What Exactly Are Essential Oils?

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In short, essential oils are like the immunity system of the plant. They keep the plant healthy; these complex solutions with powerful chemical compounds, aka constituents, have therapeutic benefits to us as well which aid our bodies and minds in self-healing. It is similar to how eating nutritious foods helps support our bodies in healing faster. Chicken soup and vitamin C anyone?

Benefits of Essential Oils Are Wide Ranging

When using a trusted therapeutic grade brand (more on that later…) you can experience a multitude of benefits! Such as supported digestion, metabolism, and self-healing, improved respiratory wellness, sleep, and mood, and so much more. The benefits vary based on the chemical makeup of the plant, and thus the essential oil. This is what makes lavender relaxing and soothing, while peppermint is stimulating and invigorating, and lemon is uplifting and an excellent cleansing agent.

While essential oils aren’t cure-alls, no such thing exists, they are powerfully beneficial when you have the right brand and the know-how for use.

Aren’t Essential Oils Expensive Though?

Certainly, when you see the size of the bottle an essential oil comes in you’ll definitely find it costly, however when you realize that a 5ml bottle has 80-100 drops, and a 250ml bottle has 240-300 drops, you’ll find that the cost can be pennies per drop.

Why the different amount of “drops” per bottle? Each essential oil has a different viscosity or thickness (remember the chemical makeup of each essential oil is different) causing the drops to be slightly smaller or bigger.

What’s a serving size?

A serving size for an essential oil is a drop. That may seem like a crazy small amount, but wait until you hear how concentrated they are!

Wait, How concentrated?


Taking one drop of peppermint essential oil is like drinking 27 cups of peppermint tea!

Essential oils are highly concentrated. It can take several pounds of a plant to fill a 5 ml bottle. Rose, for instance, takes 42 pounds of rose petals to make a 5 ml bottle! That’s nearly a half a pound per drop!

It makes more sense now why one drop is a serving size for an essential oil! That doesn’t mean you have to use a whole drop, after all with several pounds of plant per bottle, a little goes a long way.

There are some essential oils that come from hard-to-grow plants or need crazy large amounts of the plant to make the essential oil. Frankincense, Rose, Helichrysum, and Sandalwood are some of the most commonly used essential oils that are like this. In these cases, a drop ranges from 50 cents to 3.5 dollars. That may still seem like a lot, but hang in here with me.

Let’s return to rose: one drop of rose essential oil, the most expensive on the market, contains 0.5 lbs of rose petals. So to get the same amount of essential oil benefits without extraction, you would have to eat 3,000 rose petals!

As mentioned above, one drop of peppermint essential oil is more potent than 27 cups of peppermint tea! Taking one drop of peppermint essential oil is not only less expensive, but it’s also more doable and more beneficial. I don’t even know anyone that drinks that much tea in a week, let alone be able to drink all that in one sitting!

Efficacy Concerns

The constituents within essential oils are delicate. Improperly performed extraction methods can ruin them. Any process that improperly heats the plants during the extraction, or you can even harm them yourself after extraction with a heated diffusion method or improper storage, can break down these powerful compounds, decreasing their efficacy (how beneficial an essential oil is).

The efficacy also heavily depends on how it is farmed. The sourcing, nurturing, and even proper harvesting of the plants can change their chemical makeup which alters their benefits.

Always use the highest grade essential oil possible. This is for your safety and so you can experience the greatest, beneficial impacts from essential oils. We’ll talk more about the different grades of essential oils and what to look for in this future post.)

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Essential oils are the immunity system of plants that have rich, powerful, and various benefits to our bodies and minds, and are often less expensive and more efficacious than teas, and more doable than attempting to eat the same amount of plant for a similar benefit. They are highly concentrated. A serving size is a drop, and a little goes a long way. Just remember to use the highest grade essential oil from a trusted brand.

Published by Nancy N. Blackburn

🌺Holistic Wellness Mentor & Leader: helping hardworking mamas regain physical, mental, and emotional wellness so they can flourish! 🎮 Game Professor & Scholar, Technical Game Designer

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