Editor In Chief, Founder
Gergely holds a BA in English teaching and after a 12-year long period spent in the advertising-marketing world decided to change his life and started his journey in the field of healing. Gergely is a graduate of the Cortiva Institute: Seattle School of Massage and is a nationally certified (NCBTMB) and Washington state-licensed massage therapist. He completed the Master's Apprenticeship program with the School for Aromatic Studies in Seattle. He is a professional member of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA).
He lives in Budapest, Hungary where he practises massage as a certified therapeutic massage therapist and offers aromatherapy courses to the public. He is the lead instructor in Hungary for the School for Aromatic Studies in his school Aroma Botanica. He always continues his study of alternative medicine/herbal medicine and is a certified phytotherapist.
Gergely is the co-creator of the 'Beyond the Essential Oil Recipe' Summit as well as the Tongue of the Trees Aromatherapy Oracle cards with Elizabeth Ashley aka The Secret Healer. Gergely is the Founder of Budapest Drops.
Michelle’s love for plants began when she was a young child; seeing a pansy and knowing it was so much more than a flower, always collecting rocks at the beach, and the woods have always been a magical place of refuge for her. She studied Horticulture in high school and college. Michelle attended the Brenneke School of Massage, became an energy worker, and studied aromatherapy, flower essences, gem essences, and herbal medicine. She opened her massage practice in 2002 and began her aromatherapy studies with Jade Shutes and the IDA (now Aromatic Studies). She has been teaching the Aromatic Studies curriculum since 2005 and became involved in Hospice work in 2003 with MultiCare Home Health and Hospice, working as a comfort therapist providing massage, reiki, and doing clinical aromatherapy consultations. She continued her studies in spiritual phytoessencing with Dr Berkowsky, natural perfumery with Ayala Moriel, became a reiki master and teacher and studied cranial sacral therapy and integrative energy therapy.
In 2006, Michelle studied flower and gem essences, and became an international instructor for Australian Bush Flower Essences. In 2014 she enrolled in the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine.
You can find Michelle’s work at lilygracebotanicals.com
Ildiko Berecz is a modern-day alchemist from Hungary who now lives on Crete island and brings life-changing experiences through her inspiring and transformative aromatic practices, writing, and photography. Trained and certified in several modalities, Ildiko has a deep understanding and holistic approach to life. Plants, harvesting, distilling, herbal formulations & aromatherapy are all integral parts of her daily life and teachings, just as her holistic coaching and consultations to empower people all around the world. She leads aromatic workshops, field trips, and transformative retreats on Crete, and travels seasonally. Ildiko runs her blog Essential Reflections and has been a contributing writer to Aromatika Magazin since 2015 to promote a deeper understanding of sustainable practices with transparency and authenticity in one's personal life and work ethos. She was Editor of Aromatika between 2021 and 2022.
You can reach Ildikó at Essential Reflections or ildikoberecz.com
Dr Péter Babulka
Editorial member, Columnist
Péter graduated as an engineer of gardening, and after his postgraduate research on “materia medica”, he received a PhD diploma in 1982 (Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest). Since that time, he has gained experience in different fields related to medicinal plants, herbal drugs, phyto- and aromatherapy etc. He has taught various subjects at six universities, including phyto- and aromatherapy basics. He has written more than 500 articles (about 50 of them deal with EO and AT) and authored or co-authored ten books and book chapters, 2 CD-ROMs and Android apps on medicinal and aromatic plants etc. As a research team member, he took part in clinical trials on the various effects of essential oils, and the results of their research were published, e.g. in Acta Physiologica Hungarica, Flavour and Fragrance Journal, and Physiology & Behavior. He has more than ten years of experience in developing essential oil-based products (aroma cosmetic products, veterinary medicines and plant strengthening products). He is one of the founder members of the European Society of Ethnopharmacology.
Gabriella, along with Gergely was the original founder of Aromatika back in 2013. She retired from actively working on the magazine in 2021 but she continues supporting the Editorial staff and enriching content with her creativity and original stories.
Gabriella is a mother of three girls. She makes scented jewellery and is a journalist. Originally, she graduated as a French teacher and now returned to teach language in public schools and privately.
She believes that her real venture is in the world of aromatics. She has studied holistic aromatherapy with Gergely Hollódi of the School for Aromatic Studies in Hungary.
Gabriella launched Pomanders in 2018 where she makes scented jewellery from minerals and silver, and which come with essential oil blends of her own creation. Essential oils are not only part of her work but are fully interweaving her life.