Accidental Aromatherapy

Essential oilsI have worked with my partner, Andrea Butje, for more than a decade on our company, Aromatics International*. This is a company devoted to providing essential oils for Aromatherapy. After pouring many gallons of essential oils, you’d think I know how to make a therapeutic blend – think again!

I love the essential oils, which is a good thing since I routinely pour, label and ship them. I love plants, I even make it a point to plant as many aromatic plants as possible in our garden. So, when an acupuncture client complained of digestion difficulties, I thought immediately that an essential oil blend would be a great thing to add to her massage oil. Usually I go find Andrea the Aromatherapy Expert, and ask her to make me a blend. But she was no where to be found – confusion rolled through me. And then I remembered that Andrea has been putting her recipes on the Aromatics International website.

It was one of those moments when I woke up to the resources that are already present to support my life and work. I laughed to myself as I went to the recipes section, looked up “digestive support,” and made a great blend for my client.

So, just a friendly reminder that whether you need an idea for yourself or a client, you can find help at the recipe section of Aromatics International.

*We have sold Aromatics International to a trusted friend who keeps up the good work!

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Cindy Black

Cindy Black is the Founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing and the author of Meridian Massage, Pathways to Vitality. She is appreciated for her ability to make the complex accessible, fun, and practical.


  1. Andrea Butje on June 8, 2010 at 8:39 am

    If anyone would like to us to add a recipe to the recipe section at Aromatics International just email Karen with your ideas.

  2. Patti Gelini on April 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Just finished reading “Accidental Aromatherapy”. Even with years of aromatherapy training, I LOVE going to Andrea’s recipes on on the Aromatics International web site. It is my favorite “cook book”. You and Andrea are the gifts that keep on giving!

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