Aromatherapy & Essential Oils: Chemistry & Biology (AROMA - 14CHEM10)

  Although online registration is now closed, you can certainly register at the door. There is plenty of space.
October 10th, 2014 4:00 PM   through   October 12th, 2014 5:30 PM
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
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Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
United States

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Phone: (425) 602-3152
Professional after 10/6 $ 475.00
Bastyr/NIAOM alumni after 10/6 $ 425.00
General public after 10/6 $ 475.00
Full time student $ 355.00
Retake $ 145.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience general public, health care professionals, full time students, acupuncturists & medical doctors with acupuncture training, massage therapists, physical & occupational therapists, estheticians, & reflexologists
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This advanced aromatherapy seminar provides an intensive and comprehensive study of essential oil molecular composition and structure. The sciences are used in identifying properties, therapeutic evidence, application and the quality of essential oils. Oct 10, Fri, to Oct 12, Sun: Fri, 4-8 p.m., Sat and Sun, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Instructor: Jimm Harrison. (17 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs)

Prerequisite: Aromatherapy & Essential Oils – Foundations

Assignments: Aromatherapy: Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for Esthetics. Prior to class read Chapter 5 and answer review questions at the end of chapter before attending the first day.

Required: At the beginning of class you will need to purchase from the instructor a kit of 13 essential oils representing each functional group and fragrance category (the kit will be used in this class as well as all the upcoming classes in the program). Payment by check payable to the instructor (approx. $150).

Description: This seminar will further demonstrate how to effectively use the Structure-Effect Diagram in the selection and application of essential oils for specific therapeutic application.

The seminar is 20 hours (17 CEUs or PDAs), and includes 17 hours of classroom experience and three to six hours of self-study. Classroom experience will include lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice. To augment the kit of essential oils that you will bring to class, additional materials, bases and oils will be supplied by the instructor (approx. $50 value).

Topics Include:

  • Molecular structures and organic chemistry
  • Isomers and chirality
  • Secondary metabolites produced by plants
  • Overview of the biosynthesis of essential oil constituents
  • The Structure-Effect Diagram
  • Essential oil chemical families and molecular groups
  • Components found in essential oils
  • GC/MS chemical analysis of essential oils
  • Chemical properties of essential oils
  • Using the structure effect diagram in selection of oils
  • Formulating using the Structure-Effect Diagram
  • Case studies

Upon completion of the seminar you will be able to:

  • Explain how the chemistry and biology underlie the functions, medicinal properties and qualities of essential oils
  • Describe how humans and plants co-evolved and how this relates to the harmony and effectiveness of essential oils and other plant-based medicines
  • Use essential oil chemistry as a scientific basis for the healing properties of essential oils and as a guide to the therapeutic application
  • Use the Structure-Effect Diagram as a scientific and visual guide for more accurate selection of essential oils
  • Identify the 14 “structure-effect” molecular groupings, their properties, contraindications, the important compounds within the groups, and the essential oils that contain them
  • Describe secondary metabolites produced by plants
  • Identify the chemical compounds and related essential oils best suited for the specific conditions of inflammation, bacterial and viral infection, pain, water retention, digestive imbalance, respiratory congestion, muscle spasms and cramps
  • Identify the chemical compounds and related essential oils best suited for stress, the “fight or flight” response, anxiety, depression and mental fatigue
  • Formulate at least four essential oil remedies based on the chemistry and molecular structure of the oils

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 Oct 6.

Meals: On Fri, bring a sack lunch and drink (dining commons closes at 4p.m.).
Sat/Sun, One hour lunch break – Bring a sack lunch or eat in Bastyr’s dining commons

Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, Fri. room 284, Sat/Sun room 220. 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.

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 approved 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