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Aromatherapy 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Aromatherapy course online. Master the basics in aromatherapy! A great course for anyone wishing to learn more about the safe use of aromatherapy essential oils for healing and relaxation. This course provides an introduction to the safe use of Aromatherapy oils.
This course has been accredited by the CMA - The Complimentary Medical Association. On completion of any qualifying module, you can join as a "Fully Qualified Practitioner" and be entitled to use the post-nominal latters "MCMA" after your name. CMA Full Membership is a privileged position and the fact that you have been accepted for CMA Membership demonstrates that you have a clear commitment to standards and professionalism. CMA Members in all categories are recognised as the elite in their field.
Lesson Structure: Aromatherapy VHT104
There are 8 lessons:
- Plant Identification
- Importance of Correct Plant Identification
- Plant Name Changes
- Common Names
- Scientific Names
- Levels of Classification in Plant Taxonomic System
- Plant Families
- Pronunciation of Plant Names
- Introduction to Chemistry of Herb Plants
- Parts of a Compound; Biochemical Groups, Chemical Names
- What is an Acid or Base
- Introduction to Aromatherapy
- Origins of Aromatherapy
- Top Notes, Middle Notes
- Aromatherapy Consultations
- Natural Chemicals in Plants
- Saponins; Phenolglycosides; Anthraglycosides; Flavonoids; Mustard Oils; Polysaccharides; Prussic Acid; Glycosides; Coumarin; Essential Minerals, etc
- Essential Oils
- Cedar Wood
- Clary Sage
- Rose Otto
- Tea Tree
- Ylang Ylang
- Australian Bush Flower Remedies
- Safe Use of Essential Oils
- How Essential Oils Work
- Quantities to Use: Rcommended rate, oil type, smell
- Blending Oils
- During Pregnancy
- For Animals
- Using Carriers
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Apricot Kernal Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Canola Oil
- Spray, Basin, Hands, Bath
- Cariier Oils, Creames and Lotions
- Growing and Harvesting Herbs for Essential Oil
- Herb Cultivation
- Harvesting different plant parts
- Harvesting different types of Herbs
- Expected Yeilds for Different Herbs
- Harvesting for Essential Oils; Tea Tree, Lavender
- Post Harvest Handling of Herbs; temperature, moisture loss, physical damage ethylene, pathogens
- Post Harvest Preservation: Fresh, Modified Atmosphere Packaging
- Methods of Extraction
- Water Distilation
- Steam Distilation
- Herbal Preparations
- Preparing Teas, Rinses and Baths
- Preparations using different herbs
- Hazardous Herbs and Oils
- Hormone Like Affects
- Cellular Respiratory Inhibitors
- Abortifacients and Irritants
- Alkaloids; types
- Toxic Amino Acids
- Plant Acids
Learning Goals: Aromatherapy VHT104
- Undertake brief written report on what you understand about how plants are named
- Give the scientific names of ten different plants from which essential oils are derived.
- Give a brief summary of your knowledge of aromatherapy and essential oils.
- Understand how herbs are promoted to the public in order to sell them.
- Write an essay on the history of aromatherapy and essential oil use.
- Suggest different blends that can be used for insomnia and other complaints
- Suggest different blends that can be used for treating a head cold.
- Discuss a range of oils that would be suitable for a travel kit
- Understand the use of aromatherapy for children.- List a range of oils that would be considered safe to use for children.
- Write a short essay on ways in which essential oils can be used.
- Understand the use of essential oils on animals.
- List a range of types of vegetable oils appropriate for use in massage and indicate what types of skin the oils are good for.
- Explain how oils enter the body and how a carrier will assist with this entry.
- Submit the bath oil blends from a Set Task along with instructions on how to use them in the bath and what conditions they are good for.
- Understand why some herbs tend to be collected in the morning, some before flowering, some during flowering, and others at various times of the year. What impact does this have on the essential oil?
- From catalogues collected, explain why some oils cost more others.
