In an effort to continue offering aromatherapy education centered around safety, we’ve been collecting data on cases of adverse effects of essential oils for a little less than a year. We’ve had over 30 cases submitted. We are now releasing our first report!
This is only representative of 34 cases, but it serves as a learning tool help us all create safer practices.
Please review and share!
Most aromatherapy programs provide the option of becoming a “Certified Aromatherapist.” But what does this title really mean? Aromatherapy is not officially regulated, as other trades like massage and nursing are. As a result, there’s a broad spectrum of aromatherapy programs and approaches to marketing out there.
We’ve decided against offering the “Certified Aromatherapist” title. Instead, we focus on what it really takes to create confident and empowered Aromatherapy Practitioners.
We offer certificates for all of our classes. These show completion of hours and topics listed. However, these do not signify certification or license to practice. In reality, the term “certification” has no meaning. It is simply a marketing term used by schools. It is similar to essential oil companies using the terms “certified pure therapeutic” or “pharma grade.”
The Registered Aromatherapist or RA designation is the only recognized title in aromatherapy. In order to receive this designation, one must take the ARC’s independent exam.
We design our classes and courses to help you become an aromatherapy practitioner. This looks different for everyone. Some people engage in home use for the family; some incorporate aromatherapy into their practices (such as massage); others start businesses doing consultations or selling essential oils.
Our APT Program includes hands-on, live classes taught by practicing aromatherapists. One of our aromatherapists has 40 years of client-based experience alone. In addition, you will receive a personalized mentorship to help guide you on your aromatic journey. You’ll also receive access to an online support platform.
For us, the ultimate goal is to take the ARC exam and become a Registered Aromatherapist. This is the gold standard of aromatherapy designations. Our classes, courses, and training programs are geared to prepare you for this exam.
Do your research before embarking on a route of study. Find the program that’s right for you.
Let us know how the Atlantic Institute can help support your practice.
May is Mental Health Month. We thought, what better way to celebrate than with new ways to learn about aromatherapy and the mind!
In 2006, Sylla published the Aromatic Mind Book for mental health practitioners to supplement their practice. But this book is also for anyone who wishes to use aromatics for mental health pursuits.
Part of the inspiration for this book was Sylla’s work on the PARP (Psychosensory Aromatherapy Research Project) study with her long-time colleague, Dr. Trevor Stokes. Dr. Stokes recently visited Florida, and we decided to start off our “Tea Time Interview Series” with him.
In this video, Dr. Stokes talks about how this project emerged, the methods they used, and how the principles of relaxation apply to both patients and therapists.
We’re learning how to create and edit videos, so it will be another few weeks before the video is up. Stay tuned!
Are you ready to explore the energetic uses of essential oils? Looking to boost your practice?
Check our new workshop with Peter Holmes, scheduled for September in Sarasota, FL.
Here’s what some are saying:
Peter’s deep knowledge and enthusiasm for essential oils made what could have been on ordinary seminar into an amazingly enriching experience. I was able to use the oils and the information the very next day in my treatment rooms. Peter is on the forefront of a whole new world in the energetic treatment of the body and psyche.
-Lisa Walker L.Ac.
We are excited to offer this cutting-edge workshop. We hope to help you explore deeper knowledge in the art and science of aromatherapy.
Space is limited. Register soon!
Unfortunately, yes, they can be when used inappropriately. Just because something is “natural” and “pure” doesn’t mean it isn’t a potent substance. Undiluted, long-term use of essential oils has been known to cause adverse effects. Most importantly, adults, children, and animals are all at risk.
Here are some of the stories we’ve heard recently: a baby was treated with undiluted Peppermint and had a seizure; a woman is still experiencing ringing in her ear from an undiluted treatment; another woman ingested Lemon oil daily and her tongue went numb. Sadly, there are many more instances like these.
Possible adverse effects from the overuse of undiluted essential oils include:
- Redness, rashes, blistering
- Itching, general irritation
- Chemical burning
- Pigmentation changes
- Interference with medication
- Alters blood pressure
- Numbness, tingling
- Nerve deadening
If you or someone you know has experienced an adverse reaction from essential oil use, please take a moment to fill out an Injury Report Form.
Additionally, you can read our first injury report here.