What are the easiest ways to practice aromatherapy at home?
- Start small. Pick three essential oils you are interested in based on the needs of you and your family and learn more about them.
- 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.
- Determine how to use essential oils safely. (Key point: use them for inhalation or topical application only. Do not ingest essential oils.)
- That said, have fun! There are many safe and effective ways to incorporate aromatherapy into your self-care routine.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.