What do you know about aromatherapy and essential oils?

Do you know how to use them safely and effectively?

These days, a quick internet search on essential oils and how to use them will bring up a plethora of information. Unfortunately, not all the information that comes up, is accurate. Sometimes it has been skewed in order to sell larger quantities of essential oils, while at others, the writer just doesn’t have the training and knowledge to know better. Being able to clearly identify not only who, but also their level of expertise in the field, is important when deciding whether or not you can trust the information shared.

While you don’t have to be a professional aromatherapist in order to use essential oils, and many people who use them are not, it is important that you actually know and understand the highly concentrated and complex substances you are working with.  Simply following the advice given by an often anonymous source just isn’t the safest way to go.  Investing in yourself by taking this course, will help you know about and understand how to effectively and safely use aromatherapy, essential oils and other aromatics.  It can also get you started on a lifetime journey of discovery. 

Giving yourself this gift of knowledge and understanding could enhance your quality of life and the lives of those around you in many ways.

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.  Chinese proverb

Presented in three Modules, 5 Case Studies and a Final Quiz

  • The Foundations Module provides a solid foundation on which to build your knowledge on.

  • The Aromatic Took Kit Module explores your tools. 25 essential oils, 13 Hydrosols and 16 Carries. As well as reviewing essential oil chemistry and the creative art of blending.

  • The Putting it all Together Module covers practical ways to create blends and applications.

  • The 5 Case Studies test your knowledge in using what you have learned in real world situations.

  • Study online and at your own pace with video lessons and downloadable course notes.

  • Download your Certificate of Completion after successfully completing the Final Quiz.

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome to Exploring Aromatherapy & Essential Oils

    2. Information on Your Account

    1. History and Timeline

    2. Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

    3. Pathways of Assimilation & Methods of Application

    4. Useful Measurements, Dilution Rates & Calculations

    1. Botanical Families

    2. Understanding the Essential Oil Profiles and Odor Profiling

    3. The Seven Essential Oil Odor Types

    4. Essential Oil Profiles: Citrus Odor Types

    5. Essential Oil Profiles: Herbal Odor Types

    6. Essential Oil Profiles: Floral Odor Types

    7. Essential Oil Profiles: Woody Odor Types

    8. Essential Oil Profiles: Spicy Odor Types

    9. Essential Oil Profiles: Earthy Odor Types

    10. Essential Oil Profiles: Camphorous Odor Types

    11. Essential Oil Chemistry

    12. Hydrosols

    13. Carriers

    14. Blending

    1. Personal Self Care: Skin & Hair

    2. Making Basic Products

    3. Personal Perfume & a Blueprint for a Cologne

    4. First Aid Applications with Essential Oils

    5. Essential Oil Applications Around the House and in the Garden

    6. Essential Oils and Meditation

    7. Client Brief

    1. Case Study Sara R

    2. What would you suggest for Sara R

    3. Case Study Karen K.

    4. What would you suggest for Karen K

    5. Case Study Alice J

    6. What would you suggest for Alice J

    7. Case Study Gillian D

    8. What would you suggest for Gillian D

    9. Case Study Tom C

    10. What would you suggest for Tom C

    1. Final Quiz

About this course

  • $150.00
  • 38 lessons
  • 8 hours of video content

More details on what is covered in each section!

History and Timeline.

In this lesson, we take a look at how aromatics have been used by many cultures since the earliest times.  We review the origins of steam distillation and explore how the practice of using essential oils has evolved over time up to the present day.

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils.

Here we explore exactly what we mean by the term aromatherapy.  We look at where essential oils are formed, and the role they play in the plant.  We review the different ways in which they can be extracted from plant material. And take a brief look at just why they are such concentrated substances.

Pathways of Assimilation & Methods of Application.

In this lesson we look at  the different ways in which essential oil molecules are able to enter, be processed by, and then eliminated from our bodies.  Understanding this can help us make the best decisions in choosing the method of application, as well as our essential oils, safely and effectively.

Useful Measurements, Dilution Rates & Calculations.

Keeping in mind just what highly concentrated substances essential oils are, it is extremely important that we understand how to use them safely.  This includes being able to measure them accurately, as well as be able to calculate the appropriate dilutions rates.

Botanical Families

In this lesson we will take a look at plant taxonomy and review the Botanical Families the essential oils covered in this course belong to.  We will also review the situation with Endangered Species.

Understanding the Essential Oil Profiles and Odor Profiling

The lesson starts with a description of what each of the headings used in the Essential Oil Profiles represents.  Following this is the section on  Odor Profiling.  By following along with these instructions, you will be able to create your own odor profile for any essential oil you own.    

The Seven Essential Oil Odor Types used in this course (25 Essential Oils are profiled)

There are a number of different ways the 25 essential oils covered in this course could be classified.  I have chosen to classify them according to one of seven different Odor Types.

