essential oil myths

Three Myths about Essential Oils

by Kayla Howard

Myth #1 They are too expensive for most people to use. This is by far the most popular myth, or misconception that I hear.  While it’s true that pure, therapeutic grade essential oils are not cheap, they are not too expensive for daily use.  Allow me to briefly show you why.

One 15ml bottle of essential oil contains about 250 drops of essential oil.  And yes, we do speak in drops when it comes to essential oils.  How many other natural tools come in bottles of 250?  Not many. 

Pure, therapeutic grade essential oils range in price from $10-$90+ per 15ml bottle, (on average with a handful of very expensive others oils costing over $200).  When I do the math, there are a number of supplements that I’ve happily used in my life which would cost more than that broken down and compared drop for drop.  

Which brings up the another point—do essential oils work as well as other natural tools?

Myth #2 They are just nice smells for massage or baths.  This is also a common misconception, but I blame it on the fact that in the United States, we are largely uneducated and inexperienced in using essential oils.  

European countries have been using them therapeutically for years, but here in the states, it is relatively new.  Thankfully we now have organizations like Airase who are doing scientific research and publishing the results of the studies.  As we learn more and more about essential oils, the facts are undeniable–they are powerful naturally occurring plant compounds which bring about positive effects in the body.  Ancient peoples have known this for thousands of years.  

Can they be used boldly?  That all depends.  It depends on the quality of your oil, your knowledge and skill level and which oil you want to use.  Essential oils are primarily “applied” through the inhalation method simple because they actually do penetrate the body and work therapeutically that way due to their small molecular size.  You don’t HAVE to use them internally–and some oils should not be taken internally.  The French method of application does support using essential oils internally when you have the knowledge and skill to do so.

There are many wonderful resources on how to use your essential oils in varied ways.  I’ve listed a few here.  

Myth #3 All essential oils are equal. Not true!  So not true! Essential oils may be labeled “pure” as long as they contain SOME of the essential oil that it claims to be.  That literally means you could purchase a “pure essential oil” that contains 90% vegetable oil and 10% essential oil.  

The only way to know for sure that what you’re getting is a pure essential oil–meaning—100% essential oil, which has been sourced from organic plants, distilled at proper temperatures, and packaged correctly—is by having a relationship with the supplier of the oil. Not exactly an easy task, but not impossible either.  

I have the privilege of living near two farms and distilleries, which has made it easy for me to know my oil source.  Most people will never get to see where the plants are grown, or watch the distillation process.   But that doesn’t mean you can’t build a relationship with a company and get to know the people and practices they employ.

Truly, essential oils have changed my life.  We feel more confident in using them in our home. Hospitals around the country are even beginning to use essential oils.  The US is discovering the powerful uses of essential oils!  Will you be among them?


Kayla Howard loves doing business from her home in the woods where she is the master real food chef, homeschool teacher, goat shepherdess, head gardener and holds a certificate of studies from The Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy Her passion is vibrant health in beautiful homes!