You’re here because you love essential oils… and you want to go deeper.
You’re no longer content to just research and experiment on your own.
You want the highest-quality Aromatherapy education available, so you can feel 100% confident in your ability to use essential oils safely and effectively – and share them with others.
You’re in the right place!
This is a fabulous source for high-quality essential oils. Already have a company you buy your oils from? Then use this gift credit for other goodies – like butters, bottles, books, diffusers, or hydrosols.
Learn a fabulous approach to blending essential oils, known as component blending. Explore the chemistry and medicinal uses of the oils, and make your own blends + natural products with confidence. You will LOVE this course!
Your chance to dive deep with 3 top Aromatherapy experts – exploring the internal use of essential oils, hydrosols, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes with a distiller. Complete with beautiful photographs to illustrate each interview.
Here at Aromahead Institute, we’re committed to providing you with an industry-leading Aromatherapy education… in a way that fits YOUR unique dreams, goals and lifestyle.
That’s why our in-depth Aromatherapy Certification Program gives you the opportunity to become an Essential Oil Specialist – and then decide whether you’d like to continue on to become a Certified Aromatherapist!
Our engaging curriculum and easy-to-use online classroom make this a fun and flexible way to deepen your knowledge of the art + science of Aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy changed my life – and I founded Aromahead Institute in 1998 to share my love of essential oils with others. Thousands of students from more than 170 countries have studied with us since that time.
The Aromahead Institute team is a dedicated community of educators, with a tremendous wealth of knowledge about Aromatherapy and natural health. Our teachers are all Certified Aromatherapists with years of experience.
This is our passion and our purpose – and we can’t wait to share it with you!
“My experience at Aromahead was a 'WOW.' It is by far the best well-run and efficient course I've done, and I felt I was part of a caring family. The help and knowledge and confidence that I gained was truly amazing… Aromahead Institute is so supportive and professional... By far the best study support in the world.”
– Tiffany Ryan
Use essential oils safely and effectively for enjoyment, self-care and natural healing.
Understand the research behind WHY essential oils work, so you can back up your love of Aromatherapy with scientific facts.
Clearly understand what Aromatherapy can and can't do – and feel confident helping people improve their health and well-being with essential oils.
Create blends to help ease physical pain and symptoms – and balance difficult emotions (such as anxiety and fear) 100% naturally.
Learn advanced techniques that integrate the chemistry, aroma + energetics of essential oils – so your blends work on multiple levels.
Understand important safety considerations for children, pregnant or nursing women, and the elderly.
Know how to make a wide variety of body care products, including: body butters, hand soaps, lip balms, bath salts, healing salves, and more.
Explore ways to use Aromatherapy in your existing career OR launch an exciting new career path
Gain practical, real life experience creating blends to support people with specific health challenges – and receive extensive feedback on your blends from your personal case study instructor.
Take Aromahead’s Anatomy & Physiology class – which will broaden your understanding of how the human body functions, and support your ability to choose the most ideal oils and blends in each situation.
Explore an Aromatherapy-related topic of your choice. Some examples of topics our students have researched for their final paper include: Using Essential Oils to Reduce Anxiety, Aromatherapy & Fibromyalgia, Using Essential Oils with Children, and Aromatherapy: Past, Present & Future.
Gain the added credibility and trust that comes with being officially Certified as an Aromatherapist.
Our Essential Oil Specialist certificate is approved by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP), an independent accrediting board for alternative health educational institutions and programs.
Should you choose to continue on to become certified (for no additional cost!), the complete Aromatherapy Certification Program is also approved by The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) – both leading governing bodies for educational standards for Aromatherapists.
A beautiful, user-friendly online classroom where you can access your lessons + resources anytime at your convenience 24/7.
Interactive videos and webinars taught by award-winning Aromatherapist Andrea Butje that making learning FUN!
Blending exercises and hands-on projects to help you put your new knowledge into practice by making fabulous blends and products throughout the program.
Review questions to reinforce your learning at the end of each lesson.
Dozens of original Aromatherapy recipes and blends developed by Andrea Butje specifically for the ACP. These highly effective recipes use oils with therapeutic properties backed by scientific research. They’re compiled into a beautiful color PDF that you can easily download, print, and refer to again and again!
Quick-reference datasheets for each of the 48 essential oils studied in the course. Aromahead's printer-friendly datasheets clearly lay out all the most important information you might need on hand for easy reference – including each oil's: therapeutic properties, emotional and energetic properties, safety data, chemical profile, Latin name, botanical family, plant part origin, practical clinical applications, aroma, note, and extraction method. Plus, you’ll learn how to make your own datasheets to add to your collection.
