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Uncommon Scents features interviews with and insights from:

  • Kelly Ablard

  • Mandy Aftel

  • Patricia Brooks

  • Cynthia Brownley

  • Andrea Butje

  • Vivienne Campbell

  • Lora Cantele

  • Fiona Carr

  • Bevin Clare

  • Marge Clark

  • Annette Davis

  • Mindy Green

  • Nyssa Hanger

  • Sylla Sheppard-Hanger

  • Ann Harman

  • Kelly Holland Azzaro

  • Jennifer Jefferies

  • Denise Joswiak

  • Linda Anne Kahn

  • Rebeca Ledersnaider

  • Ixchel Leigh

  • AnneLise Lentz

  • Rhiannon Lewis

  • Hubert Marceau

  • Timothy Miller

  • Gabriel Mojay

  • Virginia Musacchio

  • Robert Pappas

  • Dorene Petersen

  • Shirley & Len Price

  • Wendy Robbins

  • Jeanne Rose

  • Danielle Sade

  • Michael Scholes

  • Jade Shutes

  • Cathy Skipper

  • Alexis St-Gelais

  • Robert Tisserand

  • Marco Valussi

  • Roxana Villa

  • Mark Webb

  • Robbi Zeck

with many more interviews complete and bios to come!

Dr. Kelly Ablard

Conservationist, Researcher, Educator, Aromatherapist

Kelly Ablard holds a Doctorate in Biology, an MSc in Conservation, a BSc in Zoology (cum laude), and is a certified aromatherapist. As founder and Director of Airmid Institute, she is dedicated to the global education, research, and conservation of aromatic medicinal plants, and to helping to protect and promote uses of traditional medicine in Indigenous communities. She has conducted research in conservation biology, molecular genetics, chemical ecology, behavioural ecology, and ethnobotany. Her work has been highlighted by Canadian Geographic, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), and published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. She identified traditional uses of 60+ aromatic medicinal plants across northern, central, and southern Peru, worked to help protect threatened slow and slender lorises, reported on the ingenuity of tool use by threatened orangutans, and made a novel discovery of how small wasps rely on individual chemical signatures to mediate their mating ritual.

Dr. Ablard speaks worldwide about the conservation and sustainable management of essential and carrier oil-bearing plants, and shares her ongoing work in Peru with the Shipibo on the development and implementation of the Toucan Project (named after the tropical bird which, apart from its bright colours, is known for dispersing endangered rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) seeds). She volunteers as a Community Scientist for Science World (Vancouver, BC), and founded the Vancouver Community College Urban Apothecary Learning Garden – an educational venue for at-risk youth and culturally-diverse students. 


Kelly served a decade on the Board of the British Columbia Alliance of Aromatherapy (BCAOA) and was honoured with the BCAOA 2016 Achievement of Excellence Award. She currently sits on the Board of the United Plant Savers, is Co-chair of the International Committee on Sustainability of Aromatic Plants used in Aromatherapy and Natural Perfumery and is Co-owner and Co-operator of Essence of Thyme College of Holistic Studies in Canada.

Mandy Aftel

Mandy Aftel is an internationally known artisan perfumer and award-winning author of seven books including Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume, and most recently of Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent. She has participated in many exhibitions, panels, and conferences on scent and food, and regularly collaborates with chefs and mixologists. She and her work have been profiled in The New York Times, and featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Elle, on CNN, and in countless blogs. Aftel lives in Berkeley, California.

Patricia Brooks

Patricia Brooks is the founder and editor-in-chief of Aromatherapy Thymes magazine, an educational and lifestyle magazine. Patricia’s passion for aromatherapy led her to launch in the late '90s as a resource website for consumers interested in essential oils and their integration into the art and science of aromatherapy. When response to the website was overwhelming, the print magazine was a natural progression.


Patricia has participated in panel discussions and given workshops on essential oil safety at Whole Foods markets and at The Living Beauty Foundation (a foundation for women living with cancer), and other organizations in the Los Angeles area. She continues to be an advocate and champion for the small farmers and local distributors of essential oils. Before launching Aromatherapy Thymes she worked for the renowned music producer Quincy Jones at Quincy Jones Entertainment and at Qwest Records and several other entertainment companies. In her own words: The gift of aromatherapy was given to me; it is my responsibility to give it to others.

Cynthia Brownley

Cynthia Brownley MS, CCA, LMT  is a certified clinical aromatherapist who has been working with essential oils for over 25 years. In 2010, Cynthia and her business partner, Joy Musacchio, co-founded Stillpoint Aromatics, an essential oil company that imports over 280 organic and wild harvested essential oils, hydrosols, and resins from distillers worldwide.  All of the essential oils at Stillpoint Aromatics are GC/MS tested for their chemical composition, but of equal importance is the energetic and vibrational component.  Cynthia and Joy hand pour each essential oil with conscious intention for the individual when an order is received.  Recently, they have begun distilling as well!


In 2010, Cynthia and Joy co founded Stillpoint Studies School of Essential Oils and Energetics. Cynthia and Joy have been teaching together for over 28 years, and bring their combined knowledge and authenticity of education and essential oils to every class they teach.  They both have their Master’s Degree in education, taught elementary school in New York and worked extensively with Columbia University as “turn key “ teachers to train the teachers in their district.  Stillpoint Studies earned accreditation of both the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)in 2012.  Stillpoint Studies offers Aromatherapy Certification Programs as well as many other aromatherapy and energetic workshops.


Cynthia and Joy are often guest speakers at Aromatherapy conferences and teleseminars as well author articles for the International Journal of Professional Aromatherapy!

Andrea Butje

Andrea is an internationally recognized Aromatherapist who is changing the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching and creating community at Aromahead Institute.


Aromahead is known as one of the most innovative virtual schools in the country. The Institute’s elegant and intuitive classroom design make navigating its expansive digital learning environment a uniquely user-friendly experience.


Along with quality education, Andrea is passionate about supporting essential oil distillers worldwide. Over the years she has traveled the world developing relationships with small, organic artisan distillers and connecting them with essential oil companies.

Vivienne Campbell

Vivienne Campbell BSc (Hons) is a qualified herbalist based in Ireland where she runs a clinic and teaches herbal medicine classes, wild food foraging and natural cosmetic-making. She is a passionate environmentalist and is dedicated to showing people the wonderful therapeutic & edible plants that grow all around them. She also teaches worldwide via her online course available on her website

Vivienne has been involved in all of the Botanica conferences, giving the keynote speech at the inaugural conference in 2012. She has appeared on Irish television numerous times, including a weekly foraging feature with celebrity chef Richard Corrigan. She loves teaching people how to use herbs simply, effectively and joyfully. She believes that learning to use local plants helps us as humans to heal, helps us to appreciate our environment and helps us to love and cherish the earth.

