Modules in Study Order
Throughout your study you will be set coursework for each module to complete, which will be marked by your Personal Tutor. They will give you lots of feedback on your progress. These homework sheets and projects will eventually form a portfolio of evidence to prove your competency to practice.
You will start at the beginning by studying the origins of essential oil usage throughout history and then come to understand exactly what an essential oil is. You will learn why plants produce essential oils and their physical and therapeutic properties. In this module, you will learn where to buy essential oils, the difference between non-organic and organic oils, plus you will study precautions of use and general safety data. You will also understand the term "holism" and why it is important to take the holistic approach in complementary medicine. You will study the vegetable carrier oils and other carrier media, the methods of extraction of the essential oils and absolutes plus methods of application of essential oils. Finally in this module you will learn about the plant families so that you can appreciate the Latin names and the importance of understanding research in practice.
With this module you will receive exclusive essential oil guides written by Carole Preen. You will study the Citrus Oils, the Floral Oils, the Wood Oils, plus an overall introduction to essential oils. You will also cover the chemistry of essential oils in depth and learn how and why oils have their therapeutic properties as well as skills for blending. You will cover toxicity of essential oils, how essential oils affect our emotions – particularly looking at the Limbic System of the brain, plus terminology, synergy and blending. Next you will study the pros and cons of environmental fragrancing, environmental considerations and more important information on safety precautions. There is much to learn here on the principles of blending and the quantities of essential oil to use in a blend. You will learn about ambient aromas and how to take the case for your case studies and the legal issues around client confidentiality and keeping case study records.
In this module, you will continue your essential oil studies and recieve part 2 of our essential oil guide. You will therefore study the Herb Oils, the Medicinal Oil and the Spice Oils. Next you will learn about Taxonomy, Botany & Nomenclature. You will find the additional tour we offer to Kew Gardens very rewarding if you can make it - it is available every year in June. You will also learn about Hydrosols/Hydrolats and how to use these in blends along with making aromatic compresses for common complaints, aromatic shampoos, skin creams, making soaps, bath bombs and other products. You will also learn how to safely use essential oils for pregnant women, babies and children. Finally, the module will teach you all about responsible marketing and the selling of your own products with all the necessary legislation, which includes the labelling of blends, setting up your own business and Health & Safety and risk assessments.