The Aromatherapy Blog


As a massage therapist you’ve embarked upon a career of well-being. Your initial studies have opened up a world with many different paths and modalities, one of which is the use of aromatherapy for your practice. The term has been used and misused over the years that those of us who do practice aromatherapy feel compelled to share some basic information. This guide will help you navigate through the jungle of information that you encounter when searching for essential oils and aromatherapy products. Essential oils and aromatherapy. The two go hand in hand, but why? Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils for therapeutic applications that can impact or influence emotion, physical well-being and aesthetic well-being. The term aromatherapy is fairly new and was coined in the early 1900s by rené-maurice gattefossé, a french perfumery chemist. Gattefossé is credited with initiating a scientific approach to the study of essential oils for therapeutic purposes. He may have given it a name, but the practice of using essential oils for medicinal application has been going on for centuries. Over the years, of course, science progressed and medicines became more pharmaceutical. In modern times essential oils have been used primarily by the perfume and flavor industries. Because of this fact it is important to know where and how the essential oils you use are produced. The business of perfumes and flavorings is huge, and though scent and taste are very important to these companies the method of extraction that is most profitable for them rarely renders an aroma therapeutic grade essential oil. In this guide we will discuss definitions and terms, the importance of quality, common myths about essential oils, applications and consumer education tips.

Alchemista Aromatherapy Sanctuary

6955 North Oracle Road,

Tucson, AZ 85704

Phone. 520-867-6501