A great take along idea for aromatherapy is to take some dried herbs and place then in a small pouch that will allow the aroma of the herbs to seep through. My favorite relaxing blend of herbs is to mix dried Lemon Verbena leaves with a little Lavender. .



Most of us use aromatherapy every day when we put on perfume or cologne. I we think about it we are surrounding by various forms of aromatherapy in our daily lives. The smell of grass, certain foods, the air after the rain, flowers, trees, the ocean. And the list goes on.  The purpose of actively  using aromatherapy  is to help balance and heal our chakras , to enhance a meditation experience and to lift or stimulate our moods.  One of my favorite books on the subject is called Magical Aromatherapy. by Scott Cunningham. It he explains the history and use of aromatherapy in addition to listing the uses of   the most widely used essential oils.  He has another book that shows the reader how to use these oils in  making bath salts and lotions. That one is called The Complete Book of incense Oils and Brews.  Together  these two books provide the reader with a solid beginning to their aromatherapy adventure.  Since there are several types of oils that will work for the same effect you are trying to achieve it simply becomes a matter of personal preference as to which one you use. for example, rose and lavender oils both work with enhancing properties of love  When shopping for  your essential oils you will want to buy natural oils and not blends or synthetic substitutes. Oils can be found in new age stores or  sometimes in natural food stores and of course online. The advantage of shopping for them in person is that you are able to test the scent of each one before you buy it to make sure that it is something pleasing to you. The price on some of these oils can be somewhat expensive depending upon the oil. However keep in mind that you are only using a few drops of the oil  at any given time so the bottle will last for quite a long time.
 If you are starting up your oil collection here are a few suggestions:

Rose Oil and Lavender for Love- You will see Rosewater oil which is a lot less expensive and available then pure rose oil. Both Rosewater Oil and lavender are fairly inexpensive.
Basil, Cinnamon, Ginger Oils for Money

Peppermint and Lemon Oil for purification and
lifting the spirit. Peppermint oil is also good for headache relief
 Vanilla oil has very magical properties. It can be a bit expensive


Some of the scents can also be found in the actual herbs so for example if you wanted the basil oil scent you could simply squeeze a fresh leaf of basil and have that scent. The same applies to the various flower oils listed

If you are doing chakra work  I would recommend  “The book of Chakra Healing” by Liz Simpson. It is she gives you several choices of good oils to use in working with each of the chakras.

There are also several books out there that more a medicinal spin on aromatherapy which is interesting as well. Of course caution should be taken before using these things as substitutes for traditional medical care.

You can use the oils in several different ways.
In an oil burner where you add a few drops of the oil to water and heat it up with a tea light

You can put a few drops into a tissue and hold it up to your nose and when not in use place it is a plastic bag. This method is portable so it work in an office environment, or when you are traveling or trying to fall asleep at night and don’t want to leave an open fire burning.
 You can also use these oils to dress a candle for use in candle magic or meditation What you don’t want to do is to ingest them in any way as most of these  are not for internal use.