Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the history and science behind essential oils.

  • Understand how the oils affect the nervous system.

  • Determine which oils are contraindicated for certain medications, conditions, and populations.

  • Practice essential oil use with safety.

  • Understand your scope of practice within your association or college.

  • Be able to explain safe essential oil use for each trimester of pregnancy, including contraindications specific to pregnancy related pathologies.

  • Safely use aromatherapy within a pediatric massage.

  • Incorporate essential oils in a variety of ways to their treatments.

  • Gain a sound knowledge base for client education.

Continuing Education Credits

The following associations have approved this course for continuing education credit. Credit may also be available from those associations with no formal approval process.


CMMOTA - 0.75 Credits

CMTNL - 0.75 Category A Credits

CRMTA - 1.5 Secondary Credits

MTAA - 1.5 Primary Credits

MTAM - 1 Secondary Credit

MTANS - 0.5 Secondary Credits

MTWPAM - 1.5 Primary Credits

NHPC - 5 Credits

Pending Approval


Course Curriculum

  • 2

    PART 1: Brief History of Essential Oils

    • History

  • 3

    PART 2: The Science Behind Essential Oils

    • Introduction

    • Where do essential oils come from?

    • Composition

    • Guidelines for Essential Oils in Therapeutic Practice

    • Chemical Terminology

  • 4

    PART 3: Determining a Safe and Effective Oil

    • Introduction

    • Common Brands and Distributors

  • 5

    PART 4: Safety and Risks

    • Introduction

    • Contraindications for the Skin

    • General Safety

  • 6

    PART 5: RMTs Use of Essential Oils

    • Introduction and Scope

    • Titles of Use

    • How Essential Oils Work

    • Pre-Blending and Mixing of Oils

    • Common Contraindications

    • Medication Contraindications

    • Pregnancy and Essential Oil Use

    • Pregnancy Research

    • Essential Oils in Your Practice

    • Recommendations for Oil Use in Treatment

    • Essential Oil Profiles

  • 7


    • Conclusion

    • Quiz

Course Certificate

After successful completion of this course, you will receive a course certificate stating that you've completed 1.5 hours of online training.

Clinical Reference Guide

Registrants will receive exclusive access to this helpful reference guide, containing valuable resources to help you safely and effectively implement aromatherapy into your practice.


Jessica Villeneuve, RMT

Jessica is a Registered Massage Therapist, and the owner of Same Stars Massage in Calgary, Alberta. She graduated from CCMH in Cambridge, Ontario in 2014, and successfully completed both practical and written certification examinations through the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Her massage practice is focused on pediatric, oncology, chronic pain and mixed abilities patients. Jessica has been both an Instructor and Program Coordinator for massage therapy schools in Alberta. She believes that massage therapy education should continue throughout a therapist’s career, which is ever-evolving and changing. She has served two terms as a member of the board of directors of the Massage Therapist Association of Alberta. She also served as Vice President of the Transitional Council for the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta. Jessica has written courses on many topics. Available in-person classes can be found on her website at www.samestarsmassage.com.

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