Saturday, September 12, 2015

Becoming an Aromatherapist | The Why and How

Recently I was at a party and a friend mentioned she was very stressed out about something big happening in her life.  To the point where she was experiencing a lot of anxiety. 

I jokingly told her "there's an oil for that!"

To which she perked up and asked if I could give her something that could help.  For a while now I've been playing around with creating my own synergies and learning what each oil does and how they can all work together, so I told her I'd see if I could mix something up for her.

Knowing of possible drug interactions from an online seminar I did, I did some research, played with some oils, and gave her three different syngergies I called "Panic!", "Uplift", and "Beautiful".  Three oils to help a friend who is struggling with something in her life right now.  She instantly put on "Uplift" and after a few minutes said it was already helping her outlook.

Oils CAN do that. 

Not for everyone, or at least not every oil works the same for every person, but if you learn enough, know enough, and try enough you'll find something that will work for you, for your family, and friends, and... maybe clients?

I enjoy doing this.  I've been making synergies for my family and that has really peaked my interest in aromatherapy.  So I have made the decision to become a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist (CCA). 

I thought I'd take you along with me on this adventure.

The main reason for doing this is the realization that, in my area, there is not a single person doing this.  There are lot of people selling essential oils, not many that are really educated on the topic.

Plus, I enjoy doing it.

So how does one become a Certified Aromatherpist?

OK, here's a dark little secret.  In the United States (where I live) there really is no such thing.  Or, at least, there is no central governing body that dictates what you need in order to be an aromatherapist.  There are two organizations, the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), who have created guidelines for what they believe makes a good aromatherapy program, but really anyone can give themself this title.

That being said, I see the importance in education.  Plus the importance of being able to join recognized organizations like NAHA and AIA.  A school that had a solid curriculum and an educated teacher is top priority to becoming certified, in my opinion.

So I did the research and found a school that fit my needs and wants.  Which included a curriculum that was appealing to me and a price I could afford, in addition to being an AIA "approved" school.

So what school did I pick?

That's not in this post.  I'll tell you about that next time.  See you then!

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