Please enjoy this interview I did recently in Galway, Ireland with Michelle King
How did you get into clinical Aromatherapy? I decided to bring essential oils into my work as a nutrition and natural medicine consultant for women and children because they are so effective and easy to use! The oils were so well received by my clients and so many of the women were having babies that I eventually decided to make essential oils for maternal health my primary focus. Just to clarify, I'm actually certified as a clinical herbalist and also as an aromatherapist. By the end of 2019, I will have certification at the professional level of aromatherapy. Before that essential oils were included in my curriculum for both advanced and clinical-level herbology. What is the difference between Aromatherapy and Clinical Aromatherapy? Much of the technical side of clinical study involves practicing assessment skills and there is an additional 400-hour requirement for the clinical level of certification. I have been fortunate enough to learn assessment skills such as pulse, body, and facial diagnosis from some of the most acknowledged teachers, including Matthew Wood, Margi Flint, and Cascade Anderson Geller. Your latest book is a great resource, can you tell me about it? Thank you! I was very inspired to write this book and it was such fun as well! The book is a culmination of what I've learned in 25 years of herbal study, 10 years of practice working with women during their childbearing years, and quirky experiences from my own homebirths and raising three babies. It is called Hindsights for Maternal Wellness because, apart from one or two experiences, I didn't have therapeutic-quality essential oils when I was having my kids and I've so much to share with others now. What can we look forward to at your event? My intention when I teach is that people leave the events feeling confident that they have the knowledge to use or recommend essential oils during maternity, labor, and postpartum and for nursing moms and babies. Applications do need to be adapted during these stages of life, but it is so worth understanding how to do so to both ensure safe use and to encourage use in general. More specifically, I will share information about safety, application, dosing, and top oils for maternity and babies. Where can we find you online? My website is a great place to go to see recorded webinars and tutorials, read my blog, and learn which oils are best for each specific stage of maternity. www.dailynectaressentials.com There is also information about and links for purchasing my books and certification e-course for those who would like to dive deeper. My Facebook group, Essential Oils for the Birth Kit, is another place where people can go to post questions or share their own experiences. I travel to teach a lot and love photography so some people might like to follow my journey on Instagram at stephj.mcbride.