Keys to Successful Essential Oil Classes (Including 50+ Class Ideas)

Teaching classes about essential oils can be a great way to share your love for essential oils with others—and it can be a great way to introduce others to essential oils and possibly increase sales if you’re a distributor.

Keys to a Successful Class

According to many people who have both taught and participated in essential oil classes, there are 3 main keys to giving a successful class:

  1. Gain knowledge and experience about what you are teaching.
  2. Keep your class focused on a specific, simple goal.
  3. Plan to allow the class members an opportunity to interact—both with you and with the oils.

Here are a few other things to keep in mind:

  • Keep it simple—don’t try to teach everything at once.
  • Love and have fun with what you are doing.
  • Share your own personal experiences.
  • Try to connect with your attendees by interacting with them.
  • Let people experience the essential oils as much as possible.
  • Have books, handouts, and other information available for those who would like to learn more.
  • Know (and be prepared to act on) all pertinent safety information for any essential oil you use during class.
  • Don’t try to fake what you don’t know.

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Possible Class Ideas

While there are many different subjects that can be taught about essential oils and aromatherapy, it is best to pick an area that intrigues or interests you. This will help ensure that you are enthusiastic about the subject, which will help those in your class feel enthusiastic as well. Some of the most loved classes are make-and-take classes because the attendees are able to take something home with them to help them experience the essential oils for themselves. While the following list is in no way comprehensive, it is a great starting point and may help you generate some new ideas.

Introduction to Aromatherapy/Essential Oils
A Simple Introductory Essential Oil Class Idea
Essential Oils 101
Class Idea: Intro to Modern Essentials Scavenger Hunt
Introduction to Modern Essentials: A Mini Textbook for Essential Oil Classes
Essential Health and Wellness with Modern Essentials
Single Essential Oils (use these Essential Oil Spotlights)
Most Commonly Used Essential Oils
Essential Oil Application
Aromatic Application
Topical Application
Internal Application
Essential Oil Safety
How Essential Oils Interact with the Body
Essential Oil Troubleshooting
Essential Oil Constituents
How Essential Oils Are Made
History of Essential Oils
Oils of the Bible
Everyday Uses for Essential Oils
Aromatherapy First Aid
Emergency Oils
Take the Urgency Out of Emergency
Relaxing with Essential Oils
Relaxation Gift Ideas for Women
Essential Oils for Sleep
Essential Oils for a Better Night’s Sleep
Essential Oils for Sleep
Seasonal Aromatherapy
Essential Oils for Romance
5 Perfect Summer Make & Take Class Ideas
Class Idea: Make & Take Autumn Room Sprays
Class Idea: Ribbon Christmas Tree Diffusers
Essential Oils for the Cold and Flu Season
’Tis the Season for Sickness
Stay Healthy This Winter Season
Essential Oils for Pain Management
Aromatherapy at the Office
Diffusing Essential Oils
Which Diffuser Is the Best? Diffusion Methods and Comparison Charts
Diffuser Blends
Diffuser Blends on a Budget
How to Clean Your Diffuser (including Diffuser Cleaning Spray)
35 Aromatherapy Jewelry Blends
Aromatherapy and the Emotions
Essential Oils for Mental Health
Chart Your Own Course with Emotional Aromatherapy
Muscle Testing and Essential Oils for Emotional Healing
Cooking with Essential Oils – FAQs and Tips
Cleaning with Essential Oils
Make & Take Class Idea: Natural Cleaning Sprays
Produce Cleaning Spray
Homemade Natural Dishwashing Soap
Disinfecting with Essential Oils
Essential Oil Antioxidants
Essential Oil Crafts
Make & Take Class Idea: Essential Oil Milk Bath Fizzers
Class Idea: Make & Take Aromatherapy Clay Jewelry
Aromatherapy Gift Ideas
Bath Salts
Sugar Scrubbies
Brown Sugar Lip Scrub
Solid Perfume Locket
Hand Sanitizer
Lip Balm
Soap Making with Essential Oils
Bath Pals Soap for Kids
Peppermint Candy Soap
Foaming Hand Soap
Lotion Making with Essential Oils
Lotions and Potions
Simply Luxurious Moisturizing Lotion
Hand and Foot Salve
Lotion Bars
Aromatherapy and Beauty
Youthful Skin
DIY Spa with Essential Oils
Class Idea: Spa Night
Aromatherapy and Massage
Essential Oils for Pregnancy and Childbirth
Essential Oils for Pregnancy
Birth Kit Essentials
Essential Oils and Fitness
Essential Oils for Sports Injuries
Yoga Mat Cleaning Spray
Essential Oils and Addiction
Essential Oils and the Road to Addiction Recovery
How to Use Complementary Therapies within Your Addiction Treatment
The Art of Roller Bottle Blending
Essential Oils and Gardening
Garden Spray
Essential Oils for Pest Control
Repelling Bugs and Insects
Soothing Insect Bites and Stings
Essential Oils for Animal Care
Essential Oils for Travel
Outdoor Travel Tips
Essential Oils for Car Travel
Essential Oils in the Classroom
Backpack Essentials for Teachers
Backpack Essentials for Students
Back to School Tips
Aromatherapy and Learning Disabilities

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Class Tips

How to Teach with Modern Essentials
Introduction to Modern Essentials™: A Mini Textbook for Essential Oil Classes
How to Hold a Make & Take Class
Build Your Business with Modern Essentials Living
Essential Oil Class Decoration Idea

Lesson Resources

Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils
Modern Essentials Living
Educational Resources at AromaTools®
Marketing Resources at AromaTools®

Cooking Class Ideas or Refreshments

All of the cooking recipes on this blog use essential oils, and many could easily be used to teach a cooking class or as refreshments. These are a few of our favorite recipes to use in classes:

Do you have a class idea that has been successful for you? Would you like to share your ideas with us? Just fill out the form below!

“Introduction to Modern Essentials™”: A Mini Textbook for Essential Oil Classes

This year, we introduce our newest edition of the “Introduction to Modern Essentials” booklet. We’ve updated this booklet to include a lot of fantastic information and recipes to make this booklet the best mini textbook for your essential oil classes!
A great way to approach these classes is to keep them focused on educating people about essential oils, but allow individuals to experience and use the oils as part of each class.

At the end of each class, invite those who would like to know more about your chosen brand of pure, therapeutic-grade oils to come talk to you after class or at a separate meeting. These meetings are great opportunities to share with others why you made the choice to naturally support the health of yourself and your family with essential oils.

Class Ideas

Essential Oils 101
Use the first few pages of this booklet to introduce individuals to essential oils and why they are being used by millions of people around the world as a natural way to
support health. This idea can be used on its own or combined with a make-and-take idea.

Scavenger Hunt
Doing this scavenger hunt activity can not only help bring some fun to your class and make it memorable, but it also gives your students a reason to look through the “Introduction to Modern Essentials” booklet. As they look through it and find the answers to the questions, they will learn so much about the essential oils and what the oils can do for specific conditions. They will also learn how they can use the booklet to find answers to their own questions. This activity can be used as a class idea on its own, or it can be added to another class idea as a bonus activity.

Aromatherapy Make & Take Class
Use the information on the diffusing pages to teach how the natural aromas of essential oils can affect the mind and emotions. Allow individuals to sample and make their favorite blend from the “Diffuser Blend Recipes” pages. Add their blend to water in a mini spray bottle for a take-home room and linen spray. An emulsifier (optional) will help distribute the essential oil evenly throughout the water.

Roll-On Balms
Use the information on the “Roll-On Blend Recipes” pages to teach about topical application of essential oils, and allow individuals to make their own natural roll-ons in mini roll-on bottles to take home with them. You can find roll-on bottles and carrier oils at aromatools.com.

Relaxing with Massage Oils
Use the information on the “Using Essential Oils—Applying on Location” and “Using Essential Oils—Massage” pages to teach about massage and topical application of essential oils. Allow individuals to use the “Massage Oil Recipes” to make their own natural massage oils in small bottles to take home with them. You can find small bottles (such as a 1/2 oz. or 1 oz. plastic bottle) and carrier oils at aromatools.com.

Essential Oil–Enhanced Baths
Use the information on the diffusing pages to teach how the natural aromas of essential oils can affect the mind and emotions. Allow individuals to sample and make their favorite blend of bath salts from the “Bath Salts Recipes” page. Have them place their scented bath salts in a jar to take home with them. You can find jars and epsom salt at aromatools.com.

