By  Jennifer Nevels, NMD

Essential oils are concentrated compounds extracted from different plants.  There are about 100 essential oils available to use, each claiming different health benefits.  Although we lack a lot of research on essential oils, this does not mean that they are not helpful and useful. The following essential oils happen to be the most popular and studied.

Tea Tree oil:  Well known for its anti-bacterial and fungal properties. It can be used for minor skin infections and can be great when added to water as a cleaning agent. A study done on acne showed an improvement in healing of the skin when tea tree oil was applied (in a gel form) to the face compared to a common topical medication without any side effects the medication caused.

Peppermint oil:  Touted for its benefits with pain, and aides in digestive issues. This particular oil has been shown to help with stomachaches, cramping and nausea when taken internally in a capsule form.

Lavender oil:  Extremely popular and well known for its benefits with sleep.  It has been studied more extensively for anxiety with mixed reviews.

The plant compounds are received by the body through its use by applying it topically to the skin or diffusing into the air. Either delivery method will allow the body to receive the benefits of the essential oil you are using.  The essential oils can be massaged in to the skin by using a carrier oil, like coconut or almond.  Very few oils can be used internally and make sure that you avoid contact with the eyes.  If you are interested in exploring the use of essential oils please consider consulting with an expert.

This is information only – NOT medical advice