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Ultimate Essential Oils Guide

21 mins

Akhila Jerripothula

The Best Essential Oils for Every Need, From Stress to Fatigue And How to Use Them

Essential oils have made a comeback in contemporary times for their incredible benefits, which date back to centuries of medical and cosmetic care usage. How do you make the most of these potent potions? How do you use essential oils safely so you can get all the beauty benefits, and mitigate the irritation and allergic reactions that may arise? Keep reading to find out, in our ultimate guide for essential oils! 

What Are Essential Oils?

Let’s demystify the wellness-boosting essential oil! Essential oil is the essence of a plant, hence the name. Inside many plants—hidden in roots, seeds, flowers, bark—are concentrated, highly potent chemical compounds. These natural compounds are essential oils! Essential oils give a plant its scent, protect it from dangerous environmental conditions, assist it with pollination, among other important functions and benefits.

Essential oils are made by steaming or pressing various parts of a plant (flowers, bark, leaves, or fruit) to capture the compounds that produce this recognizable fragrance of these botanicals. It can take several pounds of a plant to produce a single bottle of essential oil, so think about that when utilizing these coveted oils. In addition to creating scents, essential oils perform necessary functions in plants, which can have incredible benefits for us!

Do Essential Oils Really Work?

Not everything in the world will work for everyone, but the beauty of essential oils is targeting your hair, skin, and wellness concerns to find the best possible solutions for you, that are natural, so what do you have to lose! We’ll break down specific essential oils and their uses later. As always, we do recommend conducting a patch test before usage, to ensure there will be no adverse reactions from topically applying the oil. 


The basics of using essential oils are through inhalation, and depending on the plant, different effects can take place in your body. Since our sense of smell is estimated to be over 10,000 times more accurate than other senses (wow!), once an aroma is registered, the scent travels faster to the brain than both sight or sound! Aromas can trigger emotional and even physical responses that can allow vivid memory recall of people and places. If you wonder why a certain fragrance brings you back to a certain time, like the smell of warm cookies bringing you back to baking holiday treats with grandma, this is exactly why! Our sense of smell is linked to some of the oldest and deepest parts of the brain-- the amygdala. 

The physical structures of smell that are found in the nose and the brain is called the “olfactory system”. Our sense of smell is actually considered to be a “dynamic sense”. This means that its effect is not constant, but immediate and then fades. Aromatic molecules are “volatile”, meaning that they become gases and spread quickly. They get suspended in the air we breathe, which we then inhale. This is the first step to detecting an aroma! When these volatile molecules connect with the hair-like cilia in our nose, the olfactory cells produce a nerve impulse that reaches the Limbic system in our brain. The Limbic system is one of the most primitive parts of our brain, which is concerned with our survival and emotions. Some scientists believe that the activity of nerve signals passing through here is what causes mood changes from the altering of your brain chemistry. This nerve impulse eventually passes beyond the Limbic system to the Olfactory cortex, located towards the back of the brain. Here, the smell will finally be recognized, but by this time the brain and body will already have responded to it, which is why some scents bring such a strong reaction to you without even thinking about it!

History of Essential Oils

It’s easy for us to find the beauty benefits of essential oils, but back in the day, the properties of different botanicals would have been discovered through trial-and-error by various studies, like observing animals and their practice of using various botanicals to cure diseases. That observed knowledge would be passed down through generations as verbal tradition and would eventually become the herbal medicine we are aware of today. This kind of knowledge was the foundation for modern-day aromatherapy. 

These early civilizations learned that burning certain plant materials produced “unusual effects,” like sleepiness, heightened awareness, and more. Applying the smoke from burning a plant to a person is one of the earliest recorded forms of treatment with herbs and was integrated in religious and spiritual ceremonies, which still go on today. This smoking was used to “drive out evil spirits”, a tradition that lives on today in Eastern temples of Buddhist or Hindu faith. Smelling the intoxicating scent of burning incense is a huge part of the sensory experience of these religions. In the Catholic church, the use of a censer that is constantly burning frankincense and myrrh within its church services is just another example of using botanicals to boost their wellness and spirituality.

