What is an Aromatherapist?

Aromatherapy is a branch of holistic medicine.

Aromatherapists use plant extracts and essential oils to treat conditions such as stress and skin disorders through massage. The physical properties of the oils is vital and the

Aromatherapist is well-schooled in which aromatic oils are necessary for each particular treatment.

What does an Aromatherapist do?

  • discusses ailment/problems with client/patient
  • diagnosesproblem
  • choosse/mixes essential oils to remedy the problem
  • treats wounds, superficial scars, skin cancer, skin toning and skin-cell stimulation
  • learns and develops new forms of treatments
  • attends courses and lectures to keep up to date
  • follows up with clients

Are you … ?

  • good with people?
  • interested in their health and well-being?
  • interested in alternative medicine?
  • empathic?
  • a good listener?
  • good with your hands?
  • professional?
  • a good communicator?

How do I become an Aromatherapist?

There are many places that you can do part-time or full time courses at. 

Here are a few examples:

  • MADGE WALLACE INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE: of skin and body therapies

Diploma NQF Level-6 in Therapeutic Aromatherapy


Further Education and Training Colleges (FET) may offer programmes for aromatherapy.

We advise contacting these institutions directly.

Visit the Career Planet Training Institutions page to find your nearest TVET / FET College.


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Beauty Therapist or Hairdresser

Is becoming an Aromatherapist the right career choice for me?