On this site, you will find:

  • An introduction to Daily Aromatherapy
  • An introduction to Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques
  • An introduction to Aromatherapy Anointing Oils
  • Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs)
  • An opportunity to sign up for a FREE seasonal newsletter
  • The programs being offered 

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Aromatic Practice

Aromatic Practice is the integration of the subtle properties of essential oils into lifestyle and spiritual practices such as meditation, journaling, art, affirmation, prayer, and self-care. Aromatic Practice can be implemented whenever so inspired, for special occasions, or as a regular discipline.

about our logo:

The sprig of lavender represents the magnificent world of essential oils. Lavender was chosen because it is where the art and science of aromatherapy began. The spiral shell of the chambered nautilus symbolizes the repeating cycles of life’s journey and spiritual evolution through birth, growth, release, renewal, and expansion. Together, they represent the essence of Aromatic Practice.
Daily  Aromatherapy

Daily Aromatherapy

Transforming the Seasons of Your Life with Essential Oils
Aromatherapy & Subtle  Energy Techniques

Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques

Compassionate Healing with Essential Oils
Aromatherapy  Anointing Oils

Aromatherapy Anointing Oils

Spiritual Blessing, Ceremonies, & Affirmations


Daily Aromatherapy

Using essential oils, Daily Aromatherapy takes us on a journey that helps us connect more intimately to nature, the seasons of the year, and the emotional seasons within us. There is no better way to be uplifted and to experience joy, hope, clarity, and inspiration than sitting down with a daily aromatic exercise that fully engages our body, mind, heart, and spirit.

– Christel Lukoff, PhD, psychotherapist and Hospice social worker

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I've been working with essential oils for several years and even took a 16-week certification class. I wanted an additional educational tool that would help me to learn the oils one at a time. This is the perfect solution because I can take 5-7 days each week and focus on one oil.

Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques

In Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques, Joni Keim and Ruah Bull shed new light on how the power of essential oils and the concepts of aromatherapy can be introduced into subtle energy therapy. As the aromatherapy industry grows and diversifies into greater specialization, subtle aromatherapy will take its rightful place as a dynamic healing alternative for body mind, soul, and spirit. This book’s contribution to the healing arts will help to usher in a new foundation for aromatherapy.

– Joan Clark, Aromatherapist, Educator, Aromatic Consultant

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This book is great for understanding how to use subtle aromatherapy and oils. I enjoyed the simple techniques and understanding how to use them personally and for friends and family.

Aromatherapy Anointing Oils

Authors Joni Keim and Ruah Bull offer us an aromatic avenue for enhancing our spiritual lives. Including wisdom from a variety of traditions, this book is a bouquet of delights: a compendium of essential oils and their spiritual significance, a guide to making anointing oils, and an invitation to create special ceremonies. They write that “aromatherapy anointing is a spiritual blessing”– and with this book, they have given a spiritual blessing to us all.

– Maggie Oman Shannon, author of The Way We Pray

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Extraordinary and precise! If you are looking for one book that contains a plethora of information – this, is it! Ruah Bull and Joni Keim have taken their knowledge, experience, and passion to a new level. Weaving practicality with spirituality, you can easily navigate to find multi-layered information, oil by oil, that speaks to your curiosity and questions. As a fan of this duo, the 30 new oils in this book that they added uncovered yet more for me to learn and appreciate. Their suggestions on anointing, affirmations, and prayer offer gentle invitations that remind each of us to blend the sacred in everyday life! Bravo Ruah and Joni!

Our Story

In 1998, Ruah & Joni were both taking a course of study at the Transformational Healing Arts Institute in Sonoma County, but they had not met. One of Joni’s homework assignments was to have a “session” done with an advanced student. Joni didn’t know any and asked the instructor for a recommendation. She recommended Ruah and Joni set up an appointment.

At that time, Joni was writing for natural health magazines and was in the process of researching and writing an article on subtle energy therapy. Joni and Ruah met for the appointment and when it was over, Joni asked Ruah if she would be interested to be interviewed for the article, and Ruah said she would be happy to.
Ruah and Joni today - Image
Ruah and Joni today
Ruah and Joni in 2000 - Image
Ruah and Joni in 2000
Ruah and Joni were both drawn to and inspired by the healing arts, and they worked well together for that article. Afer it was published, Joni asked Ruah if she felt the article could be expanded into a book. If so, would she be interested in writing that book together? The book would be about using essential oils with subtle energy techniques and would integrate their joint personal and professional experiences with spiritual practices and development. Ruah agreed and, as the saying goes, the rest is history.