When we look at the history of essential oils and aromatherapy in general, we see that the true pioneers of using botanicals to help fix bodily issues were the Ancient Egyptians. They were the ones that spent the time to do years of research and experimentation to figure out ways to properly distill the essential oil from a plant and make it into a concentrate. Even centuries ago, they were using essential oils! The Egyptians cultivated plants for their oils and used them extensively in their religion, cosmetics for the face, and for medicinal purposes. Essential oils were even used alongside resins in the embalming process.  

The Ancient Chinese and Indian people were discovering botanicals and using them in aromatic oils around the same time, between 3000 and 2000 BC. This foundation of respect and understanding of botanicals would become concrete pillars of the Ayurveda for years to come. That experimentation and knowledge would also come from the ancient religious text, the Vedas, estimated to be written around 2000 BC. The Vedas in Ayurveda list the various uses of over 700 plants and substances, such as sandalwood, ginger, myrrh, cinnamon, and coriander, for both religious and medicinal purposes. Lastly, in addition to all of these cultures concurrently finding out about this kind of use for botanicals, early Greek history documents the use of different essential oils for the first time between 500 and 400 BC, including thyme, saffron, marjoram, cumin, and peppermint. In later years, the 18th and 19th centuries, chemists were able to determine active components of medicinal plants and identified substances like caffeine, quinine, morphine, atropine, which were considered to play an important role in their biological effects, and helped us understand why certain botanicals had certain effects. 

How Do I Choose & Use Essential Oils?

One thing to keep in mind when shopping around for essential oils is that they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is very important to make sure you are doing thorough research when trying to find reputable sources for purchasing essential oils. What are the signs of a cheap oil?

  • A lot of the cheaper oils found online are very low quality, diluted fragrance oils (aka they do nothing for you), and might even be full of toxic and fake chemicals-- nothing natural about them! Cheaper oils can be spotted by the difference in texture because the essential oil is cut with a lower cost filler oil. 
    • There is a lot of difference in the feeling of the oil on your skin. It should be slippery but not greasy for a truly pure, cold-pressed essential oil. 
  • Many times, these cheap oils will be sold in clear and transparent containers. A higher-quality essential oil is always contained in dark or opaque containers, to protect its purity from sunlight damage. 

The aforementioned characteristics should be kept in mind in the search for a high-quality essential oil-- certain brands will be able to provide a breakdown of all of the components of the oil. You can trust WOW Skin Science to ethically source their essential oils from all over the world, packaging these cold-pressed products in dark amber bottles to deliver the optimal purity for your beauty, health, and wellness journey!

WOW Skin Science essential oils are carefully extracted and distilled from flowers, leaves, roots, and other parts of plants. At the molecular level, these oils contain beneficial compounds like antioxidants, terpenes, and esters that can help to boost wellness. Ongoing scientific research confirms that specific essential oils have a variety of health benefits.

Which Essential Oil Is For Me? 

So now that we know about how to choose good-quality essential oils, let’s move on to the next step, which is determining which essential oil you will need. There are a multitude of essential oils that exist, and we recommend learning about them all over time, but it is easiest to start out with the most common/most used kinds of essential oils. These are some of the oils that are popular and common:

  • Bergamot: used to reduce stress and soothe irritation
  • Cedarwood: calming, fortifying, and strengthening
  • Jasmine: refreshing and soothing (can be used as a fragrance on the pulse points)
  • Lavender: promote relaxation and healing
  • Lemon: clarify and boost circulation
  • Peppermint: used to stimulate and uplift-- can help headaches
  • Rose: helpful for dry and sensitive skin, calms tension
  • Rosemary: aids memory and concentration, combats fatigue
  • Sweet Orange: good detoxifier, helpful to fall asleep
  • Tea Tree: antibacterial properties to treat infections and wounds
  • Ylang-Ylang: relaxation and balance

