Aromatherapy (Intermediate to Advanced)


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Course Description

Since the beginning of time, man has turned to nature for help, specifically using essential oils extracted from seeds, flowers, bark, resins, and other parts of plants and flowers for a variety of reasons.  The Western world has departed from the wisdom of nature, and by learning about aromatherapy, you are bringing the world back to nature.

 

Aromatherapy is not to be used instead of conventional medicine, but rather, as an adjunct to it.  Aromatherapy subscribes to a holistic approach to wellness, and that includes focusing on the human body as a whole, rather than as parts to be farmed out to specialists.

 

In this next level aromatherapy course, you will learn more about the use of essential oils, how they are extracted, how they are administered, and what makes them appropriate for use in certain situations.  You will learn the chemistry of essential oils, how they are to be properly blended and administered, understand the methods of production and the various products that are produced, know the difference between food grade and industrial grade essential oil, and learn the key therapeutic and energetic properties of a number of essential oils.

 

By the end of this class you will be able to put together some basic formulas for your own personal use.  While this class will not qualify you to be a Master Aromatherapist, it will put the power of essential oils into your hands as you learn, understand, and master the various essential and carrier oils in terms of improving the quality of your life, or for minimizing discomfort during periods of illness.

Welcome to the World of Aromatherapy  

Learning about aromatherapy is the ultimate step in self-care and overall health and wellness because it is a natural, holistic, and gentle approach to common ailments. Using essential oils in your daily wellness routine, you will begin to really listen to your body and pay attention to what it needs.  

As a Western culture, we are often beguiled by promises of an "instant" cure in the form of a pill or tablet. While modern, allopathic medicine has its place; learning about aromatherapy will give you many more ways to improve your overall well-being. From the moment you take your morning shower and deliberately and consciously massage your scalp to the end of the day when you might enjoy an evening foot massage, aromatherapy is just the ticket to help you achieve a good night's rest.  

By using essential oils in a variety of delivery mechanisms, you can give not only yourself but your whole family the gift of better health. Most aromatherapy techniques are useful for people of all ages.  

Always remember, safety first. Not all essential oils can be used on all individuals, so pay close attention to the lesson on the safety of essential oils in this class.  

Once you master the science of essential oils and aromatherapy, you will begin the art of incorporating it more and more into your daily routine. 
 
 
Aromatherapy and Its History  

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils extracted from plant materials to provide an alternative, natural way of improving one's health.  

We look to the Egyptians as providing the first recorded evidence of using aromatherapy and aromatic herbs in their religion, cosmetics, and medicine. They are famous for their burial techniques that use aromatic essences and resins. There is evidence that they had two extraction methods used from as early as 3500 B.C. At approximately the same time period, both China and India made use of herbs and aromatic plants, leading to the development of Indian Ayurvedic medicine. 

In Greece, Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.), the most famous physician of his time, believed in treating patients holistically and used aromatherapy massage as treatment methods for his patients. The Romans held hygiene in the highest esteem and placed great emphasis on the use of aromatherapy, as evidenced in their bath houses.  After the fall of the Roman Empire, the emergence of the Arabian influence during the Dark Ages allowed for influences from not only the Greek and Roman teachings, but also from China and India. The Persian physician Avicenna (980-1037 A.D.) is credited with perfecting the essential oil distillation process. 

There is a great deal of evidence that during the time of the plague known as Black Death that spread throughout Europe, those involved in the essential oil or perfuming  business seemed to ward off infection far better than the average person. They almost never became ill because they were working with natural plant essences, and the antiseptic properties in those plants protected them from infection. 

Facts and Myths about Aromatherapy  

Aromatic oils are not a 20th century invention.  Rather, aromatherapy is likely as old as man's relationship with the plant kingdom. There is no way of knowing who first determined that plants had healing properties; however, there are biblical references to the use of aromatic compounds in both the Old and New Testament. As previously mentioned, ancient Egypt had advanced knowledge about aromatherapy, based on sealed urns filled with aromatic resins found in the tombs of the pharaohs. Terra cotta distillers have been found in archaeological digs, and glass distillation mechanisms were invented in the 16th century, opening the door to more widespread use of essential oils.  

Here are some important things you need to know about aromatherapy. Call them myths if you like: 

  • Aromatherapy is better than standard medical treatment. This is not necessarily so. While aromatherapy can be used for a variety of ailments, it is not designed to replace your current medical regimen. It is considered to be a complementary approach to your health and well-being. Aromatherapy can provide some relief from common diseases; it can alleviate stress, and it can also energize you.
  • Aromatherapy will cure you of your serious medical condition . Even the most advanced medicines cannot always cure serious medical conditions. However, using essential oils as an adjunct to your therapy can help you manage the symptoms of your condition or your treatment better. Aromatherapy is not a cure-all that will eliminate the need for seeking qualified medical care. Do not make the wrong decision about your health care because of a desire to take a "holistic" approach. Aromatherapy is only part of the picture.
  • Essential oils, because they are natural, do no harm. Not true! There are plenty of plants that are beneficial. There are also many plants that can cause serious harm. Essential oils are highly concentrated and can actually cause a burn to the skin if not properly diluted and applied. Not all essential oils are safe for small children, in pregnancy, or for people with sensitive skin. Some essential oils are even toxic.
  • Essential oils must always be warmed prior to use.  This is not necessarily so. Many essential oils provide a good aroma without heating them. They are also quite flammable, so never use an open flame to directly heat an essential oil.
  • Essential oils are responsible for all scented products . This is not true. Synthetic scented oils are chemical formulations created in a lab. Essential oils are natural extracts from various aromatic plants and are not produced synthetically.  
How Aromatherapy Is Used Today   
 

