What are Essential Oils?

One of the most important questions that people ask about essential oils is also one of the most basic: What are essential oils?

Essential oils are the pure, undiluted essence of a plant commonly used in aromatherapy. The oils are derived from plant material such as berries, citrus peels, roots, twigs, flowers, and bark to create a beautifully fragrant compound. The aroma of the oils incites pleasant sensory experiences to bring harmony to your mind and body.

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The qualities of essential oils go far beyond their powerful and attractive fragrance. They are amazing tools we can easily incorporate into our daily lives to provide a host of other benefits.

For thousands of years, essential oils have been used for their medicinal benefits by many cultures. The knowledge and use of essential oils were overshadowed by modern medicine around the 20th century. However, there is a growing revitalization to adopt more natural and holistic means for personal care.

Essential oils have been shown to contain antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-fungal properties.

The oils have the amazing ability to penetrate your skin to facilitate the delivery of vital nutrients to cells and provide immediate healing responses.

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Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways:

Bath: Add 5-10 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce carrier oil. Add this blend to your running bath water and mix well before getting into the tub.

Steam: Add a couple drops of essential oil to a steamy cup of water and inhale for a method of introducing warm, moist air into the lungs via the nose and throat for therapeutic benefit. This moist air can alleviate difficult breathing and inflammation as well as increase circulation and prevent excessive drying of mucus membranes.

Diffusion: Add 3-5 drops or more of essential oil to the Purely diffuser. Diffusing is a simple and effective way to use essential oils. Oils are dispersed in a micro-fine vapor allowing them to remain suspended in the air for extended periods of time. The diffuse disperses the oils without heating them so they retain their therapeutic benefits. When inhaled, the oils are easily absorbed through the lungs. Depending on the oil used, diffusing can cleanse the air of odor, calm overactive children, and support respiration.

Topical: Perhaps even more common than inhalation, topical application is the preferred method of use for many essential oils. However, most essential oils require significant dilution as they can cause skin irritation.

Neat: Some essential oils can be applied “neat” or without dilution; others such as “hot oils” should not be applied neat in most cases. A very small amount of every oil should be tested first.

Ingestion: Purely takes great pride in our “Simply Pure” promise to ensure pure essential oils are provided to you. Oral consumption of oils is a personal choice, and we cannot make that decision for you. God gave us plants for medicinal uses, and the benefits of plant oils are amazing however you choose to use them. Depending on what you are treating, topical application or inhalation may be more effective. We do understood that some individuals may have some reservations about the ingesting of oils, and we recommend seeking the advice of a medical professional. Educating yourself on the proper ways to safely use essential oils is very important. Always be sure to follow directions on the labels for safe methods of use. Many people do use oils in this way while others recommend using oils topically or by inhalation.


Not all essential oils are appropriate at all times. Be sure to reference our guidelines below:

Essential Oils Safety Guidelines by Age

Purely Oils & Blends to Avoid while Pregnant and Nursing

Essential Oil Dilution Chart

You must not rely on the information on this website as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.