Beginner Basics

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 Learn about the world of aromatherapy and start blending for your friends and family today!

Dip your toes into the world of aromatherapy, guided by International Experts with over 40 years of combined experience as practitioners and educators in the field.

Are you asking yourself whether EOT’s teaching style, instructors, and curriculum are going to support your success? We warmly invite you to find out now!

We are excited to offer a new course in aromatherapy -  Beginner Basics. We developed this because as Essence of Thyme grows internationally, we want to give prospective students a deeper look into what sets us apart.

Colleen Thompson and Dr. Kelly Ablard

This is your opportunity to go behind the scenes to experience the power and ease of
professional online learning.


Maybe you’ve already taken a beginner course but weren’t persuaded to embark on their full program. That’s because a beginner’s course should inspire and motivate you, and leave you feeling positive about your instructors and curriculum.

Above all, it should leave you wanting to learn more!

Karina Langevin

Karina Langevin

"I am impressed with the organization and thoroughness of the EOT course content. The time and effort that was put into the modules are obvious and the format makes it easy for a new student to navigate; the wealth of knowledge that both Colleen and Kelly possess is incredible. Bonuses of being a student are that someone is available to help out with ANY questions, tutoring options and the monthly lectures to gain extra knowledge in the Aromatherapy field. Overall, I made the best decision in choosing Essence of Thyme to help me build a solid foundation for my career as a future Aromatherapist."

Let us take you on an
aromatic journey!

Beginner Basics excels in integrating theory and practice. After listening carefully to our students, we made sure to include some of the most popular essential oils and fascinating aromatic topics. There's no better way to kick off your aromatherapy experience!

You get to know Colleen's and Kelly’s personalities and teaching styles. Each contributes unique insights and passions for aromatherapy and sustainability. You get 2 learning experiences in 1 program!

Your course is offered on a state-of-the-art online learning platform. This guarantees that your experience as a learner is user-friendly, enjoyable, and allows you to download course material and progress at your own pace.

By the end of Beginner Basics, you’ll be ready to safely create simple aromatic blends for your friends and family. You also have the option to take a short quiz if you’d like to receive a certificate of completion!

Your path starts here...

When you complete this course, you will have an understanding of botany and the fascinating history of aromatic plants. You will understand basic body systems and various therapeutic properties so that you can holistically address common conditions.

Colleen and Kelly will prepare you to safely and constructively formulate blends to help with some of the most common conditions so many of the people you know and love struggle with day-to-day such as acne, inflammation, tension, anxiety, insomnia, and stress.

You are shown hands-on techniques and given instruction that aren’t offered in a textbook - this dynamic and science-backed course will give you the confidence and basic understanding you need to take your newfound knowledge and put it immediately into practice.

You will also walk away with guidelines on how to ethically source high-quality essential oils so that while you are helping others on their healing journey, you can help to protect endangered essential oil-bearing plant species

After completing Beginner Basics, you will have an immediate sense of what Essence of Thyme brings to the table in terms of instructor knowledge, quality of the curriculum, and excellence of online learning.



Beginner Basics investment:
$147 CAD

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Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies Ltd.

BEGINNER BASICS is a 3.5-hour course consisting of 4 modules. You'll learn basic and fundamental information to get you started in the world of aromatherapy, including instruction on how to blend!

Each module is broken down into organized, colorful, and manageable lessons. Each lesson is presented to you one at a time, and when you’ve completed the lesson, the next lesson will be made available to you. How long it takes to complete each lesson is entirely up to you!

The course is taught by Colleen and/or Kelly, includes supplementary videos, and provides you with downloadable printables summarizing key takeaways. If you’d like to take the short online quiz at the end of the course, you will also receive a certificate!

What you'll learn:

Module 1

Your journey begins with the world of botany...

