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Essential Oils 101

We get it. Essential oils can be overwhelming when you're just starting out. But they don't have to be. We've rounded up our best resources to help you along the way so that you can feel confident as you start your essential oil journey.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils capture the "essence" of a plant through distillation of mechanical pressing. Essentially, these oils are concentrated extracts that retain, or magnify the fragrance and effect of their source. Oils from different plants or different parts of the same plant can have very different chemical compositions, which changes the smell, absorption, and effect on the body and mind.

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How Do I Use Essential Oils?

While it might seem like there are endless ways to use essential oils, it really boils down to two methods: inhalation and topical application. One of the easiest ways to inhale your essential oils is with a diffuser. It sends your essential oils into the air, allowing you to enjoy the gentle aroma and therapeutic benefits. Essential oils can also be used on the skin, as long as they're properly diluted in a carrier or lotion first. They can help with a variety of skin issues and even muscle or join pain.

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KidSafe Safety

KidSafe by Plant Therapy is the first-ever line of essential oils developed especially for children. Formulated by our team of certified aromatherapists for children ages 2-10, all of our KidSafe blends are safe to use around children. We created these blends to specifically help with issues our little ones deal with. And not only are these oils absolutely safe for children, but they are also effective (and adults love them, too!). View KidSafe Essential Oils Chart

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Pregnancy Safe

Pregnancy / Nursing Safety

It is very important that you only use essential oils that are safe during pregnancy. This is where our list of Pregnancy and Nursing Safe oils will be very helpful. This list was created by our team of Certified Aromatherapists here at Plant Therapy. View Pregnancy & Nursing Safe Essential Oils Chart

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Pup & Pony Safe

Pup & Pony Safety

Our pets are our family and we want what’s best for them. But if you love using your essential oils, you might start wondering if it’s safe for your dog, cat, horse, turtle, parrot, boa constrictor — whoever you share your home (and heart!) with. We aim to provide you with the education and confidence you need to make the safest choices for your entire family. View Pup & Pony Safe Essential Oils Chart

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What Do the Icons Mean?

When you look at our different products, you might notice a few different icons. Let's talk about what they mean and why they matter.


Safety is a priority for everything we do, especially when it comes to our little ones. So you’ll see the KidSafe logo on any essential oils or blend that is safe to use with kids.

Leaping Bunny

This logo means that our products are cruelty-free and haven’t been tested on animals. We love our furry family!

USDA Organic

Whenever you purchase an essential oil that has this seal, you can feel confident in knowing that your organic purchase is helping to conserve our precious natural resources and reducing environmental pollution.

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Batch Specific Promise

Every bottle of essential oil that you purchase from Plant Therapy will have a specific batch code that tells us exactly which batch of oil is in your bottle. This information is also directly linked to the testing reports for each batch of oil. You can see each essential oil’s GC/MS report at any time by going to the specific essential oil’s product page and clicking on Test Reports.

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