Essential Oil Profiles: Citrus Odor Types (Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Sweet Orange)

Essential Oil Profiles: Herbal Odor Types (Basil, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Sweet Marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary)

Essential Oil Profiles: Floral Odor Types (Geranium, Helichrysum, Lavender, Rose, Ylang Ylang)

Essential Oil Profiles: Woody Odor Types (Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense)

Essential Oil Profiles : Spicy Odor Types (Black Pepper, Ginger, Juniper Berry)

Essential Oil Profiles: Earthy Odor Types (Patchouli, Vetiver)

Essential Oil Profiles: Camphorous Odor Types (Eucalyptus, Tea Tree)

Essential Oil Chemistry

In this lesson we take a look at essential oil chemistry and why it can be helpful to know when we are blending with essential oils.  We also take a look at the different Biochemical families, their properties and their precautions.  We round this section out by looking at how we might create blends based on the chemistry of the essential oils we are using.


In this lesson 13 different Hydrosols, along with their properties and indications for use are profiled.  Also included, are a number of tips and suggestions on how to incorporate them into every day life.   


Because essential oils are very concentrated substances, before applying them topically to the skin, they should be diluted.  We use a carrier to do this which could be in the form of a cream, a lotion, an ointment, a vegetable oil, a butter or a gel.    16 different carriers, along with their properties and indications for use, are profiled in this lesson.  10 of these are vegetable oils, 2 of them are macerated oils, 2 are butters and 2 are gels.


Blending is term we use to describe how to incorporate essential oils into one harmonious blend or synergy.    There are a number of different ways this can be done.  Therapeutic Blending has the focus of addressing different physical and/or emotional considerations, while Creative Blending is usually more focused on creating a pleasing and harmonious aroma.   In this section we cover both, and explore ways in which both concepts could be combined.    Because essential oils are highly aromatic it is important to understand some of the concepts used in the Perfumery Industry such as Notes and Odor Intensity.

The Putting it all Together Module

Personal Self Care

Essential oils have long been used in cosmetics and perfumery and here we take a look at some of the ways we can incorporate their use into our own skin and hair care routines.  Learn about which essential oils and carriers to use based on the individual skin and hair types.  As an extra bonus information is shared on incorporating essential oils into your own Home Facial, as well as body scrubs.  

Making Basic Products

Although this is not meant to be a Product Formulation Course, there are ways in which one can easily make simple products to use at home.  

Personal Perfume & a Blueprint for a Cologne

With essential oils being so wonderfully aromatic, understanding how to combine them together to create your own personal fragrance is something many of us really enjoy doing.  This lesson will guide you through the process of creating a simple perfume.  As many perfumes and colognes often have many more steps, and aromatics, than covered in the blending section, or the simple perfume, also included in this lesson is a blueprint to help you create your own Cologne.  Follow this exercise to create your own unique, more complex Cologne.  

First Aid Applications with Essential Oils

When life’s minor discomforts assail us, essential oils can prove to be very helpful.   In this lesson we cover some simple ways in which essential oils can be integrated into protocols for dealing with minor challenges and injuries.

Essential Oil Applications Around the House and in the Garden

Using essential oils around the house not only smells good, but also provides excellent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties that can keep lots of nasty bugs away.  While essential oils play an important rose in the defense and protection of the plant they are derived from, it has also been found that they can be very effective in keeping garden pests at bay. 

Essential Oils and Meditation

In this lesson we explore ways in which essential oils and aromatics can be used to enhance your meditation experience. 

Client Brief

Part of the joy of working with essential oils is being able to create custom blends for yourself, your family and friends, your clients and others.  In this lesson you learn how to gather  the information needed to be able to make informed choices.  Choices about which essential oils and carriers you will use,  how the blend will be used and for how long.  You will also learn how to effectively cross reference your essential oil choices when you want to make more complex blends that address  more than one consideration.  

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Get started today with Bev as your guide!

Beverley Hawkins

Bev Hawkins has incorporated alternative medicine into her life and practice for over 30 years. She has extensive training, certificates and diplomas in many different modalities including Massage Therapy, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Spiritual PhytoEssencing and more. She is also an Energy Healer, Reiki Master and Reconnective Healing Practitioner. She first started teaching aromatherapy courses and workshops back in 1995, and in 1999 founded the West Coast Institute of Aromatherapy to offer formal Aromatherapy Certification Courses and Workshops. Although she has now retired from teaching the Full Professional Courses, she is still offering the workshops and short courses. Bev loves being able to share the knowledge she has gained, and continues to gain, with others. In addition to the workshops and short courses, she also has a subscription membership club - The Bev Hawkins Membership Club. Members have the advantage of getting access, not only to the latest package of information published each month, but also full access to all the packages published since the club originated in January 2020. Each month’s package is designed to cover one essential oil in depth, as well as the aromatherapy approach to dealing with a condition. In addition, each year has a different focus for highlighting the energetics of essential oils. Plus, there is the Inspiration Blend exercise. Here the essential oils are chosen intuitively from the essential oil card deck, and the blending exercise described in detail. Each package is completed by the short mini meditation designed around that choice. In addition to her years of study, Bev has the advantage of being able to draw on her practical experience of being a practitioner for so many years. She loves working with clients and finding ways to help them by taking advantage of the many skills she has acquired over the years. She says “To be accepted into someone else’s ‘circle of trust’ and allowed to interact with them on a personal level is a real privilege. To then see how they change, blossom, grow, heal and move forward is the reward of a job well done."

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