I’m a mum to two lovely crazy girls, we live by the sea with my husband and our cat named Albus. With regular workshops, webinars and events on how to use toxin free products safely for all the family, for emotional and physical well being, in yoga and meditation, I help families all over the UK feel in control of daily life.
My holistic journey
My holistic journey was the start of a transformation from a busy and stressed out mama to a more balanced, mindful, earth connected and aware mother to my two girls. I’ve been practicing yoga & meditation since 2013 and since been on a spiritual path of discovery. I’m growing & learning- let’s be real, there’s always space for improvement and I’m human, I slip up just like anyone! But I now have several tools to help me balance out, cope & succeed in day to day life, and this is what I share to help others.
Along with my passion for Aromatherapy my studies have prompted research into toxin free products, toxin free lifestyle and eco living. Noticing the scale of waste in our modern lives and knowing I can make a difference has become bigger and more in the forefront of my mind!
However this description doesn’t really tell you about me…
Before motherhood I was quite a different person.
My early life was unusual, growing up in a strict religious family- though rather than seeing negatives I see tolerance and positives from my experiences. But I was very shy as a child- massive understatement, I was painfully shy. If you’d told me I’d be doing talks to hundreds of people now about benefits of using essential oils I would never have believed it! I would have felt physically sick at the thought. I felt overwhelmed by emotions, tearful and was frequently told I was “too sensitive”.
At 14 I discovered music. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Metallica… I would sneak off to London with a friend, smoke and drink and see bands and films underage. Not proud of it but I was definitely rebelling, like a spring that had been coiled for a long time. I’d hate my kids to feel like that when they’re older but anway we process our lives best we can… as I said it’s a journey.
I studied Interior Architecture at uni and always kept a sideline interest in houses, efficient low impact housing, recycled and upcycled creative projects, history, antiques and vintage being incorporated into modern life and design that goes beyond the basics. In my living room you’ll find books on all these subjects as I believe you’re never too old to learn something new! And I love books, they’re slightly magical….. However this is avoiding my truth.
At Uni I was totally wild. I drank like a fish because it gave me false confidence. I had boyfriends I treated badly, I was at every party I could get to. I partied hard, loved music (still do but clueless now about new music), was obsessed with retro clothes, well and truly burnt the candle at both ends working and drinking wine into the early hours with friends. Escapism at it’s best… After my brother died while I was in my 2nd year of uni, I lived from one day to the next and didn’t make long term plans. I was numb and that was fine by me, I didn’t want to think deep about anything.
When I moved to London, I was lucky I had good friends from uni who let me couch surf for a couple of years while I worked in Camden Stables market. I then worked in nightclubs on the door for extra cash, but I spent my hard earned cash fast through drinking and I ended up working in 4 jobs per week, retail and whatever other jobs came along, like film extra work & agency office work. There’s only so long you can sustain a 20 hour party life, it takes it’s toll.
When I truly had enough of London & my relationship with my boyfriend had crumbled, I needed a big change and bought a one-way ticket to Berlin – to paint, be accepted as an artist and find myself. To be alone & survive on my own, it was incredibly refreshing & what I needed. I challenged myself and started to come home to myself. I have fond memories of Berlin, I felt renewed.
While I was there my father died after 3 years of hell living in a nursing home & a 10 year battle with dementia. I was compelled to come home after just 6 months, I realised I had been running away from myself, my responsibilities, pretty much from everything.
I was definitely different when I came back, I wanted something different in life & had a new perspective. I’d been back only a short while & met my husband via a friend of mine in London and fell madly in love. It was so easy, simple & steady, nothing like any of my previous relationships with artists and musicians. I decided to stay in the UK, got a job in luxury fashion recruitment and found out suddenly after just 6 months I was expecting my daughter Oona.
That was a massive change, in lifestyle & habits! I stopped smoking overnight, stopped drinking excessively and wanted to be the best mum she could ever have… My personal identity changed in an instant and I had to find myself all over again.
Jumping forward in time, I became a receptionist and then a PA landing a dream job thanks to my lovely neighbours, to a HNW entrepeneur and his family. I suffered with intense head tension and struggled with managing stress, debts, and the daily school run. I barely had time for my precious little girl and finally a new one on the way but my boss and his wife decided to move area so things were about to change again. I had my baby girl Bowie and started a receptionist job at the local osteopaths.
Cue 2017… It was a crazy year.
I’d eyed up Neals Yard because it looked respectable, good quality and it seemed like flexible working but I was slightly dismayed they’re labelled organic yet are not 100% pure. Plus the start up seemed okay but I wasn’t sure I could do it. A mum at school heard me mentioning my baby had an unexplained rash Dr’s were baffled over and not very helpful with and she suggested using essential oils and I basically said no thanks to the hippy oils (!) because I just didn’t think they were believable!
After 6 months of seeing 7 different GP’s and 1 dermatologist, my little one still had an awful ugly rash on her legs. Doctors said don’t worry about it but it looked quite angry red. The dermatologist told me we should not be using long term any of the creams we had been prescribed in bulk- due to a connection with renal failure!! I was totally shocked and angry so started looking at toxin free products, realising there was a minefield and hundred of baby items and houeshold products are not actually safe or pure for anyone to use!
So at school I found Emily and said okay I give in, let me try some of these oils and she gave me 2 tiny samples of Wild Orange & Peppermint the next morning. That evening I logged online to see what the fuss about these oils were and during that class tried 1 drop of each, in my hands, rubbed together and inhaled…
In one split second it was like an explosion in my head.
The tension I’d had behind my eye, released and disappeared. Instantly. I was in shock- the good kind. I couldn’t believe I’d had discomfort for 3 days straight. In 2 seconds these crazy little oils had changed my life. I was hooked. I wanted to know why. HOW did I not know about these before?! I was so delighted and surprised I just kept thinking I have to tell people about this!!! The next week I said to Emily I just had to do this as a job, and the rest as you say is history.
The unexplained baby rash disappeared completely within 2 weeks of using a combination of doTERRA oils. It was incredible. And to this date I do not suffer with the discomfort issues I had before, I have control over stresses and wellbeing so much more! Life changing.
I’m now a certified & insured Aromatherapist, currently a student of French Aromatherapy and special interest in Clinical Aromatherapy. I’m Certified in the AromaTouch Technique and have wellness teams across the globe with doTERRA essential oils. I’m a certified doTERRA Essential Oil Specialist and I run wellness education classes, workshops and events. I’m always expanding my qualifications & learning new skills and getting certifications under my belt.
One of my favourite things is collaboration with other specialists- yoga teachers, holistic therapists, baby massage teachers, beauticians, teachers, mums and people from many practices. I love this process and will keep on expanding this, if you’re looking to collaborate please get in touch!
I honestly love my job and expanding my incredible team continues!