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Learn about essential oil chemistry, aromatherapy careers, plant sustainability, aromatherapy classes, and more.

Aromatherapy Certification: the Right Path for the Serious Aromatherapist

Apr 11, 2022

Aromatherapy courses vary widely in their level of education, recognition, and even in what you can do after you graduate. We’d like to explain what aromatherapy certification really means, and how to understand the different levels of certification and what they mean for you: what you learn, why it gives you a competitive edge, and how the right aromatherapy certification program can...

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Earth Day 2022: Giving Back, and a Special Announcement

Apr 01, 2022

Earth Day is a celebration which has been held every April 22nd since 1970 to show support for environmental protection. Events take place not only on the 22nd, but also throughout the month of April, with billions of people from over 193 countries coming together to promote reforms in the protection of our planet and its climate.

The entire team at Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies...

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Careers in Aromatherapy: 17 Ways to Use Your Aromatherapy Certification

Mar 11, 2022

Love aromatherapy, but unsure how you can make a living as a qualified/certified aromatherapist? At Essence of Thyme, we’ve helped thousands of people build meaningful careers in aromatherapy. This is a question we often get from people who are serious about their education. It’s important to know your options.

I understand this concern very well, and I’d like to share my own...

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Aromatherapy Meets Sustainability: How to Support Ethical Sourcing of Essential Oils

Mar 01, 2022

If you're reading this, odds are that you use essential oils and are mindful of the fragile state planet Earth is in. Thinking about just how fragile our planet truly is can leave you feeling overwhelmed and anxious; I know that is how I’m left feeling sometimes!

My relationship with essential oil-bearing plants is one I greatly value, especially as an aromatherapist - our planet is built...

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Meet Our Team: Angie Kennedy, CAAP, on Aromatherapy Certification Case Studies

Feb 15, 2022

Have you been wondering whether aromatherapy certification, including in-depth aromatherapy case studies, will make you a better aromatherapist? Meet Angie Kennedy, CAAP, our Case Study Team Leader. In this in-depth interview, Angie unpacks the Essence of Thyme case study process: why it matters, what you’ll learn, and the support you’ll receive.

Why are formal aromatherapy case...

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Recipe: How to Make Calendula Infused Oil

Feb 01, 2022

Infused carrier oils are an asset to any aromatherapist: they’re gentle and versatile, and they lend their own beneficial properties to a product. Making your own infused carrier oils is easy, can be done at home, and gives you an opportunity to connect more fully with each plant and understand it holistically.

Because they are created with their end use in mind, it’s easy to end up...

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Colleen Thompson Receives 2021 Founder’s Award from Alliance of International Aromatherapists

Jan 08, 2022

Colleen Thompson, RA, MIFPA, Founder of Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies, was named the winner of the 2021 Founder’s Award by the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA). AIA is dedicated to the education of aromatherapists, healthcare professionals and the public in all aspects of aromatherapy.

The Founder’s Award is “presented to an AIA member who...

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Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies Joins Airmid Institute Plant Protector Program

Nov 19, 2021

As aromatherapists, we know that Nature heals.

And as healers, we have a responsibility to heal the plants first. If we want a bright and sustainable future for the practice of aromatherapy, we must all do our part.

At Essence of Thyme, we take sustainability seriously. Aromatherapy is a path of lifelong study — to us, this is inseparable from learning how to protect and support our...

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The Benzene Ring: Our Logo, Our Values

Sep 28, 2021

It’s a question we hear a lot. 

“Why did you choose a honeycomb as your logo?”

The easy answer: “Because it represents everything we believe in.”

The deeper answer: “Let us tell you about the benzene ring.” 

The Benzene Ring

As the story has it, in 1865, the discovery of the benzene ring came to Friedrich Kekulé, a German organic...

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Mandarin Essential Oil: The Unsung Hero

Aug 13, 2021

Mandarin Essential Oil
Citrus reticulata Blanco (C. nobilis)
Family Rutaceae

If you are seeking an essential oil that is chock-full of benefits, is sustainable, and has no contraindications, mandarin essential oil is a great choice.

Background

The mandarin is a small evergreen tree which is native to southern China. It is approximately 6 m (20 ft) tall, and has glossy leaves and fragrant flowers....

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