Courses / The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine Series - Course 1
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This course will teach students to use essential oils easily and effectively in a healthcare practice. Chinese medicine principles will be presented to form the basis for discussion of functions and application of specific essential oils in the treatment of common diseases and disorders. Session 1 will feature presentation of the framework of Wei,Ying and Yuan as way to understand Respiratory and Digestive disorders; it will also focus on the special features of essential oils in a Chinese medical practice along with presentation of the tools for assessment, storage and care of essential oils. Session 2 features Wei Qi disorders including the Lung, Large Intestine, with a focus on external wind disorder such as the common cold, bronchitis, fever, etc. Session 2 will also focus on the timeline and strategies for effective treatment of these disorders with essential oils, in addition to ways to build immunity and prevent illness using essential oils. Session 3 will begin the exploration of how we digest the world. Common digestive disorders such as heartburn, intestinal gas and belching, involving the Stomach and Spleen organ systems will be discussed with a focus on healthy assimilation. Session 4 will focus on inspiration and elimination through the Lung and Large Intestine systems. Essential Oils for relieving asthma, constipation, Crohn's disease and Celiac disease will be discussed. Building health inspiration and elimination habits will also be discussed.

Price: $390.00
NCCAOM, Standard Certificate, Florida, IVAS
California [Upon Request]*
Length: 10 Hrs
Course Type: Recorded Seminar
Access Period: Lifetime
Notes: Notes are provided with this course.


  • Articulate the basic theory and practice of using essential oils from Chinese medical perspsective.
  • Discuss the unique properties of essential oils including use of notes, effects on the spirit and their relationship with essence.
  • Cite the properties including nature, taste, channels entered and therapeutic function of 12-15 essential oils.
  • Create an essential oil formula for use in a respiratory or digestive condition.


0 hrs - 30 minIntroduction to Essential Oils - Theme of Strength and Survival *Framework for Wei, Ying and Yuan: Survival, Interaction and Evolution *Essential Oils as expressions of Wei Qi and Yuan Qi: aroma and essence *Qi as a relationship, Strength as the integrity of the relationship *Survival systems: Lung, Large Intestine, Spleen Stomach *Demands for survival - awakening the Wei Qi

30 min - 1.25 hrsEssential Oils - basics characteristics: note, taste/temp, affinities *Notes: base, middle, top - evaporation rates *Storage, quality issues, use issues

1.25 hrs - 2 hrsRespiratory Issues – Relating with change *Wind and Change *Survival and Strength; What does it mean to be strong? What does survival require? What is our ability to respond to change?

2 hrs - 2.5 hrsEucalyptus; an esssential oil profile for change

2.5 hrs - 3 hrsStrength as an expression of relationship *relating with the body, creating the terrain of relationship, of qi *making the relationship moment to moment *Moving with change, flexibility and strength

3 hrs - 3.5 hrsForms of disharmony: Colds/Flus, Bronchitis, Sinusitis, Pneumonia

3.5 hrs - 4 hrsForms of application: Inhalation, Chest Rub, gargle, direct on acupuncture points, bath

4 hrs - 4.5 hrsOils: Wind- Cold: Eucalyptus Globulus, Basil, Ginger, Cinnamon Leaf Wind - Heat: Eucalyptus Radiata, Lavender, Myrtle, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Rosalina, Ravensare, Thyme Linalool Wind-Damp: Pine, Spruce, Eucalyptus, Fir, Phlegm: Eucalyptus Polybractea, Ginger, Myrtle, Atlas Cedar, Fir, Pine, Spruce

4.5 hrs - 5 hrsFormulas: Components – how to make a formula Sovereign, Minister, Assistant, Messenger Dilutions – What does the dilution percentage mean?

5 hrs - 5.5 hrsDigesting the World - Health of the Spleen and Stomach systems taking in what the moment is giving you, seeing what is offered.

5.5 hrs - 6 hrsForms of disharmony: Poor appetite, nausea, heartburn, intestinal gas

6 hrs - 6.5 hrsForms of application: Belly rub, gargle, bath, internal intake, direct on acupuncture points

6.5 hrs - 7 hrs Oils: Appetite: Coriander, Caraway, Oregano Nausea: Patchouli, Basil Heartburn: Lemon, Myrrh Intestinal Gas: Atlas Cedar, Petitgrain, Orange, Peppermint

7 hrs - 7.5 hrsFormulas: Components – How many oils to use Dilution – How to figure out the best dilution for your formula

7.5 hrs - 8 hrsSurvival as allowing change, letting go: *Lung/Large Intestine systems - vehicles for letting go *Spleen/Stomach systems - assimilators of change and producers of fluid Fluid as the medium for movement, change and flexibility letting go of what you do not need or what isn’t yours

8 hrs - 8.5 hrsForms of disharmony: Asthma, Diarrhea, Constipation, Inflammatory bowel conditions (Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)

8.5 hrs - 9 hrsForms of application: Chest rub, belly rub, back rub, internal intake, direct on acupuncture points

9 hrs - 9.5 hrsOils: Asthma: Pine, Fir, Spruce Diarrhea: Coriander, Constipation: Atlas Cedar, Caraway, Oregano Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Lavendar, Niaouli, Myrrh

9.5 hrs - 10 hrsFormulas: Components – Strategies for formulation Dilution – When to dilute and when to use direct



Josephine Spilka, M.S., L.Ac., has been practicing Classical Chinese Medicine and Buddhist meditation for over 20 years, and is focused on investigating the relationship with essence in its many forms. Read More »


Would highly recommend if you are interested in bringing your aromatherapy skills together with your TCM knowledgeJennifer P.Canada

Great explanation, very usefull et practical for my daily use in clinic and for myself. Josephine is a great teacher and have a great insight in chinese medecine and essences oils.Thanh-Phong N.France

Thank you so very much Josephine, I loved this course and have been looking for a course like this for years! It was just perfect! I have been using essential oils for a long time but have been missing this information and love all of the correlations I have been able to put together within my own learning listening to your vast knowledge of the subject. I am very excited to incorporate the new found information into my existing data base and help my patients using a pleasing and easy form of delivery I know they will love. Lora G.United States of America

Highly recommended.Deborah S.United States

Excellent course to help integrate essential oils into your TCM practice! Susan N.Australia

This is the best continuing education course I’ve taken. I enjoyed Josephine’s energy and found her teaching style to be very helpful. I was able to immediately integrate the information into my practice and see clinical results. Essential oils have really expanded my treatment options because they can be used aromatically and topically making patients more compliant. I love them and I love this course.Lisa L.United States

I cannot tell you how much I am enjoying the course so far! I plan on taking the next Part immediately. The colorful commentary and your amazing insight into how the organ systems show up is refreshing! I’ve been practicing for 25 years and studied at TAI. Oils are going to fit so nicely where I am on Capitol Hill, no one wants to take the amount of herbal supplements they really need. Very excited to get involved with the forum and learn more.Allison B.United States


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