Online Class: Aromatherapy 101

A self-paced beginner's course demystifying aromatherapy and showing you many ways to add fragrance to your life. You'll gain enough knowledge to start trying some simple blends and the courage to experiment with creating your own unique blends.

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Course Description

Have you always wanted to learn the secrets of how to blend ingredients and make your own bath and massage oils, or hand and face lotions, or room refreshers and potpourri? Then this is the class for you!
This is a self-paced beginner's course demystifying aromatherapy and showing you many ways to add fragrance to your life. You'll gain enough knowledge to start trying some simple blends and the courage to experiment with creating your own unique blends. You'll learn ways to add fragrance to your life, you'll learn a little about the plants and the history; you'll learn what exactly are these things called essential oils and carrier oils; you'll learn how to dilute and blend; you'll learn where to buy the oils and supplies; and you'll learn the correct way to measure and blend. Plus, we'll go into safety and storage issues and you'll be given many recipes for beginning concoctions.
If you're interested in alternative medicine, cooking (sensory recipes), gardening, cosmetics, your home environment, starting down the road to becoming an aromatherapist, or adding to your salon or spa business, you'll find a treasure load of information in this course.

Course Motivation

Introduction to Aromatherapy

In this course, you will learn about "aromatherapy": what the term means and ways to use it to improve your life.

Sometimes, when an idea has been around for a while, we can be embarrassed to say, "I don't really know the first thing about what people are talking about, and I don't want to let anyone know!" You already have started to educate yourself by taking this course. This class will get you started, but the only way you will truly learn is to read everything you can about the oils and their effects, take classes, read books, and surf the Internet.
Aromatherapy dates back thousands of years, yet its many uses remain remarkably current. Aromas have an incredible power to connect us with memories and calm our spirits. This course will help demystify the term "aromatherapy," which connects the basic and potent sense of smell to the concept of therapy, a means of providing relief and comfort.
You can taste only five or six things. The sense of smell helps you differentiate among foods and wines and distinguish them from medicines. Smells trigger childhood memories instantly. For me, for example, the smell of watermelon brings back memories of eating in a school cafeteria, violets invoke visions of my great-grandmother's bedroom, crushed pine or fir needles are reminders of growing up in Seattle, and cigarette smoke conjures memories of my parent's house. Thus, certain aromas trigger certain memories and can make a person happier, but what about the "therapy" stuff?
My interests are in gardening and creating a warm, friendly, living environment, with an inviting atmosphere that depends largely on "the smell." I was sure there had to be more to aromatherapy than a vague idea of it as a New Age thing, or something to do with perfumed oils and lavender, or some kind of sensory therapy developed around sampling different scents to relax, or getting in touch with my inner self, or solving medical conditions, or the young girls in the Body Works and soap shops rubbing different oils on my wrist. Does this sound familiar to you?

In addition, I was intrigued when the Hollywood stars talked about creating their own scents by mixing different oils and essences. I grew lavender and collected the flowers for little sachets to give as gifts or add fragrance to my linen closets. I thought it would be interesting to maybe make my own lavender oil.

Perhaps you have a similar story. As the subtitle indicates, this course is designed to provide "everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask." Ask anything during the course, and I will try to help you find the answer. 


You will learn how to purchase, store, measure, and blend oils. You will learn how to begin blending oils for massage, baths, skin lotions, and potpourri. Also, because you are beginners, we will not get into the oils used in alternative medicine, and we will only lightly touch on oils for babies and children. It is really important to gain an understanding about oils and safety before you start trying to cure illnesses or treat emotional problems. The lessons are divided into eight topics:

1. Background on Aromatherapy: Terminology and Safety

2. What Are Essential Oils?

3. How Essential Oils Work

4. Seven Essential Oils for Beginners

5. Your Carrier Oils

6. Turning Your Kitchen into a Lab

7. Ways to Use Aromatherapy

8. More Recipes

The goal of this class is to demystify aromatherapy and show you how to add it to your life. You should come away with enough knowledge to start trying simple blends and experimenting with your own blends. You will learn ways to add fragrance to your life. You also will learn a little about the plants that lend themselves to aromatherapy and some history of this use of smell. You will learn to identify the essential oils and carrier oils; how to dilute, measure, and blend them; and where to buy the equipment. The course also discusses safety and storage issues and lots of beginning concoctions.

Once you are excited about aromatherapy, it is contagious.

Happy scenting!

Students of this course will learn all about aromatherapy – from the origins of aromatherapy through the various tools that you’ll have at your disposal, as well as learning how to blend and create your own unique recipes – recipes which can actually turn into a home-based business.  In addition, students will how they can make their own lives easier and healthier with the unique properties of aromatherapy.

The student will learn how aromatherapy works and will gain an understanding as to the differences between perfume oils and essential oils (which are the oils used in aromatherapy).  This course is informative, educational – and best of all, it’s also fun.

In addition to interaction with your instructor, you’ll be given the opportunity to join online forums with fellow students in order to gain more insight into aromatherapy, as well as share experiences and new blends that are created.

