Frequently Asked Questions on Aromatherapy

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the science of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.

What is the foundation of aromatherapy?

Essential oils are the fragrant essence of a plant. These aromatic oils (highly concentrated liquid oils) are the foundation of aromatherapy, which is based on the idea that the aromatic oil from a plant possess healing properties.

Can you apply essential oils directly to the skin?

It is not recommended to apply aromatherapy oils directly to the skin. Pure essential oils are highly concentrated and can burn your skin. Some oils will even pass through the skin and into the bloodstream. It is suggested that you mix them with a base or carrier oil which decreases the possibility of skin irritation.

Can aromatherapy oils be consumed?

No, It is strictly not recommended to use aromatherapy oils internally. Given their concentration levels, essential oils can be toxic if swallowed.

How should aromatherapy oils be stored?

Essential oils must be stored in dark glass containers with screw tops. They should be kept in a cool, dry space, out of the direct sunlight.