The process of delving deeply into their subject, writing, and publishing was rewarding for both Ruah and Joni. Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques was published by North Atlantic Books in 2000 (now in its 2nd edition). When this first book was finished, they began working on Aromatherapy Anointing Oils. It was completed the following year in 2001 (now in its 2nd edition). Daily Aromatherapy was published in 2008 (now in its 2nd edition) and completed the trilogy. These books are a foundation for an Aromatic Practice.

  1. Who can benefit from subtle aromatherapy and the information on your website?

    Aromatic Practice invites women and men and both practitioners and lay people.
    • Practitioners who want to learn more about subtle aromatherapy for self-care.
    • Practitioners who want to learn more about subtle aromatherapy to use with their clients or to possibly to teach it. This may include aromatherapists, energy healers, body workers, and spiritual counselors.
    • Practitioners who are already working with subtle energy and vibrational healing, such as with flower essences, Reiki, and chakra balancing, who would like to use subtle aromatherapy.
    • Lay people who are interested in alternative health and self-care.
    • Lay people who already use aromatherapy and want to learn about subtle aromatherapy.
    • Lay people that are already working with subtle energy and vibrational healing, such as flower essences, Reiki, and chakra balancing and who would like to use subtle aromatherapy.
    • Spiritually oriented people, including the religious as well as the “spiritual but not religious” who would like to use subtle aromatherapy in their spiritual practice.

  2. What are the essential oils that support meditation and how would I use them?

    There are different forms of meditation. Sandalwood or Frankincense support most forms. To be more specific, Sandalwood is a good choice for mindfulness meditation; Frankincense for meditative prayer; and Lavender or Clary Sage for guided imagery meditation.

    To use: Place one drop of the essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose, without the tissue touching your skin. Pause. Inhale the aroma once more and then begin your meditation. You can also choose to end your meditation with inhaling the aroma from the tissue. This will strengthen the connection between the aroma and a meditative state.

  3. Should I use an essential oil if I don't like the smell?

    In subtle aromatherapy, because the intent is to have a positive experience, the answer is “no.” There are many essential oils that have similar properties that you can choose from. Find one you like. We list essential oils in our books that can replace others, in case a reader can't find them, can’t afford them, or is allergic to them. We suggest looking in Aromatherapy Anointing Oils, Appendix IV.

    However, if you find that you really want to use a particular essential oil that you don’t like the smell of—perhaps your intuition is telling you it would be helpful—you can use it by adding another essential oil to help balance or soften the aroma of the oil that doesn’t agree with you.

    Lavender is often used to soften other aromas. Place 2 or 3 drops of Lavender on a tissue and add one drop of the other oil, wave it in the air briefly, then gently inhale the aroma from the tissue (without touching your skin). Lavender is a great supportive essential oil, so it can assist with many different intentions.

  4. My art is my spiritual practice, and I was thinking I would like to diffuse essential oils when I am painting.
    Are there oils you would suggest?

    There are many essential oils that support the process of creativity in different ways. Coriander and Patchouli help to support creative energy.  Geranium and Jasmine help to enhance creative intuition and Orange energizes the joy inherent in the creative process. Rose supports creativity in general and energetically links it to the heart and hands, so it is particularly good for people who use their hands with their art form.

  5. Are essential oils taken internally for an Aromatic Practice?

    No, they are not. In fact, in some circumstances, they do not even touch the skin.

    We are often asked about the oral (ingested) use of essential oils. The ingestion of essential oils is controversial—even amongst essential oil experts. Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt*, author of The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils and Medical Aromatherapy, refers to ingesting essential oils as “one of aromatherapy’s culture wars” because there are many opinions.
    *(Dr. Schnaubelt is one of the world’s leading experts in the science and medical use of essential oils.)

    Some aromatherapists comment that essential oils are so effective when applied topically or inhaled that there is no need to take them orally. Others feel there are certain conditions that warrant oral use. In either case, because essential oils are concentrated and have active components, it is important to be informed and understand that using essential oils requires mindful use and being responsible.

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