Top Aromatherapy Tips
Ar’home’s founder, Sandra Dupont on her top aromatherapy tips...
DON'T: Don't buy fragrance or perfume oils thinking they are the same thing as Essential oils. Fragrance oils do not offer the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.
DO: Read as much as you can about aromatherapy. It is very easy to get started with aromatherapy, but there are safety issues that you need to be aware of.
DO: Be selective of where you purchase your essential oils. The quality of essential oils varies widely from company to company.
DO: Learn to compare when shopping for oils. Anise, Lavender, Bay, Cedarwood, and Eucalyptus are examples of the common names of plants used to create essential oils. However, there are different varieties of each of these plants. To differentiate between these varieties, the botanical name (also referred to the Latin name) is used to tell them apart. For instance, two different oils are referred to as "Bay essential oil," yet they come from two different plants. The properties and aroma of each oil do differ as does the general cost between the two. It is therefore important to pay attention to the botanical name. In the case of Bay, the common botanical names for the two oils used in this example are Pimenta racemosa and Laurus nobilis.
DO: It is also helpful to note the country of origin for the oil.
Most good essential oil sellers will readily supply the botanical names and country of origin for the oils that they sell. When comparing one company's oils with another's, also pay attention to if either company's oils are organic, wild-crafted or ethically farmed.
DO: Store your oils in dark glass (amber or cobalt blue) and in a cool, dark place.
DO: Pay special attention to all safety information on all essential oils that you use and remember that there are greater safety concerns for children, the elderly, pregnant women and those with medical concerns.
DO: Last but not least, do enjoy introducing aromatherapy into your lifestyle, like I’ve been doing for 7 years now!