Hien is a mother of two, founder of Zen Essence, cooks with love and passionately believes that a natural, low-tox lifestyle begins with a drop of essential oil.

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I’m glad you’re here. The very fact that you’re reading this shows that you’re open to the idea of learning about essential oils. You’ve set the intention, so let’s get started.

3 ways to use your oils


Diffusion is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the aromatic benefits of essentials oils.


You can apply directly to the skin or mix with carrier oils or other personal care products.


You can add oils to beverages, take them in veggie capsules, use them in a favourite recipe.


What are essential oils?

These essential oils are the essence of mother earths nature. Defined as the aromatic compounds extracted from plants, found in the seeds, bark, stem, roots, resin, flower and other parts of plants, through a distillation process, the oil provides an all-natural health option to benefit our bodies.

How much do I dilute?

There are so many dilution guides around, so to make things simple I follow the dilution guides that doTERRA have recommended. To decrease the likelihood of developing a skin sensitivity, especially on young or sensitive skin, it is advisable to use a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) to dilute more potent essential oils, and when trying an oil for the first time.

Where not to put oils

You want to avoid putting oils directly into your eyes or your ears. The sensitive skin inside of your mouth might be more easily irritated by undiluted oils so be mindful of this before your first use. Only use a carrier oil to dilute the essential oil back out of your precious eyes. Never add water, this will only drive the oil in deeper. Your vision might be a little blurry for a while because of the carrier oil (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, etc.) but it will go back to normal soon enough!

What is photosensitive?

Certain oils can react with sunlight when applied to the skin and then exposed to direct UV rays. Make sure to always dilute these oils well, apply them to an area that is not exposed to the sun, or wait 24 hours before spending any amount of time soaking up its warmth! Oils that are considered phototoxic are:





cumin and many more!

Can I bathe in oils?

Never add an oil that is hot, or caustic to skin in your bath water. We don’t want your delicate skin having to tolerate that potential discomfort! Always apply your oils to some kind of carrier oil before adding to your running water. Try: epsom salt, vegetable glycerin, any shower gel/bubble bath that is preferably unscented. A good amount to use as you learn your sensitivity levels would be 2-4 drops.

Using carrier oils

A carrier oil is any form of vegetable oil that helps to “carry” our essential oil onto and into our skin. You can use fractionated coconut oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, cold pressed coconut oil, rosehip oil and many more. The benefits of using a carrier oil are:

increases surface area of application

decreases your risk for sensitivities to the pure oils

gives you a nice base in which to create your own blends

allows you to avoid wasting so much of that precious essential oil


Pregnancy and feeding

As with any product, it is important that your midwife or physician is aware of and approves your use of essential oils. Since the skin is much more sensitive and permeable during pregnancy, it is important to be mindful of always diluting your oils well before application. Some oils that are good to avoid during pregnancy, even diluted, are clary sage, myrrh, and any blends containing these oils. These oils can promote uterine contractions and are best saved for use during actual labour, when delivery is intended. The safe use of oils during this beautiful time can be a natural and effective way to balance mood and reduce anxiety.

Motherhood has given me a new perspective. I feel empowered being able to take control of what I use day to day, what I use to nourish my skin and the choices I made to support my family’s health and wellbeing. I want this for you too.


For a healthy home, you can diffuse essential oils instead of using candles, scented waxes, air fresheners and replace store bought cleaning products to reduce your overall toxic load in the home.


For a healthy mind, you can use essential oils to support your mental and emotional health. This means using them to help reduce stress and boost moods.


For a healthy body, you can use essential oils to support your body naturally. This means supporting your immune, respiratory, digestive system, skin and more.


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