The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine Series

By Josephine Spilka

Total CPDs: 4.5
Total CPDs: 4.5
NCCAOM (30), Standard Certificate (30), IVAS (10)
Access Period: Lifetime
Series Length: 30hrs

Series Overview

The Nectar of Plants is a three-part online series by acupuncturist Josephine Spilka, exploring essential oils and Chinese medicine. This course is suitable for all types of healthcare practitioners, as well as for individuals interested in the medicinal application of essential oils.

In this series, you will learn how to use essential oils easily and effectively in your healthcare practice. Josephine will explain the function and application of specific essential oils in the context of Chinese medicine and teach you how to utilize essential oils to treat the most common diseases and disorders.

Each course is broken down into four lectures, each with roughly 2.5 hours of educational content. That's 10 hours of content for each course! To help you learn and apply the unique qualities of each essential oil, each part is accompanied by an experiential exercise and downloadable reference materials.

These courses can be taken in any order, so you have the freedom to pick where to jump in first. Come join the growing community exploring Chinese Medicine Aromatherapy!

Strength & Survival

Learn to use essential oils to treat the most common respiratory and digestive disorders. This course has all the basics for use and formulation along with a wealth of strategies for keeping the immune system healthy in almost any circumstance.
Total CPDs: 10
NCCAOM (10), Standard Certificate (10), IVAS (10)
Access Period: Lifetime
Course Length: 10hrs
Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

Course Overview

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.

Course Objectives

  • 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.

Course Outline

0 hrs - 30 min
Introduction 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 hrs
Essential Oils - basics characteristics: note, taste/temp, affinities *Notes: base, middle, top - evaporation rates *Storage, quality issues, use issues
1.25 hrs - 2 hrs
Respiratory 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 hrs
Eucalyptus; an esssential oil profile for change
2.5 hrs - 3 hrs
Strength 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 hrs
Forms of disharmony: Colds/Flus, Bronchitis, Sinusitis, Pneumonia
3.5 hrs - 4 hrs
Forms of application: Inhalation, Chest Rub, gargle, direct on acupuncture points, bath
4 hrs - 4.5 hrs
Oils: 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 hrs
Formulas: Components – how to make a formula Sovereign, Minister, Assistant, Messenger Dilutions – What does the dilution percentage mean?
5 hrs - 5.5 hrs
Digesting 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 hrs
Forms of disharmony: Poor appetite, nausea, heartburn, intestinal gas
6 hrs - 6.5 hrs
Forms 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 hrs
Formulas: Components – How many oils to use Dilution – How to figure out the best dilution for your formula
7.5 hrs - 8 hrs
Survival 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 hrs
Forms of disharmony: Asthma, Diarrhea, Constipation, Inflammatory bowel conditions (Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Irritable Bowel Disease, Ulcerative Colitis)
8.5 hrs - 9 hrs
Forms of application: Chest rub, belly rub, back rub, internal intake, direct on acupuncture points
9 hrs - 9.5 hrs
Oils: Asthma: Pine, Fir, Spruce Diarrhea: Coriander, Constipation: Atlas Cedar, Caraway, Oregano Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Lavendar, Niaouli, Myrrh
9.5 hrs - 10 hrs
Formulas: Components – Strategies for formulation Dilution – When to dilute and when to use direct
I completed all three phases of The Nectar of Plants, and would heartily recommend it. After 30 years of practice, and many continuing education classes, this one is at the top of my list. The material is compelling and challenging and Josephine has a remarkable facility with applying it to actual cases, and a genuine gift for teaching.
Maureen M. - United States
I do not say this lightly. I have not had the depth and breadth of information in any other essential oils course or literature I have attended or read. Ms Spilka is a natural teacher who will make sure the student understands the theory, and practical application of essential oils in the profession. Teaching the student how to make essential oil formulas and making available an ongoing support study group is an added plus, and the true hallmark of her excellence as a teacher in the profession.
Michele S. - United States
Josephine utilizes an excellent teaching method, which she calls “layering”. She introduces information little by little throughout the context of the course, which allows time for processing, creating a deeper and longer lasting understanding of the use of these fascinating oils.
Helen P. - United States


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Taught by Josephine Spilka

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.
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