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Refer to AromaWeb's extensive Aromatherapy Guide to learn about aromatherapy and how to use essential oils. In addition to the Aromatherapy Guide, be sure to also read the information and essential oil profiles located within AromaWeb's Essential Oil Guide area.

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Introduction to Aromatherapy Aromatherapy Reference
Aromatic Ingredients   Aromatherapy for Men
Aromatherapy Safety Information   Aromatherapy for Romance
Aromatherapy for Emotional Well-Being   Essential Oil Blending Guide
Working with Thick Essential Oils   Verifying Essential Oil Quality
What's in a Name?   Aromatherapy Spirituality & Enlightenment
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Introduction to Aromatherapy Aromatic Ingredients
Introduction to Aromatherapy Articles

What is Aromatherapy?
A helpful introduction to aromatherapy and its benefits.

History of Aromatherapy
The origins of aromatherapy date back thousands of years. This intriguing article summarizes the key events in the practice of aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy Safety Information
Essential oils must be treated like medicines. Learn more about the safety precautions that you need to take within this must-read article.

Guide to Diluting Essential Oils
The undiluted use of essential oils on the skin can be harmful and potentially cause severe irritation or sensitization. Read this guide to learn the precautions that you need to know and learn how to easily dilute your essential oils prior to topical application.

Essential Oils That May Cause Dermal Irritation and Skin Sensitization
The charts on this page display essential oils that are more likely to cause dermal irritation or sensitization.

How to Perform an Essential Oil Skin Patch Test
Some essential oils can cause sensitization or allergic reactions in some individuals. When using a new essential oil for the first time, perform a skin patch test on a small area of skin (it's easy).

Essential Oil Uses
Implementing essential oil use into one's lifestyle can be quite easy, fun, and therapeutically beneficial. Read these seven ways that you can begin using essential oils right away.

Aromatherapy Tips for Beginners
We are all beginners once! This is a friendly list of DOs and DON'Ts.

Is All the Hype True About Aromatherapy?
Can aromatherapy cure my major illness or psychological problem? Is there any science behind aromatherapy? Why is aromatherapy gaining so much press and exposure now if it's been in practice for thousands of years? Find out the answers within this article.

Aromatherapy and Anosmia
Anosmia is the formal name for the loss of sense of smell. Holistic aromatherapy may benefit those with anosmia. Read this article for more info.

Aromatic Ingredients Aromatherapy Articles

In aromatherapy, only pure and natural essential oils, absolutes, floral waters, resins, carrier oils, infused oils, herbs and other natural substances are used. Read about the natural ingredients used in aromatherapy:

What are Essential Oils?

What are Absolutes?

What are CO2s?

What are Carrier Oils?

What are Infused Oils?

What are Resins?

What are Hydrosols?
(Also known as Floral Waters)

What are Flower Essences?
Also known as Flower Remedies)


What are Fragrance Oils?
Fragrance oils and products containing synthetic compounds are not used in the practice of holistic aromatherapy. Read the explanation here.

Essential Oils Are More Than Just "Scents"
Too often, I hear individuals refer to both essential oils and fragrance oils as "scents." Although essential oils are concentrated and highly aromatic, referring to essential oils as "scents" is rather inaccurate, especially within the scope of holistic aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy Safety Information

Essential oils must be treated like medicines. Learn more about the safety precautions that you need to take within this must-read article. Also read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils.

Aromatherapy for Emotional Well-Being

Although aromatherapy should not be considered a miracle cure for serious emotional issues, the use of essential oils can assist, sometimes greatly, with particular emotional issues. Learn more within this article.

Working With and Blending Thick Aromatic Oils

Most essential oils are thin in viscosity, meaning they are almost of a water-like consistency. Some CO2s, absolutes, balsams, resins and other botanical aromatics, however, can be nearly solid at room temperature and are much harder to work with, measure and blend. This article describes and explores the options for working with thick oils.

What's In a Name?

That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. At first glance, the term aromatherapy seems straightforward enough. How confusing can the combination of two simple everyday words such as aroma and therapy be? In reality, the term aromatherapy leads to two false assumptions. Learn more within this thought provoking article.

Aromatherapy Education

Find out about all the ways that you can learn more about aromatherapy and the pros and cons for each. Includes tips and guidance on how to select an appropriate distance learning aromatherapy course.

