Are you ready to transform your career and enter the world of aromatherapy from the comfort of your own home?

If so, Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies
is the right school for you!


At Essence of Thyme, you will receive the Gold Standard in education, setting you apart in the fast-growing world of aromatherapy.

On your blossoming journey to becoming a certified aromatherapist, Essence of Thyme will work with you personally to help you bring to life your goals in entrepreneurship, research, science, spirituality, and conservation.

Our students come from all over the world and each one brings something special to Essence of Thyme which we embrace and nurture. You too will be strongly connected to a supportive international community from anywhere around the globe.

As part of Essence of Thyme, your life will be enriched, positively transformed, and ready for new opportunities.

We help people with busy lifestyles invest in their personal growth, the future of aromatherapy, and the healing of others and the planet.

Our extremely experienced hands-on team achieves this through personal mentorship, hosting live talks by leading experts in the field, offering bimonthly office hours and monthly open forums, providing a platform to connect with Essence of Thyme students all over the world, and by ensuring a comprehensive, self-paced curriculum that is updated every six months. 

Colleen Thompson and Dr. Kelly Ablard

All Essence of Thyme certification students get a LabAroma account for their first year of study. 

The chemistry of essential oils doesn't have to be complicated.

Listen to Colleen Quinn, founder of LabAroma, explain why she is excited to partner with Essence of Thyme.

Our students enroll to achieve their life goals in aromatherapy...

...and our Essence of Thyme instructors are just as motivated to help you succeed.
It’s a win-win for all!

We promise to support your success and to provide you with the skills you need to create a unique path as a highly knowledgeable, sustainably minded, and dynamic professional.

Meet our Faculty >
Amber Horricks

Amber Horricks

After researching online, when I came across Essence of Thyme, I immediately enrolled in the Aromatherapy Practitioner Program. The wealth of knowledge I am gaining is incredible! This is not like most online programs I have taken, as the instructors are always there to answer, guide, and support.

Colleen and Kelly are an amazing team that wants to see students succeed. Their wealth of knowledge and student support is incredible.

I am proud to be part of this school and love the fact it's Canadian. I have now gained the confidence to use essential oils safely and to help others thanks to Essence of Thyme.

Essence of Thyme’s mission is to maintain its gold-standard in aromatherapy education and to move the industry forward by training highly qualified aromatherapists to master and represent the profession.

Our vision is to embrace and elevate the many facets of aromatherapy through personable and high-quality education, grassroots initiatives, and to spread global awareness of the many benefits aromatherapy has to offer.

Diana Boucher

Diana Boucher 

"Essence of Thyme is a fantastic school and the advanced aromatherapy course has a lot to offer! I have learned so much amazing educational information while taking this course as well as had lots of hands-on experience. The instructors are amazing and get back to you quickly when needed. They also have a lot of resources online in the student login and are very thorough! I have enjoyed working with the instructors while taking this course and I highly recommend it to anyone that is serious about their aromatherapy education!" 

Essence of Thyme is unique.

As we keep our students up to date in the field and maintain our program recognition at the highest levels, we always make time to give each student our personal attention.

Further, we work on the ground and with our students to help protect threatened oil-bearing plant species – these beloved plants are the foundation of this field and should also be healed, as we use them for our healing.  

Dr. Kelly Ablard and Crew

Essence of Thyme Core Instructors: 
Colleen Thompson & Dr. Kelly Ablard

Colleen has been a passionate and highly respected aromatherapy educator for over 25 years. While she isn’t teaching or busy serving on multiple professional aromatherapy association boards, you will catch her reading books and spending time with her family and husband traveling. 

Kelly, a Conservation Aromatherapist™, has been an aromatherapy educator and conservation biologist for over 12 years. When she’s not teaching, or in Peru working hard to help protect the endangered rosewood tree (Aniba rosaeodora), she is in Vancouver, BC, Southern California or in England on a walk in the woods, on the beach, at a coffee shop, practicing kriya yoga, or spending time in a float tank.

Colleen and Kelly have gathered a team of internationally acclaimed supporting instructors to take your learning to the next level.  Learn more >>

Jennifer Winters

"The monthly lectures, student FB page, and student forum are filled with detailed and relevant pieces of information. You can get what you need in the moment and come back to digest the rest at later times.

I highly recommend EOT to anyone wanting to further their aromatherapy education. Colleen and Kelly are gentle and caring instructors who provide amazing support. The moment you hear yourself explaining a concept, essential oil, or caution to someone, those are the moments you savor! You know you have grasped information when you are able to share it. EOT will have you sharing your new-found knowledge with all who will listen!"

Begin your journey into the world of aromatherapy today with Essence of Thyme.

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