College of the Botanical Healing Arts

1821 17th Ave.
(at Capitola Rd.)
Santa Cruz, CA
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P.O. Box 362,
Santa Cruz, CA

Local (831) 462-1807
Toll-Free (877) 321-7346
Fax (831) 462-9307

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The College of Botanical Healing Arts is a unique, innovative, high quality educational institution and aromatherapy college providing training that focuses on the power of healing through the use of essential oils, herbs, and nutrition.  We are dedicated to providing excellent comprehensive education in a balanced curriculum of science, holistic healing theories, and practical clinical experience. COBHA offers a state-certified 440 hour CEOT certification program with two Levels of training. COBHA also offers a Level One Correspondence Course to take from home and classes via Webcam.

Upcoming Events

9th Annual

Saturday, August 23rd

in Downtown Santa Cruz
on Lincoln Street between Pacific & Cedar

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dawn of KUSP

Sponsor this Community Event

VENDOR Booth Spaces Still Available!

Come celebrate our unique community of healers and wellness practitioners in beautiful downtown Santa Cruz with a street fair dedicated to bringing practitioners, schools and green businesses together. The fair offers our community healthy foods, vendors, lecturers, demonstrations, performances, product samples and music, centering their focus on holistic lifestyles.

Dr. Dawn Motyka, who hosts KUSP’s show “Ask Dr. Dawn” on Saturday mornings, is the Wellness Fair’s keynote speaker this year! She will be speaking at 1pm. Other speakers will be presenting throughout the day, including Dr. Rachel Abrams of Santa Cruz Integrative Medicine.

It is not too late to register for a booth but space is limited, so register today by emailing or calling The College of Botanical Healing Arts at 831 462-1807. Or partner with COBHA as a sponsor of this wonderful event!

For more info
call 831-462-1807.


Intensive 4-day Class
with Elizabeth Flynn
Open to all!

Friday - Monday, June 27 - 30, 9am - 4pm

Students gain a deeper appreciation of essential oil functional groups in this course. The meaning of optical isomers, ethers, and oxides is clarified, along with the reason why some
essential oils heal and others are toxic. The class offers some hands-on experience in steam distillation. Larry Jones provides students with a greater understanding of GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry)  analysis of essential oils and why it is important in order to guarantee their quality and purity.

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Level One
Class meets once a week for 8 weeks
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COBHA is proud to offer this fabulous foundation course in Essential Oil Therapy. This course is a rich introduction to the essential oil experience, in which 23 essential oils will be studied in depth. It will provide you with a valuable, lifelong reference guide to the healing properties of essential oils, is the foundation course in our 440-hour essential oil therapist certification program and can truly be a life changing experience!


Level 1 Foundation Course
is also available as a
Register on this website
or call 831-462-1807


First Phase of Clinical Study Successful! 
New Study to Begin in March

 The results of the initial study are in, and seven of the eleven essential oils tested were found to be effective against MRSA! We will be conducting the next set of studies on single-note oils and blends in March. Robert Tisserand, a well-known essential oil researcher and writer, has found 45 citations of previous research on MRSA and essential oils. We will use this research as the foundation for creating a study to be published. Donations still needed to continue this valuable research!
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We wish to extend our deepest gratitude to the following sponsors who have generously donated to support this important study:

Joanna Miller
Jennifer Bowers
June Maher
Pat Wolfe
Suzy Hunt
Lotus Amundson
Belinda Clements
June Smith
Lynn Hanchett
Nancy Brillault
Mary Jo Schuermann

Donate to Support Exciting New Clinical Study!

COBHA is embarking upon a very important project in collaboration with the University of California Santa Cruz Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The project will begin with a clinical study to assess the therapeutic qualities of eleven essential oils in countering the effects of certain deadly bacteria, including methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Our next step will be to do a second study with 45 oils and blends. We plan to then take the research data results to local hospitals, to start with, and offer workshops for nurses and staff in how to use the oils in the hospital setting.

MRSA has once again been in the headlines, on PBS’ Frontline, “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria” which aired October 22, 2013, an hour-long episode on the rising problem of drug-resistant bacteria, a growing national concern.  Essential oils, with their antibacterial qualities, while supporting and strengthening the immune system, offer a safe, natural and effective alternative to antibiotics.  Some clinical studies have already indicated this, and the time for further clinical studies and research is now. We are fortunate to have the resources and professional experience available here in Santa Cruz, at the UCSC Chemical Screening Center, to spearhead this research. We need your help to fund it.

Please support COBHA’s mission to share the value of essential oils.  Become a sponsor of our proposed research project aimed at identifying essential oils and their constituent compounds with anti-microbial properties, especially against highly virulent, hospital-acquired strains such as MRSA.

In return for your donation, you will be named as a sponsor of the study, and will have the satisfaction of contributing to a project with a profound and far-reaching positive potential for all.

Please donate at the following levels: $25, $50, $100, $200, $500

Every gift means this project for our school and community will move forward.

Together we can really make a difference!

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For more information or to donate by phone: call 831-462-1807
To donate by mail: make check or money order payable to COBHA and send to:
COBHA, PO Box 362, Santa Cruz, CA 95061

We look forward to hearing from you!

The College of Botanical Healing Arts
is a non-profit school accepting
individual and corporate donations!


AWAKEN to Healing Fragrance

by COBHA founder Elizabeth Jones

In stores, and available here

Written for both lay readers and practitioners, Awaken to Healing Fragrance is divided into three parts structured around the past, present, and future of aromatherapy. The book begins with profiles of prominent female historical figures—from Cleopatra to Elizabeth I—known to have used essential oils for mind, body, and spiritual health. Part two explains the value of aromatherapy today: modern methods for using essential oils—from relaxation practices like massage and facials to treating common conditions like PMS, stress, and a sore throat—and describes how and why they work. Also featured are case studies, research on anti-infectious qualities of the oils, and a section on psychoneuroimmunology that shows how essential oils can help restore the mind-body-spirit connection and create balance.

Awaken to Healing Fragrance concludes by exploring the future of essential oil therapy and how it can be integrated into traditional medical systems. Jones discusses energetic medicine, creating aromatic gardens, and establishing integrative medicine clinics where doctors trained in Western medicine would collaborate with alternative therapists such as acupuncturists, nutritionists, and aromatherapists to bring a new consciousness and sense of well-being to healthcare.


Open House, featuring Geranium

Geranium Distillations & Infused Treats

Sunday, April 29th    

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