Announcements

  • Dr. Ablard, and Terry Johnson, Director of the IPF World Heritage Program jointly announced the formation of the International Committee on Sustainability of Aromatic Plants and Essential Oils Used in Aromatherapy and Natural Perfumery. As Co-Chairs of the Committee, Dr. Ablard represents Aromatherapy and Mr. Johnson Natural Perfumery. Others on the Committee include Creezy Courtoy, Founder and Chair of the International Perfume Foundation, Justine Crane, Co-Owner of the Natural Perfume Academy, Françoise Rapp, Aromatics Expert, Marco Valussi, Scientific Director at Gadoi, and Alexis St-Gelais, Scientific Director at Laboratoire PhytoChemia. The Committee’s primary purpose is to develop best practices and guidelines to be implemented by growers, harvesters, processors, educators, and chemists within the fields of Aromatherapy and Natural Perfumery which would help to promote and ensure the production of ethically-sourced, high-quality and unadulterated extracts and essential oils from seed to bottle. Please contact Terry Johnson tj@perfumefoundation.org and Dr. Kelly Ablard airmidinstitute@gmail.com
  • To receive an updated list (June 2019) of the +40 threatened and near-threatened essential and carrier oil-bearing plants, please email our team at: airmidinstitute@gmail.com
  • Dr. Ablard and the Airmid Institute want to acknowledge Dr. Malte Hozzel, founder of Oshadhi Ltd., for taking the extra steps to ensure the company’s Brazilian rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) essential oil is CITES-certified, and that their East Indian sandalwood (Santalum album) essential oil is government-approved. Their commitment to help protect these threatened species is exemplary. 
  • The Airmid Institute is close to being registered as a non-profit organization! Stay tuned for updates and introductions to our amazing Board Members! 
  • Dr. Ablard’s 2019 speaking engagements
    • Conversation about Conservation (September) Alliance of International Aromatherapists, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
    • Teleseminar Topic TBD (Nov 17) for Organization of Nature Evolutionaries (O.N.E.)
  • Kelly’s educational materials on aromatherapy have been translated into Shipibo for integration into school curriculum in central Peru.
  • Our collaborative efforts have paid off! Enfleurage will no longer be selling rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) oil, or using it in any of their blends. Their source was unable to provide authentic documents (i.e. CITES permit) ensuring ethical sourcing and legal trade of the oil.  Thank you, Enfleurage for demonstrating your commitment to ethically-sourced oils and helping to protect endangered essential oil-bearing plants. Read more here

Projects

  •  The Airmid Institute, is dedicated to the global education, research, and sustainable management of aromatic medicinal plants. It also promotes and protects the use of traditional medicine by Indigenous peoples.
  • Plans are underway for Kelly to return to Peru in 2020 and to obtain funding in support of the sustainable management of rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora). She is working to conduct assessments, manage the sustainable growth, and harvesting of rosewood trees in partnership with the Shipibos, and the distillation and CITES approved trade of sustainably-harvested rosewood essential oil.
  • Dr. James Simon, along with his group at Rutgers University, and Dr. Kelly Ablard are collaborating on a research project to explore adulteration of rosewood (‘Aniba rosaeodora’) essential oil (read more here). If you have rosewood essential oil, and would like to participate, please contact Dr. Ablard at kelly.ablard@gmail.com.

Dr. Kelly

Kelly M. Ablard is a writer, instructor, independent researcher, certified aromatherapist, and she holds a Doctorate in Biology.  Her work has taken her worldwide where she has learned about medicinal uses of plants and the vital role that chemical communication plays in the natural world. She was the first to create an educational program on urban sustainable agriculture in downtown Vancouver, B.C., and is the founder of the VCC Urban Apothecary Learning Garden, a community-built garden of 50+ aromatic medicinal plants designed to support education about aromatherapy, the chemistry of aromatic medicinal plants, and for learning about the many uses of traditional medicine. Read more about Kelly here.