I’ve sat in my mom’s aromatherapy classes throughout my entire life. First as a child, when I tagged along as a “helper;” then as a newly licensed massage therapist, encountering her class as a student for the first time; and most recently as an instructor, teaching classes myself.

My mom is always encouraging students to go out and teach introductory classes themselves. She’ll say, “The best thing you can do once you leave this class is to go out and teach a class yourself. Just an easy, one-hour class for your friends and community. That’s when you’ll really learn how much you know, and it will give you ideas on what else you can learn.”

Each class includes people with different energies and experience levels. I love facilitating the education of the group while addressing each person’s specific needs. After our first year of teaching together, I’ve explained the three main topics in the intro class so many times (what is aromatherapy, what are essential oils, how do they work, and how do we use them) that the right words roll off my tongue with little effort. I’m thrilled to share this platform with my mom. She still chimes in with deeper explanations when needed. Then I get to learn more!

Sometimes when students gain a bunch of knowledge about essential oils, they still feel like they don’t know where to start. We know from experience that you simply just start where you are.

You begin.

For some, that means talking to their friends and family about what they learned. For others, it may mean choosing one oil each day to use and discover. Others may make and use an aromatherapy blend for their next massage. Whatever it is, you begin wherever you are … as I am doing right now.

This is my first blog with the Atlantic Institute. I hope you enjoy it! I’m grateful I have begun. : )

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