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, 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 that produce 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 complex than you might think! The essential oil of Rose has hundreds of different ingredients — also known as 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 world of Aromatherapy is made up of the science behind aroma, the healing qualities of essential oils, and the art of blending to create therapeutic products. Aromatherapy can be integrated into everyday life in many ways — it's not just about bath and beauty products!
Essential oils can be used for:
- Cough/cold/flu care
- Pain relief
- Natural cleaning + disinfecting products
- Emotional and energetic support
- Reduce inflammation
- Skin healing
- Support immunity
- And so much more…
Those who practice Aromatherapy come from all walks of life, and use their expertise in their personal and professional lives to enhance the health and wellness using the holistic approach.
Safety & Educational Quality Standards
Aromatherapists are not regulated by any blanket organization and are not currently subject to any licensing laws in the United States. However, three major organizations exist to enhance public awareness and to create certifications that both encourage responsible and safe practice, and allow for uniformity and consistency in education – the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), and the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA).
Aromahead Institute meets the rigorous training and education qualifications of all three of these organizations.