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Aromatics and Mental Health

A Holistic Approach to AromaPsychology
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Interested in learning how to use essential oils to support emotional wellness and enhance resiliency?

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Aromatics and Mental Health

Discover the transformative power of essential oils with our Aromatics and Mental Health – A Holistic Approach to AromaPsychology certificate course!

The realm of mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social dimensions, influencing our thought processes, emotions, and actions. Our mental health plays a pivotal role in shaping our responses to stress, interpersonal connections, and decision-making.

Throughout the various stages of life, from early years to adulthood, maintaining mental health is crucial. Challenges to mental well-being can impact your cognition, mood, and conduct, shaping the way you navigate the complexities of life.

Aromatics in the form of essential oils or CO2 extracts can have a profound influence on our mental health.

Our Aromatics for Mental Health will provide you with a holistic approach to understanding mental health, how to integrate aromatics into mental health care, and empower you to support the emotional well-being of your self, family members, friends, and clients.

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Essential oils are molecules of communication, delivering messages from the plant to our mind, body, and psyche.

– Jade Shutes

Online Aromatics & Mental Health Course

A Holistic Approach to AromaPsychology

Certificate Course Outline


Mental Health Matters

  • Understanding Mental Health
  • The Biopsychosocial Model
  • Contributing Factors to Mental Health
  • The Body/Mind Approach
    • Somatics, Affirmations, and Breathwork
  • Making Aromatics affordable to the Underserved Community


Our Sense of Smell

  • Olfaction as a sense of Well-being
  • COVID, The Sense of Smell, and the Rise of Olfactory Research
  • Why do we have a Sense of Smell
  • Factors that Influence the ability to Smell
  • How Our Sense of Smell Works
  • The Power of Aromatics in Supporting Mental Wellness
  • Nose to Brain: Mechanisms of Action
  • Odor Hedonics
  • Olfactory Disorders & their Impact on Mental Health and Quality of Life
  • Diseases that affect the Sense of Smell
  • Medications that affect the Sense of Smell
  • The Power of Smell Training
  • Aromatic Anchors


Anxiety and Depression

  • Worldwide Statistics
  • Allopathic Medication
  • Re-evaluating the Monoamine Theory
  • Anxiety
  • State vs Trait Anxiety
  • Anxiety Disorders & Types of Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Depression Disorders and Types of Depression
  • *Seasonal Affective Disorder (both Summer & Winter)
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Essential Oils and Mental Health: Mechanisms of Action
  • Aroma Hedonics
  • Pharmacological: Mechanisms of Action
  • CNS: Neurotransmitters (GABA, Serotonin, Dopamine, and Norepinephrine)
  • Brain waves: EEG
  • Essential Oils and Neurotransmitters
  • BONUS: Essential Oil & Mental Health Research E-book


Stress and Its Impact on Mind/Body


  • All about Stress
  • Link between stress, depression, anxiety, and other mental health
  • The HPA axis
  • Homeostasis & Allostasis
  • The Vagus Nerve
  • Trauma: PTSD and Developmental
  • BONUS: Essential Calm: A Guide to Stress Relief through Aromatherapy by Holly Brandenberger


Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Cognition

  • The Sense of Smell and Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Brain fog
  • ADHD


Young Children to Teenagers: Mental Health Matters

Utilizing essential oils for young children and teenagers with Holly Brandenberger


    Sleep and Mental Health

    • Sleep issues, affecting nearly one-third of the population, have profound implications for mental health.
    • The conventional understanding assumed mental health issues led to sleep problems, but emerging evidence suggests the reverse is also true. Sleep disturbances contribute to the onset, recurrence, and persistence of mental health difficulties, indicating a bidirectional relationship.
    • In this lesson, we will explore mental health and sleep, how essential oils and herbs may be used to support healthy sleep.
    • BONUS! Essentially Rested: A Guide to Aromatherapy for Better Sleep by Holly Brandenberger


    Integration – Part I

    • Methods of Application
    • Aromatic Anchors
    • Formulating for Mental Health and Wellness can be approached including:
      • The Aromatic Palette
      • Morphology (Plant Part)
    • Positive Affirmations
    • Mindfulness
    • Forest Bathing (Shinrin-yoku)
    • Movement
    • Pranayama (Breath work)
    • Tapping
    • Meditation
    • Herbal teas

    LESSON EIGHT: Part 2

    Integration – Part II

    • Aromatic Emotional Coaching with Karena Rathbone Ariel
    • Minding the Mind with Bobbi Misiti
    • The Role of the Aromatherapists
    • Holistic Mental Health Consultation
    Karena Rathbone Ariel

    Bobbi Misiti

    Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen to them.

    – Shakti Gawain

    Aromatics & Mental Health

    A Holistic Approach to AromaPsychology Certificate Course comes with:

    aromatherapy certificate course inclusions

    6 Live Online Sessions with Jade Shutes and Special Guests

    8 Lessons devoted to Aromatics and Mental Health – An Holistic Approach to AromaPsychology

    Downloadable and Printable PDF lessons

    Research on Essential Oils for Mental Health E-Book

    BONUS E-Books by Holly Brandenberger: Essential Calm: A Guide to Stress Relief through Aromatherapy AND Essentially Rested: A Guide to Aromatherapy for Better Sleep

    Lifetime Access to Course Material and Video Content

    Discount on the NEW! Aromatic Studies Aromatics and Mental Health Textbook coming Mid-2024

    Now Available as an Online Course

    Videos, PDFs of presentations, Additional reading lessons to support your knowledge

    Who is this course for?

