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January 2011, V.3, No.1

The Aromatherapy School

In this newsletter:

  • 2011 Class Schedule: We've scheduled classes for both the "Big City" and "Out in the Country"
  • Aromatherapy Workshop - Level I: Workshop Description
  • Essential Oil Monograph: Yarrow / Milfoil
  • Essential Oil Kits: Artisan Aromatics - Essential Oil Kits and Discounts for Students

2011 Schedule - Levels I, II and III Aromatherapy Workshops are Each Two-Day Weekend Classes

The Aromatherapy School

    Level I
    • Atlanta GA: April 30-May 1
    • Asheville NC: May 21-22
    • Atlanta GA: June 18-19
    • Atlanta GA: August 6-7
    • Atlanta GA: September 10-11
    Level II
    • Atlanta GA: October 1-2
    • Asheville NC: October 22-23
    Level III
    • Atlanta GA: November 12-13

If there is overflow from the above classes then Dr. Power will offer one or more additional classes in Atlanta or Asheville or possibly Chattanooga in late summer / early fall.

     Atlanta GA: At hotel meeting room near junction of I-285 and Hwy 400 in north Atlanta.
     Asheville NC: At Dr. Power's 50+ acre organic farm just outside Asheville.

Cost for each two-day workshop is $345.00 Early / $395.00 Late (less than 30 days prior)

Level IV is a practicum and classes are not required.


Aromatherapy Workshop - Level I

Level I Workshop - Fall '10

Foundations of Aromatherapy for Healing Arts Practitioners - 15 CE hours

  • History of Aromatherapy from Ancient to Modern Times
  • Current Status of Aromatherapy as a Professional Practice
  • Appropriate Roles and Uses of Aromatherapy as a Complimentary Modality in Healthcare Setting / Staying within Your Legal Scope of Practice when using Essential Oils
  • Definitions and Characteristics of Essential Oils and their roles in the Life Processes of Plants / Basics of Essential Oil Chemistry / How Essential Oils are Extracted
  • How to Evaluate the Quality of Essential Oils and Why it Matters
  • How Essential Oils Enter the Body and React with the Body's Physiology
    • Oral Adminsitration and the Role of First-pass Liver Metabolism (for discussion only); oral use is not taught in the course and should not be used by allied health professionals
    • Inhalation (extensive discussion of the olfactory system and its connections with the endocrine and immune systems, as well as the effects of inhaled substances on memory and emotional functioning through olfactory connections with the brain's limbic system)
    • Topical Application; how avoidance of first-pass liver metabolism affects the delivery of essential oils to organs and tissues of the body
  • Methods of Use / Proper Dilution / Safety Issues and Contraindications / How to select a method of use
    • In vegetable oils applied to the skin ("spot" application and full body massage)
    • Compresses
    • Sitz baths / hand and foot soaks
    • Baths
    • Inhalation and the different methods of presenting essential oils for inhalation
  • In-depth profiles of 12 essential oils (2 chamomiles count as 1) including
    • Discussion of how to use Latin names to insure proper identification of a plant and its oil
    • Actions of each oil
    • The common uses of each oil in healthcare settings;
    • Specific safety data and contraindication for each oil

Essential oils covered in Level I:

    Chamomile (both Roman and Blue) | Clary Sage | Eucalyptus | Geranium | Lavender | Lemon | Orange, Sweet | Peppermint | Rose | Rosemary | Tea Tree | Ylang Ylang

For more info on the School, Prerequisites, Level II, etc., go to:

Yarrow / Milfoil

Yarrow / Milfoil

BOTANICAL NAME: Achillea millefolium

FAMILY: Compositae (Asteraceae)

FOLK NAMES: milfoil, thousand leaf, soldier's woundwort, staunchwort, blood wort, Devil's plaything, Margaret's herb, and many others

