Healing Guide on the Musculoskeletal System

Healing Guide on the Musculoskeletal System

Your musculoskeletal system is what gives you shape and form. It’s what allows you to move through the world—but it can also be something that causes pain and discomfort. 

In this Healing Guide, learn the basics of what makes up the musculoskeletal system, what you can do to keep it healthy, and how to turn to aromatherapy when it’s not feeling so great. 

Be sure to download your Healing Guide on the Musculoskeletal System PDF and do your Home Play Exercises, so you can apply what you learn.

>>Download Your Printable Healing Guide<<

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Musculoskeletal System

How does the musculoskeletal system affect symptoms of pain? What’s this thing called fascia? How can I find a good massage therapist? Find out these things and more in this Healing Guide. 

In this video, you’ll learn:

  • What the musculoskeletal system is made up of.
  • The names of specific muscles and bones.
  • How the position of your bones can affect the rest of your body.


Links we mentioned: 


Lesson 2: Aromatherapy for the Musculoskeletal System

Using essential oils to treat bone and muscle conditions is easy when you know what to look for. As always, the most crucial aspect is knowing your therapeutic properties and the condition you’re addressing. 

In this video, you’ll learn:

  • About current research that supports the use of essential oils for pain—including via inhalation!
  • What blend of oils was used to address pain AND depression in one study.
  • The four best therapeutic properties for addressing conditions of this system—and our favorite ways to use them.




Lesson 3: How to Support Your Musculoskeletal System

The best medicine is prevention, and many of the conditions of the musculoskeletal system can be prevented. Here’s how we work towards taking care of the beautiful bodies we’ve been gifted. 

In this video, you’ll learn:

  • Three things you can do every day to support your body.
  • Our #1 seemingly self-indulgent form of preventive medicine.
  • How to double or triple-purpose your efforts.



Oil of the Week: Eucalyptus

Oil of the Week: Eucalyptus


Find out why Eucalyptus is so often makes it to the top of so many of our ‘favorites’ lists.

As always, start by referring to the directions on the Oil of the Week Page.

AFTER you’ve done steps 1 and 2, you can refer to the Eucalyptus Deep Dive.

You can also find tons of information on this essential oil in the Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual and Natural Aromatic Materials: Odours and Origins.


Once you’ve explored Eucalyptus, I want to know:

  • What new things did you learn?
  • How did you use Eucalyptus?
  • What other oils would you like to pair it with?

Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Lesson 6: Physical Effects

Lesson 6: Physical Effects

Time to dive further into how essential oils work on the body.

This lesson corresponds with the Physical Effects Chapter in your course manual, pp. 241-275.  

A few things from the chapter and corresponding video to keep in mind:  

  • This chapter takes you further into the effects that essential oils have on the body. This builds upon therapeutic effects of oils that we discussed in the previous chapter. It’s like they are two-sides of the same experience. One is the therapeutic potential that essential oils bring, and the other is how those proterties play out within the body. 
  • It will introduce you to the modes of action that essential oils have. It’s important to thinking holsitically here. It’s taken me a while as I’ll explain in the video!
  • Think about this chapter as your gateway into exploring more about general Anatomy and Physiology. Also cross-reference with the Healing with Aromatherapy Course. If you haven’t caught up with those, this is a great week to review what we’ve covered so far.



  • One of my favorite references for anatomy and physiology is Holisitic Anatomy by Pip Waller.
  • If you’re looking for the paper, “Percutaneous Confusion,” that Sylla talks about in the video, it’s in your course notebook on p.445.


Watch this Study Session with me and Sylla on the Physical Effects Chapter of the Course.

    This study session was recorded live in 2019.

    Watch it in our Facebook Student Forum here.

    Home Play Assignments:

    Complete these exercises to integrate what you’re learning in this lesson. Tell us about it in the comments below.

    • Consider how to use what you know now to help yourself find greater balance.  One of the overall messages in this chapter is that our bodies are always seeking homeostasis. They are designed to heal themselves. The question then becomes, what can we do to support them to find that balance? Take time this week to check-in with how you can support your body in finding balance. What is something you’ve learned reacently in this course that you can apply to your life right now? 

    • Make a skin serum! If you’ve never done this before, it’s a fun one. Use the chart on p. 265 (or whatever carrier oils and additives you have) and make yourself a skin blend. Dilute an essential oil or blend in it if you’d like, and record what you made and your results!