Aromatherapy/Essential Oils, healthy lifestyle, Natural Supplements

My Journey

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I wanted to start off by sharing a little about my journey and how aromatherapy came to be a big part of my life and my passion.

In 2015 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), migraines, major depression & insomnia; it forever changed my life. Knowing that in the past I had reacted poorly to most medications & experienced side effects ranging from mild to severe; I wanted to try “toughing it out” without the help of any medications.

As time passed, my symptoms continued to worsen. My pain, fatigue and other symptoms got so bad that I was unable to work full-time and had to cut my hours to part-time; then eventually dropped down to being supplemental staff at the medical clinic I worked at. I felt entirely hopeless. I always had pride in being a hard worker and someone that always had a full-time job (and often 1-2 side jobs at the same time to keep myself busy); so it was extremely frustrating that I wanted to work, but was not able to due to health issues that were out of my control.

So, I gave in and I tried the prescriptions. I was put on multiple prescriptions to help with depression, pain, fatigue/insomnia. However, due to the adverse side effects-some were mild, others severe, I was constantly having to change medications. It seemed that none of them were truly helping me feel better, but adding on more unpleasant symptoms for me to deal with.

While searching online for natural alternatives to reduce my medication use; is when I first learned of essential oils & their therapeutic properties/medicinal uses. Prior to that, I had never even heard of essential oils. I was intrigued to learn that these oils were all-natural, derived from the plants God has given us & could have the potential to help with the various conditions I had and the resulting symptoms. I did thousands of hours of self-research, enrolled in every free introductory aromatherapy course I could find online & took a course on essential oil safety to learn all that I could about essential oil uses & safety.

The more I learned, the more fascinated I became with essential oils & aromatherapy. I realized that it was my passion. In my spare time, I found myself constantly working with essential oils & learning everything I could about them. I then purchased Robert Tisserand’s 2nd edition Essential Oil Safety, and began making blends for myself and those close to me. When word spread that I was making these all-natural products that were helping people with their various ailments, I began receiving requests from co-workers and others in my small town.

That is when I decided to combine my two passions – aromatherapy & helping others. Essential Aromas LLC was created and I enrolled in online courses at the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies and completed the course requirements & case studies for my Level 1 Aromatherapist certification. After finishing that, I decided to pursue the next level of aromatherapy education; I am currently taking courses to earn my Clinical Aromatherapist certification.

My Fibromyalgia & CFS journey has taught me that the best thing you can do for your mind & body is to eat healthy, (preferably raw or whole, unprocessed foods), exercise regularly, get adequate sleep & use natural products whenever possible (to reduce the strain on your body-from having to eliminate excess toxins) and naturally support it’s functions. I  started this blog as a resource to share reliable aromatherapy and essential oil safety information to encourage you to live better, so you feel your best!

-Emily Wondra
Level 1 Certified Aromatherpist & Owner of Essential Aromas LLC