A person can obtain aromatherapy qualifications through self-study, classes and seminars, distance learning, and apprenticeships. In the United States, no state has regulations, licensure or laws to validate aromatherapy qualifications.
Many qualified aromatherapists also have a license in a health care field, such as massage therapy, nursing, acupuncture, medicine or naturopathy, which allows them to touch people. An aromatherapist not licensed to touch people can offer aromatherapy consultations and make and sell aromatherapy blends and products.
The basics of aromatherapy include knowledge of the properties of essential oils and their effects and contraindications.
Certification is not required to practice aromatherapy in the United States. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) offers voluntary certification. To call yourself a Certified Aromatherapist, you must complete a NAHA-approved aromatherapy education program.
Finding a Qualified Aromatherapist
When looking for someone with aromatherapy qualifications, AromaWeb suggests asking the person about her training, experience, liability insurance and what you can expect from each session. Also, know what you want from your aromatherapy consultations and assess if you feel comfortable with the aromatherapist.
A qualified aromatherapist will ask about your health and medical conditions to make sure the aromatherapy treatment and essential oils are appropriate for you.
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