Much can be learned about essential oils and aromatherapy through the extensive array of aromatherapy books that have been published, AromaWeb, AromaTalk, the Web sites of AromaWeb's valued advertisers, aromatherapy organizations, blogs and networking with other aromatherapy enthusiasts through facebook or Twitter.
The depth of information that you learn from these sources still isn't as expansive, focused or as complete as what you can learn through a more formal education in the field of aromatherapy. And it certainly isn't comprehensive enough to be able to pursue a formal career in the field of aromatherapy. In many ways, aromatherapy combines both science and art. Even if your interest in aromatherapy will not evolve into a professional pursuit, taking a course in aromatherapy can dramatically strengthen your knowledge within the many facets that aromatherapy entails. And if you do have desire to work within the aromatherapy field as a practitioner, education and training is an absolute must. A formal education in aromatherapy is also a tremendous advantage to those that aspire to become artisans, manufacturers or sellers of aromatherapy products.
Some schools and instructors provide their curriculum in a classroom setting. Some schools/educators plan their classes to accommodate students who must travel to the school to attend. Some also offer long distance or online programs for those students that do not reside in close proximity to the school.
For a list of aromatherapy educators, look to AromaWeb's Schools & Educators Directory, the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy List of Approved Schools and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists List of Recognized Schools.
For more information on the ways to strengthen your knowledge of aromatherapy, view AromaWeb's Aromatherapy Education article.
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