The term "aromatherapy" was coined in 1937 by French chemist and perfumer Rene Maurice Gattefosse. While he was not a big believer in the natural health movement, he was interested in the properties of essential oils. In 1910, he suffered a lab accident in which he burned his hand quite badly. The first thing he thought to do to treat his burn was to use undiluted lavender oil on it. The pain stopped and his hand healed without infection or scarring.    

It is through Gattefosse that the world learned that small amounts of essential oils are absorbed by the skin and through inhalation and have an impact on the chemistry of the body. During World War II, as a result of Gattefosse's experiments, Dr. Jean Valet used essential oils to treat wounded soldiers with very good success.  

Today, aromatherapy is used extensively as a holistic approach to health and wellness. Some people simply enjoy the scents of essential oils. Others learn as much as possible about the chemistry of essential oils, about anatomy and physiology and how the body reacts or responds to the use of essential oils. Many studies have proven the efficacy of essential oil use in a great many settings, and as Western medicine begins to embrace a holistic approach to medicine, aromatherapy will expand its role in our health and well-being. 

As you can see, there is a great deal to learn about aromatherapy. The more you learn, the more you can incorporate this holistic, natural, and healing element into your life.

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Lesson 1: Aromatherapy Basics

Aromatherapy is the use of any aroma for a beneficial purpose. 40 Total Points
  • Review Article: What is aromatherapy?
  • Take Poll: Aromatherapy
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Tools of the Trade

Essential oils are the most powerful healing component of a plant. 35 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Essential Oil Properties; Aromatherapy Benefits
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Essential Oils

As a student of aromatherapy, it is important to understand the chemical components that nature has used to create these essential oils. 35 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Essential Oil Recipes; Youn Living essential Oils
  • Take Poll: Essential Oils
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Developing Essential Oil Profiles

This lesson is designed to get you started on about 50 essential oil profiles and will be your only exercise for this lesson. 35 Total Points
  • Review Article: Profiles of Essential Oils
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Anatomy, Physiology, and How These are Affected by Essential Oils

Essential oil aromas have a very powerful effect on our mental state of mind. 34 Total Points
  • Review Article: Uses of Essential Oils
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Blending Chemistry

Synergy occurs when two or more components combine forces to create a new and more powerful force. 34 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Therapeutic Essential Oil Blending; Adaptogens
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Safety Concerns

Essential oils are very powerful. Never underestimate this statement. While they are natural, they are not without danger. 34 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Essential Oil Safety; Safety with Essential Oils
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Aromatherapy for the Home

There are a great many ways to use aromatherapy in your life. 35 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Aromatherapy in the Home; Tips for Aromatherapy in the Home
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Aromatherapy in the Office, Car, and Gym

Here we will look at some of the essential oils that can change your working environment from a thing of dread to one of efficiency and productivity. 35 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Office Aromatherapy; Combating Office Stress
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Aromatherapy and Animals, Part I

In this lesson, you will learn which essential oils are appropriate for use with your various pets, the best ways to apply them, and whether you should use essential oils or hydrosols on them. 35 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Aromatherapy for Pets; Safety and aromatherapy for cats.
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Aromatherapy and Animals, Part II

Canine aromatherapy is the most common use of essential oil aromatherapy in animals because dogs respond very well to such natural remedies. What seems to be safe for use for your dog, or even for yourself, is not necessarily safe for your cat. 35 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: General Health Maintenance and Support

Essential oils help bring the body back into harmony by working with the forces of nature, as a complement of, not a replacement for medical treatment. 152 Total Points
  • Review Practice Worksheet: GlossaryforAromatherapy.docx
  • Review Article: Aromatherapy for Better Health
  • Take Poll: Aromatherapy
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
539
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what aromatherapy is and understand basic aromatherapy techniques.
  • Describe tools of the trade used for aromatherapy.
  • Describe essential oils and their use in aromatherapy.
  • Know proper methods for developing essential oil profiles.
  • Know anatomy, physiology, and how these are affected by essential oils.
  • Know blending chemistry techniques.
  • Identify safety concerns.
  • Know aromatherapy use for the home.
  • Know aromatherapy use in the office, car, and gym.
  • Know aromatherapy use for animals, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Aromatherapy (Intermediate to Advanced)
Course Number: 7550566
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 1.0 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
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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