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Basics of Essential Oil Chemistry



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Presented by ACHS faculty, chemist, and aromatherapist Amanda Lattin, this on-demand class will provide an introductory look into the chemistry of essential oils. We'll discuss the types of organic compounds found in essential oils as well as the structure and general therapeutic actions of the primary functional groups found in essential oils.

In this class you will learn how to:

  • Describe the main categories of organic compounds found in plant essential oils.
  • Describe the difference between an organic and an inorganic compound.
  • Describe in general terms the structure of the primary functional group families found in essential oils.
  • Describe in general terms the therapeutic actions of the primary functional group families found in essential oils.

Amanda Lattin, BA, MAT, Dip. Aroma., MH, RA is an experienced aromatherapist, herbalist, and teaches extensively at ACHS and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Amanda is a graduate of ACHS and also holds a BA in Chemistry from Huntingdon College and a Masters of Teaching with a concentration in Chemistry from Lewis and Clark College.

    • Pay the CEU processing fee ($25)

    • Watch the lecture video (approximately 60 minutes).

    • Pass the short CEU assessment quiz with a score of 80% or higher on your first attempt to demonstrate successful acquisition of knowledge.

    • After you register, you will have access to a student dashboard where you can download your CEU certificates and transcripts for successfully completed courses.


    To get started, click the blue “Enroll” button above.

    For questions or support, contact or call  (800) 487-8839.

    ACHS maintains relationships with many professional organizations to ensure your CEUs qualify for professional development. This course may be accepted for CEUs by the organizations listed online here depending on the course completed. Note that other boards may also accept CEUs under reciprocity. We also recommend verifying the applicability of all CEUs you complete with your board as requirements can change. Need CEUs for an organization not listed, contact us at

    CEUs are not accredited and generally cannot be used for accredited degrees.

    Refund Policy:  This self-based program is non-refundable upon purchase.

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