I recall discovering aromatherapy for the first time several years ago. I was intrigued by essential oils and eager to experiment with their use. In retrospect, I think I should have conducted more study before to beginning aromatherapy. I offer you the guidance I wished I had received when I was a newbie aromatherapist:
1. Purchase 1-2 Aromatherapy Books
Choose one or two books to begin your aromatherapy collection. Choose books that are general resources that will provide you with basic information and help you choose your areas of greatest interest.
2. Participate in Aromatherapy Discussion Forums
Facebook Groups, Instagram accounts, and other online communities are excellent resources for aromatherapy beginners. Read previous talks, ask questions, and gain knowledge from others.
3. Select five to ten essential oils to begin.
Though you may be tempted to purchase more, try starting with only five to ten essential oils. If you decide to take aromatherapy further, you may wish to experiment with a few essential oils before investing on more.
4. Be certain to choose one hundred percent pure, unadulterated essential oils
When purchasing essential oils, find a trustworthy and well-known brand. Synthetic, fragrance, and perfume oils are not essential oils because they contain synthetic compounds and lack aromatherapeutic efficacy.
5. Acquire No Less Than One Carrier Oil
For practically all topical aromatherapy treatments, essential oils must be diluted with a carrier oil. Included among the best multipurpose carrier oils are sweet almond oil, sunflower oil, and grapeseed oil. Purchase carrier oils of cosmetic grade and use only a few drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
6. Store Oils Appropriately
Only store essential oils in opaque glass containers. Due to the volatile nature of essential oils, keep the caps well closed. The storage of essential oils and carrier oils must be kept away from heat and light. Eventually, carrier oils will go rancid, thus it is advisable to purchase smaller quantities.
7. Study How to Perform a Patch Test
Essential oils can elicit undesirable effects, either as a result of an allergy or gradual sensitization. A patch test determines whether or not an essential oil may cause an allergic reaction. Learn how to perform a skin patch test on yourself before applying any new oil to your skin.
8. Do not use aromatherapy on children or animals.
Do not use essential oils on children or pets, or while pregnant or breastfeeding, until you have a clear understanding of their safety implications. Essential oils may have detrimental effects on cats in particular. Ensure that essential oils are not accessible to youngsters.
9. Don't Ingest Essential Oils
Although you may read contradictory information about ingesting essential oils, you should avoid doing so. Some essential oils that are quite safe for topical use may be highly poisonous when ingested. Furthermore, certain essential oils may interfere with prescription or over-the-counter medications.
As you explore with and learn more about aromatherapy, your confidence in utilizing essential oils will increase. There is so much to discover, so be careful and enjoy yourself!