To complement the MASSAGE Magazine article, “Aromatherapy for Stress Reduction,” by Traci Dalrymple, in the July 2012 issue. Article summary: Essential oils are highly effective, and some say most effective, when they are delivered to the body through massage. Adding stress-relieving essential oils to your massage work has some amazing health benefits for your clients that you will benefit from, too.

by Traci Dalrymple

1. PubMed is a database of clinical and case studies provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. You can find research on essential oils, including those listed in the print article. Most research on essential oils is documented through case studies. Visit the website at www.nlm.nih.gov.

2. Liquid Sunshine, by Jan Kusmirek, is a resource book for carrier oils. Included are the properties and uses of more than 20 carrier oils.

3. Aromatherapy Today is an Australian magazine publication that provides information on essential oils and using aromatherapy in your practice. The publication is printed three times a year, and back issues are offered for purchase on the website, www.aromatherapytoday.com.

4. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy is an educational, nonprofit organization that offers a wealth of information, including an e-newsletter for members, a blog and a list of approved schools for further study. For more information visit the website, www.naha.org.

Traci Dalrymple is a certified aromatherapist and previous spa director. Currently, she is the founder of Kokokahn, an aromatherapy business based in Florida. Visit her website, www.kokokahn.com, or her blog, www.kokokahn.blogspot.com, for more information on essential oils. She has also contributed to the natural living publication, Healthy Directions.

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