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Aromatherapy: An Introduction

6 Hour CE Course

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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Contents: Text shipped to you. online multiple-choice test.


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This course is an introduction to the therapeutic properties of popular essential oils. Learn the best methods of purchasing and storing essential oils, and the recommended precautions for infants, children, pregnant women and people who have sensitive skin. The textbook provides a handy A-to-Z reference for future use with clear tables, illustrations and oil profiles. Also available: 3 optional sample sets of organic essential oils @ $20 each. This course does not teach hands-on skills. Please seek additional experience, with a mentor, to add hands-on skills.

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Content Outline

Precautions and Contraindications
  • Types of oils
  • Oil quality
  • Packaging and labeling
  • Potential hazards:
  • Additional safety guidelines
1 hour
How Essential Oils Work Olfactory absorption
  • Percutaneous absorption
  • Antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal properties
  • Cleansing actions
  • Natural balance
  • The mind/body/spirit connection synergy
0.5 hours
How Essential Oils are Used
  • What is aromatherapy?
  • Base or carrier oils
  • Blending
  • General application guidelines
1 hour
Buying and Storing Essential Oils
  • Containers and storage
  • Solidification
  • Diluted oils
0.5 hours
A-Z Guide of Essential Oil Use
  • Physical conditions
  • Emotional states
  • Good Health Practices
1.25 hours
Essential Oil Profiles
  • Glossary of therapeutic uses of essential oils
  • Chemistry of essential oils
  • Individual essential oil profiles
1.25 hours
References and Recommended Resources
Open-book Test and Course Evaluation 0.5 hours
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Enjoyed the course. Really liked the book, well organized, informative and the text was a pleasure to read.

Carolyn Law, VA

Excellent! Loved it!

Chris Hermening, LMT

I really liked this course. It was very educational and will be using in my practice and home use.

Cristina J. Walters, LMT, Inman, SC

Very Basic Knowledge - Good for spa MTs needing a brief yet accurate education without it being too technical and confusing.

Deanna Dobek

I enjoyed this course and learned a lot from it. I have used Health Positive for the last three years and love it!

Elizabeth Johnson

Course is well structured; textbook and materials are helpful resource guides for aromatherapy practice.

Nancy M. Myers, LMT

This course was extremely informative and very useful in providing aromatherapy ideas for ones practice.

Shannon Verdegas, BS, CMT, NCTMB

Loved it and can't wait to use it in my practice

Suzanne Penney LMT Wrentham, MA

Great course!!

Amanda M. Horsey, LMT, AMTA

Very interesting course. Not only valuable for my practice but also for everyday use.

Cheryl Dawson Leach, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

I enjoyed learning about the oils. Thank you for all your work putting it together.

Neva A. Clark, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

I found this course to be wonderful. I plan on taking the advanced course.

Tabitha Wilkins, LMT

Great course.

Nicholas Romanko, LMT

I thouroughly enjoyed this course and it's materials and will recommend this course to my fellow therapists.

Carolyn Risser, LMT

This information on aromatherapy was very good and the book is a keeper. Great for referring back when needing additional information.

Lynette Hanes, LMT

Very informative and interesting.

Dale Westerberg, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

I enjoyed the course. It was very easy to read and to the point. Thanks.

Jennifer Yoakum, LMT, NCTMB

The book material was easy to understand and the author made reading enjoyable. Great material.

Melinda Frey, LMT

The course was very informative and easily understood. I am ready to take the next course in aromatherapy.

Renee Wiggins, LMT, NCTMB

Good material.

Emily Caviness, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

I loved this course. Written concisely but with lots of details.

Aline Devreotes, LMT

Good course.

Janet L. Adams, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

Excellent course! The book is very easy to understand for someone with no previous experience on the topic. It is all clear and concise, and the information will be a valuable addition to my practice.

Brittany Clark, LMT

I loved the book and all the reference listings for the oils. I did not really know anything about the use of essential oils; however, I would like to take more classes to expand my knowledge. It was a very positive experience. The information can and will be used in my massage practice.

Kay Stuckey, LMT

I enjoyed the course. It was very intersting and educational.

Chana Bunton, LMT

Great course! It will be handy for my clients!

