At first it can seem intimidating with the number of ways there are to get into aromatherapy. The good news is you can learn more by signing up for an online class or reading an aromatherapy eBook without having to leave your favorite comfy chair.
A few of these resources may be free. Depending on whether you want to walk away a certified aromatherapist or not other courses may cost between ten dollars to as much as $1,500. However, an indicator of quality isn’t always price. The following article will give you information on how to sort out the worthwhile information from the timewasters.
An aromatherapist should be certified whether they are teaching an online class or writing an aromatherapy eBook. To find out you should check out your state’s licensing board. Proof of training may be required in some state for all alternative medicine healers. Even if states don’t you should check to make sure there are no complaints that have been filed against the therapist in other areas of medicine.
The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy is another place you can check for a list of approved training programs and references. The NAHA is also a way to find a collection of recommended journals, websites and even a free aromatherapy eBook or two.
The last area you should check is their experience. Find out if they run their own aromatherapy clinic and how many years of practice they have. Know if they have written other eBooks. The more books an individual has written means you are less likely to get an in depth aromatherapy eBook from them. If you are going to be paying a high amount of money for the eBook then this step is extremely important.
The next thing you should find out is exactly what level of education you will need. If you are just starting out then you should find an aromatherapy eBook or class that covers the twelve basic essential oils that are found in most starter kits such as bay, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, orange, peppermint, rose, rosemary and ylang ylang.
The best aromatherapy eBook for beginners are those that talk about how to blend oils, ways to diffuse the scents and how to safely handle the products. It is a good find if you manage to get one that also has a dash of history.
Advanced level instruction usually focuses on branching out into specialized directions. You can download an aromatherapy eBook if you are craft oriented that will show you ways to turn your essential oils into fragranced candles or building your own diffusers.
If you are interested in ways to use aromatherapy therapeutically or if you are more science minded then you should read a couple of eBooks on anatomy and physiology and focus your attention on the olfactory system.
An aromatherapy eBook that deals with the legal and ethical issues involved is a good option to help those ready to start a practice get off on the right foot.