What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are the essence of a plant, a gift from the earth, distilled and prepared for you to bring the power of nature into your home.

Inside many plants—hidden in roots, seeds, flowers, bark—are concentrated, highly potent chemical compounds. These natural compounds are essential oils.

Essential oils give a plant its scent, protect it from hazardous environmental conditions, and even assist it with pollination, among other important functions and benefits.

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1. Through Smell

We call this “aromatic” use of essential oils. This includes any application method that helps you experience the aroma of the oil. You can use essential oils aromatically by:

Diffusing in an essential oil diffuser

Applying a drop to your hands and inhaling

Wearing as a personal fragrance

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2. On Your Skin

“Topical” application of essential oils allows the oil to absorb into the skin. Some ways to use essential oils on your skin are:


Apply to targeted areas and rub in

Add to lotions or moisturizers 

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3. Ingesting

“Internal” use of essential oils allows the oil to be transported throughout your body. Make sure the essential oil is safe for internal use first, and then try one of these methods:

Add to a glass of water

Take in a veggie capsule

Put a drop under your tongue

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