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Aromatherapy for beginners

There are a few key points and recommendations we make to anyone who wants to use aromatherapy at home.

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What are the easiest ways to practice aromatherapy at home?

  1. Start small. Pick three essential oils you are interested in based on the needs of you and your family and learn more about them.
  2. Get essential oil education from a reputable source. The Food and Drug Administration prohibits companies who sell essential oils from providing clinical education or advice. Remember, multi-level marketing companies provide marketing, not clinical advice or education. 
  3. Determine how to use essential oils safely.  (Key point: use them for inhalation or topical application only. Do not ingest essential oils.)
  4. That said, have fun! There are many safe and effective ways to incorporate aromatherapy into your self-care routine.
     

Special considerations

Remember that there are special considerations for using essential oils with sensitive groups, especially children.

  • Children under the age of two should never use essential oils.
  • Children under the age of six should only use oils under the guidance of a healthcare professional.
  • Make sure to store your essential oils away from young children, just as you would a medication. 

Note that pregnant women and anyone with a chronic health condition should seek input from a healthcare professional before starting an at home aromatherapy regimen. 
 

For an at-home beginner, which five essential oils are must-haves? What can they be used for?

Here are some ideas to get started. 

  1. Lavender essential oil to decrease anxiety and enhance sleep. Try placing a few drops on a piece of cotton and placing it on your pillow when you go to bed at night. Take several slow deep breaths as you relax your body.
  2. Sweet orange or bergamot essential oil to increase your energy and enhance your mood. Place a few drops on the tile in the corner for your morning shower. Take several slow deep breaths before letting your mind race to the busy day ahead. 
  3. Rosemary essential oil for mental alertness, memory, and sinus congestion. Place a few drops in a diffuser (if you have one) or in a pan of simmering water on the stove. Breathe deeply while keeping your eyes and nose a safe distance from the water and oil mixture. Rosemary can be very strong and may irritate the eyes if you get too close. Older children could also use a few drops of rosemary essential oil on a piece of cotton while studying. 
  4. Peppermint or ginger essential oil for nausea. Place a few drops on a piece of cotton and bring it on long car rides for family members who suffer from motion sickness. 
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