Since 1985 Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy has offered high-level study materials, examination and certification by correspondence to enthusiasts all over the world. The Aromatherapy Course is authored by Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D. and comprises over 350 pages of clearly presented information on the most relevant topics in the field of aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy has changed rapidly over the last decade. It has evolved from a mostly Eurocentric alternative healing modality to a truly global concept based on the universal fascination with the healing power of essential oils.
This 4th Edition of the Aromatherapy Course strives to cover the classic applications and the newly recognized therapeutic properties of essential oils most relevant for self-healing and professional use.
On a personal level, the course can be a source of great joy and progress. By learning how effective essential oils can be, the ground can be laid to move away from chemicals in one’s personal life. Understanding aromatherapy can bring about an extraordinary strengthening of the body’s self-healing abilities.
By now the popularity of essential oils has reached unprecedented levels among modern urban populations in East and West. Most users intuitively know that wholesale bans such as "never use oils undiluted" have outlived their usefulness. Instead, aromatherapy has evolved through the integration of the experiences of its many practitioners. The cumulative experiences of its users is what underlies California Style Aromatherapy.
In California Style Aromatherapy the question is not, "can you ingest essential oils," but "for which oils does ingestion make sense?" It is not "can you use essential oils undiluted," it is "which oils are reasonably used undiluted?"
California Style aromatherapy teaches to differentiate. It does not make blanket statements about ALL essential oils. It distinguishes between essential oils of different plants according to their properties and qualities and it identifies the applications that make sense accordingly.
California Style encourages an immediate connection to the benefits of medicinal and aromatic plants. These range from acne treatments to relaxing body oils, from relieving PMS naturally to eliminating airborne pathogens and from frivolous aroma blends to treating serious infections. It is all aromatherapy, a discipline much more encompassing than what was considered even remotely possible 20 years ago.
While the above-mentioned pioneers provided the foundations for therapeutic essential oil use, there are many benefits and phenomena that have only become obvious with aromatherapy’s global expansion. The Course presents both the foundations and the dynamic new developments!