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Gourmet Ice Cream Chef Competition
Use the pages on cooking with essential oils to teach about how to use pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils in cooking. Give everyone 1 cup (240 ml) cream and 2 Tbsp. (25 g) sugar, or substitute your own favorite sweetener and sweeten to taste. Allow class members to create their own naturally flavored ice cream base using essential oils. Since only a small amount (a drop or less) of essential oil is needed, give each guest a small bottle to blend their essential oil “flavor profile” in, and then dispense a drop or less of the blend from the bottle (use a toothpick if less is needed).

Place the base in a quart-sized (1 L) zip-top bag, and seal the bag. Place that bag inside a gallon-sized (4 L) zip-top bag filled with ice and 1/2 cup (250 g) of rock salt. Shake until the cream has frozen (about 10–15 minutes). Use small spoons to allow everyone to taste the creations, and award prizes based on best tasting or most daring (black pepper ice cream, anyone?). You could also add another dimension by adding natural vanilla bean to the flavor mix!

Winter Wellness with Essential Oils
Using the Personal Usage Guide section, lead the members of the class through various ailments that often occur during the winter time (such as cold sores, common colds, congestion, coughs, earache, fever, etc.) Allow individuals to make a cough relief roll-on by using the blend recipe found under “Coughs” or an immune support roll-on by using the blend recipe found under “Colds.” Jojoba oil and roll-on bottles can be found at aromatools.com.

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Provide hot chocolate and various hot chocolate toppings, such as whipped cream, crushed candy canes, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Also provide various essential oils to add to the hot chocolate. Peppermint, orange, cinnamon, cassia, and cardamom essential oil all make great additions to hot chocolate. Instruct guests to just dip a toothpick in the oil and then swish the toothpick around in their hot chocolate. Click here for a great hot chocolate recipe.

Once everyone has helped themselves to hot chocolate and is sitting comfortably, this is a great time to share information about essential oils. You could focus on the health benefits of the oils you offered as hot chocolate mix-ins, provide basic introductory information about essential oils, discuss essential oils for winter wellness, or talk about cooking with essential oils.

Enhance Emotional Well-Being with Essential Oils
Use the diffusing pages and the “Emotions and Essential Oils” pages to teach how the natural aromas of essential oils can affect the mind and emotions. Lead the members of the class through various mental and emotional conditions found in the Personal Usage Guide section such as anxiety, calming, concentration, depression, grief/sorrow, memory, mental fatigue, relaxing, shock, stress, and uplifting. Allow individuals to smell the various oils or oil blends for emotional well-being, and invite them to create their own nasal inhaler using 1–3 oils (for a total of 5–8 drops) to take home with them.

If you have a great class idea that others can do with this booklet, please share it with us!

How to Hold a Make & Take Class

Make-and-take classes are surging in popularity because they are easy to hold, give your attendees hands-on experience, and allow your guests to leave with something containing essential oils to use at home. Essential oils often sell themselves if they can be introduced with adequate information and something simple for your new contact to try.

at_eo_mt_class_studentMake-and-take classes (and other essential oil classes, for that matter) can seem quite daunting, but they don’t have to be! In this post, we will show you a simple outline that can be adapted to whatever make-and-take class you choose to do.

When planning for a class, you will need to do the following:

  1. Select a date, time, and location. Keep in mind who you want to attend when deciding these things, but don’t get caught up in trying to make it work for everyone—you can always hold more than one of the same class.
  2. Invite people, and remind them about it a week before and the day before the class.
  3. Order your materials. AromaTools has a lot of ingredients and containers that are commonly used for essential oil DIY projects. AromaTools also offers a free event program and additional resources to help you with your classes. Click here for more information.
  4. Gather essential oils and other needed materials. Print any instructions, handouts, and labels as needed.at_eo_mt_class_supplies
  5. Prepare a short lesson. The length of your lesson can depend on how much time it will take for your make-and-take project. If you try to keep your lesson to less than 30 minutes, you should have enough time for questions and your make-and-take project. Here are a few ideas for lesson topics:
    • the basics of essential oils;
    • how essential oils support a specific body system;
    • the most common essential oils and how to use them;
    • essential oils for [fill in the blank] (children, pregnancy, animals, emotions, cooking, cleaning, weight loss, exercising, basic first aid, women, romance, winter wellness, etc.).

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  6. Hold your class. Remember to keep it simple: give your short lesson; answer questions; show how to do the make-and-take project; then let your guests do their project, mingle, eat refreshments, and leave.
  7. Follow up. If you were introducing anyone to essential oils through your class, make sure to contact them later that week and answer any further questions they have or invite them to another class later.

