Essential oils extracted from plants are a rich source of medicinal compounds which are harnessed in aromatherapy. This course will introduce aromatherapy and essential oils, look at some of the commonly used oils and explore the plants they come from. We’ll see how the oils are extracted and what they contain and consider their different modes of use – internally, on the skin and by inhalation. How to stay safe when using essential oils and how you can ensure that you’re getting the oil you expect will be explained. Weather permitting, we’ll also visit some of the essential-oil providing plants which grow in the Garden.
Dr Gwenda Kyd is a chemist and freelance science writer and editor. She is interested in plant-based healing and has studied herbal medicine and other therapies. She co-devised the Botanic Garden’s ‘Chemicals from Plants’ Trail and in 2014 published a book based on the Trail, ‘Molecules, Medicines and Mischief’.
Bookings for this course will close on Wednesday 5 April
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