What Is Aromatherapy?

What Is Aromatherapy?

aromatherapy: /əˌrōməˈTHerəpē/- noun –Inhalation or bodily application (as by massage) of fragrant essential oils (as from flowers and fruits) for therapeutic purposes

Aromatherapy is an art and science that dates back over 5000 years. Evidence of essential oils has been found in tombs from the Tigris and Euphrates River Valley, ancient Egypt, the Indus Valley and China.


Mary Ellen researched and tested numerous blends to create an extensive line of WellCare, BodyCare, and SkinCare aromatherapy based products under the Dorey AromaTherapy brand, all designed to achieve optimal wellness. In addition she also created a Natural perfume line Dorey Perfume which provides a chemical-free alternative to add scent to your personal allure. Mary Ellen also offers custom aromatherapy blends to address specific issues unique to each client via FaceTime. Additionally, she offers aromatherapy seminars and training.


In addition to her clinical grade formulations, she introduced “Message In A Bubble ®” Bath Fizzies and Sugar Scrubs which garnered rave reviews in Retailing Insights, The Dallas Morning News and Women’s Wear Daily. She was featured in The Dallas Morning News Small Business Buzz: The Five, The Plano Star Courier Five on Three. She has been featured in numerous consumer blogs, both locally and nationally including The Wall Street Journal and USA Today and has been a frequent contributor to Dermascope Magazine. She has continued to contribute to educational seminars for the Alliance of International Aromatherapists where she also serves as the Global Representative.

Education in Aromatherapy, Reflexology

Each of these modalities require certification credentialing. Mary Ellen’s journey to expand and deepen her skills in aromatherapy, reflexology and wellness, have taken her to Dallas, New York, California, Florida, Sedona, Arizona, Colorado, England, France and Bavaria to study with industry leaders such as Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, Dr. Peter Holmes, Andrea Butje, Dr. Robert Tisserand, Dr Maria Delores Gonzales, Colleen Quinn, Joy Muscchio and others. She has studied perfumery with Dr. Lyn Ayre, Lucy Miller and Dora Goldsmith, an Egyptologist from Berlin. She learned to make Kyphi Incense (Dora translated the formula from the original Egyptian hieroglyphs) . Learning about Tuning Forks from Sharon Wittmann of Harmonic Healing Arts in Dallas, TX allowed her to expand her reflexology treatments for her clients to experience deeper relaxation and release.

“It is important to me that there is quality training in the field of aromatherapy”, Mary Ellen said. “Using quality oils safely is paramount.  There are a lot of well-intentioned but uninformed people using essential oils in questionable ways.  I want to help people to understand the properties of the oils and how to use them safely.”

A Word about Quality…

Dorey AromaTherapy uses only the finest quality ingredients in all our products. All essential oils used are first distillation or first pressing steam distilled oils, CO2 extracts, or enfleurage oils. They are pure and authentic coming directly from the growers (not remixed by brokers). They are grown wild, organically, or commercially cultivated without pesticides, minimally harvested and processed quickly to insure maximum effectiveness. Our Natural Perfumes also incorporate absolutes and concrete botanicals for the clearest scents possible.

All other components in our formulas are also as pure as well can get them. Carrier oils used are from seeds (not nuts) and always cold pressed (avoiding expeller pressed, except in rare circumstances when that is the only way the oil can be extracted) and organic.

Even our bottles and jars are selected with care. All bottles used are pharmaceutical grade glass with phenolic caps, or airless pump jars and bottles using essential oil resistant PET plastic. Of course, all are recyclable.

Packaging is tricky. While our preference would be all glass, the use of plastic is more practical in many situations. (Think of a salt or sugar scrub in the shower, for instance. Glass is impractical and potentially unsafe). Sadly, many bio-degradable options are cost prohibitive. Cardboard lip balm tubes cost twice-three times more than the ingredients and labor! We continue to evaluate options.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are concentrated plant essences produced from distilling the plant material. They are highly concentrated and with few exceptions, should only be used highly diluted. Various essential oils have different fragrances (aromas) and are helpful to the body in a physical, emotional and sometimes spiritual capacity.

The aroma affects the brain via inhalation, and through the skin; the benefits go directly into the bloodstream. (This is true of everything we smell and apply to our skin!)

Aromatherapy is completely complementary to all other forms of healing including acupuncture, herbs, as well as prescription drugs, etc.

What makes Dorey AromaTherapy products different from others?

Only the purest, organic or wild crafted essential oils are used in Dorey AromaTherapy formulas for maximum effectiveness. All components (the bases in our creams and serums) used in our formulations are as pure as we can get. No harsh additives of any kind are ever used. No animal testing is conducted on any of the components we use.

A couple of precautions:

  • Use all products as directed. If the directions say once/day, use it once/day!  If you have any questions about directions or products, please reach out to us through our contact page. We want to insure that you are happy with your purchases.
  • If you are allergic to the plant, do not use the product.
  • Do not use any perfumes, lotions or other cosmetics directly over the essential oil blends that are applied to skin for 2-3 hours after application for maximum effectiveness.
  • All products listed on this website are intended for use by adults and not to be used by children under the age of 12 or by pregnant women. Although there are many essential oils that are safe and very effective for children and pregnant women, none are listed at this time. Contact us directly should you have any specific questions.
  • Always seek the assistance of your medical professional prior to starting to use any aromatherapy products.


    Mary Ellen received her certification as a Pilates instructor from Club Pilates in The DFW area as well as on-line. This 500 hour course included anatomy, experiential and extensive on-line training to complete.

    How to reach us

    To inquire about products, treatments, sessions, seminars or training, please contact us. Dorey AromaTherapy is headquartered in Plano, TX.

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