A distance learning course in Aromatherapy to help you learn about growing and using essential oils in your own home or at work. The course is suitable for anyone interested in aromatherapy. Learn about essential oils, herb oils and their uses.
You can start the course at any time and study in your own home. There is unlimited tutor support, so you can contact our highly experienced and helpful tutors throughout the course.
The course requires approximately 100 hours of study. We find most students complete 100 hours in three to six months, but you can study at your own pace.
Duration: 100 hours
Start Date: Start at any time to suit you.
There are eight lessons in this module as follows:
1. Plant Identification
Understand the classification system used for naming plants and the importance of this to an aroma therapist.
2. Introduction to Aromatherapy
The history of aromatherapy. How aromatherapy actually works. Basic chemistry of essential oils.
3. Essential Oils
The therapeutic benefits of oils and how to use them.
4. Safe Use of Essential Oils
Learn to use essential oils safely, in a controlled manner.
Learn about the properties of carriers and how to use them.
6. Growing and harvesting herbs for Essential Oil
Methods of growing plants for essential oil extraction. When, what, and how to harvest.
7. Methods of Extraction
Learn extraction methods and how to evaluate to economic viability of producing your own essential oils.
8. Hazardous Herbs and Oils
Become aware of the danger of some oils. Safe practice.
WHAT YOU WILL DO IN THIS COURSE
Below are some of the exercises you will do in this course.
- Give the scientific names (genus, species and variety names) of ten different plants from which essential oils are derived.
- Research an essential oil of your choice. Find out as much as you can about the oil including:
- Conditions that it is suitable for
- What plant it is sourced from and where it grows naturally
- How it is extracted
- Where it is available commercially
- Suggest different blends that can be used for treating a head cold.
- List a range of oils that would be considered safe to use for children.
- List a range of types of vegetable oils appropriate for use in massage and indicate what types of skin the oils are good for.
- Explain why some herbs tend to be collected in the morning, some before flowering, some during flowering, and others at various times of the year.
- Submit your detailed costing for processing herb materials to produce essential oils.
- Discuss which essential oils may not be safe for use during pregnancy.
Why You Need this Course
All kinds of chemical compounds occur in plants. Some are toxic, some may be toxic in high quantities, and others may be required in high concentrations to be of any use. Knowledge of these chemicals, and an understanding of what effect they may have, is imperative for aromatherapists.
Chemicals in aromatic plants can penetrate the body as a smell drifting through the air; or through the skin it comes in contact with. Either way; the wrong chemicals can be bad for the body; but the right chemicals can have a very positive effect.
Learning about the differences between the good and bad, is pivotal to any use of aromatherapy.
Comment from one of our Aromatherapy students:
"This course was very interesting, challenging and very worthwhile" N. Mills
Most people know essential oils by their common names, such as
Lavender, Thyme or Eucalyptus; however, unless you are aware of the
botanical names, you cannot be sure of the source of the oil you are
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