Aromatherapy Essentials


40 CE Hours

Course Options:

  • DVD Materials Shipped and Test Online
  • DVD Materials and Test Shipped to You


In this course, participants will learn basic aromatherapy skills, which will enable them to be educated consumers of aromatherapy products, create effective blends for specific purposes, and use essential oils and blends of essential oils safely.

In addition to the course manual by Sheryll Ryan, also included are: texts by Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD and Jeanne Rose; a video seminar series with an emphasis on safety and practical application; and samples of essential oils and blending materials.

Additional topics covered in the course are:

  • essential oil profiles
  • aromabotany
  • aromachemistry
  • toxicology
  • case studies and scientific studies
  • the history and practice of aromatherapy
  • considerations for the massage practice

Sheryll Ryan is a certified aromatherapist, having undergone extensive training, including the certification course from the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy taught by Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD. She also traveled to Europe to learn firsthand how essential oils were distilled and how the modality was practiced. Back in the United States, Christoph Streicher, PhD was her mentor in the analysis of oils, aroma-chemistry and aroma-physiology. And most importantly, private sessions with over 400 clients led her to objective conclusions on the actions of aromatherapy and individual essential oils.

Ms. Ryan served on the Education Committee and as the Western District Director and on the Executive Committee of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA). This course was designed to meet the educational guidelines of NAHA.

After successfully completing this course, the student can confidently incorporate aromatherapy into a regimen of health maintenance for self and family. This course provides the foundation for further study leading to the practice of aromatherapy in the professional setting.

This course is designed to help the massage therapist begin safe practice within the scope of personal needs or licensure qualifications of the certified health practitioner, and does not imply a license to diagnose, prescribe or treat.

Course Reviews


This course exceeded my expectations. In choosing a course in Aromatherapy, I was expecting to learn the basic properties of the oils, common conditions they are useful for, blending techniques, safety in use, and basic physiology in regards to absorption and metabolism in the body. What I got, in addition to all of that, was a real scientifically-based understanding of the chemical makeup of the oils, in-depth physiology, knowledge of how to be a discerning consumer of essential oils, and a real deep respect for this therapy and how it is used in different cultures. Thank you for offering this very useful and coherent course.

R. Buckel, LMT

This course was great! It was challenging, exciting and fun. This is definitely going to enhance my practice and my life. Thanks!

L. Smith, LMT, RN

Certainly broadened by knowledge of aromatherapy! I feel confident in using, mixing and discussing aromatherapy oils in my practice and with others, as well. Will certainly recommend this course to anyone needing to know aromatherapy. Well worth the price of this course.


Of the many home study continuing education courses I have taken, this is by far the best! Comprehensive, employing visual hands on as well as verbal learning styles. Always interesting yet packed with information. Even the videos were well done. Technical info made clear for the non-scientific person. Highly recommend this course.

S. Chavolla, LMT

This course has been the most informative and comprehensive of several aromatherapy courses that I have taken over the years. I greatly appreciate the flexibility of being able to study as my busy life allows. Most of all, I appreciate having the texts and oils in my hands. This text is one of my most prized possessions. Sheryll Ryan did commendable work.

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  • 3 DVDs - 3.5 hours total
  • Manual - 197 pages
  • Text 1 - 138 pages
  • Text 2 - 245 pages
  • Aromatherapy Sampler Pack - 15 100% pure, authentic, quality essential oils as well as bottles, 15 scent strips and 15 pipettes * The sampler pack ($45 value) is non-refundable
  • 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.

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