Amandine Peter has lived with plants as long as she can remember. She grew up in the countryside with nature as her playground, and remembers playing all day long with her siblings and cousins in her grandfather's garden, picking fruits and vegetables from the ground and eating them, and helping her grandfather hand-pick beetles to keep them out of our potato plants. Her mother used to diffuse eucalyptus essential oil in the winter to keep the family safe from germs and purify the atmosphere. She started to study essential oils in her teens because she was a very sensitive person who used to be sick every two months, with all sorts of benign ailments. She was also diagnosed with depression and anxiety. After incorporating essential oils into her life, she is now physically, mentally and emotionally healthy and connected to her body and to mother nature. Amandine rejects everything that is processed and unnatural, because our bodies are not prepared to deal with the synthetic substances we find in basically everything. She makes all my cosmetics, and does not eat processed food. She believes that essential oils are precious allies to remind us how powerful plants are, and how right it feels to use them to enhance our general health, especially in a preventive way.
Amy Anthony B.A, is a certified clinical Aromatherapist with a private practice in Manhattan, NY. Her focus is on customized aromatherapy and education: she consults with clients and teaches classes and workshops at the NYIOA and around the NY metro area. Amy also enjoys formulating customized delivery methods that encourage the safe, practical use of aromatherapy for her clients—like fizzing bath balls, shower bars, body butters, creams and more. More can be found about her aromatherapy practice at A.roma.
Amy has been a gardener since the age of 5 and has continually found ways to connect with plants since moving to NYC in 1999. Her connection with plants brings a holistic, plant-based approach to her teaching and practice of aromatherapy. She spends time between NYC and the North Fork of Long Island, where she can be found getting dirty at the East Side Outsidecommunity garden or her own garden on Long Island. She also spends as much time as possible in her garage, with her copper still, to obtain beautiful, artisanal hydrosols from plants she grows or other locally sourced botanicals.
Elisabeth Vlasic, please call her Libby, is a clinical aromatherapist, and a certified essential oil educator. Additionally, she is currently undergoing a 3 year Herbalism program at 'Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism' in New York City. Her love and profound respect for Mother Nature started as a young child growing up in Australia, running around the foot of eucalyptus trees, always in awe of the beauty our mystical world provides. Fast forward to now, and what has manifested is a love of essential oils and all the benefits plants offer one+all in support of a healthy and happy life. Libby spends her time between upstate New York in the beautiful Hudson Valley, and bustling New York City, with her husband, her little boy and 2 dogs. Learn more at Wythe and Berry
Fernanda Menegassi-Lojac, B.S., R.N., is a clinical aromatherapist and owner of North Fork Natural. Fernanda's love for aromatherapy began as a desire to integrate holistic wellness into her everyday life while working as a registered nurse. Her desire to experience more with essential oils led her to pursue an Advanced Clinical Aromatherapy Certificate at New York Institute of Aromatherapy. Fernanda’s background in nursing along with her passion for natural healing allows her to integrate essential oils into her therapeutic wellness and skin care products. North Fork Natural is located in Cutchogue, NY on the North Fork of Long Island. There she handcrafts natural soaps, skin care and wellness products that are formulated with aromatherapy in mind. As an aromatherapist, Fernanda spends her time formulating, educating and consulting. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, walking on the beach, and spending quality time with loved ones while enjoying the North Fork of Long Island.
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