The 10 Actually Essential Essential Oils

The experts weight in

When it comes to the world of homeopathy and natural skin care, essential oils are basically miracle workers. 

Essential oils hold properties that can benefit the skin, body, and mind in a number of ways—from relieving stress and anxiety to regulating hormones, boosting our immune systems, healing skin ailments such as acne and rosacea, and more. These oils can be used in various ways, whether in aromatherapy through the use of an inhaler or a diffuser, mixed with a carrier oil and applied directly to the skin, sprinkled in your tub along with your favorite bath salts, or, in some cases, even ingested directly.

The real question is, though, how do we know which ones are right for us? There are more than 90 oils out there, many with similar benefits, so where should we start? The essentials, of course.

We turned to the experts—aromatherapists and natural skin-care specialists—to find out which essential oils are actually, well, essential. Click through the gallery below to check out the top ten that they swear by.

Please note: When working with essential oils, it’s extremely important to do your research beforehand. You should always check the best usage for each oil, as they are powerful and have the potential to be irritating to the skin and dangerous to ingest.