Vivienne grew up with an appreciation of natural medicine because during the Second World War two of her relatives attended a naturopath who helped them greatly with very serious medical conditions. The naturopath even successfully treated diphtheria when one of her relatives contracted it for a second time. These relatives had their ration books in the health food shop, at least 50 years before health foods became main-stream!
After attending an herbalist in Edinburgh, Vivienne knew that herbal medicine was her calling. In 2003 she qualified from a degree course run by the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, the oldest body of professional herbalists in the world. Vivienne loves to learn about natural medicine from historical sources, modern research and the experience of people working with herbs. She finds herbs endlessly fascinating and loves that there is always more to learn. The potential for healing from plants is immense and humbling. Through her work she aims to share this.

Lora Cantele

Lora Cantele is a Registered Clinical Aromatherapist and Certified in Aromaflexology. She is also the editor/publisher of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy (IJPHA) and the co-author of The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness.

Ms. Cantele brought her professional expertise to a pilot program aimed at providing a better quality of life to children with life-limiting illnesses and she continues to work with children on the Autism spectrum.


As an Aromatherapy educator, writer, and international speaker, Ms. Cantele continues to unite and inspire her colleagues to speak out about the importance of Aromatherapy within an integrative health and wellness program.

Fiona Carr

Clinical Aromatherapist, Educator

Fiona is passionate about aromatherapy and education, particularly the education of ambitious Aromatherapists’. A gifted and inspiring trainer, Fiona’s training experience is vast – including TAFE NSW and the Australasian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT) where in 2012 she was credited with the ‘Teaching Excellence’ award.

Such is her passion that Fiona has undertaken extensive training over many years and holds Diploma’s in Clinical Aromatherapy, Remedial Massage, Lymphatic Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy and Integrated Body Therapies – where she gained knowledge in communication, herbal medicine, nutrition, sports nutrition and developed techniques in reflexology, shiatsu, Chinese acupressure, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and exercise therapy. Fiona holds a certificate IV in training and assessing. She travels frequently to France and Europe to enhance her skills and knowledge and attends international and national conferences regularly, keeping abreast of the latest industry developments and techniques.

In 2014 Fiona joined forces with Elizabeth Rea and formed Rayka Education Pty Ltd.

Her knowledge of training packages and the training environment, coupled with her extensive knowledge of and experience in Aromatherapy, have resulted in her involvement in the upgrading of the Aromatherapy health and Training Package in Australia. Additionally, she was an advisor for the Subject Matter Expert Group (SMEG) for the review of the Diploma of Clinical Aromatherapy.

Fiona has been invited to speak at International conferences regarding Aromatherapy and Lymphatic drainage, she has written articles and the aromatherapy component for the book – ‘Natural Remedies’ an A – Z of Cures for Health and Wellbeing by Mim Beim (Naturopath).

She was involved with the NSW Cancer council and Ralph Lauren Pink Pony pilot program – Relaxation massage for people with cancer living in regional areas of NSW.

Fiona is a council and teaching member of IAAMA (International Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine Association) Australia and a member of ATMS (Australian Traditional Medicine Society) Australia.

Bevin Clare

Herbalist, Nutritionist, Professor, Educator

Bevin Clare, M.S., R.H., CNS, is a clinical herbalist, nutritionist, mother, plant lover, and a Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. As an herbalist and educator, Bevin is the Program Director of the MS in Clinical Herbal Medicine at MUIH, and brings herbs into the lives of many students, clients, and practitioners with her national and international presentations. She holds a MSc in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has studied herbal medicine around the world, blending her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies.  She is a board member of the United Plant Savers, a group working to protect at-risk medicinal plants in North America. Bevin is the current President of the American Herbalists Guild where she works to promote clinical herbalism accessibility and professionalism.

Marge Clark

Marge Clark began her journey with aromatics by investigating and experimenting with herbal remedies and soaps for personal use in the 1980’s. It didn’t take long to realize this was a costly venture, as she did not have the space for gardening and had to rely on others to provide fresh and dried herbs. During that time, Marge discovered essential oils and found that she was captivated by their healing and balancing power—at first physically, next on a deeper level, emotionally. Marge began finding every book and article that was available on the subject and began experimenting. As often happens with emerging aromatherapists, friends and family members were her test subjects. Before long, friends were asking Marge to provide products for sale. Soon after, Marge began working out of a bedroom in her home, creating products.


In the early 1990’s, Marge found herself faced with disability. Liberated from the typical 40-hour work week, she was able to focus more on her two passions: essential oils and online community and communication. While Marge had been communicating with "friends she'd not met yet" online since the early 1980's, the bright, shiny World Wide Web was new to her. With encouragement from family and friends—and ingenuity on her part—Marge learned to design websites, one among them devoted to the safe and appropriate uses of the essential oils she loved; shortly thereafter, Marge began making her products available online as well. 


Eventually, Marge’s hobby, born of her passion for essential oils, became a thriving small business. She soon found herself with her first staff members—and working out of a bedroom became a challenge. In 2002, Marge’s business, Nature’s Gift, moved to its own building.  In 2007, growth required moving to a larger building—and hiring an even larger staff.  In 2008, Marge published her book, Essential Oils and Aromatics. In 2014, Marge’s work Essential Waters: Hydrosols, Hydrolats & Aromatic Waters became available as an ebook only.


Over the years Marge has continued expanding her knowledge through mentors, personal research, and formal courses; Nature’s Gift has continued to flourish beyond her wildest imagination. What began as a hobby became a passion that still resonates within her to this day. Marge says her daughter described best what we do almost two decades ago: "Every day, all over the world, Marge sends out boxes full of joy and healing."

Annette Davis

Clinical Aromatherapist, Educator, Natural Products Manufacturer

Annette Davis is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Aromatherapist with over 25 years of  aromatherapy experience. She was introduced to aromatherapy by her Grandmother, Annemarie Buhler, a respected pioneer in American aromatherapy, and one of the first to bring essential oils from Europe to the United States.

