A fragrant evolution: putting aroma
back into aromatherapy
Aromatherapy lends itself to a diverse range of application methodologies and interventions, yet as the very term for the discipline itself suggests, the effect of aroma lies at the heart of its efficacy. As aromatherapy is rapidly evolving through a better understanding of chemistry, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, toxicology, clinical applications and research, it is increasingly important to re-affirm the power of fragrance and its impact on the body-mind so as to retain a balanced perspective and maximize therapeutic efficacy. In her presentation, Rhiannon considers the renewal of interest in aroma-alone treatment strategies in clinical aromatherapy and explores these in the light of contemporary research.