AromaChemistry Online Course is Here.
Alkynes of Awesome:
Dr. Tim’s free radical love has revolutionized aromatherapy chemistry
If you’ve ever met Dr. Timothy Miller, you know that his love for life in general is absolutely insoluble, and his infectious enthusiasm only deepens when he’s talking about two of his greatest loves: aromatherapy and chemistry.
(Do you see why aromatherapy chemistry was a perfect calling?!)
In this 30-minute interview hosted by Nyssa Hanger of the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy and Inner Sanctum, Dr. Tim chats about how he fell in love with chemistry (and teaching aromatherapy chemistry!) long before he ever picked up a vial of essential oils, his advice on how to start delving deeper into the chemistry of aromatherapy, and best of all, his all-time favorite aromatherapy compound. You might be surprised at which one it is!
Interested in taking your essential oil chemistry knowledge to another level? Take advantage of the AromaChemistry Bundles we’ve fused together before they Argon. With the #ultimatearomanerd, Dr. Tim, as your guide, we’re positive (proton-style) you’ll be in your element.
Get to know Dr. Tim's Teaching Style:
Let’s face it: AromaChemistry can be challenging. So many different molecules, chemical families, technical drawings, and not to mention the hard-to- say names. Despite the visceral reaction we might have in response to all-things chemistry-related, essential oils are, after all, potent chemical cocktails. As such, understanding chemistry is the backbone to understanding the safe and effective use of aromatherapy.
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to see chemistry in a whole new light! Dr. Tim is going to show you how fascinating AromaChemistry is and how you can use chemistry in a profound and impactful way.
This course is designed to be a low-pressure, fun learning environment where we start at the most fundamental, basic level for all topics discussed. Absolutely no prior understanding of chemistry needed – we are starting at Square 1 and will use easy-to- understand language throughout the course!
AromaChemistry Online | Course Syllabus (6 Lessons)
Lesson 1 | Introduction to AromaChemistry (2 hours)
- An Introduction to AromaChemistry (35 minutes)
- Covalent Bonds & The Golden Rule (10 minutes)
- Ionic Bonds (20 minutes)
- Writing Out Structures (25 minutes)
- An Introduction to Benzene (15 minutes)
- Meditation Review – Lesson 1 (15 minutes)
- Quiz – Lesson 1
Lesson 2 | Chemical Families (1.5 hours)
- An Introduction to Chemical Families (15 minutes)
- Chemical Families Identification Exercise (30 minutes)
- Biosynthetic Pathways (15 minutes)
- Terpenes vs. Terpenoids (15 minutes)
- Meditation Review – Lesson 2 (15 minutes)
- Quiz – Lesson 2
Lesson 3 | Introduction to Functional Groups (1.5 hours)
- An Introduction to Functional Groups (15 minutes)
- Functional Groups Review – Part 1 (15 minutes)
- Functional Groups Review – Part 2 (20 minutes)
- Functional Groups Review – Part 3 (15 minutes)
- Functional Groups Review – Final Review (10 minutes)
- Meditation Review – Lesson 3 (15 minutes)
- Quiz – Lesson 3
Lesson 4 | Miscellaneous AromaChemistry Topics (2 hours)
- An Introduction to Isomers and Structural Isomers (25 minutes)
- Stereoisomers (35 minutes)
- Chemotypes (30 minutes)
- CO2 Extraction vs. Distillation (30 minutes)
- Alcohols: Primary vs. Secondary vs. Tertiary (30 minutes)
- Quiz – Lesson 4
Lesson 5 | Functional Group Profiles (2.25 hours)
- An Introduction the Components and Monoterpenes (15 minutes)
- Monoterpenols (15 minutes)
- Sesquiterpenes (15 minutes)
- Sesquiterpenols and Diterpenols (15 minutes)
- Phenols (15 minutes)
- Ketones (15 minutes)
- Aldehydes (15 minutes)
- Esters (15 minutes)
- Ethers (15 minutes)
- Quiz – Lesson 5
Lesson 6 | Therapeutic Action and Safety Speculation (1 hour)
- Therapeutic Action and Safety Speculation Exercise (60 minutes)
- Quiz – Lesson 6
BONUS MATERIAL (1 hour)
- Facebook Live on Monoterpenes (Hosted by Healthy Lifestyles Consumer Reviews)
About Timothy Miller ND, LAc, RA
Timothy Miller ND, LAc, RA is a naturopathic physician, licensed acupuncturist, and registered aromatherapist. He is a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR.
