General Tips on How to Use Essential Oils

In this section you will find information on the therapeutic use of essential oils. In this discussion we mean the use of essential oils in the context of a medical treatment to achieve a certain benefit. In contrast, and not discussed here, is the use of aromatherapy as fragrance.  

You can use essential oils in a variety of ways to promote emotional and physical health. They can be inhaled, applied topically, massaged into the skin, and even ingested.

Their benefits can be delivered as essential oil blends in pre-diluted, ready-to-use product delivery formats (e.g., vaporizing jars, roll-ons, body patches, sprays, creams and balms and infused towelettes) or used as individual essential oils for do-it-yourself (DIY) users. The oils can also be blended. In either case (i.e., pre-diluted, custom blend or DIY)  the essential oils can be used in either cold or hot air diffusers, added to bath water and applied topically (including mixing with your favorite hand cream or body lotion). .

And aromatherapy can be used in a wide range of situations (from differing climates (e.g., cold vs hot), social environments (work vs at home), or when traveling vs at home), to name just a few.  

Similarly, aromatherapy can be used across a range of demographic users (e.g., toddlers, children, teens, 50+) and with various personal conditions (e.g., common allergies and sensitivity to perfumes, prescription medications, and illness).

Then too, there are numerous other considerations in making a purchase. These include, but are not limited to, how to assess quality, choice of carrier oils, the relevance of Health Canada licensing, care and storage.

The pages that follow are organized as follows:

Evaluating Aromatherapy Delivery Formats
Classifying Aromatherapy (based on “effort” or “delivery of benefits”)
Age and Personal Condition/Situation
Quality, Ingredients and Packaging