This is by far, not a comprehensive list of all of the essential oils available and all of their uses. We recommend reading a resource like that has a list of all of the 130 essential oils and a detailed look at their properties and benefits, to learn more about what kinds of essential oils are out there. The most basic advice given when asking about how to choose an essential oil, is to figure out what kind of result you are looking for, and find an oil that helps to bring that about. For example, if you are feeling very fatigued every mid-afternoon, but you don’t want to drink another cup of caffeine, you can use certain smells to bring about a burst of energy and vitality. An essential oil that would be great for this would be peppermint oil, spearmint, lemon, or sweet orange. All of these oils have been scientifically proven to help uplift the mood and help absolve certain levels of fatigue! This same idea goes for so many other ailments you might be suffering from, especially ones that are emotional or mood-based. 

How To Use Essential Oils

So, how do we use essential oils? Well there are a couple of different ways you can use essential oils. The first way to use essential oils is by utilizing the power of smell, which we spoke about earlier in how it can bring about powerful feelings with just a simple sniff. This is the aromatic use of essential oils. This includes things like…

  • using an oil diffuser to diffuse an essential oil into the air, 1-2 drops is all you need! You can customize your benefits and scent by mixing essential oils in your diffuser.
  • you can add a drop of essential oil to your hands, rub your palms for a few seconds to activate the oil, and inhale deeply for a few seconds with your eyes closed.
  • you can wear it as a personal fragrance by applying it topically to your skin. Just one drop on each pulse point behind your ears, side of your neck, back of your wrist, and behind your neck. You can also add one to two drops of essential oils into your body lotion or body butter, and massage it into the skin for an all-over body fragrance with beauty benefits! 

This topical application of an essential oil helps the beauty benefits absorb into the skin. We always make sure to emphasize that since essential oils are very concentrated, you NEED to use a carrier oil to help dilute its intensity. To use essential oils on your skin...

  • you can apply it topically through massage oil
    • Mix one to two drops of essential oil into a palmful of a carrier oil. We love using castor oil because it is non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog your pores but still deliver the beauty benefits you're looking for. 

The last and final way you could use essential oils is to ingest them. While there are benefits from ingesting certain kinds of essential oils, WOW Skin Science, along with a lot of medical publications, DO NOT RECOMMEND ingesting an oil, for you might not know the quality of the oil due to the lack of FDA regulation. We at WOW Skin Science know and use oils for their superficial (read: external) applications and we have formulated oils and oil blends that help to facilitate that. While our essential oils are very high-grade, they ARE NOT FOOD-GRADE, so stick to the previous two ways of using essential oils. If you use them in the two ways that we mentioned, it is very safe to use essential oils every day, or every other day if you have sensitive skin or a sensitive sense of smell.

Dos & Don'ts of Essential Oils

There are definitely some dos and don’ts of essential oils that are important to keep in mind. Some may be more obvious than others, but it’s good to refresh your mind to make sure you are using essential oils properly. Some do’s associated with essential oils are:

  • DO use essential oils if you suffer from anxiety
  • DO check the quality of the oils and the reputability of the brand
  • DO toss out older oils (anything older than 3 years should be disposed of because oil can go rancid)
  • DO tell your doctor when using/consuming essential oils as certain oils can have secondary effects like, “for example, peppermint and eucalyptus oils may change how your body absorbs the cancer drug 5-fluorouracil from the skin. Or an allergic reaction may cause rashes, hives, or breathing problems.” 
  • DO dilute a 100% pure essential oil (you can use the WOW Skin Science Castor Oil to carry the beauty benefits without clogging your pores. 
  • DO conduct a patch test by applying one drop to the inside of your wrist, and waiting 24 hours to see if you have any adverse reactions. If you see the redness, irritation, or feel a stinging or painful sensation, stop use immediately and contact your health provider. 
  • DO stop if a rash is caused-- you could be allergic to this plant. 
  • DO take proper care if you are pregnant-- some essential oils may make their way into the placenta. It’s not clear if this causes any problems unless you take toxic amounts, but to be safe, it’s best to avoid certain oils if you’re pregnant. 
    • These include wormwood, rue, oakmoss, Lavandula stoechas, camphor, parsley seed, sage, and hyssop. 
  • DO take age into consideration
    •  babies and very young children can have adverse reactions to certain essential oils so it is best to just avoid oils for them altogether if you are unsure. 

