Dr. Elizabeth Guthrie

Essential Oils, Polyvagal Theory, and Resilience: Harnessing the Power of Scent for Emotional Regulation

Aromatherapy has strong potential as a complementary therapy to help with your trauma healing journey. Choosing our essential oils through the lens of Polyvagal Theory can help to bring us back to a place where we feel calm and connected.

In this workshop, we will explore:

  • An introduction to the Polyvagal Theory 
  • How we can use this theory to choose beneficial essential oils
  • What all this means for building resilience and emotional regulation
  • A somatic practice that can be used to create a sense of embodiment and more!

Elizabeth Guthrie is a certified aromatherapist with a PhD in Natural Medicine with a specialization in Naturopathic Psychology and a Master’s of Public Health in Functional Nutrition. She has helped create research and education around aromatherapy, herbalism, and mindfulness for UAB Hospital’s Integrative Medicine clinic.

Elizabeth’s personal experiences led her to begin studying trauma and its effects on the body and mind. Now she helps others to learn how natural wellness can be safely implemented as part of a trauma recovery journey.

  • Aroma Apothecary Healing Arts Academy
  • Aromatics International – 200 hour aromatherapist certification
  • Reiki master since 2005
  • Certified Herbal Consultant
  • PhD in Natural Medicine
  • MPH in Functional Nutrition
  • BS in Complementary Medicine
  • 500 hour registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance

Actively enrolled in Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing professional training program, yoga therapy training, and Ayurveda Practitioner training.

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