Introduction to Aromatherapy for Spa Managers

Margaret LaPierre

Holistic Medicine


AROMA 103 introduces spa workers and managers to aromatherapy, including a brief overview of essential oils, production, history, basic training in safety, related anatomy & physiology, methods of use in the spa setting, and a more in-depth look at 13 commonly used essential oils in the spa. 

Learning Outcomes

Discuss aromatherapy, its history, and development
Identify and safely use 13 essential oils, from Chamomile to Ylang ylang, including methods of application
Assess the quality of essential oils and understand the primary production methods
Describe the physiology of the sense of smell
Give an overview of the limbic system, lymphatic system, immune system, and skin, along with methods of absorption of essential oils
Discuss how essential oils interact on physical and emotional levels
Create at least five different essential oil preparations for use in a spa setting
Identify contraindications and safety issues
Create a blend and choose from a range of carrier oils

Required Materials (Course Pack)

The Required Materials (or Course Pack) cost—including standard shipping within the United States—is $203.00. This includes:

  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR) - $33

  • AROMA 103 Practical Lab Kit - Kit includes 5 mls of: Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile, Cinnamon Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus, Ginger Zingiber officinale, Lavandin Lavandula intermedia, Lavender Lavandula angustifolia, Lemon Citrus limonum, Peppermint Mentha xpiperita, Pine Pinus sylvestris, Rosemary Rosemary officinalis, Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis ct verbenone (ct = chemotype), Tea tree Australia Melaleuca alternifolia, Ylang ylang Cananga odorata genuina; Bottle for Facial Oil; Perfume testing strips (Qty 100); 2-oz bottles of the following base oils: apricot kernel oil, camellia oil, and sweet almond oil; 5-ml amber glass bottles (Qty 2) for Lavender Spice Blend; a custom blend 2-oz cobalt blue spray bottles (Qty 1) for Room Spray; 3-ml disposable pipettes (Qty 12); and 25-ml glass beaker and stirring rod. - $149

Total Course Price: $165 (1 credit x $165 per credit) + $203 Course Pack = $368

  • Does not include Registration Fee, which is $200 per program or $30 per credit if enrolling in single courses.

Tuition Includes

  • Expert faculty with real-world clinical experience in each course
  • All instruction and evaluation, including weekly interaction with your instructor through the online classroom, live teleconferences and/or chats, email, and the Instructor’s Virtual Office
  • Dynamic online lectures updated regularly to include the latest evidence-based research and industry updates

Maximum Enrollment

30 students