About Us

Aromatic Medicine Institute is a Professional Training Establishment specialising in Aromatherapy, Aroma Science and Reflexology.

We have been successfully training International and New Zealand students for over 20 years and we are based in the seaside resort town of Nelson, which is located at the top of the South Island.

The Principal is passionate and a bit of a leader in her field in NZ and has over 25 years of experience in Aromatherapy and Reflexology.  She has kept well educated to continue to offer up to date, relevant industry demand training in the specialised programmes of study offered at this Institute.  In the past, Shelley has worked extensively with NZ Governing Bodies setting the standards with Aromatherapy & Reflexology education, including NZQA in the Targeted Review of Qualifications for Complementary Medicine.  She is currently still on the education board for the NZ Aromatherapy Governing body, NZROHA.

We are located in the historical building, Development House, situated on the top end of Trafalgar St.  Its location is central to the shopping district, the Nelson Markets, City Library & Museum, Cathedral and Nelson cafe scene makes for a very pleasant experience.  

Our mission is to offer students the platform to excel in their chosen pathway and to have qualifications that are recognised and respected within NZ and around the world.

Our Credentials

Aromatic Medicine Institute was established in 1995, (formally known as Aromaflex Academy). It is approved and accredited both Nationally & Internationally with:

We have continued to develop and evolve with our specialised courses, offering both in-house and distance learning options.  

Our Values

Manaakitanga – caring for and looking after our people protecting and building their Mana supporting them be successful

Passion – loving what we do and committing to do it well

Respect - treating everyone fairly and embracing diversity and differences

Quality – doing our very best every time

Pono – delivering our promises

Collaboration – building strong strategic partnerships that support us deliver our vision


ITEC qualifications and IFPA credentials are well recognised in health and beauty, spas, luxury yacht and sports clinics in over 35 countries worldwide. The ITEC qualifications in Aromatherapy and Reflexology is two of the most comprehensive courses offered here in NZ.  Attend several week block courses and study at home with high quality distance learning options supported by our experienced tutors and up to date learning platform.

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