I’ve been an aromatherapy educator since the early 1970s. Since then, the field has undergone many changes. With the introduction of the Internet and multi-level-marketing companies, I’ve seen both good and bad information circulate rapidly.
There’s a lot of potential for misunderstanding when it comes to the power of natural essential oils. This makes quality aromatherapy education more important than ever.
If you’re interested in teaching aromatherapy, here are some tips from a vintage educator.
5 Tips for Becoming an Aromatherapy Educator
1. Know your subject. Study with as many teachers as you can. Absorb different styles, viewpoints, and experiences. Always examine information with a critical eye. Consider the sources and never hesitate to do your own research. As an aromatherapy educator, I work to provide useful, factual, and cited information. But I never mind if a student has questions or does research on their own. In fact, knowing which questions to ask during a live class can provide you with a better education.
2. Apprentice with established institutes. Instead of trying to start from scratch, look for apprenticeships or positions with established teachers. For instance, we sometimes calls on our own students to teach in their areas to increase our educational reach. As these student-teachers improve, they feel more comfortable teaching larger classes and mentoring home-study students. Begin as an apprentice or teaching assistant and work your way up. This can be a great way to establish yourself as an aromatherapy educator.
3. Get comfortable with teaching. Students can often teach you just as much as other educators. Knowing the subject is one thing, but thinking on your feet when students ask unexpected questions is another. Being comfortable in front of a group of people is a skill that needs honing. Teaching can help you discover your own unique educational style.
4. Know how to relax. Being an educator, especially in an unregulated and relatively new field, can be as stressful as it is rewarding. I rely on morning walks, meditation, gardening, or being in nature to relax, center, and energize me. I keep my office and therapy rooms scented with my standby Rosemary and Geranium. I’ve used this aromatherapy blend for 30 years, and it still feels like home to me. Know how to establish a relaxing space and find activities that will help relieve the pressure. Trust me—you’ll need these skills!
5: And remember: teaching is learning. Have a wonderful journey, and enjoy it!
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!
This weekend, we will be celebrating Spring and the growth of the Atlantic Institute. We’ve got a new home online and we hope you’ll come by for a visit.
From Friday, March 21 to Monday, March 24th, we will be offering free shipping on all US orders. There are limited time specials on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as a chance to win a “door prize.” All you need to do is share your thoughts with us. Just fill out our form with your name, email, questions about aromatherapy, and comments on our new site.
Here’s your chance to let the Atlantic Institute know what you’d like to learn and how we can make our website better. You’ll also be entered to win a free book or class!
Prizes totaling $500!
You only have until Monday, March 24th at midnight to submit your entry to win one of these prizes. Do it now before you forget. : )
Stay in touch with us on social media so you don’t miss anything at the party.
Welcome to our new home!
We’re glad you’re here.