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Aromatherapy Basics
(Caution: Aromatherapy is a complex art and science. Use oils mixed in carrier oils for safety.  Consider taking classes in aromatherapy before using these oils on clients.)

Aromatherapy is the art of healing using different aromas made from highly concentrated extracts of herbs, flowers, shrubs and other plants.  The oils contain substances that have been found to be therapeutic when inhaled or applied to the skin with a carrier oil.

Storing of oils:  Essential oils should be stored in a cool, dark place to ensure their effectiveness and reduce spoilage.  A dark glass bottle is best.  Plastic bottles will deteriorate with time. A glass bottle with a dropper in it will also deteriorate, so it is best to store the dropper separately.  If properly stored, oils may last for approximately one year.

Uses:  Essential oils should not be used without mixing with a carrier oil such as jojoba, grapeseed, or sweet almond oil.  Oils are very potent at full strength and may burn or cause irritation. The use of oils over a long period of time (more than 12 weeks) may make the oil ineffective as the body builds up a resistance to that oil.

  • Use in a bath- add 8 or so drops to bath while running water to mix thoroughly.
  • Use in a diffuser made especially for essential oils
  • Add to a humidifier  1-10 drops.
  • Add to a spray bottle filled with water.  Be careful not to spray on wood surfaces as it may damage the wood.
  • Place a few drops on a tissue and inhale.
  • Use in a sauna or steam
  • Use in a candle or place candle under oil holder.
There is some controversy about the use of oils in a diffuser that heats the oil or placing drops on a light bulb, or in or under a candle.  The heat increases the dispersion of the oil but may also change the properties and effects of the oils.

Aromatherapy is much more than the simplified sections in this website.  It usually takes 2 years of training and a lifetime of experience to be knowledgeable in aromatherapy.

Precautions: Do not underestimate the power of these oils!!


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