OCT. 24-27, 2018

Salt Lake City Utah

Speakers and Topics

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Main Conference

The Olfactory System and Autoimmunity

The olfactory and immune systems, intrinsically connected, control organ function, emotions, and more. This topic explains the physiological mechanisms of the olfactory and immune system connection. In addition, learn how this connection can both incite and / or calm the immune system which is essential to gain balance of the immune system. As a survivor of an environmental illness with autoimmune conditions, Amanda learned how to use herbs, especially aromatherapy, to balance the nervous and immune systems. She has successfully taught and coached many students, even the most environmentally sensitive originally unable to tolerate even natural aromas in outdoor environments, empowering them to again gain control over their life.

Essential Oils to Address Fatigue among Women with Hypothyroidism

Women with hypothyroidism experience fatigue at rates far greater than those found in the general population. While essential oils are frequently used to enhance endurance in athletes, the potential for essential oils to reduce fatigue among women with hypothyroidism has not yet been evaluated.

Keynote: Is Aromatherapy all in the mind? Current research on the psychological, cognitive, and neurochemical effects of essential oils and their constituents.

Drawing on research conducted during her doctorate, and developments in the area of the psychological, cognitive, and neurochemical effects of essential oils and their constituents, Dr Joy will share her unique understanding of how aromatherapy affects human consciousness and well-being. Prepare to go on a magical mystery tour of the limbic system, and explore how essential oils impact on mood, emotion and the autonomic nervous system. Be among the first audience to receive Dr Joy’s new insights which will be incorporated into the upcoming fourth edition of her well-loved textbook “The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils”. True to her name, Joy brings a spirit of playfulness and fun into the academic area of terpenoid chemistry, and she seeks to enlighten her audience with information which they can apply in their every-day lives and therapeutic practice.

Fusion AromaTherapy™ for mouth care in oncology and palliative care

In clinical settings, especially amongst the very ill and dying, many patients suffer from mouth problems. More often than not, various problems occur simultaneously. This can vary from dryness of the mouth, pain and an unpleasant odour from the mouth to extensive candidiasis or other infection. Mouth problems can greatly reduce the quality of life. The effects are still underestimated and so far there are little answers in standard nursing care. The overall condition may deteriorate and mouth problems can even be the cause of death. In social life, eating and drinking is an important part of our social interaction, which is hampered by mouth problems. There are also psychological consequences such as despondency and feelings of shame and inadequacy. Which can lead to patients avoiding social interaction and loneliness and isolation.

Madeleine is highly experienced in the application of valuable aromatics, that are often well studied. CO2 extracts, used as medicinal base oils and those used as essential oils, offer us both familiar compounds as well as new active ingredients which can make a difference to many patients. They can be a valuable contribution to our array of conventional aromatics. Madeleine will outline some of nature’s most precious gifts to enhance the best possible mouth care for our patients.

Coevolution, taste, and olfaction, and essential oils’ chemical features: what do they tell us about essential oils and aromatic plant’s potential?

Lately we have witnessed an increased use of new arguments to justfy the use of aromatic plants and essential oils for human health, such as co-evolutionary and zoopharmacognostics data, ethnobotanical data and human organoleptic preferences; to these arguments we might add the new data on EO’s compounds capacity to bind to TRP and olfactory receptors, which might mediate physiological effects, and new data on the relationship between molecular structure and pharmacological actvites. In this lecture I will present the available data and hypotheses, and try to show what they can tell us and what they cannot, whether we can take ethnobotanical or evolutionary data at face value or we need to contextualize them. I will use specific data on gastrointesinal-mediated actvites, and on gastrointestinal effects of aromatic plants and essential oils. I will also try to show the difficulties inherent in describing and predicting EOs activities based on chemical features of groups of compounds.

Oiling the 10 gates and the benefits of clinical Ayurveda Aromatherapy for chronic diseases

This topic will cover the unique aspect of Ayurveda aromatherapy and the use of rare and unique essential and base oils through the different gates of the body in treating chronic conditions.

