Aromatherapy: Emotional Effects on the Olfactory System (AROMA-18OLFA11)

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November 9 2018 4:00 pm   through   November 11 2018 5:30 pm
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
See location under description.
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
Phone: 425-896-6717
Professional & General Public $ 535.00
Bastyr/NIAOM Alumni $ 485.00
Full-time Student $ 325.00
Retake $ 160.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience general public, naturopathic doctors, medical doctors & physician assistants, nurses & nurse practitioners, massage therapists, reflexologists, students in health care program, estheticians
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Explore the many effects essential oils have on health and well-being through inhalation and interaction with the olfactory and limbic systems.

Course Date: November 9 - 11, 2018
Friday 4 - 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 9:30 - 5:30pm
Instructor: Jimm Harrison, Aromatherapist & Cosmetologist

Olfaction is a fascinating and mysterious sense with powerful influence on human emotion and the nervous system (central and autonomic). A review of olfactory anatomy and physiology, along with the latest information regarding the sense of smell, will be used to explain the complex, anticipated and unanticipated physical and emotional effects of essential oils and fragrance. This seminar will also include placebo, energetic and sub-atomic principles on health and well-being.

The seminar is 20 hours, and includes 17 hours of classroom experience and three to six hours of self-study. Classroom experience will include lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice. In addition to the “kit of essential oils” you purchased in the Chemistry and Biology class, the instructor will supply additional materials, bases and oils for the weekend activities – approx. $50 value).

Topics include:

  • Aromacology: the influence of odors on behavior
  • Chemotaxis: the earliest biological sense mechanism
  • The physiology and anatomy of the olfactory and limbic systems
  • Memory, emotions and behavior
  • Sexuality, attraction and aversion
  • Suggestion and the sense of smell
  • Energy and subatomic (quantum) physics
  • The Structure-Effect Diagram and emotions
  • Essential oil uses for emotional balance
  • Essential oils and the central nervous system
  • Essential oils and the autonomic nervous system
  • Protocols for essential oil selection for emotional use

Upon completion of the seminar, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate between aromacolgy and aromatherapy
  • Define chemotaxis
  • Discuss the important relationship between the olfactory system and daily human life.
  • Describe the physiology and anatomy of olfaction and the limbic system
  • Explain the effect and influence of smell (scent and fragrances) on emotions, mood, actions and behaviors
  • Explain the relationship among sexuality, the olfactory system and odor
  • Describe how smell can be influenced by thought and verbal suggestion
  • Describe how essential oils affect emotions and memory
  • List the essential oil compounds for emotional use and their position on the Structure-Effect Diagram
  • Create essential oil protocols that address human emotions (i.e. nervousness, anxiety and depression)

This seminar has been designed for health care professionals; however, the general public is invited to attend as well.

Eligible for 17 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs, and/or CEs for the following professions:

ND (except those licensed in CA & OR)
MD & PA - Category II CMEs (those licensed in WA)
ARNP & RN (licensed in WA)
LAc (licensed in CA)
LMP (licensed in WA)
Eligibility Pending: LMP NCBTMB CEs

This class is part of a non-credit program offered by Bastyr’s Certificate, Community and Continuing Education Department. To read about the program's course sequence, requirements and fees, click here.

Please bring:

  • Your kit of 13 essential oils representing each functional group and fragrance category.
  • Personal water bottle (filtered water dispensers available on campus to refill).

Meals: Fri: 1/2 hour dinner break - Bring a sack dinner.  Sat & Sun: One hour lunch break - Bring a sack lunch or eat in Bastyr’s dining commons.

Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room #131 & 220. Room 220 is on the 2nd floor of the south wing with “stair-only” access. Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.

Jimm Harrison, Cosmetologist and Certified Aromatherapist

Jimm Harrison founded the Phytotherapy Institute in 1995 to advance education in essential oil and plant therapy. He was the first cosmetologist invited by Harvard University and MIT to discuss the impact of essential oils in skin care.

Jimm has been conducting certification programs and lectures in essential oil therapy for massage, spa therapy, cosmetology and medical esthetic institutions across the country since 1993, including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. He is the author of Aromatherapy: Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for Esthetics, and has developed natural/organic skin care products for the professional and retail markets. To learn more about this presenter, please visit his website at