Aromatherapy education can be costly, but it doesn’t have to be. Aromatherapy education isn’t regulated by the Dept of Education, but aromatherapists have created their own standard for academic pursuits of aromatherapy. Organizations such as the NAHA and AIA (and there are others) have created a minimum standard in order for aromatherapists to be listed as Certified Aromatherapists in their directory. Why should one pursue a certification in Aromatherapy if the government and most of the western medical community don’t acknowledge it as health care? Is it required to be certified in order to use essential oils? Is it worth your time and money? No one wants to throw money to the wind if they can learn the same information on their own.
These questions, and many more, passed through my mind on a number of occasions. I began researching the Aromatherapy Schools listed with the NAHA and boy did I ever dig deep. I was looking for several criteria including:
- Longevity of the Instructors in the Field
- Financial Investment
- Which individual essential oils (not company brand, the oils themselves) they use in the course work
- Hours required
- Flexibility of brand of essential oils used
- Philosophy of the school
- Current with modern use of essential oils
- Current/Ongoing educational opportunities
- Ease of navigation of their site
- Professional appearance of the site
After researching, emailing, and even calling some of the schools I concluded these as the best offered at the NAHA’s site:
(In Alphabetical order)
American College of Health Care Sciences http://www.achs.edu/ A rather large investment, but understandable since their college has accreditation. While the school is accredited, the subject of aromatherapy isn’t regulated by the DOE. It’s at your discretion if you want to invest in their aromatherapy education, though aromatherapy isn’t accepted by the medical community. If you have aromatherapy education in an unaccredited school, your education will not be applied when entering their college. They only accept other accredited school credits. You can contact their admissions office for more details.
Aroma RN: http://www.aroma-rn.com/ Their $2,850 investment includes textbooks and materials. Their course description is here: http://www.aroma-rn.com/course-description Instructors here: http://www.aroma-rn.com/instructors Their school uses their co-authored curriculum called Integrative Aromatherapy®. The course was created by two Registered Nurses in hopes of integrating aromatherapy with modern health care practice.
The East-West School of Herbal and Aromatic Studies: http://theida.com/ This online education is a flexible self-paced course. Their materials always available to you. You may use essential oils from your chosen provider for the courses. Supplies kits (purchased separately) are discounted for students. Their numerous and widely educated instructors are listed here: http://theida.com/our-instructors When you commit to the Aromatherapy 101 and 201 courses, they offer a discount ($1,750) and payment options. An article of note (on their blog): Internal use of essential oils http://theida.com/aromatherapy-education/the-internal-use-of-essential-oils-webinar-with-jade-shutes
Floracopiea: http://www.floracopeia.com/ http://www.floracopeia.com/Store/Courses-and-Training/ You may use your own chosen essential oils. Self study via e-materials. Course details http://www.floracopeia.com/Floracopeia-Aromatherapy-Foundations-Course/ Course and materials investment are purchased separately. See their site for details.
Healing Arts Academy: http://www.learnaroma.com/ Online education with a required completion schedule. Faculty http://www.learnaroma.com/index.php/about-us/faculty Course and supplies kit sold together. Article of note: Internal use of essential oils http://www.learnaroma.com/index.php/aahaa-blog/75-oral-ingestion-of-essential-oils
I am deeply committed to the belief that anyone can learn a subject, if they set their minds to it. Even famed founder of Aromatherapy, Monsieur Gattfosse paved his way into aromatic healing without an aromatic school! I feel that anyone can learn aromatherapy in the privacy of their own home, without the cost of a school, provided they are mentally able to understand what they’re reading. However, there is more to aromatherapy than just reading about essential oils, one must also be committed to learning the laws in their state and be diligent to abide by a standard code of ethics.
I do think a lot of people can become quite educated about aromatherapy without a school, but having an organized approach to study, have quizzes to test your knowledge, and have instructors who work with you to learn how to conduct and write case studies is of high value.
Then there’s the option of obtaining a certification from a school that is approved by the NAHA. Being certified lends to your credibility when teaching the use of essential oils. While western medicine isn’t likely to view certified aromatherapists with any credibility whatsoever, the public is more inclined to do so. It’s been my experience that many people look to natural path practitioners for holistic health care and it looks like it’s gaining momentum.
Is it necessary to go to aromatherapy school to use essential oils? My short answer is, no. My long answer includes that one should learn as much as they can about using essential oils if you plan to use them. Always read product information prior to using and use caution when believing what you read on the Internet. There’s fear mongering on every said of this debate and I find that using wisdom, increasing knowledge, and maintaining balance when making decisions tends to be the safest.
There are many resources available for free and at low cost for the average user who just wants to learn a bit more for personal use. Stay tuned for more essential updates for valuable resources to assist you on your journey.
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