As an aromatherapist, herbalist, and organic skincare formulator, Elisabeth Vlasic holds a variety of accreditations. Her lifelong passion for the natural world has led her to pursue a quest to discover the holistic benefits of the flora and fungi that surround us. Growing up in Australia among the flowering eucalyptus trees, she was instilled with an innate curiosity and belief in the healing power of plants. Here, she discovered the bountiful gifts that can be derived from a symbiotic relationship with nature.
A professional member of The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), she has studied aromatically under the guidance of Amy Galper, Jade Shutes, Dr. Robert Pappas, and Roxanna Villa. She obtained her clinical aromatherapy certification from the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies (née Aromatherapy) in New York City. There, she was invited to complete a training program to become a senior teacher. For years she taught classes on a variety of aromatic topics, and oversaw a 100-hour certification program that covered aromatic chemistry, safety and dosage guidelines, as well as the formulation of effective aromatic remedies.
In 2017, she obtained a certification in herbal medicine from Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism. Her studies were conducted under the guidance of a star-studded cast of herbalists, which included Matthew Wood, 7Song, Michael Mandelbaum, Claudia Keel, Dina Falconni, Robin Rose Bennett, Peeka Trenkle, Anne McIntrye and Tammi Sweet.
Libby launched Wythe and Berry in 2018 with a mission to educate others on the abundant healing properties and transformative effects of essentials oils and to provide safe, ethically sources and cruelty free products using only the highest quality, sustainable ingredients.
During 2019 Libby was approached by Quarto Publishing which led to her contribution to the book “An Ultimate Guide to Aromatherapy” alongside Jade Shutes and Amy Galper.
In 2020, she began a degree at a private university in Australia to earn a Bachelor of Health Science in Naturopathic Medicine which emphasizes evidence and science based herbalism.
Libby completed an organic skin care certification in 2022 through the renowned UK school Formula Botanica, and is currently continuing on with a more advanced understanding.
Libby is available to host workshops and speak to corporations and groups about the benefits of botanical remedies. Among the clients she has hosted are Stella McCartney, NBC, NY Public Radio, Boston Consulting Group and StreetEasy. In addition to writing educational articles for publications, she also offers consulting services to individuals and companies seeking to develop safe and effective aromatic products.
While pursuing her ongoing studies, Libby is working diligently to establish Sheoak, an eco-friendly start-up skincare line. She lives with her husband, two children and Italian truffle dog in the picturesque Hudson Valley, upstate New York. It is here that she distills hydrolats and essential oils using copper alembic stills as well as teaches weekly distillation classes. Please see HERE for more information.