Aromatherapy is such a broad term these days. So many people have essential oils, diffusers and some form of carrier oils or bases. When you talk about aromatherapy, most people nowadays will say, “oh, my favorite smell or scent is …”. Or they might say, “I love essential oils because it helped me with…”. This is so exciting. When I wrote my first business plan in 2002, one of my mission statements was to be a part of the community that makes aromatherapy a household name. Today, it is more than a household name. How exciting, right?
What Kind of Aromatherapists Are You?
As this industry has grown, there are several types of aromatherapists. There is the novice or hobby aromatherapist. One that uses essential oils for fun, sparingly or on an as needed basis. Then you have the aromatherapist advocates and enthusiasts. Typically, this is a Level 1 Certified Holistic Aromatherapist. They share essential oils and aromatherapy accessories with everyone they know. They share personal testimonies often, and use the essential oils on a daily basis. Next you have the trained, professional aromatherapist. They use and share essential oils, herbs and botanicals in a more formal setting to empower clients with these remedies in various forms to combat physical, mental and emotional imbalances. This is considered a Level 2 Certified Professional Aromatherapist. A Level 3 Certified Clinical Aromatherapist integrates various aromatherapy practices with their clients to address clinical imbalances. They have received at least 300-hours of training in a formal setting by an approved aromatherapy school that has gone through a rigorous approval process.
Depending on your aromatherapy goals, passions and mission, you can decide what kind of aromatherapists you want to be. For me, it started out as I only wanted to use the oils to help myself. That quickly transitioned into people wanting to know what I did to gain my health back, so I started sharing the benefits with others. Then, people wanted me to make them something with essential oils. At that point, I knew I needed more training and sought out aromatherapy professionals who had practiced for a number of years, and had wisdom and experience to share. It was here that I transitioned into a Holistic Aromatherapist. As requests grew, I decided I better create a formal business, which was the birth of JennScents. I continued learning, blending, experiencing and sharing the power of aromatherapy, becoming a full-time Professional Aromatherapist. The JennScents Aromaversity followed as I knew I had to share these gifts, lessons and blessings with others. Aromatherapy changed my life, and through making custom aromatherapy products for customers, I could see it was changing their life too. How could I not continue on this path? Now, I am a practicing Clinical Phyto-Aromatherapist, not only seeing clients but also sharing my knowledge to motivate, inspire, empower and educate our up and coming aromatherapist of today and the future. Each generation of aromatherapists passes on the knowledge baton so that we can continue to learn and experience all this great science and art (or as I call it, scientific art) has to offer.
15 Ways to be an Effective Aromatherapists
- Adhere to the NAHA Code of Ethics and Conduct
- Safety Guideline Compliance: complying with the NAHA Safety Guidelines at all times
- Confidentiality and Privacy is of the utmost importance
- Lead with integrity, as you are a walking billboard representing who you are and your business
- Maintain your creditability by being respectful, honest and reliable
- Provide a kind, welcoming and safe environment for you and your clients to experience aromatherapy
- Constantly educate yourself so you can stay relevant, current and up-to-date with benefits, contraindications and uses
- Consistently share what you learn, paying forward that knowledge
- Use high-quality essential oils and carriers that have not been adulterated or compromised in any way
- Play and experience various essential oils so you learn their “personality”, potency and benefits
- Practice! Create custom blends for family, friends and clients
- Follow-up with clients often to ensure effective results and expectations have been met; if not, make adjustments and shifts where needed
- Create, maintain and keep up-to-date client profiles that include recipes, needs and goals
- Create, maintain and keep accurate product records so you can duplicate your products consistently, ensuring effective results
- Always set goals, personally and professionally to keep you on track, moving forward and staying true to yourself
Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prescribe. It is recommended that if serious health issues exist, you consult a licensed medical provider. JennScents does not assume liability or responsibility for the use and/or misuse of this information.
References: This blog contains excerpts from JennScents Aromaversity Certification Courses and the JennScents Holistic Aromatherapy Comprehensive Guide.
Article References: JennScents Holistic Comprehensive Guide, JennScents Aromaversity Classes, JennScents E-books and Reference Material
Author: Jennifer Pressimone, Entrepreneur, Formulator, Author
Jennifer Pressimone is an aromatherapy entrepreneur (an Aromapreneur™). She is the founder and President of JennScents®, Inc. and the JennScents Aromaversity®. She is the Vice-President and Regional Florida Director of Central Florida for the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA). Jennifer has build, managed and maintained several health and wellness businesses over the last 20 years. She is an incredibly gifted essential oil formulator, aromatherapy educator, public speaker, herbalist, author and philanthropist. She leads with passion, experience and heart to inspire, empower and motivate others to not only follow their dreams, but crush it, realizing more than they ever imagined possible. Jennifer is a life coach and business mentor. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and has thousands of hours in continuing education in many health and wellness topics. Her specialties include mind-body health, gastrointestinal health and cognitive aromatherapy for humans and pets.
Disclaimers: Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prescribe. It is recommended that if serious health issues exist, you consult a licensed medical provider. JennScents does not assume liability or responsibility for the use and/or misuse of this information.