Elizabeth Ashley is one of the world’s foremost essential oil researchers. Unlike other authorities in the aromatherapy field, she looks at the medicine of a plant from every angle, searching for the very earliest archaeological evidence of its spiritual and medicinal uses, right up to the latest discoveries from clinical trials and the labs. In this episode, Elizabeth talks to us about her unusual childhood, a lifetime spent working with essential oils, and the numerous books she has written with her talent for blending mystical, orthodox, and traditional medical approaches.
Elizabeth is the daughter of one of the first aromatherapists in the UK, Jill Bruce, one of the founding members of the International Federation of Aromatherapists. She began her professional journey into essential oils in 1992. Following on from her diploma, she then completed her Advanced diploma in 1994, followed by certificates in Medical Dowsing and Medical Astrology, and in 1996, was awarded The Business Excellence Award by Business Link.
In 1999, after working for seven years in the family aromatherapy business, she decided to break away and try something new, entering the world of commercial recruitment. There she learned a skill that set her apart from pretty much any other aromatherapist she has ever met…how to sell gently in a fiercely aggressive sales arena. In the 21st Century, this is a perfect description of the essential oil world.
Every aspect of this is woven through The Secret Healer books because Ashley fervently believes aromatherapy is set to become one of the single most important healing modalities on the planet, but that most therapists lack the skills to seize that opportunity since certifications and diplomas simply do not focus on business and how to speak the language of essential oils. Her books seek to level the playing field between fact and fiction, orthodox medicine and us!
The UK Director for the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists and an overseas speaker for the International Federation of Aromatherapists, she is also a regular contributor for several professional and trade magazines. She writes about aromatherapy for Aromatika, where her work is translated into Hungarian, Aromaculture, and the NAHA Journal, and about sales and business for Holistic Therapist magazine, and has previously been professionally published by In Essence, the Aromatherapy Thymes, the IFA Journal, and The New Zealand Register for Professional Therapists.
In 2018, together with Hungarian aromatherapist Gergely Hollodi, she hosted the world’s biggest online summit for professional aromatherapists, Beyond The Essential Oil Recipe Summit, hosting interviews with of the other most respected authorities in aromatherapy.
Disclaimer: The information presented in this podcast is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor if you are in need of medical care, and before making any changes to your health routine.