Aromatherapy Basics

Aromatherapy, in a nutshell, is the use of essential oils through application to the skin, inhalation, or ingestion. Uses range from the simple enjoyment of aromas to treatment of illness and skin conditions.  Essential oils are renowned for their antibacterial properties and were even used in the mummification process in ancient Egypt.

Common usage is in a diffuser or applied to the skin using a carrier oil.


  • Start with aromas you love, then try combining oils.
  • Pay for good quality pure essential oils.  I like Ananda Apothecary’s oils.
  • Try a non-heat based diffuser like Wyndmere’s personal diffuser.
  • Use a carrier oil, such as Jojoba, if applying to the skin.
  • Put a few drops of an appropriate oil on a tissue and place near your head at night for insomnia or congestion.
  • Research usage for specific conditions, Aromatherapy A-Z (Hay House) is just one of many great books on the subject.


  • Straight essential oil are powerful and can be irritating if not diluted with another oil.
  • Easy does it, even aromas you love can become too much.  These are concentrated pure essences, go slow.
  • Just because you love it and it’s natural doesn’t mean everyone else will love it.  Be mindful when using on or around others.

Enjoy the journey, essential oils are a great tool for calming your mind and lifting your spirits.