aromatherapy diploma module two - essential oil science
SHIRLEY PRICE AROMATHERAPY
MODULE 2: Aromatherapy
After this module and a period of self-directed study the student will be able to:
- Provide a brief history of essential oil use from ancient times to the modern day
- Define holism in relationship to orthodox and complementary medicine
- Provide a brief overview of the current state of aromatherapy in the UK and the rest of the world
- Explain the terms “voluntary and statutory regulation” and “professional association” as they relate to aromatherapy and outline the position of the various bodies, especially the IFPA, involved in this
- Give a definition of aromatherapy
- Describe the various processes of extraction and name oils produced by each
- Define the various terms used for products used in aromatherapy
- Explain the code of ethics and practice of the IFPA and their importance for the aromatherapist
- Describe the essential oil from the Lamiaceae family in terms of their country of origin, extraction method, botanical family, Latin name, chemistry, properties, uses and hazards
- Describe the carrier oils covered in terms of family, Latin name, major constituents, properties, uses and hazards.
Essential oils: Basil, Clary sage, Lavenders, Peppermint, Sage, Thyme, Hyssop, Melissa, Patchouli, Mountain savory
Carrier oils: Sweet almond, sunflower seed, apricot kernel, peach kernel, rosehip
Time: 5 days
Method of delivery: handouts, power-point presentation, discussion
Assessment: Formative: this module will be assessed by a combination of multiple choice/short answer questions on each of the theory outcomes.
Battaglia, S (2003) The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy 2nd Edition. Brisbane.
The Perfect Potion
Bowles, J. (2000) The Basic Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Essential Oils. Australia
Buckle J. (1997) Clinical Aromatherapy in Nursing. London. Arnold.
Buckle J. (2003) Clinical Aromatherapy. Essential oils in Practice. Edinburgh. Churchill Livingstone
Price L & Smith I (1999) Carrier oils for aromatherapy and massage, England. Riverhead
Price S & L (1999) Aromatherapy for Health Professionals (2nd edition) Edinburgh
Rhind J (2009) Essential Oils. A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice. Edinburgh. Napier University
Schnaubelt K (1998) Advanced Aromatherapy. Vermont. Inner Traditions International
Schnaubelt K (1999) Medical Aromatherapy. Berkley. Frog Ltd
In module two the student is given a thorough appreciation of body analysis to help make an assessment of client needs.
An anatomy and physiology qualification is required and if it has not already been obtained then this is the stage it should be sought. Besides our own in house anatomy and physiology course there are many excellent online courses and we can advise on these. Our recommended course is provided by Essential Training Solutions. This is an FHT approved Online Level 3 qualification. Find out more.
Free download guide to 189 medical conditions
We also recommend this inexpensive revision aid from Essential Training Solutions to students
Inevitably preparing for the theoretical and practical examinations requires some learning by rote and this guide ensures you cover all the necessary ground. If you are in any doubt as to the ground to be covered then it is as well to review the IFPA therapeutic massage and aromatherapy syllabus which also serves as a good checklist of your understanding. The Aromatherapy Council syllabus
Body analysis together with detailed information gathered from the client using our Shirley Price client data sheets is used in selecting and blending essential oils for individual treatment. Detailed instruction is given in the making and selection of appropriate aromatherapy creams and lotions for specific skin conditions. The massage taught is designed to deal with the results of stress and poor circulation by incorporating some lymphatic drainage massage, some neuromuscular massage and some shiatsu pressures; contra indications and precautions are taught.
Plant families, essential oils methods of extraction and the elements of essential oil chemistry are discussed in detail. The merits of some carrier oils are taught and an introduction is given to subjects such as diet, counselling, pathology, hygiene, health and safety and professional conduct.
Module APD2 2 consists of 5 days in-house training. 15 case studies, an essential oil profile and an essay must be submitted before attendence on Module APD3. Further hours home study should be done.
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