Ultimate Guide to Herbal Oils – Dr. Mercola

Herbal Oils

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Herbs not only add taste and texture to food, but are also abundant sources of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and unique medicinal properties. Certain herbs and spices can even help you maintain a healthy body weight, as they promote weight loss.

“Herbs” and “spices” are often used interchangeably, however there are differences between them. Herbs are obtained from the leaves of herbaceous or non-woody plants, and are used in larger amounts than spices. Spices, on the other hand, are obtained from roots, flowers, fruits, seeds, or bark, and are usually used in smaller amounts than herbs because of their higher potency and stronger flavor.

Herbs come in various forms, including dried leaves and teas. But this site focuses on herbal oils, which you can make at home or purchase at health food stores. These oils have their own set of uses and benefits, from food preparation to skin therapy and other practical uses.

Herbal oils can be taken or used in different ways, such as for cooking and topical application.

They can also be essential or infused. Essential oils require a large quantity of plant material and need to be diluted before use because they are concentrated. Infused oils, on the other hand, use only a small amount of plant material and are used full-strength. Essential oils can be used in different ways, including aromatherapy, skin massage, adding them to bathwater, using them in a compress, or burning them in a diffuser.

In general, using fresh herbs is preferred to getting processed varieties. Just as using too much of any food or health product can carry health risks, herbal oils should be used moderately, and are NOT a substitute for a nutritious, balanced diet. Pregnant women especially need to consult their physician before consuming or using these oils.

Dr. Mercola’s Herbal Oil List is a directory that provides you the A-Zs of herbal oils, and their time-tested health and healing properties. Learn the safe, effective ways of using them – in your cooking, as aromatherapy stress relief after a long day at work, and even for natural disinfection and household care.

  • Aloe Oil

    Aloe Oil

  • Amyris Oil

    Amyris Oil

  • Anise Oil

    Anise Oil

  • Arnica Oil

    Arnica Oil

  • Astragalus Oil

    Astragalus Oil

  • Atlas Cedar Oil

    Atlas Cedar Oil

  • Bay Oil

    Bay Oil

  • Bergamot Oil

    Bergamot Oil

  • Borage Oil

    Borage Oil

  • Burdock Oil

    Burdock Oil

  • Calendula Oil

    Calendula Oil

  • Canola Oil

    Canola Oil

  • Cardamom Seed Oil

    Cardamom Seed Oil

  • Carrot Seed Oil

    Carrot Seed Oil

  • Cassia Bark Oil

    Cassia Bark Oil

  • Catnip Oil

    Catnip Oil

  • Cinnamon Leaf Oil

    Cinnamon Leaf Oil

  • Citronella Oil

    Citronella Oil

  • Clary Sage Oil

    Clary Sage Oil

  • Clove Bud Oil

    Clove Bud Oil

  • Comfrey Oil

    Comfrey Oil

  • Coriander Seed Oil

    Coriander Seed Oil

  • Corn Oil

    Corn Oil

  • Cottonseed Oil

    Cottonseed Oil

  • Cypress Oil

    Cypress Oil

  • Dill Oil

    Dill Oil

  • Eucalyptus Oil

    Eucalyptus Oil

  • Frangipani Oil

    Frangipani Oil

  • Frankincense Oil

    Frankincense Oil

  • Galbanum Oil

    Galbanum Oil

  • Geranium Oil

    Geranium Oil

  • German Chamomile Oil

    German Chamomile Oil

  • Ginger Oil

    Ginger Oil

  • Grapefruit Oil

    Grapefruit Oil

  • Helichrysum Oil

    Helichrysum Oil

  • Hemp Oil

    Hemp Oil

  • Hop Oil

    Hop Oil

  • Hyssop Oil

    Hyssop Oil

  • Jasmine Absolute Oil

    Jasmine Absolute Oil

  • Juniper Berry

    Juniper Berry Oil

  • Lavandin Oil

    Lavandin Oil

  • Lavender Oil

    Lavender Oil

  • Lavender Spike Oil

    Lavender Spike Oil

  • Lemon Eucalyptus Oil

    Lemon Eucalyptus Oil

  • Lemon Oil

    Lemon Oil

  • Lemon Verbena Oil

    Lemon Verbena Oil

  • Lemongrass Oil

    Lemongrass Oil

  • Lilac Oil

    Lilac Oil

  • Lime Oil

    Lime Oil

  • Mandarin Orange Oil

    Mandarin Orange Oil

  • Myrrh Oil

    Myrrh Oil

  • Myrtle Oil

    Myrtle Oil

  • Neroli Oil

    Neroli Oil

  • Nutmeg Oil

    Nutmeg Oil

  • Olive Oil

    Olive Oil

  • Oregano Oil

    Oregano Oil

  • Palm Oil

    Palm Oil

  • Parsley Oil

    Parsley Oil

  • Patchouli Oil

    Patchouli Oil

  • Peanut Oil

    Peanut Oil

  • Peppermint Oil

    Peppermint Oil

  • Pine Oil

    Pine Oil

  • Red Cedarwood Oil

    Red Cedarwood Oil

  • Roman Chamomile Oil

    Roman Chamomile Oil

  • Rose Absolute Oil

    Rose Absolute Oil

  • Rosehip Oil

    Remp Oil

  • Rosemary Oil

    Rosemary Oil

  • Rosewood Oil

    Rosewood Oil

  • Safflower Oil

    Safflower Oil

  • Sage Oil

    Sage Oil

  • Sandalwood Oil

    Sandalwood Oil

  • Sea Buckthorn Oil

    Sea Buckthorn Oil

  • Sesame Oil

    Sesame Oil

  • Soy Bean Oil

    Soy Bean Oil

  • Spanish Marjoram Oil

    Spanish Marjoram Oil

  • Spruce Oil

    Spruce Oil

  • Spearmint Oil

    Spearmint Oil

  • Sweet Basil Oil

    Sweet Basil Oil

  • Sweet Fennel Oil

    Sweet Fennel Oil

  • Sweet Marjoram Oil

    Sweet Marjoram Oil

  • Sweet Orange Oil

    Sweet Orange Oil

  • Tangerine Oil

    Tangerine Oil

  • Tea Tree Oil

    Tea Tree Oil

  • Thyme Oil

    Thyme Oil

  • Vanilla Oil

    Vanilla Oil

  • Vetiver Oil

    Vetiver Oil

  • White Camphor Oil

    White Camphor Oil

  • Wintergreen Oil

    Wintergreen Oil

  • Yarrow Oil

    Yarrow Oil

  • Ylang Ylang Oil

    Ylang Ylang Oil

About Dr. Mercola:

Dr. Joseph Mercola is an osteopathic physician who first opened his practice outside Chicago, Illinois, in 1986, and has treated over 20,000 patients. In 1997, he established Mercola.com, now the #1 Natural Health site, where he continues to provide useful health and medical resources.

Dr. Mercola has authored three New York Times Bestsellers, The Great Bird Flu Hoax, No-Grain Diet, and Effortless Healing. He has also been featured in numerous publications and TV programs, like TIME magazine, LA Times, CNN, ABC News, Fox News, and the Dr. Oz Show.