What are essential oils and what are their benefits?
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that retain the natural smell and flavor, or “essence,” of their source.
Essential oils can be inhaled or diluted and applied to the skin. They may stimulate your sense of smell or have medicinal effects when absorbed. There are over 90 commonly used essential oils, each associated with certain health claims. Popular oils include peppermint, lavender, and sandalwood.
Aromatherapy isn’t the only use for essential oils. They can be used in and around the home, as a natural mosquito repellent, or industrially to make cosmetics. High-quality oils only use pure plant compounds extracted by distillation or cold pressing. Avoid oils that have been diluted with synthetic fragrances, chemicals, or oils. Essential oils are generally considered safe. However, they may cause serious side effects for some people, especially if applied directly to the skin or ingested.