I do use them.
Mostly as scent for the house, either in with our Murphy's Oil soap for the wood floors, or being diffused. For the floors the oil we use depends on the season. In the winter we really like Peppermint and also Orange. In spring or summer we like Lemon, or if we are fighting fleas (like we did last summer) we used Peppermint again. Sometimes we use lemon and lavender together, that's really nice.
I don't ingest oils. I've read too many conflicting things. I do however use a few of them on the body, but always with a carrier oil.
We have had good success with using Eucalyptus oil with coconut oil on the bottoms of our feet when we had bad coughs and couldn't sleep. It is sort of like Vick's.
We also have had good success with a mix of oils as a topical pain reliever. We use equal parts of Almond oil, Peppermint oil, and Clove oil. I've used it for some joint pain I've had in my thumb joint, my mom uses it for various things, my son Nate has used it on his back. My friend Jennifer (who has RA) told me about it, thinking it may help Nate's back, and it has. She uses it on her knees sometimes. This mixture does not cure the underlying issues but it does help with pain, which is very beneficial when you're hurting!
Start with a bottle of some sort. A dark color bottle help keep the oils from going bad, Also keep them out of direct sunlight.
Use equal parts of these oils and
a carrier oil. For this mixture I use the sweet almond oil.
Add your oils
and Voila! You have a useable oil mixture for topical pain relief.
Remember, this is for topical use only.
Do you use essential oils? Do you have a favorite?
I have a Pinterest page for Essential Oils. I like to read about them and their uses. I have been reading about the medieval time period and they used tea tree oil in the 14th century. And during the second go round of the Bubonic Plague, there were thieves who used a blend of oils to break into and rob homes of people who had the plague, and yet they didn't catch it at all. 'Thieves' is a very popular blend of oils that people still use during cold and flu season.
Of course, I am not claiming to be an expert in EO nor do I claim that they will work for you. I am not a seller of oils, either. I just like to talk about interesting things. So let's talk!