FREE access to Aromahead Institute's online Anatomy and Physiology class to broaden your understanding of how the body functions, and support your ability to choose the most ideal oils and blends in each situation.
15% off discount on all essential oils, carrier oils, butters, bottles, supplies, and specific blending kits from Aromatics International for one year after you register.
An extensive private list of resources for high-quality Aromatherapy products and related services.
Contact information for prominent Aromatherapy organizations and journals. Explore articles from Aromatherapy experts, upcoming events + conferences, and stay current with important industry news.
Unlimited access to all the course materials and videos – including any updates to the content – even after you have completed the program.
Unlimited access to the exclusive Aromahead Institute Online Forum – where you can ask questions, participate in discussions, and receive answers from our amazing instructors… as well as connecting with other Aromahead Institute students and graduates from over 170 countries around the world.
Essential oil safety guidelines
Blending + dilution techniques
Introduction to essential oil chemistry
Labeling guidelines and how to use FDA-friendly language
Aromatherapy scope of practice
48 printable essential oil datasheets (with facts about each oil, therapeutic + clinical uses, safety considerations and scientific references)
How essential oils are absorbed
All about olfaction (your sense of smell)
Safe use of oils on the skin
How to read a GC/MS report (and how they can help you choose oils in each situation)
Latin names + chemical families (and why they’re important)
How to create inhalers and steam blends
Physical + emotional properties of essential oils
A brief history of Aromatherapy
Methods for extracting essential oils
All about carrier oils + butters
How to make healing salves
How oils can help heal injury and reduce inflammation
How oils can reduce stress and ease pain
How understanding specific chemical families can improve your blending
Chemical components + medicinal properties of essential oils
Potential drug interactions (and how to avoid them!)
How to price your oils + products for resale
Making bath blends and skin healing products
Monoterpenol + sesquiterpenol chemical family and their distinctive qualities
What are hydrosols and how to use them
The best skin-nourishing essential oils
Blends for reducing infections, pain + inflammation
How to make luscious body butters
Learn all about the essential oils in the phenols, aldehydes and ketone families
The art of blending by aroma
Natural remedies for respiratory issues
Powerful oils from the Ester, Oxide and Ether families + their safety considerations
Hand soaps, salt scrubs, and inhalers
How to format GC/MS reports and create your own essential oil datasheets
Essential oils and pregnant women… what you need to know
Advanced blending techniques
How to find the best oil substitutions for a recipe
Lip balms, room sprays + linen sprays
Natural cleaning products
Create an exciting vision for how you’ll use essential oils in your life (and possibly even in your career!)
Earn your Essential Oil Specialist certificate
Complete any remaining requirements to become a Certified Aromatherapist (should you choose to pursue Certification)
Ready to become an Essential Oil Specialist – or a Certified Aromatherapist? You can start right now!
This is an independent, self-study program.
As soon as you register, you will have immediate access to the course by logging into your account and accessing our beautiful user-friendly online classroom, which includes all of your written + video content, as well as interactive learning activities.
You’ll also have full access to our online forum – where you can ask questions, participate in discussions, and receive answers from our amazing instructors (as well as other Aromahead Institute students and graduates).
You can complete the lessons at your own pace, from anywhere in the world that you can log on to the internet. Many students report that they return to their materials again and again, even years after graduating from the program.
Anyone may register for this class. No previous Aromatherapy training is required.
The ACP gives you the opportunity to become an Essential Oil Specialist, and then if you ever decide you’d like to continue on to become a Certified Aromatherapist, you can – at no additional cost! Once you’ve registered for the ACP, your option to pursue certification never expires.
Essential Oil Specialist
Once you complete the 7 Lessons in the Aromatherapy Certification Program and pass the final exam, you’ll receive your Essential Oil Specialist Certificate. This is a great way to expand your knowledge, gain confidence, and show the world you have the credibility to help people lead healthier lives using essential oils.
Optional Certificate #2
After becoming an Essential Oil Specialist, some students decide to continue on to become a Certified Aromatherapist. This is 100% optional – the choice is yours! Students who wish to become certified will complete the 7 Lessons in the Aromatherapy Certification Program, pass the final exam, and complete a few additional requirements.
