New to Aromatherapy? Check out some of these frequently asked questions.

What is Aromatherapy?

According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), “Aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.  It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.” Want to know more? You can read my full research paper here.

What did your certification entail?

After researching my options, I decided to enroll at Aromahead Institute School of Essential Oil Studies. The course I completed to gain my level two certification involved 235 hours of study with a final exam, a 76 hour anatomy and physiology course with a final exam, 20 case studies and an 8-10 page research paper. I am currently enrolled in the Advanced Graduate Aromatherapy program which will involve another 125 hours of study with a final exam and also 12 more case studies. It has been such a fulfilling experience to learn how to safely and properly use essential oils!  

How can I become a Certified Aromatherpist too?

Andrea Butje is the founder of Aromahead Institute School of Essential oil Studies and is an internationally recognized Clinical Aromatherapist. Let me just say she is amazing! The format for Aromahead Institute is extremely user friendly and the way Andrea teaches makes the information easy to understand. She is with you every step of the way and really goes out of her way to make sure you succeed. Not to mention the student and graduate forum where you are among your peers and can get answers to any questions that may arise. It's such a refreshing experience to be a part of a community of like minded individuals. Added bonus, all course material is still available to you after you graduate! Click here to learn more about becoming a Certified Aromatherapist. Want to expand your knowledge of essential oils? You can find more class offerings from Aromahead Institute here and here. Are you a massage therapist looking to incorporate essential oils into your practice? Click here.

Are you a Doctor?

I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on T.V. (I've always wanted to say that!). In all seriousness though, I am not a Doctor. All information found on this website or in my blog is for informational and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice. I (Sara Schoenecker, Certified Aromatherapist) disclaim any liability for decisions you make based on the information contained in my blog or on my website. The contents of my blog and website have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any disease. When in doubt or if any adverse reactions occur please seek out a qualified medical practitioner. 

Why do your products state "Keep out of reach of children"? Aren't they pure without chemical fillers and synthetic fragrances?

At Pneuma I believe safety is key! While the products I make are pure and are made without any synthetic fragrance or chemical fillers the dilutions of essential oils I use in each product are recommended for adult use only. Not to mention some essential oils in some of the products may carry certain safety considerations which makes them unsuitable for use with children. Sure, some essential oils may be o.k. to be used on children 5 and older and most essential oils may be o.k. to be used with children 10 and older, however not at the dilution used in the products made by Pneuma. Children require products with a much lower dilution of essential oils than adults. Think about this for a moment, you wouldn't give your 5 year old the same dosing of a pain reliever that you would give yourself, would you? Essential oils are no different, there are formulations suitable for adults and formulations suitable for children. I am currently in the process of creating a kid friendly line and will have some kid friendly products available within the next 2-4 months. If you would like to be notified when that line is available please sign up with your email address below and I will let you know when they are in stock.

What do I need to know about oil based products?

First and foremost oil based products are super concentrated and a little goes a long way! Pneuma recommends starting by using a little of the product and then adding more as needed. Oil based products may stain clothing so it is recommended to give the product about 10-15 minutes to soak in prior to putting clothing on. If you feel as if your skin is greasy or the product is not soaking into your skin chances are you are using way too much. Utilizing oil bases for the products at Pneuma allows us to make pure products without the use of preservatives.

I received my body butter in the mail and its slightly melted, is that ok?

If you live in a warmer climate and the product sat outside for a bit upon delivery it may have become slightly liquid. Don't worry this will not affect the integrity of the product in any way. Pneuma recommends placing your product in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes and that will allow it to become solid again. Once it is back in a solid state you may use it according to the recommended usage instructions on the product.  

What are the benefits of signing up for email?

The benefits of signing up for email are that you will be informed of a product launch prior to it hitting the website. The day before a product is launched you will receive an email notification of the product(s) being launched and will have access to purchase them at that time. Products are made in small batches which means there will be limited availability of a product when it's launched. Being on the email list gives you V.I.P access to be able to purchase a product before it is released to the general public. If a product sells out prior to being launched on the website it may be a week or so before it is back in stock. 

Other benefits of being on Pneuma's email list is that you will be notified of new blog posts on my website, as well as, Natural News. I may even put out a call for testers of products while they are in development, which means if you are chosen you will be sent a product free of charge to use and give feedback on. You may opt out of these emails at any time. Also, please know that Pneuma hates spam just as much as you do and your information will never ever be given away or sold to a third party. 

A product I would like to order is out of stock. When will it be back in stock?

At Pneuma all products are handcrafted in small batches to ensure quality. Since the products I make are pure and made without any preservatives or chemical fillers, only small quantities of each product are kept in stock. This helps me guarantee that you will get the longest shelf life possible out of the product you purchase. If you would like to order a product that is out of stock, email Pneuma at with the product/products you would like to order. Once your email is received you will receive an invoice for the products you would like to purchase, upon payment of the invoice the product/products will be made within 2-3 business days and shipped immediately.** At Pneuma we believe in quality over quantity and keeping our inventory low ensures that you will receive the freshest product every time you order.

**This does not apply to new product launches or seasonal products. If a product launch sells out within the first day it will be around a week before it is back in stock. Please see product page for new products and details on when it is estimated to be back in stock. Seasonal products have a limited availability and once it runs out for the season, it will not be available until the next season. One good example of this is products made with Dandelion infused Olive oil.

Do you offer individual consultations?

I'm glad you asked! Yes, I do offer individual consultations via Skype. The fee is $100 and includes your first personalized blend as well as a follow up via Skype. The benefit of this service is receiving a blend that is completely tailored to you and your lifestyle. It allows me to look at you as a whole (mind, body and soul) and create something suited just for you. If you have questions or would like to learn more about this service please contact me via

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