Aromatherapy Course Outline
Introduction & Overview
- Ask each of the students to introduce themselves, and briefly state the reason/s they have enrolled in the class and any personal goals they hope to achieve.
- Give a general overview of the class content.
- Address student allergies & asthma. Determine if any of the students are pregnant and address precautions for same.
Ancient and Modern History of Aromatherapy
- Tibetan Sanskrit,, Babylonian Clay Tablets, Egypt, Rome, Holy Bible, Monks, End of 19th century synthetics begin, 20th reawakening in France & England, Gattefosse, Valnet, Tisserand.
- More than just a nice smell, it is the art & science of using essential oils from plants, for their effects on our body mind & emotions.
- Define: aromachology, aromatology
Aromatherapy is NOT the use of:
- Synthetic perfumes, candles or incense
- Tinctures, extracts. Define.
- Flower essences, flower remedies or homeopathy Define.
Goals of Aromatherapy
- quality of life enhancement
- mood stabilization
- coping with stressors
Define Essential Oils
- The liquid fragrant molecules that are steam distilled from different part of plants and flowers.
- Evolution of Essential Oils
Characteristics of essential oils:
- Botany: secretory trichomes
- Chemistry: gas spectrograph
Differentiate the use of essential oils from that of the whole herb, tincture, or extract
Essential oils, absolutes, attars, & resin Hydrosols, distillates, and flower waters
How Aromatherapy Works
- Endorphins and the mmm factor
- Olfactory membrane, cribiform plate, tip of olfactory bulb
- Autonomic nervous system, the limbic system, area of emotions, drives, & pain modulation
- Neurotransmitters and essential oils
- Inhalation, absorption in the lungs and stomach
- Absorption through the skin
The Power of A Drop
- Opportunities throughout the 16 hours to scent test 40 essential oils.
- List oils: Sweet Basil, Bergamot, Sweet Birch, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, , Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Myrtle, Myrrh, Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang.
- Rare oils & absolutes: Angelica root, Spikenard
Break for Lunch
How to Use Aromatherapy
- Mechanics of using aromatherapy:
- Inhale directly from bottle
- Lamp rings: clay, metal, ceramic; Clay objects
- Diffusers: Tea Candle, electric light bulb, heat, aroma fan, nebulizer, cool water with fan, (theAKO), car diffusers: passive and plug in
For the Body:
- Massage Oils, Body Oils, Lotions
- Eye pillows, Trigger Point Neck Pillows
- Aromatherapy Hand Massage
Aromatherapy Massage Oil Preparations
- Preparation for Intuitive Blending
- Analysis of students’ results
- Understanding the exercises and the process
General Precautions & Safety
- General care of the essential oils, storage, longevity
- Refer to handout for Hazardous Essential Oils:
- skin precautions, photosensitivity, bathing, high blood pressure, epilepsy and pregnancy
- General precautions for asthma, allergies and pregnancy.
Specific Properties of Common Essential Oils
- Lavender, Eucalyptus, Sweet orange, Sweet Basil, Bergamot, Rosemary, Clary Sage, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang and Tea Tree
Purchasing Essential Oils
- Latin name, Country of origin,
- Reputation & knowledge of supplier
- Opportunities throughout the 16 hours to scent test 40 essential oils.
- Cinnamon Leaf, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fir Needle, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Niaouli, Nutmeg, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Vetiver,
- Rare oils & absolutes: Jasmine, Bulgarian & Morroccon Rose.
BREAK FOR LUNCH
Making The Intuitive Blend
- Building upon exercises one and two
- How to calculate your formula
- Single essential oil massage oil preparation
- Compare standard method with intuitive method
- Review guidelines for safe dilution of massage oils (less is more, reduced amounts for elderly, children and debilitated persons) Refer to handout
Making A Mist
- Having successfully completed the blending, students make their aromatherapy mist following the principles of what they have learned.
- Define; differentiate from infused oils. Refer to alphabetized list of carrier oils & specific uses.
- Base oils not suitable for aromatherapy: mineral oil, and lanolin. (molecules too large, these are traditionally used as skin barriers.
Creating An Aromatherapy Environment In Your Massage Room
- Demonstration Of Diffusers with essential oils appropriate for the massage room
- Hands-on use of heat, light, air, fan, & electrically-powered diffusers
Helping Your Client Decide
- Which massage formula to use?
- Cautions for initial aromatherapy massage.
