Chemistry of Essential Oils (6CEs, $220):

“To you who have little or no background in Chemistry, yet desire a basic understanding of the science of essential oils, this class is for you.  To you who may even fear chemistry and avoided it in school, fear no more.  This class is for you.  And to you who may have degrees in chemistry, even advanced degrees, this class if for you too, because the unique composition of, and character of essential oils is not found in college textbooks, nor is it yet a part of the college curriculum of most university regimens.  As you will discover, the properties of essential oils that bring healing and maintain health cannot be explained solely by science as we know it.  The power of essential oils is more than chemistry”
The Chemistry of Essential Oils, by Dr. David Stewart

This is an appropriate class for anyone who wants to safely, effectively and confidently incorporate essential oil use into their practice or home.   We will relate how you can use this class to choose an oil based on its chemical characteristics or qualities.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

Participants of the C.A.R.E. Chemistry of Essential Oils class will be able to:

  • Recognize and appreciate the intelligent design of the universe at a molecular level.
  • Explain why the same essential oil evokes different responses from different people.
  • Discuss how both chemistry and quantum physics are necessary to explain oil behavior.
  • List four way that essential oil molecules can enter our bodies.
  • Describe the three basic schools of aromatherapy.
  • Articulate reasons why trace compounds are important to an oil’s therapeutic value.
  • Explain how molecular weight relates to viscosity, volatility and biological half-life.
  • Answer why the Periodic Table is periodic.
  • Discuss the structure of atoms and molecules as elements and compounds.
  • Identify the five principal elements that comprise essential oils.
  • Explain chiral molecules and give examples.
  • Talk about the history of benzene, the benzene ring and its existence as an energy form.
  • Define what a chemotype is and why they exist.
  • Explain what an isomer is and give examples.
  • Draw a picture of an isoprene unit and discuss it as a building block of organic compounds.
  • Illustrate how a “PMS” anointment with oils can sometimes result in instantaneous healing.
  • Show how hydrocarbon, oxygenated hydrocarbons and isomers are the building units of essential oils.
  • Be able to choose an essential oil based on the quality of the oil.