Aromatherapy as career option

Ranjan K Baruah
We are aware of different therapies which are important for healing or for other purposes related to our health and well being. In today’s edition we shall discuss about a therapy which is not very popular in our region but have scopes in near future. We shall discuss about Aromatherapy. Well, let us understand what is aromatherapy and how this can be our career option. Aromatherapy or Essential Oil therapy is a complementary and alternative medicine designed for the treatment or prevention of diseases with the use of essential oils and other aromatic plant compounds.
It uses aromatic materials, including essential oils, and other aroma compounds, with claims for improving psychological or physical well-being. It is offered as a complementary therapy or as a form of alternative medicine, the first meaning alongside standard treatments, the second instead of conventional, evidence-based treatments. Aromatherapy - the ‘Treatment through Fragrance’, can be termed as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants for stability, harmonize and encourage the health of body, mind and spirit. The use of essential oil brings marvellous physical and mental benefits to the patients. 
It is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Individual who are associated with it arte called as aroma therapists and these are the people who specialize in the practice of aromatherapy, utilize blends of supposedly therapeutic essential oils that can be used as topical application, massage, inhalation or water immersion.
The use of essential oils for therapeutic, spiritual, hygienic and ritualistic purposes goes back to a number of ancient civilizations including the Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans who used them in cosmetics, perfumes and drugs. Oils were used for aesthetic pleasure and in the beauty industry. It was a luxury item and a means of payment. It was believed the essential oils increased the shelf life of wine and improved the taste of food.
Becoming aroma therapist is a challenging career option as it is new when it comes to earning and career perspectives. It is fun as well as challenging to learn aromatherapy. There are few institutes that offer certificate or diploma courses related to aromatherapy. Jobs or designation related to this field includes: Aromatherapy or Aromatic consultant, Aromatherapy Writer, Spa Consultant, Aromatherapy Educator, etc. One may work for others or may start their own venture related to same for which they need other skills. 
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