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These are a few things you will need to consider when preparing for your class:

  • Decide if you want to discuss any business opportunities or keep the lesson education-based. If you do want to market a specific essential oil company, be careful not to make any health claims about the essential oils; speaking generally about health benefits is better. You can always give your class attendees an “Introduction to Modern Essentials™” booklet or refer them to other information that provides more specific uses for essential oils.
  • Decide if and how you want to charge for the make-and-take project. Some charge a flat fee for their classes; others give their attendees 1 free item and charge for extras; and some provide (or charge for) materials but not the essential oils.
  • Depending on the make-and-take item, you may want to prepare a sample ahead of time so you can show the finished product.
  • Figure out how to set up your make-and-take station(s). Make sure to have at least one station and arrange it so the attendees can either all make the project at the same time or walk down a line to put together their item. Of course, the way you set this up depends on the number of attendees, the project, the supplies you have on hand, etc.
  • It’s a good idea to have printed instructions of how to make the item so your attendees can refer to it as they make their product and be able to take it home with them so they can make more if desired. You may even want to provide labels so your attendees can remember what they made and what they can do with it after the class.
  • Other optional suggestions include holding a drawing to get contact information, offering refreshments, and providing additional handouts or prizes.

If you would like some specific class ideas, check out our Essential Oil Class Ideas category. Also, feel free to browse our Essential Ideas category for more make-and-take class projects and topics:

Do you have any tips for holding an essential oil make-and-take class? Let us know in the comments below! 

5 Perfect Summer Make & Take Class Ideas

Even though it is summertime, you can still hold essential oil classes. In fact, there are a lot of make-and-take class ideas that are perfect for summertime!

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Here are a few ideas:

1. Essential Oils for Car Travel:

Use our “Essential Oils for Car Travel” post as your reference to teach a short lesson. Talk about what essential oils would be useful to keep on hand during a road trip. Then make a car diffuser (like this one or this one) or the Soothing Summer Skin Spray (recipe below).

2. Essential Oils for Outdoor Travel:

Use our “Essential Oils for Outdoor Travel” post as your reference to teach a short lesson. Talk about what essential oils would be useful to take on camping trips. Then make sunscreen or the Soothing Summer Skin Spray (recipe below).

3. Essential Oils and Insects:

Use our “Repelling Bugs & Insects” post and our “Soothing Insect Bites and Stings” post as your reference for teaching a short lesson. Then make these Soothing Bug Bite Sticks or these Mosquito-Repelling Paracord Bracelets.

4. Essential Oils for Summertime Body Care:

Use Modern Essentials, pp. 275 (sunburns), 315 (hair), 339–40 (nails), and 365 (skin) as a reference for teaching a short lesson about taking care of your hair, skin, and nails during the summertime. Then make any of the following skincare recipes or the Soothing Summer Skin Spray (recipe below).

5. Essential Oils in Summer Treats:

Use our “Cooking with Essential Oils” blog post as a reference for teaching a short lesson about cooking with essential oils. During the class, you can even make one or more of these recipes and serve them as refreshments afterward.

Soothing Summer Skin Spray Recipe

This soothing spray is perfect for helping you stay cool while out in the heat this summer. All the ingredients are perfect for refreshing you and your skin! You can also use it as an after-sun spray to help soothe sunburned skin.

For those who prefer using wipes rather than a spray, simply mix up this recipe and pour over folded paper towels or bamboo wipes.

If you are using this as a make-and-take class project, you may want to divide the recipe in half for your guests to make a smaller batch and place it in 4 oz. plastic or glass spray bottles.

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Soothing Summer Skin Spray or Wipes

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz. (240 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) aloe vera gel
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) witch hazel
  • 1/2 Tbsp. (7.5 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops melaleuca essential oil
  • 3 drops frankincense essential oil (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) distilled water
  • 8 oz. plastic or glass spray bottle

Instructions:

  1. Mix together everything except the distilled water. Stir until well combined.
  2. Pour mixture into the spray bottle, and add distilled water. Shake to combine.
  3. To use, mist on skin as needed.

Extra Idea:

Make this recipe into cooling wipes by mixing all ingredients together as outlined above and pouring the liquid over folded paper towels or bamboo wipes until moist. Wring out if needed. Store in a zip-top bag.

