Aromatherapy Basics
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Aromatherapy Basics

Learn to use essential oils to improve body, mind, and spirit!
4.2 (45 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
289 students enrolled
Created by Su Gibson
Last updated 2/2014
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Define aromatherapy as used for therapeutic purposes
  • Review the history and current state of the aromatherapy industry
  • Understand how essential oils are produced
  • Be aware of common contraindications and cautions for using essential oils
  • Choose essential oils that will have the benefits you're seeking
  • Know what reputable resources are available for further study
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  • An internet connection and access to a computer with speakers (or headphones)
  • No previous aromatherapy study is required - this is for the beginner
  • Recommended but not required: a small selection of essential oils to examine during the course such as Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Frankincense, Sweet Orange, Juniperberry, and Lavender

This is a basic introduction to aromatherapy and the use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes. It's designed with the absolute beginner in mind. If you've always wondered about aromatherapy, but have never studied it formally (or if it's been a very long time since you have) then this course is for you!

The topics covered are:

  • What is Aromatherapy?
  • History of Aromatherapy
  • Current Trends
  • Distillation, Extraction and Storage
  • Safe Use, Cautions and Contraindications
  • Overview of benefits
  • Base Oils and Products
  • Further Study

This aromatherapy course is not affiliated with any products company or multi-level marketing scheme. It is purely educational. You do not need to purchase anything to go through this course, although if you already have a few essential oils on hand to sniff and examine during the lectures, that's great!

You should complete this course before moving on to more advanced topics such as blending and aromatherapy treatment design. This course is more conceptual than a workshop would be. It will give you the knowledge you need to jumpstart your aromatherapy practice and confidence to begin using essential oils.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone with an interest in aromatherapy, natural products, and harnessing the power of nature for body, mind and spirit
  • Holistic practitioners
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Curriculum For This Course
8 Lectures
What is Aromatherapy?
2 Lectures 34:14

This is the first lecture of the course. It defines aromatherapy and distinguishes it from herbalism and non-natural aromatherapy found in the general marketplace. A few essential oils are also introduced in this lecture.

Aromatherapy Defined

A few quick questions to make sure you understood the key points of the lecture.

Aromatherapy Defined Lecture Quiz
6 questions

In this lecture, we cover the history of aromatherapy and the use of herbs and aromatic essences from ancient civilizations through to current times.

History and Current Trends

Take this quiz after viewing the History and Current Trends lecture to see if you got the key points.

History and Current Trends Lecture Quiz
5 questions
Benefits and Cautions
2 Lectures 32:25

The basic categories of essential oils and their general benefits to the mind, body and spirit are covered in this lecture. These categories include Herbs, Citrus, Conifer Trees, Other Trees, Leaves/Grasses, and Flowers.

Preview 12:45

Take this quiz after viewing the benefits lecture to make sure you understood the key points.

Benefits Lecture Quiz
6 questions

This lecture describes safe ways to use essential oils such as for skin care, first aid, and in the home. It also reviews some of the main cautions and conditions which might make essential oils an unsafe choice.

Safe Use, Cautions & Contraindications

Answer these questions to make sure you understood the key points.

Safe Use Quiz
5 questions
Ingredients and Materials
2 Lectures 24:14

We'll cover the main methods of extracting and distilling essential oils in this lecture such as steam distillation, cold pressing, maceration, and enfleurage.

Distillation, Extraction and Storage

Take this quiz after viewing the distillation, extraction and storage lecture to make sure you understood the main points.

Distillation, Extraction and Storage Lecture Quiz
6 questions

Essential oils are usually mixed or diluted with base oils, creams, lotions, gels, etc. In this lecture, we'll go over the most commonly used bases in aromatherapy and I'll mention other supplies that you might want for your aromatherapy projects.

Base Oils & other Supplies

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Bases & Supplies Quiz
5 questions
Further Study
2 Lectures 09:56

This aromatherapy course should only be the beginning for you, as a budding aromatherapy enthusiast! I'll show you my favorite and trusted sources of information so that you can explore them in your own study after this course.

Further Study

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Further Study Quiz
5 questions

Here's a little bit about my life and experiences in case you're wondering about my background. This is completely unnecessary for the course, but since we don't get to meet face to face in a classroom....

You can also view my professional profile and connect with me on LinkedIn at:

Su's Life Story in 5 Minutes or Less (optional viewing)
About the Instructor
Su Gibson
4.2 Average rating
45 Reviews
289 Students
1 Course
Spa Educator, Writer and Consultant

Su Gibson is an consultant, writer and lecturer at the university level. With an MBA in International Business, a BA in Psychology and over a decade of experience within the spa industry, she enjoys writing and teaching about all topics in health, spas and wellness.

She has written for magazines such as Les Nouvelles Esthetiques & Spa, Massage Magazine, and Health Tourism Magazine, as well as contributed towards textbooks on Wellness and Spa Management.

Her certifications and licenses include Certified Hospitality Educator, Massage Therapist, Massage Therapy Instructor, Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master Therapist, and Continuing Education Provider.

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