Best Places For Essential Oils In Washington DC

May 28, 2013 8:00 AM

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Take a deep breath and enjoy the scents of these essential oils shops in DC that offer everything from the basic infused oils to already put-together products for your needs. Whether you’re looking for lotions, oils, candles or fragrances, these are the best places to get your fix for health and wellness.

Blue Nile Botanicals
2826 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 232-3535

Located near Howard University in the Shaw area of DC, Blue Nile Botanicals specializes in herbs, spices, incense and oils sold by the ounce. Not only does it offer a huge variety of essential oils at reasonable prices, but Blue Nile stocks the salves and carrier oils to make your own blend of skin or hair care products. There are butters like shea and cocoa, as well as coconut oil and beeswax. Washingtonians looking to keep it local will enjoy the locally produced oils. This funky shop with a Afro-Caribbean flair makes shopping for the oils you need a fun and rewarding experience.

Pure Shea Store
225 7th St. S.E.
Washington, DC 20003
(410) 888-7627

There’s no better shopping experience than the Eastern Market on Saturdays and Sundays behind Capitol Hill. With so many vendors and goods from arts and crafts to food and produce, the Shea Butter stand fits right in. Shea Butter offers many essential oils that are mostly organic and very high quality. Shea is widely praised as a moisturizing butter that holds essential oils very well. There are a wide variety of products already infused with essential oils from the rich shea butter soap to bath salts and sugar scrubs. Shea Butter also carries hair and body oils and body washes. Beyond shea, the shop offers aloe lotions and hair mists, as well as candles made from soy.

Terra Christa
130 Church St. N.W.
Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 281-9410

Terra Christa is a spiritual and metaphysical store that believes in the power of essential oils to promote wellness and healing within the body. Aromatherapy can be used not just through the inhalation of essential oils, but through applying them to the skin or hair or simply by spraying them in a room. Terra Christa offers a large assortment of essential oils in the form of perfumes, lotion and oils, as well as a rinse for the hair, bath salts and compresses. Be sure to pair your scent with the color therapy to increase your wellness impact.
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Yes! Organic Market
3425 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Cleveland Park, DC 20008
(202) 363-1559

A trusted name in health food stores, Yes! Organic Market carries more than just food. It offers a wide selection of essential oils and aromatherapy to aid any ailment or maintain wellness. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful about the products and if there’s something that is out of stock or you don’t see on the shelf, Yes! Organic will order it for you. There’s also a variety of hair, skin and body products that already have essential oil in them. The Yes! Organic Market website has a lot of information on common ailments and aromatherapy to increase your knowledge of what you need to maintain health.

107 S. West St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 739-1031

Known for its extremely helpful staff and sustainable products, ZENCASTLE offers a wide variety of products that are free of artificial ingredients and colors, parabens, phthalates and sulfates. It carries a wide variety of products for the skin and hair. ZENCASTLE’s line of creams, lip balm, elixirs, massage oils, salts and baths and soap combine essential oils into whatever your body needs from muscle recovery to age defying treatments. The knowledgeable staff will be able to tell you exactly how everything was made and the ingredients, so it’s a great place for those with allergies or sensitivities to know that they are getting only what is listed in the ingredients and nothing artificial.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at

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