Herbal Aromatherapy Certification™ Program
Curriculum Outline

  • Orientation – available immediately upon enrollment
  • Introduction to Herbal Aromatherapy™​
    Some of the topics covered include:
    • Herbal Aromatherapy™
    • Scope of Practice
    • Sustainability
    • ​Elements of a Holistic Wellness Plan
    • Growing Plants for Your Apothecary
    • Sourcing High Quality Products and Ingredients for Your Apothecary
    • Storing Herbal Products
    • The Importance of Organic in Therapeutic Practice
    • Glossary
    • Introduction to Case Histories
  • Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
    Some of the topics covered include:
    • Introduction to Aromatherapy
    • How Essential Oils Are Made
    • How Essential Oils Work
    • Essences and Extracts
    • Quality, Testing and Industry Standards
    • Topical Applications of Essential Oils
    • Application of Essential Oils Via Inhalation
    • Working with Diffusers in Aromatherapy Applications
    • Internal Use of Essential Oils
    • Hydrosols
    • Blending Theories
  • Case Histories, Case Studies and Case Reviews
  • Safety Guidelines
    Some of the topics covered include:
    • Formulating for Different Age Groups
    • Formulating for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers
    • Formulating for Clients with Chronic Illness
    • Formulating for Clients with Various Constitutions, Energetics and Emotional States
    • Interactions and Contraindications
    • Special Considerations
    • Standard Dilutions and Dosages
  • Therapeutic Applications: External Preparations
    Some of the topics covered include:
    • Layering Theory and Blending Techniques
    • Poultices
    • Compresses
    • Plasters
    • Steams
    • Baths
    • Hand and Foot Baths
    • Liniments
    • Infused Oils
    • Salves, Balms and Ointments
    • Butters
    • Creams and Lotions
    • Soaks and Scrubs
    • Diffuser Blends
    • Smelling Salts and Inhalers
    • Massage Oils and Roll-On Blends
  • Therapeutic Applications: Internal Herbal Preparations
    Some of the topics covered include:
    • Herbal Teas
    • Herbal Tinctures
    • Herbal Vinegars, Shrubs, Oxymels and Cleaning Vinegars
    • Herbal Glycerites
    • Herbal Capsules
    • Herbal Powders
    • Cooking with Herbs
    • Herbal Syrups
    • Compound Herbal Butters
    • Herbal Honeys
    • Herbal Lozenges, Pastilles and Electuaries
    • Flower Essences
  • Botany
    Some of the topics covered include:
    • Scientific Names of Plants
    • Plant Classification and Organization
    • Plant Families
    • The Significance of Plant Parts
    • Plant Identification
  • Introduction to Phytochemistry
    Some of the topics covered include:
    • How to Research Plant-Based Constituents
    • Absorption
    • Lipids and Saponins
    • Resins
    • Alkaloids
    • Polysaccharides
    • Tannins
    • Nutrients
    • Lactones and Coumarins
    • Ketones
    • Oxides
    • Ethers
    • Aldehydes
    • Phenols
    • Monoterpenes
    • Monoterpenols
    • Sesquiterpenes
    • Sesquiterpenols
    • Esters
  • The Apothecary Garden
    Some of the topics covered include:
    • Growing Aromatic and Medicinal Herbs
    • Planting the Garden
    • Managing Pests and Disease Naturally
    • Seed Starting
    • Harvesting
    • Natural Fertilization and Watering
    • Building the Soil
  • Home Distillation of Aromatic Plants
    Some of the topics covered include:
    • Introduction to Small-Scale Artisan Distillation
    • Types of Stills Used to Gather Essential Oils and Hydrosols from Plants
    • Choosing and Sourcing Stills
    • Tools and Accessories
    • Preparing Your Still
    • The Distillation Process
  • The Art of Sustainable Business
    Some of the topics covered include:
    • Developing Business Strategies
    • Setting Up Your Website and Online Platforms
    • Legal Considerations
    • Email Lists
    • Target Market Development
    • Authentic Marketing
    • Photography
    • Social Media Strategy
    • The Business of Making Money
    • Pricing Products and Services
    • Efficiency and Productivity
    • Selling Handmade Products
    • Working with Clients
    • Sourcing
    • You As a Business Owner
    • Resources for Business Owners
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology
    Some of the topics covered include:
    • Introduction to the Human Body
    • The Integumentary System
    • The Musculoskeletal System
    • The Nervous System
    • The Endocrine System
    • The Cardiovascular System
    • The Lymphatic System
    • The Immune System
    • The Respiratory System
    • The Digestive System
    • The Genitourinary System
    • The Reproductive Systems
    • The Mind and Emotions
    • **Each of these modules contains several lessons about both how the bodily system works in relation to the rest of the body, as well as common ailments that affect each system and plant-based therapeutic strategies.
  • Materia Medica
    Some of the topics covered include:
    • Carriers in Aromatherapy
    • How to Research a Plant
    • How to Create a Materia Medica Profile
    • Aloe
    • Angelica
    • Aniseed
    • Balsam Copaiba
    • Balsam Poplar
    • Basils
    • Bee Balms
    • Bergamot
    • Bergamot Mint
    • Black Pepper
    • Blue Tansy
    • Cajeput
    • Calendula
    • Cardamom
    • Carrot Seed
    • Catnip
    • Cayenne
    • Cedar
    • Celery Seed
    • Chamomiles
    • Cilantro
    • Cinnamon
    • Cistus
    • Citronella
    • Clary Sage
    • Clove
    • Coriander
    • Cypress
    • Davana
    • Dill
    • Elder – flower and berry
    • Eucalyptuses
    • Fennel
    • Firs
    • Fragonia
    • Geranium
    • Ginger
    • Gingergrass
    • Grapefruit
    • Helichrysums
    • Hemlock
    • Hops
    • Hyssop
    • Inula
    • Jasmine
    • Juniper Berry
    • Kanuka
    • Kunzea
    • Larch Tamarack
    • Laurel
    • Lavenders
    • Lemon
    • Lemon Balm
    • Lemon Verbena
    • Lemongrass
    • Lime
    • Linden
    • Mandarin
    • Marigold
    • Marjoram (Sweet)
    • Mastic
    • May Chang
    • Myrtles
    • Niaouli
    • Nutmeg
    • Orange, Neroli and Petitgrain
    • Oregano
    • Palmarosa
    • Patchouli
    • Peppermint
    • Pines
    • Plai
    • Plantain
    • Ravensara
    • Ravintsara
    • Rhododendron
    • Rosalina
    • Roses
    • Rosemary
    • Sage
    • St. John’s Wort
    • Saro
    • Self Heal
    • Spruces
    • Tamala
    • Tangerine
    • Tarragon
    • Tea Tree
    • Thuja (Arborvitae)
    • Thymes
    • Tulsi
    • Turmeric
    • Vetiver
    • Violet
    • Wintergreen
    • Xanthoxylum
    • Yarrow
    • Ylang Ylang
    • Yuzu

      *Plant list subject to change.
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