It’s Essential: When and How to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used to heal and support your body’s emotional and physical well-being. But first things first, what are they? Essential oils are volatile liquids distilled from plants and organic matter like seeds, flowers, fruit, stems, bark, roots, and leaves.

Essential oils enter the body primarily in three ways. They can be applied to the skin using a compress, a spray, a bath, or massage; they can be inhaled using a diffuser, dry evaporation, steam, or a spray; and they can be ingested either orally or by suppository. Please note, though, that the ingestion of essential oils is only recommended under the supervision of a licensed healthcare provider.

Each different type of essential oil offers its own benefits, and each will help heal ailments that affect different parts of the body. For example, cypress, rosemary, chamomile, peppermint, juniper, and fennel are said to benefit the liver, while lemongrass, oregano, and lavender oils are beneficial to throat health. Jasmine reduces inflammation and spasms and relieves phlegm and coughs, while the juniper berry fights infection, treats arthritis, improves stomach health, and promotes wound healing. Read our essential guide to essential oils to learn more about which one is right for you.

Whether used topically, inhaled, or ingested, just a few drops of one of these great essential oils can help balance your mind, uplift your spirits, relieve pain, and much more.