An Aromatic Odyssey: Clinical Aromatherapy Highlights from 2023

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Shelia Murray

I am thrilled to share with you a recent aromatic exploration I undertook at The Essence of Clinical Aromatherapy International Seminar.

As a hybrid event, this distinctive gathering virtually and physically connected us with kindred professionals around the globe, unified by the mission to invigorate clinical healthcare through the transformative power of aromatherapy.

Our dynamic assembly of speakers, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, estheticians, and clinical aromatherapists, represented a vast geographical range from Italy, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Scotland, France, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Our reach extended further as we welcomed both virtual and live attendees from an additional 24 countries, truly underscoring our shared commitment to a globally-connected aromatic community.

The seminar's discussions illuminated the diverse applications of aromatherapy across a plethora of health arenas, including palliative care, pain management, postnatal depression, fungal skin infections, chronic wound care, and providing psychological support post-mastectomy. Further enlightening conversations unfolded around how aromatherapy can help manage chemotherapy-induced skin toxicities, respiratory pathologies, and symptoms associated with radiotherapy.

Significantly, many of our fellow thought leaders are currently pioneering research studies, corroborating the profound power of medicinal plant therapy and fortifying our shared conviction in aromatherapy as a holistic healing modality.

Reflecting upon my aromatic journey of 30 years, it fills me with immense pride to see the global ascension of aromatherapy within healthcare facilities. Some countries are trailblazing the path towards holistic healthcare by smoothly incorporating these alternative therapies into their healthcare frameworks, showcasing a promising horizon for our profession.

The progress Western medicine has made in acknowledging the symbiotic relationship between aromatherapy and traditional approaches is truly inspiring. Recognizing how aromatherapy can serve as a healing catalyst when conventional methods fall short underscores the importance of our work.

As we look to the future, I eagerly anticipate the continued growth of The Essence of Clinical Aromatherapy seminar and the biennial Botanica Conference, both led by the visionary Rhiannon Lewis. Held in the embrace of nature's beauty, these events offer not just an intellectually enriching experience but a sensory delight as well. This year, the majestic Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland, served as our scenic backdrop.

In Rhiannon's apt words, we aim to act as the bridge bringing the patient in touch with the plant for their own healing journey.

For those within our Aromahead community who wish to deepen their involvement in this dynamic clinical community, I recommend the International Clinical Aromatherapy Network (ICAN). For more details and free membership, please visit

And for those among you ready to embark on a career as a clinical aromatherapist, I encourage you to consider the comprehensive Aromahead Scholars Program. Learn more at:

I want to express how proud I am of our Aromahead community and our collective engagement in events such as this one. Together, we weave a vibrant, aromatic tapestry that reaches across continents. Here's to a future rich with fragrant insights, opportunities, and discoveries. Together, we are shaping the future of holistic healthcare.

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