Campus and Apothecary Shoppe
5005 S. Macadam Ave.
Portland, OR 97239
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PST
This interactive course immerses students in the fundamental principles of aromatherapy. This course experience begins with the historical beginnings of aromatherapy in ancient cultures and follows the development of this unique integrative modality through modern evidence-based clinical aromatherapy. Students explore the science of the sense of smell and the psychological and physiological effects of aroma. Essential oil materia medica is introduced via hands-on practical labs where students prepare aromatherapy formulas correlating to the essential oils studied. Students also explore methods of essential oil extraction and the types of chemical constituents found in essential oils. Research related to clinical aromatherapy for specific populations, key safety considerations, and regulatory guidelines are also explored. This class is a fantastic resource for anyone working in integrative health.
Compare modern aromatherapy definitions, philosophy, practices, and essential oil distillation with their historic development.
Summarize key information from peer-reviewed, published aromatherapy research focused on essential oil therapeutic actions, mechanisms, clinical applications, or industrial uses.
Describe the organoleptic assessment, therapeutic uses, methods of extraction, key constituents, and example formulations of selected essential oils.
Explain how essential oils create therapeutic effects 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.
Identify industrial uses of essential oils, including commercial flavor and fragrance.
Required Materials (Course Pack)
The AROMA 501 Practical Lab Kit includes the following certified organic or sustainably wildcrafted essential oils:
This practical lab kit also contains the following experiential learning supplies:
View the required textbooks for this class, including ISBN, edition, and retail price, by visiting our Required Textbooks page.
Total Course Price:
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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.