How to Shop for Oils and Products Aromatherapy Applications
How to Shop for Aromatherapy Products Articles

How to Buy Essential Oils
Read the 17 tips contained in this helpful article to ensure that you know what to look for when shopping for essential oils.

Organic Essential Oils
Organic essential oils may be superior to non-organic oils. Find out more by reading this article.

How to Buy Aromatherapy Products
Armed with the background information and tips described in this article, you will be able to experience the wonderful benefits of aromatherapy grade products. This article will give you a solid foundation that will help you shop for and select quality aromatherapy products.

Aromatherapy Product List
This detailed list complements the How to Buy Aromatherapy Products article.

Harmful Skincare Ingredients
This article provides details regarding the most common toxic ingredients found in skin care products.

The Terms "Therapeutic Grade" and "Aromatherapy Grade" are Misleading
There is no governmental regulating body that grades or certifies essential oils as "therapeutic grade" or "aromatherapy grade." Read this article to learn more.

Favorite Essential Oils
Find out what 1600 AromaWeb visitors voted as their favorite essential oils.

Finding a Qualified Aromatherapy Practitioner
Not all aromatherapy practitioners are alike or have the same qualifications. Learn how to find a qualified aromatherapy practitioner in your neck of the woods by reading this article.

All About Aromatherapy Diffusers
From the simple to the elaborate, many different methods exist for diffusing oils into a room or area. Learn all about diffusion and the different types of diffusers that are available.

Aromatherapy Inhalers
Aromatherapy inhalers are a convenient and cost effective way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils at home or while "on the go."

Incense and Aromatherapy
Natural resins, gums and herbs have been burned as incense since ancient times for its spiritual, medicinal/healing, fragrancing and odor-masking properties. This article will briefly introduce you to the different types of incense and will provide guidance on your quest to explore the delights of natural incense.

Aromatherapy Candles
Why do candles have a very limited role in holistic aromatherapy despite the word aromatherapy being frequently used in the marketing of major commercial candle brands? Read this article to discover the answer and to also find out what to look for in natural candles.

Aromatherapy Applications Articles

Aromatherapy and Depression
Aromatherapy is a complementary health modality. The safe use of essential oils within the practice of holistic aromatherapy can help enhance your overall emotional outlook and complement other traditional and alternative modalities that are intended to combat depression.

Aromatherapy for Headaches
Learn what essential oils are used to help alleviate headaches plus view several helpful tips and recipes.

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils to Help Cool You Down When You're Hot
Learn what essential oils can help you keep cool on hot days. Includes suggested recipes and tips.

Aromatherapy Tips for Combating the Winter Blues and Holiday Blues
Holiday stress combined with the shorter hours of daylight during winter as well as the increase in cloudcover, cold and snow can make it difficult to maintain an energetic, cheerful, positive disposition. Read this article for tips to combat seasonal blues.

Reducing the Risk of Contracting Flus and Colds With Aromatherapy
Learn the ways that you can use aromatherapy to help stay as cold and flu-free as possible and make recovery a little easier. Look to the end of this article for a list of antibacterial, anti-viral, expectorant and decongestant essential oils.

Steps to Minimize the Risk of Contracting Viruses and the Flu
View this article for other complementary steps that you can take to minimize your risk of contracting viruses.

Aromatherapy and Quitting Smoking / Smoking Cessation
Read this guide to essential oils and aromatherapy techniques that may help with your efforts to quit smoking.

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils at Bathtime
Bathing with essential oils is a wonderfully synergistic combination. The relaxing properties of hot water complement the therapeutic properties of well chosen essential oils.

Aromatherapy Massage
Learn how to use aromatherapy and massage in synergy to care for yourself and loved ones.

Aromatherapy for Arthritis
Combining aromatherapy with gentle massage has helped with my arthritic symptoms and you may find it helpful too. Read more here.

Aromatherapy During Pregnancy
Read this article for information about the practice of aromatherapy during pregnancy.

Aromatherapy for Children
Extreme care must be given when using aromatherapy on children. Read this article to learn more.

Aromatherapy for Pets
The same oils and blends that we use on ourselves are not always safe to use on our pets. Learn more by reading this article.

