What Type of Aromatherapy Classes are Best for You?

Deciding between online, in person, or virtual aromatherapy classes all depends on the material being taught. Not all aromatherapy topics or materials are appropriate for all learning venues. We can not tell you how many times we are asked, “Is this an online class?” We answer this over one hundred times a month. And when we say, “No, this is in person class,” the next question is “Why not? Everything is online now!” We are hoping that this blog will address that question and give you insight to our thinking and reasoning.
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What are aromatherapy classes like at Stillpoint?

Not sure how many of you know, but Joy and I were both elementary school teachers in NY in a former life! We really loved teaching and had amazing classrooms that were both fun and educational. We were quite progressive in our styles and approaches and were way ahead of our time back in the late 80’s and 90’s. (Please don’t do the math, because then you will really know our true age!) We had great relationships with the children we taught and this is evidenced today by our continued connection with past students. To us, teaching and the teacher/student relationship is sacred. What does that mean?
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Are MLM Companies Hurting the Aromatherapy Field?

Unsolicited health advice is an unfortunate side effect of being on social media. You can't so much as share a photo of tissues without being bombarded by well-meaning advice — everything from trying bone broth to doing yoga under the full moon. We recognize that people are trying to be helpful, and many times some of that advice is really great. (Give bone broth a try!) (Maybe not the late night yoga.) Unfortunately, unsolicited health advice isn't always helpful. And it's taken a dark turn over the past few years thanks to the rise of essential oil MLM companies.
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Internal Use of Essential Oils: Why Is It So Controversial?

INTERNAL USAGE! YIKES!!!! This has been an extremely controversial topic in the aromatherapy field for seemingly forever. We receive calls almost daily at Stillpoint Aromatics from customers asking if they can take this oil internally or that oil internally. The first question we ask is ”Why do you want to take the oil internally?” and “Who advised you to do this?” About 95% of the reasons we hear are based on completely inaccurate information they received from someone who is not trained in internal usage, or not even trained at all.
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Why Sedona is Out of the Ordinary (ooo!)

To us, Sedona is one of the most magical and beautiful places. Yes, there are many beautiful places on earth—some people love the beauty of the ocean, or a majestic forest—and there are many things that make visiting these a special experience. Sometimes it is the aroma (of course!) of the place that can make it special., like the smell of the salty water or of the mossy, green forest. Sometimes it is the feel—sand between the toes, or walking with the dirt beneath your feet. Our senses are appealed to in different ways and at different times.
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What’s So Bad about Drinking Essential Oils?

Essential oils are volatile chemical cocktails consisting of various (hundreds) of chemical components from ten or so chemical families. They are EXTREMELY CONCENTRATED. One drop of lemon essential oil is not like one drop of lemon juice. Lemon essential oil is expressed from the rind of the lemon—pounds and pounds of lemon rinds. Do not be fooled by the wonderful aroma and yummy taste, it is heavy duty medicine.
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Is Aromatherapy Certification Necessary?

The internet is a vast place. If you are looking for information on aromatherapy or essential oils, you’re sure to find everything you need and more. If everything you want to know is free and available online, what’s the point of putting time and money into a certification? This is the mindset of a lot of people. Those who eventually do get an aromatherapy certification quickly realize how important it is. While the internet and books are good sources for quick facts, nothing compares to the knowledge you gain from certification classes. Here are a few of the reasons we think aromatherapy certification is necessary.
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The Importance of Qualified Instructors for Online Aromatherapy Classes

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.
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Can You Use Essential Oils as Remedies for Pets?

Yikes! What a controversial topic in the aromatherapy world. When it comes to using essential oils on pets, some say yes, some say absolutely not, some say dilute and on and on. Many Facebook pages, aromatherapy blogs, and websites have a list of oils that are safe for pets. THIS IS FALSE! Our animals know what is needed for their own healing. One size does not fit all here (or actually ever when working with oils and other plant extracts). Paracelsus said way back when “One man's (animal’s) medicine is another man’s (animal’s) poison.” Please be careful because generalizations cannot be made when working at this level with extracts and your pets or people for that matter. ALL animals know how to self-dose and heal themselves.
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How to Use Lavender in a New Way

Have you ever felt like you were stuck in a rut with certain essential oils? Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is an essential oil that most everyone knows about. In fact, it is one of the most used (and some believe, overused) essential oils. We all know how Lavender is now appearing in so many different body and skin care products, as well as many cleaning products. The many well-known manufacturers have taken advantage of the fact that so many of us want to “go natural” and so Lavender has been added to products. They market them well and the general public then thinks they are “going green” or “more natural” and just in general, becoming healthier by thinking that the toxic chemicals are being removed from their homes and personal lives.
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