Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Revising safety - Research in essential oil use and synergy

I'll be at Robert Tisserands seminar in Miami 15/16th October, see you there!

Aromatherapy Research & the Synergy of Constituents

Essential oils are both complex and multi-functional, simultaneously acting as, for example, antibiotics and antidepressants. They contain many important bioactive constituents, and this complexity allows for both synergistic and antagonistic effects. Synergy is a manifestation of the efficiency of nature, combining substances for an enhanced outcome. Clinical aspects covered include radiation damage (whether from therapeutic or accidental exposure) skin safety, bedsores & wound healing, antibiotic-resistant infections, preventive measures for sun damage and skin cancer, and pain of different origins. Many clinical studies are referred to in detail. The seminar is for those with some previous knowledge of essential oils and aromatherapy, and who want to take their understanding to a deeper level. Most of the seminar is lecture format with slides.

Minneapolis May 2010 600x807
October 15th & 16th 2011
9.00 am – 4.30 pm each day

Brand Manufactory
630 NW 5th Street
Miami, FL 33128


SATURDAYIntroduction: synergy as a theme in plant medicine
Essential oils
How and why do plants create them?
How extraction methods affect therapeutic properties
Constituent chemistry and natural variation
Oxidation and essential oil integrity

Why do plants make essential oilsBREAK
Dose & dilution: how much is enough?
Measurements: calculating drops, mL, g, oz
Dose, route of administration & efficacy: oral, dermal, inhalation
Transcutaneous penetration – how much gets through the skin
Skin safety: allergic reactions, phototoxicity

How essential oils work
Therapeutic synergy: whole oils, constituents, mixtures
Physical, psychological, energetic effects
Research: in vitro, in vivo, clinical
The limitations of functional group theory

Holistic medicine: supportive and preventive care
Stimulating immune function
Soothing inflammation and pain
Prevention of bone loss

Introduction: the evolution of aromatherapy: aromatic fatty oils and essential oils
Oxidative stress & disease
Radical scavenging
The protective role of detoxifying enzymes
Radiation damage, sun damage, skin cancer
Diabetes, vascular disease

Aromatherapy helps brain damaged childBREAK
Bacterial infection and resistant strains
Features of virulence
Antimicrobial synergy
Tea tree, MRSA, wound healing, bedsores

Inhalation and the brain
Transient receptor potential channels
Neurological disease and inhalation therapy

Fragrant synergy
Differences between natural fragrance and aromatherapy blend
Simple and complex blends
Blending guidelines

Closing discussion


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