Aromatherapy & Essential Oils: Foundations (AROMA - 14FOUN09)

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September 19th, 2014 4:00 PM   through   September 21st, 2014 5:30 PM
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
Room 220
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
United States

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Phone: (425) 602-3152
Professional after 9/3 $ 475.00
Bastyr/NIAOM alumni after 9/3 $ 425.00
General public after 9/3 $ 475.00
BU staff after 9/3 $ 375.00
Full-time student $ 355.00
Retake $ 145.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience general public, health care professionals, full-time students, acupuncturists, massage therapists, physical & occupational therapists, estheticians, reflexologists
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Essential oils are nature’s powerful healing tools from plants around the globe. Explore their holistic and therapeutic function in complimentary health; cosmetic and beauty treatments; quality control issues; and best practices in developing formulations for professional and personal use. Sept 19, Fri, to Sept 21, Sun: Fri, 4-8 p.m., Sat and Sun, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Instructor: Jimm Harrison. (17 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs)

Required Textbooks & Assignments: It is recommended that you register at least four days prior to start of the seminar to obtain the required text, Aromatherapy: Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for Esthetics (approximately $67), and do the homework. Prior to class read the Forward, Introduction and Chapter 1, and answer review questions at the end of chapter before attending the first day. Text is available in the Bastyr Bookstore – call ahead to insure books are available 425-602-3026),

Descripton: Learn the fundamental knowledge necessary for competent and efficacious use of essential oils and aromatherapy. Moving beyond a simple definition of individual oils, you will gain an understanding of the chemical composition of essential oils; holistic properties and contraindications; their impact on body systems and olfaction; and the relation to energy principles.

The 20-hour seminar includes 17 hours of classroom experience and three to six hours of self-study. Classroom experience will include lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice. The instructor will supply the necessary materials, bases and oils (approx. $50 value). Complete this seminar and begin to use your new-found skills immediately, or continue your studies by completing the entire Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Certificate Program.

Topics include:

Definitions of aromatherapy and essential oils

History of aromatherapy

The olfactory system and the sense of smell

Psycho-aromatherapy: use of essential oils for mood and emotions

Essential oil distillation and other plant essence extractions

Essential oil quality

Specified botanical origin

Essential oil chemistry and the Structure Effect Diagram

Molecular groupings and their properties


Therapeutic properties of essential oils

Contraindications and safety

Diversity of essential oil application

Creating synergies

Formulation and dilution percentages

Fragrance notes

Structure Effect Diagram and the skin

Essential oils in cosmetic formulation

Essential oils in relation to diet/nutrition

Carrier oils for blending and their properties

Steps to creating essential oil formula for therapeutic purposes

30 essential oils and their properties

Aromatherapy consultation

Formulas for therapeutic purpose

Creating the blends for massage or skin care

Upon completion of the seminar you will be able to:

  • Accurately define essential oils and aromatherapy
  • Describe the sense of smell and the effect of odor on the brain’s limbic system and how this relates to essential oil use for memory and emotion
  • Define genuine and authentic essential oils
  • Select essential oils according to their chemical makeup, properties and safety using the Structure-Effect Diagram
  • Select appropriate application and dosing for essential oil treatments following a review of eight application methods and four categories of dosing
  • Formulate with essential oils using the given equation for calculating drops used
  • Identify the chemistry, properties and use of at least 15 essential oils
  • Competently create a formula and blend of essential oils based on the learning objectives for this seminar
  • Use essential oils with awareness of state and federal regulations, individual scope of practice, confidentiality of client and ethics

This class is part of a non-credit program offered by Bastyr’s Continuing Education Department. To read about the program course sequence, program requirements and fees, go to

Cost Note: Receive a discount, register by 9/3/14. 

Meals: Fri - 1/2 hour dinner break - bring a sack meal and drink.  Sat/Sun - one hour lunch break - bring a sack lunch or eat in Bastyr's dining commons.

Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room 55.  Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.

Audience: The seminar content has been designed for licensed health care professionals; however, the general public is invited to attend as well.

17 Continuing Education Units (CEUs, PDAs, CMEs):
CEUs available for NDs (except CA & OR)
CEUs available for LMPs licensed in WA
CEUs available for PTs & OTs licensed in WA
NCBTMB CEs available for LMPs
CEUs available for ARNPs and RNs licensed in WA
Category II CMEs available for MDs and PAs licensed in WA
NCCAOM PDA points available for LAc’s
CEUs approved for LAc’s licensed in CA

Jimm Harrison, Cosmetologist and Certified Aromatherapist, founded the Phytotherapy Institute in 1995 to advance education in essential oil and plant therapy. He was the first cosmetologist invited by Harvard University and MIT to discuss the impact of essential oils in skin care. Harrison has been conducting certification programs and lectures in essential oil therapy for accredited massage, spa therapy, cosmetology and medical esthetic institutions across the country since 1993, including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He is the author of Aromatherapy: Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for Esthetics, and has developed natural/organic skin care products for the professional and retail markets. To read more about this presenter, please visit his website at