- Discuss different methods of oil extraction and list their benefits and disadvantages.
- Comprehend what is the difference between an essential oil and an aromatic oil
- Compile a detailed costing for processing herb materials to produce essential oils.
- List a range of essential oils that are not safe for use in aromatherapy.
- Discuss how essential oils can be used safely and ways in which they should not be used.
- Understand which essential oils may not be safe for use during pregnancy.
Practical (Set Tasks)
How Essential Oils Work
There are two ways that essential oils can enter the body and begin to work therapeutically. These are through inhalation and through absorption into the blood stream.
Scents are wonderful things. The smell of a scent familiar to us in childhood can bring a warm, comfortable feeling over us. Just the smell of food will often bring on feelings of hunger. To understand how smell works and how it causes these types of reactions, we must take a quick look at what occurs when we breathe.
When we inhale, we not only take in oxygen, but also molecules which excite the cilia, or tiny hairs, in the nasal passage. These cilia react to the scent that they have received and send a message to the hypothalamus, or the control centre of the brain. The hypothalamus controls the body and its reactions through the electronic impulses it sends to the nervous system. The nervous system then reacts by creating a response, either physical or via a change in the amount and type of hormones sent into the blood stream.
Essential oils can also enter the body through the skin. The molecules of the oil are normally small enough to enter the outer layer of skin through sweat glands and hair follicles. Once it is beyond the outer layer, it reaches the dermis, which is a fat layer. Essential oils are fat soluble, or able to dissolve in fat, so upon reaching the dermis, they are further broken down and absorbed into the blood steam. Once in the blood stream, they react with the cells in the blood much as a hormone reacts, by clustering with certain cells and causing the cells to react. The essential oil molecules also react with the lymph, which is the system that carries impurities out of the body.
When essential oils are applied to the skin in a proper manner and in the correct dosage while also using a carrier oil, lotion or cream, the reaction that results in the blood stream is beneficial. However, if a dosage is too high, or applied incorrectly, it can cause discomfort or irritation. This irritation occurs most commonly as a skin reaction, especially if the essential oil is applied too thickly (ie. directly applied without a carrier) and cannot absorb into the skin. These reactions are generally short lived and have no long term side effects, but they are unpleasant.
Quantities to use
All essential oils are not the same. The quality differs between different brands, and as a result, the quantity needed to be effective also differs. A well experienced nose is the first way of ascertaining the quality of oil. When you have used essential oils on a regular basis, and sampled all different brands, you will likely be able to determine, on smell, the quality of oil. But in the meantime, the best way to determine the usage rate is to follow the label instructions.
What is the recommended rate of use
This should contain detailed information on the number of drops to use. A dosage allowance of 6-8 drops of oil per day for a full grown adult is considered the top dosage required for really high quality oil. When selecting your oils, check the dosage recommended. You may find that the less expensive oil recommends a much higher usage rate, which is a sure indication of the quality of the oil.
The type of oil
Is it a pure essential oil - Essential oils can be used, diluted with a carrier, on the skin and through inhalation. Fragrant oil will smell very much like an essential oil, but is usually blended with other "fillers", so will not have any therapeutic effect. Some oils are also packaged as essential oils when they are really essential oils diluted with carrier oil. These types of oils can be used on the skin, but won't need to be blended with a carrier, and they are not for use in an oil burner.
A good case in point is Rose oil. The number of rose petals required to make pure Rose essential oil -also called Rose Otto, makes the price prohibitively expensive at about $150 for 3ml. It is not uncommon to find Rose oil on the shelf at a much cheaper price. On closer inspection of the label however, it is often found that either the oil has been diluted – for example 25% rose oil in a jojoba carrier or it is actually a fragrant rose oil. Pure rose oil, in the bottle, is quite a strong, even verging on unpleasant smell.
The smell of the oil
What does it smell like - reputable suppliers, both wholesale and retail, will have a sample of the types of oils they sell, as well as the different brands. Smell and compare. The stronger the smell in the bottle, the better the oil is likely to be in overall quality.
