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Wellness Workshop: Ethical Aromatherapy with Colleen Emery

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Ethical Aromatherapy: Essential Oil Sustainability and Safe Usage with Colleen Emery

Essential oils are the highly concentrated distillates of certain herbs, woods, barks, flowers and resins and hence demand our respect when we use them for healing. Within this workshop, you will discover how to engage with essential oils in a healthy, safe and ethical way that acknowledges the associated ecological footprint that this extraction of whole plant medicine carries. This critical thinking discovery will empower individuals to make educated and intelligent decisions when utilizing this type of plant medicine extraction.

You will explore:

  • How essential oils are extracted from whole plant medicine.
  • How essential oils differ from whole plant medicine
  • What the associated ecological footprint of this form of plant medicine is
  • How to safely purchase essential oils
  • What organoleptic testing is
  • How chemical analysis of essential oils can deter and distract from energetic analysis
  • Safe routes of administration and general dilution ratio recommendations

During the conclusion of this workshop, you will also have time to discover and explore certain essential oils and evaluate these through learned organoleptic testing techniques. This is a workshop for both the seasoned and educated herbalist or aromatherapist alongside the user of this type of plant medicine for their own wellness.

Colleen Emery is not only a True Local Supplier (see Emery Herbals’ supplier profile here) at the Kootenay Co-op; she’s also a Master Herbalist and Clinical Aromatherapist. Colleen is passionate about cultivating connection to the natural world and bringing empowerment to healthcare. Her work and teachings have inspired many other Kootenayites, including but not limited to fellow-True Local suppliers, Communion Botanicals and Robin Dupont Ceramics. Her passion spills over to food security, as demonstrated by her position as Vice-Chair on the West Kootenay Permaculture Cooperative Association’s Board of Directors working to encourage local food security through education and community outreach. 


Please register at least 2 weeks in advance and pay at the time of registration. You may register in person at our Customer Service desk, or by phone: 250-354-4077 x 205. Please pay by credit card when registering by phone. 

To keep classes personal and interactive, size is limited to 18 people. Views expressed by this presenter do not necessarily represent those of the Kootenay Co-op.

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April 30
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$10 – $15
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Kootenay Co-op
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Nelson, British Columbia V1L 4J5 Canada
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