About Michelle

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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Michelle’s practice is uniquely augmented by her being  well-versed in a broad range of spiritual paths and alternative healing modalities through her own long and comprehensive personal exploration.

She knows her stuff. Her study of aromatherapy is deep, practical and wide-ranging, from the intellectual to the profoundly spiritual, from the intensively scientific to the broadly holistic.

Michelle is considerate, engaging, well prepared. And, most importantly, I have found her aromatherapy blends to be very supportive and helpful to my healing process in the several areas we have worked on together. I will certainly work with her again as needed, and I am happy to recommend her to friend and client alike.