As mentioned above, the amount of oil used for an adult, using high quality oil is 6-8 drops of oil per day. When blending a bottle of lotion, cream or carrier oil, the rate used should be approximately 3 drops per 10ml of carrier. A person using 3 drops of oil in a bath, 4 in an oil burner and 2 applications of a lotion in the dilution detailed above, would be receiving about 8 drops of oil in a day.
Blending – ‘The sum is greater than the whole of the parts’
This is a good way to explain synergy. In aromatherapy, a treatment using a blend can be far more beneficial than using one oil exclusively. Look at lavender, for instance. Lavender is renowned for relaxing and insomnia. However, using lavender for these problems can be treating the symptoms without treating the cause. If a person is having trouble relaxing due to anxiety or tension, then a blend of Clary Sage – balancing, Sweet Marjoram relaxes muscle tension and lavender – calming would, on the whole, be more beneficial than lavender alone. The relaxation may more be a result of depression, in which case Sandalwood - grounding and relaxing peppermint - mental fatigue, and lavender would be needed.
While you may not be a trained therapist, it is worthwhile, for home use, to try to look beyond the symptoms and ascertain what the cause may be. This will help you in determining the best blend for use. Keep in mind, though, that the number of drops used will not increase with a blend. Most adults will need to use 6-8 drops of the blend which is 2 drops of each.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Due to our years of experience and wide range of online courses, here are a list of our FAQs and Answers asked by Students.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, you are not required to purchase expensive text books for any of our courses, since each module has been written by highly qualified tutors and writers, and our courses are updated on a regular basis, adding new information, methods and knowledge. You are supplied with all “essential” references. Extra books are always useful though, especially for special projects. Tutors will advise you what to buy if you decide you would like to have extra reading material, but it is not essential. Check out our eBookstore if you’re looking for a starting point.
Q. What sets the Academy apart from other institutions?
A. A unique feature of our courses is that we combine knowledge of the subject matter with practical tasks (set tasks, found at the end of each lesson). So you get to do practical components in each lesson. The benefits of this approach are immense: – your skills and knowledge are developed to a much higher level not normally found at other distance learning institutions.
Q. How do the practical exercises (set tasks) work?
A. The practical component of each lesson can be in the form of : Field Research, Networking and Analysis, Conducting Surveys, Growing, Collecting, Photographing and Processes.
Q. Can I pay by instalments?
A. Yes, you can view all available payment options here.
Q. Are there any hidden costs?
A. There are no hidden extras – the tuition fee covers all course material, unlimited tutor support, assignment marking/feedback and any text books where specified and exams. The only extras are for the public examinations fees for the ICB Bookkeeping course and the RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) exams.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are continually updated. The course content is rapidly updated and improved without the red tape and bureaucracy experienced at other educational institutions.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. What Recognition do you have?
A. The Academy for Distance Learning has various forms of recognition:
These include TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation – ADL is an approved TQUK Centre.
IARC – International Approval Registration Centre, approved member. Accredited Training Provider for ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and Approved Distance Learning Provider for the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and many more. Our graduates come from many parts of the world and have used our qualifications for successful employment and progression onto higher education. To view our full list of recognition and memberships please click here,
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at the Academy our students are our priority – we treat every student as a unique individual. This philosophy allows us to nurture those who are “slow and steady” learners rather than letting them fall through the cracks, while catering for those who are in a hurry to complete.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. Completing the course- how long will it take?
A. Completion of modules varies from student to student. Many factors come into play such as work commitments and family life- there are always distractions. Some students work quicker than others. For a 100 hour module many students will take up to 3- 6 months, others take less time and some are even longer. It’s all up to you. There is no pressure to complete or deadline to finish. Naturally, longer courses will take more time.
Q. What learning formats are there?
A. Your enrollment comes with the Online Classroom study option by default. For a small additional cost you also have the options of USB or Correspondence.
