As a student, you'll enjoy the convenience of downloadable course materials, including:
- A comprehensive handout. This 28-35 page (depending on the language) guide is a treasure trove of usage instructions, safety guidelines, quality standards, Birth Kit Blends, detailed monographs for 18 essential oils, and helpful oil usage charts.
- A course bibliography.
- Five interactive online quizzes.
Module 1: Fundamentals This e-course begins with an in-depth introduction to essential oil therapy that includes an overview of historical uses, schools of thinking from modern schools of aromatherapy, essential oil attributes and their clinical effects on physiology, and criteria for determining essential oil quality.
Module 2: Applications and Dosing Module two provides a clinical explanation and examples for using the three main essential oil applications: Aromatic, topical, and internal. Topics covered include: dosing, modes of application, and the safe and effective use of carriers.
Module 3: Safety in Maternity Module three covers guidelines for the safe application of essential oils during each phase of pregnancy. Areas of focus include: General safety, potential toxicity, therapeutic actions, herb-drug interactions, and contraindications for use during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.
Module 4: Use in Pregnancy This module addresses the most common uses for essential oil use during pregnancy, including: Nausea, vomiting, poor digestion, stress, fatigue, trouble sleeping, muscular aches and pains, vascular irregularities, swelling, and preparing for childbirth.
Module 5: Use in Labor This module offers indications for the key uses for essential oils during labor, including: Preparing the birth space, calming anxious feelings, coping with discomfort, exhaustion, and healthy delivery.
Module 6: Use in Postpartum This module addresses the most common indications for postpartum, including: Afterpains, heavy bleeding, care for tender skin, perineal care, hormonal balance, baby blues, breast health, and healthy milk production.
Module 7: Use in Infant Care Module seven covers safety guidelines for supporting infant health with essential oils. Participants will learn uses, applications, and concentrations for gently supporting: Digestive health, teething, calm, sleep, and skincare.
Module 8: Materia Aromatica This module, presented from an herbalist's perspective, provides summaries of 18 of the best essential oils for use in maternal and infant care. Each oil is characterized by its native location, aromatic parts, most important medicinal attributes, and any known contraindications. It also introduces the "Doctrine of Signatures", an ancient system of knowledge used by herbalists to better understand the unique attributes of individual plants.
Module 9: Putting it Into Practice This session helps students to put the principles of aromatherapy and its uses during maternity into practice. It consists of instructive video demonstrations of basic essential oil applications, dilutions, related research, and DIY projects, including chocolate-making.