Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts obtained through various methods such as distillation or cold pressing. These oils capture the natural fragrance, essence, and beneficial properties of the plant they are derived from. They are called “essential” because they contain the essence of the plant’s fragrance, not because they are indispensable.

Essential oils are used in aromatherapy, a holistic healing treatment that utilizes these natural extracts to promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being. They are known for their aromatic qualities and can be inhaled, applied topically (often diluted with a carrier oil), or, in some cases, ingested (though ingestion should be done cautiously and under the guidance of a trained professional).

Each essential oil has its own unique aroma and purported therapeutic properties. Some are believed to have calming effects, while others are considered energizing or have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, or other medicinal properties. They’re used in various ways, including in diffusers, massage oils, skincare products, and more, based on their intended benefits and applications.