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Are you interested in learning more about the chemistry and medicinal uses of essential oils? Do you want to improve your blending skills – so you can make your own blends + natural products with confidence?

You’re in the right place!


Component Blending is an online course where you’ll dive deep into the chemistry and therapeutic properties of 15 different pine, spruce and fir essential oils. You’ll learn to differentiate between a group of oils that seem similar – yet have many unique properties. And you’ll practice a fabulous approach to blending essential oils, known as component blending.

Upon completion of this class, you’ll have an advanced knowledge of the components in conifer essential oils, and confidence in choosing between similar oils (conifer or otherwise) to create more effective medicinal blends.

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This Program Will Build Your Confidence To...
  • Differentiate between 15 different conifer oils (and their therapeutic properties), so you can confidently choose which ones to use for each blend or situation.

  • Deepen your knowledge of pine, spruce and fir essential oil chemistry – so that creating blends based on their chemical components comes easily. (Don’t worry, we’ll make it FUN!)

  • Come up with your own substitutions for any recipe! Once you learn this essential oil chemistry, you’ll never need to ask someone to help you with oil substitutes again.

  • Use GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry) reports to understand the potential safety considerations and some key medicinal properties of each oil.

  • Emphasize different therapeutic properties in your blends by using TWO advanced blending techniques – single component blending and multiple component blending.

  • Make a variety of homemade therapeutic blends and products (to support with inflammation, immune health, colds + flu, allergies, and more).

Sneak Peek Inside the Program…

Component Blending is an independent, self-study program.

As soon as you register, you will have immediate access to the course by logging into your account and accessing our beautiful user-friendly online classroom, which includes all of your written + video content, as well as interactive learning activities.

You’ll also have full access to our online forum – where you can ask questions, participate in discussions, and receive answers from our amazing instructors (as well as other Aromahead Institute students and graduates).

Course Overview

Orientation:  Introduction to Component Blending

You'll Discover:
  • Therapeutic properties of essential oil components

  • Blending guidelines and dilutions

  • Essential oil safety guidelines

  • All About Preservatives + Antioxidants

Lesson 1:  Conifer Trees

You'll Discover:
  • Conifer components and their medicinal properties

  • What isomers are (and why they matter!)

  • How to organize your oils by genus and learn the different species – so you can choose the most ideal oil in each situation

Lesson 2:  Blending with a Single Component

You'll Discover:
  • Exciting component blending activities

  • Component charts that will help you understand the potential therapeutic properties of an oil at a glance

  • Beta-myrcene (a powerful therapeutic component)

  • The ‘Best Cream Ever’ anti-inflammatory blend

  • An effective decongestant cream for allergy season

Lesson 3:  Blending with Multiple Components

You'll Discover:
  • The amazing properties of alpha-pinene + beta-pinene

  • Which oils are rich in bornyl acetate (and why it matters)

  • An excellent inhaler for sinus and immune support

  • How to make an antimicrobial blend for soap

  • How to make your own melt-and-pour soap

Lesson 4:  Antioxidant Components

You'll Discover:
  • Benefits of oils with antioxidant components

  • How to make salt scrub for colds and flu

  • Why you will never be without your ‘I Have to Go to Work’ cold and flu blend during the winter months

  • How effective a beta-phellandrene fungal + hand cleanser blend can be

  • The impressive range of therapeutic properties offered by camphor-rich essential oils

Your Component Blending Class Includes:
  • An Orientation + 4 in-depth lessons – which you can access 24/7 in our beautiful, user-friendly online classroom.

  • 5 professional video tutorials produced exclusively for the Component Blending class. Seeing the information presented in a warm, engaging video makes it easier to absorb – and you can watch the videos as many times as you like (even after you complete the class)!

  • 15 detailed datasheets for the essential oils studied in the course. Aromahead Institute's printer-friendly datasheets clearly lay out all the most important information you might need on hand for easy reference – including each oil's: chemical components, therapeutic properties, safety data, Latin name, botanical + chemical families, countries of origin, plant part used, extraction method, aroma, note, Essential Oil research, component research, practical applications, and scientific references.

