What is Aromatherapy? 

Aromatherapy is the controlled use of plant-derived aromatic oils for medicinal purposes – whether to remedy a cold, assist in healing a burn, to uplift or reduce stress, or even to aid the insomniac in falling asleep. It concerns the effects of pure and natural Essential Oils on both the body and the mind, achieved by absorbing the oils through the skin via methods like massage, compresses or aromatic baths, or via the nose using oil diffusers, inhalers or vaporisers. Pure essential oils have varying documented therapeutic benefits, from oils that have an influence mentally, to specific effects on the body. If you have a specific issue that needs treating, chances are there is an oil that can help – naturally.


The oils that we use in aromatherapy are called ESSENTIAL OILS. They are 100% pure and completely plant derived, with the oil extracted from various plant parts including seeds, rind, petals, leaves, twigs, roots, bark or heartwood. Some are cold pressed, eg the rind/peel from citrus fruit; others are steam distilled, which is the most common method; the more precious oils often come from delicate petals, or don’t yield much oil, so can be solvent or CO2 extracted for efficiency.

All of these different methods, and the fact that some plants yield less oil or are harder to grow, mean that prices vary greatly from one oil to the next. While oils such as Rose or Neroli can be quite a financial investment, other oils like Sweet Orange or Eucalyptus are significantly cheaper as they are much less expensive to produce.

On the other side of the coin, we have Fragrant / Perfume oils like our ‘Fragrant Burner Oils’, which are simply synthetic copies – a combination of chemicals to emulate a certain scent. You might find these for a couple of dollars in your local discount store, or used in candle-making – some sound like natural plants or flowers, others have ‘perfumey’ names like ‘baby powder’ or ‘Chanel No 5 Type’. Many are believed to be toxic or even carcinogenic, though in low enough readings to be approved as legally ‘safe’. They have many names, usually to make the product sound less chemical and thus more desirable – parfum, perfume, scent, fragrance, fragrant oil or essence – all are synthetic, and as they have absolutely no therapeutic qualities, these have no place in the realm of aromatherapy.

Unfortunately there’s often confusion as to whether an oil is natural or man-made, because marketing companies aim to tap into the fact that many people do prefer to use natural products. So advertising may say ‘Aromatherapy’ even if there’s no plant-based essential oils in their product and it’s scented entirely with synthetic perfumes.

Or a company may use MOSTLY synthetic fragrances and add a tiny token amount of essential oil, to advertise that it’s ‘made with essential oils’. Read the ingredients list of a scented product in your local supermarket (‘aromatherapy air fresheners’, ‘aromatherapy candles’ etc). If the ingredients list says ‘Parfum’, ‘Perfume’, ‘Fragrance’ etc, then it contains synthetic fragrance – the higher up the list, the more of that ingredient if included. So if it says ‘Parfum’ up high, and ‘Essential Oil’ as one of the last ingredients, it probably contains only a token inclusion of essential oil – probably in an amount too low to be of any aromatherapeutic benefit.

How Can I Tell if an Oil is the Real Deal?

Oils for use in aromatherapy need to be pure Essential Oils, with nothing added to them – no preservatives, fillers or chemicals.

A quality essential oil should give the full plant name (eg Roman Chamomile instead of just ‘Chamomile’ – some are more useful than others, so you need to know which type you are purchasing). The plant part that has been distilled is also important (eg Cinnamon Bark vs Leaf); as is the full Latin plant name, as the genus has a bearing on any benefits that you’re going to receive. If a seller doesn’t advertise, or can’t tell you any of this information, then it’s unlikely to be a real, plant-based oil.

A pure essential oil must be derived from a single plant type, not a ‘blend’ of different plants or plant extracts. The oil should have only one country of origin – if that isn’t guaranteed then the oil is probably a ‘blended natural’, ‘blended origin’, ‘reconstituted’ or ‘nature identical’ type, which can be a mix of various plant extracts, or cheaper oils from different countries, resulting in a similar scent but not the same therapeutic qualities.

Price is another indicator: if a seller’s full range of oils are all a similar price, then it’s almost guaranteed they are synthetic. Some oils like citrus oils are incredibly easy to produce so will be cheaper in price; precious oils that are the most difficult to extract (eg Rose) can cost hundreds of dollars a bottle. If a precious oil is cheap, and the price seems too good to be true, then it’s probably fake.

A pure oil must be stored in amber, cobalt or green glass to preserve it, as essential oils are susceptible to light. An oil packaged in clear glass COULD be natural, but its use in aromatherapy may be limited. Avoid oils packaged in plastic – most pure essential oils will eat through plastic (unless extremely diluted in a carrier oil).

