The Gift of Essential Oil Chemistry

The Gift of Essential Oil Chemistry

As many of you know, we had a “long shot, short notice” class with Dr. Robert Pappas scheduled. Dr. Pappas is a leading chemist in the field of aromatherapy and is the Founder/Director of Essential Oil University. After the initial announcement of the class, several unforeseen issues arose, and we quickly realized we had to cancel it.

Many people had already signed up and showed fabulous support from all over Florida and beyond! All have been refunded since the cancellation, but it is good to know that there is a lot of support for a class on essential oil chemistry from such a knowledgeable teacher.

If you don’t know this already, the Atlantic Institute has a long history with Dr. Pappas. In our online store, you can find two papers co-authored by Dr. Pappas and our Director, Sylla Hanger. One is on Artemisia arborescens and its special uses in skin care. The other is on the first known distillation and analysis of the essential oil of Eucalyptus camaldulensis, found and analyzed by the authors themselves!

If you’d like to learn more about Sylla Hanger and Dr. Pappas’s personal history, you can read the story of how they met and started working together on Sylla’s blog, Vintage Aromatherapist.

Ask Dr. Pappas

The BEST NEWS is that we’re planning an interview with Dr. Pappas in the new year, in preparation for a more extensive workshop with him in Florida.

We’re compiling a short list of questions to ask Dr. Pappas on essential oils, their chemistry, adulteration, standards, and myths.

We need your help. What is the one question you would ask an expert in the field of essential oil chemistry? Is there something that he hasn’t covered on his myths series or elsewhere?

Let us know what’s on your mind.

Please submit your question below. 

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Transform Your Practice with the Energetics of Essential Oils

Transform Your Practice with the Energetics of Essential Oils


The Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy is thrilled to be pairing with Master Herbalist Peter Holmes (L.Ac, M.H.) for the Energetic Uses of Essential Oils workshop this Sept. 27-28!

The workshop will be at the fabulous Lido Beach Resort (700 Ben Franklin Dr. Sarasota, FL 34236).

Peter is a British-trained Medical Herbalist and practitioner of Oriental Medicine with over 30 years’ experience using botanical remedies and essential oils in clinical practice. His accessible, experiential lecturing style will allow you to grasp a deeper understanding of this branch of aromatherapy, which will in turn boost your practice!

But why should you incorporate the energetics of essential oils into your treatments?

Here’s why:

Essential oils and aromatherapy are very complex. They require a lot of study to understand the components and select the oils that will give your clients the best results. But if you understand the concepts of energy medicine and apply those to your selection of essential oils, you have a better chance of finding the right oil or oils to use for complex conditions.

This is especially true when there are mental or emotional issues blocking your clients from experiencing the positive effects of treatment. Finding one oil that resonates with your client on an energetic level can boost your results from “okay” to “excellent.”

In this context, essential oils are actually similar to acupoints and reflex zones, in that the oils are electromagnetic and governed by the universal laws of energy flow. You can use essential oil energetics both through inhalation and by applying directly onto body zones and points. Once put into effect, the oils will modulate neuroendocrine functions through neuropeptide activation, without putting any strain on the digestive system.

The result? Profound energetic changes in the individual, which you can directly measure by changes in pulse, breathing, and the client’s overall complexion.

The seminar will include a fresh, dynamic approach to using essential oils for treatment based on integrated energetic principles—and the reasons why this approach works. Peter will also provide practical information about the energetics of essential oils, so you can start using the techniques right away.

Energetics of essential oils are highly complementary to conventional aromatherapy, bodywork, energetic healing, and so much more.

By incorporating energetics into your practice, you’ll boost your chances of seeing true and lasting change in your clients.

So don’t wait! Register here

More workshop details:

CEU’s are available for Florida LMT’s and A.P., D.O.M.: 12 CEU’s—CE Broker tracking #20-439918.

The basic tuition for the workshop is $325, with a Special Buddy Rate of $275 each for pair (total: $550).