  • Component blending charts – These original charts, developed by Andrea Butje, are a simple-yet-profound way to get to know the medicinal properties of your essential oils. They will be your constant companions throughout the course AND support you in all your future component blending (as you’ll learn to create your own charts for any group of oils!).

  • 10 original Aromatherapy recipes and blends – developed exclusively for the Component Blending class.

  • An extensive private list of resources for high-quality Aromatherapy products and related services.

  • Contact information for prominent Aromatherapy organizations and journals. Stay current with the industry, learn about the conferences, and gather articles from Aromatherapy experts.

  • 15% off discount on all essential oils, carrier oils, butters, bottles, supplies, and specific blending kits from Aromatics International for six months after you register.

  • Permanent unlimited access to all the course materials and videos – including any updates to the content – even after you have completed the program.

  • Permanent unlimited access to the exclusive Aromahead Institute Online Forum – where you can ask questions, participate in discussions, and receive answers from our amazing instructors… as well as connecting with other Aromahead students and graduates from over 180 countries around the world.

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A Deeper Look at What You’ll Learn…

By the end of the course, you'll have formed a new relationship with an incredible group of essential oils (conifers) by getting to know their unique aromas, common and Latin names, their chemistry, and associated medicinal properties. You’ll also create a variety of homemade therapeutic products – focusing on the chemical components of each blend.

Conifer Essential Oils

Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)

Black Spruce (Picea mariana)

Douglas Pine (Douglas Fir) 
(Pseudotsuga menzies)

Engelmann Spruce 
(Picea engelmannii)

Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

Norway Pine (Red Pine) 
(Pinus resinosa)

Pinon Pine (Pinus edulis)

Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)

Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)

Siberian Fir (Abies sibirica)

Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)

Utah Juniper 
(Juniperus osteosperma)

White Fir (Abies concolor)

White Pine (Pinus strobus)

White Spruce (Picea glauca)

Natural Homemade Products

Melt-and-pour bar soap

‘Best Cream Ever’ anti-inflammatory blend

Decongestant cream for allergy season

Inhaler for sinus and immune support

Antimicrobial essential oil blend for soap

Hand cleanser blend

Salt scrub for colds and flu

‘I Have to Go to Work’ cold and flu blend

Fungal + hand cleanser blend (made with beta-phellandrene)

Conifer and resin incense

Quick Facts
  • Start the class the moment you complete your registration OR sign up now and get started later! Your course never expires.

  • You have permanent unlimited access to your course materials – as well as any subsequent updates to the course content – even after you have completed the program.

  • Ask questions, participate in discussions, and receive answers from our amazing instructors – along with other Aromahead students and graduates – in our fabulous online forum.

  • Work at your own pace and on your own timeline (our online classroom is available 24/7).

  • Aromahead Institute meets the rigorous training and education qualifications of three highly respected organizations: the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) and the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA).

  • Approved for 28 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in massage therapy by the NCBTMB – as well as by the Florida and NYS massage board.

Tuition & Payments

Total Tuition: $450

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Student Testimonials
The online component blending class is incredible. I learned more about the conifer oils than I ever thought possible and now have 2 new favorite oils, Siberian Fir and Pinon Pine. This class along with the Aromatherapy Certification Program has really increased my knowledge of essential oil chemistry. I now feel completely comfortable blending from a component perspective. The class has brought me a deeper understanding to my work as an Aromatherapist and Massage Therapist. I know my clients will be able to tell the difference.

- Trey Anderson

I have to say that I found this class to be much more than I expected. I had never heard of component blending before. Now that I have a clear understanding of the importance of choosing essential oils based on their therapeutic components it will be the blending approach I will use most. I found this course captivated my interest from the beginning to the end, I loved everything about it and couldn't wait to get back to it. Thank you so much for providing us with this amazing learning opportunity. Looking forward to seeing what you will be making available to us in the future.

