The Ultimate Guide to Aromatherapy


Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of aromatic plant extracts or essential oils. These oils and extracts have a wide variety of uses, such as in bath salts, massage oils, scented candles, and even fragrances, which can be therapeutic to the mind, body and soul.

The pure essence of a plant, otherwise known as essential oils, provides physical and psychological benefits when used correctly and safely. Moreover, these benefits can come from both inhalation and physical application.

Additionally, there are a wide variety of aromatherapy products to choose from and each serves a different purpose. For example, lavender has a calming effect, while oils from the family of mint – such as peppermint and spearmint – offer a stimulating effect. 

Moreover, various products, including soaps, air fresheners, scented candles, and massage oils, contain these oils.

Benefits of Aromatherapy

You can notice the benefits of essential oil aromas almost immediately. Inhaling the fragrance of essential oils stimulates the brain to trigger a chemical reaction, like releasing serotonin, due to the neurotransmitters firing at a certain level. 

The lungs also get a much-needed boost from the naturally occurring chemicals in the fragrances, offering a therapeutic benefit. For instance, the diffusion of eucalyptus oil can help break up congestion.

When applied topically, essential oils can be absorbed into the bloodstream, thereby aiding in health, beauty, and certain hygiene conditions.

How to Use Aromatherapy

Never apply essential oils directly to the skin undiluted. Instead, dilute concentrated essential oils with carrier oils, like cold-pressed vegetable oils, to enhance absorption and provide moisturizing benefits.

Aromatherapy is a great alternative to some traditional medicines and treatments, offering holistic well-being benefits. By going the natural route, you avoid some of the negative side effects of pharmaceuticals, while at the same time providing additional benefits.

Opt for ‘certified organic’ essential oils, as they undergo independent audits, ensuring they are 100% clean and certified.

Many health food stores carry essential oils and have knowledgeable staff that is more than willing to explain different uses. Classes and seminars are also sometimes available in your local area. Search for them online or ask your local health food store.

Start your journey to effective aromatherapy with these few items:

Essential oils

Find essential oils at health food stores or online. Additionally, choose your favourites or those known for the desired effects.

  • Don’t be afraid to combine two or more oils for a new scent and a dual effect.
  • Buy ‘certified organic’ essential oils because they are 100% clean and produced by eco-friendly farming practices that have also been independently certified as being 100% organic.


There are numerous ways to allow Essential oils to get into the air. For instance, diffusers and humidifiers are popular methods.

  • Cold air diffusers use the motion in the room to help diffuse the Essential oil.
  • Hot air diffusion is usually done by steam or a gentle warming of the oils.
Aromatherapy: Rose-Gold Ultrasonic-Diffuser

Misting bottle

Misting bottles are a great way to spread the Essential oil without having to use a diffuser.

Naturally, there are many other ways you can use for aromatherapy such as scented candles, but these three would be a great place to start if you’re looking for some natural help to common issues or if you just like the way they smell.

Remember to use essential oils sparingly! Additionally, they’re concentrated, and usually, just a few drops will go a long way.

It’s easy, therapeutic, and fun to use essential oils. Give them a try!

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