Annette began her Aromatherapy career as the Secretary of the first American Aromatherapy Association (AATA) founded in 1987.  She has studied under Dr. Jean Claude Lapraz since 1989. Dr. Lapraz is a practicing French Medical Doctor, world-renowned pioneer in the field of clinical phyto-aromatherapy, and the co-innovator of Endobiogeny. She practices phyto-aromatherapy and Endobiogeny at the Endobiogenic Integrative Medical Center (EIMC) located in Pocatello, ID. This innovative concept, based on a refined view of the neuro-endocrine system, integrates classical medicine with essential oils, herbs, supplements, dietary and lifestyle modifications to create a truly holistic treatment approach to illnesses of the body and mind. She has taught phyto-aromatherapy classes to health professionals and medical students for many years. She also works for Time Laboratories, a longtime, well-respected natural products manufacturer founded by her Grandmother in 1973. 

Annette has been a member of The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) for many years and has served as Idaho Director, Director Coordinator, Vice President, and currently as President.

Mindy Green

Aromatherapist, Herbalist, Esthetician, Author

Mindy Green is a national authority on botanicals with decades of experience in the natural products and health care industries.  She is a nationally certified Registered Aromatherapist and has served on the education committees of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists and the Aromatherapy Registration Council.  Mindy has authored three books, including Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, Natural Perfumes: Simple Aromatherapy Recipes, and Calendula, and over 70 published articles.  

An active educator and lecturer, Mindy teaches at Dr. Andrew Weil’s reputable integrative medicine program at the University of Arizona, and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.  As a consultant and speaker, she specializes in product development, botanical therapies and essential oils. Mindy’s vast credentials and positions in botany, aromatherapy and cosmetics also include her role as advisory board member to the American Botanical Council and the American College of Healthcare Sciences.  From 2003 to 2009, Mindy worked in the botanical research division of Aveda’s Research & Development department as their clinical aromatherapist.  In addition to being a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild she served as committee chair for botanicals in cosmetics (2008-2014) for the American Herbal Products Association.  From 1995 to 2003, Mindy was on the faculty of the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, co-owned the California School of Herbal Studies from 1985 to 1995. She is a graduate of Purdue University’s extensive training in the advanced uses of essential oils.  


Mindy is owner of Green Scentsations, LLC and enjoys writing, consulting and lecturing in the US and abroad. A long-time environmental activist, she served two term on the board of the nonprofit, United Plant Savers.  Mindy believes that plants in all their forms can contribute to healing, globally and individually.


Nyssa Hanger

Nyssa Hanger, MA, LMT, RYT is a second generation aromatherapist and Assistant Director and Instructor for the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy founded in 1989 by Nyssa's mother, Sylla Sheppard-Hanger. In 2001, Nyssa helped Sylla in forming and operating a non-profit called United Aromatherapy Effort, in response to the September 11th tragedy. Nyssa got to see firsthand the healing benefits of massage and aromatherapy in times of crisis and knew then that she must pursue a profession in the healing arts. After beginning her career as a licensed massage therapist in 2005, she completed training in Structural Energetic Therapy and Emotional Energy Release Therapy from Don McCann, MA, LMT. She has also studied Blossoming Heart Aromatic Kinesiology with Robbi Zeck, ND, and CranioSomatic Therapy from Dallas Hancock, DC. Nyssa completed her Master's Degree in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida in 2010. 


In 2009, Nyssa founded Upward Spiral Center, a unique home for healing and transformation in Tampa, FL. Nyssa created Upward Spiral Essentials, a line of essential oils and signature blends that are top-quality but affordably priced, and made them available to her local community to learn about and experience firsthand. She also offers a specialized approach to bodywork and healing that incorporates all aspects of her knowledge to create the most effective therapy for each client's unique needs, called Upward Spiral Therapy. She knows that making the world a better place means helping you to start an upward spiral of healing and transformation in your life.


Nyssa's diverse background in holistic healing, aromatherapy, poetry, performance, spiritual studies, and community building help her to continue to be a inspiring force in the world.

Sylla Sheppard-Hanger

Sylla Sheppard-Hanger has forty years experience working with and personally researching essential oils. She served 14 years in the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), as Chair of the Safety Committee and has since set up the Injury Reporting database. Sylla is the Founder and Director of the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy (Tampa, Florida) and author of The Aromatic Spa Book (2007), The Aromatic Mind Book (2008), The Aromatic Child Book (2008), The Aromatherapy Practitioner Correspondence Course (revised 2000), and The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual (1995).


Sylla founded and directed the volunteer team for the United Aromatherapy Effort, Inc. (UAE) a non-profit charity whose mission is collection and dissemination of donated aromatherapy products to those affected during critical incidents and emergency work. At present, Sylla also maintains a private Aromatherapy practice (as a licensed massage therapist and cosmetologist) in Tampa, Florida, where she resides with her husband, and one cat.

Ann Harman

Ann Harman is an organic farmer, botanist, herbalist and distiller. She has been making herbal products for decades and distilling hydrosols for nearly 20 years.   She loves sharing her knowledge of the world of distillation and hydrosols. She is an international speaker who lectures on her continual research on hydrosols and the Art of Distillation.  She regularly contributes articles on distillation and hydrosols to industry journals and has recently published her first book on the subject of distillation, titled Harvest to Hydrosol.  Ann has started a membership based website, Circle H Institute, where she shares her research and education materials.

Kelly Holland Azzaro

Clinical Aromatherapist, Flower Essence & Animal Aromatherapy Practitioner/Educator

Kelly Holland Azzaro, RA, CCAP, CBFP, LMT, is a Registered Aromatherapist, Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner, Certified Bach Flower Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, and Reiki Practitioner. Kelly has been an active member and served The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) for close to 20 years as the following NAHA Board Member positions: Vice President (NAHA), President (NAHA), and is the current Public Relations, District Director, Journal Manager and Co-Editor of the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal.

Kelly is the Founder and Director of The Holistic Animal Aromatherapy Association. 

Kelly has over 25 years professional experience and educational training in Aromatherapy (Clinical Aromatic Medicine) and Massage Therapy (over 20+ modalities). She also has specialized training in Canine, Feline and Equine Anatomy & Physiology, Equine/Canine and small animal Acupressure-Massage Therapies, Animal Communication, Homeopathy and Herbal Therapies (Human/Animal), Reiki (Human/Animal), CrainoScaral Therapy (CST) (Human/Animal), Chiropractic Assistant (Parker Chiropractic Foundation), and advanced studies in both Aromatherapy and Flower Essence Therapy for people and their animal friends. 