Are AQ Oils Therapeutic Grade?

All Aroma Queen Premium Essential Oils and Blends are 100% pure, plant based oils with no added filler, preservatives or padding. The reason we can offer them at such a great price is that we ONLY sell directly, often sourcing the oils straight from the distiller, packaging them ourselves and then sending them to you. By cutting out the middle men, and not part of a franchise that needs to send a portion of profit to every tier of seller along the way, we are able to offer high quality oils at fantastic prices.

Our oils feature premium country of origin, plant parts, plant genus and grade wherever possible, representing high quality oils at a fraction of the price.

As for ‘Therapeutic Grade’, there is no actual certification for ‘Therapeutic Grade’ or ‘Aromatherapy Grade’ – they’re just terms some companies use to indicate their oils are sourced from reputable distillers, and are of good quality for use in aromatherapy – as ours are.

It’s also a bit of sneaky marketing to try to scare customers into not buying from anywhere else. Just remember, ultimately it is not the BRAND that makes an oil suitable for therapeutic use: it is the quality of the oil, the way it has been distilled and the plant it is derived from.

Can I Ingest AQ Oils? Are they ‘Food Grade’?

See our other DISCOVER pages for a full discussion: In Australia it’s been an accepted guideline for many years that essential oils are NOT to be ingested or eaten, even when diluted, unless specifically prescribed for you and your condition by a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.

What is a Carrier Oil?

Carrier Oils are named so as they’re often used to ‘carry’ essential oils for application to the skin. Essential Oils are very concentrated and should never be applied neat, while Carrier Oils are safe to apply directly, undiluted, so make an excellent medium to dilute essential oils into and ‘carry’ them to the skin in massage or topical applications.

Carrier oils used in aromatherapy are typically cold pressed vegetable oils like Sweet Almond or Jojoba oil. They are similar to cooking oils (thicker oils with little scent), however the ‘cold press’ process preserves their valuable nutrients so they can be used in skincare with great benefit. Carriers are also used for massage, either on their own or with added essential oils, as they have great slip.

Adding Essential Oils to Other Mediums

As a general rule, to apply essential oils to the skin use no more than 3% total essential oil in a carrier oil base for application to the body, and no more than 1% for the face (20 drops of essential oil = approximately 1ml). Skin creams or balms can also be used as the medium, but avoid petrochemical creams like sorbolene, as these form a barrier that stops the oils from being absorbed.

To learn more about the different methods of using Essential Oils CLICK HERE

Aromatherapy Safety

NEVER APPLY OILS TO SKIN NEAT: Always dilute essential oils in a Carrier Oil or base cream before application to the skin. Dilute at no more than 3% total oils for application to the body, or 1% for the face. The only exceptions are neat Lavender or Tea Tree, which may be used directly on burns or small wounds.

PREGNANCY: Most Aromatherapists advise against using Essential Oils during pregnancy, though others disagree. Oils to definitely avoid during pregnancy include: Arnica, Basil, Birch, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Fennel, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary & Thyme. Steer clear of Lavender & Rose during the first four months of pregnancy.

EPILEPSY: Anyone suffering from epilepsy should avoid Sweet Fennel, Sage & Hyssop.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: People with high blood pressure should stay away from Hyssop, Rosemary, Sage & Thyme.

PHOTOSENSITISATION: Some oils cause photosensitisation – sensitivity to UV light – and should not be applied to skin before exposure to the sun. These include: Angelica, Bergamot (unless ‘Bergaptene Free’), Cumin, Lemon, Lime (unless ‘Distilled’ rather than ‘Cold Pressed’), Orange & Verbena.

NEVER INGEST ESSENTIAL OILS: Always KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Even small amounts of Essential Oil may be toxic if swallowed. Immediately contact your local Poisons Hotline if ingested. See our other DISCOVER pages more on this topic.

If Essential Oils get into eyes, immediately wash with whole milk or carrier oil, followed by water. Some people may experience an allergic reaction or sensitisation to a specific oil. If this is the case, discontinue use immediately.

Aromatherapy & Children

When using Aromatherapy around children, ALWAYS use less oil/s than you would with adults. Always use very diluted oils around children, and do not use them too regularly. A single drop of oil in a burner is more than adequate for a small child – see the accompanying graphic for safe recommendations for using our own OILS 4 KIDS Blends around children, which feature oils known to be kinder to younger souls.

We also strongly recommend you avoid using Aromatherapy around premature babies, or babies less than three months old. We recommend that you do NOT apply oils in any way to a baby’s skin (massage, creams or baths) until they are slightly older: infants have very delicate skin at the best of times, but especially when younger than three months; they may also rub their eyes with their fists or suck their hands or fingers.

