"Where do I even start?" is one of the questions I frequently get as an aromatherapist and natural beauty formulator. A powerful healing modality, aromatherapy has blossomed into a thriving subset of herbal medicine. Nowadays, DIY essential oil recipes and uses are ubiquitous online and on social media.
Unfortunately, I often find myself cringing and wanting to correct unsafe usage recommendation—most often suggested by those with no proper botany, chemistry, or essential oil training. Currently in the field, an "there’s an oil for that" mentality exists. But aromatic plant medicine involves working with some of nature's strongest powers and explores much more than pairing one oil with a certain therapeutic benefit (i.e., lavender is for sleep).
Here’s your foolproof guide to finding the right essential oils, safely. It covers everything from therapeutic benefits and energetics to what experts want you to consider when purchasing aromatherapy products.