Students of this course are encouraged to ask questions and share their experiences, as well as to go outside the teachings of this course and find information from a variety of sources, including books, articles and even internet material.

This course is ideal for students of various medicinal practices, as well as anyone interested in exploring new areas of relaxation and stress reduction.  Even the medical community has come around to seeing the benefits of aromatherapy, and it is actually becoming a multi-million dollar industry. 

We are creatures of scent – and various aromas can trigger emotions within us that range from heightened sensitivity all the way through soothing relaxation.  Students of this course will understand the importance of scent in our everyday lives and learn about the various techniques that have been used in order to help people through the use of aromatherapy.

Students will gain information in the following areas:

·        Introduction to Aromatherapy:  The student will learn about the set-up of the course and will also examine his or her reasons for taking the course.

·        What is Aromatherapy:  A short history and an examination of aromatherapy’s development will be addressed.

·        How essential oils are produced:  The student will learn about the extraction process needed to produce essential oils.

·        How essential oils work:  The student will learn about the workings of essential oils and will also learn how those oils can be used in their lives.

·        Seven essential oils for beginners:  This area of the course will focus on seven of the more popular oils for beginners.

·        Carrier oils:  Students will learn about carrier oils – what they are and how they are used.

·        Turning your kitchen into your lab:  Students will be given directions and told what equipment is necessary in order for them to start creating their oils.

·        Easy ways to use Aromatherapy:  In this section, students will be given useful ideas on how best to incorporate fragrances into their lives.

·        Making your own scents:  In this section of the class, students will be given even more useful aromatherapy ideas and given recipes for creating even more scents.

Whether you’re just a beginner or someone who wants to learn more about the history and the benefits of aromatherapy, this course is for you.  Throughout history, oils have played an essential role in our world – whether it be from the earliest days when oils were given to the highest nobility of the land or through the current trend of finding the medicinal properties of various scents.

Whether you’re looking at this from the point of view of a student who wants to learn more about aromatherapy or someone who might want to start a home-based business selling custom blends for an exclusive clientele, this is definitely a course that you’ll want to take – both in terms of enriching your own understanding of aromatherapy, as well as advancing your own general knowledge.

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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: Introduction to Aromatherapy 101

Information about how the course will work. Additional lesson topics: Aromatherapy Uses and Benefits; The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Class Survey; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Introduction

Lesson 2: What Is Aromatherapy

A short explanation and history of aromatherapy's development. Additional lesson topics: How Does The Nose Smell? 70 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Aromatherapy Products Survey
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 2: Scent Exploration
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Quiz

Lesson 3: How Essential Oils Are Produced

Explanations and information about the extraction processes. Additional lesson topics: Young Living Essential Oils; How to Distill Essential Oils 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 3: Retail Websites
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Quiz

Lesson 4: How Essential Oils Work

How essential oils work and can work for you to scent your life. Additional lesson topics: How to Blend Essential Oils 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Quiz

Lesson 5: Seven Essential Oils for Beginners

Information on seven of the more popular oils for beginners. 70 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 5: Research an Essential Oil
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Quiz

Lesson 6: Carrier Oils

Oils for diluting, carrying, and delivering essential oils. Additional lesson topics: Essential Oils for Anti-Aging.; Carrier Oils for Essential Oils 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: Carrier Oils
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Quiz

Lesson 7: Turning Your Kitchen Into Your Lab

Equipment and directions you will need to start blending. Additional lesson topics: How a 'nose workout' can unlock the power of smell; Art of Roller Bottle Blending 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Favorite Fragrances Survey
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 7: Perfume Elements
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Quiz

Lesson 8: Easy Ways to Use Aromatherapy

Ideas for incorporating fragrance into your life. Additional lesson topics: Blending 101: The Art of Pairing Essential Oils Drop by Drop; Essential Oil Recipes for a Diffuser 29 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Quiz

Lesson 9: Making Your Own Scents

Aromatherapy ideas and more recipes. Additional lesson topics: Aromatherapy Recipes; Bulk Apothecary 72 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete Assignment: Lesson 9: Your Ideas
  • Assessment: Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what aromatherapy is and how it is useful.
  • Identify essential oils and describe how they work.
  • Identify carrier oils and describe how they work.
  • Be prepared to make your own scents.
  • Identify ways to add aromatherapy to various parts of your life.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Aromatherapy 101
Course Number: 30409
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (9,068 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: May 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.9 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I believe that this course is very advantageous for people who believe in spiritual, physical and mental health." -- Cecilia M.
  • "This course was very good for me. It had very good information and where I could find more information about essential oils." -- Mildred S.
  • "I found this instructor to be very kind and also very helpful. I liked the course and plan to take several other alternative courses. I am psyched!" -- Barbara R.
  • "An excellent and very informative course. I am definitely going to do UC's other aromatherapy courses. I feel as though a whole new world has opened up for me. I have learnt so much, a huge thanks." -- Julia M.
  • "The instructor was excellent. Very professional and quick response of our assignments." -- Amelia H.
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