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.
The Nourish and Nest Gift Guide
Gifting made simple
For the tea lover: the tea lovers gift pack
For the homebody: the enjoy small rituals gift pack
For the adventurer: a Turkish towel
For the little one: a wooden bowl & spoon set & baby Turkish towel
For the new mama: a Little Nourish and Nest gift pack
For the foodie: the linen apron gift pack
For the person always on the go: a glass tea flask
For the entertainer: the linen lovers gift pack
For anybody else: an aromatic coconut & soy candle
Little Nourish and Nest is finally here!
These are the things I have loved as a Mama myself, or things I have wished existed.
And to celebrate this new collection we had a gathering a few weeks back with some local mamas and creatives and a whole lot of little ones.
We gathered picnic-style, drank grapefruit mimosas and endless cups of tea while the little ones ran free.. our kind of Monday morning!
Thanks to everyone who joined us and to Mel for the delicious cakes.
Shop the collection here.
Nothing compares to candlelight. Especially when people are gathered together to celebrate. Candles bring ambience, elegance and natural beauty to any event. The flicker of candlelight against a smiling face, the shadows they cast against the wall, not to mention the lingering fragrance...
Want to add a Nourish and Nest touch to your next event? We are now offering a range of event candles, hand-poured with our custom blend of coconut and soy wax. The event candles are available in white, frosted, amber or black glass in any of the following aromas - Almond & Vanilla, Lemongrass & Coconut, Lychee & Ginger, Pomegranate & Orange Blossom and Wild Honey & Amber.
Let us custom pour a set of candles for your next event. Available now in our online store.
Photography: Aaron Hughes
We are off on a Summer adventure, so although our online store will remain open 24/7, please note that our next shipping day will be Monday 18th January.
I am looking forward to re-charging the batteries and making the most of these fleeting and precious Summer days.
Whether you are holidaying at this time of year as well or are in your normal rhythm, I hope that you find some time in amongst it all to explore with wonder xx
Need a last minute Christmas gift? Don't want to leave home?
The lucky receiver of a gift voucher can spend it on any of the goods or events available in our store and it is valid for 12 months.
So, relax.. pour yourself a drink, put on some Christmas tunes and finish your Christmas shopping in style from the comfort of home.
Buy a gift voucher here.
Download gift tags here.