Kelly is approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing Education Approved Provider (451233-10), and her (300+hr) Animal Aromatherapy Practitioner Certification Course© meets the NAHA Standards of Education requirements. 

A presenter at live events, Kelly has spoken on the topic of animal aromatherapy and flower essences at the Natural Canine Health Symposium 2014, and NAHA’s World of Aromatherapy V (2004) VIII (2016) Conferences. Kelly’s love for writing and sharing with others can be experienced through her many article topics including aromatherapy, flower essences and animals which have been published in the following magazines and professional journals; NAHA’s Aromatherapy Journal, The International Journal for Holistic Professional Aromatherapists, Aroma Culture, Dogs Naturally, Massage Magazine, Family Circle, and Better Homes & Gardens. Inconjunct with writing, Kelly has also been interviewed on the topic of Animal Aromatherapy for multiple online blogs, publications, and audio podcasts. 

As an educator, Kelly’s style of teaching is heart-centered with a focus on mentorship and support for the student and their individual goals. Empowering others through education is key in the student’s journey and also inspires those seeking to connect with animals to develop a deeper level of listening and awareness skills.  Kelly, and her husband Marco a Licensed Acupuncturist and Qigong Practitioner and Instructor have Ashi Therapy; a Holistic Healing Center where they work together as a team to educate and empower others through holistic services, education, and support.

Jennifer Jefferies

The Present Day Wise Woman, Aromatherapist, Naturopath

Jen Jefferies is The Present Day Wise Woman. Jen is passionate about helping women find their voice in the second chapter of their lives and assists them to take their gifts to the world. Her 28 years of experience in the holistic field feeds her drive to see others truly live and not just survive. That drive flows into Jen mentoring holistic practitioners globally to take actions needed to achieve business goals whether locally or globally. She is motivated by her drive to educate the masses on living from a place of prevention and, most importantly, leave a legacy.

Jen is the founder of The Q Foundation ( bringing hope, health, education, and happiness to children in poverty.

Denise Joswiak

Nurse, Aromatherapist, Educator, Consultant

Denise Joswiak is a board-certified holistic nurse who created the Aromatherapy program for the Allina Health system.  She has enjoyed teaching patients, families and nurses throughout her 37 years as a nurse. At Allina Health, Denise currently teaches classes involving self-care and integrative therapies to promote the comfort and wellbeing of patients, and sits on the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing Nursing Council.  She is the Integrative Health Clinical Site Lead for United Hospital and co-facilitator of the United Hospital Holistic Nursing Council. Denise is an author and international speaker, offering healthcare consultations and aromatherapy education, including an aromatherapy certification program, through her company, Essential Health.  Denise loves traveling, canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, learning and teaching about aromatherapy, and especially spending time with family and friends.

Linda Anne Kahn

Clinical Aromatherapist, Educator

 Linda-Anne Kahn CIDESCO, CLT-LANA, NCTMB is an Aromatic Wellness Warrior  and a “Vintage Aromatherapist” who has been practicing for almost 40 years  She is is an Internationally trained Beauty Therapist, Clinical Aromatherapist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Dr Vodder’s Lymphedema Therapist. She is a Nationally certified Massage Therapist, Esthetician and Integrative Health Coach and is Nationally certified by the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA).  Linda-Anne is Board Certified as an Internationally recognized Cidesco Diplomate.  She is certified as a Clinical Aromatherapist from Eve Taylor, London and has studied Aromatherapy with many French Doctors, including Dr. Daniel Penoel, Dr Claude Lapraz and Pierre Franchomme.  Linda Anne has been teaching an Aromatherapy certification program for over 20 years. She is the founder and President Beauty Kliniek Aromatherapy Day Spa and Wellness Center, recognized as one of the country’s leading Day Spas for over 35 years.  She is also founder of Lymphatic Therapy Services and creator of Varenya Essentials skin care line and aromatherapy products She works in her Spa treating clients with an integrative approach, using Aromatherapy, Manual Lymph Drainage, nutrition, mind body therapies and music therapy. She continues her longstanding mission and philosophy of a Holistic approach to treat all facets of a person’s wellbeing for optimum health. She stresses the emotional, mental, physical connection to bring about relaxation, health, energy and happiness to help her clients, staff and patients. She is regular presenter at National and International Aromatherapy conferences, as well as Lymphedema and Fat disorder conferences.  

Rebeca Ledersnaider

Aromatherapy Educator

Born in a small town, in the middle of the Andes mountains, Rebeca’s adventures with aromas and flavors began at an early age, close to scents, magic herbs and essential oils. She accompanied her mother and grandmother in the preparation of jams, candies, cookies and cakes made from rose petals, rhubarb and Andean berries, among many others.

Rebeca’s mother had a little game she’d play before allowing Rebeca to taste the wonders from the kitchen: Rebeca had to first guess what they were made of by smelling them. The scents from the kitchen, flooded continually her home house and she was forever touched and changed by it.

Rebeca’s father owned a soap factory: he’d take Rebeca by the hand, guide her to a special room, incredibly aromatic and filled with huge containers of essential oils. She still remembers the amazing aromas of that room.

Years later, Rebeca began making simple preparations for friends and family. Fascinated with these experiences, she took aromatherapy classes and decided to use her knowledge in her practice as an occupational therapist, applying essential oils to blind and visually impaired people to help both their sensory stimulation and their ability to concentrate. Encouraged by the wonderful results she saw in her clients, she also began to prepare mixtures for other conditions including muscular aches and pains, arthritis, insomnia, and stress.

Over the years, Rebeca expanded both her experience and her knowledge as she studied different approaches with different teachers and, in turn, began teaching in different schools and universities.

After years passed and she moved away from her mountains, she landed in a valley over a lake where she opened her own school, Shaktili Aromaterapia (Aromacademia) dedicated to promoting and offering the best aromatherapy education in Mexico.


Ixchel Leigh

Ixchel Leigh dedicates her creative endeavors and artistic talents to improving the quality of life on our beautiful planet. She weaves together principles of modern science with wisdoms from the ancients and designs botanical healing perfumes that she calls Parfum Alkemie. Ixchel created a healing treatment using essential oils, which is described in her two books Vibrational AromaTherapy by Ixchel and Aromatic Alchemy.