A double-sided OILS 4 KIDS Safety Card is included with every AQ Oils 4 Kids Blend.


The advice within this page is general and not specific to individuals and particular circumstances. Before using essential oils or other natural treatments, check all cautions and restrictions. Aroma Queen cannot be held responsible for any injury, damage or otherwise resulting from the use of any treatments or products within this website. Do not attempt self-diagnosis or self-treatment for long periods or for serious problems, without first consulting a qualified medical practitioner.
Always seek professional medical advice if symptoms persist.

Always remember, Aromatherapy is intended to complement, not replace traditional medicine.

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Some ALL NEW scents have landed in our AQ HANDMADE MASALA INCENSE STICK range, and we are absolutely LOVING them.

Combining the classic sweet fragrance of Nag Champa with smooth and relaxing Sandalwood, our NAG CHAMPA & SANDAL sticks are perfect for chilling by, or adding a calm ambiance to your space.

Our AQ Handmade range is available in these gorgeous scents:

* BENZOIN: Featuring natural Benzoin resins and extracts, and widely used for anxiety and stress
* DEEP FOREST: The deep wood spice of a forest grove, featuring wood and Sandalwood powders
* EUPHORIA: Lusciously sweet with a touch of floral rose
* FRANKINCENSE: Smell the pure Frankincense resin in these sticks – perfect for meditation
* GARDENIA: Rich floral scent, featuring Gardenia petals and Bay leaves
* GODDESS: Sweet and rich – a truly decadent scent to spoil the senses
* INDIAN MYRRH: Sweet Guggal featuring Indian Myrrh resin, Gum Arabica and Myrrh oil
* MEDITATE: A wonderfully sweet, chilled scent – excellent for relaxing
* MUSK BLEND: A musky ‘Kasturi’ scent made from herbs, gums, resins, rare spices and natural powders
* MYSTICAL NAG CHAMPA: The sweet scent of popular Champa, with a deep, exotic undertone
* NAG CHAMPA PATCHOULI: A luscious, deep blend of two of the most popular incense scents
* NAG CHAMPA SANDALWOOD: A peaceful blend of sweet Champa and calming Sandalwood
* OM: A fresh, relaxing scent – excellent to chill and contemplate
* SAFFRON SANDALWOOD: A luxurious blend featuring crushed Saffron and quality Sandalwood oil
* SERENITY: Deep and delectably complex – woody with a floral note
* SMOOTH SANDAL: Sweet and relaxing, with the warm scent of Sandalwood
* TEA ROSE: The rich romance of powdered rose petals creates a deeply floral incense

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Over May & June we`re spotlighting the different types of incense, plus giving away free samples with any order - visit our Australian AQ WEBSITE to find out more.

So what on earth is a CENSER?

The term sounds a little exotic, but it simply means `a container in which incense is burnt during a religious ceremony`.

Censers are typically used for burning incense resins like Frankincense, Myrrh or Copal over charcoal tablets, though depending on the shape or design, they can also be used as incense cone, dhoop or rope burners, or smudge pots for your smudge sticks.

While resins can be burned on charcoal tablets in a simple heat-proof bowl of sand or earth, adding a Censer to your ritual is a great way to personalise and enhance the experience by selecting a design the reflects your style.

Popular designs include `screen` censers which have a metal grid to place your charcoal in (or over - they can be inverted), or simple bowl types. Some also come with hanging chains or handles, to move around an area while burning your incense. They can be simple and practical or with decorative embellishments like mother of pearl, or intricate engravings.

The majority tend to be made of long-lasting brass or metal, but this does mean that they can heat up with a red-hot charcoal tablet inside them. A simple way to reduce this is to add a layer of sand or earth into the base, which will insulate the burner from the heat. Regardless of the design, always place censers on a heat proof surface or coaster, and ensure you keep little hands or paws out of reach during use!

If you`d like to learn more about burning resins over charcoal tablets, visit out AQ website`s DISCOVER pages for a step-by-step tutorial:

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When you’re looking to scent your space and don’t need any of the therapeutic benefits associated with aromatherapy, the natural version can be incredibly expensive and difficult to justify burning in a diffuser. ‘Fragrance oils’ like these are chemical copies that replicate a scent, without any therapeutic benefits, so are the perfect choice when burning just for fragrance.

Use in your oil burner or in a piece of aroma jewellery - not suitable for application to the skin.

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Over May & June we`re spotlighting the different types of incense, plus giving away free samples with any order - visit our Australian AQ WEBSITE to find out more.