  • Learn what an essential oil is and ways it can be produced.
  • Delve into the meaning of aromatherapy and its history.
  • Learn about the key terminology behind the therapeutic benefits of essential oils.
  • Explore the background and benefits of the essential oils of lavender, clary sage, and peppermint.

Module 2

  • Learn the basics of essential oil safety.
  • Explore the background and benefits of the essential oils of sweet orange, lemon, and bergamot.
  • Learn where and how long to store essential oils.
  • Understand dermal applications and key conditions.

Module 3

  • Explore the background and benefits of the essential oils of pine, black spruce, and balsam fir.
  • Meet the human olfactory system to understand inhalation applications and key conditions where inhalation is beneficial. 
  • Watch 5 videos teaching you to make a blend for inhalation and dermal applications. 

Module 4

  • Explore the background and benefits of the essential oils of eucalyptus, tea tree, and niaouli.
  • Learn about sustainability issues in the field of aromatherapy, quality, and sourcing.
  • Meet some of the key players in aromatherapy.
  • Gain access to important resources for continued study.
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Marina Khoury

Marina Khoury

"I wanted to professionally deepen my knowledge of essential oils in order to create holistic therapeutic blends and share them with the world. After several searches and contacts with other schools, which did not convince me at all (lack of rigor and credibility), EOT was the one that won me over with its personalized, honest and very professional approach led by Colleen and Kelly. My dozens of questions and my continuous curiosity never tire them. They are always ready to answer with heartwarming sincerity, and help us in learning and bettering ourselves. Their curriculum, together with the online library, live lectures and LabAroma, are thoroughly researched and packed with so much information which I appreciate and enjoy. 

Colleen and Kelly's expertises are without any doubt what makes me proud of being an EOT student. Now, mixing oils has become an immense pleasure. To see first hand how holistic blends do their job is the most rewarding feeling."

Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies Ltd.

At Essence of Thyme, we cater to the needs of our students regardless of their prior academic experience or previous career. We’ve put hundreds of hours into developing our programs with the students’ best interests at heart.

Science-Backed Research

What sets our curriculum apart is that it is built on science-backed research, our vast areas of expertise, and on the knowledge of credible academics and industry experts such as Robert Tisserand, Madeleine Kerkhoff, Ann Harman, and Marco Valussi.


Learn by doing


EOT guides you from the theoretical to the practical application of aromatherapy through completing case studies which you will also learn how to publish. (You may not realize how important this is but it’s an invaluable vehicle to put you on the map as an aromatherapy expert!)

Dr. Kelly Ablard and Robert Tisserand
Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies Ltd.

User-friendly Curriculum
[With 24/7 Access]

Our curriculum is highly organized, user-friendly, and created with the utmost attention to detail.

We chose to build our programs on a state-of-the-art online learning management system so you would have the best learning experience.

Your course material is available 24/7, 365 days per year. No matter where you are and in what part of the world you live, learning how to become a certified aromatherapist is convenient and always accessible.

Qualify For Professional Associations


Upon successful completion of the Professional Certified or Certified Master Aromatherapy programs, you will have the choice to join Professional Aromatherapy Associations NAHA, AIA, IFPA, and the CAOA.

As a member of these associations, you’ll be recognized as a certified aromatherapist with international credibility, qualify for practitioner insurance, and remain connected to leading experts and breakthroughs in the field through conferences, webinars, and newsletters.

Margaret MacLellan

Margaret MacLellan

"It became clear to me that Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies, with its professional accreditation and its associations in the global aromatherapy industry, was the school of choice for me. 

Essence of Thyme offers a comprehensive and supportive framework for study that is complemented with an extensive and ever-growing library of video, audio, and document resources. Access to assistance is important and the college’s response time is impressive. While consistently connecting with students through online student lectures, Essence of Thyme also informs and links students with topical and current resources and people so that students are kept up to date in the world of aromatherapy. I am very pleased with my decision to attend Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies and look forward to being able to continue to learn and help others through the safe and effective use of essential oils and aromatherapy."

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