Aromatherapy and Insomnia
Using calming and relaxing aromatherapy formulations before your intended bedtime can potentially help those with the symptoms of insomnia. Read this article to view a selection of tips and ideas that may help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep until your intended wake-up time.

Aromatherapy and Weight Loss
The use of essential oils will not provide a miracle in weight loss. Used in conjunction with other things described within this article, proper use of essential oils may be a valuable aid in your weight loss plan.

Remove Odors Naturally With Aromatherapy and Natural Ingredients
Read this article to learn about natural ingredients that can help eliminate stale, musty, smoky and stinky odors from your house.

Natural Holiday Home Fragrancing Ideas
Look to this article, located in AromaWeb's Recipe Box, for ideas and recipes for natural ways to fragrance your home over the holidays.

Caring for Your Essential Oils Aromatherapy Reference
Caring for Essential Oils Articles

Storing Your Essential Oils
Find out how to properly store your essential oils.

Essential Oil Shelf Life
Learn more about the life span of specific essential oils by reading this article.

How to Use Up Aging Essential Oils
Here are a few tips for using up those aging oils that are no longer suitable for most aromatherapy applications.

Essential Oil Disposal
Learn how to properly dispose of your old or unwanted essential oils.

Reusing Essential Oil Bottles
View tips about when and how to reuse essential oil bottles.

Aromatherapy Reference Articles

General Glossary
This short glossary will help you understand terms like "Absolute," "Carrier Oil," and "Dram."

One of the most rewarding parts of aromatherapy is that you can create your own blends and synergies (follow all safety precautions first!). If you need help converting measurements that you find in recipes, read this article.

Aromatherapy for Men Aromatherapy for Romance
Aromatherapy for Men Articles

Aromatherapy for Men
Men have played a huge role in aromatherapy since its onset. Read this overview to learn how men can enjoy aromatherapy as a part of their daily lives.

Aromatherapy Practices for Men
Read about the aromatherapy practices that men use and enjoy most.

Essential Oils Favored By Men
This link will lead you to this Essential Oil Profile section that showcases the earthy, spicy, woody and citrus essential oils that men love most.

Aromatherapy Tips for Formulating Masculine/Earthy Blends
Borrowed from AromaWeb's Aromatherapy Blending Guide, this article offers a quick introduction to creating masculine aromatherapy and essential oils blends. Includes suggestions for oil substitutions.

Aromatherapy for Romance Articles

Aromatherapy for Romance
Aromatherapy, natural botanicals and natural fragrancing all tantalize our sense of smell. They play a significant role within romance, love and intimacy. Take a look within this article.

Setting the Mood
Preciously fragranced room sprays, body mists, bath oils, massage oils, and other natural aromatics can enhance a romantic evening or add variety and intrigue to your marriage. Read on for ideas.

Aromatherapy Aphrodisiacs
Learn about sensual essential oils and aphrodisiacs.

Aromatherapy Blending Guide Verifying Essential Oil Quality
Blending Essential Oils Guide

Part 1:
Introduction to Blending Essential Oils

Part 2:
Aromatic Essential Oil Blending

Part 3:
Aromatherapy Tips for Formulating Masculine/Earthy Blends

Part 4:
Therapeutic Essential Oil Blending

Part 5:
Working With and Blending Thick Aromatic Oils
Most essential oils are thin in viscosity, meaning they are almost of a water-like consistency. Some CO2s, absolutes, balsams, resins and other botanical aromatics, however, can be nearly solid at room temperature and are much harder to work with, measure and blend. This articledescribes and explores the options for working with thick oils.

Part 6:
Substituting Essential Oils in Aromatherapy Blends
Do you have a recipe or blend that calls for an oil that you don't have? Learn tips on how to best substitute an essential oil that you don't have on hand with one that you do.

Verifying Essential Oil Quality and Purity Articles

Part 1:

Part 2:
Why Is the Quality/Purity of an Essential Oil Important?

Part 3:
Aren't Most Essential Oils Pure?

Part 4:
Constituents - What do Essential Oils Consist Of?

Part 5:
Quality vs. Purity - Aren't They the Same Thing?

Part 6:
Quantifiable Testing of Essential Oils

Part 7:
GC-MS Test Results - How Can They Be Used?

