Let’s back up and make sure you understand what aromatherapy is. It’s a therapy that uses aromatic essences that are extracted from plant material to improve the health and well being of an individual. It’s a holistic approach that has therapeutic actions for the mind, body and spirit.


A certified aromatherapist is someone who has gone through in-depth training in essential oil chemistry and botany. They understand and are aware of the safety precautions needed when using essential oils that have contraindications for certain conditions or medications. Based on their knowledge and experience they know what oils to use for various concerns. A certified aromatherapist has studied anatomy and physiology and understands how essential oils interact within the body. Most aromatherapy schools also require several case studies as well as a research paper to complete their certification program.


A legitimate certified aromatherapist will have over 200 hours of aromatherapy education. Often, they will be certified through a school that is approved of by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and/or the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), as is Aromahead Institute, where I completed my aromatherapy certification.


An aromatherapist is not a licensed medical professional. They are not qualified to diagnose, treat or cure specific medical conditions. The advice and suggestions given by an aromatherapist are based on their knowledge and personal experience, and aren’t a substitute for medical treatment.


This photo of Andrea Butje and I was taken at the AIA Conference in Denver, CO. I was so excited to finally meet my Aromahead instructor in person.