Can I tell you about one of my long-time dreams? I’ve always wanted to write this kind of Aromatherapy book!

I dreamed of creating a book that was full of recipes, essential oil profiles, and stories about the amazing farmers and distillers I’ve visited and become good friends with over the years.

One of my favorite things about being part of the Aromatherapy profession is the beautiful community of people involved in it. You all inspire me every day, and my heart feels so full when I think of all the friends I’ve made in Aromatherapy. That’s what I wanted to infuse into my book. I wanted it to show the true “heart” in Aromatherapy and help others feel that connection.

Well, I am so excited to share that my dream has come true. Hay House has published my Aromatherapy book, The Heart of Aromatherapy: An Easy-to-Use Guide for Essential Oils!

The book is everything I dreamed! There are 40 essential oil profiles and over 100 recipes for skin care, rest and relaxation, respiratory support, pain relief, digestion, natural cleaning, and meditation and contemplation. I included stories about the farmers and distillers who grow the plants and produce the oils. Those sections were particularly fun to write, because it gave me the chance to spotlight the people who produce the essential oils we all so dearly love—what we do would not be possible without them!

I hope you will enjoy the way I wrote the essential oil profiles . . . I gave each oil a unique “personality,” with character traits (and sometimes even a job, haha!). The oils have always felt like friends to me, and I wanted that to stand out in the book. They are more than oils—they are partners and allies who are there for us when we need them.

The idea for this was born out of my email series, Aromahead Weekly, where I have fun sharing recipes and characterizing the oils in this way. Readers always tell me how much they enjoy those emails, and how the oils’ “personalities” make it easier to remember their therapeutic properties, and the way the oils can affect our emotions. (There are so many wonderful oils we can blend with . . . how do you know which oil to reach for at which time? Getting to know them like friends can help you decide.)

Each recipe in The Heart of Aromatherapy is accompanied by a kid-friendly version. I am happy to say that this book will be useful for parents, beginners, and experienced Aromatherapists alike.

Hay House did a beautiful job designing and creating my Aromatherapy book! I’ve always enjoyed their publications, but working with them took my appreciation to a whole new level. They are a team of professional, caring people, and they were dedicated to helping me bring my truest vision to life.

I am thrilled that the book became a best-seller on Amazon even before it was officially published! The pre-sales alone were over 8000 and took it to best-seller status! For that, I want to thank everyone who pre-ordered a copy of the book. If you don’t have a copy yet, you can find it on Amazon here. It’s also sold at other retailers, if you’d prefer to buy from them:

To celebrate, I’m offering three bonuses for anyone who has pre-ordered or purchased The Heart of Aromatherapy!

  • Two exclusive blending videos that are perfect companions to the book: “How to Make Luxurious Body Butter” and “How to Make Rosalina’s ‘Lavender, Lavender Tea Tree and Tea Tree’ Foam Soap”.
  • A spot on my free webinar, “The Heart of Aromatherapy Webinar”! On the webinar, I’ll share stories about two of my favorite essential oils in the book, Black Spruce and Lime. I’ll review the properties of these oils and show you how to make four recipes from the book. I’ll also be available to answer questions about essential oils and blending!

Once you purchase your copy of The Heart of Aromatherapy, visit and enter your name, email address and order/ receipt number. You’ll receive an email with access to the two blending videos and will be automatically registered for the webinar!

I hope that The Heart of Aromatherapy finds a place in your home and in your heart, that you’ll find yourself opening it again and again for the information and recipes there.



A Cold and Flu Blend for Daytime and Nighttime

by Andrea Butje on January 16, 2017

Essential oils are amazing when it comes to supporting immunity against colds and flu.

Winter is prime time for viruses in many parts of the world. Fortunately, essential oils offer us powerful ways to stay healthy.

There are many essential oils that can combat microbes and support health at the same time, but you don’t actually need a huge collection. There are five “powerhouse oils” that you can make so many blends with!

These five powerhouse oils are:

  • Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)


You can diffuse Frankincense and Lavender throughout the day to help destroy airborne microbes. Your house will be healthier and will smell amazing!

Or make a simple inhaler with Eucalyptus and Sweet Orange, so you can carry it with you and use it throughout the day.

One of my favorite recipes is from my three-hour video class, “How To Protect Your Family from Colds and Flu.”

It’s a diffuser blend called. . .

No One Gets Sick in This House!

  • 5 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
  • 5 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • 6 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

This blend is great for diffusing throughout the day. When evening sets in, I switch over to the nighttime version, which is a little less stimulating (but no less immune-supportive!). That one is called. . .

Everyone Gets a Good Night’s Sleep

  • 6 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 8 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 4 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

If you want to check out the three-hour video class, click here. Each blend in “How To Protect Your Family from Colds and Flu” has a children’s version with adjusted oils and drop counts, and you’ll learn how to identify good essential oil substitutions for each recipe. The video class is $50, and you can watch it as many times as you like. It’s great to take a “refresher course” when next year’s cold and flu season comes around!

Breathe deep and enjoy winter!


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Two Quotes to Close Out 2016

December 26, 2016

2016 is drawing to a close, and what a wonderful year it’s been. I’ve had so much fun blogging and working with everyone at Aromahead! I’d like to share two Mary Oliver quotes with you that speak to me about living a full, happy life. I like to revisit these quotes now and then, especially […]

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Holiday Stress Relief: Roll It On!

December 19, 2016

The holidays are a busy time of year for a lot of us. Family, friends, events, and all the festivities of the season can make for fun, full schedules . . . but they can also leave us feeling out of balance. 

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Too Much Holiday Food? Make an Inhaler for Digestion!

December 12, 2016

There is a lot of rich food to be enjoyed at this time of year. I just love seeing (and tasting!) the variety of meals, side dishes, and desserts people create. A lot of people reserve their best recipes for the holidays, and don’t make them at any other time of year. 

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