The essential oils are the aromatic, natural chemical compounds extracted from various parts of a plant: leaves, flowers, stems, roots, or bark. They are in such a potent form that a single drop of essential oil can equal multiple teaspoons of the dried herb.

You can use essential oils aromatically, and topically, as well as internally.

Diffusing: A good diffuser should use cool or room temperature air or ultrasonic vibrations to diffuse the oil into the air, which help the oil molecules remain air-bound for several more hours and do not affect the structure of the oil through heat, which can diminish the quality of the oil.

Perfume: Add one drop or a small dab to the wrists, behind the ears, or add 10 drops to 1-3 tsp of distilled water or alcohol to mist on the body or clothing. This is safer and healthier for your body than normal chemical-based perfumes.

Direct Inhalation: Hold the bottle of essential oil a few inches from the nose and breathe in the aroma, or add a drop to the hands and cup them over the mouth and nose.

Cedar – Massage in for varicose veins. Promotes calmness, emotional release, positiveness, balance, sexuality, harmony, confidence, focus, security, self-empowerment, mental relaxation, emotional strength, caring and endurance.  Reduces negativity, depression, insomnia, fear, respiratory problems, premenstrual stress, tension, vagueness, excitability, aggression, over-sensitivity, distrust, obsession and conflict. (Solar Plexus Chakra)

Frankincense – Calming effects on the emotions. Reduces anxieties linked to past, stress, tension, depression, grief, nervousness.  Calms, soothes mind, heightens awareness of spiritual realms. Awakens higher consciousness prior to meditation, clairvoyance, opens pineal gland, spirituality, yoga. (Crown Chakra)

Jasmine – Aroma balances male and female energies. Helps with depression, post-natal depression, grief, lethargy, boredom, apathy, nerves, exhaustion, tension, stress, emotional stress. Brings positive feelings of confidence, restores energy, love, peace, balances central nervous system, stimulates mind, balances yin / yang, spirituality, psychic dreams, disconnected spirit. (Heart Chakra)

Lavender – Calm decision during disorder. Helps with healing, brings peace, love. Reduces anxiety, headaches. Treats migraines and reduces tension, anxiety and depression. Helps with emotional stress, removes exhaustion and restlessness and increases mental activity. Reduces aches and pains from arthritis or sports, and promotes digestion. (Heart Chakra)

Patchouli – Aphrodisiac, relief from apathy. Great balancer, relaxing yet stimulating, particularly relevant for conditions of weak immunity where overwork and anxiety have left the individual in a susceptible state.  Relieves the strain of those with excessive mental activity who may feel out of touch with their body and sensuality. Brings prosperity and abundance.  (Root Chakra)

Pine – Serenity, comfort. Promotes fertility, prosperity, protection. Pain reliever in arthritis, aches, pains and sore muscles. Increases metabolism, Energizes and removes mental stress. Refreshes spirit and elevates mood. Brings mental clarity. Removes anxiety and nervous tension, Helps concentrate. (Third-Eye Chakra)

Rose – Promotes feminine attitude.  Soothes emotions, depression, grief, jealousy, resentment, anger, frustration, post-natal depression, hysteria, insecurity, irritability, moodiness, tension, sadness, shock, stress, anxiety. Gives a woman positive feelings of self, love, peace, beauty, happiness, balance and revives mind, communication with angelic realm. Cleanses and strengthens body-mind-spirit. Helps connect with soul, redirect sexual energy to spirit. (Crown Chakra)

Sandalwood – Spiritually uplifting, stimulates psychic centers. Helps with nervousness, anxiety, obsessional attitudes, cuts ties with past, ends old habits. Helps with irritability and stress, comforts the dying. Brings peace and acceptance, relaxes the mind, promotes spirituality and meditation, redirect sexual energy to spirit. (Sacral Chakra)

Vanilla – Fragrant and delicious, and sensual. Brings warmth, soothes, calms emotions, eases tension, helps with anger. It is calming, comforting, bringing back warm memories. Dispels anger, frustration, and tensions. Its relaxing influence can help to induce menstruation, and it is an aphrodisiac because of its relaxing and sensual fragrance. (Throat Chakra)