An interview with Melissa Gale from I am Aromatics
Allow me to introduce Melissa Gale of I Am Aromatics.
She is a long-time friend of Nourish and Nest, passionate aromatherapist and our collaborator for the new natural perfumes range.
Melissa is wise, grounded and thoughtful. I thoroughly enjoyed working with her on this range and thought you all may enjoy this little insight into her journey and business.
We sat down for tea (Chai for Melissa, Settle for me) at Nourish and Nest stockist Moore Street General recently and I enjoyed catching up with her so much, I wanted to share a bit of our chat here on the blog too.
How did you get in to aromatherapy?
In my late teens I started experimenting with essential oils and was very much drawn to them for the effects on the emotions and of course the amazing aromas. In my mid 20's I went on to study Remedial Massage and specialised in Clinical Aromatherapy and continued in this career for 15years.
What do you love about essential oils?
I love that when essential oils are used cautiously (as there can be many adverse effects to different health problems and medication interactions) and used synergistically they can have such a profound effect on shifting energy, stuck emotion and they can facilitate such a beautiful healing process.
Tell us a little about I Am Aromatics
After burning out for my 3rd time from massage, I took a break and then decided to build a website and grow the new range. I developed the signature blends I used during treatment into usable, chemical free & affordable products to use in an aromatherapy application. I Am Aromatics has allowed me to assist people on their healing journey, inspiring them to be their true self through the product range and my aromatherapy consultancy.
What are the best parts of running your business?
Flexibility, creative freedom, facilitating healing. Collaborating with beautiful not-for-profits and other likeminded business (like Nourish and Nest of course).
What are the challenges?
A flooded essential oil market, rising essential oils prices due to overuse and over selling from big overseas companies. Trying to do everything by myself. Sometimes my ongoing health issues (endometriosis) forces me to slow right down. I am learning, especially this year, to listen to these cues and plan accordingly.
What are your current small rituals?
Pranayama breathwork, meditation, prayer. Long soaks in the bath with at-home holistic skincare facials. Lighting incense, candles & of course diffusing essential oils. Drinking tea, lots of tea.
You can find I Am Aromatics here
and can shop our new Natural Perfume range here.