This course is open to anyone interested in safe and effective use of essential oils, especially cosmetic makers, soap makers, candle makers, essential oils suppliers, as well as other members of the general public who would like to use essential oils for themselves or their family members.
The aim of this 4-day in-class course is to study 40 carefully selected essential oils with the particular emphasis on their safe use and methods of application. The course is designed to enable the members of the general public as well as those who use essential oils in their products (cosmetics, perfumes, soaps, candles, etc.) to make educated and responsible choices and to blend them in synergistic way suitable for their planned uses.
Whether you are a mum trying to help your family or a supplier selling essential oils to the general public or a cosmetic/perfume/candle maker, we all have one responsibility towards ourselves and others – to use essential oils safely so their benefits and beautiful aromas can be enjoyed without any worries.
The trend to approach one’s health issues and lifestyle in more of a holistic way is growing rapidly. As members of the general public are looking for ‘greener’ solutions to their everyday needs the industries producing natural and organic cosmetics, foods and accessories are expanding, providing more products and possibilities.
The popularity of essential oils is also on the rise. It has never been easier to obtain them and the selection on offer can be as exciting as it can be mind boggling. As for the advice on safe dosage and methods of application it is a bit of a… Russian roulette! With various internet sources providing inconsistent and often poorly researched information (including promoting some truly irresponsible ways of use) we also hear about adverse reactions and ‘accidents’ following essential oils application.
More and more scientific studies on essential oils are conducted around the world (including clinical studies) – especially in Europe, Japan, the US and few other countries. Unfortunately, much of this research is not generally available to consumers having been published in specialist plant, food, oncology or cosmetic products journals, however, it is exciting to hear that many of those studies describe the remarkable healing properties of various essential oils and show positive effects for a variety of health concerns such as infections, pain, nausea, premenstrual syndrome, tumours, anxiety, depression and many others.
Some studies and trials also assess the safety of essential oils (e.g. possibility of skin irritations, carcinogenic, mutagenic or teratogenic effects, etc.). The results of those tests are taken into account by bodies such as well-respected IFRA (International Fragrance Association) to create ‘guidelines for safe usage of fragrant chemicals and essential oils in perfumes and skincare’. The new EU Regulations EC No 1223/2009 (Previously ‘EU Cosmetics Directive’) for cosmetic production also addresses the issue of safe inclusion of essential oils and follows majority of IFRA’s recommendations.
In this short course we will endeavour to present you with up to date information including safety recommendations as well as some research into fascinating world of essential oils. We will also provide you with a list of useful reference books as well as reliable essential oils suppliers.
- Essential oils – what are they?
- How do essential oils work?
- Benefits (therapeutic properties) of essential oils
- Contraindications to the use of essential oils
- Safe dosage (inc. children, elderly, pregnant women, etc.)
- Safe methods of application
- How to smell essential oils
- The notes system
- Essential oils is and the sense of smell – essential oils and emotions
- Blending essential oils for therapeutic applications and for aroma
- Profiles of 40 essential oils including the good (particularly useful), the bad (the tricky ones) and the ugly (oils that may be best avoided for various reasons):
o therapeutic properties
o cautions and contraindications, individual safety guidelines, allergens, interaction with medicines, etc.
o best ways of application
- Production of essential oils and absolutes
- Basic chemistry of essential oils - contraindications, precautions and therapeutic effects for each group of chemical constituents and how it affects the use of essential oils
- Essential oils and allergens
- Sourcing essential oils – quality, environmental issues, etc.
Please note that this course is not an equivalent of the Diploma in Aromatherapy and does not result in any type of qualification that would allow you to refer to yourself as an aromatherapist or essential oils practitioner/therapist or to use essential oils to treat anyone unless you have a pre-existing qualification in aromatherapy.
Following the attendance of this course you will not be able to seek insurance to be able to treat anyone or to make recommendations on the use of essential oils for any health conditions to the members of the general public.
If you are a massage therapist, reflexologist, osteopath, sports therapist or any other therapist you will not be able to use essential oils in the treatments you provide unless you obtain full qualification in aromatherapy.
Cosmetic makers, soap makers, candle makers and essential oils suppliers will need to follow the relevant legislation and apply for the applicable public liability insurance to sell their products regardless of attending this course.