DESCRIPTION/HABITAT: The herb we know as yarrow is one member of a genus containing over 85 species. It is now naturalized in most temperate zones but is native to Eurasia. However, there is a closely related and essentially identical native species on the North American continent, Achillea lanulosa, which can only be differentiated by chromosomal examination (1). In either case, it is an aromatic, hardy, rhizomatous perennial herb with one to several stems reaching up to about three feet in height. The leaves are very finely dissected, with a feathery, lacy appearance giving rise to the plant's folk name "thousand leaf". They bear several dense, generally white and occasionally pinkish white composite flower heads. Depending on location, flowering generally occurs between May and September and as the flowers rise and bloom, the leaves shrink back and become small. Many cultivars of A. millefolium having larger, more colorful flowers are grown as garden ornamentals but don't have the medicinal potency of the wild growing plant.

Generally, Achillea is said to enjoy well drained soil and full sun. However, in the Southern Appalachians where I live it can be found happily growing wild in the partially shaded edge zones at the border of the forest and even in the dense, poorly drained clay soils of abandoned lots, waysides, and people's yards.

Today, yarrow is widely grown commercially for dried herb and, mostly in Eastern Europe, for essential oil production.

HISTORY: Yarrow is an herb with an ancient and rich history. Fossilized yarrow pollen has been found in a Neanderthal burial that is 60,000 years old (2). Together with other medicinal plants in bloom, the yarrow was apparently laid around the head of an elderly Neanderthal male who died of natural causes.(Note: some archeologists now dispute that the plants were intentionally palced and argue that rodents may have carried the pollen into the burial). Did these ancient hominids know the medicinal powers of this plant? We can only speculate as to the significance of these findings but,........ (continued on Aromatherapy School website)

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Essential Oils & Essential Oil Kits Essential Oils

The folks at Artisan Aromatics ( have created aromatherapy kits exclusively for The Aromatherapy School. Each kit (for Level I and Level II) contains all of the oils that are covered in each level. Although Dr. Power's students are not required to purchase the oils, Artisan Aromatics has made them available at a discount: 10% off for all Healing Arts Practitioners / 20% off for all current and former students of The Aromatherapy School.

All of the Essential Oils in the Level I and Level II Essential Oil Kits are Therapeutic Quality. Some of the Essential Oils come from Artisan Aromatics' Artisan collection and the remainder of the Essential Oils come from their Therapeutic Quality collection. TheseEssential Oil Kits are designed to specifically meet the requirements for The Aromatherapy School's Level I and Level II Aromatherapy Workshops but, of course, these aromatherapy kits also make great starter kits for anyone.

Here at the Aromatherapy School, we've made the decision to concentrate solely on teaching and to no longer sell essential oils or aromatherapy products. Our great line of essential oils and aromatherapy products will now be sold exclusively by Artisan Aromatics ( Please be assured that the essential oils are the same and this limited line of oils will continue to gradually expand as new artisan distillers are identified and oils are tested. - Aromatherapy Kits

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Joie Power, Ph.D., Dir.
The Aromatherapy School

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Dr. Power is a retired board certified neuropsychologist and former Assistant Professor of Surgery/Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Georgia, where she performed intra-operative cortical mapping with renowned neurosurgeon Herman Flanigan, M.D. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in both in-patient and out-patient settings and during her years of practice has also been both a practitioner and student of alternative healing methods, including herbal medicine, aromatherapy, Reiki, Chinese Medicine, and other energetic healing systems. Her extensive formal training and experience in the olfactory and limbic systems of the brain give her a unique qualification for understanding the actions of essential oils in the body. Dr. Power, founder of one of the earliest essential oil companies in the U.S. to specialize in therapeutic quality essential oils, is now a clinical consultant for Artisan Aromatics as well as an internationally known writer and teacher in the fields of aromatherapy and alternative medicine. Her approach to aromatherapy weaves together her solid scientific training and strong clinical skills with a holistic philosophy that honors body, mind and spirit. Dr. Joie Power is also the author of The Quick Study Guide to Aromatherapy and numerous published articles on aromatherapy and related topics.

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