Chemistry of Essential Oils


About the Course

Because an essential oil may have hundreds of chemical constituents, it can be a challenge to communicate its chemical nature and thus its action in the body.  This course will explain the major constituents of essential oils and how they work at a cellular level.

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Why take this course?

As a Professional Aromatherapist, it is important to have a detailed knowledge of the essential oils you use to allow you to work safely and therapeutically.  Part of that knowledge comes from having an understanding of the complex chemical makeup of each essential oil.  This course will simplify this knowledge to enable you to delve deeper into your oils and have an understanding of why your oils work so well!

What will you learn?

You will learn how to understand the expected therapeutic nature of the oil. This allows you to compare one oil with another and it alerts you to possible hazards or cautions of an oil.

When you have a knowledge of the chemical makeup of an essential oil, you will understand why there are some essential oils which:
• should not be used in pregnancy
• what oils to blend to kill MRSA
• why so many essential oils are so effective

The course covers:
Some basic Organic Chemistry
Major essential oil constituents
Chemical families
Essential oil safety – what constitutes a hazard?
Making therapeutic blends using our knowledge of chemistry
How to blend essential oils for acute and chronic conditions
% blending for acute conditions

Essential oils for:
Wound healing
Infection control

Can I learn more?

Lots of students who have taken this course have also taken our Advanced Clinical Aromatherapy click here   And Making Natural Cosmetics and Ointments click here

Who can attend this course?

This course is open to qualified Aromatherapists

Student Testimonials

“I have to admit I took this chemistry of essential oils course because I needed the CPD hours. But I am delighted I took it. Christine made the chemistry easy to understand and I know I will refer to the excellent and detailed course manual again and again. Thank you so much for such an informative and well-presented course it will encourage me to use my essential oils in ways I never knew I could.”  AD

This course is approved for Continual Professional Development (CPD points) with the following organisations: