HYBRID EVENT: You can participate in person at Madrid, Spain or Virtually from your home or work.
Madrid, Spain
September 05-07, 2024
ICTM 2024

Kelly Ablard

Kelly Ablard, Speaker at Traditional Medicine Conferences
Airmid Institute, United States
Title : An investigation of aromatic plant medicine within peruvian traditional healing practices


Comprehensive research was carried out within Peruvian borders to identify and elucidate the use of aromatic plant medicine (APM) as a form of traditional medicine from the viewpoint of Aromatherapy as practiced in North America. Through a rigorous survey and interview methodology engaging Indigenous plant-medicine healers and local populations, the investigation uncovered a widespread veneration for APM across Peru, affirming its pivotal contribution to its traditional medicine system. The research identified a compendium of 63 medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs), elaborating on the health conditions they address as well as their customary extraction and administration techniques. In response to these findings, collaborative efforts are underway to safeguard and reinforce the Peruvian knowledge base of MAPs and their role in traditional medicine practices.

Audience Take Away: 

  • By learning about the widespread respect for APM in Peru, individuals interested in ethnobotany, anthropology, and traditional healing practices can gain a deeper appreciation for the cultural significance of MAP-based remedies.
  • The ongoing efforts to safeguard and reinforce the Peruvian knowledge base present opportunities for international collaboration, inviting researchers and practitioners to contribute to and learn from these preservation efforts.
  • For those in the medical and healthcare fields, understanding the conditions treated by these 63 MAPs and the traditional methods of extraction and administration can provide insights into alternative treatments and the potential for integrative medicine approaches.


Dr. Kelly Ablard is a Conservation Biologist and a certified Conservation Aromatherapist™. As Founder and CEO of the NGO Airmid Institute, she is dedicated to the global education, research, and sustainability of medicinal and aromatic plants, focusing on their traditional uses in Indigenous communities. Kelly's work spans diverse fields, including conservation biology, evolutionary biology, conservation genetics, and behavioral ecology. She has conducted research worldwide, studying traditional medicine practices and protecting threatened species. Her achievements earned her recognition as an outstanding alumnus by Simon Fraser University in 2022.