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Aromatherapy: An Introduction

6 CE Hours - E1027

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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This course is an introduction to the therapeutic properties of popular essential oils. Learn the best methods of purchasing and storing essential oils, and the recommended precautions for infants, children, pregnant women and people who have sensitive skin.

Essential Aromatherapy organizes essential oils into alphabetical listings, providing their profiles, applications, and the physical and emotional conditions that warrant their use. Also included are detailed treatments for a variety of ailments and special circumstances.

In this course, you will:

  • recognize what essential oils are, how they get into the body
  • learn essential oils affect on mind and body
  • identify best methods for purchasing and storing essential oils
  • determine the therapeutic properties and most valuable uses of essential oils
  • find recommendations for common physical and emotional conditions
  • discover precautions for providing aromatherapy to infants, children and pregnant women

The course text provides a handy A-to-Z reference for future use with clear tables, illustrations and oil profiles.

Featured Reviews

This course was much more interesting and informative than I expected. The information was very useful for my practice and I will be using this knowledge daily. The information/book was in an easy to read format which I will be using as a reference book at my office. I would recommend this course to other massage therapists.

- Diane Kelley, LMT

the textbook is really an excellent choice for this course and has an index and much other easily referenced features. thank you

- Mary Barker, LMT

I really enjoyed this course. The book and added information given to me were clear and to the point. I look forward to implementing aromatherapy into my work.

- Susan Crockett, LMT, AMTA

I loved the book and all the reference listings for the oils. I did not really know anything about the use of essential oils; however, I would like to take more classes to expand my knowledge. It was a very positive experience. The information can and will be used in my massage practice.

- Kay Stuckey, LMT

Excellent course! The book is very easy to understand for someone with no previous experience on the topic. It is all clear and concise, and the information will be a valuable addition to my practice.

- Brittany Clark, LMT

Very informative. I like that I get a helpful book to keep!

- Kaitlyn Carl, LMT

This course was a very good introduction and the materials introduces some interesting aspects of Aromatherapy and gave good counsel on how to identify good companies to purchase oils from. It made it easy to understand the value and significance of using essential oils in everyday life. It also let me know that I am interested in furthering my knowledge, understanding and practical use of essential oils.

- Lauren Pamela Laub

Very nicely organized. Interesting subject/materials. I enjoyed the course.


No "filler" in this book! Just information! I love this textbook. I've been reading up on essential oils lately, but this book has it all lines up for me. Plus it's just the right size to carry with me.

- Patricia Ysassi, LMT

Great course. I will definitely use the book in the future. Very informative!,

- Amy Whitney, LMBT

This is my favorite course I’ve taken from you- very informative and useful in my practice.

- Beth Labrador, LMBT

Course was easy to follow. Topics were clearly marked in bold in the text and workbook.

- Keith Bernabei, LMT

I found this course interesting and helpful! Will use with my clients!

- Dorothy Miller

Great Course!

- Toni Byrd, LMBT

I feel like this class gave me a valuable base and the book will be a great guide to look back at for information. I love that the test can be printed and I used it as a tool to help me learn the information. Great class. Would love a part 2 for more advanced learning in the future.

- Brandy Kruck, CMT

Great book. Very informative and easy to ready & understand.

- Stefanie Fischer, LMT

Enjoyed the information in a concise book Will be able to apply information readily to my practice Found the handout with highlights very helpful and useful

- Victoria Cheng

I really enjoyed this course and would like to take the more extensive course in Aromatherapy.

- Virginia Ward, LMT, NCTMB

Thanks! Nice to revisit, relearn and gain new insights. Extremely understandable, very interesting, and quite helpful !

- Jodi Miller, NCTMB

At 65 years old, you can teach an old dog new tricks! I really enjoyed the information.

- John W. Mock, JR

This course was very interesting and I can not wait to use these oils in my practice and at home!

- Nicole M. Lato, LMT

I enjoyed the course immensely and will refer to the textbook often. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly and most helpful.

- Aleta Confessore, LMT

What a valuable contribution for my continued education.

- Debra Lowe, LMT

The text book was amazing and easy to reference! I will continue to use this text for my practice and research to further my personal knowledge.

- Rachel Gunter, LMT, NCTMB

I enjoyed this course. Thank you.

- Coralie Thurston, LMT, NCTMB, ABMP

This is a great course!

- Namia Hallman, LMT, NCTMB

Great course! It will be handy for my clients!

- Sarah Neville, LMT, ABMP

I enjoyed the course. It was very intersting and educational.

- Chana Bunton, LMT

Good course.

- Janet L. Adams, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

I loved this course. Written concisely but with lots of details.

- Aline Devreotes, LMT

Good material.

- Emily Caviness, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

The course was very informative and easily understood. I am ready to take the next course in aromatherapy.

- Renee Wiggins, LMT, NCTMB

The book material was easy to understand and the author made reading enjoyable. Great material.

- Melinda Frey, LMT

I enjoyed the course. It was very easy to read and to the point. Thanks.

- Jennifer Yoakum, LMT, NCTMB

Very informative and interesting.

- Dale Westerberg, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

This information on aromatherapy was very good and the book is a keeper. Great for referring back when needing additional information.

- Lynette Hanes, LMT

I thouroughly enjoyed this course and it's materials and will recommend this course to my fellow therapists.

- Carolyn Risser, LMT

Great course.

- Nicholas Romanko, LMT

I found this course to be wonderful. I plan on taking the advanced course.

- Tabitha Wilkins, LMT

I enjoyed learning about the oils. Thank you for all your work putting it together.

- Neva A. Clark, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

Very interesting course. Not only valuable for my practice but also for everyday use.

- Cheryl Dawson Leach, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

Great course!!

- Amanda M. Horsey, LMT, AMTA

I enjoyed this course and learned a lot from it. I have used Health Positive for the last three years and love it!

- Elizabeth Johnson

Very Basic Knowledge - Good for spa MTs needing a brief yet accurate education without it being too technical and confusing.

- Deanna Dobek

I really liked this course. It was very educational and will be using in my practice and home use.

- Cristina J. Walters, LMT, Inman, SC

Excellent! Loved it!

- Chris Hermening, LMT

Enjoyed the course. Really liked the book, well organized, informative and the text was a pleasure to read.

- Carolyn Law, VA

Course is well structured; textbook and materials are helpful resource guides for aromatherapy practice.

- Nancy M. Myers, LMT

This course was extremely informative and very useful in providing aromatherapy ideas for ones practice.

- Shannon Verdegas, BS, CMT, NCTMB

Loved it and can't wait to use it in my practice

- Suzanne Penney LMT Wrentham, MA


  • Text - 192 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.


Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and has been practicing as a nurse since 1974. She is currently a Registered Nurse in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, Ms. Burch studied under many of today's leaders in massage therapy and bodywork during the 1980s, became Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB in 1993 and holds a professional membership with the AMTA.

As founder of Health Positive!, Ms. Burch has created over 60 home study nursing and massage continuing education programs, performed over 65 public, live educational presentations, has written two published books, served as a member on the NCBTMB Continuing Education committee and was a founding member of the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists.

Sharon is an instructor on many of the Institute's programs and has authored and co-authored various ethics courses and additional titles such as Touch for the Seriously Ill, Stress Reduction Through Bodywork, Staying Well – Naturally, Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness, Chronic Pain Management, Marketing Massage in Four Easy Steps, Preventing Medical Errors, HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, Understanding HIV, Massage for Edema and more.

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