CANCELLED Aromatherapy & Essential Oils: Chemistry & Biology (AROMA - 19CHEM02)

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February 8 2019 4:00 pm   through   February 10 2019 5:30 pm
14500 Juanita Dr NE
Bastyr University
Kenmore, WA 98028
Professional & General Public $ 535.00
Bastyr/NIAOM Alumni $ 485.00
Full-time Student $ 325.00
Retake $ 160.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience general public, students in health care program, naturopathic doctors, medical doctors & physician assistants, nurses & nurse practitioners, massage therapists, physical & occupational therapist, acupuncturist, reflexologists, and estheticians
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This aromatherapy seminar provides an intensive and comprehensive study of essential oil molecular composition and structure. The sciences are used in identifying properties, therapeutic evidence, application and the quality of essential oils. Course date: Friday February 8, 2019, 4-8 p.m., Sat and Sun February 9 & 10, 2019, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Instructor: Jimm Harrison. (17 CEUs, PDAs, CMEs)

Prerequisite: Aromatherapy & Essential Oils – Foundations

Required: At the beginning of class you will need to purchase from the instructor a kit of 13 essential oils representing each functional group and fragrance category (the kit will be used in this class as well as all the upcoming classes in the program). Payment by check payable to the instructor (approx. $150).

Description: This seminar will further demonstrate how to effectively use the Structure Effect Diagram in the selection and application of essential oils for specific therapeutic application.

The seminar is 20 hours (17 CEUs or PDAs), 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. To augment the kit of essential oils that you will bring to class, additional materials, bases and oils will be supplied by the instructor (approx. $50 value).

Topics Include:

  • Molecular structures and organic chemistry
  • Isomers and chirality
  • Secondary metabolites produced by plants
  • Overview of the biosynthesis of essential oil constituents
  • Using the Structure Effect Diagram in selection of oils
  • Essential oil chemical families and molecular groups
  • Components found in essential oils
  • Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry chemical analysis of essential oils
  • Chemical properties of essential oils
  • Formulating using the Structure Effect Diagram
  • Case studies

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

Upon completion of the seminar you will be able to:

  • Explain how the chemistry and biology underlie the functions, medicinal properties and qualities of essential oils.
  • Describe how humans and plants co-evolved and how this relates to the harmony and effectiveness of essential oils and other plant-based medicines.
  • Use essential oil chemistry as a scientific basis for the healing properties of essential oils and as a guide to the therapeutic application.
  • Use the Structure Effect Diagram as a scientific and visual guide for more accurate selection of essential oils.
  • Identify the 14 “structure-effect” molecular groupings, their properties, contraindications, the important compounds within the groups, and the essential oils that contain them.
  • Describe secondary metabolites produced by plants.
  • Identify the chemical compounds and related essential oils best suited for the specific conditions of inflammation, bacterial and viral infection, pain, water retention, digestive imbalance, respiratory congestion, muscle spasms and cramps.
  • Identify the chemical compounds and related essential oils best suited for stress, the “fight or flight” response, anxiety, depression and mental fatigue.
  • Formulate at least four essential oil remedies based on the chemistry and molecular structure of the oils.

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

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

Cost note: Register by January 12, 2019  &  Receive the “early discount”

Please Bring: Personal water bottle (filtered water dispensers available on campus to refill).

Meal: One hour lunch break – Saturday & Sunday Bring a sack lunch or dine at area restaurants.
Friday 1/2 Hour dinner break - bring a sack dinner.

Location: Room # 132, Bastyr University Kenmore, WA.  Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus. 

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

  • ND (except those licensed in CA)
  • MD & PA - Category II CMEs (those licensed in WA)
  • ARNP & RN (licensed in WA)
  • LMP (licensed in WA)
  • Eligibility Pending: LMP NCBTMB CEs
  • PT & OT (licensed in WA)
  • Eligibility Pending: LAc - NCCAOM PDAs
  • CA LAc (licensed through the CA Acupuncture Board) Category 1; CEP 453

Cancellation, transfer and refund policy can be found here

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