David Crow

L.Ac., Consultant, Researcher and Educator

David Crow, L.Ac., graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1984; he is a California state licensed acupuncturist and nationally certified by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has been a clinician, consultant, researcher, and educator for over 30 years. As an educator, he has taught extensively for over two decades in the US and Canada, and online internationally.

He has traveled extensively to study traditional medicinal systems, including spending several years in Nepal and India studying Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine. He is the author of four books, including In Search of the Medicine Buddha, about his time with traditional doctors in the Himalayas, and Sacred Smoke, about his ethnobotanical research in Ecuador. Along with his wife Sara Crow, he is the founder and owner of Floracopeia, Inc. a company devoted to supporting sustainable ecological agriculture through the production of essential oils.

Principles of Combining Herbs and Essential Oils

This presentation explores how essential oils and aromatherapy can be combined with herbal treatments for added therapeutic benefits. It explores how to combine aromatic species in different forms according to concentration levels and extraction methods, how to combine herbs and oils according to therapeutic functions, and how to combine herbs and oils according to organ systems.


Specific formulas will be given for combining expectorant, mucolytic, nervine relaxant, demulcent, antimicrobial, and adaptogenic herbs with essential oils for complementary purposes. We will explore some of the complexities of classifying essential oils into distinct therapeutic categories, and discuss when essential oils and aromatherapy are a primary, adjunct or contraindicated treatment for various organ systems.

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