French Aromatherapy: Foundations of Aromatic Medicine Certification Course

Are you interested in exploring the French approach to aromatherapy? Confused about the validity and safety of internal use of essential oils? Interested in a more in-depth clinical aromatherapy education?

Advance your skills and knowledge of the medicinal benefits and applications of essential oils and hydrosols with the French Aromatherapy: Foundations of Aromatic Medicine Certification Course.

French Aromatherapy: Foundations of Aromatic Medicine

Certificate Course Outline


Roots: French Aromatherapy

Getting Started, Supplies List and Resources, Quality Criteria, Concepts of Health and Wellness, Ecological Pharmacology, Important Terminology, Therapeutic Terms: Glossary, Recommended Books


Chemistry and the Ternary Concept

Plants and Phytochemistry, The Ternary Concept, Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, Monoterpene Alcohols, Sesquiterpene Alcohols and Diterpene Alcohols, Aldehydes, Esters, Ketones, Phenols, Phenylpropanoids, Ethers, Oxides, Furanocoumarins / Sesquiterpene Lactones, Biochemical Reference Chart


The Essential Oils

Deepening your relationship with essential oils, Basil ct. methyl chavicol, Bergamot, Carrot seed, Roman chamomile, Cinnamon bark, Clary sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus citriodora, Eucalyptus radiata, Inula graveolens, Laurel, Lavander, Lemon, Sweet marjoram, Peppermint, Rosemary ct verbenone, Thyme ct. thymol, Yarrow, Green myrtle and Niaouli, Petitgrain and Cistus, Helichrysum eo and St. John’s Wort Herbal Oil


Applications and Purpose

Methods of Application, Cutaneous Route, Dermal and General Safety, Oral (by mouth) Route, Suppositories and Pessaries, Diffusion and Inhalation, The Solar Plexus, Safety and Internal Use


Aromatic Medicine Making Videos

Exploring Methods of Internal Use, How to make Essential Oil Capsules, About Medicine Balls / Herbal Pastilles, How to make Suppositories, How to make a Pessary (Vaginal suppository), How to make Cough Syrup, How to make Cough Drops


Hydrosol Therapeutics

Introduction to Hydrosols, Exploring Specific Hydrosols, Hydrosol Applications, Resources for Hydrosols, Sprout: How to make Flower Essences


Synthesis and Formulation

The Formulation Framework, The Consultation, Selection Criteria and Formulation, Methods of Delivery/Application, Sprout: Cathy in Practice


Aromatic Medicine Formulations

Infectious Pathologies, The Respiratory System, The Digestive System, The Reproductive System, The Urinary System



The Right to Practice: Is it legal?, Research and Resources



How to Complete this Course, How to complete your case studies, Submit Case Studies, About Final Paper


Who is this course for?

  • Individuals interested in deepening their knowledge of aromatic medicine.
  • Aromatherapy practitioners seeking to expand their knowledge and application of essential oils.
  • Herbalists interested in integrating aromatic medicine into their practice.
  • Individuals working with multi-level marketing and other companies who recommend the use of essential oils internally or have products on the market such as herbal supplements.

What you will learn:

  • The importance of quality criteria for essential oils
  • Ecological Pharmacology: why the whole essential oil is more important than it’s isolated components.
  • The Ternary Concept: utilizing chemical families to understand an essential oil as well as a blend of essential oils.
  • How chemical families of essential oil components support the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.
  • Aromatic Medicine Toolkit: How to use 23 essential oils within the French Aromatic Medicine model
  • Galenic preparations for internal and external applications: Routes of Administration.
  • Safety and internal use.
  • How to use essential oils internally.
  • How to make aromatic pastilles, essential oil capsules, vaginal or rectal suppositories, cough syrup, cough drops and much more.
  • The therapeutic applications of hydrosols in clinical practice.
  • How to make flower essences.
  • How to perform an aromatic medicine consultation.
  • Selection criteria for essential oils, hydrosols, and method of application for clinical formulation.
  • Aromatic medicine applied to systems of the body and common ailments of each system.
  • How to effectively and safely use essential oils internally.

This online course is self-paced. Begin as soon as you sign up!

Tuition: $650

*Supplies not included.
For a complete listing of material covered in course, please click here.


Core Topics

  • French Approach to Aromatic Medicine – through the lens of a French Herbal practice
  • Galenic Preparations – how to make a variety of aromatic medicine preparations
  • Formulation Framework for Aromatic Medicine
  • Consultation Framework for Practice
  • Methods of Oral Use
  • Capsule Formulation
  • Suppository & Pessary Formulation
  • Cough Syrup and Cough Drop Formulation
  • Diffusion, Inhalation, and Dermal Application
  • Dosage Framework for Each Method of Application

You will be guided throughout your process with hands on learning activities using recipes and ideas provided throughout the online program. You will be empowered with the knowledge of formulation guidelines to make your own aromatic medicine formulations, safely and effectively.

Our Online French Aromatherapy: Foundations of Aromatic Medicine certification program has been designed as a self-paced program.


Once you register for the course you will have lifetime access to all training material and video content, including all updates that are made to the program!


Our Online French Aromatherapy: Foundations of Aromatic Medicine comes with:

  • 8 Core Modules devoted to essential oils, phytochemistry, aromatic medicine and aromatic medicine making.
  • Clear instructions on how to make cough syrup, pastilles, capsules, and other aromatic medicine preparations.
  • 12+ video tutorials to support your aromatic medicine making and understanding of health and wellness.
  • Monographs on 23 essential oils
  • Experiential medicine making exercises
  • Lifetime Access to Course Material, Audio and Video Content
  • Certificate in French Aromatherapy: 75 hours+ Certification: Upon successful completion of the program you will be awarded a Certificate in Aromatic Medicine: 75 education hrs. + 48 (4 hrs x 12 clients or paper) = 123 hours
  • PLEASE NOTE: Course does not come with supplies. Here is a complete list of supplies you will need for the program. Supplier resources are available inside the course.

Meet Your French Aromatherapy: Foundations of Aromatic Medicine Instructors

Cathy Skipper

Cathy Skipper is English, lived in rural France for twenty years where she trained as a herbalist at the “Ecole Lyonnaise de Plantes Médicinales” and ran an organic wine and medicine plant farm. She went on to teach field-botany, gardening, wild crafting and aromatherapy for the Lyonnaise School until 2015 when she moved to New Mexico to expand her work with her husband, Florian Birkmeyer. Cathy studied, practiced and taught aromatic medicine to thousands of herbal students through the “Ecole Lyonnaise de Plantes Médicinales” school in France. She has been pivotal in bringing French Aromatic Medicine, from an herbalist perspective, into North America. Cathy is co-author of the book Aromatic Medicine. (link to book in bookstore)

Jade Shutes

Jade Shutes holds a Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy, Holistic Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, and Reflexology from the Raworth College of Natural Medicine in Dorking, UK, and a Diploma in Aromatherapy from the International Therapist Examining board (ITEC). Today she is the visionary and director of education for the School for Aromatic Studies.


Wow, this class was incredibly in depth and has given me the knowledge and confidence to use essential oils medicinally including internal use. I have learned that we needn't fear the "controversial" use of essential oils; we need instead to arm ourselves with knowledge. With the caliber of teaching I have seen in the French Aromatherapy course, I know the other courses will be worth every penny! Thank you for providing outstanding aromatherapy education.
Cathy Breiner

This online course is self-paced. Begin as soon as you sign up!

Tuition: $650

*Supplies not included.
For a complete listing of material covered in course, please click here.