Lesson 1: History; both ancient and modern, the many different fields of aromatherapy
Lesson 2: Biosynthesis - how and why plants make essential oils
Lesson 3: Methodology, absorption and interaction with conventional drugs
Lesson 4: Extraction, adulteration, tests for purity
Lesson 5: Plant taxonomy: identification, genus, species, chemotypes
Lesson 6: Basic organic chemistry and functional groups -so you understand how essential oils work
Lesson 7: Physiology and psychology of smell in man and animals
Lesson 8: Safety, storage, contraindicated essential oils. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
Lesson 9: Doses, conversions, infants and the elderly, herbal extracts versus essential oils
Lesson 10: 15 essential oil monographs that include: description of plant, folklore and history, method of extraction, main chemical groups, safety, adulteration, toxicity, evidence-based clinical uses (referenced), method of clinical application. Where possible research abstracts are given.
Resource guide: glossary, reading list, organizations, useful journals, research journals used to compile monographs, recommended distributors, format for aromatherapy case-study, sample consent form, evaluation sheet, application for final test paper, application for continuing education hours.