Aromatherapy and Mental Health Masterclass

Recorded on Saturday 2nd October 2021

Management of mental health and associated illnesses is now one of the biggest challenges and priorities for governments and health professionals around the world. So many risk factors can contribute to mental health disruption. Any holistic approach to mental health and mental illness must consider the many social and biological factors that can influence mental health.

In Aromatherapy and Mental Health masterclass, we examine the current concerns of many mental health professionals who believe mental health services have for too long been controlled by a reductionist biomedical framework, rather addressing the psychological, social and cultural issues.

Aromatherapy can provide a very effective and safe modality to reduce the risks of mental health disorders. While much of the research into essential oils for the treatment of mental health conditions focuses on confirming the pharmacological efficacy of the essential oils, I believe that it is too narrowly focused on a biomedical interventionist approach. While we will examine the current research, I will also present a more holistic aromatherapy model that addresses many of the concerns being raised by those working in mental health care.

In this four-hour masterclass we will:

  • Identify factors

    identify the factors and early symptoms to look out for as possible signs of a mental health disorders

  • Essential oils

    Discuss a range of treatments including aromatherapy, and essential oils to choose for treating mental health disorders

  • Explore the evidence

    Examine the psychopharmacology and clinical evidence to support the use of aromatherapy for the management of mental health disorders

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Welcome to Aromatherapy & Mental Health Masterclass

  • 2

    Session 1

    • Defining Mental Health & Wellbeing

  • 3

    Session 2

    • Factors affecting Mental Health

  • 4

    Session 3

    • Establishing a Holistic Framework to Support Mental Health

  • 5

    Session 4

    • Neuroscience of Mental Health

  • 6

    Session 5

    • Aromatherapy for Mental Health

  • 7

    Session 6

    • Aromatherapy, Five Elements and Mental Health

  • 8

    Resources

    • Reading List

    • Cornah D, The impact of spirituality on mental health. Mental Health Foundation, London, 2006.

    • Adan RA et al. Nutritional psychiatry: towards improving mental health by what you eat. European Neuropsychopharmacology. 2019;29:1321-1332. doi: 10.1016/j.euroneuro.2019.10.011

    • Jacka FN. Lifestyle factors in preventing mental health disorders: an interview with Felice Jacka. BMC Medicine. 2015;13:264. doi:10.1186/s12916-015-0490-5

    • McDaid D et al. The economic case for the prevention of mental illness. Annual Review of Public Health. 2019:40:378-389. doi:10.1146/annurev-publhealth040617-013629

    • Martone G. The inflammation hypothesis and mental illness. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and Neuroscience. 2019;2(1):3-12.

Presented by

Salvatore Battaglia

Salvatore Battaglia has been passionate about natural therapies for most of his life. He holds qualifications in natural therapies, herbal medicine, acupuncture and aromatherapy. Salvatore’s dedication to aromatherapy has seen him hold positions in professional associations and government committees to ensure that the educational standards of professional aromatherapy are maintained and improved. Salvatore has been teaching aromatherapy since 1988. He is often called upon to speak at international conferences about aromatherapy, running a holistic and ethical business and what it means to go natural and organic. 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. To date, more than 130,000 copies of The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy have been sold. The book is internationally acclaimed as a textbook and has now been translated into Japanese and Korean. In 1991, Salvatore created Perfect Potion, a manufacturer of certified organic aromatherapy products, natural skin care and essential oils, whose purpose is to naturally enhance people’s lives. In 2016, he was made an honorary member of the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA).