Aromatherapy Tips

The Importance of Essential Oil Safety

Conifer Essential Oil Guide

Essential oils can be incredibly beneficial for supporting our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being when used with sensibility, knowledge and care. Essential oils are very highly concentrated, and they must be treated with respect. As I mention on AromaWeb, we shouldn't be afraid to use essential oils, but it's important to learn about and heed essential oil safety guidelines so they can be used safely and effectively.

Learn about important essential oil safety precautions by reading AromaWeb's essential oil safety articles and guides:


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New Conifer Essential Oil Guide Now on AromaWeb

Conifer Essential Oil Guide

What a joy it has been to finally prepare and publish a guide to Conifer Essential Oils on AromaWeb. While growing up in Southeastern Michigan, I was able to enjoy spending a lot of time outside in a densely wooded area, savoring the beauty, shade and aroma of the spruce and pine trees. These days, I work very long hours, and I have far less time to explore and forest bathe (see below for more about forest bathing). Mindful diffusion of my conifer essential oils has made such a difference in helping me continue to feel a connection to the forest and these beautiful trees. As primarily invigorating oils, they have been helpful to keep me focused as I prepared this rather detailed guide...

Learn More by Reading AromaWeb's Guide to Conifer Essential Oils


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AromaWeb's Guide to Carrier Oils

There are so many beautiful and nourishing carrier oils available! Carrier oils not only dilute essential oils before applying them topically, but they offer their own unique benefits within skin and personal care applications. Carrier oils can contain nourishing fatty acids and other beneficial components. AromaWeb's Guide to Carrier Oils explains what carrier oil, infused oils and essential fatty acids are. It also includes profiles for 25 carrier oil and vegetable butters.

Learn More by Reading AromaWeb's Guide to Carrier Oils

Carrier Oil Guide on AromaWeb


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Aromatic Jewelry

Jewelry that is specially crafted so that it can be subtly fragranced with essential oils is typically known as aromatherapy or essential oil jewelry. This form of jewelry allows you to diffuse and enjoy the benefits and aroma of your favorite oils throughout the day. Learn all about the different essential oil jewelry types available, what to look for when shopping and simple but important safety tips to keep in mind...

Learn More by Reading AromaWeb's Essential Oil Jewelry Guide

Fall Seasonal Essential Oil Guide on AromaWeb


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Essential Oils Are Not Collectibles

Featured Article on AromaWeb: Essential Oils Are Not Collectibles

It's understandable that we instinctively lean towards use of collectible and collection terminology when referring to essential oils.

I do feel that regardless of our personal stance on the topic, that it's important that we all do give the concept of "collecting" essential oils some thought and consideration.

Even when we use the term "essential oil collection," it can be helpful to consider that essential oils aren't really collectibles. There are underlying drawbacks that can occur when thinking of essential oils as something to "collect." Whether owning 3 different essential oils or 50+ essential oils, our mindset regarding how we acquire, store and use essential oils can make a huge difference.

The article addresses the shelf life of essential oils (they do have a shelf life unlike most "collectibles"), the conservation of essential oil bearing plants, the competitive "collection" nature amongst some oily friends as well as a few other key considerations.

Please take a moment to read AromaWeb's Essential Oils Are Not Collectibles article to learn more.


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Using Essential Oils to Help Balance Your Chakras

Guide to Essential Oils and the Chakras on AromaWeb

AromaWeb offers a multi-part guide that introduces the concept of chakras and explains how essential oils can help support and bring them into balance.

Even if you question if the chakras truly exist, the underlying principles of the chakras can still play a special part during prayer, meditation or when trying to improve your physical, spiritual or emotional outlook.

The guide provides detailed profiles for each of the seven primary chakras and provides a list of the essential oils that are said to help support the corresponding chakra. Each essential oil listed is linked to its corresponding detailed profile.

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Guide to Essential Oils and the Chakras

  • Introduction to the Chakras
  • Chakra Essential Oil Recipes
  • Profiles for Each of the 7 Main Chakras
  • Lists of Essential Oils for Each Chakra


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Seasonal Essential Oils for Fall and Autumn

Aromatherapy for Women

Fall is almost here in the Northern Hemisphere. The crisp, cooler days makes it a perfect time to enjoy diffusing and blending with more warming essential oils like ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and clove.

For AromaWeb, I created a guide and list of warming and spicy essential oils that are commonly enjoyed for their enticing seasonal aromas at this time of year. Each essential oil in the guide is linked directly to its corresponding essential oil profile on AromaWeb for more details about the oil. The spicier oils do need to be more carefully used, so I've also included some recommended tips as a part of this seasonal article.

View the Guide:
AromaWeb Guide to Essential Oils for Autumn

  • Introduction
  • A Warning About Applying Spice Oils to the Skin
  • List of Oils for Autumn
  • Blending Spice Oils
  • Diffuser Blend Examples
  • Comment About Coniferous Essential Oils

I certainly don't want to forget my Southern Hemisphere friends!
AromaWeb Guide to Essential Oils for Spring


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Aromatherapy for Women

Aromatherapy for Women

When used mindfully and safely, essential oils are a wonderful complement for helping to support women's health and wellness. Essential oils have the potential to assist with the following issues:

  • Romance, Intimacy & Sexuality
  • Skin Care & Beauty
  • Hormonal Balance
  • Pregnancy
  • Labor
  • Postpartum Concerns
  • PMS and Menstrual Pain
  • Menopause
  • Emotional Well-Being
  • Weight Loss

For More Information, Read AromaWeb's Guide to Aromatherapy for Women.


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Introductory Guide to Hydrosols

Hydrosols

Fresh, expertly produced hydrosols offer numerous benefits for skin care, emotional well-being, spiritual applications and so much more. When used correctly, they can be gentler to use than essential oils and are often recommended by clinical aromatherapists for children and pets when essential oils are too potent for use.

A hydrosol is the aromatic water that remains after steam-distilling or hydro-distilling botanical material such as lavender. The plant material used in the distillation process imparts the hydrosol with the water-soluble aromatic and therapeutic properties of the plant. Learn more by reading AromaWeb's Introduction to Hydrosols.

Hydrosols offer countless benefits and can be used in an endless number of ways. See AromaWeb's Hydrosol Uses guide to learn more and read about many of the ways that you can incorporate hydrosols into your lifestyle.

View profiles for 38 Hydrosols and learn much more about hydrosols including general safety and shelf life info by visiting AromaWeb's Hydrosol Directory.


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What is Phototoxicity and How Does It Apply to Using Essential Oils?

Phototoxicity

Photosensitization and phototoxicity occur when phototoxic essential oil constituents (natural chemicals found in particular essential oils), particularly furocoumarins (FCs), react when exposed to ultraviolet light. Inflammation, blistering and reddening/burning of the skin are common.

Learn more and view a list of phototoxic essential oils by reading AromaWeb's Guide to Phototoxicity and Essential Oils.


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