Chocolate-Peppermint Mini Mud Pies

Do you need a fun dessert idea for an upcoming holiday party or essential oil class? Try these delicious mini mud pies infused with pure peppermint essential oil! The shot glasses add a creative element to the dessert and also make a great party favor for your guests to take home afterward. If you are serving these at an essential oil class, you can give your guests this handout that we put together that lists 15 great ways to use the shot glass with essential oils.

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Introducing Modern Essentials™ Living

We are so excited about the newest addition to the Modern Essentials™ family: Modern Essentials™ Living! This new book contains cooking recipes, craft ideas, cleaning recipes, body care product recipes, class ideas, diffuser blends, and a chart listing common uses for many essential oils and blends. Modern Essentials™ Living introduces essential oils in a way that is completely marketing compliant, so it is a safe resource to use in any setting!

This book makes a fantastic gift for anyone interested in essential oils! Modern Essentials™ Living is also the perfect tool for introducing others to the world of essential oils and can be used in any setting to teach others how essential oils can be used every day! It can even be used in marketing meetings, classes, parties, trade shows, or as an enrollment reward.

Even if you don’t plan on giving this book away, you’ll want to have this beautiful, yet resourceful, book in your library! Click here to see how to purchase it.

Here is a sneak peek of some of what is inside!

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Are you as excited about this book as we are? Let us know in the comments below!

Week of Wellness: EssentialYoga Workshop

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Overlooking a view of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains from the Elevé™ Event Center, a group ranging from beginners to experts participated in the June workshop from “The EssentialYoga Program” conducted by Marty Harger and Stephanie Smith. The program consists of monthly workshops designed to provide yoga instructors with “the knowledge and steps to confidently integrate six to seven essential oils into a theme-based monthly EssentialYoga workshop.” This is a great way to naturally introduce others to the benefits of combining essential oils with yoga.

In the class, Stephanie Smith led participants through yoga poses as essential oils were integrated aromatically, topically, and internally during the workshop. Marty Harger explained the benefits of essential oils using information from Modern Essentials, Living Healthy and Happily Ever AfterEmotions and Essential Oils, and Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit.

The oils paired with yoga are beneficial to both mind and spirit. The oils support individuals with more clarity, focus, stamina, and the ability to breathe deeper. The theme for the June workshop is to breathe and be open to life.

“Let go and open to life” is inspired by fresh, summer citrus essential oils and their scents. The crisp and uplifting citrus aromas combined with the circular energy movement of this practice are the perfect fit for a summer yoga practice. Inspired by an all-levels vinyasa flow style of yoga, this workshop focuses on side-body lengthening and healthy function of the kidneys. Combined with the uplifting qualities of citrus oils such as lemon and grapefruit, this practice creates a powerful antidote to our linear world, helps to remove blinders, and opens peripheral vision.

The following chart is an excerpt from the program and shares the oils that were introduced in the class along with their physical and emotional benefits.

The program is also very committed to helping with causes and encourages those who conduct their workshops to give a portion of the proceeds from the workshop to charity. During the Week of Wellness, although the classes were free, participants were encouraged to donate $5.00 each. 100% of the $5.00 cash per person suggested donation went to the Healing Hands Nepal Earthquake Relief fund.

This is a wonderful program of workshops. Be sure to purchase the book to get the complete details for the June workshop and the entire EssentialYoga Program.

About the Presenter


Marty Harger was introduced to yoga while attending freestyle ski camp in Wyoming in the late 1970s––her first trip to the western USA. Her introduction to oils came a few years later as did her increasing awareness of the body’s powerful ability to heal itself with natural approaches. In midlife, Marty hopped off the big-city corporate fast-track and began her personal and professional journey to find her niche in the healing arts. It was during that year of massage school in Chicago that her passion for essential oils really took hold. What began with aromatherapy studies evolved into the use of therapeutic-grade essential oils as she was introduced to the oils in 2008 at the wellness center she owns in the Mountains of Heber City, Utah.

 

Stephanie Smith‘s path from the dance studio to the yoga studio began when she was a young girl exploring ballet, jazz, and tap. After a few years as a college dance major, she left her home state of Utah for a professional dance career in Los Angeles. That road led to ventures in personal training and fitness as well as teaching dance to others since 1984. Her love of yoga began in 1996 as she explored Bikram, or hot yoga. Ever curious, Stephanie continued her yoga instructor training in many forms over the years with a growing interest in the mind-body connection. Her unique style brings a sense of curiosity and inquiry into the studio as she meets yoga students where they are and helps guide them to a deeper understanding of their body, mind, and spirit.