    Everyone interested in deepening their knowledge and application of essential oils for emotional and mind/body wellness! This course is your doorway into using the power of our sense of smell and essential oils for mental health.

    • Aromatherapists seeking to expand their knowledge on the psychological impact of essential oils and how essential oils work.
    • Massage Therapists and Estheticians who would like to expand their applications of essential oils.
    • The Clean or Green Beauty Entrepreneur who would like to expand their knowledge of the psychological impact of aromatherapy.
    • Herbalists interested in learning about the powerful effects esssential oils have on  the body, mind, and psyche.
    • Wellness Advocates & Individuals interested in learning how to use the power of essential oil to improve mood, build resilience, and improve overall mental health.
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    What our Students Say


    Thank you so much for such a wonderfully and well rounded Aromatics and Mental Health course.
    Each segment is clearly presented. Visually interesting. Incorporating foundational information building up into recent breakthroughs. There are just not many courses that allow you to jump in wherever someone is in their studies and strengthen the structure of foundational understanding  in this field and leap into another area of growth in a healthy way.
    You always honor your teachers and how you arrived at where you are.  Today I honor you in the depth and breadth of the courses, your presentations and really giving all your students as much information that you have.
    – Lisa Bebee

    Grace and Integrity

    What I love about the way Jade teaches is that she is about teaching and educating. She stick to her beliefs and question what needs to be questioned so people can critically think about what is at hand versus reacting to something without any thought to why they are doing what they are doing or just going with the majority without really ever questioning the content in its entirety. Jade sees the big picture and she stays true to herself and what is at hand.

    Jade shares her insight with such grace and honesty. I am truly honored to have Jade as my teacher! Thank you! I am looking forward to learning as much as I can.

    – Mary Ann Sagritalo

    Connection and Magic

    I have always felt such a connection with Jade through her webinars and online courses I have taken. Jade is a phenomenal teacher, and I am grateful for the wealth of knowledge I have gained as her student. One thing I know for certain now is that plants truly are magical. Jade opened my eyes to that magic, and it has completely changed my life. Jade is truly are an inspiration to me, and I feel blessed to have learned aromatherapy through her. I admire Jade so much!!

    – Billie Anne Leyendecker

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    Meet Your Instructor

    Meet Jade:

    With over 32 years in the field of aromatherapy and holistic health, Jade is bringing her knowledge and experience through her own personal journey with trauma, both acute and complex, to the forefront of her work. Over the past seven years, Jade has studied Polyvagal Theory at the Polyvagal Institute, Jungian Somatics with Jane Clapp, Herbs and Somatic Practices for Stress, Trauma and Resilience with Larken Bunce, and Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy at the Embody Lab including Polyvagal Theory and Pathways to Connection with Deb Dana.

    She has completed “Embodying Nature: Exploring the 5 Elements Inside” and “Intersections with Somatic Experiencing: Promoting Post-Traumatic Growth Using SE and Hakomi” with Somatic Experiencing International.

    Jade has studied with the BlueKnot Foundation in Australia and holds a certificate in ‘Foundations for Building Trauma Awareness‘ and ‘Introduction to Energy Psychology for Working with Trauma and Complex Trauma‘ from BlueKnot. She also holds a certificate for ‘Trauma-Informed Herbalism in Clinical Practice” from the American Herbalist Guild and ‘Healing Trauma‘ with Dr. Peter Levine through the Embody Lab.

    She is currently studying “Transforming The Elements: Supporting the Mental & Emotional with Essential Oils” with Tiffany Carole and completing a 7 month Certificate course on Traumatic Stress with Bessel van der Kolk.

    Throughout her studies, Jade has been most interested in the intersection between trauma, mental health, aromatics, and somatics. This course is the result of her journey with both acute and complex trauma, its far-reaching impact on the body/mind/psyche, and the power of aromatics, our sense of smell, and somatics & embodiment practices in supporting healing and building resiliency.


    Are there prerequisites?

    This course is open to everyone with an interest in deepening their knowledge of the potential role essential oils have in supporting emotional well-being, and mental health.

    Is this course all online?

    Yes. The Aromatics and Mental Health program is an online course with 6 Online Live Sessions.

    Begins Saturday, March 23rd, 11am EST
    + 4 Wednesdays at 11am EST
    + Integration Session (Date TBA)

    Unable to make live sessions? No worries, the recordings will be placed inside the course for you to view on your own schedule.

    How long do I have to complete the program?

    Class takes place over 6 weeks. You can attend each session and be complete at end of 6 weeks or take as long as you need! 

    Does this course offer CE hours?

    YES. this is a CE hour course for aromatherapists. The course will provide 20 CE hours (includes Live sessions and Reading material).

    How do I earn my certificate for the Aromatics and Mental Health course?

    There are two ways to receive a certificate for the Aromatics and Mental Health Course:

    1. Certificate: Attend (or view on your own time) each live online session. Once complete you will be able to download certificate from inside the course. Earn 20 CE (CPD) hours for most aromatherapy associations.

    2. Certificate of Achievement: To receive a certificate of Achievement, you will need to complete 7 case studies on friends, family, existing clients, and/or yourself. You will learn more details on how to do this inside the course! This will increase your CE hours to 40.

    What supplies will I need?

    No supplies are needed to take the course.

    Are you an approved school by a professional aromatherapy organization?

    Yes, we are an approved school through the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA). We are also approved for massage CE hours through the NCBTMB.

    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.

    What makes your program different from all the others?

    The School for Aromatic Studies is one of the leading schools in the global aromatherapy community. 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!

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