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SALVATORE BATTAGLIAAustralian Story on Sandalwood 

Salvatore Battaglia has qualifications in herbal medicine, natural therapies, acupuncture and aromatherapy. His dedication to aromatherapy has seen him hold many positions in professional associations and government committees to ensure that the educational standards of professional aromatherapy in Australia are maintained and improved. Salvatore has been an advisor to hospital boards and nursing homes to establish aromatherapy clinical trials for pain management, intensive care and depression and for the management of dementia and aged care. He is the author of The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, which was first published in 1994. Salvatore will discuss the role Australia has played in preserving Santalum album for future generations and in creating a viable long term sustainable sandalwood industry. We will examine the diverse range of santalum species available in Australia and the Oceania region such as S. spicatum, S. lanceolatum, S.yasi and S.austrocaledonicum. We examine the important relationship we have always had with sandalwood and how we can use the diverse range of sandalwood species in aromatherapy.



Maggie first became interested in alternative medicine back in the early 1970s when it was called ‘fringe medicine’. She was one of the first UK published writers on the subject of aromatherapy. Her first book, Aromatherapy for Women, published in 1985, went on to become an international bestseller. Based on practical experience of using essential oils to overcome serious chest infections picked up in India and West Africa, Maggie began investigating the possibility that a combination of essential oils might be effective in combating multi-drug resistant infections. This led to working with members of the MRSA Support group and conducting successful trials with volunteers. Maggie was determined to continue the research and worked, from 2005 to 2009, with the University of Brighton, to investigate the antimicrobial effects of essential oils against MRSA. Maggie’s sixth book, Aromatherapy vs MRSA, was researched and written in the wake of the successful university research which we will examine.


DR PETER FISHER – Integrated Medicine: a necessity, not a luxury

Peter Fisher is Director of Research and Consultant Physician at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM). He is accredited in homeopathy and rheumatology. He is also Physician to Her Majesty The Queen. His philosophy, put simply, is to provide patients with ‘the best of both worlds’. There is no denying the enormous advances made by conventional medicine. But many problems remain, some of them linked to the excesses of conventional medicine. We will look at the problems of contemporary medicine including long term conditions, multimorbidity, polypharmacy, adverse drug reactions and antimicrobial resistance. These make integrated medicine a necessity, not a luxury, for the NHS. We will then look at the World Health Organization’s Traditional and Complementary Medicine Strategy 2014-2023, before concluding with research on the potential of herbal medicine and homeopathy in antimicrobial resistance and the potential of aromatherapy for behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

NATSUKI OHTA  - The Splendour of the Scent of Green Tea

Natsuki Ohta is the Principal Tutor of Act International School in Japan. She was born to a green tea farming family in Shizuoka where Mount Fuji and green tea are famous for. Natsuki is the first in the world to produce Green tea aroma perfume. Natsuki is also an Author of Kaori no Seiyu Jiten. (Essential oil scent Dictionary). A book personifying 55 essential oils. In 2011 Natsuki formed the Aroma Perfume Association which certifies the qualifications of Aroma perfumers in Japan. Natsuki’s talk will introduce the history of green tea in Japan and also she will introduce an effective green tea aroma which has anti-aging properties. She will talk about how she was able to extract green tea extract, the difficulties she faced and how this extract can be used. She will also introduce her original consultation method used when making the custom blended perfumes and the thought process behind the creation of each fragrance.


JOE HOARE – How Laughter Heals & Connects

Joe Hoare is one of the UK’s most experienced laughter yoga practitioners. He has been running these sessions for almost 20 years, for groups ranging from businesses & organisations, to charities & media, to private individuals. He has pioneered the introduction of laughter yoga in Integrative Medicine in the UK. The award-winning documentary ‘The Best Medicine’ is based on his work in the Bristol Laughter Club. He is the co-author of ‘Awakening the Laughing Buddha within’, a personal experience and practical handbook for these practices. He is a Laughter Ambassador for the Laughter Yoga International University, and teaches ‘laughter yoga with Joe’ on the Laughter Facilitation Skills course. This session will explain the emergence of laughter yoga and its place in current research, help re-frame perceptions of the role and benefits of laughter & laughter practices, and give everyone an opportunity to experience how it works – in an interactive but non-threatening way!


BRADLEY WHALE – The Science Behind the Effects of Smell on Cellular Genetic Memory and its Application in Preventative Medicine

Bradley Whale is a registered member of the GOSC (General Osteopathic Council) and BOA (British Osteopathic Association). His areas of specialization: pregnancy, sports injuries, animals. He is a lecturer and published author. Bradley has over 15 years of experience working as an Osteopath treating both humans and animals. Training in Osteopathy, Chiropractic’s, Acupuncture, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Reflexology, Bowen Therapy and Marston Method Bradley uses an amalgamation of techniques in his practice. Bradley’s presentation will be an introduction to the idea of true prevention via the treatment of genetic memory and how this can have escalating benefits not only for the immediate clients but also their children together with the Science behind the Effects of Smell on Cellular Genetic Memory and its Application in Preventative Medicine. He will go into detail about how the body acquires this genetic and cellular memory and how therapists may be hugely beneficial in the treatment of genetic and cellular memory.