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Naturesgift wrote:You might want to look into the Certificate program in Clinical Aromatherapy, offered by R. J. Buckle associates. Dr. Buckle is in the UK know but I know there is an EXCELLENT instructor in New England.
There's a face to face course offered in four modules, requiring case studies and leading to a certificate, and also a home study course.
The course offers an excellent basic grounding.
What is a certified aromatherapist?
As of yet in this country, like in most alternative or complementary therapies, there is no legitimate board for aromatherapy certification. In Canada, England, and parts of Europe there are schools one can attend. Training can take 2 to 4 years. In America, by reading books, anyone could call themselves an aromatherapist. Recently the term "certified" aromatherapist has become popular to counter this. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) has set up guidelines on becoming a certified aromatherapist. Gritman's Essential Oil School has taken these into consideration. Certification can vary greatly. It the responsibility of the students to weigh all of their options to see what program serves them best.
Sole_Purpose wrote:I will be studying flower essences...
What are flower essences?
Flower essences are infusions of flowers in water, that are potentized and then stabilized in a solution of brandy and water. They contain no scent or perfume and should not be confused with essential oils. Flower essences are very dilluted preparations and should not also be confused with herbal tinctures.
A flower essence contains no scent or perfume (except that of brandy, which is added as a stabilizer) and should not be confused with essential oils. They are very dilluted preparations and should not be confused with herbal tinctures.
Herbal tinctures are concentrated extracts of different plant parts and are commonly used to treat physical body symptoms. In fact, many of our modern medicines are synthetic versions of the extracts from plants.
Flower essences, on the other hand, while they may also stimulate physical healing, are used mainly to promote awareness of emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances.
In contrast with essential oils and herbal tinctures, we do not harvest or disturb the plant when making a flower essence. In most cases we use only a few wild flowers to prepare the infusion. It is stabilized with brandy and subsequently diluted to so that only minute traces of the chemical components from the original flowers remain, making then completely safe for use.
The medicine peoples of many cultures have used flower essences since ancient times, but only in the past seventy years or so, have they become better known.
How can I get further information about Desert Alchemy® flower essences?For in-depth information about our desert flower essences, please refer to our comprehensive reference book The Alchemy of the Desert, Second Edition. To learn more about flower essence therapy, please see The Art & Technique of Using Flower Essences.
Other sources of information include our subscription newsletter, Desert Voice, and our Flower Essence Therapy Course and workshops.
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