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Careers in Aromatherapy: Clinical Aromatherapists are in High Demand!

by Andrea Butje on April 10, 2019

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Caring for people’s health is a calling.

If you have this calling, there is nothing like the fulfillment of knowing you have helped someone feel better!

It can guide your choices, your career, and the overall direction of your life’s journey.

It can even lead you to Aromatherapy!

But the use of essential oils is still not widely understood or practiced in many “modern medical communities.” So if you are a clinical healthcare professional, can you really use Aromatherapy in your career?

Absolutely yes!

While it is true that “modern medicine” doesn’t rely on essential oils or fully understand them, their use is growing as a natural, complementary therapy.

There is a BIG need for educators who can guide health professionals to use essential oils clinically—in ways that are safe and effective! You can create an amazing Aromatherapy career as a consultant and teacher in this way.

Denise Joswiak does exactly this!

Denise had a 36-yr career as a nurse (beginning in 1982), and has been continually expanding her education and knowledge of supporting people’s health. She added massage therapy and reiki to her practice, and in 2012 got her Aromatherapy Certification at Aromahead Institute.

Denise had some experience in teaching others (for example, guiding mothers through childbirth and lactation), and decided to use her understanding of essential oils to help other healthcare professionals use them in clinical settings.

Now Denise runs Essential Health in Minnesota.

On her website, she says, “We have experience creating evidence-based aromatherapy programs for hospitals, large healthcare systems, clinics, hospice, and long-term care facilities.”

They help their clients . . . “create a safe, inexpensive, effective Aromatherapy program in alignment with the Institution for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim Initiative, and The Joint Commission’s 2018 statement announcing the responsibilities for providing nonpharmacologic modalities for managing pain.”

This kind of guidance is so important—for healthcare workers who want to care for patients as naturally as possible, for the patients themselves, and for Aromatherapy as a profession. The more that healthcare professionals understand how powerful essential oils can be when they’re used well, the more people will be able to experience their benefits.

There are so many clinical settings where you can offer your expertise and guidance. Denise listed a few above—hospitals, large healthcare settings, clinics, hospice, and long-term care facilities.

You can offer general education about essential oils, or tailor your classes and presentations to the hospitals or clinical centers you’re targeting.

Here are a few clinical Aromatherapy topics Denise has taught about:

  • WORKSHOP: How to Successfully Launch an Aromatherapy Program within a Hospital or Health System
  • ARTICLE: The Effectiveness of Nurse Delivered Aromatherapy in an Acute Care Setting
  • PRESENTATION: Holistic Aromatherapy: Decreasing Pain, Nausea & Anxiety in Hospitalized Patients

There are so many areas for building a career in Aromatherapy that calls to you!

If you’re going to create an Aromatherapy career teaching health professionals, may I recommend giving yourself a solid, credible education?

Having the credentials of being a Certified Aromatherapist can build a LOT of trust in you, showing healthcare professionals that you have put in the time and education to truly understand the science behind what you are teaching them to use for their own patients.

Modern medicine is all about science.

Fortunately, so is Aromatherapy.

If you demonstrate to healthcare professionals that you’re dedicated to the SCIENCE of essential oils, and to using them well in clinical settings, you can create a deeply fulfilling Aromatherapy career that keeps you busy as often as you like!

Learn about the Aromatherapy Certification Program that Denise took here.

Free Webinar: How to Become a Certified Aromatherapist

Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

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