How to Start Practicing Aromatherapy on a Budget

Want to learn about aromatherapy but don't know your emulsifiers from your diffusers? Want to start this new hobby without breaking the bank?

If you're just starting into the world aromatherapy, follow these tips to make your first experience a good one.


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    Find a reputable aromatherapy supplier. Look for oils in amber or other dark colored bottles that have been independently tested for purity. For more information on where to get essential oils in the area, ask a local aromatherapy expert in your area.
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    Buy small sizes of a few basic oils. Great oils for the newest aromatherapists include Lavender, Rosemary, and Lemon. These oils are cheap, and they can be used in various ways. For starters, get a 4mL vial of each of these three oils; there is enough oil in the vial for you to learn aromatherapy basics. Here are some three basic ways to use these three oils; check out aromatherapy books for more uses.
    • Lavender is great for relaxation. Use a few drops before going to bed to help you sleep.
    • Rosemary is great for concentration. Use a few drops in your class or office to help you focus while you write your projects.
    • Lemon is great as a deodorant. Use it to freshen a musty room.
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    Buy a simple passive diffuser. A diffuser is used to get essential oil into the air; a passive diffuser is a diffuser that does not use external heat to get oils into the air. Passive diffusers are also good for scenting a small area; you won't have to worry about bothering your roommate or your co-worker in the neighboring cubicle with your aromatherapy. For starters, pick a ceramic diffuser; they are cheap, and effective, and they match all sorts of d├ęcor and color schemes. Most ceramic diffusers have impressions in them to hold drops of essential oils.
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    Buy or make a storage box. Most aromatherapists store their essential oils in wooden boxes, but a covered cardboard box is good for starters. Store your oils in a cool and dry place. Learning to store your oils properly is essential to keeping your essential oils in the good condition.
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    Add a few drops of essential oil into the diffuser. If your diffuser has depressions, add the oils there. Start with a few drops; you can always add more oils later. Let the diffuser sit in one place, and it will gradually scent the air around it.
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    If you find out that you enjoy aromatherapy, consider expanding your collection of oils and aromatherapy materials. There are hundreds of different oils out there as well as thousands of recipes and other uses for aromatherapy. For best results, buy a good aromatherapy book. Keep learning about aromatherapy, and pretty soon you will be a knowledgeable aromatherapist.


  • For a wearable passive diffuser, get a ceramic aromatherapy necklace. These are cheap, and they work just like real necklaces except they hold essential oils. Use these to discretely bring essential oils wherever you go.
  • If you feel that aromatherapy is not for you, give the oils to a friend. Maybe your friend will take more to aromatherapy. Perhaps one day, s/he will make you some handmade soaps and lotions.
  • Buy essential oils in bottles with orifice reducers or poly seal caps. Orifice reducers and polyseal caps help you control how fast oil flows from the bottle. Using less oil is not only easier on your body but also saves precious essential oil.


  • Do not ingest essential oils. Most oils must be diluted before applying on your body. A good aromatherapy book will give you more information.
  • Keep essential oils from your children and cats. Children should not be playing with essential oils because some of them may be very strong. Cats have trouble breaking down essential oils, so keep them away from your aromatherapy collection.
  • Do not use too much essential oils. Using too much oils can be harmful to your health. When in doubt, use less; you can always add more later.

Things You'll Need

  • Basic Essential Oils. Some great oils for beginners include Rosemary, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Eucalyptus, and Lemon. Each of these oils are rather cheap, and they can be used for a variety of purposes.
  • Passive Diffuser(s). For a cheap and effective passive diffuser, choose one made out of ceramics.
  • Storage Box. This can be of any material that blocks light. Store your oils in a dark and cool place.
  • Books. If you want to continue in aromatherapy, buy a good aromatherapy book.

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