Essential oils are a wonderful addition to living a chemical-free lifestyle. So congratulations for going for it! They are found in aromatic plants. Out of several hundred thousands species of plants in the world only around 10,000 are aromatic and out of those 400-500 are used to make essential oils. Essential oils can be taken from seeds, roots, wood, resins, leaves, flowers and fruit. They can be extracted by several methods including distillation, pressing, solvent extraction and C02 extraction. The method selected depends on the plant and the part of the plant the essential oil is found.   

What is a aromatherapy?

     Everyone want to know the answer to this question. Most people think it is all about the wonderful smells but it is truly about the medicinal use of the plant oils. It is a holistic art blending of essential oils to promote health and wellness. There is well researched and documented information provided by health  professionals (view PubMed).

Tip: aromatherapy usage does NOT replace pharmaceutical drugs. Chat to your health practitioner.

What Does An Aromatherapist Do?

     During a consultation, I will assess your holistic needs taking into account your medical history and devise a unique treatment plan which includes the use of therapeutic properties of essential oils.

     My qualifications are; successfully completing the Aromatherapy Certification Program. This certification includes training in anatomy and physiology, pathology, chemistry, effective and safe uses of essential oils under supervision of other qualified aromatherapists. This certification is approved by AIA at the Professional Level, approved by NAHA at Level 2, Certified Professional Aromatherapist, approved by AADP, accredited by IFPA and approved by IICT.

     If you have any medical conditions, pregnant, young or old, I would be glad to assist you on your essential oil journey.

Tip: always seek out Aromatherapist who are qualified and insured.

Getting Started With Essential Oils
  • Always read the label for instructions directions.

  • Start slow with essential oils and use low dilutions.

  • Patch test before using the essential oil.

  • 1-2 drops of essential oil into the diffuser and build up to 4-6 drops of essential oil, if comfortable.

  • Use the Dilution Guidelines to learn how you and your family can safely apply essential oils topically.

Ways to Use Essential Oils
  • Inhalation/Diffuse - using a cool mist diffuser in a wonderful way to enjoy your oils. Steam inhalation is another way to use your oils and it is soothing to mucus membrane and skin. Little personal inhalers are quite popular now. They are so handy to use on the go. They can be used in places that topical application may not work and in situations that inhalation is best.

  • Topically - is great in many applications. However, our skin can be extremely sensitive, we recommend diluting them with carrier oils, lotions or creams. It is a good idea to spot test any new oil to determine if you will have a reaction to it. Occasionally, this does happen and we want to reduce any amount of reaction on your skin. Safe oiling is always the goal.

  • Ingestion - Some people do ingest the oils. If you do decide to ingest oils, please be certain of their quality and pay close attention to dilution recommendations.  

***Application Method: Ingestion***

  • Risks often outweigh benefits

    • Irritation to mucous membranes and gastrointestinal tract​

    • Permanent damage to liver and/or kidneys

  • In many cases, inhalation or topical use is just as effective and a safer alternative.

  • Only advised under the care of a healthcare professional or aromatherapist trained in the internal use of essential oils.

Safety and Uses

For more information on safety and uses visit our safety section.