Essential Oil Therapy - Chemistry & Biology (AROMA - 12CHEM02)

  Please register at the door - room 1011.
February 1st, 2013 4:00 PM   through   February 3rd, 2013 5:30 PM
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
ROOM 1011
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
United States

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Phone: (425) 602-3152
Professional after 1/16 $ 445.00
Bastyr/NIAOM alumni after 1/16 $ 335.00
General public after 1/16 $ 445.00
BU staff after 1/16 $ 355.00
Full time student $ 275.00
Retake $ 135.00
NOTE: Required oil kit - see course notes-approx $150-200 $ 0.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience health care professionals, acupuncturists & medical doctors with acupuncture training, massage therapists, physical & occupational therapists, estheticians, reflexologists, general public and full time students
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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. Feb 1-3: Fri, 4-8p.m. - Sat & Sun, 9:30a.m.-5:30p.m. Instructor: Jimm Harrison, Cosmetologist & Certified Aromatherapist Prerequisite: Essential Oil Therapy - Foundations 17 CEUs, PDAs

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.

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 hours of self-study. Classroom experience will include lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice. In addition to the “kit of 25 essential oils” you will purchase from the instructor, he will supply additional materials, bases and oils for the weekend activities – approx. $45 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
  • Define secondary metabolites produced by plants
  • Select and apply essential oils with awareness of their complex chemical mixture and the multi-target activity of plant secondary metabolites
  • 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 emotional conditions and the related symptoms of stress, the “fight or flight” response, anxiety, depression and mental fatigue
  • Identify the chemical compounds and related essential oils best suited for specific skin conditions:  sensitive, inflamed, wounds, dry, oily, rosacea, eczema, photo (UV) damage, and aging
  • Formulate at least six 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, just click on the Program Flier PDF.

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


Continuing Education Units (CEUs, PDAs, CMEs, CPEUs):

CEUs available for NDs (except CA & OR)
CEUs available for LMPs licensed in WA
CEUs available for physical & occupational therapists 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 available for LAc’s licensed in CA
ARCB CEs approved for reflexologists in WA

Course Notes

Register early - receive a discount before 1/16/13

We recommend you register at least four days in advance for required reading & homework.

You will have the option to purchase natural skin care products and essential oils directly from the instructor after the class concludes (Credit card, cash or check payable to the instructor).

The required text: Aromatherapy: Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for Esthetics, by Jimm Harrison, is available in the Bastyr Bookstore.  Call ahead for availability:  425-602-3026.

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.

Also required: You will need to purchase a kit of 13 essential oils representing each functional group and fragrance category (the one-time purchase of the kit will be made available on the first day of this seminar – check payable to the instructor, approx. $150 - $200, depending on current market value of oils).

Location:  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 we suggest you bring a sack meal (the Dining Commons closes at 4). On Sat/Sun, you can bring a sack lunch or eat in Bastyr's Dining Commons.