Born and raised in Alaska – moved to Washington state in 2015. Lover of nature and sunbeams with a soft spot for animals, potter since 1999, former State of Alaska employee, tinkerer in art, photography and feng shui, cat lover, dancer, art lover, origami enthusiast since 1994, food lover with a weakness for ice cream, cheese, and chocolate, Kitsap County Beach Naturalist since May 2017, spiritual vagabond, lifelong learner, introvert who loves to help people and make true, authentic connections, …
I have a certification in Aromatherapy through Aromahead Institute School of Essential Oil Studies and have been studying through this school for about two years. This online program is approved by the Association of International Aromatherapists (AIA), the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), and the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA). I have been using essential oils since winter 2012/2013. When I began to see how versatile they are in all the ways they can help improve one’s quality of life, I decided I wanted to learn more!
Earth and Aether Aromatherapy
Once I completed the certification program, I started creating my business, Earth and Aether Aromatherapy. The name was inspired by an art show that my sister and her husband, both amazing people and artists, worked on together a few years ago and named Earth and Aether. The name rose to the surface of my mind while contemplating business names and it resonated with me, because of my love of nature and the ethereal. Essential oils are of the earth, but have an ethereal quality. They help us on a physical, substantial level, and on an energetic level. I use the older spelling of the word Aether (instead of Ether) partly to acknowledge historical connections to the concept of aether in science and mythology.
My goal is to help people to safely use essential oils through education and by creating blends that suit their needs, using the knowledge on safety and effective application from my certification program and experience. I also hope to help others see aromatherapy as a science (with a foundation in research) as well as an art.
I plan on adding more features to my website, including a page on essential oil use and safety, information about my services and products, links to resources I trust, recipes, and blog posts.
Essential oils are highly concentrated, have many physical and emotional benefits, and some have safety concerns.
Some of the most important things to remember when using essential oils is to use extra caution with children, the elderly, pets, expecting or nursing mothers, and people with severe health issues. Use caution with citrus oils that have phototoxicity; spicy or intense oils; and always dilute with an appropriate carrier. Internal use should only be under the direction of a qualified practitioner. Consult your doctor with questions or concerns, and if you have any adverse reactions, discontinue use and treat the affected area with a lipid (fat) based carrier.
I am happy to refer some resources to you or answer questions to the best of my ability.
I proudly adhere to the Alliance of International Aromatherapists Code of Ethics:
The qualified aromatherapist upholds professional standards of care and supports an identified code of ethics which is stated below.
As a member of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists, I shall:
1. conduct myself in a professional and ethical manner in relation to my clients, health professionals, and the general public.
2. recognize that the public has the right to share in decisions pertaining to their health care. I shall educate and guide clients toward this goal and actively encourage them to take responsibility for their care and well-being.
3. represent my education and qualifications honestly in advertising and practice and acknowledge the limitations of my skills, as indicated.
4. provide the highest quality of aromatherapy products available.
5. provide services within the scope and the limits of my training and to refer to appropriate qualified professionals as indicated.
6. maintain professional confidentiality except when failure to act could constitute a danger to others.
7. refrain from guaranteeing a specific wellness outcome, acknowledging that aromatic extracts support self-healing and that holistic health outcomes are influenced by many factors.
8. visibly display a copy of the AIA Code of Ethics for the benefit of employees and the public.
9. avoid discrimination against individuals based on race, creed, religion, gender, age and national
10. appreciate the importance of thoroughness in the performance of duty, compassion with clients, and the significance of the tasks I perform.
11. respect the law and avoid dishonest, unethical, or illegal practices.
12. refuse primary responsibility for health care for any client. Individuals who are licensed or otherwise authorized to provide primary health care are excluded.