Cedars-Sinai Blog

Essential Oils: What You Need to Know

Plant oils are potent. Here’s what you need to know.

Can the scent of lavender calm your nerves?

Will a mixture of eucalyptus and coconut oils massaged on your chest to help you breathe a little easier?


While it’s true that essential oils offer certain health benefits, they also have the potential to cause harm.


Essential oils 101



Essential oil dos

Read labels

Use a carrier oil

Try a test

Pay attention to the point of entry



Essential oil don’ts

Don’t overdo it

Don’t use oils instead of meds

Don’t ignore reactions

Don’t use photosensitive oils in the sun



Playing it safe