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What does a Aromatherapist do?

Aromatherapy uses essential aromatic oils (extracted or distilled from herbs, flowers, trees, spices or fruit) to create a range of blends which can used, for example, in massage, for bathing and inhaling. These natural oils have unique healing properties that can either improve their client’s sense of well-being or treat specific medical conditions.

Aromatherapists begin a consultation by taking a detailed medical history, followed by further exploration into the client's lifestyle and allergies. The therapist uses this information to select the oils they feel are appropriate to treat the client at that time.

Aromatherapy may also be used by professionals in a medical environment such as a hospital or a hospice.

What's the working environment like working as a Aromatherapist?

There are no set working hours. Unsocial hours may be required to accommodate clients.

They are likely to work in a quiet room where their clients can lie comfortably on a couch. Some offer a service in clients’ homes. Many aromatherapists have gentle music playing while they work to help clients relax.

Aromatherapists spend a lot of time on their feet, bending over clients.

What does it take to become a Aromatherapist?

To be an aromatherapist you should:

  • be comfortable with close contact with clients
  • be able to develop empathy with patients
  • have good listening skills to determine the best treatment
  • have a genuine desire to help people
  • be emotionally stable and self- aware
  • recognise when to refer clients to a qualified medical doctor
  • have commercial skills to help you run a business
  • have a driving licence; this is useful if you need to travel to see clients.

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Further information

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Aromatherapy Consortium
P.O.Box 6522
NN14 2YX
Tel: 0870 774 3477

British Register of Complementary Practitioners
Institute for Complementary Medicine (ICM)
PO Box 194
SE16 7QZ
Tel: 020 7237 5165

International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA)
61-63 Churchfield Road
W3 6AY
Tel: 020 8992 9605

International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC)
2nd Floor
Chiswick Gate
598-608 Chiswick High Road
W4 5RT
Tel: 020 8994 4141

Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT)
Unit 11 Brickfield Trading Estate
Brickfield Lane
Chandlers Ford
SO53 4D
Tel: 023 8068 4500