A short guide for Aromatherapy Newbies

All you aromatherapy newbies out there don't be afraid. Stop hiding from your closet and start exploring the world of aromatherapy. The benefits outweigh whatever social stigma you have on aromatherapy. This is not exclusive for those rich, pompous people who do this because they can afford it and have all the time in the world to do it. On the contrary, aromatherapy is more for hard working people like us. We are the ones whose body and soul needs some relaxation, uplifting, and rejuvenation.

Aromatherapy, however, is not a walk in the park. There are certain do's and don'ts that you need to follow to maximize the benefits and avoid whatever possible risks there are.

Risks? Yes, there are a few undesirables when using aromatherapy essential oils but that is mostly due to improper use. Some are actually used as perfume or massage oils, applying them liberally on the skin. You must take care doing this especially when applying undiluted essential oils. Some essential oils like orange or peppermint cause irritation. Diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil (such as soya been, safflower, wheat germ, sweet almond oil, avocado, and olive oil) is always recommended when using it for external applications including aromatherapy bath and massage.

For internal application, however, I give you this advice: Don't take essential oils without first consulting your physician. It may lead to something worse so don't go mixing essential oils in your tea or drink.

Okay, now on to the good stuff. As a newbie in aromatherapy, it is easy to get lost in all the different essential oils out on the market today. You need to learn how to distinguish from the fake essential oils and genuine ones. The best way to avoid the inconvenience is to go to a reputable store. That could be the easiest solution for now but you will eventually learn the tricks of the trade as you get more accustomed and knowledgeable to aromatherapy.

Here's a good tip. When buying essential oils, avoid those brands with rubber tops covers. There's a good chance that they're not as pure as they claim. Since essential oils are very concentrated, they can dissolve or turn rubber tops into gum.

To get you started, it would be best to begin with the more common and much simpler essential oil blends like lavender and chamomile. Another good combination is orange and grapefruit, which by the way, gives your body that energized feel.

Actually, there are still a couple of things that you need to learn as an aromatherapy newbie. But the warnings and tips mentioned can get you going for the time being.