What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the use of natural plant extracts (essential oils) to promote physical and emotional health.

The practice of using plant extracts in this way is thousands of years old. Claims of benefits are numerous, from improving digestion to managing pain.  You will find suggestions for specific oils in nearly every post about self-healing on this site.

In the U.S., you can be certified as an aromatherapist by successfully completing an online course approved by the Alliance of International Aromatherapists of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.  You will need some credits in anatomy and physiology, as well as at least 200 contact hours.  After training, you can apply for membership in the AIA of HAHA and then take a certification test.

For more information on this site, see the post for Essential Oils.