Chemistry of Essential Oils

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Do you have trouble understanding the Chemistry of Essential Oils?

Would you like to know more?  The Chemistry Home Study Course was designed for those who have not had any instruction on the chemistry of essential oils and who would like to enhance their knowledge in this area.

Those who take our regular Aromatherapy Courses will find that Chemistry is covered these courses.  There is an introduction to Chemistry in the Aromatherapy 101 course and a more in depth Chemistry Review in Aromatherapy 201 and while the information covered in the Chemistry Home Study Course is  similar to the information covered in the Aromatherapy 101 and Aromatherapy 201 courses, what is different is the way that this information is presented!

This course is based on the work of Rosemary Caddy BSc Hons., ARCS, MISPA, who graduated from London University with a BSc Honours Degree in Science. As a Reader and Principal Lecturer in Educational Research at Nottingham University she was the author or a range of educational materials for students of many disciplines. Rosemary is also a qualified clinical aromatherapist running her own clinic and carrying out a program of research on the chemistry of essential oils. She has developed her Caddy Profiles as a colourful new way of looking at essential oils.  Each functional group is assigned a specific colour and the Caddy Profile view the essential oil profile as a colourful wheel.  Each profile gives an instant visual of the oil’s composition by showing the proportion of each of the chemical families present in that oils, as well as an understanding of the properties and possible cautions those chemical families bring. On completion of this course you  will be able to take the chemical breakdown of an essential oil and create a colourful wheel representing these components.  Being able to create colour wheels of individual essential oils and essential oil blends can be a really helpful way of understanding how they work, what properties they may have, and what precautions one might need to keep in mind.  It can also give you a useful tool to compare different essential oils and essential oil blends.  Here is an outline of what is covered in this course.

Caddy Chemistry Home Study Course 

Elements and Atomic Structure. An introduction to the elements and atomic structure step by step. Particular attention is paid to the Isoprene Moleculecarbon, hydrogen and oxygen molecules.
Compounds and Molecules. Participants will learn the relevant definitions of ionic bonding and covalent bonding. Examples of ionic compounds, molecules of an element and molecular compounds are illustrated.
Essential Oil Molecules. To help participants understand chemical family a detailed set of notes and worksheets takes them step by step through many illustrative examples.

The course consists of 7 PDF files and is delivered digitally.

Essential Oils in Colour – Study Guide
Essential Oils in Colour – Course Notes
Essential Oils in Colour – Caddy Chemistry Student Pack
Understanding Caddy Profiles
Three Reference Charts to work from.
The Final Exercise and Mystery Oil Data Profile will be found in the Study Guide.  Once these have been returned completed, a Certificate of Completion is issued.