What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is defined by The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy as

the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.”

At the heart aromatherapy is the practice of using pure, unadulterated essential oils to support emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing.
Aromatherapy can be as simple as inhaling a drop of calming or energizing essential oil on a cotton ball, to diffusing a carefully selected blend of essential oils, to combining essential oils with other natural ingredients from nature to further enhance their applications for everyday needs, concerns, green beauty, natural  home care and wellness.
An aromatherapy rich lifestyle goes well beyond diffusing essential oils. It also incorporates the use of pure essential oils with fat soluble vegetable oils (i.e. jojoba wax, sweet almond, sesame, sunflower, rose hip, olive, avocado or coconut oil) for safely diluting and enhancing their actions.
Herbs, mineral rich clays and sea salts, sugars, grains, fruits and berries, beeswax, butters, hydrosols and botanical infused vegetable oils can be used to further expand options for an aromatherapy supported natural lifestyle.
SAGE Aromatherapy‘s approach to modern aromatherapy is to teach you how to safely, effectively & wisely use nature’s beneficial botanicals to enhance wellbeing and create an aromatherapy supported lifestyle.


Professional Associations & Safety Guidelines

Aromatherapy practice is legally regulated in many countries, but not in the United States. Given the lack of regulation and formal licensure of aromatherapy practice in the United States that is typically found with other complimentary health practices (massage therapist, chiropractors, etc.), aromatherapy consumers are advised to seek services from aromatherapy practitioners who are members of a professional association and committed the professional education, practice and safety standards set forth.


Hope Himel-Benson, owner of SAGE Aromatherapy, is a member of and certified aromatherapist through  the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA).  Founded in 1990, NAHA is a leading aromatherapy organization in the United States and internationally. NAHA’s mission is to advance the knowledge of the medicinal use of aromatic plants and essential oils to its fullest extent and to support aromatherapy as a truly holistic professional art and science.

Additional Professional Associations 
Alliance of International Aromatherapist  + AIA Safety Standards
Aromatherapy Trade Council + Safety Matters
British Columbia Alliance of Aromatherapy
British Columbia Association of Practicing Aromatherapists 
Canadiana Federation of Aromatherapists
International Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine Association 
International Federation of Aromatherapist
International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists  +IFPA Pregnancy Guidelines


Labeling Guidelines for Aromatherapy Products