Richo Cech

This is a quote written by Richo Cech in Horizon Herbs recent newsletter.  I just loved it.  Check out Horizon Herbs at: People, please learn, teach and practice permaculture.  Attune to food as medicine, medicine as plants, plants as emanations of the Great Spirit.  Let us respect our landscape by greening it up for […]



Stephen Harrod Buhner believes “that the loss of connection to plants, to the land, to Earth, leaves the holes with which we are naturally born unfilled. No matter how much Ritalin or Prozac is poured into those holes, synthetic pharmaceuticals can never fill them; merely human approaches can never heal them. Pathologies come from the […]

Jade Shutes, B.A., Dipl. AT, Cert. Herbalist


After graduating from Simmons College with a B.A. in Business/Management, I travelled to England to explore the part of the world my great grandfather came from. It was there in England that I finally found what I seemed to have been seeking most my life: a connection with the natural world. I was blessed to live in the countryside just south of London where I was able to be immersed in the natural world of blue bell forest, wild medicinal plants, and sacred trees.

Michelle Thibert LMP, Cert. AT., Cert. ABFE Practitioner


Michelle is a graduate of Brenneke School of Massage and The East-West School for Herbal & Aromatic Studies. She has completed 5 levels of Cranio-Sacral Therapy with Ursula Popp, VCST, Certificate in Bodywork For the Childbearing Years (Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum Massage ) with Kate Jordan, Reiki level 1 and 2 with Catherine Walkinshaw, Australian Bush flower essences courses Level 1, 2, 3 Women’s workshop and ABFE College Course teachers training. Michelle has been a student of Dr. Berkowsky’s Spiritual PhytoEssencing (creating soul blends with essential oils) since 2005 working toward her Diploma. In 2009 Michelle began her journey into Natural Perfumery with Ayala Sender owner of Ayala Moriel Perfumes located in Vancouver B.C.

Cheryl Hoard

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Cheryl has twice been president of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA). She has been the aromatherapy consultant for Time Life Books, served as a member of the Botanicals Workgroup of the Complementary Health Committee for the BJC Health System, lectures for Washington University Medical School, St. Louis University Medical School, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis Community College, Meramec and Missouri Botanical Garden. She has studied herbalism and aromatherapy since 1976.

Amy Galper

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Amy has been passionately engaged with essential oils and natural beauty for over 12 years. She is the owner of Buddha Nose, an award winning yoga-inspired brand of mind-body-beauty products and has been a strong and visible advocate for safe, toxic-free beauty and body care products. In addition to running her product-based business, Amy has […]

Evie Carr

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  Evie Carr has been using essential oils medicinally since 1997. Through this process, she began to notice friends and family seeking advice for common ailments and decided it would be beneficial to her, and to those in her life, to learn more about the use of these oils. She attended the Institute of Dynamic […]

Leyla Bringas, B.A., Cert. AT.


Leyla Bringas began her formal botanical studies with Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Apprentice Program in 1996. She received her first Aromatherapy Certification from The Institute of Dynamic Aromatherapy in 1997 which has since grown to be The East-West School of Herbal and Aromatic Studies. She is certified to teach for the East-West School of Herbal and […]

Marilyn Vail, B.Sc.


When Marilyn’s husband contracted a near fatal lung infection, physicians stated it was not at all probable for him to regain, his extensive loss of breathing ability. Marilyn nurtured him with essential oil treatments achieving the results that were almost impossible, improving his lung capacity. This experience led to the founding and development of Inhalation, Inc.

Katie Vie, LMBP, Certified Aromatherapist

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Katie completed a 750 hour massage therapy program at the New Mexico School for Natural Therapeutics in Albuquerque, NM in 1998, entitling her a Natural Therapeutic Specialist. She has been nationally certified since 1998 and NC licensed since 2000. Katie completed a 200 hour distance learning course in professional holistic aromatherapy with the Institute for Dynamic Aromatherapy (now the East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies) in 2001, and a Master´s Apprenticeship in Aromatherapy with the East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies in 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from UNCA-Asheville (1997). She is currently a lead instructor at the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga where she is known for her holistic, personal approach to exploring touch modalities and deep self knowing.

