NY Institute Of Aromatherapy & The Magic of Essential Oils


Let’s face it! I’ve been getting more into natural remedies as I’m getting older, so when a woman from my yoga class asked if I’d be interested in checking out the New York Institute of Aromatherapy, I couldn’t help but say, “of course, I’d love to,” right away.

The actual center is a small storefront in the East Village, where you can both take classes to become certified in aromatherapy as well as purchase a myriad of oils and goodies.


My “issue” was wanting to craft a scent which would improve my energy/focus levels.  While I typically start the day on a chipper level, I tend to be pretty much wiped out by the time 7pm roles around which is when my hubby gets home to take over his Augusten-shift, and I can start my writing projects.

Obviously I don’t want to brew a pot of coffee, because staying up all night isn’t ideal, either, so a non-caffeinated solution would be mighty appreciated.


After I did some smelling of scents and picked which did and didn’t resonate with me, my teacher-in-training created a spray for me, which can be used as a room spray or a more concentrated spray to put onto a cotton ball and inhale as needed.

It contained lemongrass, rosemary, vetiver, and bergamot and honestly smells incredible.  I’ve been using it all week, and I really do feel more focused!


Would love to know…how have your thoughts?  Share below!

Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New York...as used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.
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