Lavender is the crossover hit of the aromatherapy universe.
"Even people who don't know anything about essential oils probably know about lavender, that it helps you relax and de-stress," Colorado Springs aromatherapist Julia Archer said.
And that's only scratching the surface of what essential oils can do for the body, spirit and home, Archer said.
- Aside from its calming benefits, lavender oil also can be used to treat burns, itching and bug bites.
- Peppermint oil can aid alertness, soothe headaches and alleviate nausea.
- Lemon oil cleanses the system, relieves stress and can serve as a disinfectant.
- Myrrh can be used to treat gum disease and infection, and birch oil can help relieve muscle aches.
- Cinnamon oil is gaining mainstream recognition as an alternative way to regulate Type 2 diabetes, as it can reduce levels of glucose and LDL, or "bad" cholesterol.
Most companies offer varieties with a medley of oils to address specific complaints. The trick, Archer said, can be finding products that use the highest concentrations of the true, pure oils.
"It's important to purchase pure, essential oils that will be therapeutic," said Archer, who sells doTerra essential oils and aromatherapy products through her web store Open Door Aromatherapy. "If they're adulterated with solvents or petroleum byproducts, they aren't going to be therapeutic."