Trevor Stokes on Aromatherapy and Behavioral Disorders

Trevor Stokes on Aromatherapy and Behavioral Disorders

Essential oils can be great allies when working with children who have ADD, ADHD, and other disorders. However, this isn’t always as straightforward as many Pinterest boards will lead you to believe. Sylla learned this firsthand when she helped design and carry out a study on the subject.

In 1997, Sylla teamed up with Trevor Stokes,  Ph.D., a psychologist who was also a massage client of hers. At the time, Trevor was a professor at the University of Florida. He also worked with children who had behavioral and emotional disorders. Together, the two of them produced a study that examined aromatherapy’s effects on children with behavioral and emotional disorders.

A few years ago, we interviewed Trevor Stokes about this study and working with Sylla.

In this video, you’ll learn:

  • How Sylla and Trevor began to work on this project (and the outcomes!).
  • How they used essential oils to help kids do their homework and stay in bed throughout the night.
  • Why there isn’t always one right oil.

Just so you know, this video was shot a few years ago, but the information is still valuable! You can also read their research paper in full below.

DOWNLOAD the paper Trevor and Sylla co-wrote called Psychosensory Aromatherapy Research Project.


 

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Nyssa Asks Mynou de Mey

Nyssa Asks Mynou de Mey

So, you’ve studied aromatherapy … But what will you do now? How will you build your career in aromatherapy?

This month’s guest, Mynou de Mey, is a living example of the many ways you can use aromatherapy to give back to the world and build a professional life.

Mynou has worked in almost every part of this industry—as an educator, retailer, consultant, and volunteer. She has a cherished place in my heart because she was one of the aromatherapists that helped with the United Aromatherapy Effort in New York after September 11th.

These days, besides working on a few side projects, she is the Board Director of the Aromatherapy Registration Council, where she has been for the last 19 years.

In this interview, you’ll learn:

  • How scent played a significant role in Mynou’s early life
  • How she brought aromatherapy into the NFL locker rooms
  • Why every aromatherapist should know about the work of Martin Watt
  • About the role the ARC exam has played in our industry and the work it takes to continue its mission
  • How this industry has changed throughout the years

Watch this interview, and let us know what you find inspiring about Mynou’s life and work. Leave us a comment below.


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Nyssa Asks Laraine Pounds

Nyssa Asks Laraine Pounds

If you can’t tell, I’m on a quest to uncover the story of aromatherapy by talking with the people that have been doing this work the longest. There are so many people that were big players in the early days of aromatherapy in the United States, whose names are not recognizable by many aromatherapists today. I don’t want us to forget them.

One of those people is Laraine Pounds (formerly, Laraine Kyle). Laraine was an early pioneer in bringing aromatherapy and other holistic therapies to her nursing practice—at a time when integrative therapy was discouraged within nursing. She was also a key player in the formation of both of our national aromatherapy organizations.

Laraine is also one of my mom’s long-term colleagues and friends, and we are honored to include her in the Inner Sanctum. She is preparing to bring her last group of students through her certificate program this fall, then she will be on to a well-deserved retirement.

In this interview, find out:

  • How Laraine navigated bringing an integrative approach to nursing when it was not as accepted as it is now
  • What it was like to learn from Shirley Price and Patricia Davis (names you should know!)
  • What it was like to witness Daniel Penoel perform a “human embalming”


Have you encountered similar challenges while bringing aromatherapy to another licensed profession? What words of wisdom from Laraine are sticking with you?

Leave us a comment and let us know what was most inspiring to you!


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Nyssa Asks Laraine Pounds, Part 2

Nyssa Asks Laraine Pounds, Part 2

Watch the second part of Nyssa’s interview with Laraine Pounds, and learn about using essential oils for ADHD, the power of intention, and how Laraine made a lasting impact on the aromatherapy industry.
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