- Joyce Lee

The Component Blending Course represents the loadstone that will keep my left brain (analytics) and right brain (creativity) working together as I pursue Certification in Aromatherapy. Although the course focused on conifers it was the discussion of chemical families and chemical components (which based upon standup research had therapeutic benefits) which presented me with an 'aha' moment. So, going forward my essential oil inventory will include color-coding representing significant chemical families by oil; physically the oils will be organized by chemical family. My lists of standard client issues (eg pain, muscular aches) will include oils that address those issues AND the responsible chemical components within those oils.

- Steve Crews

I love the class. I really appreciate Andrea because it is very difficult to find someone who can really teach with such expertise and support such that you never feel alone working online. The information in the course was much more than I expected. Andrea gives you complex content in a very simple way and then you can understand what you never understood before about essential oil chemistry and blending. The course brought me closer to true aromatherapy. Thanks to the course I feel much more confidence in blending and I really appreciate a deep understanding about working with essential oils.

- Begona Sanchez

Meet Your Instructor

Your video lessons and program content will be led by Andrea Butje, an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who is changing the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching + creating community online.

Andrea founded Aromahead Institute in 1998 to help people everywhere learn to use essential oils safely and effectively. Thousands of students from more than 180 countries have studied with Aromahead since that time – and many of our alumni have gone on to pursue successful careers and businesses in Aromatherapy and the Healing Arts.

In 2013, Andrea won the Alliance of International Aromatherapists' Lifetime Achievement Award for her heartfelt work in educating and connecting people involved in all aspects of the Aromatherapy industry – from renowned authors and distillers to those who are brand new to essential oils.

When she isn’t sharing her love of Aromatherapy with others, you’ll usually find Andrea in her kitchen – cooking, baking and playing with new recipes!

Frequently Asked Questions

I'm new to Aromatherapy. Is this program right for me?

This is an intermediate-level blending class – and more appropriate for someone with a foundational understanding of essential oils. If you’re brand new to aromatherapy, we recommend you check out our fabulous Aromatherapy for Natural Living course here.)

Are there any prerequisites for participation in this course?

This intermediate-level course requires a beginning level knowledge of essential oil chemistry.

Can I enroll anytime?

Yes! All the online classes at Aromahead Institute are self-paced. You can complete them on your own time, from anywhere in the world that you can log on to the internet.

Can I receive Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for completing this course?

Yes! Component Blending is approved for 28 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in massage therapy by the NCBTMB – as well as by the Florida and NYS massage board.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

It depends! Most students complete this course within a few weeks to a couple of months. However, the program is completely self-paced, which means you can slow it down or move through it more quickly, depending on your learning style and availability. You’ll have permanent unlimited access to your course materials and the Aromahead Institute online forum – as well as any subsequent updates to the course content – even after you’ve completed the program.

Do I need specific supplies in order to participate?

You will need some supplies in order to try the blending exercises and recipes in this program. You may use your own supplies or purchase them (supplies are not included in your tuition). Aromatics International has designed a beautiful kit with most of the carrier oils and bottles you’ll need. This kit is completely optional and sold separately through Aromatics International. Some students choose to begin the class, and then decide which recipes they want to make. This allows them to purchase their oils and supplies over time, as they make their way through the course (instead of buying the whole kit upfront). Others buy the kit right from the start. The choice is yours!

How much support will I get?

Lots of it! The Aromahead Institute team is a dedicated community of educators that are ready to assist you and offer guidance when you need it. All of our teachers are Certified Aromatherapists, and have been in the profession for many years. You’ll have access to Aromahead’s online forum, where you can ask questions, participate in discussions and learn from other Aromatherapists. Plus, you can email us anytime, and your emails will always be answered right away. 

Can I enroll even if I don’t live in the U.S.?

Yes! Thousands of students from more than 170 countries have studied with Aromahead Institute, and we’d love to welcome you to our online community.

Tuition & Payments

Total Tuition: $450

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