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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How to Use Essential Oils for Scars

Many of us are intrigued by using essential oils for the skin. In fact, this is one of the first ways that I started blending many years ago. As a woman, I cared about my skin’s appearance, creating anti-aging blends for myself and my friends. I was a beginner then and I didn't want to use over-the-counter products that were full of stuff I knew I really wanted to avoid (namely parabens and other chemicals that are harmful and, specifically, estrogenic). Besides, many of these “boutique” products were really, really expensive. I didn't want to be paying a hundreds dollars for a tiny little jar of something that has been marketed to take away wrinkles.
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How to Advance Your Aromatherapy Career

Essential oils are becoming more and more popular, and therefore used by more people than ever. This is partly because of the “big name companies” that have a lot of money to market to everyone. Because of this huge explosion, people are wanting to learn how to use essential oils. There are many different ways that people are learning and getting training—some good training and some bad (sad to say). We have experienced them both and you may have, too. No matter what or where you may have received training, we always believe there is room for more, continued training.
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Tea Tree Essential Oil: Surprising Benefits and Practical Uses

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil is found in so many products nowadays, you’ve probably seen it in toothpaste and skin care and body products. The clinical use of tea tree essential oil has been published by the World Health Organization, but it has been used as a traditional medicine for many years. Many people know that it contains components that are known to be anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial. Here is why it's a must-have essential oil.
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Roman Chamomile Essential Oil Benefits & Uses

What is your favorite essential oil? When we ask our students this question, some of the answers are rose, neroli, orange, geranium, and wintergreen. Even plai! Very rarely does someone say roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis, syn Chamaelum nobile). The aroma of roman chamomile is quite unique and not appreciated by all, which is a shame—this is one essential oil that is an absolute must in your essential oil medicine bag.
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Should I Take Another Aromatherapy Certification Course?

You may be thinking, “I have my Aromatherapy Certification. Why should I consider another?” If this is the case, ask yourself—Would you like to know more? Would you like to feel more comfortable with the chemistry or the energetics of essential oils? We know that there are many different Aromatherapy education options available, but many of our students feel they are perpetual learners and enjoy the classroom experience. As teachers and students ourselves, we really do get this concept. We feel it is fun to stretch our brains, and one of the most enjoyable parts of taking classes is the community, friendships and camaraderie.
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