Essential Oils 101

What Are Essential Oils?

If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Essential oils provide their native plants with protection against environmental threats and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants, they are beautifully fragrant to people and have a long history of being used in food preparation, beauty treatment, and holistic practices.

How Do I Use Essential Oils?

Essential oils are used for a very wide range of aromatic, topical, and internal wellness applications. They can be used one single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:


Aromatic use of essential oils includes any application method that helps you experience the aroma of the oil through smell. You can use essential oils aromatically by diffusing in an essential oil diffuser, applying a drop to your hands and inhaling, or wearing as a personal fragrance.


Topical application of essential oils allows the oil to absorb into the skin, either directly or paired with a carrier oil to minimize sensitivity to stronger oils. You can use essential oils on your skin by incorporating them into a massage, applying to targeted areas, or adding to lotions or moisturizers.


Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used to enhance and add flavours to your favorite dishes and beverages. Be sure to check the label carefully to make use an essential oil is safe for internal use before using this way.

Essential oils are both exciting and promising when it comes to taking care of your own and your family’s wellness. Whether you’re applying essential oils topically, enjoying the aromatic benefits through diffusing, or incorporating the unique flavours of essential oils in your cooking, the positive benefits of essential oils are boundless.

​​​​​​​Because essential oils can so easily become a part of so many of your daily practices, it’s crucial that the essential oils you are using are capable of delivering on their promise. To do so, make sure that you are choosing essential oils for both their potency and their purity. Proper methods of growing, harvesting, and distilling are crucial to maintaining this high level of quality. Above all else, this level of purity is the top priority of doTERRA when producing essential oils.

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