10 Tips For Aromatherapy Newbies

aromatherapy newbies 10 Tips For Aromatherapy Newbies


I remember when I first discovered aromatherapy many, many years ago. I was fascinated by essential oils and excited to try using them. Looking back, I realize I should have done a bit more research before diving into aromatherapy. I offer you the advice I wish I’d had when I was an aromatherapy newbie:

1. Buy One or Two Aromatherapy Books
Choose just one or two books to start your aromatherapy library. Select books that are general resources, which will give you some basic information and help you discover the areas in which you have the most interest. Two of my favorites Are Modern Essentials Usage Guide, and Essentials of the Earth.  Both can be found at Amazon.

2. Join Aromatherapy Discussion Forums
Forums are great resources for aromatherapy newbies. Read past discussions, ask questions, and learn from others. The Simply Essential Facebook Group Page that is starting up in the next week or two is a friendly place for beginners, and members range from novices to experts.

3. Do Some Research on the Internet
While it’s nice to have an aromatherapy book or two at your fingertips, there are some excellent resources on the internet, too. Be a critical reader, though, and consider your source. Information offered by a manufacturer or affiliate seller may not be as trustworthy as information offered by a more objective source. Aromatherapy websites I refer to over and over include Everything Essential (click HERE) and Aromatic Science (click HERE).

4. Choose Five or Ten Essential Oils to Start
Though you may be tempted to buy more, try to begin with just five or ten different essential oils. Essential oils can be quite expensive, so you may want to experiment with a few at first and then invest in more if you decide to pursue aromatherapy further.  I suggest you start with the Family Physicians Kit, it has 11 of the most common essential oils you will use in your home and is a great introduction to essential oils.  It even comes with a DVD to walk you through all the oils.  You can find out more info HERE.

5. Make Sure to Buy 100%, Pure, Unadulterated Essential Oils
When you buy essential oils, choose a well-known and reputable manufacturer. Synthetic, fragrance, and perfume oils are not essential oils – they contain man-made chemicals and have no aromatherapeutic value.  I use and recommend doTERRA Essential Oils for their quality and purity..you can read all about that HERE.

6. Buy at Least One Carrier Oil
For nearly all topical aromatherapy applications, you will need to dilute essential oils into a carrier oil. Good all-purpose carrier oils include sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, and grapeseed oil, and I have used all 3 of those in a pinch but I prefer to use fractionated coconut oil. Buy cosmetic grade carrier oils, and use only a few drops of essential oil(s) per ounce of carrier oil.

7. Store Your Oils Properly
Essential oils should be stored only in dark glass containers. Since essential oils are volatile, keep the lids tightly closed. Essential oils and carrier oils should be stored away from heat and light. Carrier oils will go rancid eventually, so it’s best to buy smaller quantities.

8. Learn How to Do a Patch Test
Some essential oils can cause adverse reactions, due to allergy or due to sensitization over time. A patch test helps to determine whether you might react to a particular essential oil. Learn how to perform a skin patch test on yourself with each new oil you want to use topically.

9. Err on The Side of Caution When Using Aromatherapy with Children or Pets
Until you are thoroughly familiar with essential oils and associated safety issues, be cautious and double check your dilution when using them on children or pets, or while pregnant or breastfeeding. Cats, in particular, may be adversely affected by essential oils. Make sure essential oils are kept out of reach of children.

10. Don’t Ingest Essential Oils-at Least Not Oils Other Than doTERRA!
Though you will read conflicting information about taking essential oils internally, the only essential oils I would ever take internally for me or my family are doTERRA essential oils due to the quality and purity of the oils.  There are some that should NOT be taken internally no matter which brand you use, so do your research before ingesting ANY essential oil.

11.  Bonus Essential Oil Usage guide for you:

Basic Usage Guide 10 Tips For Aromatherapy Newbies


As you experiment with and learn more about aromatherapy, you will become more confident using essential oils. There is so much to explore, so be safe and have fun!

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Medical Disclaimer:

Nothing in this post is to be construed as medical advice, simply a sharing of things that have worked for me & my family. If you have any symptoms of serious illness, taking medication, pregnant or nursing, or have never worked with herbal materials or essential oils before, please consider consulting a medical professional before use. I am unable to offer advise for your particular medical situation; please ask your Doctor, Nurse Practitioner or Naturopath for further guidance.  The statements made here have not been approved by the Food & Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act.

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