Dr. Jessica Norris is a speaker and educator on the science and clinical benefits of essential oils. Her passion is to inspire audiences on numerous topics relating to aromatherapy.
Jessica has over 15 years of experience as an analytical scientist. After receiving her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia, she began working for a forensic science start-up company. The seventy hour weeks that she worked were brutal, but her work was fulfilling, as it was geared towards making this world a better place. However, her life journey took some unexpected turns: her father unexpectedly passed away, making her the sole caregiver for her disabled mother. She became pregnant and had her first child. She received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. And these events all occurred within the span of one year. Working long hours was no longer feasible; the universe had provided her signs that she needed to slow down and take better care of her health and well-being. She changed her diet, exercise regiment, and began to educate herself on aromatherapy. She treated several of her MS symptoms with essential oils, with great success – and was transformed into a believer in aromatherapy, as well as other complementary and alternative methods of medical treatment.
A specialist in multiple sclerosis advised Jessica to take up a craft as an occupational therapy modality. She began making jewelry using semi-precious gemstone and lava stone beads, specializing in unique essential oil diffuser jewelry – jewelry that was both practical and attractive. The hobby turned into a business, and the business turned into a phenomenon! Her aromatherapy bracelets are available throughout the United States through both wholesale and retail marketing.
Throughout her recent journey, Jessica never lost sight of her scientific background and desired to combine her knowledge of aromatherapy with her expertise in analytical science. She is proud to establish an aromatherapy institute (scheduled for early 2018) which will provide aromatherapy education based on scientific research and clinical evidence from the perspective of someone who practices aromatherapy – not just for herself, but for her entire family.