Aromatherapy Do's and Don'ts
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Be selective of where you purchase your
essential oils. The quality of essential
oils varies widely from company to
company. Additionally, some companies
may falsely claim that their oils are
undiluted or pure when they are not.
Learn to compare. Anise, Lavender, Bay,
Cedarwood, and Eucalyptus are examples
of the common names of plants used to
create essential oils. There are,
however, different varieties of each of
these plants. The Latin name is
different for each. The therapeutic
properties and aromas of different oils
with the same common name may differ
dramatically, as may the cost. Always
ask for the botanical or Latin name
before purchasing or when comparing
Pay attention to the country in which
plants were raised and their method of
rearing and harvest. Some county's are
well known for the quality of a
particular oil. Most good essential oil
sellers will readily supply the
botanical names and country of origin
for the oils that they sell. Prices also
vary depending on whether the oils are
organic, wild-crafted (naturally
occurring) or farmed.
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.
Don't 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.
Buy from established vendors. It is wise
not to purchase oils from vendors at
street fairs, craft shows, or other
limited-time events. Even experienced
users can have difficulties determining
diluted or impure oils by a quick
Purchase essential oils from reputable
high volume companies. Essential oils
are volatile and even with proper
packaging will degrade over time.
Purchasing from mail order companies may
result in obtaining higher quality oils
at a lower cost than purchasing oils
from a local health food establishment
that rarely turns over their inventory.
Store your oils in dark glass (amber or
cobalt blue) and in a cool, dark place.
Storing them in an enclosed space will
extend their usefulness.
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
Last but not least, do enjoy the