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Essential Oils

Are you curious about the therapeutic properties of essential oils? Do you want to create luxurious body care products for yourself and your loved ones?

You’re in the right place!

Whether you’re brand new to Aromatherapy – or want to deepen your knowledge with high-quality information you know you can trust – our Introduction to Essential Oils class is a great place to begin. (And it’s 100% FREE to register now!)

You’ll learn about essential oil safety, how oils are produced, and common methods of use. You’ll explore 9 powerful essential oils, and different ways they can be used to support physical and emotional well-being. And you’ll make your own blends and homemade products – including a massage oil, lip balm, natural inhalers, and more. PLUS, get 15% off your purchases of essential oils and supplies at Aromatics International for 30 days!

Andrea Butje, founder of Aromahead Institute, has been studying and teaching Aromatherapy for decades. If you want to learn about essential oils from a highly experienced teacher, this is the course for you.

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This Program Will Build Your Confidence To...
  • Create a more natural, healthy lifestyle with aromatherapy.

  • Blend safely with essential oils to create luxurious and therapeutic body products for yourself, friends, and family.

  • Make your own delicious, nourishing, all-natural lip balm.

  • Use essential oils in your bath . . . the safe way!

  • Soothe muscle pain with essential oils (even without massage!).

  • Make your own foaming hand soap for your bathroom, kitchen, or office.

  • Prevent or soothe a cold, flu, or sinus infection by inhaling essential oils that support the respiratory system. (You'll also understand which methods of inhalation offer the most benefits.)

  • Create aromatherapy inhalers to bring the support of essential oils with you wherever you go.

  • Make natural aromatic massage oils to achieve different effects during a massage – such as stress relief, muscle relaxation, or immune support.

  • Understand dilution ratios for daily use, acute issues, and people who need special consideration (i.e. pregnant women and children).

  • Choose the right diffuser for your space, so you can use it to uplift your senses, promote health, and create a beautiful home or workplace.

How It Works

Introduction to Essential Oils 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.

This is an entry-level class, open to all learners – and provides an excellent foundation for any further Aromatherapy studies you decide to undertake. Best of all, it’s complimentary to join right now!

Course Overview

Orientation + Lesson 1 – Essential Oils

You'll Discover:
  • What essential oils are – and where they come from

  • How essential oils are extracted

  • An introduction to common names + Latin names

  • The language of aromas

Lesson 2 – Methods of Use

You'll Discover:
  • Common methods of use

  • How to store and care for your essential oils

  • Important safety guidelines for pregnant women, children, and the elderly

Lesson 3 – Making Products

You'll Discover:
  • A guide to diluting your essential oils

  • Hands-on blending activities

  • Recipes for diffusing, therapeutic baths, steam inhalations, natural inhalers, massage oil, lip balm and foam soap

Lessons 4 + 5 – Review, Final Exam and Next Steps

You'll Discover:
  • How much you’ve learned in a short time! (Take your final exam + receive your certificate of completion.)

  • Careers in the aromatherapy industry

  • Additional aromatherapy resources to further your essential oil education

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A Deeper Look at What You’ll Learn…

This class will help you begin to build a solid foundation of knowledge about Aromatherapy. By the end of the course, you’ll have studied 9 essential oils that have a wide variety of therapeutic effects. (You don't need a huge collection of oils to get started with aromatherapy. You can do so much with just these 9!) You’ll also have hands-on experience creating blends and luxurious body care products for yourself, family and friends.

Essential Oils You’ll Study in This Class

  • Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)

  • Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)

  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

  • Distilled Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)

  • Orange (Citrus sinensis)

  • Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)

  • Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora ct. 1,8 cineole)

  • Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)

  • Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

Natural Blends + Products You’ll Learn to Make

  • Essential oil blends for your bath – relaxing + soothing, immune boosting, anxiety reducing, and more

  • Steam inhalation blends (to support respiratory health)

  • Natural inhaler blends for opening the sinuses, immune support, mental focus, and emotional calm

  • Diffuser blends to scent your rooms and cleanse the air

  • Massage oils for relaxation + soothing sore muscles

  • Homemade lip balm

  • Foaming hand soap

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Introduction to Essential Oils is a complimentary course and open to all learners.

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Student Testimonials
An amazing resource! This intro class is full of so much great information if you want to learn about using essential oils and how to incorporate them into your life. The class brought me invaluable knowledge that I immediately took to my practice as an acupuncturist and holistic health coach. It was so well received that I then went on to take the Aromahead certification course and my life / career has completely changed. My patients and clients love this addition to my protocol and everyone has benefited from it. I highly recommend this intro and it's completely free, no better deal anywhere!