A former Parisian model, Ixchel explored her love of natural fragrances and aromatherapy in France and the UK. She continued her education, opening her gifts as an intuitive visionary, studying with Baba Pyraelal Bedi in Milan, Italy. Her career as an aromatherapist, author, consultant, radio host, and educator, spans over 30 years. A beauty editor in London called Ixchel “The Fragrance Alchemist” and British Vogue named her one of the top Complementary Therapists.


Ixchel uses her gifts to create unique healing perfumes, crafted from nature’s true essential oils. She encourages individuals to find their passion in life and to rekindle their personal uniqueness, which supports their dreams, goals, and desires. Ixchel continues writing, exploring the many aspects of human potential, to inspire the transformation that has so passionately fueled her own life.

AnneLise Lentz

Devoted Mother, Certified Health Coach, Natural Living Enthusiast

AnneLise Lentz is a devoted mom, natural living enthusiast, and personally-empowered lifestyle blogger. Together with her husband, Kurt, she has three children—Max, 4, Addy, 11, and Sophia, 15—who are the greatest loves of her life.

AnneLise was born in Sri Lanka to parents who worked across Asia in conjunction with the humanitarian aid foundation her father founded. Because of their work, AnneLise had the opportunity to visit India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Indonesia. When they moved from Sri Lanka to Singapore, AnneLise began learning Chinese as a second language.

AnneLise’s experiences developed her compassion for those less fortunate in the world, particularly refugees and orphans. When her family returned to America, her father founded another organization that helped Kurdish refugees resettle in Nashville, Tennessee. On many occasions, AnneLise spent the night with her new Kurdish friends learning to appreciate their culture and expand her horizons. Her experiences not only deepened and expanded her knowledge of the world, but also intensified her compassion for those impacted so personally by war and natural disaster. 
After attending David Lipscomb University where she studied child psychology, AnneLise moved to California. During her time there, she developed a passion for nutrition, holistic health and wellness, and a deep love for being a “California Girl.”

Having enthusiastically embraced using essential oils as part of her natural lifestyle, AnneLise was eventually introduced to more conservative and safe essential oil use via her connection to essential oil safety advocates on social media. When she found herself fighting for her life after an adverse reaction to an essential oil blend led to systemic anaphylactic shock and hospitalization, AnneLise emerged as the victim of extraordinary social media backlash and a survivor with an important story to share.

AnneLise is nearing completion of her studies in nutrition and looks forward to marrying her insights on nutritional wellness with her recently founded blog, “Cali Mama Lifestyle,” through which she shares the lessons she’s learned through her study and life experience. It’s her hope that she can share her hard-won practical knowledge and experience to help others avoid mistakes commonly made in the engagement of natural remedies and skin care.

Rhiannon Lewis

Rhiannon Lewis is an experienced clinical aromatherapist, author, editor and educator who lives in the mountains of Provence, France. With more than 27 years in the aromatherapy field, Rhiannon’s extensive training in aromatherapy spans different styles including Anglosaxon holistic aromatherapy and French aromatic medicine. Her background in health care (nursing), education and publishing has enabled her to effectively share her knowledge, experience and skills with professionals working in diverse clinical settings around the world where she has been instrumental in advancing the practice and integration of aromatherapy. Rhiannon’s main goal is to demonstrate measurable improvements in health and quality of life using evidence-based, safe, effective aromatic interventions.


Essentially, Rhiannon is:


  • Motivated by the potential of essential oils and plant extracts to improve health and quality of life.

  • Driven by the desire to make evidence-based information accessible to therapists who are looking to integrate essential oil use alongside regular medical care.

  • Passionate about promoting the field of clinical aromatherapy and herbal therapeutics worldwide.


Rhiannon is editor of the International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy, the only publication of its kind, which celebrated its 10th year anniversary in 2014. She is principal at Essential Oil Resource Consultants. Rhiannon is also host and organiser of the botanica conference series, the third of which, botanica2016 is set to be held at the University of Sussex, England in September 2016.


Hubert Marceau

Hubert Marceau is a current M. Sc. candidate in phytochemistry and Cofounder and Development Director of Laboratoire PhytoChemia. He is currently developing analysis software specialized in essential oil and helping with the development of low-cost and rapid methods for quality control. Hubert's side projects include big data analysis and process optimization. Hubert is heavily involved in local entrepreneurial development and various think tanks and associations where he contributes a chemist's voice. He is passionate about natural products' chemistry and always tries to share his passion with the public by popularizing and facilitating understanding of this complex world. He is a regular contributor to Laboratoire PhytoChemia's blog, which invites understanding and exploration of testing, reporting, and phytochemistry.

Timothy Miller ND, LAc, RA

Naturopathic Doctor, Aromatherapist, Educator

Timothy Miller ND, MAc, LAc, RA is a naturopathic physician, licensed acupuncturist, and registered aromatherapist. He is a graduate of the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, OR.

Dr. Tim is a chemistry nerd. He is fascinated by the chemistry found in the natural world. Fueled by the abundant, potent, and unique components within aromatherapy, Dr. Tim has sought to understand how essential oils act on the body and identify which clinical applications are best incorporated into practice.

Dr. Tim first began his aromatherapy studies in 2005. He has since traveled the world to advance his understanding of essential oils and their clinical implications. Dr. Tim has studied with Rhiannon Lewis, Gabriel Mojay, Mark Webb, Kurt Schnaubelt, and Jeffrey Yuen. He has successfully completed a National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) approved course and has completed the requirements to become a registered aromatherapist. He is a member of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC).

Beyond his love of aromatherapy and chemistry, Dr. Tim is an avid traveler and student of foreign languages. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, and being in nature. Dr. Tim loves to learn new things and is driven by self-improvement and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Tim believes deeply in Docere (the naturopathic medicine tenet of ‘Doctor as Teacher’) and loves to teach. He especially loves teaching aromatherapy chemistry. He has an online course in AromaChemistry, as well as other coursework, on Dr. Tim is a speaker, teacher, practitioner, and contributing author. He believes learning should be fun and makes every attempt to engage his students in a profound and meaningful way.

Gabriel Mojay

Gabriel Mojay, LicAc, CertEd, FIFPA, first studied natural medicine in 1978, initially training in shiatsu therapy and Oriental medicine. In 1988 he completed four years of training in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and became a member of the British Acupuncture Council.


Gabriel has completed courses in scientific aromatherapy with Piérre Franchomme and Dr. Daniel Pénöel and with the Natural Oils Research Association (President: Professor Dietrich Wabner). In his private practice, Gabriel specializes in the therapeutic use of essential oils, herbal medicines, and aromatic acupressure massage. Since 1990 he has been Principal of the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London.


