AT Certification
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Aroma 101: Foundations


Sponsored by Cheryl's Herbs


Classes held at Cheryl’s Herbs or call and arrange for

certification course to be presented at your location.


This 40-hour course is offered by The East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies and will be taught by Cheryl Hoard. Cost TBA which includes a set of 20 essential oils (2 ml size) and course manual. 40 Continuing Education Hours are available for massage therapists. [The East-West School for Herbal & Aromatic Studies is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education provider.  NCBTMB Provider #:  406071-00]Students get 10% discount on all Cheryl's Herbs products for the duration of the course.



Core topics


Discovering aromatic plant medicine: An introduction


Discover the therapeutic properties of 20 essential oils: Chamomile (Roman), Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Mandarin, Tea Tree, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang


Aromatic skincare:  The integumentary system


The basics of olfaction and the psychology of essential oils


Methods of application and blending techniques


Homecare and healthcare with aromatherapy


Basic chemistry of essential oils


Basic case study for family, friends and existing health care professionals


Course objectives


Discuss the history of aromatherapy and its modern development.


Compare and contrast true therapeutic aromatherapy with retail market aromatherapy.


Compare and contrast a true essential oil with a fragrance oil.


Identify key elements in determining the quality of an essential oil.


Define what an essential oil is and how it is produced.


Demonstrate knowledge of 20 essential oils, including Latin binomial, safety information and five key therapeutic properties of each individual essential oil.


Describe the basic physiology of the skin and its key functions.


¨Design an effective blend for basic skincare.


Describe basic anatomy and physiology of the sense of smell.


Specify key parts of the limbic system and their function.


Create a blend of essential oils for an emotional purpose.


List and describe various methods of application techniques and delivery systems.


Demonstrate basic knowledge of the chemistry of essential oils.


Provide a brief overview of key systems of the body and best methods of application.


Design aromatic blends for a client's physical and or emotional well-being.


Course Modules

1) Exploring the foundations of aromatherapy

2) Exploring twenty essential oils

3) Pathways into the body

4) Methods of application and basic blending

5) Chemistry of essential oils

6) Creating an aromatic path to health and well being

7) The basic aromatherapy consultation


Course Requirements

Attend all classes

Complete five case studies (guidelines are provided)

Complete final exam with minimal score of 75%


Learning Activities


In-class discussion

Blending projects

Mock case studies

Periodic review quizzes


Aroma 201: Masters Apprenticeship Information

Cheryl Hoard, owner of Cheryl's Herbs, America's Favorite Herb Store, is internationally recognized as a national leader in elevating the standards of Aromatherapy use and education. Cheryl is a contributing author for Llewellyn’s 2009 Herbal Almanac. She has twice been president of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. She has been the aromatherapy consultant for Time Life Books, served as a member of the Botanicals Workgroup of the Complementary Health Committee for the BJC Health System, lectures for Washington University Medical School, St. Louis University Medical School, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis School of Social Work, St. Louis Community College, Meramec and Missouri Botanical Garden.


This certification program is the only “live” course presented in the Midwest and provides each student the opportunity of hands on learning experiences.  Cheryl's teaching style focuses upon development of a group-learning atmosphere in which students are free to share knowledge and explore ideas. Throughout the course students are encouraged to present ideas/suggestions for learning activities, as long as these do not modify the basic structure and content of the course. The learning environment will stimulate interest in learning, respect individual needs of students and yet provide time for fun and shared interests of the group.


The East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies (formerly Northwest College) is a learning institution dedicated to providing a comprehensive education in the field of aromatherapy. The East-West School strives to support and promote academic excellence through the maintenance and protection of high standards of practice in aromatherapy.
The East-West School Goals: ¨Provide students with a quality education that nurtures excellence in the professional practice of aromatherapy. ¨Uphold the ethical values and principles of the profession as articulated by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) Code of Ethics as well as the Aromatherapy Registration Council of Ethics. ¨Support the learning needs and goals of students through use of proper evaluation tools. ¨Promote the field of aromatherapy through research, publications and professional development initiatives. ¨Provide continuing education for graduates to expand and add to existing knowledge. ¨Support the integration of natural therapies into the complementary health care field.

The East-West School was founded in 1990 by Jade Shutes, past president of NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy). Jade gained international recognition with her active involvement in setting standards for aromatherapy education in North America. Respected author of articles on aromatherapy education and other aromatherapy issues, Jade has a diploma in holistic aromatherapy, holistic massage, anatomy and physiology and reflexology from the Raworth College of Natural Medicine in Dorking, UK and a diploma in aromatherapy from the International Therapist Examining Board. School membership: National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, The American Alliance of Aromatherapy, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, The International Society of professional Aromatherapists, The Herb Research Foundation, Herb Growing & Marketing Network. 



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