Tips to Help You Choose An Aromatherapy Course

Aromatherapy CourseAre you interested in studying aromatherapy? Finding the best Aromatherapy Course to suit your needs can sometimes be quite daunting. There are plenty of different Aromatherapy Courses to choose from, either online, in a classroom situation or sometimes a combination of both.

If you are wanting to study Aromatherapy as a career choice you will have to undertake practical elements that you cannot do online such as massage therapy and case studies. It is possible however, to do some elements of the course online such as Essential Oil Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology and other theory topics depending on whether your chosen course offers it.

The important thing however is that you do your research well to ensure you chose a high quality course with a fully qualified instructor.

If you wish to practice Aromatherapy, once you have completed the course, you must ensure the qualifications you end up with are recognized by one of the leading aromatherapy associations such as the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) or the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists (NAHA).

Here are some tips to help you look for the best aromatherapy schools:

  • Be sure that you know the teacher’s qualifications and that they are approved by either the IFA or the NAHA. Find out about their background and skills. Have they had their own Aromatherapy practice? How long have they been an Aromatherapy practitioner? These and other questions are important for you to get an idea of their experience and if they can provide you with an all round education in aromatherapy.
  • Find out if the courses being offered are formulated in accordance with the standards set by the IFA and/or the NAHA. Although they don’t necessarily need to be a member of these organizations, the courses they offer should still be based on the association’s course guidelines. Some aromatherapy schools may choose not to become a member of a certain organization due to high membership costs. However this does not mean the quality of their education be any less than those who are members.
  • Visit an Aromatherapist yourself for a treatment to see if this is something you would like to do as a career. Ask them about their experiences and where they studied. They may be able to recommend a college as well as other study resources. You may need to visit a few Aromatherapists to find one you feel comfortable with and who can give you the best advice and their opinion of aromatherapy courses.

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Essential Oil Blends

Essential Oil Blends

Blending your own essential oils can sometimes be quite an art and it’s always fun to experiment. Whether or not you’re familiar with making your own essential oil blends, you’ll only improve with practice.

If you’re new to aromatherapy your stock of essential oils will be much more limited than if you have been collecting them for years. Personally I have built up my aromatherapy stock of around 70 essential oils for over 20 years but when I started out I just had the bare minimum that I could afford at the time.

A good base to start from could include Rosemary, Lavender, Orange, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Cedarwood and Bergamot. You can build on these over time and as a suggestion try to include an oil from the various aromatic families such as woody, citrus, earthy, floral, herbal, medicinal, and spicy. This gives you a greater variety of which to base your essential oil blends.

Examples of each of these families are:

  • Woody – cypress, juniper
  • Citrus – mandarin, grapefruit
  • Earthy – patchouli, vetivert
  • Floral – rose, ylang ylang
  • Herbal – clary sage, basil
  • Medicinal – tea tree, pine
  • Spicy – ginger, coriander

It’s also good to have a variety of notes – top, middle and base notes. There is more information about these and aromatherapy blends here.

Depending on the mood you’re in when making your own essential oil blends, this can also have an impact on the outcome. It may sound a bit odd and it’s difficult to explain but blends can turn out very different for each individual, even if you use the same essential oils. I like to think that each oil has it’s own personality, just like we do!

Often when I want to make a new blend I’ll open my cupboard where I keep my essential oils and use my instinct to choose the first one. Once I’ve chosen the first oil, I then either instinctively know the next two or three I’m going to blend with it. If my ‘gut’ isn’t working too well that day, I’ll take inspiration from the list of essential oils I know to work well with it.

As an example, if I choose Frankincense as my first oil, I can see which other oils will blend well with it from its profile page. Also taking into account the top, middle and base notes, from the list I would then choose as my final blend Frankincense, Black Pepper and Orange.

If you’d like to share your blends or ways you like to blend, please leave a comment below.

Several Uses for Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot essential oil is known to be antiseptic and antibacterial, thus, making it effective in fighting against bacteria, fungi and other viruses.

It is an essential oil that is said to have originated from the Canary Islands. In fact, some would claim that it was Columbus who first brought the bergamot plant from the Canary Islands on the way to Italy where it is being cultivated now.

This oil is extracted or pressed from a bergamot plant, and can be used in a variety of ways.

Read on to learn about the different uses of bergamot essential oil, especially on addressing some of your health issues.

