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This aromatherapy course introduces the therapeutic properties of popular essential oils and how to best purchase and store them. Essential oils are organized into an alphabetical list and includes their applications as well as the physical and emotional conditions for each use. Included in the course are suggested treatments for various ailments as well as known precautions for infants, children, pregnant women and those persons who have sensitive skin. Below are the chapter listings and some details to give you an idea about the course.

Aromatherapy Course Outline (3 CEUs):
  • Chapter One: What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential plant aromatics to benefit a person’s health or state of mind.i The practice can include the use of essential oils, absolutes, hydrosols, or other variations of an essential oil.ii Unlike perfumed oils or even regular misting perfumes, aromatherapy essential oils contain no synthetic ingredients.iii

  • Chapter Two: History

The practice of aromatherapy has been in use for over 6,000 years.iv There is also evidence that some Neolithic tribes used added plant parts to cooked fat to help heal wounds, which would have been an early use of essential oils. v Ancient Egyptian civilizations used plant oils in their embalming and mummification processes, and in their religious This began during the Third Dynasty, during the period between 2650-2575 B.C. The main aromatics they included frankincense, myrrh, cedar wood, spikenard and cinnamon.vii

  • Chapter Three: Why Aromatherapy Works

Scents can deeply influence a person’s quality of life. Patients who have chronic illnesses or injuries that have destroyed their sense of smell exhibit a higher instance of anxiety and depression.viii Humans can recognize over 10,000 different smells, and each can have a specific effect on the brain.ix

  • Chapter Four: Using Aromatherapy

The use of aromatherapy by the therapist requires many different steps: purchasing essential oils, storing essential oils, and finally learning how to use essential oils. This guide will cover the specifics of purchasing, storing and using essential oils, what some therapists prefer and some recommended practices for the therapist just starting out in aromatherapy.

  • Chapter Five: Cautions and Contraindications When Using Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a great practice for many clients, but there are necessary guidelines to follow when using this therapy. This section covers the cautions the therapist must take and the contraindications a client might show.

  • Chapter Six: Licensing and Professional Information

There are currently no state or federal licenses or certifications in the United States. In general, most American aromatherapists are licensed in another area, such as massage therapy, acupuncture, or naturopathy.x You must consult your state’s regulations concerning what certification is required to apply an essential oil to a client’s skin (it may be an esthetician or massage therapist certification).xi Aromatherapists in other countries may be required to have a certification. In some countries, certain essential oils require a physician’s prescription in order to obtain them.xii



i National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, “What is Aromatherapy?”

ii AromaWeb, “What is Aromatherapy?”

iii Ibid.

iv Holistic Online, “History of Aromatherapy,”

v Kathi Keville, Discovery Online, “History of Aromatherapy,”

vi Essentials of Aromatherapy, “The History of Aromatherapy,”

vii Quinessence, “The History of Aromatherapy Part One: 3500 BC- 199 AD,”

viii Holistic Online, “How Does Aromatherapy Work?”

ix Nobel Prize, “The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2004 Press Release,”

x National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, “Aromatherapy Regulation and Licensure Information,”

xi Ibid.

xii Christian Nordqvist, Medical News Today, “What is Aromatherapy? The Theory Behind Aromatherapy,” July 8, 2009.



Continuing education units (CEUs) are provided via electronic download in PDF format. Review the course work at your own pace and then take the included test online. You can print your certificate immediately after passing each test! All coursework is NCBTMB approved (NCBTMB # 451897-12). NOTE: Each state has different requirements. Please be sure to check our state requirements page and contact your state to verify your requirements.