In 1990 Gabriel founded the Register of Qualified Aromatherapists, and was the first Chairman of the Aromatherapy Organisations Council (AOC). In 1992 he organized an AOC conference entitled Essential Oils and Public Safety, at which experts on toxicology and the essential oil trade industry addressed issues of essential oil safety. The conference paved the way for the formation of the Aromatherapy Trade Council (ATC). He was also instrumental in the formation of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA) in 2002, and served as its founding Vice-Chairman, Publications Chair and Conference Chair.


Gabriel has given lecture presentations at international conferences hosted by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (USA), the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (USA), the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy (USA), the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists, the British Columbia Association of Practicing Aromatherapists, the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (UK), the Tisserand Institute (UK), the Czech Association of Aromatherapists, and the Essential Oil Resource Consultants (France). He has also given seminars in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Ireland and Mexico.


Gabriel is co-author of Shiatsu ~ the complete guide and author of Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit. The latter book outlines a systematic approach to utilizing the psychological benefits of essential oils according to the body-mind relationships of Oriental medicine, and has been translated into several different languages.


Gabriel has contributed articles to leading aromatherapy and natural health journals including the International Journal of Aromatherapy, Aromatherapy Quarterly (UK), Positive Health (UK), the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal (USA), Aromatic Thymes (USA), Aromatopia (Japan) and the International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy (France). He is currently Associate Editor of the International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy (IJCA) and global ambassador for the IJCA-hosted international conference botanica2016.

Virginia Musacchio

Virginia Musacchio MA, CCA. LMT  is a certified clinical aromatherapist who has been working with essential oils for over 25 years. In 2010, Virginia and her business partner, Cynthia Brownley, co-founded Stillpoint Aromatics, an essential oil company that imports over 280 organic and wild harvested essential oils, hydrosols, and resins from distillers worldwide.  All of the essential oils at Stillpoint Aromatics are GC/MS tested for their chemical composition, but of equal importance is the energetic and vibrational component.  Virginia and Cynthia hand pour each essential oil with conscious intention for the individual when an order is received.  Recently, they have begun distilling as well!


In 2010, Virginia and Cynthia co-founded Stillpoint Studies… School of Essential Oils and Energetics. Virginia and Cynthia have been teaching together for over 28 years, and bring their combined knowledge and authenticity of education and essential oils to every class they teach.  They both have their Master’s Degree in education, taught elementary school in New York and worked extensively with Columbia University as “turn key “ teachers to train the teachers in their district.  Stillpoint Studies earned accreditation of both the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)in 2012.  Stillpoint Studies offers Aromatherapay Certification Programs as well as many other aromatherapy and energetic workshops.


Virginia and Cynthia are often guest speakers at Aromatherapy conferences and teleseminars as well author articles for the International Journal of Professional Aromatherapy!

Dr. Robert S. Pappas

Robert S. Pappas is a leading expert on essential oils chemistry; he is widely recognized around the world for his knowledge and integrity. Robert is considered by many to be a go-to person for the chemical analysis of essential oils, and he is always open to answering questions on the Essential Oils University Facebook page. Dr. Pappas is known for busting essential oils myths using science and wit. He has gained notoriety by exposing synthetic fragrances oils being sold as true essential oils in major retail outlets and exposing companies selling adulterated essential oils.


Dr. Robert Pappas (Dr. P) received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from The University of Tennessee and B.A in Chemistry from Indiana University. He specializes in consulting, formulation/duplication and analytical testing services for the cosmetics/personal care, flavor, fragrance, and essential oil/aromatherapy industries. Robert developed the first aromatherapy course to be offered for college credit in the US as well as a course on the chemistry of essential oils. Dr. Pappas started the first Chemistry of Essential Oils course for college credit at Indiana University South Bend. He arranged for a separate Introduction to Aromatherapy course, which he taught with Sylla Sheppard-Hanger and various experts. Both courses are landmarked as the first university credit courses focusing on essential oils and aromatherapy. He still teaches Chemistry of Essential Oils at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN and offers an online course as well.


Dr. Robert Pappas is the founder of Essential Oil University, which hosts The Essential Oil Chemical Reference database, containing thousands of literature references and GC/MS reports for almost any oil and is the largest online essential oil chemical reference database in the world. Robert also is the inventor of the StoveStill, a small-scale home distillation device. He has published many articles and has been a continuous source of inspiration and education for the aromatherapy industry for almost 20 years.

Dorene Petersen

Dorene Petersen, BA, Dip.NT, Dip.Acu, RH (AHG), is the Founder, President, CEO, and Principal of American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS). She has over 35 years of clinical teaching and lecturing experience in aromatherapy and other holistic health subjects. She has presented papers on essential oils and clinical aromatherapy at the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades Annual Conference (IFEAT) in California, USA; the Aroma Environment Association of Japan (AEAJ) in Tokyo, Japan; the Asian Aroma Ingredients Congress (AAIC) and Expo in Bali, Indonesia; the International Center of Advanced Aromatherapy (ICAA) at the WonGwang Digital University in Seoul, Korea; as well as the AAIC Expo in Kunming, Yunnan, China. Dorene currently serves as Chair of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC), and she also is active with the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). Her expertise has been featured on,,, and in InStyle Magazine.

Shirley & Len Price

After attending several aromatherapy courses (1971-74) Shirley opened her school in 1977. She was the first to examine students (after 6 months) and also to teach selection of essential oils for individual clients. By 1998 she had 14 teachers in Britain and 5 abroad (Australia, Norway, Southern Ireland, Switzerland and USA), specially trained by her over a three-week period. Len also became fascinated with essential oils, qualifying in 1979 with Pierre Franchomme and Shirley Price; he was therefore invaluable as an examiner and teacher. His enthusiasm for the essential oils prompted him to dedicate time to researching data, in French as well as English. The couple’s main aims were to source genuine essential oils, give thorough education in their understanding as well as use, and encourage unity among the associations, leading to common and high standards for the whole profession. Both helped initiate the IFA and founded ISPA (now IFPA, of which they were made Honorary Members). In 2011 Shirley was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the AIA in recognition of her dedication to professionalism in aromatherapy. They have spoken at conferences – and lectured – in twelve countries, as well as hospitals in the UK, Eire and Australia, Len’s sense of humour endearing him to students and aromatherapists alike.

