Aromatherapy for Health Applications

Course CodeBRE215
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Health and Aromatherapy Distance Learning Course

  • Identify different properties of essential oils
  • Study different oil extraction methods
  • Understand the nature of aromatherapy business and more


Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Essential Oil Properties A
    • Introduction
    • Chemicals found in plants
    • Primary metabolites
    • Secondary metabolites
    • Properties of essential oils
    • Alternative effect
    • Analgesic effect
    • Anti inflammatory effect
    • Antibacterial, Anti fungal, anti viral effects
    • Astringent effect
    • Calmative effect
    • Diaphoretic effect
    • Diuretic effect
    • Emmenagogue effect
    • Using Aromatherapy
  2. Essential Oil Properties B
    • Expectorant effect
    • Granulation-stimulating effect
    • Nervine effect
    • Rubefacient effect
    • Sedative effect
    • Spasmolytic effect
    • Stimulatory effect
    • Tonic effect
    • Chemistry of Aromatherapy
    • Phenolic compounds
    • Flavonoids
    • Terpenoids
    • Blending
    • Classical blending
    • Balancing
  3. Oil Extraction
    • Introduction
    • Expression
    • Distillation
    • Stem Distillation
    • Enfleurage
    • Solvent extraction
    • Super critical carbon dioxide extraction
    • Hydro diffusion
    • Phytonic process
  4. The Physiology and Psychology of Aromatherapy
    • Science of smell – olfaction
    • Mechanism of action
    • Absorption of essential oils into bloodstream
  5. Applications of Aromatherapy
    • Introduction
    • Massage
    • Making massage oils
    • Inhalation
    • Vaporisation/ burners, diffusers
    • Baths
    • Compress
    • Creams and lotions
    • Components - oils, essential oils, emulsifiers, humectants, thickeners, preservatives, optional additives
    • Processes of making cream
    • Internal or Dermal applications
  6. Aromatherapy Safety
    • Introduction
    • General safety notes
    • Recommended amounts – adults, children. Pregnancy
    • Reactions / Irritations
    • General Precautions – allergies, fever, blood pressure, epilepsy, cancer, etc
    • Toxicity – acute, chronic
    • Hazardous oils
    • Quality of oil
    • Storage
  7. Aromatherapy Treatment
    • Client information
    • Counselling and assessment
    • Location
    • Body language
    • Listening skills
    • Open questions
    • The consultation form
    • Treatment plan
    • Clarify goals
    • Suitable essential oils
    • Application method
    • Explain treatment to client
    • Advise of potential adverse reactions
    • Client feedback and follow op
    • Informed consent
    • Referral
    • Confidentiality
    • Record keeping
  8. Body Systems – Part 1
    • Introduction
    • Cardiovascular system
    • Treatments for specific conditions – poor circulation, palpitations, hypertension, hypotension etc
    • Respiratory system
    • Treatments for sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, etc
    • Lymphatic system & related treatments
    • Reproductive system & related treatments
    • Endocrine system & related treatments
  9. Body Systems – Part 2
    • Musculoskeletal system & related treatments
    • Nervous system and related treatments
    • Essential oils to consider for other psychological disorders
    • Digestive system and related treatments
    • Integumentary System and related treatments
  10. Running your business
    • Product development
    • Incense making
    • Soap making
    • Aromatherapy Candle making
    • Aromatherapy sprays
    • Scented waters
    • Scents derived from plant volatile oils
    • Business considerations
    • Aromatherapist practitioner
    • Business planning


  • Identify the different properties of essential oils and describe their effects on the body.
    • Identify the various methods used in extracting essential oils.
    • Describe how essential oils can enter the bloodstream and the process of olfaction.
    • Learn some of the more common application methods used with essential oils in aromatherapy.
    • Ensure that essential oils are used in a safe and controlled manner and identify situations where aromatherapy might not be appropriate.
    • Develop an aromatherapy treatment plan for a client.
    • Identify which essential oils would be appropriate for use of various conditions relating to specific body systems.
    • Understand the scope and nature of an aromatherapy business.


  • Those looking to work in aromatherapy field
  • Those wanting more knowledge on this subject from a personal perspective
  • Retailers of aromatherapy products including candles, massage oils, etc.
  • Horticulturist
  • Herb grower


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