Sylla Sheppard-Hanger

Founder and Director of the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy

Sylla Sheppard-Hanger is the Founder and Director of the Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy in Tampa, Florida. She brings forty years of experience and personal research into the practice of aromatherapy and essential oils. Sylla is the author of The Aromatherapy Practitioner Correspondence Course and The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual, the latter of which is a complete reference book with over 350 aromatic plant extracts and phytochemical, clinical and botanical indexes. She also wrote and published the Aromatic Mind and Aromatic Spa books. Since 1996, Sylla has also been involved with an on-going research project called Psychosocial Aromatherapy Research Project (PARP) with Dr. Trevor Stokes from the University of South Florida.

She formed the non- profit organization United Aromatherapy Effort which helped out after September 11th tragedy and continues today. Sylla set up and has maintained the Injury Reports database since 2014. In 2017 she received the Outstanding Contributor award from the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), where she also serves on the Board. She is a Board member for the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC). She volunteers her time and aromatic counseling skills to organizations within her community, and she continues to maintain her private aromatherapy practice in Tampa, Florida, where she resides with her husband and one cat.

Safe Blending for Aromatics

Sylla has lived a plant-aromatic-filled-life for 40 some years! She learned about essential oils early on as an LMT and began teaching in 1989. Since then we have seen the rise of MLM and injuries.


Some sources make it so scary people may be afraid to start. In this talk you will learn:


♦   Safe blending guidelines why inhalation may be best for many things – mental, pain, how and whys of dilution for topical in water/oil when to use internally – list of safe oils to start with – big guns and when to use.

♦   The importance of knowing our aromatic routes and roots! Routes – the path of using these gifts of the earth for holistic healing, treating all parts together in a safe and efficacious way.

♦   Roots: who came before us, what part did aromatics play in history, medicine, who are the experts who have come before us, esp. in the USA; What have we done – ARC, injury reporting, community service.


Sylla and Nyssa Sheppard-Hanger explore each month in Inner Sanctum a new oil. So far they have done Patchouli, Rose, Orange blossom, Cinnamon, Jasmine, Helichrysum… Every month besides an in-depth oil they give lesson drops on a subject like dilution, how to buy oils, etc., and recipes that they have used or Sylla used in therapy so you can learn and know your stuff. They invite you to do this.

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