Rhiannon Lewis, organiser of botanica2012

Bonjour! I’m thrilled that my vision of organising and hosting a major international conference on plant therapeutics and clinical aromatherapy came to such successful fruition in 2012!

With three days of international conference presented by 23 experts in their field plus an exciting day of post conference workshops, participants from over 30 different countries and a fabulous trade show representing companies of exceptional quality, botanica2012 was set for a true international gathering to share the best of plant therapeutics.

The success of 2012 demonstrated to me just how hungry we all are for solid, quality information in clinical aromatherapy and related herbal medicine - delivered by international experts who are passionate, experienced and capable of sharing their work in a way that is devoid of ego, hype or personal agenda. I am determined that botanica2014 continues in the same way!

By nature, I’m a pragmatic person – I like demonstrating how information and research can be translated into action and as a result positively impact health and quality of life. As director of Essential Oil Resource Consultants, my main roles involve providing research, information and education in the field of essential oils. Botanica2012 was a natural progression of this work: bringing together wonderful and experienced practitioners and researchers to show how essential oils and plant extracts can and do make a difference in people’s lives. Botanica2012 was packed to the hilt with fabulous solid information about the reality of plant therapeutics and the role of clinical aromatherapy in health care settings. Botanica2014 is set to do the same!

Another thing I love to do is make connections – this precious exchange between like-minded folk fosters progress and broadens horizons on both personal and professional levels. At botanica2014, you will be learning and sharing with peers as well as leaders in your field from different countries. As someone who has lived in different countries, I know how enriching multicultural exchanges can be. What’s more, this conference also brings together the herbal and aromatherapy communities to share experiences and recognise common ground.

This conference has my very personal involvement – for me it is a way of giving thanks for the many students, colleagues and journal subscribers I have had the privilege of working with over the years and who are making an enormous difference to peoples’ lives in their respective countries and places of work.

Finally, botanica2014 is set to do what it says on the label: it is a celebration of plant therapeutics and clinical aromatherapy. I extend you my personal invitation to share in the fun!

Rhiannon Lewis