Snapshot of an Aromatherapist: Meet Linda Anne Kahn

Linda Anne Kahn is the owner at Beauty Kliniek Aromatherapy Day Spa & Wellness Center located in San Diego, California. Linda Ann was my table-mate at the first half of the Aromatic Medicine class I took with Mark Webb in Atlanta. She has a vast amount of knowledge about aromatherapy and is an expert in lymphedema treatment using massage and essential oils. She is scheduled to speak on the topic of Lyme disease at the upcoming AIA (Association of International Aromatherapists) conference in August 2017. She also gives workshops on color healing and the chakras.

Linda Anne is a wife of 47 years, a proud grandmother of two girls, a mom and a daughter. She loves her life with a passion and keeps active and fit with pilates, yoga, and walking her two dogs. She loves cooking healthy food and entertaining and is constantly studying and researching nutrition so that she can find ways to improve her client’s lives.

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What got you interested in aromatherapy? Tell us a little bit about your aroma-story.

I graduated as a Beauty Therapist in South Africa (1978) – (massage and esthetics). Dr Arnould Taylor came to South Africa that year from London and gave a workshop on Aromatherapy as a post graduate class at our school. When I smelled Ylang-Ylang, I was transported to Egypt and fell in love with the oils. I was inspired when I read Robert Tisserand’s first book, The Art of Aromatherapy, to study many modalities and to become an Aromatherapist. My first formal training was with Eve Taylor in London in 1983.

I founded Beauty Kliniek Aromatherapy Day Spa in San Diego in 1982 and have been serving the community for 35 years. We specialize in aromatic spa therapies, skin care, nail care and more.

I have been teaching a 200 hour aromatherapy certification program for over 15 years and love teaching and sharing my expertise. I have formulated a line of skin care and essential oils synergies called Varenya Essentials. Over the years, I have lectured at many aromatherapy conferences, Spa conferences and Lymphedema conferences about aromatherapy.

How long have you been interested in aromatherapy?

Since 1978 when I took my first Aromatherapy class and then 1981 when I read Robert Tisserand’s first book on Aromatherapy. That book inspired me to study many modalities that I could combine with clinical aromatherapy treatments, as Madame Maury practiced.

What do you love most about aromatherapy?

I love that there is an oil or oil blend for every situation. The oils spread so much joy, peace and healing. I love to share and help to change someone’s mood, or heal a scar, or to create a feeling of peace and uplift someone’s spirits.

Describe what training you’ve had in aromatherapy. Please also list any aromatherapy certifications:

  • Clinical Aromatherapist from Eve Taylor, London in 1983
  • Trained with Michael Scholes and Marcel Lavabre (1985)
  • Certification with Kurt Shnaubelt, Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy (1987)
  • Studied with Dr Claude Lapraz , Dr Daniel Penoel, France and Pierre Francome, France
  • Week long intensive with Dr Penoel in Santa Barbra.(2001)
  • Classes with Robert Tisserand and John Steele
  • Studied aromatic medicine with Dr Penoel in the South of France (2006)
  • I have been studying with Dr Bruce Berkowsky – Spiritual phytoessencing for the past 10 years
  • I am currently studying with Mark Webb, Australia

What other specialty training have you had? How do those things relate to your work with aromatherapy?

  • I graduated as a Beauty Therapist in Johannesburg South Africa in 1978 . We then immigrated to the USA . I became a massage therapist in 1985
  • From 1989-1990 I studied at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine school for 4 semesters and studied Chinese medicine and point lab. I graduated as A Holistic Health Practitioner (1997), certified Nutritional Consultant, (2006) , Integrative Health Coach (2013). I am an Internationally trained and certified Lymphedema Therapist – DR Vodder School Austria, (1992) DR Foeldi Klinik Germany (1999), University of Adelaide, Australia (1995)
  • I am nationally and Board Certified as a massage therapist and Nationally certified with the Lymphology Association of North America.(LANA).
  • I customize oil blends for all my clients and patients
  • I integrate all my skills into my work as a Clinical Aromatherapist, educator, lymphedema therapist and life coach.