Shirley has written seven aromatherapy books, her first (Practical Aromatherapy (1983) being in 21 languages. Len has written two; Carrier Oils in Aromatherapy (1999) and Understanding Hydrolats (2004). Together they wrote Aromatherapy for Health Professionals (1995), the scientific references of which greatly increased over the next three editions. Before starting on the fifth edition, Shirley sent her new book “Aromaflexology” to be published by Riverhead. Len and Shirley will never retire from their interest in aromatherapy, Shirley continuing to lecture and write – and – they play table tennis every morning!

Wendy Robbins

Wendy Robbins, BBA, Cert. Aroma, first experienced the emotional and physical benefits that essential oils provide two decades ago. She quickly fell in love with holistic aromatherapy. However, Wendy also immediately discovered that there was a great deal of conflicting and concerning information being disseminated online regarding aromatherapy and essential oils. While aromatherapy can significantly enhance our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, it is important to Wendy to help educate and promote essential oil safety and the realistic benefits of holistic aromatherapy.


Armed with her growing passion and knowledge of holistic aromatherapy and with her background in Web development and marketing, Wendy was inspired to create AromaWeb in 1997. Since its beginnings, AromaWeb has grown to become a frequently referenced educational aromatherapy Web site that supplies extensive content and coverage of the field of holistic aromatherapy and essential oil usage. Wendy also serves as the Marketing Manager for Natural Sourcing, LLC, a leading natural ingredient supplier, and its trademarked brand, From Nature With Love.

Jeanne Rose

This California native daughter is an authority on the therapeutic and cosmetic uses of herbs, essential oils and hydrosols and a teacher of all things herbal and aromatic. Ms. Rose has a rich familial background in aromatic plant uses. Jeanne graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in zoology, received a scholarship to the Marine Laboratory in Florida and pursued graduate studies in Marine Ecology. She worked in herbal and pesticide research at the Agricultural Experiment Stations in Florida, relocating to her home state of California where she continued her private and public research and teachings into the therapeutic use and value of aromatics and herbs. Jeanne is an academic enthusiast and pursues her studies continually by personal and library research. She has a world-class personal library containing most of the important volumes in herbal studies and aromatherapy and is an inveterate reader. 

Danielle Sade

Danielle Sade B.Sc. in Nutrition & CAHP is the founder of Healing Fragrances School of Aromatherapy. Having over 30 years of experience in teaching, practicing, researching plant based medicine and Aromatherapy internationally, has led Danielle to create unique approaches to understanding and imparting studies in Aromatherapy and the science behind essential oils that make them unique and effective in their therapeutic properties.
Danielle has been President of the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA) for
three different terms and is an active member of the CFA’s educational committee. Her drive to take on these roles was recognizing the need for higher educational curriculums, standards and the safe use of essential oils in Aromatherapy practices.

Michael Scholes

Aromatherapist, Educator, Formulator, Healer

Michael Scholes is an International Aromatic Consultant, therapeutic formulator and natural perfumer who is the president of the Virginia based Laboratory of Flowers, an Eco Essential Oil Supply Company. Michael was trained in England and France by two of France’s leading specialists, Dr. Daniel Penoel (aromatic medicine) and Pierre Franchomme (leading specialist in essential oils for more than 35 years). He has spent the last 32 years teaching the Art and Science of Aromatics in the US and has presented over 15,000 hours of classes to over 30,000 students worldwide including Asia, North and South America and Europe.  

Michael is the president of the Laboratory of Flowers where he specializes in organic essential oils as well as over 750 custom designed blends. His latest work is designing the concept of the “Aromatic Spa” and “Aromatherapy Apothecary” that is currently available at the Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, VA. The signature scent captures the Virginia countryside and contains Virginia Cedarwood, tobacco and other earthy scents.

While Michael specializes in all things aromatic his passion is combining aroma and therapy in exploring the source of a person’s suffering and then creating aromatic based solutions through essential oils, formulations, remedies and products for the bath, body, skin and hair. Each blend is formulated with the intent to heal the condition, not just the symptoms, as well as provide aromatic interventions, specifically under stress. This process involves looking deeply into a person’s psychopathy and designing blends in order to fit receptor sites for healing and mood enhancement. Michael uses over 600 essential oils that he has collected and promotes through his “Library of Fragrance.”

In 2000 Michael helped create an Aromatic fragrance, “World Sensorium” that was released in over 200,000 scent strips over Time Square at midnight on December 31st, 1999. World Sensorium is a single complex scent comprised of culturally associative aromatic phytogenic materials of world flora experienced in the olfactory domain, formulated on population percentages and was created from over 100 essential oils.

Michael currently divides his time between formulating, writing, lecturing, consulting, product development, essential oil research and resourcing essential oils worldwide.  His specialty subject is in the understanding and communication of how fragrance impacts our psychology, through the senses, in our decision making through 30,000 aromatic molecules found in nature.

For information on personal services, individual fragrance design and essential oil supplies or for a personal consultations please contact Michael Scholes at or through the web site at

Jade Shutes

Jade holds a Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy, Holistic Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, and Reflexology from the Raworth College of Natural Medicine in Dorking, UK, and a Diploma in Aromatherapy from the International Therapist Examining board (ITEC). She has studied with Jan Kusmirek of Fragrant Studies and has completed Part One of the Purdue University Advanced Studies of Essential Oils. She has also completed a certificate program for Herbal Medicine with Master Herbalist, Erin Groh and a certificate program for Spa Bodywork with Anne Williams.

Jade has been practicing and studying forms of natural healing for over two decades, and was one of the vanguard of professionals who helped introduce aromatherapy to the US. She has been an aromatherapy educator for over 25 years.

She has designed and taught aromatherapy courses for massage and bodywork therapists, estheticians, social workers, nurses, and other healthcare providers. Jade has taught at Bastyr University (Adjunct Faculty), Duke University (Continuing Education), Ashmead College, San Diego Hospice, and at various locations throughout the United States and Canada.  She has traveled extensively throughout Canada, the United States, England, and Japan exploring aromatherapy practices and businesses. Jade has played an active role in the setting of standards for aromatherapy education in North America and was the creator of ‘Synergia 97’, a conference devoted to raising educational standards in North America.

Jade is currently completing her Masters of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is the Director of Education for the School for Aromatic Studies.

Cathy Skipper

Cathy is English by birth and spent her adult life in rural France, where she farmed, trained and worked as a herbalist and aromatherapist and taught practical herbalism, field botany and aromatherapy at the Ecole Lyonnaise de Plantes Medicinales in Lyon. She also participated for four years in an experimental approach to energetic healing called 'Life cell' under French Kinesiologist, Caroline Gupta. Her plant training in France included two years in plant communication.  She left France last year and now lives in New Mexico with her husband psychiatrist and aromatherapist Dr Florian Birkmayer.


