A perspective that reaches beyond chemistry is no longer considered esoteric, instead, it reflects present-day science.
The information contained in essential oils and their components allows us to have a Direct Experience of the accumulated wisdom of the Plant World.
A biological perspective acknowledges the connection of aromatic plants to all cultures in history and how humans have always cherished aromatic plants for their medicinal benefits. The 4th Edition offers an excursion to the interface of EO and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
4th Edition, Selected Topics and a Full Table of Contents
Modern Systems Biology offers a rational explanation how properties arise in complex natural mixtures such as essential oils. Properties emerge based on the complex interactions of the essential oil components with other organisms and not necessarily from the chemical structure of a molecule.
Through processes and developments during thousands of generations, plants have acquired highly refined survival and defensive strategies. This information, plant wisdom if you will, has been coded into essential oils and their components. Essential oils allow us to utilize these strategies for our own benefit. In the case of genuinely authentic oils, this refined plant wisdom enters our body, our senses, our nervous system and our soul unfiltered or manipulated by technology. This is because plants have learned to manufacture components perfectly designed to penetrate cellular membranes and to interact with our senses and the receptor molecules of our organs and tissues.
These interactions of essential oils with our senses and receptor proteins are all biological in nature. The 4th Edition acknowledges this and moves from the “chemistry-only” approach of the past to a perspective that integrates molecular and cellular biology. The 4th Edition also integrates cultural aspects and tradition inspired wisdom as in Chinese Medical Aromatherapy.
The Course contends that we can learn important aspects of medicinal aromatic plants when we explore how specific plants were first valued in specific cultures. We can, for instance, ponder the question whether the intense trade that brought Cloves to Europe in the Middle Ages was all based on superstition, or if it may have something to do with the outstanding properties of its components.
At PIA we believe that to present this next step in aromatherapy appropriately we should step away from the old Eurocentric format and approach aromatics as an expression of a global plant world that is connected to all cultures.
Please click on the AROMATHERAPY COURSE CONTENT button to see short write-ups of selected topics in the new 4th Edition. The complete contents are available separately in pdf format for download.