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Aromatherapy: Restoring Emotional Balance

10 CE Hours - E1044

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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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The first aromatherapy guide to synthesize Eastern and Western approaches to restoring emotional and mental health. Learn how to help clients improve a wide range of emotional and mental complaints through the application of essential oils. This course describes oils' subtle energies and psychotherapeutic properties combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, including the 5 elements and acupressure. The course text explains the esoteric and energetic healing properties of 40 essential oils and shows how they can be used to manipulate qi, the body's vital energy, to stimulate healing from negative emotional and mental states.

In this course, you will:

  • identify essential oils that should not be used under any circumstances
  • learn precautions for providing aromatherapy to infants, children, pregnant women and people who have sensitive skin
  • find the best methods of purchasing and storing essential oils
  • recognize how essential oils work on the brain to affect the mind and how they complement massage and bodywork
  • review the basics of using essential oils along with Oriental Medicine and astrological principles
  • identify the therapeutic properties and most valuable uses of some popular essential oils
  • learn how to blend oils for restoring emotional and spiritual balance
  • determine the essential oils and bodywork techniques that are recommended to relax the nerves, settle the mind, calm and reassure, improve thinking and memory and boost morale
  • determine the essential oils and bodywork techniques that are recommended to reduce anger, empower and uplift the spirit and encourage love and connection

Easy-to-reference charts and full-color illustrations teach simple aromatherapeutic massage and acupressure techniques that restore balance to the body and psyche.

Featured Reviews

This course was the most thorough I have ever taken on aromatherapy. The complex integration of eastern and western traditional medicine yielded fascinating insights about the power of these distilled essences. The workbook is in and of itself, invaluable.

- Reginald Nixon

I absolutely loved this course. The book and materials were detailed, concise, and fascinating. In addition to learning about a multitude of herbs and plants from which the essential oil is extracted, I especially enjoyed learning about the five elements of Chinese medicine and tradition, and how this can be applied to aromatherapy. I think that this text does a great job of blending Eastern and Western treatments and philosophies in our goals of healing.

- Chelsea Barrington, LMT

The aromatherapy course was exceptional in quality. The book held my attention and will be a great reference for my practice as well.

- Rhonda Heyns, LMT

I enjoyed the course more than I expected to. I liked the information related to the 5 elements and the yin and yang. I also look forward to utilizing the info regarding using the oils along with acupressure points. Content was presented in a very utilizable format for me.

- Lydia Allen, LMT

I love this course. I learned so much. It kept me glued to the pages the entire time. it had more information than any other aromatherapy book i ever read. Great job. : )

- Samantha Husenovski, CMT

Loved it the book was simple orgagnized and interesting, and the course materials makes a great quick referance guide. I will definatley use the program again. :)

- Rachel Erickson, LMT

I use essential oils in my practice already. This course has really given me knowledge about how to store oils and the contraindications that some of them have. With more knowledge of oils I can now help my clients even more and of course myself.

- Livia Nardi, LMT

Beautiful book, easily read and understood. Practical and useful. Not overwhelming. An excellent resource. Works well with my practice.

- Hnnah Neace, LMT

Great book! Will reference often.

- Debra Sladek, LMT, BCTMB

The book was a little over the top with content, but may be what some people are looking for. I preferred the printout for the practical information. Overall a good experience. Thanks!

- Jenna Docekal, LMT

The text for this course is excellent and I will be referring back to it frequently and for years.

- Shannon Ferguson, LMT, BCTMB

Thank you for compiling such a treasure trove of information. Especially the segment on Chinese Medicine. I'm much more open to furthering my education, possibly becoming an Herbalist while furthering my knowledge in the modality of Aromatherapy. Thanks again and God bless you all for putting out great educational materials!

- Dana Flax, LMT

Well put together information. I learned much from this course.

- Sandra Ellenwood, LMT

I was very happy with the course as I was weak in "essential oils." Now I an move forward confidently into deeper levels of study and application. Great Course!

- Christine Lowe, LMT

Thank you for well thought out and interesting material.

- Derrick Gillikin, LMT

I really enjoyed this course! The information was straightforward and very applicable to my practice and overall well-being! I cannot wait to use the essential oil blends for my clients!

- Molly Grout, RMT

Not only is the information on essential oils and their properties taught in this course. I thoroughly enjoyed learning how to use the acupressure techniques and the 5 elements as well. I highly recommend this course

- Deborah Cambio

I truly enjoyed this course (as I have all of your courses). I enjoyed learning of the health and therapeutic benefits of the oils, and the contraindications. In addition to using essential oils (EO) for bodywork, I will also use EOs in diffusers instead of burning incense or candles. This course is very beneficial and informative on many levels. Thank you.

