March 30th, 2012 4:00 PM   through   April 1st, 2012 5:30 PM
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
ROOM 184
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
United States
Phone: (425) 602-3152
Professional $ 430.00
Alumni $ 385.00
BU Staff $ 308.00
General public $ 385.00
Full time student $ 290.00
Retake $ 135.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience general public, health care professionals, students, acupuncturists, massage therapists, estheticians
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17 CEUs/PDAs Required: It is recommended that you register at least two to four days prior to start of the seminar to obtain the required text, Aromatherapy: Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for Esthetics (approximately $57), and do the homework. Prior to class read the Forward, Introduction and Chapter 1, and answer review questions at the end of chapter.

This seminar, Essential Oil Therapy – Foundations, provides 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; holistic properties and contraindications of essential oils; their impact on body systems and olfaction; and the relation to energy principles. We will also explore their holistic and therapeutic function in cosmetic ingredients and beauty treatments, quality control issues, and best practices in developing formulations for professional and personal use.

The seminar is 20 hours (20 CEUs or 17 PDAs), and includes 17 hours of classroom experience and three hours of self-study. Classroom experience will include lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice (instructor will supply the necessary materials, bases and oils – approx. $45 value).

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
  • Chemotypes
  • 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
  • The steps to creating essential oil formula for therapeutic purposes
  • 30 essential oils and their properties
  • The 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.
  • Identify the extraction methods and quality control for "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 11 application methods and six categories of dosing.
  • Formulate with essential oils using the given equation for calculating "drops" used and selecting suitable carrier oils from a review of 10 general care oils and 10 valued in skin care.
  • Identify the chemistry, properties and use of 25 essential oils.
  • Evaluate the composition and formulation of over 10 skin care and healing formulas for professional and personal use.
  • Perform an aromatherapy consultation that will guide the selection of oils, application method and formulation.
  • 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.

You are invited to contact the instructor, Jimm Harrison, if you have any questions about the curriculum,  or want to learn more about how this program will support your career goals.


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

Cost Notes
Receive a discount: register by March 23rd.
CEUs available for NDs (except CA & OR)
CEUs available for LMPs licensed in WA
NCBTMB CEs available for LMPs
CEUs available for ARNPs and RNs licensed in WA
CEUs available for DCs licensed in WA
Category II CMEs available for MDs and PAs licensed in WA
NCCAOM PDA points available for LAc’s
CEUs pending approval for LAc's licensed in CA

Course Notes

This seminar will be at Bastyr University Kenmore campus, room 1011.  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.

On Friday, please bring a sack dinner, as the dining commons will be closed. On Sat/Sun you can bring a sack lunch or purchase lunch in the dininig commons.