“I’m a certified aromatherapist.” Certified in what, exactly?
We hear some variation of these words a lot. Most people do not know what aromatherapy certification means. Often, when someone tells us this — even WE aren’t sure what they mean!
What does Aromatherapy Certification really mean?
The real question is what type or branch of aromatherapy are you certified in?
Take us for example. Joy has her Bachelor’s and also Master’s Degree in Education to teach K-6 with a concentration in Science and Math. So, Joy is certified to teach Elementary School but not high school. Cindy has her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary School and her Master’s in Reading, so Cindy is certified to teach both.
Hours of study make you knowledgeable, but they do not make you a certified or clinical aromatherapist.
So here we are back to the question: What exactly are you looking to be, or are already, certified in? What kind of qualifications do you want your aromatherapy instructors to have?
Our four levels of training
At Stillpoint Studies, we look at aromatherapy training as four concentrations. We believe that to be an effective and competent aromatherapist, you should be certified in all of them!
This branch of aromatherapy deals with blending essential oils for fantastic things, like yoga mat sprays, chap sticks, incense, soaps, kitchen countertop sprays, foot soaks, body butters, and ambient diffusers. The blends are predominantly driven by wonderful aromas — and the knowledge of chemistry is not really necessary.
This branch of aromatherapy is the beginning of using the oils and extracts in a gentle yet effective medicinal way. It is an indirect form of therapy, and involves formulating between 1 and 7 percent for primarily topical use. The aim of this study is to restore balance to the whole person using essential oils as a catalyst for the healing process to begin. This form of aromatherapy can be considered to be terrain therapy (R.Lewis). When practicing holistic aromatherapy, we look at the aromatic influence, the absorption of specific components via the dermis, the support of specific organs, and the psychophysiological and energetic effects to help restore wellness. Knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology is needed to practice on this level. This branch of aromatherapy certification is often referred to as the English way or the Anglo-Saxon way of using oils.
French Aromatic Medicine
The aim of this branch of aromatherapy is to correct acute and chronic imbalances with the intervention of essential oils. This form is a direct approach and used when aromatic rescue is needed. When we are in the French medical style we are directly targeting organs, systems, microbes, cells, mediators, chemicals, and hormones. We are looking for a very precise mode of action. The chemistry becomes absolutely essential. You must understand the pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, essential oil bioactivity, essential oil chemistry, dosage and application. This is where internal usage is indicated. Now, the formulation, route of absorption, chemical components, dosage and contraindications are critical. Detailed Anatomy and Physiology understanding are necessary, as well as the various interfaces of the body.
Clinical aromatherapy is where one can wear both hats effectively — the holistic hat and the aromatic medicine hat. The therapist has the knowledge to mix and match both methods to suit and benefit the client. It is in this capacity that you will be able to adjust your prescribed treatments according to the needs of the person.
True clinical aromatherapy is the best of both worlds, combining the beautiful, gentle, supportive approach of holistic aromatherapy with the more interventionist, aromatic rescue approach of the French medical style. Chemistry is integrated into the formulas and preparation, but the essence of the whole person is assessed and considered. Their emotions, their state of being, their general terrain state are of great importance. You are working holistically as well as aromatically medicinal. Both hats are on and are needed for the ultimate healing magic to happen.
The Stillpoint Studies Approach
We offer all of this at Stillpoint, and we continue to study to increase our own knowledge base so that we can offer our students the highest level of aromatherapy education available. And we do feel that this is something that has to be taught and learned in person. The material is too delicate to be offered online. There is no margin of error here. Here is a breakdown of exactly what your certification will cover at our school.
Aromatherapy Certification Program (ACP- 265 hours)
- Popular Aromatherapy
- Holistic Aromatherapy
- Beginning Aromatic Medicine and Internal Usage
- Energetics of oils studied
Stillpoint Advanced Certification Intensive ( ACI- 180 hours) ( Pre req ACP)
- Advanced Holistic Medicinal Aromatherapy
- French Aromatic Medicine and all internal routes
- True Clinical Aromatherapy
- Energetics of oils studied
Vibrational Aromatic Medicine Certification (VAM – 165) Pre req ACP
- Quantum Physics Meets Metaphysics
- Both Holistic and Aromatic Medicine applied on a clinical energetic level
- Delve into plant morphology and doctrine of signatures
- Learn the vibrational aspect of the chemical families and components
- Learn how to “read” the energetics of your extracts