Platinum Award winning author of Healing with Essential Oils (2022), Essential Oils for the Whole Body (2020), and Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation (2019) (published byInner Traditions, Vermont USA) and available to purchase from Barnes and Noble (in store and on-line), and from most high street and on-line book outlets, locally and around the world. Translated to Traditional Chinese, my books are widely available in East Asia.
My fascination for essential oils began over fifty years ago, in the early 1970’s, when, as a teenager, I was introduced to integrated medicine (or alternative medicine, as it was coined in those days) and meditation.
I worked as junior secretary for the Company Secretary of Lewis-Selfridges, Oxford Road, London, but surrendered this role when Robert Tisserand invited me to work for him – already inspired by the philosophies of complementary medicine, I willingly embraced this invitation and opportunity – and, so, began my ‘essential oil journey’.
I later studied at the University of Salford and the University of Bolton and was awarded a Bachelor of Science (Joint Honours) Degree in Counselling and Complementary Medicine, post graduate Masters Certificates in Integrated Mindfulness, and Supervision of Counsellors, and a Post Graduate (Adult) Teaching Certificate (PGCE).
I wrote and delivered various teaching programmes privately and for adult education colleges (subjects, for example, included essential oil therapy, diet and nutrition, counselling skills, aromatherapy for carers, and reflexology), and I ran a private aromatherapy clinic. I joined the Complementary Medicine team at the University of Salford (School of Health Sciences and Social Care, now the School of Health and Society), fulfilling the roles of programme lead for B.Sc. Integrated Therapy in Practice, module lead for Aromatherapy, Supervision and CPD, Communication and Professional skills, and was personal tutor. I also organised and ran the aromatherapy clinic for staff and students.
Retiring from the University, I moved to Dorset and have lived in Lyme Regis for eight years. I published my first three award winning books between 2018 and 2022, and I am currently working on my fourth book (publication date to be confirmed). You will find examples of articles I have written for various professional journals, magazines, blogs, and radio/podcast interviews here and here. My writing is inspired and informed by my practice, teaching and research. Indeed, over the years, I have been transported on a wonderful journey of discovery and intrigue, an adventure I continue to pursue.
I am a fellow of the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) and member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).
I am also the mother of four grown up children, and graced grandmother of twelve grandchildren.
A shorter version of this article is featured in the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) quarterly magazine, The Wellness Room, winter 2022/23 edition page 18-19. Marguerite Maury (1895-1968) referred to nature as sovereign, plants as living beings with specific energy potential, and essential oils a vital force expressed from the very heart of the […]Read More