Can you remember a great year in school? A good teacher makes all the difference, turning the dryest subjects into something you look forward to. Most importantly, a qualified instructor will teach you accurate and safe information. You wouldn’t want someone unqualified teaching you math or science, or a doctor who didn’t go to med school to prescribe you medicine. The same principles should be applied here. Aromatherapy is a science and an art, and it’s even a medicine.
Especially behind the facade of an online class, teachers can be unqualified. While they may be well-intentioned, not just anybody should be considered a qualified teacher. Teaching is really an art. Not everyone can create a dynamic learning atmosphere. Not even someone with an accredited certification can be considered a qualified teacher, if they learned what they know from someone who didn’t know what they were talking about in the first place.
Here’s why it’s so important to choose aromatherapy teachers who are qualified and know what they’re doing, along with how to find one.
Why you need a qualified aromatherapy teacher
Your health depends on it
We’ve seen some truly awful advice given on Facebook. The rise of MLM essential oil companies has made everyone seem like an “expert” when they are not. Health remedies are shared on the basis that essential oils are natural which means they can’t hurt you, but this isn’t true. Though essential oils are natural, they are still extremely, extremely powerful. By learning from a qualified aromatherapy instructor, you can be sure the knowledge you learn is true, safe, and applicable to your own life.
Data can change
As new research comes in, long-held beliefs can be challenged. Qualified teachers are constantly learning so they can give their students the most up-to-date knowledge. Less educated teachers rely on old statistics and ideas, meaning the information you learn will be outdated and possibly wrong. For example years ago, there was a confusion between Ravensara and Ravintsara. Ravintsara, not Ravensara, is the oil effective for shingles. Back in 1995 Ravensara was thought to be Ravintsara, so to this day people still argue with us because they are relying on old data!
How do you know if your teacher is qualified?
Certifications and accreditations
Look for teachers who are certified aromatherapy practitioners, and those who have gone on to become certified in specialty areas. Make sure the school you attend is accredited. Look for schools accredited by the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) or the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA). Stillpoint Studies earned its accreditation with both. Another very important aspect is how long has the person been working with essential oils and extracts. Usually, the longer the better.
Find out how often the teacher takes classes in re-education or in new subjects. An aromatherapy instructor should always be learning the latest research and applying it to his or her classes. The certification is just the jumping off place, so it is really in your best interest to look for teachers that have extensive experience (which takes years) in using the extracts as well as being a competent teacher.
While aromatherapy teachers come from drastically different backgrounds, look at their history for a glimpse at how qualified they might be. An aromatherapy teacher who has previous teaching experience is one good example, as is one with a background in health and wellness.
Certified Teachers at Stillpoint Studies
Cindy and Joy at Stillpoint Studies have an extensive background in teaching, aromatherapy, and education. You can learn more about their qualifications (including over 25 years of education and 20 years of essential oil experience) by clicking here.