Aromatherapy is more than just using a diffuser around the house or office. Aromatherapy is a complementary treatment that helps strengthen the body-mind-spirit connection. Using pure carrier oils/lotions/soaps and instilling essential oils into these products can help not only calm a person, but can help alleviate symptoms and maintain health.
There are many essential oil blends available all over the place, and many of them work wonderfully. I even have a few here; however, true therapeutic aromatherapy to help alleviate symptoms is personalized. You work with an aromatherapist to create a formula that works with your goals, such as stress relief, better sleep, less pain, and more. Working with an aromatherapist allows the two of you to create your special blend that can be made into lotions, perfumes, body washes and the list goes on. Of course, a generalized blend may work perfectly fine, but a personalized blend may work even better. Trying both options is the best way to find out which is the right avenue for you.
Aromatherapy can work with any one - including animals - and pretty much any age group. However, special blending requirements need to be used when working with children and animals. Using a full strength essential oil or oil blend on children and animals can be harmful. Make sure to work with an aromatherapist that understands the needs of these special populations.