You can find information to register for group-rate accommodations by visiting this link

Class lectures will specifically include:

  • The Five Energetic Movements of essential oils and their therapeutic applications
  • The Six Fragrance Qualities of essential oils: the dance of energetics, pharmacology neuroendocrine dynamics
  • How to perform the clinically valuable Six-Condition assessment on a new client
  • The specific energetic functions and indications of over 25 major essential oils

 The schedule for the event is as follows:

Saturday, September 27th
Class begins at 9:00 a.m., and attendants are asked to arrive early for check-in.
Come prepared for a full day. There will be an hour break for lunch, and you can opt into a prepared lunch on the registration page.
Class will end at 5 pm.

Sunday, September 28th
Class will begin at 9:00 p.m. and will finalize at 5:00 p.m. A lunch break will again be included.

For more information, reach out to the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy through our Contact form, or contact Patricia Ann Starr at 941-356-7768 or [email protected]


Summer Raffle Winners

Summer Raffle Winners

The winners of our Summer Giveaway contest are in!

We thank you all so much for participating in our first-ever Summer Giveaway. We plan to do this each season, so stay tuned for another in the coming months as we transition into fall.

And now …

Winners of the Summer Giveaway:

Signed copy of Aromatic Mind Book ~ Cherie Alvarez

Signed copy of Aromatic Spa Book ~ Elizabeth Silver

Free Attendance to Tropical Treatments on June 28th ~ Sue Pace

Each winner will be contacted individually. Thank you all again. Blessings on your aromatic journey.


Summer Solstice Web Party!

Summer Solstice Web Party!

Ready to ring in the summer solstice? We are, too! And that means deals for you.

We first launched our new website on Spring Equinox with a web party throughout the whole weekend. It’s been a great three months with this new site. Since the summer solstice is just around the corner, we want to party with you again!

When’s the Party?

Our web party starts at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 20, and ends at 12 p.m. on Monday, June 24. All weekend, there will be free shipping on all orders, big sales for limited times throughout the weekend, and a raffle giveaway.

We’ll be highlighting the times and items included in the surprise sales on social media, so make sure to stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates! Keep an eye out and you can score big!

Thank you for joining us for the grand opening of our new website, and for loyally following us online. This is our gift to you!

Aromatherapy and the Mind

Aromatherapy and the Mind

May is Mental Health Month. We thought, what better way to celebrate than with new ways to learn about aromatherapy and the mind!

In 2006, Sylla published the Aromatic Mind Book for mental health practitioners to supplement their practice. But this book is also for anyone who wishes to use aromatics for mental health pursuits.

Part of the inspiration for this book was Sylla’s work on the PARP (Psychosensory Aromatherapy Research Project) study with her long-time colleague, Dr. Trevor Stokes. Dr. Stokes recently visited Florida, and we decided to start off our “Tea Time Interview Series” with him.

In this video, Dr. Stokes talks about how this project emerged, the methods they used, and how the principles of relaxation apply to both patients and therapists.

We’re learning how to create and edit videos, so it will be another few weeks before the video is up. Stay tuned!


The Value of Live Aromatherapy Education

The Value of Live Aromatherapy Education

The greatest thing about our aromatherapy classes at the Atlantic Institute is the value of the live experience. Learning together, students bond over the sensory experience of the oils. What’s more is after a few days, someone always cries! Fortunately, this is a good thing. It’s a release, a sharing, and a breakthrough. Most importantly, this allows them to experience deep healing and become better therapists.

It seems impossible to get this through an online course. This is why we focus on offering live classes.

Often people study the healing they need in their own lives. For instance, someone growing up with acne may become a dermatologist. Others enter the psychology field to help themselves with an issue. Likewise, the same is true with aromatherapy. There’s something about the oils that travels deep within us and evokes a profound response. Undoubtedly, the oils speak to us on an emotional level. It is wonderful to experience them in a group setting, especially where one is supported on their journey.

We love connecting with our students on a personal level. We hope to someday connect with you.


Check out our calendar for upcoming classes.

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