About Essential Oil Sanctuary

Hi there. My name is Loren Elara.

I’m from the mainland USA but have been bouncing around for the past 6 years. Three of those years have been spent in Hawaii, six months in Bali, two months in Thailand and the rest of the time in my hometown of Vashon Island in the Pacific Northwest.

I recently got engaged and we’re planning a move to Evanston, Illinois which is just north of Chicago.

How did I learn about Essential Oils?

I often get asked how I’ve come across the EO information that I share on this site.

Alas, I am not an experienced expert myself. I love to use oils and have been using them for some years. I’m not a pioneer in the EO field nor am I certified in aromatherapy or essential oils (yet).

While I have not tried out every single recipe that I list on this site, I do ensure that all of the information I include in my posts comes from certified experts. Above all, I am a researcher and information compiler.

The information I glean for my posts comes directly from one or more of the following authors:

Valerie Ann Worwood

Internationally Acknowledged as one of the worlds Leading Aromatherapists


Dr. Eric Zielinski

Trained aromatherapist, Chiropractor & Public Health Researcher


You can learn more about Dr. Eric here.


Althea/Sonoma Press

A publishing group that enlists certified aromatherapists to create introductory guides for essential oils and aromatherapy



Nerys Purchon & Lora Cantele

These two certified aromatherapists teamed up to write one book in 2016 that’s been a great resource for me.

The book is titled: The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness

This is me with a wild horse in Waipio Valley on the island of Hawaii

But enough about me. How about… you?

If I were to guess… you’re probably into natural medicines and alternative therapies. And I’m sure you have good reason to be. Maybe you’ve had some bad encounters with conventional medicine… Maybe you just were born with fantastic common sense and you realize that healing can be found in natural plants and remedies; not just in manufactured medicines.

Why essential oils?

I’m sure that you, just like me, have had direct experiences with essential oils and have seen their healing potential first hand.

Maybe when you were young your grandma bandaged you up with special care and a little bit of homemade thieves oil. Maybe you found that essential oils help you find relief from a cold or congestion. Or maybe you just feel a little warmer, cozier and happier when your home is filled with diffused oils.

Whatever your personal experiences may be, you know that there’s potential here with these oils. You know that, when used correctly, they have true medicinal properties.

And that’s why I’m here. To learn more about these medicines with you.

I hope that you found what you were looking for when you originally landed on this site. And I hope that you stick around and continue to explore essential oils with me.


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