Let the studies begin

After half a decade of playing around with oils on my own, I wanted to expand my offerings and share the knowledge I had collected. One big influence in this endeavor was Kurt Schnaubelt. Original Swiss Aromatics started up in 1983 and his Pacific Institute of...

Days of Rumors

In February of 1982  I married my husband, O.V. on Valentines day and the same month bought the salon business I had worked at for a few years. I renamed it Rumors, in honor of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, my obsession at the time. Originally I sold my collection...

I Thought I Invented It

In the mid 70’s, like all good hippies, I went on a 6-week road-trip with my Mom in a VW microbus camper to California and back. I found the first scent shop I had ever seen in Dallas, TX. That shop changed my life! The smells were wonderful; the colored oils in glass...

Who Would Have ‘Thunk’ It?

When many aromatherapists gathered for the 2006 Aromatherapy Conference by Michael Alexander in St. Pete, FL, my brother D, allowed us to raffle him for a dinner date for United Aromatherapy Effort, Inc. to raise funds. Jane Buckle won him and wrote a poem I shared in...

Early stirrings

I grew up in North Carolina in the 1950-60s and moved to Florida in early 1970. At that time I didn't know aromatherapy had started with Gattefosse's work, followed by Valnet’s book Aromatherapie which came out in France. Then  Marguerite Maury, an Austrian...

I started out as a child.

I started out as a child of wonder, in a natural world of soft, furry animals that would let me rub their ears on my upper lip. We had woods in which to discover nature and build secret camps. I rolled down hills, I ran in grass, and witnessed the seasons of change as...

I will not die an unlived life

Dawna Markova wrote the poem,   I Will Not Die An Unlived Life I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my...

Re Start Me Up

A few days ago I turned 63 and decided it was time to start a blog. It may seem strange to start on my birthday but I decided I had to just get started, and get it done. We never know how long we have in this earth suit, and I need to put some things down on paper for...