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Certificate of Excellence in Aromatherapy

At Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA), our comprehensive and scent-sational 100-hour Aromatherapy program is second to none. This program may be taken to fulfill part of your primary specialty requirements within some of our degree or diploma programs, to enhance your professional status, or simply to further your own personal growth and development through continued education. Some of our Aromatherapy classes can even be taken online!

In this program, you will study the properties of various essential oils, including the differences between true and synthetic substances, methods of extraction, appropriate applications, and how to correctly blend selected oils for desired outcomes. Once successfully completed, you will be awarded a Certificate of Excellence showing completion of 100 hours of specialization in the field of Aromatherapy.

* NOTE: Certificates of Excellence are not necessarily designed to serve as stand-alone vocational training and may not prepare you for gainful employment if taken independently of a diploma or degree program.

What Is Aromatherapy?

"Aromatherapy" is a beautiful and powerful form of alternative medicine in which essential oils– often in combination with other holistic therapies such as massage – are used for the purpose of improving physical, psychological and emotional well-being. The term "essential oils" refers to liquids extracted and distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant.

Each essential oil contains the true essence of the natural plant it was derived from. Contrary to the name, these highly aromatic oils aren’t oily feeling at all. Most are also colorless, but some (such as patchouli, orange and lemongrass) are amber or yellow in color. When used by a properly trained practitioner, these concentrated, fragrant liquids have been known to provide amazing health benefits!

What Are the Benefits of Aromatherapy?

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Aromatherapy has been reported to:

  • Improve relaxation and sleep
  • Relieve stress and anxiety
  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Increase cognitive function
  • Improve skin tone
  • Relieve headaches and menstrual cramps
  • Promote healing
  • And so much more...

Aromatherapy Classes

Students enrolled in the Aromatherapy Certificate of Excellence program will study introductory and advanced Aromatherapy, including pharmacology, flower essences, five element acupressure, foot chakra reflexology, massage with oils, therapeutic touch, and more. For a complete list of classes, click on "View Program Sheet" above or download our latest class schedule book.

SWIHA has lots of unique courses to deepen your study of aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy classes are now available online! In the online versions of these courses, you will still get to experience mixing oils, creating your own scents, and receiving feedback from your faculty member on the formulas you used to reach target scents.

Explore Aromatherapy Today!

Interested in exploring Aromatherapy but not completely sure about signing up for the full 100-hour program? We are so committed to helping you find your gifts, we invite you to sit in on the first 4 hours of any introductory class before deciding whether to enroll.

Need additional information? We’ll be more than happy to explain all your options and answer any questions you may have. Just call 480-994-9244 and ask to speak with an admissions advisor today!

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