Essential Oils for Psychedelic Therapy

Essential Oils for Psychedelic Therapy

What You'll Learn

  • Rationale and scientific background that indicates the synergy between olfactory stimulation with essential oils and psychedelic therapy
  • How to use essential oils in preparation, during psychedelic therapy sessions and for integration afterwards
  • Working knowledge of a few essential oils to be able to use them in psychedelic therapy
  • Importance of the practitioner committing to their own wounded healer's journey when incorporating essential oils into psychedelic therapy


In this in-depth course with psychiatrist Florian Birkmayer MD, you’ll gain an understanding of the rationale and scientific background supporting the use of essential oils in conjunction with psychedelic therapy, including how oils can be used before, during, and after psychedelic-assisted therapy sessions.

You’ll learn practical methods for integration and develop a working knowledge of specific essential oils that are often used. A vital part of psychedelic-assisted therapy is the practitioner’s own wounded healer journey. Dr. Birkmayer will discuss this and its importance in utilizing essential oils in psychedelic therapy. You’ll discover what it this really means to be a wounded healer as well as the practical considerations that come along with it.

Dr. Birkmayer ends the course by providing two case studies that will help demonstrate how the knowledge is put into practice. The use of aromatherapy and essential oils in a psychedelic-therapeutic setting is an eye-opening, ground-breaking, and transformational work.

Please Note: the legality and scope of practice surrounding psychedelic therapy varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Proper training and certification is required. This course is not a standalone training program, nor does it serve as a replacement for one. Please consult your regulating authority for rules, regulations, and approved training programs.

Course Content

Lesson 1

  • Introduction 10min
  • The Different Roles 27min
  • The Scientific Background 38min
  • The Wounded Healer 46min

Lesson 2

Lesson 3


Dr. Florian Birkmayer received his bachelor’s degree in molecular biology at Princeton University, where he learned to question assumptions and discover the unseen shadow side of life. He then received his medical doctorate from Columbia University, which taught him how to think critically about ‘business-as-usual’ medicine and inspired him to become an addiction psychiatrist. After a career in mainstream academic psychiatry and addiction treatment, he became frustrated by the overemphasis on pharmaceuticals and decided to use his knowledge and experience to help people – to not merely relieve or cover up symptoms, but to guide them through the alchemical stages of the journey of individuation. In collaboration with his wife, Cathy Skipper, discover their unique, unparalleled approach to working holistically with the psyche in partnership with aromas – the expressions of the plants’ souls – at

Continuing Education Approvals

  • Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA)

    6.5 CEUs total (up to 6.5 CEUs Category A) -Direct Approval
  • National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA)

    6.5 CE credits total -Direct Approval
  • New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND)

    6.5 CEUs total (up to 6.5 CEUs General) -Direct Approval
  • Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM)

    6.5 hours total (up to 6.5 hours General Education) -Direct Approval
  • Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (VT OPR)

    6.5 hours total (up to 6.5 hours General) -Direct Approval
  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)

    6.5 CPDs total (up to 6.5 CPDs Category A) -Assumed Approval
  • Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (AZ NPMB)

    6.5 CMEs total (up to 6.5 CMEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC)

    6.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)

    6.5 continuing competence credits total -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)

    6.5 hours total (up to 6.5 hours Category C - Educational Courses) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    6.5 credits total (up to 6.5 credits Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Colorado Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration (CO ONDR)

    6.5 PDAs total -Assumed Approval
  • Connecticut Department of Public Health: Naturopathic Physician Licensure (CT DPH: NPL)

    6.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)

    6.5 CEUs total (up to 6.5 CEUs Category 2) -Assumed Approval
  • District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (DC HRLA)

    6.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing (HI DCCA)

    6.5 CEs total (up to 6.5 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Idaho Board of Medicine: Naturopathic Medical Board (ID BOM: NMB)

    6.5 hours total (up to 6.5 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KS SBHA)

    6.5 CEUs total -Assumed Approval
  • Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers (ME BCHCP)

    6.5 hours total (up to 6.5 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA)

    6.5 hours total (up to 6.5 hours Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Maryland Board of Physicians (MD BP)

    6.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (MN BMP)

    6.5 contact hours total (up to 6.5 contact hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Montana Board of Alternative Health Care (MT BAHC)

    6.5 hours total (up to 6.5 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • North Dakota Board of Integrative Health Care (ND BIHC)

    6.5 credits total (up to 6.5 credits General) -Assumed Approval
  • Rhode Island Department of Health: Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (RI DOH: BMLD)

    6.5 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (SANP)

    6.5 hours total (up to 6.5 hours Category C) -Assumed Approval
  • Utah Naturopathic Physician Licensing Board (UT NPLB)

    6.5 CEs total (up to 6.5 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Washington State Department of Health: Board of Naturopathy (WA DOH: BON)

    6.5 hours total (up to 6.5 hours Category 2) -Assumed Approval
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