Cathy's own work involves building bridges between aromatic medicine  and herbalism as well as recognizing the importance of healing the healer and reconnecting with nature. In her teaching she marries, theory, practical work and energetics with an underlying intention of helping students develop an intuitive relationship between themselves, the plant/essential oil and the patient as an impetus for healing. Her work with her husband Dr. Florian Birkmayer is centralized around the concepts of Carl Jung and the psyche, aromatic molecules and the mind. Cathy is co-author of the book, Aromatic medicine. 

Alexis St-Gelais

Alexis St-Gelais is a current Ph. D. candidate in phytochemistry. As Cofounder and Scientific Director of Laboratoire PhytoChemia, a laboratory specialized in quality control of natural products, he specializes in essential oils analysis, molecular isolation, and spectroscopic characterization. In addition to routine GC quality control of essential oils, Alexis also works on various research projects pertaining to the fragrances of plants growing wild in Quebec, such as cow parsnip (Heracleum maximum) and spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata), to statistical determination of chemotypes, such as in wild chervil (Anthriscus sylvestris), and to non-volatile molecules with biological properties, such as tannins from the boreal forest or sulfur-containing molecules from leatherwood (Dirca palustris). Alexis is highly concerned with providing accurate and reliable scientific data in a professional manner, and in scientific education. He has for example been involved for years in the organization of his regional youth science fair. Alexis is also a regular contributor to Laboratoire PhytoChemia's blog.

Robert Tisserand

Robert is an international speaker, educator and industry consultant who has helped to bring widespread professional and public recognition to aromatherapy. In recent years, he has inspired live audiences in places such as Tokyo, London, New York, Sydney, San Paulo and Beijing. He tracks all the published research on essential oils, and has 40 years of experience in aromatherapy product development. His 1977 text, The Art of Aromatherapy, has been translated into 11 languages, and his 2013 co-authored book, Essential Oil Safety, is regarded by aromatherapists as the industry standard for safety guidelines.


Robert is the principal at the Tisserand Institute which seeks to "educate dedicated people about the benefits of essential oils, and their safe usage, based on genuine evidence, scientific data, and credible research."

Marco Valussi

Educator, Distiller, Consultant

Marco Valussi is a Clinical Phytotherapist with a specific expertise in essential oils; he works as an educator, writer, and consultant for the industry in the fields of herbal medicine, aromatherapy, and medicinal plants. He also works as a consultant for NGOs working in the field of traditional medicine in developing countries.
Marco is the scientific director of FX Laboratorio Benessere srl and producer of essential oils at Gadoi; he is also president of the association OfficineLessinia, dedicated to the study of aromatic plants, their traditions, biodiversity in the mountain regions, and is particularly dedicated to the economical sustainability of aromatic industry.

Marco gained his degree in Herbal Medicine (BSc. Hons.) in 1998 from Middlesex University, London, after obtaining a Diploma in Aromatherapy and Bodywork in 1995 from ITHMA.

Since 1996 Marco has written over 100 articles for different professional journals and magazines on various subjects related to medicinal and aromatic plants. In 2005 he published with Tecniche Nuove (Milan, Italy) a professional textbook on essential oil science, now in its second edition.

Marco works as an educator and public speaker at various levels on the subjects of medicinal plants and their usage. He runs continuing education courses for herbalists, pharmacists, and medical doctors and seminars as Visiting Professor at the Masters in Medicinal Plants program at the Universities of Florence, Siena, and Pisa.

Marco also works as a consultant for NGOs working in developing countries including work in Kenya for CTM-Altromercato, in Nepal for OxFam, in Colombia for COE-UCODEP, and in Cabo Verde for the EU.

Marco is the Italian representative for EHTPA (European Herbal & Traditional Practitioners Association) and a member of the “Italian Society for Research on Essential Oils” (SIROE).

Roxana Villa

Like the facets of a gem, Roxana’s pure botanical perfumes reflect a myriad of synergistic disciplines. Professional training in aromatherapy cultivated her nose with a firm knowledge of the healing attributes found in the plant kingdom.


As an award winning artist she brings gifts of storytelling, conceptual thinking and a strong visual aesthetic to her work in fragrance. These two disciplines weave seamlessly with her natural instincts into authentic expressions of olfactory art. The insignia of the honey bee, who creates a golden elixir from the flowering earth, is the beating heart and luminous soul at the core of these creations.


Roxana Illuminated Perfume was birthed with an intention to bring light to the inherent beauty of nature. From her apothecary in the Santa Monica Mountains Roxana mindfully formulates and pours each perfume herself, in addition to tending hives of feral honey bees amidst a garden of California native plants.

Mark Webb

Mark Webb is author of the acclaimed reference book Bush Sense: Australian Essential Oils and Aromatic Compounds, the first book to explore the therapeutic benefits of the aromatic treasures of the ‘Great Southern Land’. He holds a BSc Degree in Biochemistry, Plant Physiology/Biology & IT from Macquarie University, Sydney.


After publishing Bush Sense and lecturing around Australia, Mark relocated to Brisbane to take up a consulting role within the biotechnology industry, specialising in the research, development, formulation, quality management and manufacturing of aromatic products. The corporate clients of his company Aromamedix Pty Ltd come from the food, beverage, essential oils and personal care industries.


Mark continues to educate a range of professionals including clinical aromatherapists, medical herbalists, and naturopaths. He has presented at conferences internationally and provided numerous articles for industry journals.

Robbi Zeck

Robbi Zeck ND is the author of The Blossoming Heart. Her pioneering work on the psychological benefits of essential oils and how they affect the integration of emotional experiences, is powerfully represented in her deeply moving workshop series, Aromatic Kinesiology®– The Paths of Beauty, Nurture and Stillness. With a professional background in Naturopathy, Counselling and Kinesiology spanning thirty-five years, it has been Robbi’s privilege to empower individuals, practitioners and educators around the world, to live wholeheartedly and more joyfully. She has taught hundreds of seminars worldwide and is passionate about inspiring people to live and learn through the heart.


In addition to working with private clients from all walks of life, Robbi’s workshops and retreats assist people to embrace the life they truly desire to be leading; her heart-focused programs have been conducted in France, Ireland, Bali, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

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