Aromatherapy is the use of natural plant extracts traditionally applied externally to assist in healing and promote general wellbeing. The use of herbs and plant essences for healing and aesthetic purposes extends as far back as recorded history. Each plant is unique in its chemical composition and use. The precious essence of each plant is found in different parts of the plant and is up to one hundred times more concentrated when extracted than dried whole. Essential oils should be mixed with a carrier oil before applying to the skin. Rub on your temples to relieve stress and lift your spirits. Use as an exotic perfume. Fragrance oils are synthetic reproductions of natural scents. They have no energy or “life force” and are of no physical therapeutic value. Their appeal is in the response our emotions have to smells. Use fragrance to scent your massage oils and bath or to mix with essential oils for your own personal blend. We offer a small sampling of the most common and affordable essential and fragrance oils to acquaint you with the wonderful world of aromatherapy.