Essential oils have been used for generations in alternative, Eastern, and homeopathic medicines. They're made from volatile compounds found in the roots, petals, seeds, bark, and leaves of plants that actually protect the plants from environmental threats and changing seasons. When properly harvested and distilled, pure concentrated plant extracts contain 50% to 70% more power than the herbs themselves. The types and uses of essential oils are endless, and with some guidance, you can use them effectively to suit your needs.
"For those just starting their oil journey, I always recommend beginning with aromatic and topical use and a diffuser for mood management, sleep, energy, and anything respiratory-related," Botton says. "Topically, it can be used for so many different uses. On a typical day, I use yarrow and frankincense on my skin for anti-aging benefits, rosemary on my scalp for hair growth, peppermint on my belly for digestion, rose as a natural deodorant, lavender and melaleuca in my mascara, and lemon in my water for detoxification." The general rule of thumb is to always spot-test before using to avoid irritation, and dilute into a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, pure jojoba, or almond, to not irritate the skin or scalp.