I'm a military spouse, mother of 3, homeschool mom, and follower of Jesus. I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Elementary Education. While I enjoy working with children I knew my passion was elsewhere. I felt a calling to help people using what God created just for us. I've always been interested in the holistic approach to medicines and now I have a chance to work with others everyday doing something I love.
"And God said, 'See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.'" Genesis 1:29
All About Me
In the fall of 2011, I started my aromatherapy journey. I was pregnant with my second child and was in the "nesting" stage. I decided to make homemade bath products for my friends as Christmas gifts. The recipes called for essential oils. I didn't know the first thing about essential oils, but I managed to find them at a health food store. The Christmas gifts were a hit and I discovered I loved the smell of Lavender and Peppermint. This was the beginning of my journey.
After the Christmas season was over, I had leftover Lavender and Peppermint oils that I didn't know what to do with, so I began my quest for education on how to use my essential oils. Rumor had it they were supposedly good for cleaning so I made tons of homemade cleaning products. By 2014, soon after having my third child, I was ready to convert fully into an essential oil user on a daily basis. I found my way to groups on Facebook, and several books that I devoured.
In my search for information I discovered how much I didn’t know and how much I wanted to learn. The most important thing I learned was safety guidelines, but I still wanted more information.
I eventually found my way to the Aromahead Institute where I was immediately intrigued by the Aromatherapy Certification Program. I enrolled immediately and I was so glad I did! All of the information I spent hours looking for online was right at my fingertips. I learned so much about safety guidelines for people of all ages and stages of life. I learned how to ask the right questions of my clients and how to not only address the physical issue, but take into consideration the emotional needs of my clients as well. In April of 2017 I completed my Aromatherapy Certification.
In April 2017 I became more interested in using herbs in addition to essential oils. While there is a time and a place for essential oils, I believe herbs, in many cases, should be used first. I began reading books by herbalists such as Rosemary Gladstar and Rosalee de la Forte. I spent many hours on websites such as www.learningherbs.com and www.herbmentor.com. I started reading more about diet and learning that what we eat effects our bodies more than anything else we do and how to incorporate herbs into our diets on a daily basis.
By the summer of 2018, I was ready to commit to a full-time herbal education program. I looked at the education of some of the most well-respected herbalists in the country and decided enrolling with East West School of Planetary Herbology with Michael and Lesley Tierra was the best option for me. Michael and Lesley integrate Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and Western Herbalism into one course creating a full spectrum herbal education. I completed the 3-year program in May of 2021. I have had training from herbalist such as Dr. Michael Tierra, Lesley Tierra, Roy Upton, Dr. Christopher Hobbs, 7Song, Susan Kramer, Dr. Bill Schoenbart, and Manish Chandra. I continue my education by reading books by Dr. Aviva Romm, David Hoffman, Maciocia, Bob Flaws, and Philippe Sionneau.
East West School of Planetary Herbology Professional Course Certification
Aromatherapy Certification Program
Anatomy and Physiology for Aromatherapy Certification Program
Aromatherapy Teacher Training Program
Knowledge of over 600 herbs including herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and Western Herbalism
How to address 944 health conditions using herbs
Over 7 years of studying and working with Essential Oils
Over 400 Hours of Aromatherapy Education Classes
Member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA)