If you are serious about becoming an aromatherapist, you might be thinking about which categories you wish to delve in. The following provides you some outlook of the aromatherapy approaches. Hope this can give you a hint when you want to plan your career in aromatherapy field.
Aromatology and aromatic medicine are the words use interchangeable in the clinical setting. But it is quite confuse, because if you try to look for these courses, there are a lot of courses claimed itself as Clinical Aromatherapy or Aromatic Medicine courses. But in syllabus, it doesn’t seem to fix in the setting.
According to Micozzi, medical aromatherapy has its origins in phytotherapy. It is practiced mainly in European countries such as Germany and France where nurses, doctors and licensed medical professionals are the example of persons practicing this style of aromatherapy.
When we speak about ingestion of essential oils, we also refer to these groups of people. They are strong in pharmacology and good in using essential oils according to principles of orthodox medical thinking.
One of the famous in this field is Dr. Lapraz, a French Medical Doctor, world-renowned pioneer in the field of clinical phytotherapy and aromatherapy, and the co-innovator of Endobiogeny.
It is part of alternative and complementary medicine, usually combines essential oils with reflexology and holistic massage. Mainly practiced in UK, with objective to promote and maintain health and well being of the whole person including the physical body, mind and soul.
Battaglia mentioned that “holistic aromatherapy utilizes the whole pharmacological, psychotherapeutic and metaphysical properties of essential oils”.
It is practiced mainly within beauty sector such as in cosmetic skin care, beauty center and spa setting. The overall objective is to use essential oils to enhance and improve personal beauty on face, skin and hair.
Marguerite Maury was one of the pioneers, she had her salons to deliver aromatherapy treatment and had published book on Marguerite Maury’s guide to aromatherapy: the secret of life and youth.
Besides, her students’ Micheline Arcier and Daniele Ryman are also the experts in this area focusing on cosmetic benefits of essential oils.
Another term, Aromachology is use to describe as the scientific study of fragrance. It was the term coined in 1982 by the Sense of Smell Institute, regarding studies on the effect of aromas on the mind and emotions, via olfactory.
USA and Japan have championed much on this research on the effect of fragrance upon the mind and body.
You can refer to some of the books such “The Fragrant Mind” by written by Valerine Ann Worwood, and “Fragrance and Wellbeing: Plant Aromatics and Their Influence on the Psyche” by Jennifer Peace Rhind to get more ideas.
Battaglia, S. (2002). The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (second edition). Brisbane: The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy
Harris, R (2000). Becoming aromatherapist. 2nd edn.
Micozzi, M. S. (2014). Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 5 edn, Elsevier Health Science.