  • You may apply a couple of drops of bergamot essential oil using a cotton ball and then inhale the aroma to gently lift your spirits, lessen anxiety, and remove any fear and anger that you may feel. It is also great in calming your nerves.
  • Add about 3-5 drops of this oil to your bath water, in order to treat skin infections and any feeling of vaginal itch.
  • Place a few drops of bergamot in an aromatherapy diffuser to help combat fatigue and relieve exhaustion, thus, providing you a boost of energy.
  • You may also use it to apply to irritated skin, such as acne, insect bites, cold sores, and even eczema and psoriasis.
  • For cleansing and healing of the skin, add 3-5 drops of the oil to a bowl of hot, steaming water, and then cover your head with a towel to keep the steam in.
  • Lastly, you may add the oil to your bath water in order to help relieve stress and depression.

Other uses of bergamot essential oil include increasing one’s appetite, removing any intestinal parasites and can also be used in making perfumes.

You can find more information about bergamot oil here.

Starting Your Own Aromatherapy Business

Many people ask me what is the best way to start their own Aromatherapy Business. You may be about to qualify or have recently qualified as an Aromatherapist.

You may have had your own Aromatherapy practice for some time and you need help in building up your business and clientele.

Alternatively, you may be currently be working in someone else’s natural therapy practice and you feel it’s now time to start out on your own.

If any of the above applies to you then I may have found the perfect course to help you succeed in your Aromatherapy business. UK company, Essentials for Health, offer distance learning in the comfort of your own home. You can study at your own pace and fit it in to suit your schedule.

This is a film based online learning course and you’ll receive your own comprehensive workbook and course manual. This top quality tuition is taught by Gill Tree, celebrated speaker and award-winning entrepreneur.

Find out the best way to market your new aromatherapy business and attract the perfect clientele. You will learn how to develop the tools specifically for your business.

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Do you want to find out how to make personalized Aromatherapy Gifts?

Imagine seeing the look on your friend’s and family’s faces when you give them a special aromatherapy gift that you’ve made yourself!

This inspirational guide shows you step by step, how you can easily create wonderful presents using essential oils, herbs and many other natural ingredients, some of which you may already have in your kitchen or garden.

Apart from saving you money on expensive presents, your gifts will stand out from the rest. You’ll never be short of gifts ideas with these safe and natural recipes and you’ll always find something for everyone (including yourself!)

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Aromatherapy helps ease physical, emotional pain

Guest post by Jack Bleeker

Acupuncture, massage, meditation, yoga and aromatherapy are all known forms of alternative therapies. For mesothelioma patients, such complementary therapies can ease their pain and bring them peace. Specifically, aromatherapy is known to boost physical and psychological well-being. The distilled and highly concentrated plant-based oils are blended by professional aromatherapists to provide relief from pain and other symptoms of cancer patients.

The use of perfumed oils dates back thousands of years to ancient times. René Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist, originated the term “aromatherapy” and discovered the healing effects of Lavender oil when he burnt his hand and subsequently used the extracted plant oil to ease the pain.

Although there is no available scientific evidence that aromatherapy cures or prevents diseases such as mesothelioma, studies and physicians at mesothelioma clinics have discovered that the alternative treatment, when used in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation, can be an asset to a cancer patient’s treatment plan.

In Britain, there have been reports of reduced anxiety, depression, tension and pain in cancer patients who receive aromatherapy massages. Studies have also shown that breathing the vapors of peppermint, ginger and cardamom oil, among others, relieves nausea caused by chemotherapy and radiation. The use of essential oils has even been known to alter the psyche of an individual and relieve depression. Studies have also shown that the effect in which essential oils play on the mind can ease depression, stress and anxiety. Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Lemon are specifically known to relax the body.

Aromatherapy may be administered in several ways. The oils may be inhaled indirectly via a room diffuser, inhaled directly through an individual inhaler, or by an aromatherapy massage, where diluted oils are rubbed onto the body.

Many patients who face incurable cancers, reach a place where they lose hope. Unfortunately, for those diagnosed with mesothelioma, there is no cure and patients are left with a bleak mesothelioma prognosis. In order to fight their condition, mesothelioma patients must keep their hopes high, and the proper incorporation of aromatherapy may allow them to do so.

Jack Bleeker,