Herbal Aromatherapy™

Certification Program

Become a Certified Herbal Aromatherapist™

Throughout the program, you will learn how to work with herbs, essential oils, and other herbal products in your own home apothecary and in your professional practice. Here's a glimpse into what you'll learn:

Foundational Principles

Learn the principles of Herbal Aromatherapy™ so you can confidently know how and when to use herbs, essential oils and other herbal products safely, effectively, and with a focus on sustainability across a wide variety of population groups. You’ll learn how to know which kind of product is the most appropriate and effective application for your situation and how to use many different plant products together to create effective remedies. Safety guidelines are covered in depth.

Materia Medica

You will get to know 40+ different plants that are used in foundational Herbal Aromatherapy™ on an in-depth, detailed level. You’ll get to know each of the plants and the different products that we can make from them (including hydrosols and essential oils) and will be able to work confidently with them in your own apothecary. Botany and chemistry are covered, as are uses, therapeutic applications, and safety considerations, among other things. You’ll also learn how to grow them in your own garden.

Apothecary: Remedy Making

It’s time to set up your apothecary! Learn how to source, grow and make vibrant, high quality ingredients and then use them to make handcrafted remedies that are safe, effective, and tailored to you or your client. We’ll go over a wide variety of applications so you can feel confident that you’ll know exactly what to make and keep on hand so you have it when you need it. You’ll also receive access to the course recipe library, which is full of tried and true recipes you can use and customize.

Botany & Phytochemistry

You will learn basic botany, including how to identify plants, and will also learn about the chemistry of herbs and essential oils. Essential oil chemistry is covered in a way that makes it easy to understand so you can use what you learn in a practical way. Select elements of herbal chemistry are also included in the chemistry module.

Cultivating Your Medicinal Garden

This module is completed through the course textbook, Homegrown Apothecary, and will help equip you with everything you need to know to successfully cultivate medicinal herbs for your apothecary in your own garden, whether you have plenty of land, live in an urban neighborhood, or are limited to your apartment’s balcony.

Distilling Hydrosols and Essential Oils

Learn how to distill plant material for its hydrosol and essential oil at home, either on your stove or outdoors in your garden, using inexpensive equipment. Use your artisan, handcrafted hydrosols and essential oils in your apothecary products.

Working with the Mind and Emotions

Aromatherapy is a part of herbalism that is beautifully suited to working with the mind and emotions. Learn how to use aromatic plants to help you and your clients feel better mentally and emotionally, whilst also utilizing other herbal therapies to support the process.

Building a Thriving Business

Learn how to take everything you’ve learned and use it to create a thriving business so you can make a living doing what you love. We’ll cover business development, marketing, best practices, and some tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years that will help you build your successful business more efficiently.

Resources, References and Bonuses

I’ll share all of my favorite resources for high quality ingredients and supplies with you in this module, along with some outstanding references that I recommend and some bonus materials I’ve put together to help you in your studies and practice.

When you enroll, you receive:

  • unlimited lifetime access to the written course materials, including any future updates and additions
  • unlimited access to the instructional videos I’ve created for you
  • unlimited access to our recipe library, which is filled with customizable and tried and tested recipes you can use in your own apothecary
  • a digital copy of the required reading textbook for the course, The Homegrown Apothecary, written by Erin Stewart
  •  a set of beautiful, detailed printable profiles for all of the plants in the Materia Medica
  • access to our exclusive student community
  • access to the instructor(s) for exclusive Q & A sessions
  • access to our curated list of resources and reference materials for Herbal Aromatherapists™
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You'll also receive:

  • helpful, printable study cards to aid you as you learn more about chemistry and taxonomy
  • a complete set of client intake and evaluation forms
  • our exclusive Business Development Workbook, designed especially for you to help you bring your business idea to life
  • a customizable planting calendar to help you plan your herb garden for the year

This Course Is for You if...

