Peter Conway | Medical Herbalist, Aromatic Medicine Specialist
Peter Conway trained as a Medical Herbalist in the UK, where he ran a clinical practice for over 20 years. In addition to seeing patients, Peter has taught herbal courses at several UK universities and other academic institutions, been involved in herbal politics as a committee member of the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association, and written several books about herbalism. He was involved in writing the National Professional Standards in Herbal Medicine in the UK and worked with the UK Department of Health in developing professional regulatory standards for herbal practice. Peter was the President of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy for 12 years. In recognition of his services to the herbal profession, Peter was made a Fellow of both the College of Practitioners of phytotherapy and the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.
Peter now lives on the west coast of Canada, and he is a member of the Canadian Herbalists Association of British Columbia. He is currently teaching at Pacific Rim College, working on the revised second edition of his textbook, ‘The Consultation in Phytotherapy,’ and developing an online project that aims to share his herbal insights more widely.
This course introduces the theory and practice of ‘aromatic medicine’ as an approach that is distinct from aromatherapy. It focuses on applying essential oils specifically in treating medical conditions rather than in modifying general states of being.
A thorough grounding in the key principles underlying the practice of aromatic medicine is provided, and treatment strategies and protocols are considered. We look at essential oil production, chemical composition, and modes of application, as well as addressing considerations of quality, cost, storage, and sustainability.
Numerous examples are given to show how you can begin integrating essential oils into your life and herbal practice straight away. While some of the specific essential oils covered in this course are not in the materia medica for the program, the following is a list of herbs from the materia medica that can be found and used as essential oils, with care: