Aromatherapy Education and Schools, Is it worth your time and money?

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.

aromatherapy education and schools

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
  • Syllabus
  • 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.

 

*Disclaimer: As an Wellness Advocate I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and am not endorsed by dōTERRA Corporate. None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclaimer here

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Quick and Natural Healing for Bruises

Do you ever get out of the shower and notice a nasty bruise and wonder, “where in the world did THAT come from?” We try to retrace our steps over the last couple of days and can’t remember getting bumped or hit. Now there’s an unsightly purple, green, and blue spot. The elderly get those reddish-purple surfaces bruises, usually due to the thinning of aging skin. Wrestlers and boxers get bruises from their matches, baseball players get them from getting hit with the ball, and kids get them on their knees from playing outside. Many stay-at-home moms usually get them from bumping into furniture while cleaning house. Whatever the case may be for you, we all agree that we want them to heal as quickly and as naturally as possible.

oregano tincture infusion

Oregano is one of those all-around natural wonders and we use it for a variety of healing purposes from anti-bacterial cleansing to Mediterranean Salve for what ever ails you. While using a dilution of oregano essential oil is a quick approach to making a bruise fade away, some of you may not yet have oregano essential oil. However, you can make oregano tincture at home and it works pretty darned well. You can also create an oregano infused oil with olive oil.

Here’s why oregano works on bruises: Oregano essential oil contains a constituent called sesquiterpenes. Sesquiterpenes are analgesic (pain killing), anti-inflammatory, and can calm irritated tissue and skin. Though other essential oils have a higher percentage of sesquiterpenes, oregano has been a popular choice for bruising.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Oregano (I use organic, fresh, oregano that is available in the produce section of many prominent grocery stores or your natural foods store)
  • Menstruum For Tincture: Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg’s) or Vodka | For Infused Oil: Olive Oil

Supplies:

  • Glass jar
  • Lid
  • Cutting board
  • Knife

oregano tincture ingredients by sisterlisa, on Pix-O-Sphere
Directions:

  1. Removed root system from oregano and crush the plant in several places to release the essence from the leaves.
  2. Place the plant into the jar and pour with your chosen menstruum until covered.
  3. Place the lid on tightly and shake well.
  4. Keep in a cabinet you frequently open each day so you’re reminded to shake each day and do so for 4-6 weeks.
  5. After 4-6 weeks you can strain the plant out of the tincture/infusion, reserving all that healing essence for your bruises.

Directions for use: Apply a dab of tincture/infusion to your bruises 2-3 times a day until healed. Some people have a skin sensitivity to applying vinegar that often to the skin and some don’t. You can test a patch of skin with vinegar for a couple of days before making your tincture.

oregano essential oil with herb by sisterlisa, on Pix-O-Sphere
For a dilution of oregano essential oil, try a minimum ratio of 1 drop of oregano essential oil to 5mL of fractionated coconut oil or olive oil. Pour these ingredients into a 10mL roller bottle and use for 3-5 days. If the bruise isn’t healing by then you may want to increase the oregano essential oil to 3-5 drops. **These dilution recommendations, and results, may very depending on skin sensitivity and intensity of the bruise.

Caution: Oregano essential oil is a HOT essence. It CAN cause irritation if applied undiluted. Always read product information, supplied by vendors, before using.

 Other uses for oregano:

Athlete’s foot, yeast infection, fungal infections, warts, cough, canker sores

Contact me for further information about oregano essential oil.

References:

http://aromaticscience.com/oregano-essential-oil/

 WebMD Oregano

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/01/oregano-health-benefits.aspx

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/10-uses-organic-oregano-oil/

http://doterrablog.com/eo-spotlight-oregano/

http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/oregano-oil-health-benefits.html

 

 

*Disclaimer: As an Wellness Advocate I provide my personal opinion and experiences with essential oils, and am not endorsed by dōTERRA Corporate. None of what I testify of has been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered medical professional and I encourage you to discuss your health concerns with your own doctor. I simply share resources and tools to raise consumer awareness. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclaimer here

I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com

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