Applying the age old principles of Ayurveda, the ancient science of Indian medicine giving in brief the elements, body types, microcosm of the vast macrocosm. How this concept has an impact on the mind, body, emotions together with meditation and affirmations. This creates an equilibrium on all levels thereby uplifting the spirit and alleviating disease. We will also go through some clinical case histories.This will help practitioners have an insight into diagnosis as per body types and also assist in incorporating some of this knowledge into their clinical practices.

The role of scent in culture and spiritual practices, and how this has helped establish a framework for the practice of aromatherapy today

In order to understand the complexity and practice of aromatherapy today, we need to trace the role of essential oils and aromatic plants throughout the history of humanity. The purpose of this presentation is to help us understand the relationship our ancestors have had with aromatic plants, essential oils and scent. I believe this will help us to appreciate the framework in which contemporary aromatherapy has developed.

We will explore the cultural role of scent throughout history and why many traditional and ancient cultures considered scent important. We examine why scent was considered sacred and deeply connected with our spiritual practices. We discuss traditional views of the role of scent in health and disease and learn how the extraction process of essential oils developed in the Middle Ages laid the foundation for modern medicine, perfumery and aromatherapy.

AromaChemistry in a whole new light.

In order to understand the complexity and practice of aromatherapy today, we need to trace the role of essential oils and aromatic plants throughout the history of humanity. The purpose of this presentation is to help us understand the relationship our ancestors have had with aromatic plants, essential oils and scent. I believe this will help us to appreciate the framework in which contemporary aromatherapy has developed. We will explore the cultural role of scent throughout history and why many traditional and ancient cultures considered scent important. We examine why scent was considered sacred and deeply connected with our spiritual practices. We discuss traditional views of the role of scent in health and disease and learn how the extraction process of essential oils developed in the Middle Ages laid the foundation for modern medicine, perfumery and aromatherapy.

Constitutional-Spiritual Aromatherapy according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM): key essential oils for the five main Organs and their psychological domains

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) provides a profound theoretical and practical framework for accurately applying the multiple benefits of essential oils to the human body and mind. This framework is founded upon longstanding empirical insights into the fundamental vitalistic functioning of the bodily organs and energetic substances which they distil and replenish: the Qi, Blood, Body Fluids, and genetic Essence. Taken as a whole, TCM provides, in terms of both energetic diagnosis and essential oil selection, a therapeutic system that addresses the constitutional terrain of the individual as well as their inseparable spiritual landscape.

In this presentation, Gabriel Mojay will illustrate the application of this system to aromatherapy through discussing the therapeutic and psychological benefits of a selection of essential oils in terms of their energetic and evidence-based effects on the five main Organs of TCM: the Lungs, Heart, Liver, Kidneys, and Spleen-pancreas. As part of this perspective, he will demonstrate how key physiological properties of specific essential oils are inextricably linked to their psychospiritual dynamics.

Essential Oils Sourcing: Be Distinct or Be Extinct

In order to meet sophisticated customers’ growing demand for natural products with full traceability on the origin, companies have to focus on the ethical and sustainable sourcing of ingredients to distinct themselves from the competition.To do so, they face the challenge of finding the right suppliers who will guarantee strong social, environment and work ethics, sustainability and consistent quality of the product, full control of the supply chain, purity and naturalness of the oil and full transparency on its operations.

Sandalwood Santalum Album oil has been a challenging ingredient to source from ethical and sustainable sources for many years until the establishment of plantations in Australia as described in this presentation.

Workshop Track 1

Traditional

Workshop Track 2

Clinical

Virtual Reality Journey Ancient Egypt to Modern Egypt – From Seed to You

The workshop will explore a virtual reality journey through the history of Aromatic and Medicinal plants in Ancient Egypt a journey back through time with stories about how the Pharaohs used the plants in their every day life , rituals , folk medicine practices , manuscripts and the profound use of the plants in their culture.

We will also look at the modern time and how Egypt now is working towards conservation, sustainability, development, and best business practices for the Aromatic and Medicinal plants in the following regions:

  • North Coast Region
  • Western Desert and Oasis Region
  • Red Sea Region
  • South Region

Partnering with Plants

Cultivating a deeper connection with the plant kingdom will be explored from a holistic perspective, with emphasis on the principles of nature cure and the integrative practice model.

