The Franklin Health Research Foundation is the nonprofit arm of the Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences, a fully authorized integrative health college dedicated to furthering the fields of aromatherapy and herbalism through evidence based education. The Franklin Health Research Foundation exists to advance scientific knowledge of the safety and efficacy of integrative health interventions and health behaviors by creating, interpreting, and disseminating clinical research. The specific objectives of the FHRF include:

  • to be a reliable source of scientific evidence in the state of Tennessee, nationwide, and worldwide;

  • to prioritize and investigate health outcomes in pediatric, female, minority, and marginalized populations traditionally overlooked in health research; 

  • to disseminate these findings through publication in scientific journals and presentation at health science conferences and conventions; and

  • to sponsor, host, and/or participate in events and activities that promote an evidence-based approach to integrative medicine.

The Franklin Health Research Foundation accomplishes this mission through support from the Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences, individual contributions, corporate donations, and research grants.

Integrative health has long been neglected and ignored due to a lack of modern scientific evidence. Now is the time to stand on the shoulders of all of the herbalists and aromatherapists who have compiled years upon years of traditional evidence and take these fields to the next level.

Jessie Hawkins, PhD • Executive Director


Clinical trials, epidemiological studies, and meta-analyses move aromatherapy out of the lab and into clinical practice.


We build upon lab research on active plant ingredients to discover what these powerful plants can achieve in the human body.


Our team explores how natural products hold potential to support healthy functions and maintain health.


Discovering and evaluating the potential impact of easy-to-implement lifestyle and behavioral changes.