Describe how you use your aromatherapy training in your day-to-day life:

I take regular aromatherapy baths, I blend my own skin care oils for daily use and use essential oil blends when we are fighting off a cold. I love teaching my granddaughter about the healing effects of oils. I have used oil blends on my dogs and helped family members with grief blends when we have had a death in the family.

Describe how you use your aromatherapy training in your business:

We diffuse my oil blends in the reception area of my Spa, use my oil blends in our Spa experience treatments and I custom blend for clients, patients, and staff members. We have an aromatherapy blending bar and offer aromatherapy massages and facials. My skin care line, Varenya Essentials, has a signature blend of oils and Varneya Essentials synergy blends are very effective and healing. 

Tell us a story about how you’ve successfully used aromatherapy with either yourself or a friend or client.

Several years ago, I was treating a patient who had breast cancer and Lymphedema of the arm. She was very distressed and anxious and needed a lot of support and care. I made her essential oil blends each time she came in, according to how she was feeling and how her arm and skin were doing. When she was hospitalized, she told me that she had all my bottles of oils lined up in her room and the nurses loved coming in to experience the oils. She would choose an oil blend depending how she felt on that particular day. She loved the transformation blend. She passed away with the precious oils surrounding her and giving her strength. I still miss her and think about her. I have many stories of patients who are so ill and have had amazing experiences with their essential oil bends.

What are you most excited about with regard to the future of aromatherapy and your place in it?

I am passionate about teaching others to use these oils on their journey through life. As more and more research emerges I am hopeful that the oils will find themselves more and more into hospitals and centers and that psychologists will integrate essential oil blends into their work. I am excited to be in the forefront of the aromatherapy industry and I will continue to be an instructor so I can teach safe use of essential oils.

What advice would you give to someone considering aromatherapy certification?

Study with an individual who is passionate about aromatherapy and who has a comprehensive and organized program which includes chemistry, blending, and systems of the body.

What are your top 3-5 favorite essential oils and what do you love about them?

  • I love Fragonia (Agonis fragrans) oil as it transports me to new dimensions and helps with dream sates so is deeply relaxing.
  • Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) because it is so excellent to help a person who is in a depression and is also so good for lymph flow.
  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. bigaradia) because i used it in a grief blend when my father passed away and it reminds me of him. The fresh floral, citrus smell of neroli is a beautiful perfume.

What are your top 3-5 favorite aromatherapy books and what do you love about them?

Please share a recipe with Marvy Moms readers

Blend to balance the emotions and uplift the psyche:

  • 3 drops Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
  • 2 drops Fragonia (Agonis fragrans)
  • 1 drop Petigrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara or Bigaradia)
  • 2 drops Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)

Use this as a master blend that can be added to a diffuser or pocket inhaler.

What else would you like to share with Marvy Moms readers?

I am a co-author of a book: “Lymphedema and Lipedema Nutrition Guide: foods, vitamins, minerals, and supplements.” this is the first and only book addressing nutritional needs of people with Lymphedema and Lipedema. I am developing a line of essential oils for Lymphedema, Lipedema and Dercums patients. I give personalized and caring service to all my clients I am highly skilled in my profession with over 30 years of experience and instill confidence in all my clients and patients. I work with an integrative approach and combine lymph massage with nutrition, customized essential oil blends and lifestyle counseling. I give total support to each and every person and individualize each program to meet the client’s specific needs.

Thank you for sharing your aroma story with us, Lina Anne!

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About Emily Carpenter

Emily is a Web Whiz, Blogger, Speaker, Student, and Mom. She is the owner of WhizBang! Web Solutions LLC, and the founder of Marvy Moms. She loves working from home so that she can be there for every possible moment with her son, JW. Learning as she goes, Emily breastfed, bought cloth diapers (but never used them), made her son’s baby food, had a family bed for nearly two years, and loves spending time with her son. Emily is a certified Level II Reiki practitioner and offers her services both in-person and remotely to people interested in this energetic healing modality. Emily is currently enrolled as a student at the American Academy of Homeopathy to become a Certified Classical Homeopath and has earned a diploma in botanical medicine at Botanical Medicine Institute. She is also a Certified Aromatherapist, and received her training from Aromahead Institute.