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Michelia alba

Botanical Properties

Magnolia is a shrub in the Magnoliaceae family.
The shrub has a very decorative evergreen foliage and an ornamental white flower with a lemony scent.
Michelia alba is native to Tibet, to Yunnan, but it has become acclimatised to Europe.

Origin and history

The subtlety of Magnolia essential oil is much used in perfumery for feminine fragrances.
It is therefore much used in cosmetics.

Organoleptic properties

Appearance: clear liquid
Colour: pale yellow
Odour: floral, lemony

Distilled parts: Flowers

Country of origin: China

Density: 0,88 - 0,90


Main biochemical constituents or chemotype: Linalool
Allergenic compounds naturally present in this essential oil: Limonene, geraniol, linalool
Some natural compounds contained in this essential oil may present a risk of allergy for some people. To check your tolerance, always perform an application test in the crease of the elbow before using your blends.
Given the high level of cinnamaldehyde, your attention should be drawn to the fact that this essential oil requires special precautions for use


Magnolia essential oil is mainly used for local application or diffusion
It is anxiolytic and calming


Magnolia essential oil treats cases of nervousness, depression, stress.
It can also be included in preparations used to target cellulite.



Magnolia essential oil is effective by diffusion in states of stress, nervousness or insomnia; it can also be applied, in dilution, to the inside of the wrists and on the solar plexus.
Its main use is in cosmetics where it delicately perfumes many care products.

Possible synergies

Bitter orange, sweet orange for states of stress.

Energetic values and synergies

In energetic aromatherapy, Magnolia essential oil is associated with the heart chakra, Anahata. Its colour is green.
Magnolia is one of those plants that nourishes the spirit and the heart to the detriment of the ego which individualises and hardens our beliefs. It soothes anger and fear, stimulates the imagination and creation.
Synergies: Patchouli, sandalwood, Damask rose, Atlas cedar


Flammable. Oral administration on medical advice. Keep out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with the eyes. Not recommended for children under 3 years or pregnant or breastfeeding women. Do not apply to the skin before sun exposure. Food usage possible. Do not use pure on the skin.


The data given on essential oils on this website is for information only. In no way does it replace the advice given by a doctor. For all therapeutic uses, or if you wish to obtain more information on essential oils, please consult a doctor.

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