Around 15 years ago, Helen Nagle-Smith switched careers. She left her job working in the management sector and in 2006 qualified as a clinical aromatherapist. An aromatherapy tutor, Helen at Aromatherapy with Helen now uses essential oils in her massage practice and writes CPD courses for British aromatherapists.
In our Spring issue last year we reviewed Helen’s wonderful book ‘Working With Unusual Oils, Volume 1’ that deeply examines 18 essential oils, some of which might be familiar while - as the title suggests - others just not, some of them are such as like Nagarmotha or Cypriol (Cyperus scariousus), Mandarin Petitgrain (Citrus reticulata Blanco), Fragonia (Agonis fragrans), Kunzea (Kunzea ambigua) or Saro (Cinnamosma fragrans).
An exciting facet of the book is the 'Essential oil of our time' section describing how each oil might be dynamically used for issues facing today’s aromatherapist, or indeed ideas of situations they may have faced in the recent past. Not just small issues, either. Ones which had had not only healthcare implications, like SARS, bird u and COVID, but which also have carried an enormous sociological and economic burden.