This program includes exclusive access to training videos that cannot be found elsewhere. In the ACP video library, Lead Instructor Andrea Butje will guide you through interactive blending exercises, Q+A sessions, essential oil chemistry, and much more. You may view each video as many times as you like.
For a preview of the videos, view the official trailer – which includes clips from several of the videos included in the ACP.
In order to receive your official certification from Aromahead Institute, and call yourself a Certified Aromatherapist, you will:
Complete the 7 Lessons in the Aromatherapy Certification Program, and pass the final exams.
Complete 20 case studies and an 8-10 page paper.
Complete Aromahead Institute's online Anatomy and Physiology class (included in your ACP tuition at no extra cost).
Pay tuition in full. If you paid with a payment plan, your payments must be completed to receive your certification.
You have the option to earn one or TWO certificates in this program. Become an Essential Oil Specialist, and then decide whether you’d like to continue on to become a Certified Aromatherapist. There is no additional cost to become certified – and once you have registered for the ACP, your option to pursue certification never expires.
Start the class the moment you complete your registration OR sign up now and get started later!
Work at your own pace and on your own timeline (our online classroom is available 24/7).
You have permanent unlimited access to your course materials – as well as any subsequent updates to the course content – even after you have completed the program.
Ask questions, participate in discussions, and receive answers from our amazing instructors – along with other Aromahead students and graduates – in our fabulous online forum.
The Essential Oil Specialist certificate is approved for 159 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Massage Therapists by the NCBTMB and 90 CEUs in Florida. This course will also count towards CEU requirements of New York.
The full Aromatherapy Certification Program is approved for 235 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Massage Therapists by the NCBTMB and 90 CEUs in Florida. This course will also count towards CEU requirements of New York.
Your video lessons and program content will be led by Andrea Butje, an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who is changing the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching + creating community online.
Andrea founded Aromahead Institute in 1998 to help people everywhere learn to use essential oils safely and effectively. Thousands of students from more than 170 countries have studied with Aromahead since that time. Many of our alumni have formed friendships – and even opened the door to new career opportunities – as a result of connecting through our programs and Graduate Directory.
As a consultant to importers of high-quality essential oils, Andrea travels around the world building relationships with distillers and small organic farmers. In 2013, Andrea won the Alliance of International Aromatherapists' Lifetime Achievement Award for her heartfelt work in educating and connecting people involved in all aspects of the Aromatherapy industry – from those who enjoy sharing essential oils with family and friends, to renowned authors and distillers.
When she isn’t sharing her love of Aromatherapy with others, you’ll usually find Andrea in her kitchen – cooking, baking and playing with new recipes!
Learning through Aromahead Institute was such a wonderful experience. I was pleasantly surprised at the true sense of community I felt with all of the support from other students, graduates – and especially from all of the fantastic instructors who were truly with me every step of the way!
I can't stop blending!!! My head is spinning with all of the ideas for things I want to make. I had been taking painkillers for years for neck, back and stomach pain, which I no longer have to take. I simply do some deep breathing and use my new products. The pain subsides and I don't have that groggy feeling from the side-effects of the medication. I've also been allergic to commercial skin care products ever since I started using them (yes that long ago!). Since this class I've ditched my commercial products, and created a beautiful custom line for myself – and no more allergies! The valuable lessons on how to custom blend products made this so easy. Thank you!
Hands down, Aromahead has THE best student support of any online school out there – aromatherapy or otherwise. The forum is buzzing with activity, teachers are highly informative and responsive... The course is highly organized, and well-put-together, making the large amount of information easy to navigate and enjoyable to learn.
I loved the easy-to-use interface in the virtual classroom! I never had trouble finding just what I needed, and the forum has been both a wealth of knowledge AND a wonderful supportive community. Andrea and the other instructors and staff are so encouraging, accepting, and accessible. I also discovered that I can love chemistry, thanks to the course material!
While I was taking my Aromahead class, my daughter decided to go with our exchange student to the skating rink. They both fell so many times that by the time they got home, they were in so much pain and I could see the bruises starting to come up. I whipped up a blend with Helichrysum, Lavender, and trauma oil, and voila!
The girls had no pain, no inflammation and no bruises the next day... just as if they had not gone skating at all! I was only 3 months into the program, so I totally surprised myself with the success of my blend. I felt like giving myself a pat on the back but honestly, it is the oils that need to get the pat in the back for being so invested in our health and well-being. It feels good to have accessed this extensive knowledge of the magical power of nature that comes in the form of essential oils.
I learned so much more than I ever imagined. I didn’t know I would learn about the business aspect of things – such as labeling and pricing – and I’m completely in love with all the recipes you provided. Plus I now have the confidence to make my own products! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the course! Thank you!!
Anyone desiring to improve their own health & well-being with essential oils
Those who wish to confidently share the benefits of essential oils with others
Essential oil enthusiasts who want to make sure they are using essential oils safely and effectively
Anyone who wants to make health, body care and cleaning products that are 100% natural
Aromatherapy lovers who are curious about using essential oils in their existing careers
Anyone interested in the possibility of creating a new career path in the field of Aromatherapy
Yes, this program is appropriate for all levels. It will help you feel 100% confident in your ability to use essential oils safely and effectively – and share them with others. And if you ever decide you want to pursue a career in aromatherapy, or use the oils in your existing career, the ACP will give you the confidence and credibility to do so. It’s an industry-leading Aromatherapy education… in a way that fits YOUR unique dreams, goals and lifestyle.
We created this certificate option for our students who are ready to deepen their knowledge of essential oils, but for a variety of reasons they don’t feel the need for an official certification. We realized that whether or not you want to get certified, you need the same exact education to be able to help people use essential oils safely and effectively to improve their health and well-being. When you become an Essential Oil Specialist, you gain the confidence, credibility, and education you need to share your love of essential oils with the world.
As Aromatherapy continues to increase in popularity, there’s a growing need for well-educated Aromatherapists. Becoming an Essential Oil Specialist is a great way to dramatically expand your knowledge – and improve your ability to use essential oils to help people live healthier lives. It will help you take your work with essential oils from a craft or a hobby to a true science and art – with the certificate to prove it!
Being a Certified Aromatherapist helps people understand your dedication – and gives them a sense of security. Certification is an external validation by top professionals in the field, and it evokes trust in people who are just getting to know you. Whether or not you choose to pursue certification, this program will help you gain enormous confidence in your ability to use essential oils safely and effectively with yourself and others. Many of our past students reported that their love of essential oils continued to grow the more they learned. Some even decided to pursue new careers in Aromatherapy (or found innovative ways to integrate essential oils into their existing careers) as a result of taking this course. Your path will be unique to you. Whatever you dream of, our Aromatherapy Certification Program can help you get there!
The core program content is the same – but you have TWO options for certificates you can earn. Once you complete the 7 Lessons in the Aromatherapy Certification Program and pass the final exam – provided your tuition has been paid in full – you’ll receive your Essential Oil Specialist Certificate. This is a great way to expand your knowledge, gain confidence, and show the world you have the credibility to help people lead healthier lives using essential oils.
After becoming an Essential Oil Specialist, some students decide to continue on to become a Certified Aromatherapist. This is 100% optional – the choice is yours! Students who wish to become certified will complete a few additional requirements (20 case studies, an 8-10 page paper and a written exam). You’ll also complete Aromahead’s online Anatomy & Physiology class, which is included in your tuition at no extra cost. Once you’ve successfully met these requirements, you will graduate as a Certified Aromatherapist. There is no additional cost to become certified – and once you have registered for the ACP, your option to pursue certification never expires.
Yes! All the online classes at Aromahead are self-paced. You can complete them on your own time, from anywhere in the world that you can log on to the internet. With that said, the bonuses and low payment plan are only available for a limited time.
It depends! Most students earn their Essential Oil Specialist certificate within a few months, but the program is completely self-paced, which means you can slow it down or move through it more quickly, depending on your learning style and availability. You’ll have unlimited access to your course materials and the Aromahead online forum – as well as any subsequent updates to the course content – even after you’ve completed the program.
You will need some supplies in order to try the blending exercises in this program. You may use your own supplies or purchase them (supplies are not included in your tuition). Aromatics International has designed some beautiful kits with all the essential oils, carrier oils, and bottles you’ll need. These kits are optional and sold separately through Aromatics International. You may also begin the class without supplies, but over time, you will definitely want to begin gathering a collection of essential oils, carrier and bottles to make blends.
Lots of it! The Aromahead team is a dedicated community of educators that are ready to assist you and offer guidance when you need it. All of our teachers are Certified Aromatherapists, and have been in the profession for many years. You’ll have access to Aromahead’s online forum, where you can ask questions, participate in discussions and learn from other Aromatherapists. Plus, you can email us anytime, and your emails will always be answered right away.
Yes! Thousands of students from more than 170 countries have studied with Aromahead, and we’d love to welcome you to our online community.