Ithaca NY September 3/4 2011 2018-04-24T20:25:41+00:00

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.

Seminar Dates
September 3rd and 4th 2011

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9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Rasa Spa/ Island Health Center, 310 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca, NY 14850
3rd Floor of the Island Health & Fitness Center, Thomas Ficorelli Community Room #314

Please plan to bring a lunch; we have access to full kitchen, refrigerator, freezer.

$290.00 (lecture only; does not include lunch meals; tea and coffee will be served)

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Introduction: 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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