Read the 2014 Injury Report

Read the 2014 Injury Report

In an effort to continue to offer 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 and we are now releasing our first report!

This is only representative of 34 cases, but serves as a learning tool help us all create safer practices.

Please review and share!

Why We Don’t Offer Aromatherapy Certification

Why We Don’t Offer Aromatherapy Certification

Getting Lavender ready for our hands-on distillation class. While we waited, we discussed case studies! Getting Lavender ready for our hands-on distillation class. While we waited, we discussed case studies!

Most aromatherapy programs offer for you to become a “Certified Aromatherapist,” but what does this really mean? Since aromatherapy is not officially regulated, as in other trades like massage and nursing, we get a broad spectrum of aromatherapy programs and how they market their educational products.

We’ve decided against offering a particular title of certification, and instead focus on what it really takes to create confident and empowered Aromatherapy Practitioners.

All our classes do give a certificate showing you have completed the hours and topics listed. However this is not a certification or license to practice. In reality, the term “certification” has no meaning, it is simply a marketing term used by schools just like how the terms “certified pure therapeutic or pharma grade” are used by essential oil companies.

The only recognized title in aromatherapy is the Registered Aromatherapist or RA designation. This is given after one takes the independent exam offered by ARC

Sylla showing our last basic aromatherapy class how to best utilize her Manual.  Sylla showing our last basic aromatherapy class how to best utilize her Manual.

Our classes and course are designed to help you become an aromatherapy practitioner on any level, from home use for family to professional abilities to add to your practice or to begin a business doing consulting or selling essential oils. Our APT Program includes hands-on live classes taught by practicing aromatherapists, one of which has 40 years experience in the client-based practice. In addition, you will receive personalized mentorship to help guide you on your aromatic journey with an online support platform.

For us, the goal is the ARC exam and the title of RA. This is the gold standard of aromatherapy designations. Our classes, course, training program are geared to prepare you to take this exam if this is your goal too.

Do your research before embarking on a route of studies, and find what methods and levels of training are right for you.

Let us know what the the Atlantic Institute can do to support your practice.

Our Aromatherapy Practitioner Training (APT) Program is starting this summer and we are offering it at a low price for this first group only. Read more here and become a part of something big.

Aromatherapy and the Mind This May

Aromatherapy and the Mind This May

May is Mental Health Month and we thought what better way to celebrate with new ways to to learn about aromatherapy and the mind.

In 2006, Sylla published the Aromatic Mind Book, for mental health practitioners to supplement their practice or for anyone wishing 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. Trevor visited recently and we decided to start-off our “tea-time interview series” with Trevor.

In this video, Trevor 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 now how to create and edit videos so it will be another few weeks before it is up but stay tuned!

Last, we are adding a new one-day class for students wishing to learn more about aromatherapy and the mind at the end of this month.

On May 31, 2014, join us for the first offering of Aromatherapy 102 :: Aromatherapy and the Mind. As with all of our day-long classes, lunch and materials are included (PLUS, receive a copy of the Aromatic Mind Book!) See our calendar for details.

Energetics of Essential Oils Workshop this Fall

Energetics of Essential Oils Workshop this Fall

Are you ready to explore the energetic uses of essential oils 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 and help you explore deeper knowledge in the art and science of aromatherapy.

Space is limited. Register soon!


Are Essential Oils Harmful?

Are Essential Oils Harmful?

Unfortunately, yes. They can be when used inappropriately. Just because something is “natural” and “pure,” doesn’t mean its not a potent substance. When used undiluted and long-term, essential oils have been known to cause adverse effects on adults, children, and animals.

We’ve heard stories recently where a baby was treated with undiluted peppermint and had a seizure, a woman had an undiluted treatment and still has ringing in her ear, another woman ingested lemon oil daily in her water and her tongue went numb, and more…

Possible adverse effects from overuse of undiluted essential oils include:

  • Redness, rashes, blistering
  • Itching, general irritation
  • Chemical burning
  • Pigmentation changes
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Interference with medication
  • Alters blood pressure
  • Bleeding
  • Sores
  • Numbness, tingling
  • Nerve deadening

If you or someone you know has experienced an adverse reaction from essential oil use, please take a moment and fill out an Injury Report Form.

Read our first report here.


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