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For those who may not know, I completed an intensive Clinical Aromatherapy program at a Harvard teaching hospital in Boston, MA, MA beginning in 2011. Created by Dr. Jane Buckle, this program was developed for those in the health care industry to bring the art and science of using natural essential oils to the medical field, as an adjunct to traditional care. Upon graduation in 2013, I received my CCAP ~ Certification as a Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner.

This clinical program also included a research component. One of the requirements for completion was to create and execute a research project using 1-4 (of the 33) essential oils that we had been studying. The spectrum was broad and the canvas was blank. Daunting for some, yet I thrive on endless possibilities!

Around that time I had taken part in another Reach the Beach Relay -- 200 miles, 2 vans, 10 runners, and 24 hours to complete the 200 miles. Fun!! 

Now the first time you ran, it was pretty easy. Yet after the second run many hours later (and possibility in the middle of the night), one tends to be a bit sore… And by the time your third and final run comes, you're sleep-deprived, sore, and slightly delerious! Yes, still FUN! :-) 

Since I had never completed a research project to this extent before, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Yet I knew I needed to find an audience of participants that would commit to my protocols to completion. I thought, 'What better participants than runners!' Who else is going to get up at the crack of dawn, rain-shine-or snow, to run because 'it's their scheduled run and that's what they do'. If you are a runner, you totally get this. And if you're not a runner, well I guess you could say we're a bit crazy. Dedicated and committed is my word of choice. However a bit of crazy is mixed in I'm sure!

So I set out to create a research project that would be helpful for future Reach the Beaches and race trainings with a group I knew would commit and follow through. The rest, well you can read about it below! After a rather long road to publication beginning in 2013, I am excited to share that my research on essential oils has been published in the IJPHA (International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy.) YAY!

If you are interested in reading this journal article, please let me know and I'd be happy to share it!



June 29, 2016 by Kristin Robinson

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