Topics include historical perspectives, the language of plants, philosophy of vitalism, the effects plants have on human physiology and how to cultivate a more dynamic state of self-healing.

A variety of ways to begin partnering with plants will be discussed together with botanical guidelines for safe practice, valuable botanical research sources for enhancing your healing practice, methods to restore our natural environment and refining our individual perception of how we work with our curative plant allies.

The Role of Science in Aromatherapy

This workshop will discuss the need for good science, the current problems with pharmacology, the need for new sciences, and do we have to rethink the way essential oils work in light of the discovery of olfactory receptor cells through the body? We will look at research I have been doing with GDV (Gas Discharge Visualization) and the energetics of oils and discuss the latest research into essential oils as AChE inhibitors and potential application in management of Alzheimer’s disease.

Flower Power for Pets(sm)-Exploring the Use of Hydrosols for our Animal Friends

This two-hour workshop will empower those wanting to learn about the therapeutic properties and versatile uses of hydrosols with their animal friends.

These naturally-sourced botanicals are often overlooked when seeking safe and user-friendly options for physical and emotional balance. The beauty of hydrosols is that they are quite effective with many issues. Included in the presentation will be easy-to-use information applicable for skin and minor wound care, fear-based behavior and for use during times of grief and transition.

With the rise of the use of essential oils with both humans and their animal friends, it is important to be mindful of safe use with everyone, but even more so with animals. This workshop will offer a safe and practical options to incorporate these ‘gentle waters’ with ‘gentle spirits’.

Essential Oil Studies: Essential oil Substance P Inhibition Study Findings

Essential oils reduce pain through many mechanisms of which one is the inhibition of the neurotransmitter substance P. Neurotransmitters allow pain signals to travel throughout the body and to the brain.

This workshop will provide hands-on experience with a non-invasive technique called local thermal hyperemia (LTH) which measures local sensory neurons release of substance P when exposed to heat. LTH consists of heating the skin to 42°C and using a laser to measure blood flow, or flux, underneath the skin. The initial post-heat flare indicates substance P release. Substance P is released by local sensory neurons in response to stimuli such as heat, cold, pain and pressure.

Research findings from the Essential Oil Substance P Inhibition Study will be reviewed in this workshop along with a discussion about how these findings support a causal model of essential oil pain reduction that can be used in further studies.

The importance of each aromatherapist, their case studies, ‘N of 1 research,’ and creating rigorous essential oil research also will be discussed.

Harmonized Aromatherapy for Seasonal Wellness

In this presentation, we will explore the seasonal use of essential oils, carriers, hydrosols, flower essences, acupoints, and a variety of aromatherapy applications that enhance optimal wellness for each season of the year.

After decades of observing the ways of nature, it has inspired me to incorporate these insights and principles into my daily and seasonal wellness plans. I have found that working with the natural ebb and flow of nature and following the seasons has encouraged vital health and balance through all of the seasons of the year.

Gaining deeper awareness into these natural cycles and the variety of aromatherapy uses will assist to decrease stress levels, as well as, increasing your overall vitality, health, and immunity.

Conservation Consciousness, Clinical Aromatherapy, and Connecting with Spirit

Exploring threatened essential oil-bearing plants, discussing alternative essential oils rooted in evidence-based research, and creating a healing connection with the plant world based on the teachings of Peruvian plant-medicine healers.

Writing with Aromas: Using Essential Oils in a Writing Practice

​​ ​​Many​ ​creative​ ​types​ ​and​ ​professionals​ ​alike​ ​have​ ​found​ ​great​ ​healing​ ​and​ ​wisdom​ ​in​ ​a regular​ ​writing​ ​practice.​ ​Writing​ ​can​ ​help​ ​a​ ​person​ ​explore​ ​the​ ​​ ​depths​ ​of​ ​their​ ​emotions​ ​and​ ​feel inspired​ ​by​ ​new​ ​ideas​ ​and​ ​perspectives.​ ​Writing​ ​is​ ​also​ ​an​ ​excellent​ ​way​ ​of​ ​engaging​ ​the creative​ ​mind​ ​while​ ​giving​ ​the​ ​far​ ​over-worked​ ​logical​ ​mind​ ​a​ ​break.

