There are certainly words and phrases which every practitioner of aromatherapy has to know. To effectively use essential oils for their wide range of health benefits, it makes sense that you need to understand the terminology used. The 5 words and phrases listed below can be considered "essential" essential oils and aromatherapy terminology.

Carrier Oil – This can be defined as any oil which is used to blend or mix with an essential oil. Essential oils are extremely powerful, even in a very tiny quantity. Carrier oils will usually have little to no odor and no color. They are used to "stretch" essential oils so that you receive the maximum health benefits, without skin irritations and other problems which sometimes arise from using an undiluted version.

Basic 10 Oils Kit – While they are more than 90 essential oils, a Basic 10 Oils Kit can be used to treat a wide variety of purposes. If you want to start with the basics, lavender, tea tree, peppermint, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, rosemary, ylang ylang, lemon and ginger oils will go a long way for most aromatherapy and essential oils applications. The contents of a Basic 10 Oils Kit may vary depending on the individual user.

Diffuser – Essential oils can be applied directly to your skin. In some cases they are also ingested to produce a health benefit. Frequently however, they are combined with water or a carrier oil and placed in a diffuser. There are dozens of different types of diffusers available. They all do the same thing. They spray essential oils into the air in a mist form, effectively treating the atmosphere of an entire room with aromatherapeutic benefits.

Aromatherapy – Essential oils can be used in number of ways, as we just discussed. However, aromatherapy is the most common essential oils application. This practice can be defined as using plant materials and compounds, natural substances and oils, as well as essential oils for an aromatic treatment of some mental or physical health conditions. This is based on the idea that specific aromas can effectively treat, heal and prevent a long list of mental and physical health problems. 

Infusion – This is the most common method for extracting essential oils from plants. A plant is soaked in vegetable oil or water. The essential oil chemically affects the water or vegetable oil, giving it the healing properties it possesses. This is a very natural and unobtrusive way of extracting essential oils from plants.

This is nothing more than a basic essential oils list of terminology. With dozens of essential oils, hundreds of health applications, and tens of thousands of aromatherapy products, a complete glossary of essential oil terms is needed for an inclusive understanding of this therapeutic practice.  


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