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Essential Oil Pharmacology and Skin, 

the Central Nervous System, and Specific Applications 

for Inflammation and Pain

with Marco Valussi, BSc. (Hons.) Herbal Medicine

Each year more learn more about essential oils, and every new bit of information helps us more easily understand their modes of action. We’ve partnered with Clinical Phytotherapist and master distiller Marco Valussi for a 2-day class covering the scope of essential oil pharmacology. Marco will cover the pharmacology of essential oils through their influence on receptor-binding and how this influences our senses. This is a different approach than the classical functional-group teaching that we typically see taught and will put into perspective the complexity in which essential oils influence us.


You’ll learn about how essential oils work with the TRP channels in the human body to induce physical sensations such as heat, cold, pungency, and pain. You’ll also learn about how they influence other receptors that allow us to perceive our environment, such as olfaction, taste, inflammation, pain, and chemestesis (the detection of irritating or toxic substances). All of this will come together to allow you to appropriately target wellness goals with a more complete understanding on why certain essential oil choices may be beneficial and how they are working based on what you and your clients are experiencing.


This is the class to take if you are wanting a more complete understanding of how essential oils interact with human anatomy and physiology and will allow you to more thoroughly understand the strengths, weaknesses, and limits of the typical approach to pharmacological understanding in essential oil studies.


This class is exclusive to IJPHA, so sign up today and allow Marco Valussi to walk you through the details you need to effectively maximize your aromatherapeutic treatments!


Learning Objectives:

1. Essential oils from different perspectives. The idea of essential oils as pharmacological agents, the pros and cons of a classical approach

2. Pharmacology: pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

3. Pharmacodynamics: drug action and drug effect

4. Drug action: specific actions (receptor mediated mechanisms) vs non specific actions (chemical action, physicochemical properties)

5. Receptor mediated mechanisms: agonists and antagonists

6. Receptor mediated mechanisms: Functional Group Theory (FGT) and Structure Activity Relationship (SAR), a clarification

7. Types of receptors

8. Drug dose and clinical response, the difference between “superficial” receptors (acupharmacology) and systemic ones (classical pharmacology)

9. Acupharmacology: sensory receptors and humans-plants coevolution

10. TASR, TRP and OR receptors, their distribution and possible roles

11. TRP receptors in the body and natural molecules interacting with them

12. What effect can I expect from an EO TRP interaction?

13. Effects on inflammation, pain, sensation, skin regulation, cognition, mood, gastrointestinal function, etc.

14. Which EOs interact with TRP?

15. Let’s not forget that the picture is more complex, what does it mean for an EO to be dominated by a molecule? Is there a role for synergy?

16. Inflammation and pain from a larger perspective, beyond TRP, the clinical data

17. What is inflammation and its physiological role, in the immune system and in general defense mechanisms, with a look at traditional herbal counterirritant strategies as an example of a beneficial use of artificial inflammation

18. What is pain? How is it mediated? How can we interfere with pain mechanisms? TRP agents as very promising herbal/aromatherapy tools

19. The practical applications: topical, massage, inhalation, oral use. Advantages, limits, risks.


Learner outcomes:

  • To be able to understand strengths, weaknesses and limits of a classical pharmacological approach to essential oils studies.
  • To be able to understand the reasons why an essential oil molecule might interact with a human receptor.
  • To be able to describe the physiological effects of applying “TRP-binding” oils on the skin and mucosae, and of inhaling them.
  • To select a series of oils with anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects based on pharmacological and clinical data, and to use them safely.

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Dates: September 21-22, 2019 (2 days) 9 am-5 pm   NOTE: These are new dates!

Venue: Fairfield Inn & Suites - Longmont, Colorado

Fee: Early Bird rate $395 until May 1, 2019, then $450*

*Non-refundable, but transferable. See policy below.

Please do not purchase your flight until the minimum is met. Min. 25/Max. 40


Marco Valussi Biography

Marco Valussi is a Clinical Phytotherapist with a specific expertise in essential oils; he works as educator, writer and consultant for the industry in the fields of herbal medicine, aromatherapy and medicinal plants. He also works as a consultant for NGOs working in the field of traditional medicine in developing countries. At the moment he is developing a project (OfficinaLessinia) for the betterment of the economical situation in mountain areas and other degraded territories through the cultivation and distillation of local aromatic plants.


He gained his degree in Herbal Medicine (BSc. (Hons.)) in 1998 from Middlesex Univer- sity, London, after obtaining a Diploma in Aromatherapy in 1995 from ITHMA.


Since 1996 he has written more than 100 articles for different professional journals and magazines, on different subjects. In 2012 he has published with Tecniche Nuove (Milan, Italy) the 2nd edition of a professional textbook on essential oil science.


He works as a educator and public speaker at various levels on the subjects of medicinal plants and their usage: he runs Continuing Education courses for herbalists, pharmacists and medical doctors, and seminars at the Universities of Padua, Siena and Pisa.


He also works as a consultant for internationals NGOs working in developing countries. In particular he has worked in Kenya for CTM - Altromercato, in Nepal for Oxfam, in Co- lombia for COE - UCODEP, and in Cabo Verde for the EU.


He has been consulting for companies in the field of natural herbal products, and natural cosmetic, both as a formulator and researching the evidence for product claims.


He is a member of the Scientific Committees of the magazine “L’Erborista", consultant for SISTE (Italian Society Herbal Science and Technique), of Skineco (an association of ecological dermatology). He is the Italian referent for EHPA (European Herbal Practitioners Association). He is member of SIROE (Italian Society for Essential Oil Research) and of SIF (Italian Society of Phytochemistry).


A Note About Our Courses: Course registrations are evaluated on the Early Bird deadline. If the minimum is not met by the Early Bird deadline, the course may be cancelled and full refunds will be given. To ensure your desired course moves forward, we encourage you to sign up before the Early Bird deadline. Course fees are Nonrefundable. In the event we have met the maximum number for the course, your course fees can be transferred to another should you need to cancel. When the minimum number has been met, we will post an update to the course page. In the event that we have filled a course you desire,you can request to be placed on the wait-list in case of any cancellations. We ask that you do not purchase your airfare until the minimum number has been met. In the event the IJPHA cancels the class, you will receive a full refund.We recommend that you purchase a refundable ticket or travel insurance in case of any unforeseen issue. The IJPHA is not

responsible for refunds for your travel.

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The special discounted group rates will be present. Please book your room no later than August 30, 2019 to ensure the discounted rate. (Rate is good from 9/20/19-9/24/19, when you register before 8/30/19.


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