Aromatherapy in the Research - OT192

Aromatherapy in the Research

What Do We Really Know?

by John Buchwald, CMT, MPH
(4.4 / 258 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


The course will be discontinued on October 31, 2019. Please plan to finish the course by October 30 if you wish to earn credit.

Aromatherapy refers to the use of concentrated oils from plants, called essential oils, for the purposes of health and well-being. Due to the high costs of healthcare and some of the side effects associated with medication, it may prove beneficial for healthcare providers and caregivers to have additional options for treatment. Further, the use of essential oils may be indicated for conditions where conventional treatments fall short, such as MRSA. Several studies have analyzed the chemical constituents of essential oils and evaluated their effectiveness in certain conditions or their effects on specific body tissue. This course provides an overview of several of these studies, their findings and their clinical relevance for caregivers, healthcare providers or self-care.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide an overview of the history and current use of aromatherapy as well as its use as an adjunct treatment in health care. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Outline a brief history of aromatherapy and its current use
  • Describe the importance of research in the field and its challenges
  • Discuss research on the benefits of some of the most used oils
  • Identify specific conditions that have been studied with aromatherapy treatments
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Content Focus
Domain of OT: Client Factors
OT Process: Intervention
Professional Issues: OT Research

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including massage therapists, dietitians, health educators, occupational therapists.
Occupational therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Relias LLC, is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Provider #4000. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy and Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 8/10/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/10/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/31/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Marlo W - austin, TX  ·  Dec 19, 2019
Interesting intro to aromatherapy
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Zoe S - Selden, NY  ·  Nov 08, 2019
Useful reference for my homecare treatment.
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Maximilian Z - Clayton, NC  ·  Oct 21, 2019
A great course that offers good insight on medical evidence on aromatherapy. Research backed information.
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Stella M - Austin, TX  ·  Sep 30, 2019
Thanks for the great information, will be able to add to treatment options.
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Chancy H - Pflugerville, TX  ·  Sep 28, 2019
Interesting topic and information
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50