CIDESCO Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.
|Schedule||4 hours, 6 days a week|
SYLLABUS THEORY CONTENT
- Definition, developments and history of aromatherapy from ancient Egypt, Greece, Roman times, China, India and 19th century up to and including the present day. Including uses, benefits and how Aromatherapy can aid wellbeing and health.
- Essential Oils
- Understand terminology including volatile, aromatic, non-greasy, soluble in oil/alcohol
- Countries of origin for the most commonly used Essential Oils (minimum list refers)
- Sources of essential oils: originate from various parts of plants i.e. flowers, seeds, fruit peel and pulp, leaves, bark, roots
- Botanical names (refers to list of oils)
- Definition of an Absolute
- Methods of extraction i.e. Distillation, Enfleurage, Maceration, Expression and Solvent Extraction
- Top, Middle and Base notes, description and identified in minimum list of oils shown
- Toxicity of essential oil dosage and safety of Essential Oils in Aromatherapy
- Storage and care of oils
- Study of minimum selection of oils to include the source (country), botanical name, plant part and effects of each
- Properties of essential oils i.e. classification according to effect, e.g. analgesic, astringent
List of Essential Oils required for Theory must include the following as minimum:
Chamomile (Roman and German)
Eucalyptus-Globius and -Radiata
- Basic Chemistry of Essential Oils to include:
- Definition of compounds and mixtures
- Study of chemical compounds to include:
Hydrocarbon compounds - Terpines
Oxygenated compounds - Esters, Aldehydes, Ketones, Alcohols, Phenols, Oxides
- Physical and chemical properties of Essential Oils
- Bio-chemistry of Essential Oils (synthesis in the plants)
- Essential Oil Safety in choice and use in Aromatherapy
- Base oils and Carrier oils to include:
- Sweet Almond
- Grape seed
- Evening Primrose
Properties of each and suitability to different skin types and areas of body/face.
Psychological and physiological effects of Aromatherapy in use of Essential Oils including terminology:
Uplifting, relaxing, sense of well-being, oils which can help relieve stress i.e. calming, soothing, invigorating.
Understanding the absorption of Essential Oil Blends by the skin, hair follicles and blood capillaries – Essential Oil Pathway.
Contra-indications to Aromatherapy treatment, use of Essential Oils and specific contra-indications to Essential Oils e.g. in pregnancy.
Allergy prone considerations.
Blending of Essential Oils, percentages and synergies
In-depth Consultation including identification of possible sensitivity or skin reaction. Refer to consultation in Practical Section.
Advice to client on diet, exercise and relaxation – general lifestyle.
Essential Oils considered unsafe for use in Aromatherapy
First Aid in clinic practice
Essential Oils in Aromatherapy use e.g. the use of oil burners, room sprays, candles with essential oils, hydrotherapy practice
- Anatomy and Physiology: general revision according to Beauty Therapy Syllabus and specifics applicable to Aromatherapy marked thus *
- Cells and Tissues
- Skeletal System
- Muscular System
- Circulatory System
- Lymphatic System *
- Respiratory System*
- Digestive System
- Nervous System *
- Urinary System
- Endocrine System
- The Skin and its Appendages*
- Olefactory System* – it is required that special emphasis is placed on the sense of smell.
SYLLABUS PRACTICAL OBJECTIVES
Students will be able to:
- Complete a Client Consultation using correct consultation techniques and procedures whilst recording information on a Consultation Sheet within the time frame
- Demonstrate a professional attitude which displays due care for the client’s comfort and safety throughout the treatment
- Apply knowledge gained in choice, skill in application and method used for efficient pre-treatment cleansing.
Aromatherapy Practical Treatment - Students must have thorough training and regular practice in all aspects of Aromatherapy Treatment as described here. They must also carry out 24 Case Studies (6 client models having 4 treatments each) after completing the training during the period they are practicing Aromatherapy treatments.
The practical Aromatherapy to be taught and shown at the Examination.