Ellie DiLibero, M.S.H.S., NCEA™ L.E., RA™, CVBC


In 1980, Ellie began her career in Education in the field of Early Childhood, and continues to work in the field as an education consultant, trainer, and mentor.

Jacqueline Bloom, B.A., M.A., LCSW


Jacqueline is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and an Advanced Clinical Case Manager.As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience she maintains a private practice in NY and Connecticut treating Adults, Children, Adolescents and Geriatrics. She incorporates Aromatherapy applications of essential oils in psychotherapy, when appropriate with clients, as an adjunct to primary treatment for emotional issues, stress related problems, depression, ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders. As a result clients experience increased mood, positive self esteem, decreased worries and depression, stress relief, better focus and concentration and improved sleep. Treatment also includes clients who have somatic complaints secondary to stress-related disorders. Clients experience relief when applying essential oils to over worked muscles, sinuses problems, spasms and other body aches and pains. She helps adults in treatment to understand the energetics of essential oils and how to apply them for personal self care.

Kimberly Powers, B.Sc., R.A.™, Certified Herbalist


Kimberly Powers felt like there was more going on with plants than she was aware of, so made it her mission to discover what they were capable of. She remains a student of the power of plants while sharing what she has learned along the way. She completed both Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy programs through […]

Michelle Gruwell, Cert. AT.


Michelle is passionate about natural health, natural bodycare and aromatherapy. She enjoys making and developing various skin care products, aromatic soaps and enjoys sharing her love of aromatherapy and natural health with her family and friends. She holds Level B and C technician for beauty (The National Technician for Beauty) license and Reflexology massage certificates in Taiwan -Asia, Holistic Aromatherapy Program Studies with Ms. Jade Shutes (The East West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies Founder and Principal), and studies Music/ Color therapy in the U.S.

Gergely Hollodi, LMP, Certified Aromatherapist


Gergely holds an BA in English teaching and after a 12-year long period spent in the advertising-marketing world decided to change his life and started his journey in the field of healing. Gergely is a graduate of the Cortiva Institute: Seattle School of Massage and is a nationally certified (NCBTMB) and Washington state licensed massage therapist. He completed the Masters Apprenticeship program with the East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies in Seattle. He is professional member of the Association of International Aromatherapists (AIA).

Heidi Nielsen, Cert. Aromatherapist

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Heidi Nielsen is a certified Aromatherapist with the East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies (formerly the Institute of Dynamic Aromatherapy) and the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy (PIA) As well as being certified in Holistic Aromatherapy Massage with Lynda Henderson and Paul Crowder in 1997, Heidi has completed Christine Selda’s Indigo Bridge Medicine Wheel training […]

Patricia Bonnard, PhD, Cert. AT

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Patricia Bonnard is a certified Professional Aromatherapist and a member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA). She is a Master/Teacher/Practitioner of a number of forms of Reiki and Integrated Energy Therapy (IET). Patricia has been practicing complementary healing for seven years, but just recently established Starchaser […]

Cristina Chavez, Cert. AT


Cristina encountered aromatherapy during the last phase of her beloved father’s journey through lung cancer.  Daily peppermint massages brought a relief to them both – for the first time during that very long ordeal, they were supporting the body’s natural healing processes.  This ritual evolved to include steam treatments, reflexology and energy healing.  Each day […]

Christina Weaver, LMT


Christina Weaver, LMT Nationally Certified & Locally Licensed Massage Therapist Advanced Certification, Pregnancy Massage Diploma, Holistic Aromatherapy. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, it is her intent to assist others along the path to health and wellness. Whether due to injury, disease or the stresses of daily living, my goal is to help facilitate healing for each individual’s “whole self”. Christina is Nationally Certified (NCTMB) as well as licensed by the states of Arizona and Washington as a Massage Therapist. She is a Professional Member of National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.

Herbal allies

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Tonight I sit sipping on a herbal tea blend of Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), Oat straw (Avena sativa), Nettles (Urtica dioica) and Raspberry leaf (Rubus ideaeus). I look over to see the jars of dried herbs I have managed to harvest before the heavy humidity of summer sets in. The calendula I dry hanging upside […]