Aromatherapy Tips

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


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?


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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Sustainability Risks and Conservation of Essential Oil Bearing Plants

Conservation and Sustainability of Essential Oil Bearing Plants

It takes a HUGE amount of plant material to produce essential oils. For example, it takes all of the petals from 30-50 roses to produce a single drop of Rose Otto Essential Oil. [Source: Andrea Butje, The Heart of Aromatherapy (Carlsbad, CA: Hay House, Inc., 2017), 6.]

We cannot assume that the essential oils that we have easy and reasonably affordable access to today will be available to us indefinitely if we do not each play our part in responsible usage, conservation and sustainability efforts.

It is so important for us all to do our best to use essential oils sensibly and spend time learning about which essential oil bearing plants are endangered or are at-risk.

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300 Shareable Essential Oil Images Available on AromaWeb

Essential Oil and Aromatherapy Images

Looking for essential oil information to share with your friends, colleagues and your social media audience? Visit AromaWeb's expanded Shareable Images area to choose from over 300 free, eye-catching images that can be used to share links to helpful essential oil articles, guides, recipes and oil profiles

View Shareable Images on AromaWeb

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Amazon and Bookstores are Flooded With Misleading Books About Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Buying Reputable Essential Oil Books

It's common for book publishers to automatically send me books or offer to send me books in the hopes that I'll include a review within AromaWeb's Book Review area.

For example, a publicist for a book publisher recently sent me a particular "essential oil" book. It took me all of five minutes to spot glaring errors and see that there was no reference to the author's educational background or length of experience in working with essential oils. I didn't even need to get beyond page 3 to see that she made mistaken claims about what the term therapeutic grade means. The author went on to make the broad claim that essential oils are directly evaluated by the FDA before they are allowed to go to market. That's just not true.

There are many more problematic books about essential oils on the market then there are reliable books. I don't bother including reviews of problematic books within AromaWeb's Book Review area because I want AromaWeb to feature only books that offer valuable information to readers and students.

The situation with the market being flooded with misleading and unhelpful essential oil books is getting worse. The increasing ability and ease for individuals to self publish has so many advantages, but the drawback is it also makes it easy for unqualified individuals to spread inaccurate information.

Even for books that go through a more traditional publishing process, it's clear that not all publishers do much to doublecheck the accuracy of an author's submitted work.

A problem with relying on books written by inexperienced authors is that the information can be untrue, misleading or unsafe. You are also much more likely to get ineffective results or miss out on important information that can make your use of essential oils much more rewarding and beneficial in your lifestyle.

Relying on the number of Amazon book reviews or overall rating for a book can also be misleading. The problematic book that I mentioned in my example above had over 70 reviews on Amazon, with most of those consisting of five-star ratings.

How to Buy Reliable Books About Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Above, I highlight the growing problem with misleading books flooding the market. However, I also want to emphasize and reassure you that there are a lot of extraordinarily helpful, invaluable essential oil books written by authors and educators that have extensive knowledge and experience working with essential oils. I would not be where I am today in my essential oil journey without access to these remarkable resources.

I wrote a guide for AromaWeb entitled What to Look for When Shopping for Essential Oil Books. If you haven't already, I encourage you to read it. Within it, I share a lot of helpful tips for selecting books.

How to Find and Purchase Reputable Essential Oil and Aromatherapy Books

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Aromatherapy for Animals

Aromatherapy for Animals

We love our pets so much, that it's understandable that we want to share the benefits that we achieve when using essential oils with them.

However, Essential oils must be used with great care on and around animals and pets. This holds particularly true for cats. Jaden

A few months ago, I adopted Jaden, a 2.5 year old cat that my daughter's friend could no longer care for. If I let myself, I could ramble on and on about his cute little silly self, but I'll restrain myself. :)

Cats can differ in their interest in essential oils. Our last cat Tigger, for example, always wanted to hang out in the kitchen when I was spending time in there blending and formulating with essential oils. I'd need to keep him in Ashley's room when making up more than a couple quick blends. Jaden, on the other hand, loves to check out my fresh cut herbs, but he hates the smell of essential oils. I'm glad for this because that means Jaden will instinctively retreat away from the kitchen if I'm blending.

Even for those of us that use essential oils in our homes regularly, there are some simple things that you can do to help ensure that your cat isn't overexposed to essential oils. For example, I mindfully diffuse only in my home office, and Jaden isn't allowed in my office when I diffuse. Outside of my office, it's easy for me to use an inhaler (I keep them neatly organized in a small lipstick holder) or fragrance testing strip. When using essential oil dilutions topically, I make sure that Jaden doesn't get too close to the region of my body that has the oil applied. Since diffusion shouldn't be done continuously and should be done mindfully, it's not too tough to ensure that your cat isn't inhaling essential oils.

Recommended Animal Aromatherapy Resources

Although I've been working with essential oils for almost 25 years, I'm not an expert on aromatherapy for animals. Similar to the concept of vets specializing in the care of animals and doctors specializing in the care of humans, there are aromatherapy educators and experts that specialize in the use of essential oils specificallly with pets.

Head on over to AromaWeb's Aromatherapy for Animals and Pets article to view details about a wonderful book on aromatherapy for animals and to learn about an incredible animal aromatherapy facebook group that is administered by Kelly Holland Azzaro (R.A., C.C.A.P., C.B.F.P, L.M.T.), past president for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Kelly not only maintains this wonderful resource, but she also offers courses in animal aromatherapy.

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Aromatherapy Monster Repellent!

Are your kids afraid of the boogieman, ghosts or monsters during this Halloween time of celebrations, haunted houses, scary costumes and horror movies?

AromaWeb's delightful Monster Repellent Recipe couldn't be easier to make (1 ingredient!) and leads to a soothing and softly aromatic room mist that your child can use to repel monsters, the boogie man and any other scary creature lurking in his/her mind, underneath the bed, in that dark closet or in the cold, creepy basement. Of course, I'm not suggesting that there really are monsters (remember this is all in fun!), but this spray may potentially help give your child control over these scary creatures in their minds. It may also gently help to combat your child's fears and anxieties and help sooth him/her to sleep. It's gentle aroma may also help to calm adult anxieties and fears.

I enjoy dusting this blog post off and re-sharing it each year, in fun, around Halloween. It was originally inspired by a delightful question submitted by a visitor to AromaWeb. Do you have a recipe request? Be sure to let me know.

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