Where there are dos there are don’ts and for essential oils those don’ts are:

  • DON’T rub the oils just anywhere on your body
    • certain oils that you could use on your arms and legs just fine, might react negatively on other, more delicate parts of your body like inside your nose, by your mouth, eyes, or other sensitive areas. 
  • DON’T just trust the words-- because what you are using are natural oils, there is a large chance that there could be an allergic reaction. It is always best to test out the oil on a patch of your body and make sure that there is no reaction before applying the oil haphazardly. 
  • DON’T use oils on damaged skin-- oil, while natural and some soothing, is still something that should not be applied to damaged or broken skin. Injured or inflamed skin will absorb more oil and may cause unwanted skin reactions.
  • DON’T store them unsafely-- the best way to store oils is in dark bottles, in a dark room, or large container that can close because sunlight can cause the oil to go rancid quicker.
  • DON’T keep them around animals or small children. Essential oils are highly concentrated and certain oils can be dangerous to animals or small children if handled unsafely, so it is best to store them up and away from their reach.
  • DON’T be afraid to try them! While oils can be daunting to use in their myriad of ways, they can really help to change and solve certain parts of your life that might be causing unnecessary stress. 

Always make sure to diffuse essential oils in an open room, not enclosed and away because too much of anything can have negative effects! Diffusing should not be unsafe for your lungs, just make sure to use a proper ratio of water and oils to not overload your air, and always double-check to see that you are not using an essential oil that might be toxic to your cat or dog. Better to be safe than sorry! 

Essential Oil Use in Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is the use of smells and aromas to help improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health. There are many health benefits found in using essential oils like boosting immunity, easing joint aches, promoting sleep, stress relief, and more. Aromatherapy works through the sense of smell and skin absorption using topical and sensory products such as these:

  • diffusers
  • aromatic spritzers
  • inhalers
  • bathing salts
  • body oils, creams, or lotions for massage or topical application
  • facial steamers
  • hot and cold compresses
  • clay masks

Essential oils are integrated in each of these options, which can be customized to your needs at the moment. These products could be used alone or in conjunction with one another. Aromatherapy has an array of benefits, since we know that smell is largely connected to our memories and can invoke reactions that are beyond our physical being. Aromatherapy is said to help

Which essential oil smells best, you might ask? Well, “best” is a very subjective term, but, according to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, some of the most popular essential oils are:

Health Benefits of Essential Oils

The best part of essential oils is how multipurpose they are, in their uses and benefits. That being said, it can be hard to remember all of the ways that you can use them. We’re breaking down some of the many options for essential oil singles to their use in curated blends like these. Knowing what the health benefits of certain essential oils are helps take the mystery away from these botanical potions, and helps you figure out how to improve your mind, body, and soul. Let’s start with the four main essential oils that are commonly used in aromatherapy: tea tree oil, patchouli, ylang-ylang, and rose. We will go into detail about what they are good for and what their benefits are to you! 

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree is a very well-known essential oil, Especially in the skin care world for its natural antibacterial and antimicrobial nature. The Aboriginal people of Australia/New Zealand used to use tea tree (or melaleuca) to treat wounds due to these incredible healing properties. It’s an aromatherapy staple, with skincare and hair care benefits that you can’t ignore. The antibacterial properties help fight blemish causing bacteria. The anti-fungal properties help fight dandruff causing fungi. You can find tea tree oil in many skincare products for this reason, but you can boost the routine you already have with just a drop diluted in a carrier oil, your face/body moisturizer, or shampoo!

Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli essential oil has antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, deodorant, fungicidal, insecticidal, and sedative properties. Does patchouli help you sleep? Patchouli essential oil can improve how you feel by relaxing you and relieving symptoms of stress and anxiety. It can help with stomach upset by deluding 1 to 2 drops in a carrier oil or lotion, and rubbing on your stomach area or other places of pain. For hair and skin, it can help with conditions like dermatitis, acne, dry skin, oily skin, oily scalp, or dandruff! 

Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang-ylang essential oils are loved for their natural anti-inflammatory benefits to help soothe skin and scalp irritations ranging from redness to dryness, and acne. The skin-smoothing properties help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Which make this an anti-aging essential. Ylang-ylang essential oil is packed with aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antiseptic, and sedative properties that will calm and improve your mood with just a few sniffs.

Rose Essential Oil

Rose essential oil is heavily used in the fragrance industry, as it is known for its uplifting & aphrodisiac qualities. It also has promising anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can help with promoting healthier skin cell growth & calming stress-related skin conditions. 

The Best Essential Oils for Your Health

As we’ve mentioned before, there are tons of benefits for your mind, body, and soul from using essential oils. From helping to relieve stress, boost concentration, calm skin conditions, and boost immunity. 

Essential Oils to Soothe Sickness

Did you know that essential oils are good to use to avoid colds and flus? Using essential oils as a topical rub or for aromatherapy is a great way of helping to reduce the symptoms of a cold or flu. These strongly scented oils can help alleviate your flu symptoms, especially by clearing your nasal passage and reducing raging headaches. 

Using essential oils in a diffuser would be the best idea to diffuse the essential oil benefits into the air while you lay in bed and get some rest when you’re sick. This helps because the water in the diffuser keeps the air humid and moist, which is better for your irritated and clogged sinus passages while spreading the essential oil benefits into the air. Some essential oils that we would recommend using when sick would be: 

We would also recommend using essential oil blends to help accelerate the positive benefits with a targeted formula for whatever need you may have. Wow Skin Science has carefully curated essential oil blends like 

The name says it all, and you can trust these therapeutic grade and 100% pure blends feature the top essential oils for cold soothing, easier breathing, and air purifying.

Essential Oils for Anxiety

One of the most common ways that we have been made aware of how to use essential oils, is for those of you that experience anxiety and other kinds of stress in your life. Anxiety and stress are natural byproducts of the fast-paced lives that we live today and while we can try to “talk ourselves out of it”, there is only so much that can be done in those terms. Using things to help you cope with that anxiety is one of the best ways to help alleviate those moments of stress. 

If you are looking for aromatherapy to calm down-- whether if that is for anxiety and for sleep, then look to these essential oils to help you:

These are great oils to diffuse at bedtime, or to make into your own DIY linen spray, or to rub in between your palms and sniff right before laying down. We have curated essential oil blends just for sleep and to calm down a racing mind before bed 

These blends feature certain essential oils that are wonderful for high-cortisol moments, but are not oils that we carry by themselves. 

Essential Oils for Weight Loss

Essential oils can also be used to help promote weight loss regimens and fat burning. This is mostly suggested through topical application and massage. The synergistic formulation of the WOW Skin Science Slim Trim Essential Oil Blend includes a curated blend of essential oils that helps to rev up your metabolism and help you feel more alert, focused, and stimulated!

The spicy-fruity fragrance can help enhance your weight loss regimen. Which oil can reduce belly fat? The blend is great for helping with digestion, metabolism-boosting properties & elevating energy levels. Your body is used to a certain way of functioning and taking on a new diet can place a lot of unexpected pressure on the digestive system. This is a frequently overlooked factor as the symptoms are rarely associated with digestion.

For example, feeling stressed can be easily associated with work-related pressure or mental strain. But when your digestive system is expected to function differently, it can take a while before it regulates back to its usual functions. In addition to this use for the essential oils, there are also ways to treat ancillary things that end up affecting your weight. One of these is sleep. It is scientifically proven that if you sleep less than 6 hours a night, you are at a higher rate of being obese, having medical issues, sleep apnea, etc.  Sleep is also another overlooked factor. Lack of sleep plays a larger role than we like to think with our hormones responsible for daily function.

