I use clinical aromatherapy as a form of alternative medicine. I have over 25 essential oils to treat such conditions as insomnia, nausea, arthritic pain, and sore throats. If you are curious about experimenting with essential oils for minor health conditions, you need to make some key investments. My article will teach you how to make your own clinical aromatherapy kit.
Choose your essential oils
You don’t need to keep 25+ essential oils in stock to make your own clinical aromatherapy kit. I’ll leave it up to you how many you prefer to buy. But make sure your kit includes these most versatile essential oils:
-Lavender: Helpful in treating small, minor burns, insomnia, and anxiety.
-Tea Tree: Very useful for its anti-fungal, antiseptic properties.
-Frankincense: Effective for treating skin problems like wounds, scars, and bruises as well as easing congestion.
-Peppermint: Good for digestive issues, itching, and inflammation.
And carrier oils too
Essential oils should be diluted in carrier oils before they touch your skin. They can cause irritation or desensitizing when applied directly to skin without a carrier oil (although some will argue oils like lavender and tea tree are safe.) There are over a dozen types of carrier oils so try to pick one or two that are moderately priced and blend well with most essential oils for your clinical aromatherapy kit. I recommend sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and jojoba oil.
Something to put your blends in
Dark glass bottles are the best containers for essential oil blends. They come in colbalt blue, amber, and green. Buy in lots of 5-10 and in varying sizes like 1oz, 15ml, and 5ml. You can get some good deals on Ebay and pay less than $1 each bottle. You may also want to pick up some plastic inhalers, which are portable and good for a congestion remedy. Note: If you resue your glass bottles, clean them in hot water with soap.
Miscellaneous aromatherapy products
The following are some miscellaneous products that are good to keep in your clinical aromatherapy kit:
-Pipettes: Small disposable plastic droppers. Again, Ebay is the place to go to buy these in bulk.
-Reducers: These fit in the mouths of open bottles to help measure drops. Sometimes they are sold with glass bottles.
-Glass mixing bowls: For crafting blends before placing them in glass bottles.
-Test strips: To see if an essential oil or blend of oils is appealing.
-Ceramic measuring spoons.
Note: Use mixing bowls and measuring spoons ONLY for your kit. Food may cause cross contamination.
Storing your clinical aromatherapy kit
Keep your kit stored in a cool, dark place to preserve your oils’ potency. However, keep in mind that some oils, like jojoba, solidify when placed in the refrigerator and are best kept at room temperature. As for what to keep your supplies in, you can purchase an essential oils carrying case or use a makeup travel case like me.
Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, 2013 edition