Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. The oils extracted from these plant parts are fragrant, and they can have calming, grounding, and positive therapeutic effects for mental and emotional disorders. The effects of essential oils can be sampled anywhere: for example, try squeezing the peel of a ripe orange. The fragrant residue on your hand is full of essential oils. They have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal benefits. At Birds Nest we often combine light touch with essential oils on acupuncture points to enhance the acupuncture treatments.