Essential​ ​oils,​ ​with​ ​their​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​connect​ ​us​ ​with​ ​our​ ​unconscious,​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​wonderful gateway​ ​into​ ​learning​ ​about​ ​who​ ​we​ ​are​ ​and​ ​how​ ​we​ ​heal.​ ​In​ ​this​ ​presentation,​ ​the​ ​audience​ ​will learn​ ​how​ ​to​ ​begin​ ​a​ ​writing​ ​practice​ ​and​ ​why​ ​it​ ​can​ ​help​ ​them​ ​in​ ​their​ ​home​ ​and​ ​work​ ​lives. Then​ ​we​ ​will​ ​​ ​explore​ ​how​ ​essential​ ​oils​ ​can​ ​be​ ​used​ ​as​ ​a​ ​part​ ​of​ ​this​ ​practice​ ​by​ ​working​ ​with several.​ ​The​ ​audience​ ​will​ ​get​ ​to​ ​experience​ ​their​ ​own​ ​relationship​ ​with​ ​writing​ ​and​ ​how​ ​scent can​ ​enhance​ ​and​ ​guide​ ​this​ ​experience.​ ​Participants​ ​will​ ​leave​ ​with​ ​all​ ​the​ ​tools​ ​they​ ​need​ ​to make​ ​this​ ​practice​ ​their​ ​own​ ​at​ ​home.

Clinical Phyto-Aromatherapy Part 1

This workshop will give an introduction to clinical phyto-aromatherapy and then explore the etiology of common challenging and controversial women’s health issues. The pitfalls of conventional approaches will be reviewed and phyto-aromatherapy treatments will be presented as a more satisfactory alternative by addressing the underlying causes. Basic phyto-aromatherapy principles and sample treatments for each condition will be discussed. Part 1 will discuss PMS through Menopause.

The Healing Garden: The restoration of the Five Senses

Visit the garden virtually with me in this workshop and spend an hour or two restoring your senses, as we discover how aromatic plants can heal us in more than scent alone. We will compare how the aromas of plants can vary to those extractions made into oils and hydrosols, and review some aromatic and botanical plant profiles. Travel back in time with me to rediscover how ancient garden wisdom is making a comeback in the modern garden worlds and why it should be part of the curious aromatherapist’s tool box! Finally, we will work through one extensive case study on one plant genus/scent family and compare how different species can make up both different and similar aromatic blends. You will also visually experience the plants from my own aromatic garden through personal images.

This workshop will involve some attendee participation in plant and oil aromas. Please arrive with no fragrances applied to the body for a full immersion into this workshop.

Clinical Phyto-Aromatherapy Part 2

This workshop will take off where part 1 left off. First we will discuss Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). The pitfalls of conventional approaches will be reviewed and phyto-aromatherapy treatments will be presented as a more satisfactory alternative by addressing the underlying causes. We will then explore tincture blends as key phyto-aromatherapy treatments. These blends are commonly composed of tinctures, gemmotherapy glycerin macerats, and essential oils. We will discuss the advantages of using tincture blends, and explore the process of integrating them along with other phytotherapeutic treatments into your aromatherapy practice. Hands-on tincture blending, informative materia medica and reference charts will be included.

Aromatherapy for the Gastrointestinal Tract: IBS, Crohns, Colitis

Having battled Crohn’s, colitis, leaky gut and IBS over the last 20 years, Jennifer has much experience, wisdom and natural remedy solutions to share. Gastrointestinal issues affect millions of people, worldwide, in women and men equally. As Hippocrates said, the root of disease begins in the gut. It is grand central station when it comes to microbiota-gut-brain axis communications, immunity, nutrient absorption and optimal elimination.

In this workshop we will explore the physiology and function of the gastrointestinal tract, how it interacts with the rest of the body, various GI health concerns as well as common triggers and influences. You will gain a deeper understanding of the role and interaction the microbiome plays in relation to gut health, immunity, cellular function, hormone and blood sugar regulation, and overall mind-body processes. We will discuss the importance of the gut-brain connection, cognitive, mental and emotional disharmonies, the impact on the circadian rhythm, along with clinical-based remedies, herbal and phyto-aromatic recipes and case study review.

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