Threatened East Indian Sandalwood (‘Santalum album’) Thrives in Australia

Many essential oil-bearing plants, as of 2016, are facing extinction (see Conservation of Essential and Carrier Oil-Bearing Plants) primarily because the demand for their essential oil outweighs the supply of plants. Often times, a low supply results from unsustainable practices such as overharvesting, smuggling, killing entire communities of mature and immature plants, and not replanting…

The Essence of Pollination

Who would have thought that one could draw a connection between the world of *aromatherapy and chemical ecology1. To communicate, species across the five kingdoms (Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Protista and Monera) use some of the air-borne chemicals that make up essential oils, which are used in aromatherapy. As a chemical ecologist and a certified and…

Peru Trip 2017 Photo Gallery

These are photos taken while I conducted humanitarian, educational, and conservation work in Peru this year. The trip was a huge success! Shipibo and Quechua communities are now implementing North American aromatic plant medicine in their healing practices, aromatic plant medicine was given to communities who have limited access to plant medicine, and whose plant…

Update on Kelly’s Work in Peru

Thank you again to those who supported this campaign! I have some good news for you; we did it! All objectives were met and then some. Eighteen semi-mature to mature wild rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) trees were found and there is hope that this land can be secured so Peruvians will have a constant source of…

Conservation of Essential Oil and Carrier Oil-Bearing Plants

I have been passionate about this topic for many years and have incorporated it into my work as a scientist and as a registered and certified essential oil therapist. Although there are some measures in place to address these issues germane to aromatic plant medicine, awareness of them is just beginning to surface in North America…

Help conserve rosewood ‘Aniba rosaeodora’

Rosewood essential oil is extracted from the wood of the rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) tree. According to the IUCN (Varty, 1998), the conservation status of this tree is endangered and “populations throughout the species range have seriously declined because of rosewood oil extraction. Where there has been exploitation, population(s) [are] devoid of mature trees and significant signs of…

Humanitarian and Educational Projects: Peru 2017

Climate change, overharvesting, deforestation, invasive species, loss of knowledge, and poverty are just a few of the factors that have impacted the availability of, and accessibility to, native Peruvian aromatic plant medicine. Consequently, communities and healers throughout the Amazon jungles, central regions,and southern mountain regions of Peru expressed to Kelly the desire to learn about…

Muña: An aromatic medicinal plant from Peru

Kelly visited the Amazon jungle in the fall of 2015 to learn about the use of aromatic plant medicine in healing practices, and to explore potentially new essential oils to share with you. One essential oil that she brought back to North America is muña (Minthostachys mollis). Muña is reported to have anti-bacterial properties and to help reduce…