What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the use of natural extracts from scented plants. We use them to heal body, mind, emotions + spirit. Accordingly, Traditional Holistic Aromatherapy is both an Art and a Science.
The scented extracts are called essential oils. (e/o’s)
And we use massage, inhalation + baths containing e/o’s to transport these extracts through the body. Each essential oil contains a combination of natural chemicals. Aromatherapists use them to effect how the body works. Including relaxation + sedation, stimulation + digestive aids.
And so much more…
Holistic Aromatherapists also explores the psychological + spiritual aspects of our response to these amazing aromatic extracts. And thereby enhance the healing process.
As an holistic therapy, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach to well-being. Along with being an active treatment during acute + chronic stages of illness or ‘dis-ease.
So, Aromatherapy is:
- A natural way to treat illness or dis-ease.
- Health maintenance. In that, it can be used to prevent illness or dis-ease.
- A sensual art (sensual as in ‘being aware of the senses, not sexual’). It’s therefore a beautiful way to treat your-self with kindness + care.
- Aromatherapy takes the best that nature has to offer: beautiful aromas! And brings it into our homes, our cars + our workplaces. Oooohh!
How does an Aromatherapist use essential oils?
The power of essential oils may be used in a number of ways. You may be given a blend to add to your bath, to use as an inhalation, to keep in your purse, etc.
One of the most popular is massage, or reflexology. Enhancing the healing benefits of the complementary therapies.
Your aromatherapist may develop a room spray for you. To use at home. Or in the workplace. To calm you while driving. Or comfort fractious toddlers at bedtime.
Is every plant beneficial in aromatherapy?
No. Not all plants contain essential oils. And, not all essential oils are therapeutic.
What part of the plants are used to make essential oils?
Essential oils are obtained from plants + herbs. This includes leaves, roots, fruit, grasses, flowers, berries, gums and barks. It depends on the plant which part of it is used.
Some plants produce more than one essential oil. For example, the orange tree produces three different essential oils. One from its leaves, another from the fruit. And yet a third comes from the flower.
I’ve been hearing a lot about aromatherapy recently, is it new?
Aromatherapy is not a new therapy at all! In fact, it’s been around for thousands of years. Yet only in the last hundred years or so have we researched this healing modality.
Why did my essential oil disappear?
Poof, and they’re gone! E/o’s are volatile. This means that once you open a bottle they begin to evaporate. Always close the bottle after use, or your precious oils will disappear.
Then store them in a cool and dry place.
If I become an Aromatherapist, how can I make money?
- Aromatherapist, Aromatherapy Consultant, or Aromatologist
- Health Care Industry Assistant
- Day Spa, Holistic Retreat, Spa facility
- Aromatherapy Product Manufacturer
- Aromatherapy Retailer
- Aromatherapy Educator, Author, Speaker
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What do I get with aromatherapy training?
Graduates of the Certificate in Aromatherapy are able to discuss + explain aromatherapy. Including sharing its history. Also becoming an expert with current research. And most importantly be able to identify, discuss, + safely use the 49 plus essential oils studied.
Students study the anatomy + physiology of the body systems. Learning how the body works. And are then able to identify, discuss + offer guidance to others in Aromatherapy and the olfactory, skin + muscular systems. They are well versed in understanding the effect of aromatic molecules. Including how essential oils interact on the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional levels.
Students also learn to assess the quality of essential oils. Especially important to weed out the manipulative marketing of some companies. Learning legal terms + how they are misused to mislead the public. And how to access highest quality essential oils from reputable companies and suppliers.
Production methods are learned + understood. In addition, graduates understand the basic chemistry of essential oils. With the physiological effect + pathway of a dozen chemicals.
Students receive training in how to create lifestyle plans + aromatherapy programs to support optimal health.
Graduates are well on their way to successfully operating a consultancy by using clinic management tools This includes case taking, ethics, + informed consent. As well as be able to conduct aromatherapy research.
Additionally, graduates are also able to make aromatherapy blends for healing or perfumes. They learn how to make their own massage blends, room sprays, cosmetics + even soaps.