Dr. Miller is a chemistry nerd. He is fascinated by the chemistry found in the natural world. Fueled by the abundant, potent, and unique components within aromatherapy, Dr. Miller has sought to understand how essential oils act on the body and identify which clinical applications are best incorporated into practice.
Dr. Miller first began his aromatherapy studies in 2005. He has since traveled the world to advance his understanding of essential oils and their clinical implications. Dr. Miller has studied with Rhiannon Lewis, Mark Webb, Gabriel Mojay, Kurt Schnaubelt, and Jeffrey Yuen. He has successfully completed a National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) approved course and has completed the requirements to become a registered aromatherapist. He is a member of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC).
Beyond his love of aromatherapy, Dr. Miller is an avid traveler and student of foreign languages. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, and being in nature. Dr. Miller loves to learn new things and is driven by self-improvement and emotional intelligence.
Dr. Miller believes deeply in Docere and loves to teach. He is an international speaker, workshop leader and contributing author. He believes learning should be fun and makes every attempt to engage his students in a profound and meaningful way.
"I feel much more confident to use essential oils safely and prepare blends that will be safe for my clients. I also believe it will be much easier and fun to continue my studies in chemistry on my own. Thank you for strengthening my knowledge and expertise in a way that will serve all of us."
- Lynn Buimline, LMT, CST, Clinical Aromatherapist
"I have been dreadful with chemistry since high school. It is different now. Dr. Tim makes it so easy and simple to understand. I will take every class he teaches."
- Lumduan Roth, Spa Therapist and Aromatherapist
As an experienced adult educator, I look for excellence in presentation, with clarity of concepts, engaging educator/presenter, and organization of topics. Dr. Tim is an engaging presenter/educator and his step-by-step explanations are clear and understandable.
- Judy Klispie, Aromatherapist
Dr. Tim eloquently leads you through the daunting task of understanding AromaChemistry. He guides you by laying down a foundation and you leave with a solidly built house full of AromaChemistry knowledge; giving you the confidence to use the chemistry of essential oils on a day-to-day basis! #TeamTim
- Jeanette Mack, LMT Aromatherapist, Massage Therapist
Excellent! By far, the best explanation of essential oil chemistry I have ever encountered! I get it! We love Timistry!
Dr. Tim made chemistry very easy to understand and fun to learn. I did not know anything about the chemistry of aromatherapy when I started the class. Now, I feel very confident that I can continue to review my notes, and understand what I am looking at as it relates to aromatherapy. This is something I have wanted for a long time.
- Elizabeth Zucco, Aromatherapist
Chemistry with Timothy Miller, ND was a joy. For someone who has never had any exposure to chemistry it is difficult to pick up the language unless someone is willing to teach it. I’ve tried to take a few classes but even the basic assumes some former knowledge of the language. That’s where what I call “Timistry” shines. Dr. Tim started in the beginning and assumed nothing—mark of a good teacher. Dr. Tim's class is worth every moment. Drop the fears and cultivate an open mind and you’re all set.
- Ann Fuller, Ph D(c), MSN-Ed, RN, AHN-BC
Dr. Tim makes learning so fun and his class is so engaging and educational. One of the best instructors I have ever experienced. He makes sure that everyone understands the concepts and will not rush through an instruction until everyone has grasped the concept.
He is absolutely so much fun. This will not be dull or boring and the classroom environment is enjoyable and filled with lots of laughter. He makes learning lots of fun. He uses catchy phrases that you can associate with an element and specific molecules. They really help you remember the structure of the various molecules, the functional groups, and biosynthetic pathways that you learn so can easily identify them.
- Julia Cheek, Aromatherapist & Healthy Lifestyles Consumer Reviews Facebook Group Admin
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