Updated: Feb 14
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils (plant oils extracted from leaves, flowers, and other parts). Each oil has a characteristic scent, and in aromatherapy, the oil is inhaled or used topically on the skin for sleep, headaches, and other conditions.
Although essential oils are widely available, it’s important to understand how to use these potent oils
Whether you’re using a diffuser or steam inhalation, spray, or you are simply inhaling a drop or two of essential oil on a cotton ball, be sure to test a very small amount first because allergic reactions can occur.
A common mistake when using essential oils is to use too much. Usually, 2-4 drops is all that is needed
When using essential oils on the skin, in a bath or shower, or in an aromatherapy massage, always dilute the oil and be careful not to use too much. Essential oils are absorbed through the skin, and using an excessive amount or applying undiluted essential oils to the skin can result in an overdose. Skin irritation, contact allergy, and burns can occur when using essential oils topically. Always do a patch test when using new essential oil.
Precautions and Storage
Be sure to store essential oils out of the reach of children.
Avoid getting essential oils in your eyes, nose, or ears. Wash your hands thoroughly after using essential oils. If you're blending or working with natural essential oils, you may want to get disposable latex gloves
Essential oils are recommended for external use only, even small amounts can be toxic and potentially fatal if ingested
Before going out in the sun or to a tanning booth, avoid essential oils that increase your sensitivity to the sun, such as orange essential oil and other citrus oils.
If you're working with essential oils (e.g. making your own lotions, candles, or bath salts) make sure you're working in a well-ventilated area or take breaks to go outside.
If you have a medical condition, consult a medical practitioner before using essential oils
DO NOT expose essential oils to sunlight, always keep in a dark cool place at all times