  • You want to learn more about using herbs and essential oils in one easy to understand, holistic system that makes sense and focuses on efficacy, safety, and sustainability.
  • You want to take your aromatherapy or herbalism training to the next level, whether you’re just beginning your studies or have already earned certifications.
  • You want to use plants to help your family build long-lasting health naturally.
  • You want to focus on a more connected experience in the Herbal Aromatherapy™ field, starting with a deeper connection to the plants themselves.
  • You dream of owning your own plant-based business so you can earn a living doing what you love, or you want to add another modality to your current repertoire.
  • You want to learn more about growing your own herbs so you can have access to the highest possible quality materials for your apothecary.
  • You want to learn how to distill your own hydrosols and essential oils at home with affordable, high quality equipment.
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About the Instructor

Erin Stewart, is an herbalist, NAHA certified professional aromatherapist, urban homesteader, forager and organic gardener. She grows over 70 kinds of aromatic and medicinal plants for her own apothecary (not counting her Lavender varietal collection) and distills essential oils and hydrosols in her PNW garden.

Erin is also an artist and photographer. She teaches Herbal Aromatherapy™ with a focus on connectedness and bio-regional sustainability.

She is the founder of AromaCulture Magazine, which is an herbalism + aromatherapy magazine that features educational articles, case studies and recipes written by practicing herbalists and certified aromatherapists.

She is married to our co-founder, Jonathan and together they teach here at Floranella.

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Most people will be able to complete the program within 12-18 months whilst dedicating a few hours each week to studying. The course is self-paced and you can take as long as you need to to complete it.

This program will help you build on what you’ve already learned by incorporating herbs, flower essences, hydrosols and distillation into your current repertoire. You’ll also learn how to know when to choose essential oils vs. another form of an herb, how to use essential oils in combination with other forms of herbs, how to distill essential oils and hydrosols in your own home, work with the plants themselves, make herbal remedies, and how to increase sustainability and efficacy in your remedies, protocols and practice.

I’ve designed the curriculum to be completely beginner-friendly. It’s a great place to start!

Both. Herbal Aromatherapy™ is a system I’ve developed in an attempt to teach aromatherapy in a way that is much more sustainable and holistic than our society’s current perception of aromatherapy. Rather than focusing on just one or two kinds of products, Herbal Aromatherapy™ focuses on the plants themselves. It incorporates working with the plants in their various forms, including herbs, hydrosols, essential oils, and flower essences. The program will teach you how to know which form of the herb is most suitable for the person and the issue you’re addressing, as well as how to blend and combine them to create effective, synergistic formulas. We also cover working with the plants in your own garden, no matter how much space you have (or don’t have) and home distillation. You’ll get to know the plants in their living forms all the way through to the moment their essential oils and hydrosols are bottled and beyond.

My hope is to spend this year making sure that the program will equip graduates to qualify for membership with any of the aromatherapy organizations. As I work with the organizations to make sure my curriculum meets their standards, students will have immediate and unlimited access to all updates should I need to add any information in order to meet their standards. Should all go as planned, successful graduation from this program should qualify you for Level Two / Professional membership with NAHA.

Successful graduation from the program also qualifies you for membership with the Association of Herbal Aromatherapists™, which I will be launching before our first round of students completes the program.

Yes, I am a certified aromatherapist and a professional member of NAHA, which is one of the leading aromatherapy organizations in our country. I’m also a practicing herbalist with over 1500 hours of education in the field of herbalism, and am consistently furthering my own studies so I can continue to grow in my own practice and experience. I grow over 70 kinds of medicinal herbs in my own garden for my apothecary and distill hydrosols and essential oils here in my PNW garden.

This program is designed to take students from complete beginners to a level where they could work with family, friends, or other clients on an intermediate level. Some students will choose to use what they learn within their own homes, while others might wish start a business or work within their own communities.

To work on a deeper clinical level, further training will be necessary. We hope to offer clinical training in the future.