Aromatherapy Home Study Courses for Healthcare Practitioners

If you are a nurse, nurse practitioner, esthetician, massage therapist, respiratory therapist, acupuncturist, occupational therapist, physical therapist or naturopath, if you have a license under which you may use the essential oils in treating your clients, then this is an excellent introduction to the clinical use of essential oils.

Foundations of Clinical Aromatherapy
For Healthcare Professionals Only. Endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association. Offers 45 CEUs for Nurses and Massage Therapists. By Jane Buckle, Ph.D., RN. Click here to learn more about the course and to order it.

Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy
Endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association. (Primarily designed for, but not limited to health care professionals.) Offers 320 contact hours for RNs, 325 for Massage Therapists.
www.aroma-rn.com, Laraine Kyle and Valerie Cooksley, (303) 545-2002

Aromatherapy Home Study Courses

If, like most of us, you are not a licensed health care practitioner, but want to extend your knowledge of the safe and effective use of these healing oils, please investigate the courses below.

First of all, it is important to bear in mind that aromatherapy certification in the United States, is meaningless. There is no official recognition by any state governing agency of certification. In order to practice any sort of hands on healing therapy one needs another professional license, ie, massage therapist, physical therapist, registered nurse, etc. However, this does not negate the value of either a correspondence or a “hands on” course leading to certification. No matter how much self study one does, and how much experience we may have with the oils, there are bound to be gaps in our knowledge.

The following is a listing of correspondence courses based in North America that we endorse. We have had employees enrolled in the West Coast Institute course and my assistant, Christi, is currently enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy course.

Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy
Endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association. (Primarily designed for, but not limited to health care professionals.) Offers 320 contact hours for RNs, 325 for Massage Therapists.
www.aroma-rn.com, Laraine Kyle and Valerie Cooksley, (303) 545-2002

West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy, Inc.
www.westcoastaromatherapy.com
Beverley Hawkins, (604) 736-7476

Favorite Aromatherapy Resources

AROMAWEB is a wonderful noncommercial resource. Wendy, the webmaster, has provided recipes, links, a space to evaluate vendors you enjoy, all sorts of great information!

The AGORA Project: The Aromatherapy Global Online Research Archives is a cooperative effort of over eighty of us from throughout the world. This is its home page, with links to cooperating sites worldwide.

Travel: for those longing to see the source of some of these luxury aromatics, or just to indulge and nurture your wanderlust, there can be no better tour guide than my friends Jim Llewellyn and Robbi Zeck of AromaTours. I’m saving my pennies for their Aromatherapy Retreat in Provence, although I am so very tempted by the woman’s retreat in Bali. It seems that whenever I have the money for the trip we are too busy for me to leave; when there is time to go, the funds are scarce. Perhaps in the future?