Magnolia Essential Oil: Benefits, Properties, and Uses

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I’ve always been a fan of magnolias. There’s just something so special about their fragrance and the way they look with their large, showy flowers. But I had no idea there were so many benefits to using magnolia essential oil until recently. If you’re like me and are interested in learning more about this amazing oil, keep reading! I’ll share some of the properties and uses of magnolia essential oil that have me convinced it’s worth adding to my collection.

Scientific Information for Magnolia Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Michelia alba

Family: Magnoliaceae

Orgin: China

Extraction: Steam Distilled

Plant Part Used: Flower

Note: Middle

Color: Amber

Consistency: Slightly viscous

Aroma: Sweet, floral, fruity, champagne-like

Blend: 1% Dilution

Blends Well With: bergamot, cedarwood (atlas), copaiba, geranium, helichrysum, jasmine absolute, neroli, patchouli, roman chamomile, sweet orange, rose absolute, sandalwood, ylang ylang, and yuzu essential oil.

What is Magnolia Essential oil

Magnolia oil is a sweet-smelling essential oil that is extracted from the bark and flowers of the Chinese magnolia tree. Magnolia oil has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a variety of conditions, including anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Magnolia oil is also said to be beneficial for skin health and can be used to help reduce inflammation and promote wound healing.

Magnolia essential oil has a calming and relaxing effect on the mind and body. It is soothing and helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Magnolia oil is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to relieve pain and discomfort. Magnolia oil is a natural antidepressant and can help to improve moods.

Fun Fact: The flowers of the magnolia tree are harvested at night. This is when the flower’s aroma is at its peak. From there, it’s steam distilled and we’re left with a floral, fruity champagne like scent!

What does magnolia essential oil smell like

Magnolia essential oil has a sweet, floral, fruity scent that is almost champagne-like. It’s very reminiscent of spring.

Health Benefits of Magnolia Essential Oil

Magnolia hosts an assortment of health beneftis!

  • Alleviate rashes, hives, eczema, and psoriasis
  • Calm worry, tension, and feelings of stress
  • Ease anxiety
  • Ease inflammation
  • Ease menstrual discomfort
  • Encourage better communication
  • Heal dry skin
  • Help heal minor wounds
  • Improve memory and focus
  • Increase appetite
  • Increase circulation
  • Increase confidence
  • Inspire romance
  • Instill a sense of well-being
  • Reduce scars
  • Relieve respiratory congestion
  • Relieve symptoms of PMS
  • Relieve feelings of depression
  • Soothe cough
  • Stimulate the lymphatic system

How to Use Magnolia Essential Oil


Diffusing magnolia essential oil might just be my favorite way to use it! It’s great when I need to elevate my mood and get rid of negative energy.

I have a 100ml diffuser and I’ll add about 8 to 10 drops to the water!

Body Spray

You can also make your own air freshening or body spray! Add 6 to 10 drops to distilled water in a 2 oz glass amber bottle. Spray where ever you are sitting!

In the Bath

Enjoy the exotic scent of magnolia in the bath! Take 1 cup of epsom salts and add 1 drop of magnolia, with 3 drops sweet orange, and 2 drops yuzu essential oils. Mix well and add under running warm water.

Massage for Achy Muscles

Make your own massage oil using magnolia!


  • 2 drops magnolia essential oil
  • 1 drop helichrysum essential oil
  • 3 drops sweet marjoram essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil


  • Mix oils together
  • Massage over tense muscles and achy joints

Frequently Asked Questions

What essential oil is similar to Magnolia?

Whether you can’t find magnolia essential oil, or you’re looking for a cheaper option, there are several other essential oils quite similar to magnolia! These include ylang ylang, lavender, and bergamot. Just like magnolia, these oils are high in the compound linalool, making them powerfully soothing and relaxing.

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