Beekeeper and aromatherapist. I write about bees and smelly stuff. My blog shares the art of aromatherapy and the secrets of the bees.
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I trained as an aromatherapist with Neal’s Yard Remedies in 2005, studying over 70 essential oils and essential oil chemistry, as well as completing 60 case studies. After graduation, I practised aromatherapy massage for one year at the graduate clinic in Covent Garden, London, and took further professional courses on aromatherapy for skin care – a particular interest of mine. I also really love to make perfumes, beautiful facial oils and lovely bath blends!
My lifelong passion for nature and wildlife – and a happy coincidence – led me to become a beekeeper in 2010. I will be taking the British Beekeepers Association basic assessment this summer – my first step towards becoming a Master Beekeeper! I have a wonderful hive partner with whom I share my hives – the lovely Emily Heath at Adventures in Beeland.
‘It’s a bit more complex than that’
As a commissioning editor for the weekly magazine, Enhancing your mind body spirit, I wrote over 100 articles on aromatherapy, herbalism, massage, yoga, nutrition, healthy living, animal healing, and world healing traditions, plus a fair few on folklore, spells and magic, fortune telling, and urban legends.
As assistant editor on The Official Star Trek Fact Files, which was one of the most successful partwork magazines of the 1990s, I wrote many more articles on, um, Star Trek, learned a bit of Klingon and was reliably informed that ‘quite a lot actually does happen in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back’.
These days I have a proper grown-up job working as an editor for the Royal College of Physicians, where I sometimes get called ‘Pippa’ or ‘that girl who does Commentary’, and get a free lunch every day. I commission, write, edit and design, manage projects, and get to work with a really brilliant bunch of people. I highly recommend the public tours of our Medicinal Garden by Henry Oakeley, the garden fellow.
‘Thanks for coming, it’s been really useful‘
I am also interested in web design and am learning photography on my new SLR, which is sadly, not pink. I enjoy watching movies – particularly sci fi and action (I’m not your usual girl) – and collect random movie quotes which occasionally pop-up in a post.