looking at its bright happy color, one can’t help but smile.
Orange i
s an uplifting, joyful oil.  It has a cleansing quality that clears a saddened heart and physically too, it helps purify the liver.
I use it in severa
l blends for digestion, and detoxifying because of its digestive, lymphatic, gastric and sedative properties.

So, the next time you hold a bottle of essential oil, think of the beauty of its color and the great emotional therapeutic properties that the plant is providing
to you.

© Cristina Proano – AROMANDINA 2011– All rights reserved – aromatherapy blog. The information on this blog is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this blog may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.

  • Lorraine

    I was looking for a list of which essential oils are colorless (to use in a homemade fabric wrinkle remover mix) No where can I find a list, so I can then choose a colorless one, that also has properties that may be useful to me.

    Many thanks if you can advise me. If not, this is a great website and I’m glad I found it.

  • Great question. As I blend my oils I’ll take note of the colorless oils and will let you know. Thank you Lorraine

  • Thanks for this insight, we are distilling Australian Kanuka essential oil (Kunzea ericoides) and it is a beautiful aqua/emerald green/blue color and I am curious to what compound(s) exactly create this color?
    It does have a wonderful healing energy and therapeutically is very anti-inflammatory and analgesic as well as being anti-microbial.

    regards Anne

  • Hello Anne,
    I am not sure what would give it that color. The color of Blue Chamomile, Blue Cypress, Yarrow and Blue Tansy come from their azulene content, but I don’t know which of the components of Kunzea Oil gives that beautiful color.
    In any case, it makes sense that an oil with a cooling color would have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, right?