Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, Jamela Franklin knew what it was like to have very little resources, especially for health care.
“Many black families had to rely on folk medicine as opposed to modern medicine,” she said. “I learned the body could be healed using natural remedies.”
After receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ivy League universities, Franklin decided to focus on holistic health, including aromatherapy. She attended the New England School of Aromatherapy and became a certified aromatherapist. Aromatherapy is just one of the many disciplines Franklin offers today in her private practice.
“There are 200 essential oils derived from the therapeutic properties within plants. They can be drained to get healthful properties and then blended with other elements to create healing concoctions. This idea was used originally by the pharaohs in Egypt,” Franklin said.
Everything around us is based on aromatherapy, from body washes to perfumes, from cleaning products to candles. “The difference is the aromatherapy I practice is therapeutic to help calm and heal the body. A large percentage of diseases are stress related,” she said.
Franklin has seen positive health results, especially with her popular blend Peace Be Still. It is an oil blend that can be inhaled, massaged into the skin or put into bath water. It helps to calm anxiety in adults and children, allowing them to have a good night’s rest. It also helps to keep away the flies and mosquitoes.
“Once people experience it, they are hooked,” said Franklin. “Not only do the products smell good, but they are therapeutic as well.”
Aromatherapy: The use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils to calm and heal.