About

Begin with a pause and deep breath… from an Ignatian Daily Examen

I am a certified aromatherapist who creates custom blends for spiritual and emotional support specific to and in honor of the individual. My work has been featured at Prairie Star Botanicals, The Flower and Art Project, Open Harvest Co-op, and other places. I also teach aromatherapy classes and workshops privately, for Prairie Star Botanicals, and Karma Yoga Omaha.

Education and Training

I successfully completed a 300-hour training program, Alchemy: The Medicine of the Soul (formerly called Aromatherapy and Medicine of the Soul) from AromaGnosis in 2019 and earned my Certificate of Aromatherapy from The American College of Healthcare Sciences, Portland, in January, 2017.

In 2002, I earned my BA in English from Iowa State University and worked professionally with writers and authors in several stages of the publishing process for several years.

My approach to aromatherapy and blending is greatly influenced by Valerie Ann Worwood, Gabriel Mojay, Peter Holmes, and Mandy Aftel. My approach to supporting the emotional and spiritual lives of individuals through listening, educating, and introducing plant allies and their stories is greatly influenced by the work of Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Thomas Merton, Pema Chödrön, Carl Jung, many pieces of classic literature and myth, art, indigenous storytelling, and Mother Nature, herself.

Publications

“Melissa Essential Oil”, Natural Herbal Living Magazine, May, 2019