Having trouble with sleep is almost expected when undertaking a significant goal like losing weight. And not having enough sleep sets your brain up to make subpar decisions for the rest of the day. The amount of hunger you feel, how you respond to stressful situations, and the decisions you make are largely regulated by your brain. The less you sleep you get, the less likely you are able to make productive decisions. The WOW Skin Science Sleep Easy Essential Oil Blend helps to promote restful sleep that relaxes your body, mind, and soul. It’s a synergistic fusion of six calming, relaxing, and sleep-inducing essential oils, each one known to induce feelings of peacefulness to help you sleep soundly through the night. 

Lastly, there can be issues with having enough energy when the moment comes to have to work out or do other activities that require alertness. All of these issues are things that can affect how you pack on the pounds. One of the ways to help perk you up in these moments is using a citrusy essential oil, like our Citronella Essential Oil to wake you up in those moments of fatigue and perking up your senses to keep you on track to reach your fitness goals. You may experience periods of low energy, and sleepiness. Taking a quick whiff from an energizing scent can be an incredible pick-me-up that you need in the middle of the day. Crashes often happen gradually rather than as a sudden occurrence. Having a handy oil that keeps you on track can be just what you need for staying consistent. It can also help with productivity as citrus oils are great for helping you to perform tasks better and faster while increasing mental stimulation.

Use Essential Oils to Improve your life

Essential oils really do have multiple, beautiful benefits that traditional medicine might not be able to give you. There are a lot of ways to use essential oils and to receive their benefit. Like some of the ways we mentioned before, there are so many ways to use essential oils to transform your life. Many improvements in mental and physical health have come about from using essential oils, through aromatherapy, or through topical application. One of the ways that essential oils can transform your life, is to help keep your space’s air very clean and purified. There are too many pollutants in our air nowadays that make it so that the air we breathe in is toxic to our bodies. This is not usually something that can be fixed because we cannot all just get up and move away to a place with clean air (city folk…) but one thing that can be done is having multiple ways to clean and purify your air. Aside from having a legitimate air purifier, there are other ways you can purify your air. If you have an essential oil diffuser, you can diffuse the following essential oils to help purify your space: tea tree, lemon (or another citrus), lemongrass and ylang-ylang. In addition to that, there are essential oils that can be diffused that will help to reduce post-nasal drip. Essential oils like peppermint, lavender, oregano, and rosemary are all supposed to help break down the mucus that affects the post-nasal drip we have. 

Manifest, Meditate, and Do Yoga with Essential Oils

Another way that we can use essential oils to help transform your life is by using them to help meditate, do yoga, and manifest your intentions and goals. By including quality essential oils into your yoga and meditation sessions, you can exponentially reap the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of your wellness routine. What scents are good for meditation? 

  • Cedarwood Essential Oil:
    • Cedarwood has a calm, woody smell with faint sandalwood notes that arouse emotions of stillness and peace. Unlike most essential oils, Cedarwood oils aren’t made from a single species of plant, but rather a large variety of juniper and cypress tree families.  
  • Lavender Essential Oil:
    • Lavender is incredibly versatile. It has a soothing effect on your emotional state, which can help you get into the zone during your yoga or meditation sessions. Using a relaxing oil like Lavender can easily melt away the worries from your mind and body, allowing you to better immerse yourself into your sessions!
  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil
    • The Eucalyptus plant has long been used for its many medicinal and physical benefits. The benefits include improving respiratory health and relieving muscle pains.

Manifest with Essential Oils

The word "manifestation" means to turn an idea into a reality. Essential oils can amplify the intent of thoughts and emotions. In addition to the single essential oils you can use, there are a lot of blends that can be used to help manifest into your life. Manifest what you want by clearing out negative thoughts and emotions and re-framing to the positive, attracting what you desire.

Stress Melt - soothe, relax, unwind

WOW Stress Melt Essential Oil Blend gently dispels everyday stress and tension with its cheerful and soothing aroma. Its utterly relaxing fruity-floral fragrance creates a peaceful aura that slows down an overactive mind, evokes happy memories, and helps you unwind. Use it in the evening after a hectic day to feel relaxed and rested.

