This course will give you an overview of essential oil therapy as well as current aromatherapy practises in clinical settings, as well as the skills to incorporate aromatherapy into your own practise. You will be able to do the following by the end of the course: a) Explain to a patient what essential oils are and how they work; b) determine whether an essential oil might be beneficial to a patient, taking into account patient preference and research evidence, as well as any safety concerns or contraindications; and c) recommend a protocol for use in a clinical setting.
1. What is Aromatherapy and its Role in Health and Healthcare?
- What is Clinical Aromatherapy?
- How Are Essential Oils Made?
- Essential Oil Extraction and Concentration
- Frankincense Essential Oil Production
- Complexity of Essential Oils
- What is a Monograph?
- Where to Find Essential Oil Monographs
- Dental Patient Case Study
- Early Essential Oil History
- Essential Oil History: 16th Century to Present
- Evidence Base for Aromatherapy
- Dr. Jessie Hawkins Interview
- Evidence Research Examples
- Common Uses of Essential Oils in Healthcare
- Why Healthcare Includes Aromatherapy
- Aromatherapy in Healthcare Roles
2. What Do I Need to Know About Safety and Quality?
- How Safe Are Essential Oils?
- Skin-Related Safety Implications
- Robert Tisserand Interview
- Skin Reaction Risk Factors
- Ingestion of Essential Oils
- Considerations for Using Essential Oils With Special Populations
- Pam Conrad Interview
- FDA Regulation of Essential Oils
- Essential Oil Quality Indicators
3. Application and Delivery Methods
- Salvatore Battaglia Interview
- What Happens When You Inhale Essential Oils?
- Direct Inhalation Methods
- Indirect Inhalation Methods
- Essential Oil Diffusion in Public or Shared Spaces
- Introducing Essential Oils to Patients/Clients
- What Happens When You Apply Essential Oils to Your Skin?
- Diluting Essential Oils in a Carrier Oil
- Essential Oil Compresses and Baths
- Essential Oil Massage Techniques
- Essential Oils for Self-Care
- How I Use Essential Oils At Home
4. Essential Oils for Managing Pain and Anxiety
- How Can Essential Oils Help Manage Pain?
- How Can Essential Oils Help People Relax?
- Clinical Use of Bergamot
- Clinical Use of Lavender and Sweet Orange
- Clinical Use of Sweet Marjoram and Roman Chamomile
5. Essential Oils for Managing Nausea and Fatigue
- How Can Essential Oils Help Manage Nausea?
- How Can Essential Oils Help Manage Fatigue?
- Clinical Use of Peppermint and Spearmint
- Clinical Use of Lemon and Grapefruit
- Essential Oils for Urinary Retention and Smoking Cessation
6. Establishing and Sustaining a Clinical Aromatherapy Program
- How Do I Get Started?
- Developing a Clinical Aromatherapy Program
- Carol Scheidel Interview
- Sustaining a Clinical Aromatherapy Program