Essential Oil Spotlight: Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

It’s citrusy, sweet, with a spicy floral tone and it is one of the best essential oils for using during times of stress. Bergamot Citrus bergamia comes from cold pressing the peel of the fruit on the bergamot orange tree. It has a bright scent that can help to boost mood and aid in soothingContinue reading “Essential Oil Spotlight: Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)”

5 Essential oils to beat the winter blues (+ how to use them!)

Winter is in full effect here in the northeast, as it snows outside my window and cold winds blow down from Canada. It’s a quiet time of year for most but it can also be a time of silent suffering for many. With the shorter days and colder temperatures comes SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder. SeasonalContinue reading “5 Essential oils to beat the winter blues (+ how to use them!)”

10 types of carrier oils + choosing one for your essential oil blend

When we talk about using essential oils topically, we always discuss how to safely dilute them (you can read more about that here). How do we dilute essential oils? We dilute essential oils with their plant-based cousins, carrier oils. Carrier oils are also derived from plant matter and are used to help carry essential oilsContinue reading “10 types of carrier oils + choosing one for your essential oil blend”

Diffusing essential oils

Using a diffuser is one of the easiest ways to utilize essential oils for aromatherapy. You can also get a chance to use the essential oils that are less safe for frequent topical use but extremely beneficial aromatically like clove and cinnamon. When diffusing essential oils there are two methods you can use: a passiveContinue reading “Diffusing essential oils”

Using essential oils safely

A lot of people new to using essential oils may ask, is aromatherapy safe? Aromatherapy is generally considered safe when done properly. There are two main ways you’ll use essential oils: topically & through inhalation. We go into more detail about these methods here & also discuss how each method works differently in the body.Continue reading “Using essential oils safely”

How aromatherapy works & ways to use essential oils

Using essential oils for aromatherapy can be done aromatically (through inhalation) and topically (through absorption in the skin). And yes there’s a third way, & that’s internally (by ingesting them), but we’ll talk more about that later on. Ways to use essential oils through inhalation When used aromatically, essential oils enter the body via theContinue reading “How aromatherapy works & ways to use essential oils”

What is aromatherapy? (And what it isn’t!)

As an aromatherapist, one of our biggest responsibilities is educating people on the safe use of essential oils. That education can range from questions about the best way to use a particular oil to the complexities of the chemistry behind an essential oil’s therapeutic uses. Sometimes the question is simply, what IS aromatherapy? The simpleContinue reading “What is aromatherapy? (And what it isn’t!)”