Free Online Resources for Aromatherapy Students
An article about free online resources for aromatherapy students. Collated by professional aromatherapist and author Sharon Falsetto.
As the world moved online in a big way last year, more than ever before, online resources for aromatherapy students became more important than ever. I often get asked by our aromatherapy students about free, or low cost, reputable online resources to help them complete their course of study. Here is a roundup of my favorite online tools to help you successfully complete your aromatherapy course!
Google Workspace for Aromatherapy Students
Google Workspace is probably one of the best all-in-one free online resources for aromatherapy students. You can set up a free email account with Gmail, access (and write) documents with Google docs, access (and upload) photos, create spreadsheets, an even create Google slides (the equivalent of Microsoft’s Powerpoint).
Get started today at Google Workspace.
Canva for Aromatherapy Students
If you want to create designs for presentations, papers, and more, the free online design tool called Canva, is probably one of the best tools for doing so. It’s also relatively easy to use if you are a beginner in designing.
To learn more visit: Canva.
Free Online Research Resources for Aromatherapy Students
Modern-day aromatherapy students have more free, and qualitive, research resources available to them than ever before. I always recommend a good aromatherapy book for research as well, but there are some excellent research tools available online, too.
Google Scholar allows students to exclusively search for research on a specific aromatherapy topic. For an extensive database of research on aromatherapy topics, also visit PubMed Central®. Simply type in your search parameters, and access relevant studies.
Another of the great free online resources for aromatherapy students to research the phytochemical and ethnobotanical properties of specific plants is Dr. Duke’s Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
If you are looking to check out plant names, try searching one of the free plant databases such as the iPlantCollaborative™ website for the Taxonomic Name Resolution Service (TNRS).
Finally, if you need to figure out how to accurately reference your latest aromatherapy paper before submitting, checking out each reference style website for help. I personally use the Chicago Manual of Style (and have a copy of their latest printed edition) but there are others are out there as well. Check with your aromatherapy teacher as to whether they have a preference for referencing your paper. This website also gives good general information on how to cite references in an aromatherapy paper or assignment.
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About the Author:
The author of this article has been working in the health care industry since the 1990’s and in the aromatherapy industry since the 2000’s. She is UK-certified aromatherapist and a NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist®. She is both a published author and editor in aromatherapy, a consultant, custom blend formulator and herbal studies student. She is the author of Authentic Aromatherapy and the current chief editor of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal. Sharon works from her garden studio in Sedona, Arizona, where she gardens and distills plants from her own aromatic gardens, surrounded by natural fauna and flora on an original pioneer homestead property.