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Updated: Nov 8, 2023

How did you initially get involved with aromatherapy, and what made you start working with essential oils?

First and foremost, I did not get here by myself. I must thank so many teachers, colleagues, partners, students, customers, and friends, especially Joan Clark (, who each had a part to play.

What would be your tips for a new or upcoming aromatherapist?

Regarding knowledge, seek wisdom. Study everything you can, aromatically and non-aromatically, and learn as much as you can regarding your craft. Learn at least one benefit from each essential oil. Spend equal amounts of time smelling, mixing, formulating, and connecting with the essence, not the essential oil.

What is/was your philosophy in teaching aromatherapy?

These complex, highly evolved, aromatic plants have affected me so deeply that they have provoked me to go deeper and ask questions regarding where they came from, but who is the master architect and who or what created this highly evolved, complex botanical world?

My philosophy is simple and yet can be complex. It explores the symbiotic relationship between aromatic plants and humans. The focus is on how we are receptive to aromatic molecules and how these molecules are necessary if we are to thrive physically and every other way. If you fully accept this philosophy, it will be easier to see the energetics as opposed to focusing on essential oils as a separate entity.

To learn more about Michael and his work, read the full article in the Aromatika Autumn edition (10.3) available in the shop.

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