A major international conference on plant therapeutics and clinical aromatherapy is to take place in Dublin, Ireland in September 2012. Bringing together professionals in the fields of herbal medicine and aromatherapy, the aim of Botanica2012 is ‘to share information, present results and showcase the potential of essential oils and related herbal remedies across a range of clinical environments’.
More than twenty speakers from as far afield as the USA and Japan, as well as several European countries, are presenting papers. One of them is Nick Churchill, Principal of the School of Gemmotherapy, UK, whose lecture is entitled ‘Gemmotherapy: new shoots in herbal medicine’.
Nick is also leading a half-day workshop for beginners, on ‘Gemmotherapy: a practical guide to ‘plant stem cell medicine’.
The organiser of Botanica2012 is Rhiannon Harris of Essential Oil Resource Consultants, suppliers of education, research and information in the field of essential oils, based in Provence, France. She is also the Editor of the International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy.
Rhiannon writes of the conference: ‘The field of clinical aromatherapy is a rapidly evolving profession in many countries around the world. This continuing integration into health care settings has reached a point where it is now imperative to share information, present results and showcase the potential of essential oils and related herbal remedies across a range of clinical environments.
‘To date there has been no formal international gathering of experts within northern Europe to share these findings, forge new treatment strategies and plan future integration.’
It is encouraging that gemmotherapy, featured in the conference under the theme of ‘Emerging herbal therapeutics’, should be included in this move towards co-operation and integration within the field of modern, research-oriented natural medicine. Clearly, the different plant-based approaches can only benefit by sharing and learning from each other.
Botanica2012 runs from Friday 7th to Monday 10th September, in the distinguished setting of Trinity College, Dublin. Full programme details and further information can be found at the well-presented conference website, www.botanica2012.com.