The Aromatherapy Practitioner Correspondence Course




This is a very detailed course for self study in Aromatherapy, newly revised and updated with over 400 pages of text and complete documentation. It is designed to be taken at the student's own pace over a period of three to six months. Although geared towards professional medical health care providers (health care practitioners, doctors, chiropractors, aestheticians, nurses, massage therapists, etc.), the course is easily assimilated by business owners, student beginners, or the lay person who simply desires a better quality of life by using nature's fragrances. This course is considered the most well referenced, wide-ranging, comprehensive and detailed course available, and stands alone in the marketplace.

The majority of the course material is based on current scientific research, and is very highly referenced throughout, although current theories in aromatherapy teaching are also explored.

This course meets the suggested guidelines of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists. Therapists and Students can qualify for insurance through the ABMP.

Course Layout

The course is provided in a three-ring binder, and is divided into study sections. A chapter summary and practice questions are included at the end of each section. A one hundred question exam must be completed and ten short essays are to be returned to the Institute for grading and to earn a diploma. For Practitioners, an additional package is provided which will detail business ethics, setting up a practice and clinic, consultations, etc. Practitioners must submit a research paper and ten case histories. Discussion with Course Directors by phone or fax is highly advised and encouraged. Students will be expected to be self-directed and research from other sources not included with the course. Reading list is included.

This course includes 31 sample vials of essential oils and materials to complete the worksheets.There are also product formulations and many tables, charts, and references - sufficient resources to enable the student to begin successfully, and more importantly, safely explore the world of essential oils and aromatherapy.

C.E.U.s: 200 hours Continuing Education Credit Units available for licensed massage therapists (nursing pending approval), Florida Board of Massage Providers, #7501-4 & NCBTMB #043205-00.


Topics covered:

· The nature of aromatherapy, types practiced, educational resources available.

· History of aromatics from the dawn of mankind until present.

· TOOLS: Essential oils - the commodity: production processes, quality, purity, and adulteration; available essential oils, buying guidelines, types available on today's market.

· CHEMISTRY: Essential oil chemistry, terpene biosynthesis, oil components.

· THERAPEUTICS: the major properties of essential oils in human physiology, with references (8 pages of scientific references).

· PHYSICAL EFFECTS: Effects of essential oils on human physiology - pharmacology, body systems effects, specific uses for individual essentialoils.

· MENTAL EFFECTS: Effects of essential oils on the human brain - psycho aromatherapy, function of odour, brain and olfaction, the limbic link to memory, mood and emotion.

· TREATMENT METHODS AND APPLICATIONS: internal and external, in the form of massage, skincare, hair and nails, with water in baths, compress, salts, spray, body wrap, and micro-diffusion.


· SAFETY: Irritation, Sensitisation, Photo-toxicity, Contra-indications, detailed safety data and toxicity studies.

· Detailed study of 55 essential oils, their bio-specificity, uses in therapy (Monographs of EO- single study on documented medicinal actions, traditional uses, etc., by Martin Watt, Cert. Phys.)

Appendix, including several articles, Common name index, Taxonomic Index, Gras list of EO, Glossary, Untested oil Index.

Course materials include:

· chapter summaries

· practice questions

· tutorials

· 31 samples of essential oils to use with worksheets, blending practical

· blending materials to make bath salts, massage oils, etc.

· Additional Reference works: Monographs on 55 Oils (researched and compiled by M.Watt)