What is Aromatherapy?
Traditional Holistic Aromatherapy is defined a both an Art and the Science of utilizing natural distilled extracts from aromatic plants to heal the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Massage, inhalation and baths containing essential oils are used to transport the essences throughout the body to effect organ functions including sedation, stimulation and digestive aids.
Holistic Aromatherapists also seek to explore the psychological and spiritual aspects of an individual’s response to aromatic extracts and enhance the innate healing process.
As an holistic therapy, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach to well-being and an active treatment during acute and chronic stages of illness or ‘dis’ease.
- Aromatherapy can be both preventative and used as active treatment during illness or dis-ease.
- It is a sensual art and a beautiful way to treat your self.
- Aromatherapy takes the best that nature has to offer, beautiful aromas, and brings it into our homes, our cars, and our workplaces. Oooohh!
How does an Aromatherapist use essential oils?
The power of essential oils may be used in a number of ways. One of the most popular is massage. You may be given a blend to add to your bath, to use as an inhalation, to keep in your purse, etc.
Is every plant beneficial in aromatherapy?
No, not all plants contain essential oils. Not all essential oils are therapeutic.
What part of the plants are used to make essential oils?
Essential oils are obtained from plants and herbs, including leaves, roots, fruit, grasses, flowers, berries, gums and barks.
I’ve been hearing a lot about aromatherapy recently, is it new?
Aromatherapy is not a new therapy; in fact it’s been around for thousands of years. Yet only in the last century have we researched this healing modality.
Why did my essential oil disappear?
Essential oils are volatile. This means that once you have opened 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.
What are my career choices if I were to become an aromatherapist?
- 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 aromatherapy including its history and current research as well as be able to identify, discuss, and safely use the 40 plus essential oils studied.
Students study the anatomy and physiology of the body systems and are then able to identify and discuss the olfactory, skin, and 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 and understand the primary production methods. In addition, graduates understand the basic chemistry of essential oils with the physiological effect and pathway of a dozen individual chemical components. Students receive training in how to create lifestyle plans and aromatherapy programs to support optimal health.
Graduates are well on their way to successfully operating a consultancy by implementing clinic management tools, including case taking, ethics, and informed consent as well as be able to conduct aromatherapy research. Graduates are also able to formulate aromatherapy blends for therapeutic and perfumery purposes, cosmetics and soap-making as well as their own massage blends.