This Conference aims to present the scientific and cultural foundations for an new form of practising aromatherapy that has evolved over the last 30 years.

We would like to refer to it as California style aromatherapy. In the past the British and French approaches have shown many valuable possibilities for healing with essential oils. However, both styles base themselves on the general ideas of western medicine, which means they use natural essential oils, but their healing properties are described by a pharmacology that works best for the development of synthetic drugs.

This contradiction between complex natural essential oils and the reliance on reductionist science has never been resolved.