What are essential oils?

Simply put, essential oils are plant extracts; more specifically, they are the plant's aromatic compounds that serve a variety of purposes to protect and nourish the plant. They work similarly to protect us.

Essential oils are highly concentrated. To give you a frame of reference for what I mean by “concentrated,” consider this:

🌱 Just one drop of Peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 28 cups of Peppermint leaf tea!

🌱  It takes 3 pounds of Lavender flowers to produce one 15-mL bottle of Lavender essential oil.

🌱 It takes nearly 3000 lemons to distill a little over 2 pounds of Lemon essential oil, which equates to about 50 lemons in one 15-mL bottle.

How do we use essential oils?

Essential oils can be used three ways: aromatically, topically, and internally, depending on the health concern and the preferred essential oil.


Simply inhale, breathing in the aroma of the essential oil.

Apply the essential oil to the skin, either neat (on its own) or diluted (mixed with a carrier oil).


Some dōTERRA essential oils may be taken internally by adding a drop to a glass of water or to a veggie cap.