USB: Your course is sent to you on a USB stick, so that you can carry it in your pocket. Ideal for those with unreliable internet connections. This option is an additional £5/module
Correspondence: You download the course content and then print your own copy to your requirements. You can then bind the lessons to suit your needs.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a project instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location, or you can visit us in Canterbury, England to sit the exam if want to. Exam fees are included in the tuition fee you paid. You can read more about the examination process here. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment. You submit it to the academy who then submits it to the tutor for marking, comments and feedback. Our policy is to have a grade for you within 5 to 7 days.
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons there would be 10 assignments. The number of lessons per module varies from module to module. See the course content from our website for further details.
Q. When do I have to hand in my first assignment?
A. There is no deadline for handing in the first assignment. Submit when you are ready. There are some students who hand in assignments within the first couple of weeks of enrolment – while there are others who submit their work 6 months later. It’s all at your own convenience to suit you. Everyone has different work and home commitments and we cater to these needs.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country; however, there may be an additional expense. We can appoint an appropriately qualified person anywhere to work through curriculum documentation supplied by us, to satisfy the requirements set down in a course.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would receive a Certificate (providing you complete all assignments and the exam). If you just want to complete the assignments only, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications awarded please click here.
Q. Is there a next level to progress to?
A. Yes – you can progress from one module to a combination of many modules and to higher qualifications i.e. Advanced Certificates, Diplomas and Higher Advanced Diplomas. Read more about course levels here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to design your own diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. It’s a very popular option and widely used by many students. You quite simply choose the appropriate number of related modules needed to complete the qualification and submit them to us for approval as a custom diploma.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of a 100-hour Certificate course and providing all assignments and exam have been completed, you will receive a Certificate and Transcript. The Transcript will list your GPA. Each 100-hour module is worth 3 credit hours.
Q. Do I have to sit for an exam?
A. Exams are optional but need to be undertaken in order to receive the Certificate or higher qualification. Exams are one and a half hours long. You appoint an adjudicator (subject to our approval) to supervise the exam. You sit for the exam in your own location. Its that simple.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. If you feel you don’t cope well with exams you may elect to undertake a Project (set by the tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Many students prefer this option as they find researching the material for the project sharpens their research skills.
Q. If I don’t sit for the Exam do I still get a qualification?
A. If you don’t sit for the exam but complete the project alternative, you will still receive your endorsed qualification. If you don’t sit for an exam or complete a final project, providing you have completed all the assignments you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Q. Do I have to sit for the exam at the Academy?
A. No – whilst you are more than welcome to come to our location in Canterbury, U.K. and sit the exam in our classroom; the more popular option is to sit for the exam in your own location. You appoint an adjudicator to supervise the exam. Click here for more information on that process.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We only employ tutors who have are currently active in their industry with at least 5 years of real-world experience. Not only are they highly qualified but also experienced, knowledgeable, and professional- experts in their chosen fields from all parts of the world.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes- you have unlimited access to tutors. We strongly encourage students to develop a dialogue with their Tutor. This is why we encourage students to submit their first assignment fairly quickly at the beginning of the course.
Every Academy student is assigned a tutor who supports you throughout your course and beyond. Your tutor is there to guide and facilitate your learning and provides as much or as little individual contact as you would like. When you submit your coursework the tutor will give you feedback that helps you develop your ideas and provides motivation. For those who do like to have interaction with other students, the ADL discussion forum connects you to students from all over the world.
Q. How do I contact my tutor?
A. You have direct contact with your tutor by email through the Online Classroom. Alternatively, you can write, fax, email, or phone the academy. Leave a message if your tutor isn’t available and they will phone, write or fax back; whatever suits you.
Q. If I don’t understand a question or a lesson may I contact the tutor?
A. You may contact a tutor as often as you like. There is no additional charge or restriction on this service. Contact can be made via the Student Zone, email, or by phone.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,