To provide an in-depth understanding of essential oil science and the art and science of Holistic Aromatherapy.
To provide a multi-dimensional experience of a variety of genuine, authentic, pure essential oils and to contrast them with lesser quality, synthetic, and/or adulterated “essential oils”.
To offer the student the knowledge and confidence to use high quality essential oils therapeutically for themselves, their families and friends, and the general public.
Module I – Introduction to Essential Oils
This module includes basic information about aromatherapy; how and why plants produce essential oils; the history of essential oils; history and practice of distillation; environmental concerns; storage of essential oils, and organoleptic testing.
Module II - Materia Medica
Module II - Materia Medica
In this module, we will cover the format used in the essential oil monographs; terminology; the importance of using correct botanical names; countries of origin; The American Botanical Council; the biology of essential oils. There will be in-class testing of eo samples.
Module IIi – Quality, Purity, Synthetic vs. Pure and Natural Oils and Chemotypes
This module covers essential oil quality concerns; synergy; terms; quenching; extended and synthetic oils; organic standards; chemotypes; and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. There will be in-class testing of eo samples.
Module IV – Essential Oil Safety
This module will cover conventionally accepted views of eo safety including skin patch testing.
Module V – Blending
This module covers the orchestra of essential oils; a recap of the importance of synergy; perfumery – the history and attributes of aromas; the language of scent; formulating a blend; how to make infused oils; base oils; and perfumery and eros. There will be in-class testing of eo samples.
Module VI – Chemistry and Mapping
This module will be very full and is divided into two parts. Part A will cover basic essential oil chemistry, including the properties of common constituents; and functional groups. Part A will involve in-class testing of eo samples. Part B will include a brief review of Part A and finish the remaining chemistry components. We will also discuss Dr. Schnaubelt’s system of Structure-Action diagrams.
Module VII – Smell and Olfaction
This module includes the anatomy and physiology of olfaction; more on perfumery; and the effects of essential oils and Bach Flower Remedies on emotions.
Module VII – Skin
In this module, we will discuss the anatomy and physiology of the skin; base oils; skin care; recipes for skin ailments, and the basics of soap making. We will also review the concepts of phototoxicity and photosensitization.
Module IX – Liver, Kidneys, and Lymphatic System
This module covers the anatomy and physiology of these organs; conditions and holistic protocols particular to these organs; and cleansing and elimination therapies.
Module X – Massage and Body Work
Included in this module are the basic concepts of massage, with a demonstration of strokes; Raindrop Technique; Reflexology and Vita Flex; using eo’s with body work; when not to massage; draping and privacy; and the muscular system. We’ll also cover some massage blends.
Module XI – Research and Practice
This module addresses research in eo use; consulting and legalities; how to conduct intakes and aromatherapy sessions; record keeping requirements; what is a healing crisis and what should you do about it; not treating disease.
Module XII – Practical/Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils
This module will review application methods and cover the following: how to work with infections, respiratory complaints, gynecological conditions, wound healing, and detoxification along with formulae to address these concerns. We will also cover some non-therapeutic uses of essential oils. There will be a short wrap-up of the class and time for questions.
A graduation dinner to honor your achievement in completing this rigorous year of study. Family and friends would be welcome to join us – just remember that the cost for this dinner is not included in the fee for the class.