If you have never tried Essential Oils you're missing out on an opportunity to help your body while enjoying some very pleasant aromas. For instance, peppermint, used for digestive issues, smells like peppermint hard candy. And other oils, such as Lavender or Tea Tree Oil, are just as true to their name. One of our favorites is called "Calming" and we use it almost every night!
As with many products, essential oils are subject to varying standards of quality, determining the price as well as the result. Differences in the quality and intention behind essential oils make some better than others and others "therapeutic". To ensure you're using the best oils you can find, it's important to do a little homework. Look for premium essential oils that list the exact plant species used and where the plants were grown -- important information because, like fine wine, different soil will produce better plants than soil in other areas will. And if you see "perfume" or "fragrance" listed on a bottle, the aroma may be pleasing but probably shouldn't expect to see therapeutic results.
Using essential oils, or rather, "how to use" essential oils, is very personal. Although some research advises that they should not be used undiluted on your skin or be ingested, others disagree. And as with any type of health product, exercise proper caution when using on pregnant women, children and especially babies.