True aromatherapy is the science of discovering what works, and the art of making it beautiful... read more

Essential oils are a gift of nature as precious as the food we eat and the air we breathe.


Essential oils can't do everything, but what they do well, they do amazingly well. When we take time to understand what they can actually do, they offer true natural relief from so many ailments and discomforts.
To some, essential oils may seem like magic, but they are not. They are naturally-formed biochemical compounds that can have real effects on the body. Pure essential oils are very potent. They are produced by plants for their own use, yet offer us a natural path to better living.
With so many people saying different things, it's hard to know what is right... read more

'Aromatherapy' is a word commonly used, but poorly understood.

In mass marketing, the term is used for almost any product that has a strong fragrance-first user experience. Often it's a fragrance with a reputation for being somehow relaxing or invigorating, but such products are almost never truly therapeutic.


In the hands of a practitioner of Aromatherapy, essential oils are typically custom blended for their aromatic mood-changing qualities. Much of the therapy lies in the one-on-one relationship between practitioner and client. While they often show success, they do so with little, if any, evidence for their methods beyond pointing to traditional use, or they work simply based on their beliefs, intuition or intentions. Because of this, there is a lack of consensus among practitioners about what truly works other than broad generalities, like "lavender oil is relaxing."
And then there is the widespread, intentional misrepresentation of what essential oils can do. This is common among multi-level marketers who dangerously advocate the drinking of essential oils in considerable amounts. This is only a clever way to legally call essential oils "dietary supplements" and make wild, unsubstantiated claims of effectiveness as a "food." It's also a way to sell essential oil in greater volume than one would typically use. No one should ever drink essential oils in this way, not even a little bit once in a while! Given all the different takes on what "Aromatherapy" means, it's hard to know what is right.
Today, more and more is learned about how essential oils and other botanicals can be used to aid health and wellness in real ways... read more

True aromatherapy is calm moments. It's great sleep. It's breathing easier. It's relief from pain.

And it will be so much more as this beautiful gift of nature continues to reveal its secrets.


Modern studies show tremendous potential for aromatherapy in reducing stress and anxiety, helping sleep, relieving muscle and joint pain, and the list goes on and on. Renewed interest in research from around the world shows us how much more needs to be learned about essential oils and other botanicals.
Despite being such important natural resources, relatively little of their true therapeutic potential is known. As we learn more about what truly works, Aromatherapy Guild is committed to taking what is known and making products that will help people live better.


The History of 'Aromathérapie'
French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé coined the word "Aromathérapie" to describe the medicinal use of essential oils years after he discovered the power of lavender oil as a topical antiseptic on his own injuries. To Gattefossé, "aroma-" meant essential oil, not simply its scent. At a time when essential oils had mostly been regarded as ingredients in only perfume and fragrances, Gattefossé realized the potential for the use of essential oils in galenical medicine. What he may not have realized at first was that this great modern discovery in the medicinal use of essential oils had been known to cultures dating back to the 1st century AD. Since Persian polymath Avicenna first distilled essential oil from plants, virtually every essential oil discovered has been first used as traditional medicine.
Today's Aromatherapy Research
In the 1960s, Dr. Jean Valnet, a former French military doctor, continued the work of Gattefossé by extensively broadening the scientific study of Aromatherapy. Still, as the advent of pharmaceutical medicine like antibiotics and other "wonder drug" medications grew, the scientific study and practice of Aromatherapy dwindled. Today, while pharmaceutical drugs have become indispensable in so many ways, Aromatherapy has gained new interest among researchers seeking treatment for common health and wellness issues with far less risk of side effects. Valid research has been renewed in the medicinal use of essential oils, botanical extracts and isolates. The potential to effectively use these gifts of nature for better living grows every day!

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