- Watty R Smith

I absolutely loved this. It was hard to put down. There is nothing I would change. Easy to reference back to and presented in a very applicable manner. I will use all of this knowledge for myself, loved ones and in my practice.

- Abby Kenny

I liked the course and learned a lot from it. The books can be used long after the course is complete.

- Tina Wirtz, LMT

Thank you for a great course and book. I am looking forward to checking out the other aromatherapy/acupressure courses you may have. Keep up the good work!

- Colleen Linger, LMT, NCTMB

This course was more than I expected, very thorough. it renewed my interest in aromatherapy using it therapeutically. It gives me a new direction to take my practice. especially liked the reference to oriental medicine and acupressure points

- Rosemary Gibson, LMT

Having knowledge of proper oil blends for different emotional imbalances will allow me to alleviate some symptoms my clients have.

- Mary M. Lumsdon, CMT, NCTMB

I love the book for this course :)

- Denise Steffen, LMT

A great course, with easy to learn information! Enjoyed this class very much!

- Elizabeth Huntzberry

The book is a great reference guide for me to use on a daily basis for work and personal use.

- Paula Nichols, LMT

I learned so much from this course....I have practiced massage for twenty five years and this was the best course I have taken on essential oils.

- Linda Rehm, LMT, NCTMB

Beautiful text book, it will make a wonderful reference and I learn more about aromatherapy.

- Linda Summer, LMT

I have studied aromatherapy for years. I still learned an incredible amount of new information.

- Carol Myers, LMT

Great class! I learned a lot, and it was well presented. I thoroughly enjoyed the text book.

- Dorys Massant, LMT

Very good course - I can use this information in my practice. Thank you

- Barbara Hudak, LMT, NCTMB

I love the materials and the ease of working at my own pace.

- Margaret Cohen, LMT

Love material provided and prices are just fair.

- Vidal Vega

Clear and concise. I would recommend it to others.

- Shellina Shaw, LMT, NCTMB

Very informative, comprehensive course.

- Patricia Peterson, LMT, NCTMB

Aromatherapy: Restoring Emotional Balance is a wonderful course. I learned very much that can be used and applied into my massage therapy practice.

- Celena Kulhmann, LMT, NCTMB

Excited to put to use what I have learned!

- Heidi Claridge, LMT

The book is very nice. I am sure I will use essential oils more often now.

- Pamela Fisher, LMT, NCTMB

Interesting content. Well written course.

- Angela Straub, LMT, NCTMB

I loved this course. It was very insightful and opened my eyes to a different way of thinking about dysfunction and disease in the human body.

- Michelle Walston, LMT

I really enjoyed this course! Very informative and useful.

- Andrea Swartz, LMT

Beautiful book on Aromatherapy!

- Patricia McCary, LMT, NCTMB

Thank you for making this course available. I work with Essential Oils daily and continue to learn more about their healing properties.

- Neena Wagnon, LMT

Very informative and applicable!

- Teresa Sherod, LMT

Excellent book chosen for course. Questions are useful for future reference.

- Kasy Dziekan, LMT, NCTMB

Great course. Highly recommend. Interesting. Informative.

- Sharon Miller, LMT

Excellent textbook!

- Melissa Walker, LMT

I enjoyed the book and found the information helpful.

- Daphne R. Stowers, LMT

I loved this course. I had difficult time putting the book down.

- E. Dabbs Licensed Massage Therapist. North Las Vegas,NV

Found the course very informative and interesting. Very much liked the approval of emotions since it comes up frequently.

- C. Highsmith

The linking of aromatherapy with energy work is very empowering for me - and holds much promise for more effective bodywork.

- K. Bowman, NCTMB, LMT, Therapeutic Massage/Shiatsu/Reiki

This is a great course that breaks down the history, foundations, uses, and results of each essential oil. It is a helpful tool when using aromatherapy in massage sessions to address the clients specific physical or emotional need.

- K. Holcombe, LMBT

I've been practicing professionally for 10 years and found this aromatherapy course a breath of fresh air in its unique approach of applying TCM principles.

- Tracy, LMBT, Asheville, NC

The depth of this course was good and challenging.

- T. Wallace

Beautiful book, easily read and understood. Practical and useful. Not overwhelming. An excellent resource. Works well with my practice.

- H. Neace, LMT

Loved it the book was simple organized and interesting, and the course materials makes a great quick reference guide. I will definitely use the program again. :)

- R. Erickson, LMP

Great course, highly recommend, interesting, informative.

- S. Miller, LMT


  • Text - 191 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

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Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

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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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