Guide to Aromatherapy for Beginners

Below are some common introductory questions I often hear on the proper use of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is more of an art than it is a science. When you think about it, every natural household cleaner and all natural body care products are made of a mixture including essential oils and carrier oils. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun! Following your intuition will lead you to your personal success. Here are some guidelines on how to safely use aromatherapy.

What is a carrier oil?

A carrier oil is used to blend and dissolve your concentrated essential oils. This not only extends the life of your oils but also makes them safer to apply to the skin.

How do I create unique mixtures and blends?

Always use glass. Plastic is never safe with the use of essential oils. That’s why you always buy the concentrated essential oil in a dark glass. The dark amber or blue glass jars also protect from light oxidation. Only use plastic when the mixture is mostly all carrier oil/butter with just a touch of aromatherapy.

What scents blend well together?

There are some classics like peppermint & eucalyptus, lavender & lemongrass. Usually your bottle will have suggestions for what type of oils it blends well with such as citrus, floral, or woodsy. If you want to get creative then just use the lids/caps to your bottles and waft below the nose to get an idea of how they will smell together.

Can I take essential oils internally?

Only under the guide of an experienced aromatherapist would I recommend this. Most essential oil companies do not pay for the insurance it takes to be classified as a supplement rather than just for external use. It is important to realize that all essential oils are extremely concentrated; just a drop takes several pounds of just one plant to create. I would say that some of the more common oils that are well known in culinary use are probably the safest but still be careful to dilute in the proper ratio as to not burn your mouth, skin, or stomach lining.

What if it burns?

If you have a reaction to any essential oil, just apply your carrier oil. Remember, water and oil never mix.

Where should I apply these oils?

The best absorption is on the bottom arch of the foot, your pores are the largest here. I like to apply the oil into the base of each nostril with the tip of my pinky finger and do deep breathing exercises. The aroma affects your whole body in just seconds. Some people prefer to apply to the nape of the neck, the chest area, and the wrists. Be careful if you chose to apply to the temples of the forehead as too strong of a scent can irritate the sensitive eyes.

What oils should I buy?

The essential tool kit I recommend as the most multipurpose and versatile would be: peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree.

-Peppermint for headaches and tummy aches

-Lavender for stress relief, relaxation, and sleep

-Eucalyptus for respiratory support

-Tea Tree for first-aid such as bacteria and fungus

What brands are reputable?

Wyndmere, Aura Cacia, NOW, Simplers, 365, doTerra, and Young Living.

Q & A

Please send any of your questions to me, I will find an answer. Maybe your questions will help me to create an intermediate, and experienced guide to essential oils!

Hope you have found this guide to be helpful. I wish you prosperity on your health journey. -Olivia Rae

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