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What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy can be described as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote health of the body, mind and spirit.

Like herbalism, Aromatherapy draws on the healing powers of the plant world. However, instead of using the whole plant, it employs only its essential oil. This potent, aromatic substance is housed in the tiny glands on the outside or deep inside the roots, woods, leaves, fruits or flowers of the plant. The more oil glands or ducts present in the plant, the higher the yield and thus the less expensive the essential oil.

Essential oils and aromatic extracts are volatile, non-oily aromatic liquids occurring naturally in various parts of plants, herbs, flowers, fruits, woods and spices. They have the ability to strengthen our immune system and to stimulate our bodies’ natural healing abilities. Essential oils and aromatic extracts are highly complex substances made up of many different chemical constituents, and it is the design and number of constituents in an essential oil that make it impossible to reproduce synthetically.

The term “Aromatherapy” can be misleading as it suggests that it is a form of healing that works exclusively through the sense of smell. This is not the case, as each essential oil has an individual combination of constituents that interact with the body’s chemistry in a direct manner.

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Essence of Thyme Affiliate Program

The Affiliate Program is designed to compensate existing Essence of Thyme students who recommend the course to others.  A 7% commission will be paid to a student who recommends the Full Certification Program to someone who subsequently enrolls in the Full Certification Program.  The compensation, which totals $69.65 can be applied to an exam fee or be paid by way of a cheque.


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Some of Our Fabulous Students


"I have to say that I feel very lucky to have you as an instructor, your course is amazing and has taught me a lot. I have been in the Aromatherapy industry for quite some time, however, I do have to say I have learned a lot more than I


“Colleen Thompson is extremely passionate about the field of Aromatherapy and you will be able to experience this first hand, both while you take these courses and long after.  She never leaves you hanging when you have questions which helps maintain motivation - an important aspect of correspondence studying.  And you


"Colleen is an absolute treasure and wealth of knowledge for the Aromatherapy industry. She always makes herself available in a number of different ways so we can get the answers we need regardless if we are taking the class locally, or from abroad. I highly recommend Colleen and Essence of