Online Class: Aromatherapy (Intermediate to Advanced)

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.

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Course Description

Unveiling Nature’s Fragrance: A Comprehensive Aromatherapy Course

For millennia, humanity has sought solace and healing in nature, extracting aromatic oils from seeds, blossoms, bark, and resins. These essential oils have not just perfumed our spaces, but have also addressed myriad wellness needs. Yet, somewhere in our march towards modernity, the Western world distanced itself from this ancient wisdom. Today, we invite you to bridge that gap, to rediscover the enchanting world of aromatherapy, and to realign with nature's harmony.

While aromatherapy does not replace conventional medicine, it beautifully complements it. This practice views well-being holistically, treating the body as an integrated whole rather than disparate parts. And as you embark on this aromatic journey, you'll grasp the essence (literally and figuratively) of these botanical wonders.

Our intensive course offers:

Lesson 1: Aromatherapy Basics
Set sail on your aromatic voyage, understanding the foundations of this age-old practice.

Lesson 2: Tools of the Trade
Familiarize yourself with the apparatus and techniques pivotal to aromatherapy.

Lesson 3: Essential Oils
Delve deep into the essence of these oils, understanding their source and significance.

Lesson 4: Developing Essential Oil Profiles
Chart out the distinct characteristics, uses, and properties of diverse essential oils.

Lesson 5: Anatomy, Physiology, and the Aromatic Influence
Decipher how these fragrant oils interact with our body systems, influencing well-being.

Lesson 6: Blending Chemistry
Master the art of combining oils to harness synergistic benefits.

Lesson 7: Safety Concerns
Prioritize well-being by learning the dos and don'ts of essential oil application.

Lesson 8: Aromatherapy for the Home
Transform living spaces into aromatic sanctuaries, enhancing mood and health.

Lesson 9: Fragrant Mobility - Aromatherapy for Office, Car, and Gym
Stay rejuvenated on-the-go with tailored aromatic solutions.

Lesson 10 & 11: Aromatherapy and Animals (Two-part series)
Explore the delicate art of introducing animals to the benefits of aromatherapy.

Lesson 12: General Health Maintenance and Support
Integrate aromatherapy into your daily regime, fortifying general health and vitality.

By the culmination of this course, not only will you possess a toolkit of personalized aromatic blends to enhance your life quality, but you'll also be well-versed in the versatile applications of essential and carrier oils. Though not a ticket to becoming a Master Aromatherapist, this course hands you the reins, empowering you to harness the potential of nature's fragrant wonders. Join us, and let's breathe in the magic together!

Course Motivation

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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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Aromatherapy Basics

Aromatherapy is the use of any aroma for a beneficial purpose. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Aromatherapy; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Tools of the Trade

Essential oils are the most powerful healing component of a plant. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Youn Living essential Oils 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Essential Oils
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Profiles of Essential Oils 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Uses of Essential Oils 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Aromatherapy for the Home

There are a great many ways to use aromatherapy in your life. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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. Additional lesson topics: Aromatherapy for Pets 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: 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
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: GlossaryforAromatherapy.docx
  • Lesson discussions: Aromatherapy; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
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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.
  • Summarize proper methods for developing essential oil profiles.
  • Summarize anatomy, physiology, and how these are affected by essential oils.
  • Summarize blending chemistry techniques.
  • Identify safety concerns.
  • Summarize aromatherapy use for the home.
  • Summarize aromatherapy use in the office, car, and gym.
  • Summarize aromatherapy use for animals.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Aromatherapy (Intermediate to Advanced)
Course Number: 7550566
Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (2,379 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, and Texas.
Last Updated: November 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.8 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: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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