Aromatic Medicine: An Introduction

with Peter Conway, October 20-21, 2018

Course Information

“Aromatic Medicine” can be described as the medical use of essential oils (volatile oils), including taking them internally by mouth. It is a therapeutic modality that has huge potential especially at this time of antibiotic crisis where the microbial modulating effects of essential oils could be part of the solution. Peter Conway considers aromatic medicine to be a vital branch of herbal medicine albeit one that is insufficiently appreciated – this seminar aims to address this by providing a solid grounding in this very powerful approach. 

The course will indicate the full therapeutic scope of aromatic medicine but will focus specifically on two interrelated treatment areas: infection and stress.

On this intensive course you will discover: the basics of volatile oil chemistry, the range of actions they possess, the indications they can address and the type of preparations that can be made. You will learn fundamentals such as how to use oils safely, where to obtain them and how to store them – but we will also consider more arcane matters such as the notions of “live embalming” and “aromatic acupuncture”!

During this course we will experience over 20 different essential oils.

Course overview

Day 1 will include

Defining “Aromatic Medicine” and tracing its history

Orientation in volatile oil chemistry

General properties of volatile oils

Potential adverse effects

Quality, sourcing and storage

Preparations and indications

Aromatic medicine and the microbiome

Focus on treating infections part 1

Day 2 will include

Focus on treating infections part 2

Focus on treating stress


This course will be of particular interest to herbal medicine students and practitioners but also to other students and practitioners who have a deep interest in the therapeutic use of essential oils. 

Essential oils will be used in the class continuously throughout the weekend so that this course may not be suitable for people with chemical sensitivities.

Course Instructor

Peter Conway is one of the world’s leading herbal medicine practitioners and teachers. Trained in the UK he was made a Fellow of both the National Institute of Medical Herbalists and the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy for his contributions in developing the herbal profession including his diverse educational work, political work with the British Government and his writing such as his 2011 textbook The Consultation in Phytotherapy which is currently being revised for a second edition. Peter is now based in Canada and is a member of the Canadian Herbalists Association of British Columbia. Peter trained in Aromatic Medicine with renowned French expert Dr. Daniel Penoel in the 1990s. Peter is keen to see the huge potential of Aromatic Medicine become realised – particularly in helping to address the antibiotic crisis and to seize the therapeutic opportunities offered by the growing field of the microbiome.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21, 2018, 9:00am- 5:00pm

Course Tuition

Regular – $300 (Early Bird – $285, until September 1)
Students* – $275 (Early Bird – $250, until September 1)
PRC Alumni – $285 (Early Bird – $265, until September 1)
*PRC diploma students will receive 1 WHS/PDRE academic credit for this workshop.

Course Supply Fee

$25 per student for use of oils during this workshop. 

Course Registration

This course is SOLD OUT. To be added to the registration waitlist, please complete the Registration Form below without providing payment information. 

Withdrawal Policy

For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person 30 days or more before the start of the course, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee. For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the course, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund. Without exception, no refunds will be given for course withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the course.

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