Stephanie McBride, formally Stephanie Pearson, is a passionate advocate for the use of essential oils as a form of natural self-care and in clinical practice, from the moment of conception on. Her 25 years of botanical medicine study, coupled with her clinical experience as a functional nutritionist and practical experience as a mother, provide the in-depth knowledge necessary to simplify an ancient health modality. Stephanie is a mother of three in Portland, Oregon. She is a published author, professional educator, business coach and the founder of a community of birth professionals, moms, and health practitioners who share the common vision of uplifting lives with essential oils.
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Stephanie earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon with a double major in Environmental Studies and English Literature. A love for volunteer work in sustainable agriculture and an internship in organic herb farming led her to pursue post-graduate studies in biology, chemistry, folk and eclectic herbalism, and functional nutrition. Further studies in human science and naturopathy coupled with her interest in maternity inspired her to spend a year exclusively researching the use of essential oils in each phase of maternity and in infant care. Through clinical experience, training in aromatherapy, evidence-based research, and her collaboration with other birth professionals she developed her educational tools for essential oil use in maternity.
Stephanie is a published writer and blogger. She served as an appointed board member for the Multnomah Food Policy Council. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and three children. Her free time activities include writing, photography, reading stacks of books, experimental cooking, knitting, hiking, and practicing yoga.