The Beginner's Guide to Aromatherapy

If you associate aromatherapy with dream catchers, crystals, and anything of the hippy-dippy variety, it’s time for a paradigm shift. Using essential oils to promote balance and even cure physical ailments is something that dates all the way back to the Roman times. Today, it’s an under-the-radar option for anyone who’s sensitive to artificial scents or looking for a natural way to de-stress.

We spoke with Geraldine Howard, aromatherapy expert and co-founder of the all-natural line Aromatherapy Associates, and asked for the 411 on smelling your way to health. From what scents work best when you’re feeling overworked, tired, or sick, to how exactly aromatherapy works, we got the ultimate crash course in navigating essential oils.

Click through the slideshow above for your beginner’s guide to aromatherapy!