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Winner of the CHP Student of The Year 2019 was Sue Roebuck, a now graduate of the Essential Oil Practitioner's Diploma with Natural Therapeutics and now a full member of Complementary Health Professionals (CHP).

Essential Oil Practitioner Diploma
(online learning only)

Ever felt frustrated that you could not do an aromatherapy course without studying the massage element? Well now you can! This accredited course allows you to study exactly the same aromatherapy theory as is in the Aromatherapy Council's Core Curriculum without having to do massage. It means that you cannot call yourself an Aromatherapist once qualified but you can call yourself an Essential Oil Practitioner and create blends for clients using a variety of application methods. This has to be done with a face to face consultation so you will be taught how to do that. You will also learn about the legislation surrounding the sale of products and therefore how to stay within the law. A syllabus outlining the key features can be obtained here.


After you have studied and gained your level 3 diploma, you will be able to obtain insurance to practice through Complementary Health Professionals as a full member, accessing the discounted scheme. 


There are 3 anatomy, physiology and pathology modules, plus three essential oil modules to complete, which costs £600 in total and you pay by module at £100 at a time.  If you already have a recognised A&P level 3 or above qualification then you will not need to repeat it. Just email me a copy of your certificate for exemption. The total course cost will then be £300. There is an additional £50 charge each for the theory exams.


When you enrol, you will be sent a login to the CHP Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where you will find the module and all supporting study materials, which come in various formats (documents, videos, links etc.). Whilst you study you can contact Carole for support as often as you like via email, text, phone and can schedule a Skype or Facetime session, which is great when discussing your case studies.


Carole offers a Kew Gardens Aromatic Tour every year and you are encouraged to attend as it will help you with your Essential Oil Diaries as part of your coursework. You can take photos and plant cuttings and it is a highly enjoyable and educational day. For more information and how to book, click here.

Module Content:

Origins and Background, What is an essential oil?, Why do plants
produce essential oils?, Physical & Therapeutic Properties of essential
oils, Where to buy essential oils, Organic Oils, Precautions of Use and
general safety data, What is holism? Vegetable Carrier Oils, Methods of
Extraction, Hydrosols, Methods of application of essential oils, Plant families.

The Citrus Oils, The Floral Oils, The Wood Oils (see oil Guide part1),
Introduction to essential oils, Chemistry of essential oils, Toxicity of essential
Oils, Emotions – Limbic System, Terminology, Synergy and Blending,
Environmental fragrancing, Environmental Considerations, More Safety
Precautions, The Principles of Blending, Quantities of Essential Oil to Use in
a Blend, Ambient Aromas, Taking the Case.

The Herb Oils, The Medicinal Oil, The Spice Oils (see Oil Guide part 2),
Taxonomy, Botany & Nomenclature, Hydrosols/Hydrolats, Making Aromatic
Compresses for Common Complaints, Specific Uses, Aromatic Shampoos,
Skin Creams, Making Soaps, bath bombs and other products, Marketing and
selling your own products (legislation), Labelling Blends, Setting Up Your
Own Business, Health & Safety & Risk Assessments. Working with Pregnant
women, babies and children.