Aromatherapy is a popular holistic therapy that uses the therapeutic properties of essential oils to lower stress, support immunity, reduce pain, and boost well-being. We’ve written a detailed guide about aromatherapy here.
Many people use essential oils for DIY self-care. However, consulting a qualified aromatherapist can help you find the correct oil blends, dosage, and applications for your specific physical or emotional condition.
When looking for an aromatherapist, there are some crucial factors to consider to get the most out of in-person aromatherapy.
Here are 9 must-know tips for finding your perfect aromatherapist.
1. Consider your needs
When searching for an aromatherapist, ask yourself what type of aromatherapy practitioner you’re looking for.
Do you want to work with someone who offers aromatherapy massage for relaxation?
Are you looking to dive deeper into therapy by using essential oils therapeutically for specific health issues?
Once you’ve considered what you’re looking for, you can find a qualified aromatherapist that’s right for you.
If you’re unsure, this article outlining the difference between an aromatherapist and a clinical aromatherapist may help.
2. Check their credentials
Unfortunately, it’s tricky to find a good aromatherapist because aromatherapy is unregulated in the UK. There are no legal training requirements.
You must do your homework to find someone with the right qualifications and certifications in aromatherapy.
A clinical aromatherapist should register with one of the following professional regulatory bodies:
- The International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists
- Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
- The Regulatory Council for Complementary Therapies (GRCCT)
This ensures your practitioner has the relevant qualifications and experience, adheres to a code of ethics, and follows the latest research.
3. Ask for referrals
Asking your trusted friends and family for recommendations of qualified aromatherapists is a fantastic way to find a practitioner.
You may also want to ask your GP or regular health provider for a recommendation for an aromatherapist they trust. That said, always double-check their credentials before making an appointment.
4. Read reviews
Reading online reviews and testimonials helps you learn about the therapist’s experience, areas of interest, and customer satisfaction. Google their name and check out their website and social media channels.
5. Use online directories
Our Treatwiser Practitioner Directory is a great place to connect with qualified aromatherapists in your area. You can narrow your search by location, qualification, and professional body membership status.
6. Review pricing and policies
Complementary therapies can be expensive because the pricing structures are not regulated. In addition, aromatherapy isn’t covered under insurance or by the NHS (in most cases).
Always compare prices between the aromatherapist you’re considering. Typically, the initial consultation costs more and follow-up appointments are more affordable. That said, some therapists may offer discounts if you commit to a certain number of sessions.
We also suggest asking about their payment plans, forms of payment, cancellation policies, and potential hidden costs (like personalised essential oil blends).
7. Find an aromatherapist who uses pure essential oils
Not all essential oils are created equal. The quality varies depending on extraction methods, manufacturing, packaging, and storage conditions. Using high-quality, pure essential oils guarantees purity and potency. It also reduces the risk of adverse reactions.
Ask if the therapist uses therapeutic-grade essential oils free from additives and synthetic fragrances. Qualified aromatherapists should also make their own pure oil blends.
8. Interview a few aromatherapists
You are allowed to shop around before choosing the right aromatherapist for you. When you’ve identified a few potential aromatherapists, email or phone them to ask some key questions.
What is your level of training?
How long have you been practising aromatherapy?
Are you registered with a professional association?
What is your approach to aromatherapy?
Do you incorporate any other healthcare modalities into your aromatherapy treatments?
What experience do you have treating people with my condition?
Are you comfortable working alongside my GP and other healthcare providers?
Avoid anyone who is defensive or avoids giving you information. Overall, you want to feel a sense of comfort and security from the therapist.
9. Check their availability
Some aromatherapy practitioners have long wait lists. As you can imagine, this isn’t ideal if you want an urgent appointment.
Check their availability before booking an appointment. You can ask if they do online sessions if that’s more convenient for you.
Finding the right aromatherapist is a very personal process. Consulting someone you trust and “click” with is the key to getting the most out of your aromatherapy experience. In fact, it may even enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.
Finding your perfect aromatherapist requires exploring their qualifications, experience, reviews, price, and availability. It takes some effort, but it’s worth it in the end.
Once you’ve chosen the right aromatherapist with the help of our tips, it’s time to make an appointment and get started on your aromatherapy journey!
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