She is the author
of Aromatherapy for Body, Mind, and Spirit, a book designed to
clarify the practice of aromatherapy and provide the necessary information
for responsible practitioners. She is also the author of Is Your Home
Safe?, a booklet which explains the importance of avoiding the toxic
chemicals found in common household and personal care products.
Larissa is a certified master aromatherapist who studied under Ph.D. Chemist
Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt. Dr. Schnaubelt is one of the most recognized and
well-respected names in the international aromatherapy community.
Larissa has also studied aromatherapy extensively in France, where she
has met with growers and distillers to better understand the cultivation
and processing of aromatic plants. She has worked with scientists and
researchers from the French National Center for Biomedicine at the University
of Perpignan, where she learned about detection of adulteration and quality
control for essential oils. Larissa updates her knowledge regularly by
attending international seminars where scientists share the latest research
on essential oils.
In 2000, Larissa was commissioned to create and launch aromatherapy training
for Nature’s Sunshine products of Provo, Utah. This involved creating
training materials and course content, and traveling throughout the United
States to train a wide range of health professionals on aromatherapy.
In 2001, due to the success of her first school, Larissa was invited to
become part of Nature’s Sunshine’s professional NHC certification
program, which trains students to become professional natural health care
practioners. Clayton College of Natural Health also recognizes Nature’s
Sunshine’s NHC program for credit toward becoming a natural health
In 2002, Larissa was invited to consult on the launch of a new aromatherapy
line for Nature’s Sunshine products of Canada. Larissa has also
recently been invited to assist in the launch of aromatherapy lines in
Korea and Japan for Nature’s Sunshine, which involves training both
healthcare professionals and a sales force in the practice of aromatherapy.
Prior to working in the field of alternative medicine, Larissa worked
in the pharmaceutical industry, where she ran studies to determine the
dermal permeability of various drugs and chemical carriers. In this position,
she was in charge of running High Performance Liquid Chromatography machines
and analyzing standards to assure that samples were pure and properly
prepared. Larissa also participated in the new product launch for a testosterone
patch, where she learned about the importance of quality control and Good
Manufacturing Practices, or GMP.
Larissa obtained a B.A. in English language and literature from Santa
Clara University in 1989. She also completed two years of graduate education
in Environmental Sciences, at San Jose State University. During her time
working as a graduate student intern, Larissa helped to implement and
audit the country’s first curbside recycling program, for the City
of San Jose’s Office of Environmental Management. She also assisted
at San Jose City’s Residential Toxic Waste Disposal Program.
Larissa has the unusual ability to bridge the gap
between the scientific community and the some of the more esoteric practices
of alternative medicine. Her own healing journey has brought her face
to face with many healing modalities and has taught her the importance
of including the spirit and the mind in both holistic and conventional
treatments. She also cares deeply about the health and welfare of others
and of the planet, and strives to give her students tools and ideas to
empower them to heal themselves. Larissa’s seminars integrate the
latest scientific research on herbs and essential oils, while making art
of herbalism and aromatherapy accessible to all.>
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