- Uplift/change your mood (Common emotional challenges; depression, anxiety, anger)
- Cope with mild stress (Stuck in traffic, long grocery line etc. change your perception)
- Cope with major stress(Tragedy, betrayal, divorce, extreme loss, death)
- How Diane was able to get aromatherapy at One Civic Plaza after the WTC tragedy from teaching this course at HOI! & more!
- Refer to handout; 2004 NAHA Aromatherapy Conference
Aromatherapy In Contemporary Literature
- Peppermint study for endurance: Wheeling Jesuit University to study if Peppermint can help a person run faster, or jump higher. “Effects of Odors on Objective and Subjective Measures of Physical Performance in Athletes” 4-23-1999
- Rose oil for rowdy orangutan; Mias, an orangutan with allergies, chose eucalyptus and fennel, which were rubbed on his forehead, nose and ears. Denver Zoo 2004
- Professional Aromatherapy Organizations & Smell and Taste Research Centers
- NAHA Policy Statement re: raindrop therapy
- Books: suggestions & favorites. (See bibliography references)
The Aromatherapist in the U.S.
- A word about certification
Collection of Evaluations & Awarding of Certificates
NOTE: All open essential oil bottles used during instruction will be available at the end of the two days at significantly reduced prices.
All other essential oils, diffusers, and books on display may be purchased both days at 10% discount.
COURSE TITLE: AROMATHERAPY & The Art of Intuitive Blending
by Diane M. Grandstrom RN,BSN
The ancient art of Aromatherapy has emerged into the modern world as a science that gives us a vehicle of pleasure through which to nurture our body mind and spirit. The simple wafting of a gentle aroma can transform our mood, change our perception and ultimately affect the quality of every moment.
I.NUMBER OF HOURS:16LECTURE 12 LAB 4 II.SCHEDULE:2 DAYS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with 1 hour and 20 minute lunch break
III. GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Through lecture and one on one work with over 40 essential oils, this experiential course is designed to provide the student with a foundation of aromatherapy principles including essential oils, the physiology of smell, and basic massage oil preparation.
Actual hands on use of diffusers will facilitate knowledge of principles of diffusion to create an aromatherapy environment. With the guidance of the instructor who developed this particular process, students will have the opportunity to complete their own intuitive formula from any of the oils presented, as well as standard massage oil preparation within safe dilution parameters.
These features will enable each student to use aromatherapy in both, his or her personal and professional life as it relates to quality of life enhancement, mood change and stress management.
IV. COURSE OBJECTIVES
The student will understand the basic principles of aromatherapy and essential oils, the physiology of smell, introductory massage oil preparation, and diffusion methods. With the guidance of the instructor, students will complete their own intuitive formula. This will enable each student to use aromatherapy in his or her personal and professional life as it relates to quality of life enhancement, mood change and stress management.
V. LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Describe the role of an aromatherapist in the U.S.
- Differentiate the use of essential oils from that of the whole herb, tincture, or extract.
- Describe the physiology of smell as it relates to aromatherapy.
- List four psycho aromatic properties of essential oils
- State the essential oil that is hazardous to the skin when combined with UV or sun exposure.
- List two base oils not suitable for aromatherapy massage preparation.
- Prepare basic massage oil within safe dilution parameters.
- Complete his or her own intuitive formula under the guidance of the instructor:
- Describe the basic principles of diffusion.
- Create an aromatherapy environment for a standard massage room.
- State that they have scent tested at least 40 different essential oils during the course.
- Facilitate the client’s choosing of a preferred scent for use in their aromatherapy massage.
VI. LEARNING OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT:
Throughout the course, the instructor will observe individual progress; open discussion and Q/A will be ongoing; and finally the student will demonstrate the successful completion of an intuitive formula.
VII. MATERIAL AND FACILITIES NEEDED:
Classroom with adequate ventilation, cool temperature, tables appropriate for mixing, with space between seats to facilitate individual inhaling of scents without overpowering of adjacent individual aromas.
AROMATHERAPY IN CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE
Peppermint study for endurance: Wheeling Jesuit University to study if Peppermint can help a person run faster, or jump higher. “Effects of Odors on Objective and Subjective Measures of Physical Performance in Athletes” 4-23-1999
Rose oil for rowdy orangutan; Mias, an orangutan with allergies, chose eucalyptus and fennel, which were rubbed on his forehead, nose and ears. Denver Zoo 2014.