Part 8:
Other Quantifiable Tests for Testing the Quality and Purity of Essential Oils

Part 9:
Essential Oil Quality and Purity Conclusion: Final Questions/Answers

Spirituality & Enlightenment Chakras & Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy and Spiritualty

Essential Oils for Spirituality
This article includes a categorized list of essential oils known for their particular value within spiritual applications.

Meditating With Essential Oils
Proper use of essential oils during meditation can enhance the experience by grounding you and promoting a sense of calm. Read this article to learn more.

Praying With Essential Oils
Essential oils can be diffused as you pray to help you focus your thoughts and prayers. Learn more within this article.

Aromatic Botanicals, Aromatherapy and the Bible
In ancient Biblical times, the distillation technology needed to distill essential oils hadn't yet been discovered. Learn about the aromatic botanicals and oils that were available at the time.

Aromatic Botanicals of the Bible
View a list of the botanicals mentioned throughout the bible. Each includes an example Biblical passage.

Anointing With Essential Oils
Using carrier oils and essential oils, you can create your own anointing oils for use during prayer, meditation or during times in which you want to express your gratitude or intention towards a particular goal or outcome.

Incense and Spirituality
Incense made with natural ingredients can be burned during times of meditation, prayer, general reflection or to help cleanse and clear the air and make a space sacred.

Essential Oils to Cleanse, Purify and Combat Negativity
Essential oils have the potential to uplift our spirit, purify the environment and combat the negativity that we experience daily.

Native American Smuding Rituals
Native Americans use fragrant natural herbs like sage, sweetgrass, juniper, cedar and pine/pinon needles to help cleanse and clear the air of negative influences and attract positive energy.

Aromatherapy and Astrology
Aromatherapy and astrology are two fields that aren't considered closely connected. You, however, can integrate the benefits of aromatherapy into what you know about yourself and your loved ones through your insight into astrology.

Essential Oils and Natural Ingredients

Introduction to the Chakras
Read this informative background and introduction to the seven principle chakras.

Balancing the Chakras Using Essential Oils
This article includes details on how you can use essential oils and aromatherapy to help keep your chakras balanced.

Root ChakraThe Root Chakra centers upon our core needs for survival, security and livelihood. When the Root Chakra is unbalanced, you will feel ungrounded, confused and lack the ability to move forward. Without a balanced Root Chakra, it is impossible to fully balance the other chakras. Read More...

Sacral ChakraThe Sacral Chakra influences personal creativity ranging from artistic expression to creative problem solving. Healthy sexual desire and expression is also controlled by the Sacral Chakra, though communicating sexual desires is also directly affected by the Throat Chakra. Read More...

Solar Plexus ChakraThe Solar Plexus Chakra strongly influences your identity and sense of self worth. Imbalances can take on polar opposites ranging from low self-esteem all the way to arrogant, selfish behavior. Read More...

Heart ChakraThe Heart Chakra strongly influences the ability to give and receive love in a healthy way. The Heart Chakra also influences our ability to cope with the sadness of betrayals of a loved one or losing a loved one due to breakup, abandonment or death. Read More...

Throat ChakraThe Throat Chakra strongly influences our ability to effectively communicate our thoughts, opinions, desires and feelings - and just as importantly, our ability to hear, listen and understand those in our daily lives. The Throat Chakra not only influences what we hear and say through verbal communication, but it also influences body language and written communication methods. Read More...

Third Eye ChakraThe Third Eye (Brow) Chakra influences the areas of our mind that control our common sense, wisdom, intelligence, memory retention, dreams, spirituality and intuition. Read More...

Crown ChakraThe Crown Chakra influences our deeper understanding of ourselves beyond the physical or material. Read More...


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ACHS 2009 Famous Alumni Award Given to Wendy Robbins
Wendy Robbins, founder/president of AromaWeb, is a graduate of ACHS' Certificate of Aromatherapy program. Read the ACHS 2009 Famous Alumni Press Release.

Indie Beauty Network Feature Interview With Wendy Robbins
Wendy Robbins was honored to be featured within the August 14, 2006 issue of the Indie Beauty Network's outstanding weekly publication, the Handmade Beauty Connection (Since renamed to The Indie Beauty Network). Read the complete article via the Indie Beauty Connection archive section.

WNH Interview With Wendy Robbins
Wendy was interviewed for an article that appears on Wavelengths Natural Health. This link will lead to the complete interview on Wavelengths Natural Health's wonderful, informational aromatherapy site.

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