Exploring Essential Oil Chemistry

My first real introduction to Essential Oil Chemistry was through Rosemary Caddy's Essential Oils in Colour Chemistry Workshops at the end of 1999, and in 2001 I purchased the license to teach those workshops.  Since that time I have explored the world of Essential Oil Chemistry further through books and additional classes.  The workshop that I am offering here has its roots in Rosemary Caddy's Essential Oils in Colour workshops. Probably because they were my first proper introduction to the world of essential oil chemistry, her color coding for the different biochemical families is the one that has stuck with me.  I find that the visuals you get from the color wheel make it very easy to both identify and to grasp the concepts, particularly if you are new to chemistry.

I start the workshop with my own introduction to Essential Oil Chemistry, as well as the Caddy Color wheels.  Chapters One - Three are based on Rosemary Caddy's Essential Oils in Color Chemistry Workshop. While in Chapter Four I expand further on this.  

  • Chapter One covers Elements and Atomic Structure
  • Chapter Two covers Molecules and compounds
  • Chapter Three looks at essential oil molecules and how they fit into the individual chemical families.  Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Alcohols both Monoterpenols and Sesquiterpenols, Phenols, Aldehydes both aromatic and aliphatic, Acids, Esters, Ketones, Phenolic Ethers, Oxides and Lactones and Coumarins are all covered here.  By the end of this you should be able to identify the different biochemical families and their unique structures.
  • In Chapter Four I expand on this and take a deeper look at each of the biochemical families with a description, its properties and its precautions.  Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Alcohols, Sesquiterpenols, Phenols, Aliphatic Aldehydes, Aromatic Aldehydes, Esters, Ketones, Phenolic Ethers, Oxides, Lactones & Coumarins are all expanded on here.

Course curriculum

    1. Introduction to understanding essential oil chemistry

    1. Chapter One - Elements and Atomic Structure

    2. Chapter Two - Molecules and Compounds

    3. Chapter Three - Essential Oil Molecules

    1. Chapter Four - Biochemical Families

About this course

  • $50.00
  • 5 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content