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Aromatherapy Tips for Beginners

It can be a little daunting to start using aromatherapy oils as there are so many available and the quality and price varies from oil to oil. Below are a number of tips to help make your aromatherapy experience more successful:

DO:

  • Pay special attention to all safety information on all essential oils that you use. This is even more important if you have any medical condition or are pregnant.
  • Consult with your GP before you use any essential oil(s) if you suffer from epilepsy or have sensitive skin, are breast feeding or pregnant or are using homeopathic remedies or taking some other prescribed medication or have a heart problem.
  • Avoid essential oils coming into contact with eyes. If oil does make contact with the eye, irrigate immediately with plenty of clean water and seek medical advice. N.B.: Wash your hand thoroughly after using essential oils, as hand contamination is the easiest accidental way to transfer essential oil into the eye and surrounding areas.
  • Store your oils in dark glass (amber or cobalt blue) and in a cool, dark place to preserve their shelf life.
  • Test diluted oils on inner arm for sensitivities and allergies before wider application.

DON'T:

  • Buy perfume oils thinking they are the same thing as essential oils. Perfume oils do not offer the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. Even if you only intend on using aromatherapy in your lifestyle for the sheer enjoyment of the aroma, essential oils that are breathed in can offer therapeutic benefits. These benefits do not occur with the use of perfume oils.
  • Buy essential oils with rubber glass dropper tops. Essential oils are very concentrated and will turn the rubber to a gum thus ruining the oil.
  • Use essential oils undiluted.
  • Take an essential oil internally (unless under the care of a qualified practitioner).
  • Use a citrus based oil when exposing yourself to sunlight as citrus oils are photosensitive.

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