Dr E. Joy Bowles is an author, educator and researcher, best known for her contribution to the understanding of essential oil chemistry in the aromatherapy community. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Organic Chemistry and Cell Biology, she developed the first course in essential oil chemistry in Australia in 1991. The third edition of her book “The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils” (Allen & Unwin, 2003) is still used as a text in many aromatherapy courses around the world.
In 2007 she gained her PhD on the effect of essential oils on cognitive function in dementia. After motherhood and working in chronic disease management, Joy has returned to share her chemistry and pharmacology understanding with a new generation of essential oil enthusiasts, aromatherapists and health practitioners.
In 2016 she attended the Botanica conference in England, and was invited to present in the Asia-Pacific Aromatherapy College’s World Expert series in Hong Kong. In 2017 she presented two webinars for the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association, developed a 10-week webinar series titled ͞How Essential Oils Work on the Body͟, and a one-day ͞Inside Aromatherapy͟ workshop. In 2018 she will collaborate with other essential oil educators to create more online offerings, and will also present a 2.5 day ͞Joy of Chemistry͟ workshop 19-21 October in Boulder, Colorado. Joy says “Teaching others about the chemistry and pharmacology of essential oils lights me up!”.
Research-wise, Joy is collaborating with Peta Day (Paperbark Oils), and Monica Witsch (naturopath and aromatherapist) on the Fragonia Collaboration. This is a practitioner-led group on Facebook collecting case-study information on the therapeutic uses of Fragonia oil (Agonis fragrans).
Dr Bowles’ talk on the psychological effects of essential oils will include insights on dementia gained from her PhD, and current research on the neurobiology of olfaction.