Using the dōTERRA Herbal Essential Oils

dōTERRA essential oils come from all varieties of plants. From herbs to trees, we wanted to explore each category of oils and explain how to use that group of oils. Though there are similarities between individual oils within groups, each oil is also unique. For this post, we will be discussing how to use all of the oils that are derived from herbs. (Keep an eye out for future posts with information on using the Spice, Wood, Citrus, and Floral oils.)

First, please note that herbs are a separate category from spices. Herbs (according to the Farmers' Almanach) always comes from the leafy green part of a low-growing plant, while a spice comes from the root, stem, seed, fruit, flower, or bark of the plant. This leaves 🍃 Basil, Cilantro, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Melissa, Oregano, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint, and Thyme in the herb category. More on our spice essential oils next week.

We’ll start with the similarities: all 12 oils in this category are distilled using steam distillation. Each of these oils can also be taken internally and therefore are great for using in cooking.

What else are herb oils good for besides cooking? Plenty. When taken internally, Cilantro, Lemongrass, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Spearmint are all shown to aid in digestion.* The Marjoram, Melissa, Oregano, and Thyme oils also support a healthy immune system.* Read on for information about the unique benefits and uses of each individual oil.


The spicy, yet herbal nature of Basil makes it a versatile oil that can be used to promote focus and alertness, or to add a little extra flavor while cooking.
Rub it into areas of your skin that need some soothing after a busy day.
Promotes mental alertness and lessens anxious feelings when diffused.
May help ease feminine discomfort during menstruation.*

Recipe (video) using Basil Essential Oil: Rainbow Salad with Tomato-Basil Dressing


Cilantro is from the leaf of the plant. Coriander is from the seed.
Acts as a powerful bodily cleanser and detoxifier when taken internally.*
Helps eliminate unwanted odors when diffused or used in a room spray.

Recipe using Cilantro Essential Oil: Cilantro Kale Pesto Dipping Sauce


Can be combined with a carrier oil for and apply to skin to enhance a soothing massage.
Apply diluted after a long run for a refreshing feeling.

Recipe using Lemongrass Essential Oil: Coconut Lemongrass Red Lentil Soup on my Facebook Page


Valued for its calming properties and positive effect on the nervous system.*
May promote a healthy cardiovascular system.*

Recipe using Marjoram Essential Oil (and other doTERRA CPTG oils) Green Greek Goddess Chicken Sandwiches


Melissa can calm tension and nerves just by putting a few drops in your palms, cupping them over your nose, and inhaling deeply.
Promotes feelings of relaxation when used topically or aromatically in a diffuser.

Melissa is not used in a lot of recipes but you can find more information about it on this spotlight on Melissa Essential Oil


Used as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent when mixed with water in homemade cleaners.
Supports healthy respiratory function when taken internally in a veggie capsule*
Offers powerful antioxidants to respond to oxidation and free-radicals*

Recipe using doTERRA Oregano Essential Oil: Russian Vegetarian Borsh


Has a grounding or balancing effect on emotions when used aromatically or topically.
Add one to two drops to your face during your facial routine to promote a smooth, glowing complexion.
Add to lotion or apply directly to your skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, and skin imperfections.

While this is not a food recipe, here's some DIY with Patchouli for a Mouth Rinse


Promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing when taken internally.*
Put a few drops on cotton balls a place them around your home to repel bugs and spiders naturally.

Recipe for Chocolate Avocado Mousse using Peppermint Essential Oil


Use a few drops and give yourself a scalp-massage to promote full, healthy-looking hair.
Helps reduce nervous tension and fatigue when added to water or taken in a veggie capsule.

Strawberry Crostata with Rosemary Essential Oil is the proposed recipe for this oil!


It can help to soothe occasional upset stomach.*
When diffused, Spearmint promotes a sense of focus and uplifts mood.
Use in homemade mouthwash to cleanse the mouth and promotes fresh breath.

Recipe: Healthy Maca smoothie using Spearmint Essential Oil, it's got Kale too!


Use it diluted with a carrier oil for a cleansing and purifying effect on your skin.
It naturally repels insects, whether it is used topically or aromatically.

Recipe using Thyme essential oil: Honey Thyme Roasted Carrots

These oils would make a great kit for a foodie. Get in touch with me if you would like to know more!
Or go to this page to start your doTERRA Journey with me and my fabulous and supportive team!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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