Aromatic Chemistry

With Instructor: Jade Shutes

The Advanced Aromatic Chemistry Certificate program has been designed for massage therapists, estheticians, nurses, healthcare providers and individuals interested in advancing their knowledge and applications of the chemistry of essential oils. It is a self-paced, self study program devoted to uncovering the science that supports the therapeutic efficacy of essential oils in a wide range of settings.

This is an advanced aromatherapy education program. A Foundations aromatherapy certification program is recommended but not required.


This online course is self-paced. Begin as soon as you sign up!

Course Details

Course Overview: Core Topics

  • Aromatic Plants and Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry Overview
  • The Biosynthesis of Essential Oil Constituents
  • Chemistry: Its place in our field
  • In-depth coverage of research on components found in essential oils and how this supports the therapeutic activity of essential oils.
  • Synergism in Essential Oils
  • Understanding the Structure-Energy System
  • Up-to-date research on the pharmacological activity of a wide range of components commonly found in essential oils.

Course Enrollment Information

Included Materials

  • Exclusive online Advanced Aromatic Chemistry manual written by Jade Shutes
  • Life time access to the Aromatic Chemistry online program designed and written by Jade Shutes
  • Email/phone tutorial support
  • Review of case studies, biograms and exam.
  • Certificate for Advanced Aromatic Chemistry (75 hours)
  • CE hours for massage therapists (14 hours) and registered aromatherapists (75 hours).
  • Student kits and/or supplies to be purchased separately.

How do I become certified with the Aromatic Chemistry Certificate program?

In order to receive the School for Aromatic Studies certification, students must:

  • Complete all modules and lessons.
  • Complete all review quizzes throughout course.
  • Complete 5 case studies. (3 hours per client = 15 hours)
  • Complete final exam.

This program is approved by the NCBTMB for 14 CE Hours for massage therapists, 50 hours for Professional or Clinical Aromatherapists and 50 hours of training.


Upon successful completion of Aromatic Chemistry, you will be able to:

    • Define what a plant is.
    • Define the term Organic chemistry.
    • Explain the two main types of chemical bonding.
    • List and describe the families of organic compounds and their general therapeutic properties.
    • Specify the principal biosynthetic pathways which produce specific organic compounds.
    • Discuss a wide range of isolated chemical components that contribute to the therapeutic action of individual essential oils.
    • List examples of individual constituents under each chemical family and its potential therapeutic action.
    • Map individual essential oils to create a Structure/Function biograms .
    • Develop a blend based upon the chemistry of essential oils.
    • Explain why a specific essential oil was chosen based upon its chemistry.
    • Create a wide range of therapeutic products based upon your knowledge the chemistry of essential oils.


Meet Jade:

Thirty years ago, while living in London, England, I was blessed to have my first experience with aromatherapy. Suffering with debilitating back pain, a friend referred me to her friend Sophie, who offered aromatherapy. The British approach to aromatherapy was and is through the application of the essential oils via massage. My first aromatherapy session was life-transforming! At some point during the massage I fell fast asleep, and upon waking the very first thought I had was “THIS is what I want to do for the rest of my life!”.

Within the year I was enrolled at the Raworth College of Natural Health in Dorking, England. I was trained in anatomy and physiology, basic chemistry (hardly a focus in those days!), applied kinesiology, reflexology, iridology, and of course, essential oils and massage. Shortly after graduating, I returned to Boston, MA, my home town, to set up a practice for aromatherapy. This was 1991.

And now thirty years later, that is what I have lived to do: educate, practice, research, and write. I believe in the power of education and have seen how it empowers our students and graduates with the knowledge, they need to thrive in the 21st century wellness movement.

Are there prerequisites?

Anyone may register for this class. A Foundations level aromatherapy education is recommended but not required.

Does this course offer CE hours for aromatherapists?

This program is approved by the NCBTMB for 32 CE Hours for massage therapists (including NCBTMB and Florida), 46 hours (includes 14 case study hours) for NAHA Aromatherapists (all levels).

Are you an approved school by a professional aromatherapy organization?

Yes, we are an approved school through the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. This course will provide you with 15 CE Hours.

How does your program differ from all the others?

The School for Aromatic Studies is one of the leading schools in North America. We are often asked, What makes our school unique? I believe one of the most unique features is our balanced, progressive & inspiring education that leads to the cultivation of a new generation of aromatherapists to emerge and succeed!

What supplies are required?

Recipe supplies are outlined in the course.

Is this course all online?

Yes. This class is an online course. It includes videos, worksheets and lesson PDFs.

Did you say I have access to the course for Life?

Yes, once you register for an online course, it is yours for life of the program!

Can I sign up if I don’t live in the United States?

Yes! We have students from all over the world taking courses with us. The presentation is in English.

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