Now it’s time to really get to know your tools: essential oils.

This lesson corresponds with the Tools Chapter in your course manual, pp. 55-134. 

A few things from the chapter and corresponding video to keep in mind: 

  • In this section, we talk about essential oils in broad terms. This includes aromatics that are distilled, pressed, or extracted by another means like hexane or CO2. Note that “essential oils,” by definition, strictly refers to oils that have been distilled or citrus oils that have been mechanically pressed. All other aromatics are referred to by their various methods of extraction.
  • There’s alot to take in with this chapter and this course. If you’re feeling overwhelmed … that’s natural! As we note in the Study Session, you don’t have to know or memorize everything in this chapter. But it’s good to be familar with all the content, should you ever want to learn more or go further.
  • If you’re looking for the list of oils that are in your kit, check out the List of Oil Samples. If you have an older kit, know that some of these oils may have changed. If you need a replacement kit, we have a limited number available here


    Watch this Study Session with me and Sylla on the Tools Chapter of the Course

    This study session was recorded live in 2019.

    Watch it in our Facebook Student Forum here.

    Home Play Assignments:

    Complete these exercises to integrate what you’re learning in this lesson. Tell us about it in the comments below.

    • How do you define essential oils? Fill in the blank, “To me, an essential oil is …” Think of this as practice for your elevator pitch and the possible introductory class you might teach someday. : )
    • Organize your essential oils according to the plant part used. Refer to the list of plant parts used to create essential oils on page 64. Take out your essential oils (or a group of at least 10 of them), and arrange them on your table according to plant part used. Or better yet, label the groups and put a picture on the Student Forum on Facebook. For extra credit, do this exercise again, but arrange your oils according to botanical family. Try it again, but organize them according to the country/region of origin. Compare and contrast the groups and learn the relationships that some oils have to others. 
    • Draw a still! You don’t have to draw a still to be an aromatherapist, but it’s a great way to learn about the process and how to explain it (again, this might be helpful if you ever want to teach someday!). Take a picture and post it in the Facebook group. 
    • Watch the Essential Oil Kit video below. Here we walk you through the exercises in this chapter that correspond to the essential oils in your kit. 

    Get Ready For Chemistry:


    The next chapter is chemistry and it can be a doozy. But it doesn’t have to be!


    Want to start getting to know essential oil chemistry now? Check out these resources. 

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