Aromatherapy Journal Club

Join Dr Joy as she evaluates scientific journal articles on aromatherapy and essential oil therapeutics

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Dr Joy will show how you can critically evaluate scientific research papers, and determine whether their results are useful in the therapeutic use of essential oils. We will evaluate a new paper each month, with up to four videos covering different aspects of the paper, concluding with a summary of how the paper is useful for evidence-based practice. There are a couple of introductory videos and concepts for people who are not familiar with scientific research.

As a subscriber, you will have continuing access to all the recordings, including ones from the past.

Course Curriculum

  First Section - Welcome to the Journal Club
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  Second Section - Types of Research
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  November 2019 - Nose-to-brain transmission of essential oil molecules - is it a "thing"?
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  December 2019 - Oral dosages of Lavender oil for anxiety - what's the evidence, what are the risks?
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  January 2020 - Heterocyclic molecules with nitrogen atoms - should we be interested?
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Are there any discounts available?
Yes, if you subscribe to the annual plan, you save US $96. Previous attendees of Dr Joy's 2018 Journal Club on Facebook will also receive an email link with a discount on the monthly subscriptions. Please email Dr Joy if you have any queries.

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Your Instructor

Dr E. Joy Bowles, PhD, BSc Hons
Dr E. Joy Bowles, PhD, BSc Hons

Dr E. Joy Bowles is an author, educator and researcher, best known for her contribution to the understanding of essential oil chemistry in the aromatherapy community. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Organic Chemistry and Cell Biology, she developed the first course in essential oil chemistry in Australia in 1991. The third edition of her book "The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils" (Allen & Unwin, 2003) is still used as a text in many aromatherapy courses around the world.

In 2007 she gained her PhD on the effect of essential oils on cognitive function in dementia. After motherhood and working in chronic disease management, Joy has returned to share her chemistry and pharmacology understanding with a new generation of essential oil enthusiasts, aromatherapists and health practitioners.

In 2016 she attended the Botanica conference in England, and was invited to present in the Asia-Pacific Aromatherapy College's World Expert series in Hong Kong. In 2017 she presented two webinars for the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association, developed a 10-week webinar series titled “How Essential Oils Work on the Body”, and a one-day “Inside Aromatherapy” workshop. In 2018 she collaborated with the Tisserand Institute to create the Foundational Chemistry webinar series, and presented a 2 day “Joy of Chemistry” workshop 20-21 October in Longmont, Colorado, as well as several other offerings of the “Inside Aromatherapy” workshop, and a 21-hour webinar series titled “Refreshing Chemistry”. Dr Bowles was the key-note speaker at the annual NAHA conference in Salt Lake City, Utah (23-28 October 2018), and her talk on the psychological effects of essential oils included insights on dementia gained from her PhD, and current research on the neurobiology of olfaction.

Research-wise, in 2017-18 Joy collaborated with Peta Day (Paperbark Oils), and Monica Witsch (naturopath and aromatherapist) on the Fragonia Collaboration. This is a practitioner-led group on Facebook collecting case-study information on the therapeutic uses of Fragonia oil (Agonis fragrans). She is also collaborating with Dr Tamara Agnew and Dr Jessie Hawkins and Christy Hires from the Franklin Institute of Wellness to investigate various aspects of the practice of aromatherapy and the use of essential oils.

I'm looking forward to hearing feed-back and comments as you share how the Aromatherapy Journal Club helps you in your practice.


Dr Joy