- Essential Oil Pharmacokinetics: An Introduction 1h 15min
AromaPharmacokinetics: An Introduction
In this presentation, we will explore the pharmacokinetics of aromatherapy — how the body interacts with essential oil components and how these compounds are metabolized and excreted from the body. Pharmacokinetics is not just a fancy term, irrelevant to aromatic practice; it is a vital aspect of aromatherapy and can enable practitioners to maximize the effects of their treatments.
For instance: did you know that carvacrol, a key compound in essential oils such as oregano (Origanum vulgare), is excreted rapidly in the urine making it strongly indicated for urinary tract infections? Did you know that thymol, found in essential oils such as thyme (Thymus vulgaris), is metabolized in a way that increases its concentration in the lungs, making it exceptionally potent for lower respiratory tract infections?
Pharmacokinetics is of crucial importance to those seeking to fully understand the therapeutic dynamics of essential oils. Its implications for aromatic practice make it a compelling and vastly interesting topic.
- Understand the difference between pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
- Understand the acronym ADME
- Understand how and where the body metabolizes
- Appreciate the degree of first-pass metabolism with differing routes of administration
- Understand the mechanisms behind sensitization reactions that can occur with essential oil components, and how to minimize such reactions
- Appreciate the influence the location and metabolites of essential oil components can have on their resulting therapeutic effects
- Define a prodrug; and identify conventional and natural medicinal agents that are in this category
- Highlight the importance of pharmacokinetics of essential oils with examples like thyme thymol oil, wintergreen, and oregano
Timothy Miller ND, LAc, RA is a naturopathic physician, licensed acupuncturist, and registered aromatherapist. He is a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR.
Dr. Tim is a chemistry nerd. He is fascinated by the chemistry found in the natural world. Fueled by the abundant, potent, and unique components within aromatherapy, Dr. Tim has sought to understand how essential oils act on the body and identify which clinical applications are best incorporated into practice.
Dr. Tim first began his aromatherapy studies in 2005. He has since traveled the world to advance his understanding of essential oils and their clinical implications. Dr. Tim has studied with Rhiannon Lewis, Mark Webb, Gabriel Mojay, Kurt Schnaubelt, and Jeffrey Yuen. He has successfully completed a National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) approved course and has completed the requirements to become a registered aromatherapist. He is a member of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC).
Beyond his love of aromatherapy, Dr. Tim is an avid traveler and student of foreign languages. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, and being in nature. Dr. Tim loves to learn new things and is driven by self-improvement and emotional intelligence.
Dr. Tim believes deeply in Docere and loves to teach. He is an international speaker, workshop leader and contributing author. He believes learning should be fun and makes every attempt to engage his students in a profound and meaningful way.
Dr. Tim has taken part in several podcasts discussing a range of topics. Please find them below:
1. AromaChemistry with Dr. Tim - NAHA's Beyond Aromatics Podcast
2. How to Fall in Love with Essential Oil Chemistry with Dr. Tim - Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy and Nyssa Hanger
3. Conscious Living with Dr. Tim - The Orson Wells Show
4. The Naturopathic Journey with Dr. Tim - Eight Billion Podcast
5. Don't Throw Away Your Shot with Dr. Tim - LabAroma Podcast
Continuing Education Approvals
Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA)1.25 CEUs total (up to 1.25 CEUs Category A) -Direct Approval
College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)1.25 credits total (up to 1.25 credits Category A) -Direct Approval
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA)1.25 CE credits total -Direct Approval
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (Provider #1583) (NCBTMB)1.5 hours total (up to 1.5 hours Aromatherapy) -Direct Approval
New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND)1.25 CEUs total (up to 1.25 CEUs General) -Direct Approval
New York Sponsorship via National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NY NCBTMB)1.5 hours total -Direct Approval
Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (VT OPR)1.25 hours total (up to 1.25 hours General) -Direct Approval
Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)1.25 CPDs total (up to 1.25 CPDs Category A) -Assumed Approval
Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (AZ NPMB)1.25 CMEs total (up to 1.25 CMEs General) -Assumed Approval
Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC)1.25 hours total -Assumed Approval
College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)1.25 continuing competence credits total -Assumed Approval
College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)1.25 hours total (up to 1.25 hours Category C - Educational Courses) -Assumed Approval
College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)1.25 credits total (up to 1.25 credits Category B) -Assumed Approval
Colorado Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration (CO ONDR)1.25 PDAs total -Assumed Approval
Connecticut Department of Public Health: Naturopathic Physician Licensure (CT DPH: NPL)1.25 hours total -Assumed Approval
Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)1.25 CEUs total (up to 1.25 CEUs Category 2) -Assumed Approval
District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (DC HRLA)1.25 hours total -Assumed Approval
Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing (HI DCCA)1.25 CEs total (up to 1.25 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
Idaho Board of Medicine: Naturopathic Medical Board (ID BOM: NMB)1.25 hours total (up to 1.25 hours General) -Assumed Approval
Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KS SBHA)1.25 CEUs total -Assumed Approval
Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers (ME BCHCP)1.25 hours total (up to 1.25 hours General) -Assumed Approval
Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA)1.25 hours total (up to 1.25 hours Category B) -Assumed Approval
Maryland Board of Physicians (MD BP)1.25 hours total -Assumed Approval
Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (MN BMP)1.25 contact hours total (up to 1.25 contact hours General) -Assumed Approval
Montana Board of Alternative Health Care (MT BAHC)1.25 hours total (up to 1.25 hours General) -Assumed Approval
North Dakota Board of Integrative Health Care (ND BIHC)1.25 credits total (up to 1.25 credits General) -Assumed Approval
Rhode Island Department of Health: Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (RI DOH: BMLD)1.25 hours total -Assumed Approval
Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (SANP)1.25 hours total (up to 1.25 hours Category C) -Assumed Approval
Utah Naturopathic Physician Licensing Board (UT NPLB)1.25 CEs total (up to 1.25 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
Washington State Department of Health: Board of Naturopathy (WA DOH: BON)1.25 hours total (up to 1.25 hours Category 2) -Assumed Approval