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Aromatherapy has become an increasingly popular modality to support wellness, particularly in an integrative healthcare setting due to its ability to enhance the quality of life for a wide range of clients. This graduate-level survey course provides students with an in-depth analysis of the fundamental principles of aromatherapy, aromatology, and aromacology. We will examine the major categories of aromatherapy, aromatology, and aromacology including definitions, selected proven and unproven effects of essential oils citing research literature, historical perspectives, essential oil constituents and bioactivity, the science of smell and psychological effects, safety issues, and clinical studies. Plant photographs for identification and interactive exercises help to bring the concepts to life for visually-oriented and kinesthetic learners.
Compare modern and historic aromatherapy definitions, philosophies, practices, and methods of essential oil extraction.
Summarize key information from peer-reviewed aromatherapy research focused on essential oil therapeutic actions, mechanisms, clinical applications, or industrial uses.
Describe the sensory properties (organoleptic assessment), therapeutic uses, methods of extraction, key constituents, and example formulations.
Explain the therapeutic effects of essential oils via physiological and psychological mechanisms, including olfaction and psychoneuroimmunology.
Evaluate the potential role of aromatherapy for special populations including gynecology and obstetrics.
Discuss key essential oil and aromatherapy safety concerns and best practices, including differences in regulatory requirements internationally.
Evaluate industrial uses of essential oils, including commercial flavor and fragrance.
Required Materials (Course Pack)
This practical lab kit also contains the following raw ingredients and practical lab supplies:
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Candidates must possess a baccalaureate degree or higher from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. Candidates must submit official transcripts directly from the issuing institution along with one professional letter of recommendation. All applicants must be recommended for admission by the ACHS Admissions Committee.