Aromatherapy Home Study Course


Aromatherapy Home Study Course

Clinical Aromatherapy Home Study Course

Foundations in Clinical Aromatherapy is a stand-alone course leading to a 45 hour Foundation in Clinical Aromatherapy Course Completion Certificate. It is much shorter and less in depth than the taught course Clinical Aromatherapy for Health Professionals that awards practitioner status (CCAP).

The home-study course is intended for licensed Health Professionals (LHPs) who want a short introductory course that will enable them to use 15 essential oils. 

The course was designed to give a solid theoretical basis of how to use 15 essential oils clinically.  The course leads to a Foundation in Clinical Aromatherapy Course Completion Certificate. 45 Continuing Education Contact Hours for nurses and massage therapists.

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‘This home-study course is a good introduction to the subject that draws on as much research as is now available. It will be very helpful to people in our part of the world.’
—Andrew Weil, MD.

Foundations in Clinical Aromatherapy (Home Study) Course

Foundations in Clinical Aromatherapy Lessons

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.

Foundations in Clinical Aromatherapy

Foundations in Clinical Aromatherapy Includes:

The pack includes:

  1. Ring-binder containing over 200 pages of evidence-backed, clinically relevant, research-backed printed information with full-color illustrations
  2. Matching CD
  3. Audio CD for help with pronunciation of botanical names and chemistry
  4. 15 essential oils (5 ml samples)
  5. Professional smell strips

The Ring binder and CDs are mailed directly from the fulfillment agency in PA. The Essential Oils are mailed directly from the essential oils Distributor in TN.

A multiple-choice exam plus the format for the required five case studies on five individual oils, plus an evaluation form will be emailed to you when you are ready to complete them. The pass mark for the multiple-choice exam is 70%.

The cost is $650 with free shipping.

"This home study course is a great foray into clinical aromatherapy. The information is evidence-based and also draws on the extensive knowledge of Dr. Buckle. This course has enhanced my nursing practice in more ways than I can count!" —M. Grimley, MSN, RN; USAF

Home Study Course Aim

Approval and Continuing Educational Credit: USA

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. AHNA #1164 approved to award 45 CNE through 11/27/2017 
We are currently preparing application for renewal.


Foundations in Clinical Aromatherapy home study course

Foundations in Clinical Aromatherapy (Home study) Course Aim

To demonstrate the safe and therapeutic use of 15 essential oils to improve patient well-being and promote a healing environment.

Course Objectives
  1. At the end of this course the student will be able to:
    Describe the use of 15 essential oils in clinical practice, safely, and effectively
  2. Enhance clinical practice with essential oils
  3. Use a complementary therapy to help patients with chronic conditions
  4. Conduct five case studies using essential oils clinically
  5. Take the Certificate in Clinical Aromatherapy test (licensed health professional)
Course Objectives (listed in Lesson order)
  1. Discuss the role of aromatic medicine in history
  2. Outline how plants make essential oils and where they store them.
  3. Discuss various reasons why aromatic plants make essential oils
  4. Demonstrate various methods for using essential oils
  5. Outline how essential oils are absorbed and excreted by the body
  6. Describe how smell can affect our emotions
  7. Describe what methods of extraction produce an essential oil
  8. Describe other methods of extraction
  9. Identify a diagram of each process
  10. Outline several methods for testing the purity of essential oils
  11. Outline how to sample an essential oil correctly
  12. Describe how you know what you have in the bottle of essential oil
  13. Describe plant taxonomy
  14. List 3 different species of lavender and 3 of chamomile
  15. List 3 different essential oils that come from one plant
  16. Pronounce the Latin names correctly
  17. List the main functional groups found in essential oils
  18. Compare the properties of those functional groups
  19. Describe how you would use an essential oil high in each functional group
  20. Pronounce the technical names correctly.
  21. Describe the effect smell has on humans and other creatures.
  22. Draw simple diagram to explain links between smell and behavior
  23. Explain an MSDS and why is it required for clinical use
  24.  Explain how different functional groups affect the storage of essential oils
  25. List essential oils contraindicated in specific clinical conditions
  26. Convert drops to percentages
  27. Describe dosages for infants, children and adults.
  28. Describe several different carrier oils and their properties
  29. Describe how to take a clinical aromatherapy case-study for the certificate
  30. Discuss the difference between herb extracts and essential oils
  31. List the therapeutic potential of 15 essential oils
  32. Describe how you would use essential oils and how often
  33. List conditions when you would not use the 15 essential oils covered in the course
  34. Complete 5 clinical aromatherapy case-studies
  35. Complete course evaluation
  36. Complete clinical aromatherapy exam


Essential Oils Covered

  • Piper nigrum — Black pepper
  • Salvia sclaria — Clary sage
  • Boswellia carteri — Frankincense
  • Pelargonium graveolens — Geranium
  • Lavandula angustifolia — Lavender
  • Lavandula intermedia — Lavandin
  • Citrus limon — Lemon
  • Cymbopogon citratus — Lemongrass
  • Citrus reticulata — Mandarin
  • Cymbopogon martini — Palma rosa
  • Mentha piperita — Peppermint
  • Citrus amara — Petitgrain
  • Rosmarinus officinalis — Rosemary
  • Lavandula latifolia — Spike lavender
  • Melaleuca alternifolia — Teatree

Essential Oils Covered Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Aromatherapy

"I truely feel I have received an excellent education with your Clinical Aromatherapy home study program. It was the most in-depth aromatherapy home study course I have ever seen and it has a clear clinical focus. The CDs and workbooks covered the clinical use of the 15 esential oils used, in depth and detail, and now I feel comfortable and safe to use these oils on my patients, many of whom are seriously ill with cancer. Thank you Dr Buckle for putting 'your all' into this course. I highly recommend it to nurses and massage therapists - or anyone in the medical field, wanting to add aromatherapy to their practice".
— Toni Kline. RN. MSN. LMT. Cleveland, OH.

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