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.

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.

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 oil or blend that is safe to use with children.


    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.

What’s a Batch Code?

Zoom in on the batch code at the bottom of the bottle

We publish all our third-party GC/MS test reports for our essential oil singles so you can see exactly what's in your bottle. But how do you find them? Each bottle has a batch code on it so that you know which test report is corresponds to. simply head to the product page, click on "Test Reports" and find the corresponding code that matches the first 6 characters listed on your bottle. You can then pull up the report for the essential oil that's in your bottle.


KidSafe Safety

We want to take the guesswork out of using essential oils with kids! With so much information out there, our hope is that by displaying our KidSafe logo on our oils, parents and caregivers feel confident in using these amazing, natural products with their children. Our guidelines are based off of industry expert standards and internal reviews by our in-house Certified Aromatherapists. KidSafe means that the essential oil or blend is safe to use as directed for children ages 2-10!

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.

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.


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