Dealing with essential oils could be regarded by some as one of the best ways to look after mind, body and soul, but how can you learn more about aromatherapy if you’re not an expert? Whether you want to know a little bit more about using essential oils at home or perhaps you want to become qualified in aromatherapy then here are some ideas for you. And to help you with your journey I have developed an extensive FREE download which teaches you everything you need to know to get started at home. Click here to get the eBook >>> How To Use Aromatherapy To Support Your Wellbeing
Starting with aromatherapy
My journey into aromatherapy has spanned over 15 years. What started out as a love for the aroma has now turned into a passion focused on the healing aspect that the therapy brings. I became, and continue to be passionate about aromatherapy and I am proud to call myself an expert with many qualifications under my therapist belt.
But what if you want to start with aromatherapy as a hobby rather than a career. For you, I have written an eBook that covers everything you need to know to get started with essential oils. Whether you want to know about the properties of individual essential oils or you want to see how to bring them into your life, this guide is for you.
My fascination with aromatherapy has always fallen in how it can be used to improve mental health and wellbeing. For others it may be the skin healing properties or the natural cleaning capabilities. Whatever your interest is in aromatherapy this guide will help you to understand the many benefits of aromatherapy.
Do I have to be qualified as an aromatherapist to use essential oils?
The simple answer is no. A love for aromatherapy does not mean that you have to become qualified in aromatherapy. You may find as you begin to understand the benefits of essential oils that you want to expand your knowledge. But if this isn’t for you then that is ok. As long as you remember a few safety considerations when using essential oils, the best way to learn is to try.
A few safety do’s and don’ts to be aware of when using essential oils:
- Don’t ever use essential oils undiluted on the skin
- Don’t use essential oils if you have any underlying medical conditions, check beforehand with a qualified aromatherapist (like me) or a doctor. Some essential oils can affect medications.
- Use care if pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding. There are essential oils that are safe to use during pregnancy but there are also a number of essential oils that are not safe to use.
- Do not use essential oils on children under the age of 6
(I do cover this subject in more depth in this blog post on Safety. )
How To Use Aromatherapy To Support Your Wellbeing – A Free Guide.
This aromatherapy guide covers different techniques in using essential oils at home, along with some example blends that you can try in your home diffuser. You’ll understand which oils best suit your emotional need and you will also have the opportunity ask me any questions about aromatherapy.
Even if you decide not to use essential oils, you’ll be equipped in knowing exactly which essential oils to look for when you buy any aromatherapy product in the future.
If the idea of using essential oils is appealing but you worry that this will turn into an expensive hobby then let me assure you that this doesn’t have to be the case. You don’t need to buy a variety of essential oils to gain different therapeutic properties. Most essential oils come with a variety of benefits which is why I have included a table to refer to so you can quickly work out the best oil for you. One that suits all your requirements. You just need to choose which one appeals to you the most.
You can download here for FREE and I’ll send it straight to your inbox. It covers everything you need to know about getting started in aromatherapy. With profiles of 14 different essential oils you’ll confidently be able to start blending essential oils at home for different applications. You can get your copy here>>> How To Use Aromatherapy To Support Your Wellbeing
Taking your hobby further
This is not a route for everyone but if you want to broaden your knowledge then there are plenty of courses out there to try. Although technically you do not need any qualifications to become an aromatherapist, it is good practice to have a good foundation of learning if you do want to take your hobby further and become an expert. Perhaps you want to make bespoke blends for people, or create a range of aromatherapy and skin care products, having a qualification shows that you have a good knowledge in your field of expertise.
As you begin learning about essential oils and their uses you may well find that specific areas within the field of aromatherapy start to intrigue you more.
For those that want an in depth learning on aromatherapy there are many schools that offer the aromatherapy diploma, this can be online and in class. I personally prefer the structure of classroom based learning particularly as aromatherapy is a very hands-on learning experience.
Often the route that many aromatherapists take is to gain their Diploma in Massage and their Diploma is Anatomy and Physiology first. Many people learn the principals of aromatherapy as an additional service that they can offer to their massage clients. In order to learn about aromatherapy you don’t necessarily have to do the massage diploma but many schools will make this compulsory. Look for schools that offer aromatherapy for non massage students if you aren’t interested in the massage route.
Having said that, aromatherapy is part of the holistic school of thought and treats the person as a whole. Learning the massage basics will expand your knowledge to give you a very good overview. The Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology is compulsory in achieving your massage qualification and does involve an exam at the end! Personally I do think that learning how the body works is essential to understanding how aromatherapy can be used so I would definitely recommend achieving an Anatomy and Physiology qualification.
The most common route to take is to complete these diplomas in order
1) Diploma in Massage
This is class based learning but in order to pass you must complete a number of case studies. After completion of the case studies you then must pass a practical exam.
Time taken to complete: Around 100 hours
2) Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology
This diploma doesn’t necessarily have to be class based. In order to gain this diploma you will need to pass a multiple choice test
Time taken to complete: Around 50 hours
3) Diploma in Aromatherapy
Similar to the Diploma in Massage you will need to complete a number of case studies. You will also need to complete course assignments such as providing data sheets for a number of essential oils
Time taken to complete:
Around 120 hours
It is possible to do all three qualifications within one year
Once you have got the foundation there are many options to take your learning further. I became interested in two areas. Firstly, natural skincare and the use of essential oils to help with dermatological conditions; and secondly the use of essential oils in enhancing a person’s wellbeing. The qualifications that I decided to complete were the following.
Diploma in the Development of Natural Phyto Skincare
Chemistry of Essential Oils
Aromatherapy for Dermatological Conditions
Aromatherapy Advanced Graduate Program
Options after qualifying as an aromatherapist
Whether you want to learn about aromatherapy for home use or want to begin a career that centres around aromatherapy I am sure you will find the journey as fascinating as I have.
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