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Basic Guide To Using Essential Oils For Beginners

Updated on January 8, 2016

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Aromatherapy is a complex form of art. After all, when you learn how to use it properly, then you could potentially maximize its benefits. But if you are not being careful, it can also lead to serious health complications, skin  irritations, amongst other health dangers. The most basic start for you would then be to learn about the basic guide to using essential oils for beginners.

To make it easier for you, below is an outline of the basic “do's” and “don'ts” that every beginner must learn about using essential oils. If you learn to follow these guidelines, then you are sure to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy without any side effects.

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Basic Do's

To get it started, it is important to begin about learning some of the things you MUST do when you want to use essential oils for therapeutic reasons. Not only can you attain all the health benefits that essential oils promise to deliver, but you can earn more value to your purchase in the long run.

You can learn more about the essential do's when using aromatherapy below.

Do – Research on Essential Oils

This is imperative. Any beginner to essential oils must proceed in using them with utmost caution to avoid harming your health. Try to read and learn as much as you can about essential oils, its properties that bring about health benefits, the ideal methods of using it to enjoy maximum benefits, and what other precautionary measures you should take.

Never proceed onto using essential oils unless you have substantial information that you need when using it. After all, the internet provides you with enough sources these days within just a few minutes and with a click of the mouse. Therefore, finding the exact information you want should be quite easy. Focus your research on certain information such as safety concerns or any possibility of complications that would result from using essential oils with an existing medical condition.

Although not always necessary, some knowledge on basic plant species used for extracting the essential oil used for aromatherapy application is also helpful when you are shopping for it.

Do – Choose Which You Buy Them From

This must be a practice that you need to observe with almost all kinds of shopping. But you need to double your effort when it comes to buying essential oils. The reputation of the seller also reflects the quality and authenticity of the products they are selling. There is no need to hire an agent to do the background research for you. You can begin your research by looking at the company's website (for online sellers) and try to gather as much information about the history and reputation of the organization.

Look at customer testimonials and try to find out the actual user feedback on their products and the service on a whole. Also, it is important to note that you must not settle for a given essential oil seller just because they are offering oils at a cheaper price. You might be able to save a few money, but it could be your own health that would be paying for that in the end.

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Do – Store Your Essential Oils Properly

This is something that essential oil experts continually emphasize to consumers, especially if you want to preserve the quality of the essential oil and enjoy more therapeutic value. Beginners need to pay closer attention to this process to ensure that the oil does not spoil sooner than its intended shelf life. Proper storage will also protect your oils from external contaminants that will speed up the rate at which your oils become spoilt. Once they are contaminated, you are no longer able to use it, which means money wasted.

One of the most basic storing tips that essential oil beginners would encounter would be that of using dark colored or amber glass containers. This is intended to reduce the amount of light retention since sunlight exposure could contribute to the faster degradation of essential oils. In addition, you must use only glass containers and not plastic ones since the latter might melt when it comes in contact with the essential oil, causing its chemical compounds to mix with the essential oil. Also, beware about essential oils contained in a bottle with rubber sealants.

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Do Use Them As Indicated

Of course, you can learn as much as you can about essential oils and the proper method of using it, but it all boils down to your ability to actually apply them. Focus on learning about specific qualities found in essential oils that produce the healing effect in aromatherapy. But then again, it all boils down to the method of application used since it will also determine the effectiveness of the results.

Some of the most common methods of application available for aromatherapy include massage, topical, bath, inhalation, diffusion, and oral intake. Massage therapists will often use essential oils, mixed with a carrier oil, directly on their client. And more often than not, they will diffuse oils into the air to create a calming atmosphere which helps reduce stress in their clients. As for the oral intake of essential oils, you must only perform this IF advised by your health physician or an expert aromatherapist. You must also dilute the essential oil by mixing it with carrier oil to avoid irritating your skin.

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Basic Don'ts

Now that you have basic understanding of the essential reminders to keep in mind when using essential oils, you must also tale precaution about certain things. Below are some general details into the don'ts that every beginner to essential oil should be aware of.

Don't – Think Perfume Oils Have Therapeutic Benefits

There are several manufacturers that sell perfume oils and falsely label them as essential oils in a desperate attempt to make sales out of uninformed consumers. Therefore, there is no need for you to fall victim to their trap since these two are completely different from one another.

Perfumed oils are produced mainly for the fragrance that they produce, while essential oils are created for therapeutic purposes.

Don't – Skip Reading the Labels

This bit of tip applies not only when you are buying essential oils, but also in all forms of shopping. Going back to the points above, look for the specific plant specie or variety used for extracting the essential oil to ensure its authenticity. In addition, look fir a certification from various certification organizations around the world to ensure that the oil has been tested and approved for its quality.

All of the above pointers are just some of the most basic guide to using essential oils for beginners.


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