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Aromatherapy Foundations Certificate (WS)

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This hands-on certificate will introduce you to foundational concepts and best practices of holistic aromatherapy. You will gain practical knowledge and tools that you can easily integrate into your daily lifestyle to help restore balance and enhance well-being. As you explore essential oils through both a scientific and holistic perspective, you will learn how to use them in ways that are economical, effective, and safe. Upon completion of this course you will be able to identify the possibilities and limitations of essential oil therapies; describe how they can affect the mind and body; distinguish between risks and benefits to safely utilize oils through inhalation and topical application; and demonstrate awareness of general safety precautions and guidelines. Classes will have an experiential component of interacting with essential oils so that you’re able to use your new skills to create several take home products to incorporate into your self-care routine.
This class is valuable for anyone interested in exploring how to use aromatherapy and essential oils safely and effectively in their lives, as well as health professionals including: social workers, nurses, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and other health care providers. 

Course Outline:
Session 1: Introduction to aromatherapy: We will cover the history, current practices, and benefits of holistic aromatherapy. You will be introduced to several attributes of essential oils such as what they are, how they're made, aroma, and quality.
Session 2: Chemistry and olfaction: Explore some of the current research on the effectiveness of essential oils. Basic aromatic chemistry will be introduced along with how to read an essential oil profile. Explore key aspects of how aroma and inhalation can affect the body, brain, and emotions.
Session 3: Safety considerations, blending, and topical application: Learn how to identify safety concerns and consider risk vs. benefit. You will also be introduced to the concepts of blending, as well as topical application.  
Session 4: Aromatherapy and beyond: Discover other natural materials that aromatherapists may use such as hydrosols, carrier oils, and herbal infusions. Be introduced to other products like balms, butters, salves, and sprays.
Course Objectives (for the student/attendee):
Course Objectives:
Students will learn:
  • The history of aromatherapy and essential oils
  • Essential oil basics including extraction, chemistry, properties, and aroma
  • The role and physiology of olfaction
  • Safety precautions and guidelines
  • Study of the profiles of at least 3 essential oil profiles
  • Concepts of blending
  • Experiential learning with two methods of use including inhalation and topical application
Students will be able to:
  • Identify the possibilities and limitations of essential oil therapies.
  • Describe how essential oils can affect the mind and body.
  • Select appropriate essential oils based on chemistry, aroma, purpose, research, and safety.
  • Be able to distinguish between general risks and benefits of using essential oils.
  • Safely utilize oils in a variety of ways including inhalation and topically.
  • Demonstrate awareness of safety precautions and guidelines for use.
  • Create two products

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Mon


Jen Shepherd 

CEUs : 1.2



Please read:  • If you sign up for both the Aromatherapy Foundations and the Advanced Applications certificate programs at the same time you will receive a $90 discount - $495.00 for both. Optional textbook recommendations (available for purchase via internet or most major book retailers): o Authentic Aromatherapy Essential Oils and Blends for Health, Beauty, and Home by Sharon Falsetto o The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness by Nerys Purchon and Lora Cantele $10.00 per student for material fees.



Registration Closes On
Monday, June 8, 2020 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
6/8/2020 - 6/29/2020 Weekly - Mon 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Normandale (Bloomington), P1844  Map, Room: P1844 Jen Shepherd 

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Normandale Community College - Continuing Education

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