Julia’s professional training had originally been as a writer. But it is was her love of nature and plants which directly inspired her to study Western herbal medicine and then train as an aromatherapist within the IFA structure in London. Over the following years she published a number of books on the uses of essential oils and the practice of aromatherapy. Her particular interest was in providing clear and accurate information about the oils, which was also presented in a very accessible manner from an educational point of view.
She wrote her first book, ‘The Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils’ (1992) simply because there was no comprehensive guidebook covering a wide range of aromatic oils available at that time. The book became a best seller and was immediately translated into several languages as well as being produced in an illustrated edition. It became the standard textbook for aromatherapy training on an international basis, which has continued until the present day. An expanded and revised edition of the Encyclopaedia was released in August 2014, which documents over 200 aromatic oils.
Today Julia is highly respected as an authority in the field of aromatic plants and oils, appearing on TV and radio as well as giving lectures and interviews. As Managing Director of Aqua Oleum, she is directly responsible for selecting top-quality essential oils and checking the quality of all products that are sold. She is also in charge of the formulation of all new products and acts as a general consultant to the industry. As a keen gardener, she has been developing a three-acre plot in Wales over recent years, exploring the potential of those aromatic plants which are resistant to climate change. She is also trained in Tibetan Buddhist yoga and has practiced meditation for many years.