Getting started with aromatherapy
31 May 2023
Aromatherapy is a holistic natural healthcare system that uses essential oils to promote health and wellbeing, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Essential oils can be inhaled ‘neat’ from the bottle, a tissue, or some aroma jewellery.
They can also be diluted in water and diffused (‘burned’) in an oil burner or diffuser, or diluted in a carrier oil and applied to the skin.
There are several ways to use essential oils in various ways, including:
- Aromatherapy baths, including foot baths and sitz baths
- General topical use
- Inhalation from a bottle or tissue
- Skin & hair care
When diluting essential oils to apply to the skin or hair, the general safe guidelines are 6 drops of essential oil per 10ml of carrier oil (a 2% dilution). However, the dilutions for various recipes range from 0.5% – 5%, and can go as high as 20% for acute cases.
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Want to learn more?
For everything you need to know about how to use essential oils safely and effectively, read Faye Willmott’s book ‘At Home with Aromatherapy’. This book is beautifully presented with all the information you need to get started, including safety precautions, all the oils listed alphabetically, and all the ailments with suggestions. It was written in 2022, so is full of up to date information, and is also endorsed by the Aromatherapy Trade Council. Click here to find out more.