Sarah Neville, LMT, ABMP

This is a great course!

Namia Hallman, LMT, NCTMB

I enjoyed this course. Thank you.

Coralie Thurston, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

I really enjoyed this course. The book and added information given to me were clear and to the point. I look forward to implementing aromatherapy into my work.

Susan Crockett, LMT, AMTA

The text book was amazing and easy to reference! I will continue to use this text for my practice and research to further my personal knowledge.

Rachel Gunter, LMT, NCTMB

What a valuable contribution for my continued education.

Debra Lowe, LMT

the textbook is really an excellent choice for this course and has an index and much other easily referenced features. thank you

Mary Barker, LMT

I enjoyed the course immensely and will refer to the textbook often. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and most helpful.

Aleta Confessore, LMT

This course was very interesting and I can not wait to use these oils in my practice and at home!

Nicole M. Lato, LMT

This course was much more interesting and informative than I expected. The information was very useful for my practice and I will be using this knowledge daily. The information/book was in an easy to read format which I will be using as a reference book at my office. I would recommend this course to other massage therapists.

Diane Kelley, LMT

At 65 years old, you can teach an old dog new tricks! I really enjoyed the information.

John W. Mock, JR

Thanks! Nice to revisit, relearn and gain new insights. Extremely understandable, very interesting, and quite helpful !

Jodi Miller, NCTMB

I really enjoyed this course and would like to take the more extensive course in Aromatherapy.

Virginia Ward, LMT, NCTMB

Enjoyed the information in a concise book Will be able to apply information readily to my practice Found the handout with highlights very helpful and useful

Victoria Cheng

Great book. Very informative and easy to ready & understand.

Stefanie Fischer, LMT

I feel like this class gave me a valuable base and the book will be a great guide to look back at for information. I love that the test can be printed and I used it as a tool to help me learn the information. Great class. Would love a part 2 for more advanced learning in the future.

Brandy Kruck, CMT

Great Course!

Toni Byrd, LMBT

I found this course interesting and helpful! Will use with my clients!

Dorothy Miller

Course was easy to follow. Topics were clearly marked in bold in the text and workbook.

Keith Bernabei, LMT

This is my favorite course I’ve taken from you- very informative and useful in my practice.

Beth Labrador, LMBT

Great course. I will definitely use the book in the future. Very informative!,

Amy Whitney, LMBT

No "filler" in this book! Just information! I love this textbook. I've been reading up on essential oils lately, but this book has it all lines up for me. Plus it's just the right size to carry with me.

Patricia Ysassi, LMT

Very nicely organized. Interesting subject/materials. I enjoyed the course.


This course was a very good introduction and the materials introduces some interesting aspects of Aromatherapy and gave good counsel on how to identify good companies to purchase oils from. It made it easy to understand the value and significance of using essential oils in everyday life. It also let me know that I am interested in furthering my knowledge, understanding and practical use of essential oils.

Lauren Pamela Laub

Very informative. I like that I get a helpful book to keep!

Kaitlyn Carl, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize what essential oils are, how they get into the body and how they work on the mind and body.
  2. Define aromatherapy and recognize appropriate methods of blending and applying essential oils in massage and bodywork practice.
  3. Identify the best methods of purchasing and storing essential oils.
  4. Identify the therapeutic properties and most valuable uses of at least 10 popular essential oils.
  5. Identify the essential oils recommended for common physical and emotional conditions and the therapeutic methods for working with them.
  6. Name the essential oils that should not be used under any circumstances and list the precautions for providing aromatherapy to infants, children and pregnant women.
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Sample Text

"DEPRESSION: bergamot, carnation, chamomile roman, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, linden blossom, litsea cubeba, melissa, neroli, ormenis flower, patchouli, petitgrain, rose maroc, rose otto, sandalwood, ylang ylang, yuzu" (Essential Aromatherapy: A Pocket Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Susan Worwood & Valerie Ann Worwood, 2003, p. 90)

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Sample Test Question

Which of the following oils are recommended for depression?

  1. basil, thyme, ginger, german chamomile and myrrh
  2. bergamot, geranium, grapefruit, lavender and ylang ylang
  3. rosemary, marjoram, orange, lemon and lime
  4. none of the above
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