About the Aromahead Institute

About the Aromahead Institute


The Aromahead Institute seeks to make the study and therapeutic use of essential oils widely accessible to casual learners and healing arts professionals around the globe through our state-of-the art online study program. By following an evidence based curriculum approach to incorporating intensive science and practical hands-on instruction, The Institute aims to elevate the science and study of aromatherapy to deliver its ability to heal and enhance wellbeing to individuals and professionals alike.


Founded in 1999, the Aromahead Institute enjoys an extensive alumni network of international graduates who have gone on to pursue successful careers and businesses rooted in the vast network of the healing arts profession.

Andrea Butje, LMT, Clinical Aromatherapist and recipient of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists Lifetime Achievement Award for her notable career contributions as an educator, entrepreneur and author. Andrea serves as The Institute’s director and lead instructor.

Before forming the Aromahead Institute, Andrea co-founded the acclaimed Finger Lakes School of Massage and the popular aromatherapy retail supplier Aromatics International.

As a consultant to importers of high quality essential oils, Andrea has traveled the world building relationships with distillers and small organic farms personally ensuring the integrity of the oils recommended by Aromahead Institute.

In 2008, the Aromahead Institute launched its online study program to meet the growing demand of international students and others whose busy schedules prevented them from participating in on location classes.

As demand for The Institute’s online certification program quickly grew, Andrea recognized she could only effectively accommodate one learning environment. Pursuant to The Institute’s mission to make the study of therapeutic and essential oils globally accessible, the Aromahead Institute became an entirely virtual school in the fall of 2013.

One of the most innovative virtual schools in the country, the Aromahead Institute utilizes cutting edge technology to support the diversity of its students’ learning styles. The Institute’s elegant and intuitive classroom design make navigating its expansive digital learning environment a uniquely user-friendly experience.

Find out if the Aromahead Institute is right for you!

Try our complimentary Introduction to Essential Oils class. It’s the perfect way to get a feel for The Institute and begin exploring the basics of this intriguing plant-based science.

Meet Instructor Andrea Butje


Recognized internationally as a premiere education center dedicated to the study of the therapeutic uses of essential oils, The Institute offers the highest level of Aromatherapy Certification available in the United States enabling students to practice as a Clinical Aromatherapists.

The Aromahead Institute has also met the rigorous qualifications of these highly respected organizations to train and certify clinical aromatherapy practitioners: