Getting Started with Aromatherapy

Getting Started with Aromatherapy

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The basics of aromatherapy for the elderly: what you will need, recommend use and sample recipes.

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Gayle 1st Apr 2017
I too am studying this area in my spare time. What I find worrying is that this seems to be a new fad in holistic care especially residential setting with older people. My worry is that there are serious implications which may complicate health conditions such as 'juniper' is suggested for urine infections, yet it is also suggested that people with kidney issues and older people should not use it. Grapefruit is another issue for people with heart conditions.

There is however a great opportunity to discuss the potential to bringing in holistic herbalists fully into health & social care network alongside OT's, psychologists who have themselves started their own professions on theoretical & user-based evidence.


Ruth 13th Apr 2015
i have just completed cert iv aromatherapy and i did it through
the australian institute of applied sciences. i did it online or you can do at the campus in brisbane or sydney. its a very full on course not for the weak hearted but very good to teach what you need to know.
Solange 12th Aug 2014
Hi Kate, I did my Aromatherapy course 14 years ago and unfortunately the college no longer exists. It was a private college and I did it in two years at the cost of $1600 ($800 per year).
I don't know if things have changed since then, but at the time I was very disappointed that the course did not make an iota of difference to my hourly rates. It remained the same although I got a few more hours to do it.
I believe that you can do it at TAFE College all over Australia these days and of course there are many private colleges offering it.
It is worth asking your manager if your hourly rate would improve and if not if the facility can help you with the cost.
I hope this can you you.
Kate 12th Aug 2014
Hi Solonge can you recommend an Aromatherapy course. I am interested in this area but would need to know a lot more. kate
solange 9th Nov 2013
Hi Lorraine, there are various companies online which sells essential oils and also the 'carrier' oil (to mix with essential oils). I buy from a company called http://www.ahimsaoils.com.au/. Look online for more companies.
Lorraine 7th Nov 2013
Where is the best place to buy these oils and do they come with MSDS
Our OHS is very strict
Helen 17th Mar 2013
I use this a lot with Hospital residents who are very ill or depressed, they respond in such a positive way, even nursing staff, visitors, doctors who are in the building including residents are attracted to this activity simply because it puts a lovely aroma in the building where I am working with the residents. Helen
Kate 11th Feb 2013
I am interested in the Cert.III or IV in Aromatherpy Course. Can anyone recommend an organisation who covers this. Kate
Sandra 8th Sep 2012
I burn Lavender and Lemon essential oil in the entrance of our unit as it has a claming effect on anyone who enters, great for sundowning as well. Creams I make are childs mild blend to improve skin integrity and relaxation.
Carmel 24th May 2010
Aromatherapy is one of the best therapeutic treatments that have great effects working in the community and with the aged the results are excellent. This article is a great reminder to watch out for contra-indicaters before application especially for those who are just starting out.
Pamela 7th Feb 2010
As a new RAO this is excellent information for me to understand some of the dos and don'ts. I find that this is one area that can be harmful to the residents if you are not careful and this article gives me some great guidelines
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