My interest in healing began over 25 years ago as a need to understand my own health challenges. As western medicine proved unsuccessful, I turned to alternative methods and found myself feeling at home with ancient practices and indigenous medicine. Over the decades I’ve been fortunate to travel and study with MD's, folk-doctors and village healers from different cultures that approach natural healing in a myriad of ways. I've cultivated a diverse ‘medicine bag’ and share the gifts I’ve gathered with as many as possible.
The most powerful healing allies I befriended during my travels were essential oils. They brought me back to life. I re-experienced vigor, vibrancy and vitality simply through inhaling. It felt miraculous. And I wanted to share. So I began exploring synergistic blending of essential oils for clients and students. The response was highly encouraging from the start. Moods were improving; stress was more manageable; sleep was no longer elusive. For me, the connection between aroma, body and mind became undeniable. I became fully absorbed in my laboratory: smelling, pouring, mixing and blending.
With a lot of enthusiastic experimenting and a little planning, Anjali Aromatics was born. The company is a culmination of my years in the fields of Mental Health and Alternative Medicine. It has expanded my respect for botanical alchemy and my belief in nature's healing power.
My medicine bag
My knowledge quest began in Asia. Taoism and Classical Chinese Medicine were fertile soil for my curious mind and I delved into Acupressure, Jin Shin Jyutsu and Chi Nei Tsang. Bodywork segued into yoga and I found myself following the trail of the mystic, landing in India and becoming a certified yoga instructor. While there I fell in love with Ayurveda. It's common-sense approach to natural healing was astounding. So complex. So exotic. Yet so simple! Dr. Vasant Lad, founder of the Ayurvedic Institute, became my principle teacher and Sonia Masocco nourished my desire to deepen into the aromatic aspect of phytotherapy (plant-based medicine). I sought several Aromatherapists, Herbalists and Acupuncturists to discover more about essential oils and healing.
After delving into the body and relieving my own symptoms I realized healing would be incomplete without engaging the mind. This led me to Depth Psychology where I earned a Master’s degree in Grief and Trauma Counseling. Today, given the incredible breakthroughs in the field of neuroscience, I continue to study the work of Dr. Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing, Dr. Dan Siegel, founder of Interpersonal Neurobiology and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Medical Director of the Trauma Center at the Justice Research Institute.
I believe that learning is a life-long process. In my perpetual classroom I create potions, teach workshops and lead teacher trainings in Trauma Healing, Aromatherapy, Yoga and Ayurveda. I also offer unique one-on-one sessions that integrate essential oils, Acupuncture, Marma points and biosonic sound frequencies. Honoring my teachers through the work I offer is a great gift.