The New York Institute of Aromatic Studies Foundations of Aromatherapy Level One Certificate Program meets and exceeds level one educational standards set forth by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Upon completion of this course, you may join NAHA as a Certified Aromatherapist: Level 1.
A transformative learning experience, our Foundations program was created for anyone interested in a meaningful exploration of aromatherapy and essential oils. Estheticians, yoga teachers, health practitioners, beauty entrepreneurs, massage therapists, psychotherapists and more—all are welcome. The program is interactive, comprehensive and lively—a guided journey into an intricate, beautiful world.
The Foundations Level One Certificate Program is for—Everyone! This is an entry-level class. No previous Aromatherapy training is required!
For those students who prefer an in-person learning experience, our live program follows the exact curriculum as the online version of this course, but modifies it for a live classroom setting, while incorporating scheduled class time for students to participate in consulting exercises and blending practice time.
Enrolling and participating in our Live version of this exceptional program offers students exciting opportunities not available in to our online students. For example, as a Live participant, students receive our comprehensive Student Materials Kit and Course Book free with their course tuition ( a $600 value), plus they have access to over 50+ other botanical ingredients and 100+ essential oils, as well as sharing the experience of learning together as a community, and making new lifelong connections.
The Live version of the course follows a slightly different schedule order than our online program, and often the flexibility of scheduling the course modules is up to each individual Instructor. Although the schedule of topics each day may change, the curriculum remains the same. Here is a breakdown of the course curriculum:
Getting Started, Supply List and Recommended Books, Introduction to Aromatherapy, Holistic Health and Wellness, The Art of Language
Medicinal Plants, Biological Role of Essential Oils, From Plant to Essential Oil, Absolutes and CO2 Extracts, The Basics of Essential Oils, Quality Assurance, Safety and Essential Oils
How to Read Essential Oil Monographs, Essential Therapeutics (24 essential oils)
Essential Oil Monographs: Roman Chamomile, Clary sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Juniper berry, Laurel, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Mandarin / Tangerine, Sweet Orange, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Scots, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang. Sprout: Insight About Blending
Introduction to the Chemistry of Essential Oils, Monoterpenes and Sesquiterpenes, Alcohols and Esters, Aldehydes and Ketones, Phenols and Phenylpropanoids, Oxides and Other Families, Chemistry in Practice
Body/Facial Oils and Creams, Cleansers and Toners, Aromatic Baths, Spritzers and Scrubs, Inhalation and Diffusion, Gels and Salves, Compress, Hot Towels, and Mouthwash, Undiluted/Neat Application
The Aromatherapy Consultation, Developing a 'Treatment' Framework, Developing an Aromatic Blend, Final Steps Blending, Blending Observations, Aromatic Program Charts
Understanding the Skin, Essential Oils for the Skin, Vegetable Oils, Other Raw Material, Hydrosols, Common Skin Conditions, Herbal Infused Oils and Salves with Juliet Blankespoor
Introduction to Olfaction, Anatomy of Olfaction, The Limbic System, Aromatherapy and Stress, Flower Essences with Cathy Skipper
The Respiratory System, The Digestive System, The Musculoskeletal System, Women’s Health, The Circulatory System, and Aromatherapy for Children
The Business of Aromatherapy, Business Development, Resources
How to Complete Program, About Case Studies, Submit Case Studies, Foundations Final Exam
Everyone! This course is your doorway into the world of aromatherapy.
The live version of our Foundations of Aromatherapy: Level One Certificate Program is offered many times throughout the year, at different times, at our NYC location unless otherwise stated.
Yes, absolutely. In fact we will offer all live registrants 50% off the online course. Once enrolled, students will be notified of the special coupon code.
How do I complete my certification?
We teach the Aromatic Studies Method, a pioneering approach to blending that is founded on an innovative framework with which we can relate more deeply to plants, the essential oils, and live happier and healthier lives. Read about our method here.
None! Your supplies are included in your course tuition.
Some teachers show videos in class.
Yes, once you register it is yours for life!
Yes, we are an approved educational provider through NAHA.
Upon certification, you are eligible to join NAHA as a Level 1 Certified Aromatherapist.
Yes! We have foreign and traveling students all the time!
Amy Galper, B.A., M.A., Dipl. AT, Co-Founder of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies, has been a Certified Aromatherapist since 2001, as well as a passionate advocate, entrepreneur, formulator and consultant in organic beauty and wellness. She has also co-authored the newly released book, “Plant Powered Beauty”, published by BenBella Books.
Amy Anthony B.A, is a certified clinical Aromatherapist with a private practice in Manhattan, NY. Her focus is on customized aromatherapy and education: she consults with clients and teaches classes and workshops at the NYIOA and around the NY metro area. Amy also enjoys formulating customized delivery methods that encourage the safe, practical use of aromatherapy for her clients—like lip balms, fizzing bath balls, shower bars, body butters, creams and more.
Amandine Peter has lived with plants as long as she can remember. She grew up in the countryside with nature as her playground, and remembers playing all day long with her siblings and cousins in her grandfather's garden, picking fruits and vegetables from the ground and eating them, and helping her grandfather hand-pick beetles to keep them out of our potato plants. Her mother used to diffuse eucalyptus essential oil in the winter to keep the family safe from germs and purify the atmosphere. She started to study essential oils in her teens because she was a very sensitive person who used to be sick every two months, with all sorts of benign ailments. She was also diagnosed with depression and anxiety. After incorporating essential oils into her life, she is now physically, mentally and emotionally healthy and connected to her body and to mother nature.
Elisabeth Vlasic, please call her Libby, is a clinical aromatherapist, and a certified essential oil educator. Additionally, she is currently undergoing a 3 year Herbalism program at 'Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism' in New York City. Her love and profound respect for Mother Nature started as a young child growing up in Australia, running around the foot of eucalyptus trees, always in awe of the beauty our mystical world provides. Fast forward to now, and what has manifested is a love of essential oils and all the benefits plants offer one+all in support of a healthy and happy life. Libby spends her time between upstate New York in the beautiful Hudson Valley, and bustling New York City, with her husband, her little boy and 2 dogs.
Elizabeth Urciuoli is a Certified Aromatic Studies MethodTeacher, Licensed Social Worker, Reiki Master and more importantly, stay - at- home mom of two. She has always had an instinct for living a greener and cleaner life. Coming from a family that believed in, “old folk home-remedies” which consisted of using food and plants as medicine, she continues to pass along her deep respect for plant life to her family.
Her experiences have led her to lead a healthier lifestyle in mind, body, and spirit. You will often find Elizabeth in the kitchen cooking meals from scratch, or creating products using all natural, organic ingredients. She believes the secret ingredient to anything you create is love.
Enlightened and inspired by the power of plants, Elizabeth takes a holistic approach when working with clients. She splits her time between Northern NJ and Upstate New York where she escapes the suburbs to reconnect with nature. She enjoys going on long hikes, kayaking, campfires and gazing at the stars. Her goal is to educate and encourage others to go back to the basics and live a happier, healthier, simpler lifestyle.