Essential oils seem to be everywhere these days — in our skincare routines, in our soothing baths, and sometimes even in our food — but with so many options out there, how do you know which one is best one for you and your personal needs?
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts — each one has a unique blend of chemicals — that retain the natural smell and flavor of their source, such as lavender or peppermint. According to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, essential oils are typically obtained through mechanical pressing or distillation. No wonder they're so potent!
These powerful oils are most often used in diluted form for aromatherapy via a diffuser or for topical massages using a carrier oil. Meanwhile, some folks also use beauty products that are infused with essential oils.
But before you decide what vehicle you want to use, take a moment to learn about some of the most popular essential oils and what they're most commonly used for.
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