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University of Minnesota

Aromatherapy: Clinical Use of Essential Oils

University of Minnesota via Coursera


This course provides an overview of essential oil therapy and current aromatherapy practices in clinical settings and gives you the skills to bring aromatherapy into your own practice. By the end of the course, you will be able to: a) explain what essential oils are to a patient and how they work; b) assess if an essential oil might be beneficial to a patient, considering patient preference and the research evidence, as well as any safety issues or contraindications; and c) suggest a protocol for use in a clinical setting.

Continuing Education Credits
This course has been designed to meet Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for 15 contact hours and may be eligible for CE credit from other professional boards that allow self-documenting of continuing education activities. It is your responsibility to check with your regulatory board to confirm this course meets your local requirements and, if necessary, to provide them with the certificate of completion you get if you pay for and fulfill all the requirements of this course.


  • What is Aromatherapy and its Role in Health and Healthcare?
  • What Do I Need to Know About Safety and Quality?
  • Application and Delivery Methods
  • Essential Oils for Managing Pain and Anxiety
  • Essential Oils for Managing Nausea and Fatigue
  • Peer Review Project
  • Establishing and Sustaining a Clinical Aromatherapy Program

Taught by

Janet Tomaino, DNP

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