I remember when I first encountered aromatherapy in 2017. I was intrigued by essential oils and wanted to try them to introduce something more holistic to my family. However, I should have done more research before diving into aromatherapy because I burned Santi’s skin when he was 18 months old.
Contrary to popular belief, the use of essential oils is not safe ALL THE TIME just because it is natural. Essential oils are highly concentrated so you need to arm yourself with the accurate information so you can have a wonderful aromatherapy journey.
I now offer this advice I wish I had when I was new to aromatherapy because I know that no mom would want to harm their children when using these essential oils.
1. Buy an aromatherapy book or two
Choose a book or two to start your aromatherapy library. Choose books that are general resources that provide basic information and help you discover your areas of most interest. For some of the books I recommend, you can watch my YouTube video here.
2. Participate in legitimate aromatherapy discussion forums
Facebook groups, Instagram pages, and other forums are great resources for those new to aromatherapy, but you must be careful who is running the network. Make sure you join groups managed or regulated by certified aromatherapists who ensure the safe and effective use of essential oils. You can join my Facebook group, Holistic Aromatherapy PH, visit the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, or add and checkout my free ebook to your cart today.
3. First, choose 5 to 10 essential oils.
Start with only 5 to 10 essential oils. While you may be tempted to buy more, remember that essential oils are expensive and can go rancid. So you should try a few first and then invest more if you pursue aromatherapy. Initial oils that come to mind are Eucalyptus globulus, sweet orange, lavender, Cedarwood Atlas, and frankincense.
4. Make sure you are buying 100% pure essential oils.
When buying essential oils, choose reputable manufacturers that provide purity reports. Also, research different brands; it is a myth that it’s only the most expensive brand that is pure.
5. Buy at least one carrier oil.
Topical applications require essential oils to be diluted with carrier oil. Good all-purpose carrier oils include fractionated coconut oil (if you don’t like the coconut smell, argan oil, and jojoba oil. Learn the proper dilutions as well to make your blend safe. Sensitization to essential oils usually happens in topical applications where the mixture is not diluted correctly and has high concentration. Remember, less is more when it comes to essential oils.
6. Store your essential oils properly.
Store essential oils in dark amber glass containers. Keep the lid tightly closed, as essential oils are volatile. Essential oils and carrier oils should be stored away from heat and light. I keep most of mine in the fridge.
I hope these tips help. For more about aromatherapy, check out other resources here on my blog or connect with me on Instagram. See you around, loves!