Aromatherapy Chemistry Online


This Aromatherapy Chemistry course provides students with a systematic approach to learning the chemical functional groups and pharmacological actions of essential oils. Written by Joy Bowles, renowned author of The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils, this interactive, online, instructor-led course will help you make sense of the chemistry of aromatherapy. Suitable for anyone who needs to understand the science and efficacy of this healing art, including nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other allied health professionals.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss essential oil constituents and their therapeutic actions

  • Recognize odor samples of constituents.

  • Understand polarity and solubility.

  • Discuss pharmacology in relation to aromatherapy.

  • Conduct aromatherapy research.

  • Discuss what atoms and molecules are, and how they make up the material stuff of the universe.

  • Get essential oils to disperse in water.

  • Describe how essential oils are absorbed, metabolized, and excreted by the body.

  • Understand what quality criteria you need to consider when buying essential oils.

  • Propose a hypothesis, design a study, complete an experiment using the scientific method, and compose the analysis in a format used by scientific research journals.

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Required Course Pack:

  • AROMA 305 Practical Lab Kit
    • This practical lab kit contains the following certified organic or sustainably wildcrafted herbs and/or oils:
      • Sweet Orange Citrus sinensis 
      • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens 
      • Clove Bud Syzygium aromaticum 
      • Cinnamon Cinnamomum zeylanicum
      • Eucalyptus Glob. Eucalyptus globulus 
      • Lemon Citrus limonum
      • Lemon Eucalyptus Eucalyptus citriodora
      • Oregano Origanum vulgare
      • Ylang Ylang Cananga odorata 
      • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia
      • Lemongrass Cymbopogon flexuosum
      • Limonene-r, Farnesene, Linalool, Nerolidol, Citral, L-Menthone Linalyl acetate-Natural,1.8 Cineole, Carvacrol-Natural, Cinnamaldehyde-Natural, Eugenol-Natural, Solubol and Citronellal-Natural


      This practical lab kit also contains the following raw ingredients and practical lab supplies:

      • 5 ml Amber Bottles (Qty 3), 25 ml Beaker, 3 ml Disposable Pipettes (Qty 5), Perfume testing booklet, Glass stir rod

  • Online Materials and Library Resources (OMLR)

Required Textbooks: 

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Last updated 11/11/22

Prior aromatherapy formal training or prior chemistry (aromatherapy-specific chemistry not required) is recommended

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