doTERRA 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.
First, note that herbs are a separate category from spices. An herb 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.
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.
I’m not much of a chef in the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean these oils are useful to me. 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.