Introduction to Hydrosols
Four Week Course: Introduction to Hydrosols
2018 SPRING SEMESTER: Running Tuesdays, April 3rd-24th, with no breaks.
Hydrosols are the aromatic distillate obtained in steam/hydro distillation of aromatic plants. Used in aromatherapy to restore or maintain wellness of mind, body, and spirit, hydrosols have a variety of applications and uses. Students will participate in live distillations of botanicals and formulate take-home products for personal use. Mature minors are welcome to register with a parent or guardian.
Course Goal: Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to: understand and employ hydrosols in cosmetic, culinary, and therapeutic applications. Understand and explain safety, contraindications, and cautions of hydrosol use to the community. Intro to Hydrosols is part of The Barefoot Dragonfly 200-hour practitioner course designed to prepare students for a career path as an aromatic therapies practitioner, or aromatherapist. No prerequisite is required for students to attend this course.
Class Location: The Barefoot Dragonfly Classroom located at 7601 Pheasant Rock Road, Austin, TX 78729.
Class Hours: 16
Instructor: Amy M Kreydin, NBCR, CCAP, BD
Instructor Bio: Amy Kreydin, Board Certified Reflexologist and Clinical Aromatherapist, has been in private practice since 2004. Kreydin received her certificate as a Certified Reflexologist from the Palmer Institute in Salem, MA in 2004, and was awarded her board certificate in Reflexology from the American Reflexology Certification Board in 2006. She trained at a Harvard teaching hospital in Boston, MA and obtained her Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner (CCAP) in 2011. She has lectured and taught classes in wellness institutes, hospitals, colleges, conferences, and clinics since 2007. Kreydin is passionate about whole body wellness and loves helping folks reach their health goals to live an abundant, vibrant, and balanced life.
- Materia Aromatica Student Manual written by Amy Kreydin
- Writing paper and utensils should be brought to each class
Students should refrain from wearing perfume or scented products to the classroom to avoid disrupting organoleptic tests for themselves and classmates. Light snacks are provided, students are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Identify the extraction and production methods and quality control for authentic, pure hydrosols and the differences between artisanal hydrosols and biowaste water in the production of essential oils.
- Demonstrate organoleptic testing process for both taste and odor of authentic hydrosols.
- Formulate cosmetic, culinary, and therapeutic products featuring hydrosols.
- List scenarios when hydrosols would be indicated instead of essential oils for an aromatic therapy application.
- Demonstrate knowledge of current information on safety guidelines, including special guidelines for children, pregnancy, and the ill.
General Class Structure: The class will be conducted once a week on Monday between 10:00am and 2:00pm. During lab sessions, students will develop their practical skills and discuss any challenges they encounter with respect to new material.
Methods of Instruction: The class will be taught with a combination of audiovisual presentations using overhead projector, whiteboard or paper chart, lecture, demonstration, and laboratory.
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