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Duration (approx) 100 hours
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Study Aromatherapy and learn more about growing and using essential oils.

This course is a safe introduction to the use of aromatherapy oils. You can study the course in your own home with support from our highly experienced and friendly tutors. They are there to guide you all the way.  The course is suitable for anyone wanting to use aromatherapy in the home or to use herbal oils for work.

Enrol today and take a step toward better understanding herb oils and their use.


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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.

5. Carriers     

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.  

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 using.





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Meet some of our academics

Maggi BrownMaggi is regarded as an expert in organic growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more than three decades. Some of Maggi's qualifications include RHS Cert. Hort. Cert. Ed. Member RHS Life Member Garden Organic (HDRA) .
Diana Cole (Horticulturist)Horticulturist, Permaculturist, Landscaper, Environmentalist. Holds a Diploma in Horticulture, degree in geography, permaculture certificate and various other qualifications. Between 1985 and 94, Diana was a task leader with the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. Since 2001 she has been chairperson of the Friends of Mellor Park (with Stockport MDC). From 2005 she has worked exclusively in horticulture as proprietor of her own garden design and consultancy business in and around Derbyshire; and at the same time as part time manager of a small garden centre. Diana has been an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable tutor with ACS since 2008.
Yvonne Sharpe (Horticulturist)Started gardening in 1966, studied a series of horticulture qualifications throughout the 1980's and 90's, culminating in an RHS Master of Horticulture. Between 89 and 1994, she worked teaching in horticultural therapy. Founded the West Herts Garden Association in 1990 and exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show in 1991. In 1994, Yvonne joined the staff at Oaklands College, and between 1996 and 2000 was coordinator for all Amenity Horticulture courses at that college. Since leaving Oakland she has been active as a horticultural consultant, retail garden centre proprietor and sessional lecturer (across many colleges in southern England). In 2000, she also completed a Diploma in Management.
Gavin Cole (Horticulturist)Landscaper, Horticulturist, Psychologist, Builder, Garden Writer. Studied construction and surveying at Bristol Polytec, B.Sc. at University of Northumbria (1988) and Psychology in Australia. He completed a Cert.Garden Design in 95. In the mid 1990's he worked as Landscape Manager and Garden Designer for the Chelsea Gardener in London and in 97 commenced his own business as a garden designer; operating at first in London, then in Australia. He has worked for ACS as a tutor, course counsellor and writer since 2001, alongside his own freelance work as a horticultural consultant and writer. Gavin has co authored many books and written hundreds of articles published in gardening magazines including Home Grown, Your Backyard and Garden Guide.

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