- Amy Hausman, Acupuncturist and Health Coach

If anyone is unsure about stepping into the aromatherapy world, look no further. Andrea Butje's free online intro class is the best place to start! It is fun, interesting and helpful. I have now studied Aromatherapy with Andrea for 10 years!

- Paula Begel, Certified Aromatherapist

The Aromahead Free Introduction to Essential Oils class is a must take! This class only takes 3-4 hours to complete at your leisure and is packed full of great information. Learn how to create your own blends safely. This free online class covers nine essential oils and various carriers. Time to jump into Aromatherapy! I love this class!

- Karen Williams

I was introduced to essential oils a few years ago when I had a sore low back. I wanted some relief for the pain, but didn't want to take any drugs. A combination of bergamot and Roman chamomile in a little jojoba oil reduced the spasms and I couldn't get enough of the smell! Little did I know how that little aromatherapy blend would change my life. Aromahead Institute's free Introduction to Essential Oils was next! There is so much information there about how to use the oils, set up in a beautiful format, with short, interesting blocks of text and videos to teach you how to make products. And it's free! You can learn when it works for you and keep coming back to the site as often as you like. In my work as a learning coach, I invited my students to make inhalers to keep their attention sharp. They love them, especially using the citrus oils and peppermint! I got so inspired that I took the next step and did the Aromatherapy Certification Program. What an amazing resource Aromahead is!

- Annie Powell

Meet Your Instructors
Andrea Butje

Your 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!

Karen Williams

Karen Williams became an RN in 1983. Having a love for plants and nature, she soon became immersed in essential oils. When Karen deepened her studies at Aromahead Institute, she and Andrea Butje (founder of Aromahead Institute and Aromatics International) became fast friends. After becoming a certified aromatherapist Karen studied specialty topics including the internal use of essential oil, distilling essential oils and hydrosols, and using essential oils for animals.

In 2010, Karen took over ownership of Aromatics International from Andrea—marking a huge turning point in her life. As co-owner of Aromatics, Karen is devoted to sourcing and importing the highest quality aromatherapy products directly from small-scale farmers, distillers, and producers located all around the world. She is an advocate for sustainable and organic practices and works to support the farmers and local communities who produce the essential oils and carriers.

Karen loves sharing her knowledge of essential oils and how they can enhance the beauty of ones’ journey through life and has authored numerous articles and guides on the safe and effective therapeutic uses of essential oils. Her strong values for healthcare and education have guided her entire career and remain the principles that shape her daily activities at both Aromatics and Aromahead.

In 2019, Karen and her family become co-owners of Aromahead Institute freeing up Andrea to concentrate on education and is the Co-Director of Education at Aromahead Institute, where she works closely with students to guide them in using essential oils safely and effectively in their daily lives, and helps them earn aromatherapy certification, and graduate level certification.

In Karen’s free time, she can be found hiking amongst nature, reading, and enjoying her family.

Jenny Williams

Jenny has always had a passion for learning and teaching. She spent years as a high school English teacher, helping people learn new skills, and developing a classroom culture built on trust and collaboration. She earned her aromatherapy certification at the Aromahead Institute and joined the team at Aromatics International as a co-owner, content creator, and educator. Jenny has done extensive traveling with Karen sourcing vibrant essential oils and has done much writing and research on essential oils and the plants they come from.

In 2019, Jenny and her family become co-owners of Aromahead Institute freeing up Andrea to concentrate on education and is the Co-Director of Education at Aromahead Institute, where she works closely with students to guide them in using essential oils safely and effectively in their daily lives, and helps them earn aromatherapy certification, and graduate level certification.

In her free time, Jenny can be found hiking with her her adorable black lab, Buckley, curled up with a good book, or catching up with friends.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes! This is an entry-level, in-depth class, open to all learners. No previous Aromatherapy training is required.

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.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

It depends! Most students complete this course within a few days to a few weeks. 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 – 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?

There are no specific supplies needed for this online class. However, you may wish to purchase some supplies in order to try the blending exercises and recipes in this program. Aromatics International has designed a beautiful kit of essential oils, carrier oils, and bottles that would be fun to have while you complete the blending exercises in this course. This kit is completely optional and sold separately through Aromatics International. We recommend starting the class now – and then deciding what recipes + activities you’d like to try as you go through the program. 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 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.

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