Examine how the latest research into the chemistry of essential oils is establishing new pathways for the clinical use application of essential oils. While many of us who have studied aromatherapy are familiar with the functional group theory that is often taught, we also examine whether the functional group theory still has any relevance to the practice of aromatherapy or if it provides us with a better therapeutic understanding of essential oils.

Course curriculum

    1. Part One - Introduction

    2. Part Two - What are Essential Oils?

    3. Part Three - Where is the Evidence?

    4. Part Four - Classifying the Therapeutic Activity of Essential Oils According to Chemistry

    5. Part Five - Chirality & Stero-Chemistry

    6. Part Six - Explore a Range of Constituents

    7. Part Seven - Chemistry & Olfaction & Conclusion

    1. PowerPoint Presentation

    2. New Perspectives for Mucolytic, Anti-inflammatory and Adjunctive Therapy with 1,8-Cineole in COPD and Asthma: Review on the New Therapeutic Approach

    3. Fundamental Chemistry of Essential Oils and Volatile Organic Compounds, Methods of Analysis and Authentication

    4. b-Caryophyllene: A Sesquiterpene with Countless Biological Properties

    5. Therapeutic Potential of α- and β-Pinene: A Miracle Gift of Nature

    6. Chemistry of essential oils: Why the functional group theory is wrong?

About this course

  • $39.95
  • 13 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content


Salvatore Battaglia

Salvatore Battaglia has been passionate about natural therapies for most of his life. He holds qualifications in natural therapies, herbal medicine, acupuncture and aromatherapy. Salvatore’s dedication to aromatherapy has seen him hold positions in professional associations and government committees to ensure that the educational standards of professional aromatherapy are maintained and improved. Salvatore has been teaching aromatherapy since 1988. He is often called upon to speak at international conferences about aromatherapy, running a holistic and ethical business and what it means to go natural and organic. Salvatore has been an advisor to hospital boards and nursing homes to establish aromatherapy clinical trials for pain management, intensive care and depression and for the management of dementia and aged care. He is the author of The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, which was first published in 1994. To date, more than 130,000 copies of The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy have been sold. The book is internationally acclaimed as a textbook and has now been translated into Japanese and Korean. In 1991, Salvatore created Perfect Potion, a manufacturer of certified organic aromatherapy products, natural skin care and essential oils, whose purpose is to naturally enhance people’s lives. In 2016, he was made an honorary member of the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA).