What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is the study of plants and their essential oils, with a focus on how they can be used for a variety of therapeutic purposes. Using a strong foundation of chemistry and research, Clinical Aromatherapists blend essential oils for a variety of application methods, from topical (skin) application to inhalation. Despite common misconceptions, aromatherapy goes far beyond the concept of certain aromas being relaxing or stimulating.
Discovering Essential Oils
There are hundreds of different plants all over the world producing aromatic essential oils. These essential oils offer a tangible and powerful means of physical and emotional healing. Consider the scent of rose. Roses are far more complicated than you might think. The essential oil of Rose has hundreds of different ingredients — or chemical components. Each of the components has been identified by chemists, and many have been studied for their therapeutic value by medical researchers.
The Everyday Science of Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy combines chemistry, biology, and botany with intuition and observation. The science behind aroma, the healing qualities of essential oils, and the art of blending to create therapeutic products make up the world of Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy can be integrated into everyday life in many ways — it's not just about bath and beauty products. Essential oils can be used in cough/cold/flu care, cleaning products, for psychological well-being, disinfecting, and more. Those who practice Aromatherapy come from all walks of life and use their expertise in their personal and professional lives.
Creating Important Standards
Aromatherapists are not regulated by any blanket organization and are not currently subject to any licensing laws in the United States. However, two major organizations exist to enhance public awareness and to create certifications that encourage responsible and safe practice, and allow for uniformity and consistency in education.
These are the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA). Aromahead Institute classes are NAHA approved. AIA is currently developing certification standards. All Aromahead Institute classes will be applicable toward AIA requirements.