Herbal Medicine for Aromatherapists

Herbal Medicine for Aromatherapists

5 cpd points

Enhance your practice with herbal extracts

 Discover how to make and use your own herbal extracts so that you can apply them in treatments for your clients.

While aromatherapists love and use plant extracts (that’s what essential oils are after all!) there are many other herbal extracts that can easily be made at home and combine beautifully with essential oils to enhance treatments. Herbal infused oils such as arnica, calendula (marigold) and comfrey are widely available from aromatherapy suppliers and are often used as base oils by aromatherapists but there are dozens of options for using other therapeutic herbs to make your own infused oils to help to treat a wide variety of conditions in your clinic. Other topical herbal treatments include poultices, compresses and liniments.

These techniques are easy to use when you know how and are deeply therapeutic. There are dozens of local medicinal herbs growing around you such as daisy, plantain, mullein etc. There are also culinary herbs with medicinal properties e.g. rosemary, thyme, sage etc that can be put to good use in topical treatments too. Extracts can be made from herbs bought in from professional herbal suppliers or grown and dried at home.

Course Details

This class includes:

  • How to make: herbal infused (macerated) oils, poultices, liniments & compresses (we will also try these out in the class)

  • Recommended medicinal herbal infusions (therapeutic teas) to accompany these treatments (including tea tastings).

  • Theory and safety of using these medicinal herbs and extracts.

  • 1 x herbal infused oil and 1 jar of ointment made on the day to bring home.

  • All made with certified organic ingredients.

Infused Oils

  • How to make these
  • Record keeping, cleanliness, GMP, traceability, storage of oils and ingredients, shelf-life etc. The admin and legal requirements of making your own extracts for use in your clinic.
  • Herbs suitable for infused oils for different ailments and treatments e.g. herbal infused oils to improve circulation, lymphatic function, relieve chest infections, enhance skin healing, ease aches and pains, relax muscles etc.
  • For each herb: therapeutic action, safety (adults/children/pregnancy/any potential drug interaction issues/contraindications for use), ratio of recommended dilution etc.
  • Combining infused oils with essential oils: enhancing the therapeutic action of essential oils, reducing exposure to allergens, safety for practitioners and clients etc.
  • Adding local therapeutic herbs to aromatherapy treatments e.g. daisy, cleavers, mullein, plantain etc. Expanding your options for treatments in your clinic. Reducing the cost of buying in products by making some of your own.
  • Making your own; buying/commissioning bespoke runs from specialist herbal suppliers.
  • Using infused oils to make ointments, balms and other topical treatments.

Drying Herbs

  • A brief overview of techniques for drying herbs properly, for people who would like to make extracts from their own garden.
  • List of recommended suppliers of dried herbs.

Recommended Herbal Tea Blends to Enhance Treatments

  • Safe and effective herbal teas to recommend to enhance treatments e.g. improve general health, nourish the body, improve circulation, digestion, lymphatic function, pregnancy support, increase fertility etc.
  • Key safety info and dosage info.
  • Recommended suppliers of ingredients/blends.

Other Topical Treatments for Clinical Use

  • Using essential oils, herbal infused oils and water/vinegar/hydrosol/alcohol extracts in poultices, liniments and compresses.
  • The benefits and suitability of each type of treatment.
  • Discerning when one type of treatment would be of benefit over another (e.g. active components that are extracted in to water, oil, vinegar etc).
  • Making balms, ointments and body butters. The suitability of each type of topical treatment in terms of treating different conditions e.g. topical treatments to avoid that might aggravate a condition etc.

General Info Included

  • Recipe handouts
  • Recommended suppliers (dried herbs, base oils etc.)

Practical Demos

Vivienne will make the following extracts in the class. Participants will get to handle and try out these extracts.

1. Infused oils: the whole process. Vivienne will make two different infused oils for two contrasting uses to help students to compare and contrast the different oils and understand how they would be of benefit in their clinic.

2. Poultices

3. Compresses

4. Liniments

5. Herbal infusions (therapeutic strength herbal teas)…including tea-tastings.

Note: All ingredients used are certified organic.

Who Can Attend?

Open to qualified aromatherapists

Qualification Recognition by Professional Associations

Widely accepted by most Professional Bodies. If you are not already registered with a Professional Body and would like to do so here are some useful links – ICGT, APNT , CtHA, FHT. For stand alone insurance Balens
Completion of this course by IFPA members gives the student 7 category A CPD points.

More Information

Duration: 1 day

Course fees include:
~ All class tuition
~ A comprehensive course manual
~ An MSCM Certificate of Attendance for your professional portfolio
~ 5 cpd points
~ 1 bottle herbal infused oil and 1 jar of ointment made on the day to bring home

Tutor: Vivienne Campbell – see our MSCM Tutor Page

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