Michelle Gilbert, CA, APAIA, R.SPE.P.

traditional wisdom | modern practice

Michelle Gilbert, CA, APAIA, R.SPE.P. is a qualified holistic aromatherapist based in Cleveland, Ohio. Her background and approach is broad, ranging from the clinical to the esoteric. She is fascinated by the meeting point of science and spirit, of modern and ancient, of inner nature and outer expression.

Michelle is an instructor at the internationally renowned Aromahead Institute, School of Essential Oil Studies. She is a contributing writer for Aroma Culture magazine, and has appeared in H...

Michelle Gilbert, CA, APAIA, R.SPE.P. is a qualified holistic aromatherapist based in Cleveland, Ohio. Her background and approach is broad, ranging from the clinical to the esoteric. She is fascinated by the meeting point of science and spirit, of modern and ancient, of inner nature and outer expression.

Michelle is an instructor at the internationally renowned Aromahead Institute, School of Essential Oil Studies. She is a contributing writer for Aroma Culture magazine, and has appeared in Health Magazine and other publications. She also serves on the Education Committee for the Alliance of International Aromatherapists.

She is one of very few people worldwide to be a Registered Practitioner of Spiritual PhytoEssencing, an approach to aromatherapy that invites deep personal soul-level healing.

Michelle believes in the resiliency and wisdom of the natural world as a mirror for our well-being and personal evolution. She takes a balanced approach to exploring all realms of nature, with all realms of our own selves, for healing and wholeness.

Michelle’s work is influenced by her formal studies in many wisdom traditions. She interweaves evidence-based essential oil data with concepts from perfumery, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, east-west psychology, indigenous traditions, homeopathy, and subtle energy modalities.

She has studied with the world’s leading aromatherapists and perfumers, including Andrea Butje, Mark Webb, Robert Tisserand, David Crow, Peter Holmes, Roxana Villa, Anya McCoy, Jennifer Jefferies, Marc Gian, and Dr. Bruce Berkowsky.

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Licenses
Education
2014

Aromahead Institute, School of Essential Oil Studies

Advanced Graduate Program

2008

Reiki Educational Institute

Reiki Jin Kei Do, Advanced Practitioner (100 hours)

2015

Valentine McKay-Riddell, PhD

Raku Kei Reiki, Master

2013

Foundation for Shamanic Studies

Harner Shamanic Counseling

2014

Cherry Hill Seminary

Transpersonal Studies

2017

Bruce Berkowsky, N.M.D., M.H., H.M.C.

Spiritual PhytoEssencing, Registered Practitioner (R.SPE.P.)

2017

Aromahead Institute, School of Essential Oil Studies

Teacher Training Program

2018

Tisserand Institute

Essential Oil Safety Masterclass

2018

Peter Holmes, LAc, MH

The Treatment of Mental-Emotional Disorders with Essential Oils

2017

Marc J. Gian LAc, LMT

Classifications of Essential Oils based on a Chinese Medicine Perspective

2016

Tisserand Institute

The Complete Skin Series by Robert Tisserand: Essential Oils and the Skin

2017

Aromamedix Pty. Ltd. - Mark Webb

Introduction to CO2s

2017

Jennifer Jefferies ND

Aromatherapy Insight Cards Workshop

2017

Annie Mascelli/Your Spirited Life

Holistic Life Coaching Certification

Experience
Coaching

Aromahead Institute, School of Essential Oil Studies - Forum Instructor

(2015 - present) Provide guidance and answer student questions on private forum for one of the largest aromatherapy schools in the world. Subject matter includes chemistry, blending techniques, client consultations, business management, materials sourcing, ethics, safe usage, at-risk populations. Work with Andrea Butje to create optimal student experience.

Orenda Healing International - Board of Directors, Instructor, Technical Editor

(2015 - present) Contribute to growth and advancement of this nonprofit organization, which promotes individual and communal health and well-being through innovative and applicable research in a broad range of fields, with particular emphasis on alternative healing practices. Technical editor, Four Winds Journal, Orenda's quarterly publication. Instructor, online aromatherapy and shamanism courses.

Workshop Facilitator - Shamanic Journeying Circle

(2014-2015) Provide guidance and coaching for individuals using shamanic journeying techniques for personal growth. Promote and support development of community of practitioners. Incorporate aromatherapy into shamanic journeywork as means of exploring subtle plant wisdom and transpersonal experience with essential oils.

Bodywork

Hospice Support - Reiki and Aromatherapy

(2013-2015) Visit extended care facility, administer to individuals in hospice care including individuals with traumatic brain injury, offer emotional and psychospiritual support. Provide Reiki and customized aromatherapy to uplift spirits, enhance environment, alleviate stress, provide personal interaction, support patient comfort.

Spa

Aromatherapy - Practitioner

(2013-present) Provide personal consultations and create customized aromatic preparations to support clients' mind-body wellness goals.

Aromatherapy

Aromahead Institute, School of Essential Oil Studies - Case Study Instructor

(April 2017 - present) Evaluate case study reports submitted by students pursuing AIA/NAHA Level 2 and Level 3 Aromatherapy certification. Ensure compliance with established safe usage guidelines, consultation protocols, and basic aromatherapy blending principles (chemistry, morphology, dilution, basic formulation, method of delivery, aromatic appeal). Provide one-on-one email mentorship to include support, encouragement, and guidance for development as an aromatherapy practitioner.

Education Committee - Alliance of International Aromatherapists

2016-present

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

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