Are you curious about preventing viruses – and strengthening the immune system – naturally?
Do you want to learn a holistic approach to health and well-being using essential oils?
You’re in the right place!
Viruses and the Immune System is an online course that will teach you all about viruses, effective ways to support your health during infection, and how to return the body to a balanced state naturally.
You'll learn how viruses live, how they affect human physiology, and how the body responds to them. You’ll also deep dive into the immune system response – understanding how it works, specific and non-specific immunity, how olfaction impacts the nervous system, and how stress can influence these vital functions… all in a way that’s accessible and FUN!
This class has two instructors – Andrea Butje (founder of Aromahead Institute) and Cindy Black (founder of Big Tree School of Natural Healing). Andrea and Cindy have decades of practice and study in health + aromatherapy, and a down-to-earth teaching style that makes tough concepts easy to grasp.
Ready to begin?
Understand the structures and life cycles of viruses – and develop a strong foundation for considering how to prevent or reduce viral infections.
Understand both the broader immune system and immune response (and their role in health).
Know 12 viruses in depth – as well as essential oils that can help reduce infection:
Herpes Simplex 1,2,3,4
2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Virus
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Know how the body responds to infection and what the symptoms that show up actually mean.
Support the immune system’s natural functions – both to prevent infections, and return the body to health once an infection has set in.
Think holistically about each person’s situation and how to support their health using essential oils.
Know the proper dilutions and blends to help nourish + protect vital energy – as well as to calm acute issues.
Support health in the fact of long-term immune deficiency syndromes.
Understand the connection between stress (and other thoughts + emotions) and disease.
Viruses and the Immune System 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 program 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).
Types of pathogens (bacteria, fungi, parasites + viruses)
Life cycle of viruses
How viruses replicate + spread
How the immune system works
The role of white blood cells in immunity
Non-specific immunity (including physical, chemical + cellular defenses) + specific immunity
Cell mediated immune response
Antibody mediated immune response
The role of T-cells and B-cells in immunity
Differences in antibodies vs. antibiotics
Herpes Simplex 1, 2, 3 + 4
Influenza, Swine Flu + Rhinovirus
Hepatitis A, B + C
HPV, HIV + Filoviridae Viruses
The relationship between stress and disease
A holistic approach with essential oils
Essential oil research
5 interactive Aromatherapy lessons – which you can access 24/7 in our beautiful, user-friendly online classroom.
29 original Aromatherapy recipes and blends – developed by Andrea Butje specifically for preventing viral infections, and for supporting your health if you do have a viral infection.
Permanent unlimited access to all the course materials – 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 170 countries around the world.
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.
Approved for 21 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in massage therapy by the NCBTMB – as well as by the Florida massage board
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).
Ask questions, participate in discussions, and receive answers from our amazing instructors – along with other Aromahead students and graduates – in our fabulous online forum.
I took Viruses and the Immune System becase I've gotten cold sores all my life. So I decided to be proactive and learn about what was really happening in my body, and how to fight off bugs naturally. This class did not disappoint! There was even a lesson specifically about the cold sore virus. I'm pleased to say I haven't had a cold sore since I took the class and started using the essential oil suggestions!
Understanding "virus language" always felt confusing until I encountered Aromahead's easy to use course. Once again Andrea Butje and Cindy Black give excellent perspective on how to support and nourish the whole body while understanding the physiological facts of our immune system. I love having access to this course at my fingertips. Thank you for this empowering tool for vibrant health.
I took the virus class around the time the FDA sent letters out to two separate companies regarding misrepresentation of essential oils. I found this class very enlightening when it comes to viruses, how the viruses function, their course, and other details that ultimately guide the Aromatherapist to the proper use of essential oils. I would recommend this fantastic class for beginning Aromatherapists as well!
I really enjoyed the Viruses and the Immune System class. Andrea and Cindy offer such helpful and clear information on how to nourish and protect the body from viruses. I am so relieved to now have strategies to support my own health according to the three treatment approaches presented in the course. I love the essential oil suggestions at the end of the class and have already tried several of them. Thank you so much for this incredible program!
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 170 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!
Cindy Black pioneered the innovative Meridian Massage method and is the founder and lead instructor at Big Tree School of Natural Healing. Her work is focused on teaching Massage Therapists how to incorporate Traditional Chinese Medicine into their practices.
Andrea and Cindy founded the Finger Lakes School of Massage in 1994. Cindy served as the lead anatomy instructor. She quickly developed a reputation for her ability to easily navigate students through even the most complicated subjects.
Cindy's love of teaching is only matched by her love of learning. She went on to study acupuncture, earning her master's degree in Chinese Medicine in 2007. She continues her study and practice of Chi Nei Tsang, Qi Gong, the I Ching and Yoga.
In addition to the classes she offers through Big Tree School of Natural Healing, Cindy teaches the Aromahead Institute's Anatomy and Physiology course. Andrea and Cindy co-teach two of Aromahead's online classes: Aromatherapy for Massage Therapists and Viruses and the Immune System.
Yes! This is an entry-level, in-depth class, open to all learners. No previous aromatherapy training is required.
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.
Yes! Viruses and the Immune System is approved for 21 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in massage therapy by the NCBTMB – as well as by the Florida massage board.
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.
There are no specific supplies needed for this online class. However, at the end of the class we offer some suggestions for essential oil blends.
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.
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.