Step Up Motivation - remove self-doubt, support positivity, and self-confidence

WOW Step Up Motivation Essential Oil Blend removes self-doubt and lack of confidence to boost spirits and get you going full speed ahead. Formulated as a blend of six pure essential oils – each one known for positive motivational effect – it helps clear away mental cobwebs and internal negativity to instill positivity and self-confidence. Its evocative citrusy fragrance with a hint of mint delights the mind.

Energizer - clears mental dullness and revives

Revitalize the body and mind with WOW Energizer Essential Oil Blend. It contains 7 purest therapeutic grade essential oils acknowledged for reducing physical fatigue as well as mental dullness. Its invigorating minty-citrusy fragrance with hints of camphor removes lethargy and revives you quickly.

Revitalize - restore and refresh your mental energy

WOW Revitalize Essential Oil Blend gives you fresh shots of mental energy whenever you feel zapped and stuck in a rut. Its unique and synergistic formulation contains six pure essential oils, each one acclaimed for restorative therapeutic goodness. Use this oil blend to regain your mojo and get back to life and work with all guns blazing.

Can You Use Essential Oils Around Pets?

Lastly, it is very important to note that while essential oils can be wonderful tools in helping you treat or fix certain things about yourself, there are also a lot of reasons to be extra careful when using essential oils-- especially if you have a cat or a dog. Cats and dogs have a much more intense sense of smell, so using too much of any fragrance can be overwhelming to them. While saying that ANY use of essential oils around pets is very much sensationalization, you should be cautious and double-check what oils you are diffusing and how. There are certain oils that should be kept away from dogs and cats and both in general. They won’t get much “toxicity” from the oil from inhaling it, but because the oil can fall and stay on surfaces that a pet might lick, it is best to just avoid having these oils by pets altogether. 

The oils that are TOXIC FOR DOGS are:

  • Anise
  • Yarrow
  • Juniper


  • Basil
  • Juniper
  • Birch
  • Cinnamon
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Tea Tree/Melaleuca
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Citrus Oils


  • Clove
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen

You might notice that cats are much more sensitive to essential oils and their possible toxins. This is because cats lack the ability to metabolize these oils. Cats lack or are deficient in a certain liver enzyme, glucuronyl transferase, which makes them more sensitive to oils. But, keep in mind that cats have other alternative pathways to metabolize essential oils, so don’t completely freak out. Some essential oils that you can use, that in small quantities can actually be good for your pets are lavender, frankincense, and rosemary. Another good practice when diffusing oils is making sure the room is well ventilated by keeping a window open, and that your pet has an escape out of said room. 


All in all, it is clear to see that essential oils hold a lot of benefits and history in their humble bottles. They have long been used by some of the world’s oldest and most revered civilizations for their use in medicinal and cosmetic boosting. Essential oils have long been used and experimented with, and through history, we have received much wisdom from aromatherapy to improve our wellness. Essential oils continue to have a long-lasting impact, even today. Science and modern medicine are finding ways to utilize these natural components of certain essential oils in their own synthetic formulas to help amplify their positive effects. Essential oils have their cautions and warnings, so it is important to be light-handed, dilute it in a carrier oil or water, and make sure to keep track of all of the reactions that happen-- physical, mental, and emotional. Good luck!

Products Highlighted:

Essential Oil Blends:

Breathe Easy Blend

Cold Soother Blend

Digest Ease Blend 

Energizer Blend

Focus X Blend 

Immune Lift Blend 

Passion Enhancer Blend 

Purify Blend

Revitalize Blend

Sheer Bliss Blend

Sleep Easy Blend 

Slim Trim Blend

Sore No More Blend 

Step Up Motivation Blend

Stress Melt Blend

Pure Essential Oils:

Basil Essential Oil

Bergamot Essential Oil

Cedarwood Essential Oil 

Citronella Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential Oil

Geranium Essential Oil

Jasmine Essential Oil 

Lavender Essential Oil

Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil

Patchouli Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rose Otto Essential Oil 

Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

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