DHOOP INCENSE is similar to Agarbatti sticks except instead of compressing the ingredients around an inner stick, the ingredients are pressed into a stand-alone mould such as a cone, or rolled / extruded into a long cylinder resembling a thick piece of spaghetti.

Dhoop is often considered purer than Agarbatti as the scent of the burning bamboo core may adulterate the fragrance. However it`s a bit of a trade-off as without the inner stick for strength, dhoop sticks are also more delicate and can snap more easily.

While Agarbatti sticks extinguish when they hit the uncoated bamboo, dhoop burns right through to the base or end before going out, so they need to be burned on a heat-proof stand - many dhoop sticks or cones come with their own simple burning tile/plate, or can be burned in a specialised burner or on a burner box with horizontal metal slats for the incense to lie on while it burns (at a pinch try inserting a stick into a bowl of damp sand or earth, eg a plant pot).

To light a dhoop stick, just hold a flame to the tip in the same way you would with a traditional incense stick. Wait until it`s caught and is starting to glow red, then blow out the flame and allow the fragrant smoke to fill the air.

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Further to our earlier post on ROPE INCENSE, there are a number of gorgeous handcrafted specialised burners that suit Nepalese Rope - ranging from STANDS that hang the soft incense braids over a burning plate, to BOWLS and dishes on which the rope lies before it turns to ash after burning.

There are also multipurpose BURNER BOXES, which are a great idea if you enjoy different types of exotic incense - your rope, stick, dhoop or Japanese koh stick simply lies on the metal bars and the ash drops into the box below for a safe and easy clean-up afterwards.

Of course, like most types of incense, if you just want to try Nepalese Rope out, you don`t need to invest in a fancy burner - simply burn over a heatproof dish, or even on some sand or earth in a bowl.

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Cedarwood Atlas is native to the Atlas mountains of Algeria, and is a pyramid shaped evergreen tree.

Cedar was used by the ancient Egyptians for embalming, and the wood has long been prized for building purposes.

The scent of Cedarwood Oil is warming and soothing, and can help reduce stress and anxiety. It is a slightly masculine fragrance often used in cosmetics.

Cedar`s sedative effects are similar to Sandalwood, and its expectorant properties can help ease respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, coughs and catarrh.

Cedarwood Atlas makes an ideal remedy for bladder and kidney infections and cystitis. Its astringent and antiseptic qualities make it useful in skincare when treating oily conditions, and it also makes a good hair tonic suitable for treating dandruff.

If you enjoy woody scents, visit our WOODS page in our SHOP BY SCENT section, where all of our woody scented oils and incense are together in the one place:

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Over May & June we`re spotlighting the different types of incense, plus giving away free samples with any order - visit our Australian AQ WEBSITE to find out more.

NEPALESE ROPE is one of the most unique incense types you`re likely to come across, handmade using traditional methods.

Dried herbs and other naturally scented botanicals are finely powdered and wrapped in a thin strip of hand-prepared Nepali lokta paper, which is then braided to form a soft rope-like dhoop stick around 9 or 10cm in length.

To burn Rope Incense, just light the intertwined ends and once it`s alight, blow out the flame to allow the stick to smoulder just as you would with incense sticks or cones. Rest the lit stick in a heatproof dish of sand or ash, in a suitable censer, or over a purpose-made Burner Box that has horizontal metal bars for the rope to lie on as it burns (these also work for Japanese incense or dhoop sticks that don`t have an inner bamboo stick and so can`t be burned on standard incense stick burners).

As rope sticks only gently smoulder, we`ve found that each stick will burn up to 30 - 40 minutes depending on the breeze and burning conditions - as with all incense (or anything burning), the more breeze or wind, the quicker they will burn.

Rope incense is available in a number of different scents, from Buddhist or meditation blends, to classic scents like rose, sandalwood, cedar, patchouli, nag champa, juniper, frankincense or lemongrass.

Find our Nepalese Rope range on our Australian website HERE:

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WHITE SAGE has been traditionally used in Smudging to purify the mind, body and spirit before praying, to cleanse the atmosphere and disperse negativity – sage is believed by many to be a masculine plant that can reduce or eliminate negative energy; some place sage at doorways for protection against evil. Today, it can be used to purify homes, offices or other spaces; the smell of sage will remind you of the desert and the sacredness of life.

CRUSHED WHITE SAGE Leaves can be used as incense or even with natural pot pourri to scent a room.

Burn the leaves as incense over charcoal tablets or a candle warmed censer, just as you`d burn resin incense like Frankincense. As it heats, the beautiful, cleansing scent of desert sage will be released through the fragrant smoke – use sage leaves as an alternative to white sage smudge sticks.

Our white sage is Grown in California, cut straight from the bush and allowed to dry naturally.

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