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Career in Aroma Therapy

What is Aroma Therapy?

Aroma Therapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it’s an essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy uses essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health.

Aroma Therapy is a thought of as both an art and science. Recently, aromatherapy has gained more recognition in the fields of science and medicine.

What Does an Aroma Therapist Do?

Aroma therapists treat a variety of physical conditions, illnesses and psychological disorders with essential aromatic oils that are extracted or distilled from flowers, trees, spices, fruits or herbs.

Types of Aroma Therapy:

The different types of Aroma Therapy are cosmetic, massage and olfactory. However, regardless of which type of Aroma Therapy you choose, essential oils should always be diluted in a carrier oil or water.

● Cosmetic aromatherapy combines essential oils with facial, skin, body and hair care products.

● Massage aromatherapy combines the healing touch of massage therapy with aromatic benefits of essential oils.

● Olfactory aroma therapy releases essential oils into the environment around you either by inhaling or diffusion. For inhalation, you can either dispense the essential oil into a handkerchief or spray a mixture of essential oils and distilled water into the air and breathe in. Diffusion is the evaporation of the aromatic components of an oil into the atmosphere using aromatherapy equipment.

Workplace of an Aroma Therapist:

Most Aroma therapists work with spa, beauty centers, hospitals, nursing homes, chiropractor’s offices, massage clinics, hotels, resorts, cruise ships etc.

Aroma therapists can set up their own private practice at home, initially by treating their friends and family members. They can build up their network of clients by promoting their business through advertising in media and social websites. Some specialists travel to visit their patients in their own homes, in hospitals or hospices. Those with profound knowledge in therapeutic uses of essential oils can set up essential oil production manufacturing business, web retail stores, therapeutic product lines and consultation services.

Knowledge and Skills

● Excellent verbal communication skills

● Active listening skills

● Sensitivity and understanding

● The ability to work well with hands

● Customer service skills

● A desire to help people

● The ability to work well with others

● The ability to sell products and services

● To be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device.


● Excellent interpersonal skills

● Effective communication

● The ability to make clients feel at ease.

Detailed work activities:

● Explaining the therapy to the client

● Taking details of the clients medical history, diet and lifestyle

● Selecting the oils you feel are appropriate for helping the client

● Blending the oils to be used

● Applying oils by full or partial body massage

● Keeping records of blends of oil used.

● Supplying blended oils and instructions for clients to use at home

Work Values:

● Positive attitude

● Listening

● Verbal communication

● Respecting

● Empathizing


● Certificate in Aromatherapy

● Diploma in aroma therapy Master Aroma therapist

● Graduate certification in Aroma Therapy

● Master of science in Aroma Therapy

● Bachelor of science in Integrative Health Sciences with Aromatherapy Specialization

● Associate of Applied Science in Complementary Alternative medicine with Aromatherapy Specialization

● Master of Science in Complementary Alternative Medicine with Aromatherapy Specialization

Job Outlook:

The salary of Aroma therapists varies depending on location, type of workplace and the number of patients treated. An experienced Aroma therapist can earn between Rs.20, 000-Rs.35, 000 per month.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How can I become an Aroma Therapist in India?

Only a few Indian institutes are offering Aroma Therapy courses and one can pursue certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate diploma/ degree courses through regular or distance mode. Minimum eligibility criteria for short term and degree courses is 10+2 and graduation for post graduate course.

2. What are the side effects of Aroma Therapy?

  • Rashes

  • Asthma attacks

  • Headaches

  • Allergic reactions

  • Skin irritation

  • Nausea

3. How safe is Aroma Therapy?

Aroma therapy is generally safe. Essential oils can cause side effects, though. Some can irritate your eyes, skin, or mucous membranes in your nose. They can also cause mild allergic reactions.

4. What jobs can an Aroma Therapist get?

Aromatherapy or aromatic consultant

Business owner

Aromatherapy writer

Spa consultant/practitioner

  • Retail specialist

  • Aromatherapy educator

  • Integrative healthcare practitioner

  • Product designer

5. What qualifications do I need to be an Aroma Therapist?

You need to be a member of a professional body to practice as an Aroma Therapist .This usually require you to complete a course which meets the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for aroma therapy. To get on an NOS approved course you normally need to be 18.

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