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

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.

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

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

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

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 […]

Biodynamic Strawberries

My son Soren and I recently went on our annual strawberry picking.  We returned to Whitted Bowers Farm, a biodynamic farm located just north of Durham, NC.  To learn more about this farm please visit: According to, “Essentially, biodynamic farming and gardening looks upon the soil and the farm as living organisms. It […]

May…. An Aromatic Feast

The following is for the Blogfest created by Roxana Villa for May Flowers. I walk outside this evening after a day of heavy much needed rain. The relief the plants and the earth feel is apparent. All that is green seems more at peace, a collective ahhhh! Rain. As I walk all my senses […]

Welcome to An Aromatic Life blog

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Ravintsara vs Ravensara: What’s the difference?

I have been asked several times over the past couple of months about the difference between Ravintsara and Ravensara. This is my attempt at understanding the differences, the misinformation and the controversy of these two essential oils. Ravintsara and Ravensara are both obtained from trees belonging in the Lauraceae family. The Lauraceae species are mostly […]

Advent: Blog-a-roma “Plants mean nothing in isolation; they are a life-form rooted in and identified by their community, by their relationships to and interactions with all other life on Earth”. (Buhner) I have just returned from the Holiday Faire at Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, NC. A grand gathering of artisans, children, parents and teachers […]

‘Tis the season for Golden rod. It is scattered…

Tis the season for Golden rod. It is scattered throughout North Carolina. I was also amazed at its prolific presence in Massachusetts as well. In the heat of the last full month of summer, golden rod (often confused with ragweed) reflects the suns rays and warmth. Golden rods Latin name is: Solidago virgaurea Another species […]

What’s growing in your garden?

By garden I mean anything from the actual garden that you planted on your land to the plants growing up through the cracks in the city (e.g. St. John’s Wort in the sidewalks of Seattle). Your garden includes the natural landscape which you can drive to, walk to, or happen to be in. This spring […]

Taking care of self

I have had a sinus infection for the past month or two. Chronic nasal congestion, post nasal drip, and at times some great yellow/green mucus. Blowing my nose throughout the day, a dry cough, and general annoyance with my breathing. Last week it finally dawned on me that I have not done anything to really […]