Using essential aromatic oils, aromatherapists improve a client's sense of general well-being or treat specific medical conditions. These aromatic oils are extracted or distilled from herbs, flowers, trees, spices or fruit and blended for use in massage, bathing and inhaling. Aromatherapists treat a wide range of physical, psychological and emotional disorders.
Public interest in the benefits of complementary medicine is growing and, with it, opportunities for aromatherapists. Nonetheless, aromatherapists are typically self-employed, either setting up their own practices from home, or based at a complementary health clinic. This allows them to work alongside herbalists, acupuncturists or other alternative health practitioners. Other opportunities to work exist in a variety of settings, including hospitals, health farms and hospices.
Qualified practitioners typically charge an hourly rate, usually from ?20 to ?45 an hour. Those working full-time may earn around ?15,000 to ?20,000 a year in a new practice; once the practice is established, they could earn as much as ?30,000 to ?50,000 a year.
For more information on the employment possibilities, training, and professional registration, contact the following organizations:
International Federation of Professional Aromatherapy (IFPA)
Institute for Complementary Medicine
Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT)
International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC)
International Federation of Aromatherapy (IFA)
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