About Tree of India
Growing up in a rural area in southern Ohio with parents who took a “live off the land” approach to life, I developed a strong bond with nature and the woods around our little log cabin. Although I saw the value and beauty in our lifestyle, I always felt like I was missing out on the perks of modern living. After all, it was the 1980’s and it seemed everyone else was living large!
I graduated high school early to attend college and try my hand at living in the "big city." I found much to explore and was quickly immersed in a busy new life filled with wonder and adventure. I moved from city to city for the next 30 years exploring the world of corporate America. No matter where I lived, I always found places to hike and be alone outdoors. My relationship with nature kept me physically fit, emotionally grounded, and mentally stimulated.
In 2007, I found myself in Fort Lauderdale, FL working for a large corporation in the natural products industry with a side hustle as a yoga teacher. My marriage had been weakened by communication problems, differing schedules, multiple miscarriages, and my obsession with yoga. I was always busy or exhausted, and couldn't find a way to slow down.
For the first time in my life, I could not find sufficiently wild green spaces where I could be truly alone in nature to recharge my batteries and reconnect.
I noticed that the acceptable pace of life keeps people disconnected -- not only from diverse activities, social interaction and healthy food, but also from themselves, emotional well-being and often physical well-being. I felt tired, sad, desperate and alone.
Since my teenage years when I worked with my mother's herb business, I had kept a shoebox full of essential oils. One day, desperate for contact with nature, I pulled out every essential oil that had come from a tree and mixed them together. I was AMAZED at how much better I felt after inhaling it! I began to share the blend in my yoga classes. The students loved it. Soon yoga studios began to sell it, and Tree of India Aromatherapy was born!
Within a few months, I opened the first Tree of India shop in a tiny space that I rented for $500/month next to my friend’s yoga studio. In almost no time, I outgrew the space. Over the next 10 years, Tree of India continued to evolve through Farmers' markets, wholesale accounts, private labeling, a webstore and 3 different retail locations. My fast-paced life did not slow down. If anything, it had become more frantic, more busy and more stressful now that I was a recently divorced female entrepreneur with big passions and few resources.
I reached another “turning point” in 2016, and I left Florida for the mountains of North Carolina. I spent the next 3 years exploring my relationships with Tree of India, yoga, nature, and my personal wellbeing. I dove deeper into my yoga studies, went on a pilgrimage to India, and began to connect the dots. I realized that Tree of India is about moving at Nature’s pace. It is about surrendering into the flow of life, letting go of worry, allowing things to evolve naturally, and accepting every outcome as it is.
I feel strongly about helping to create a more connected world through my work as an aromatherapist and yoga therapist. Today Tree of India is a simpler operation that allows me to share and serve more. I know the pain and isolation of the disconnected, artificial world in which most of us live. The pace of it is damaging and toxic. Nature is medicine. The study of the self, the study of nature, and the study of life are one and the same. I offer these beautiful plant-based creations as an invitation for you to connect. If you struggle with the symptoms of a fast-paced life, I invite you to explore our offerings. Settle into a few moments of stillness with yourself, with nature. Inhale and feel the nature that is already within you. Inhale and feel it as peace. Feel it as acceptance. Feel it as joy in simply being here now.
Jessica Lohrey is a Certified Aromatherapist and Business Member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy. She continually trains and studies to stay current on aromatherapy science and research. Jessica is also a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She is additionally certified at the highest level with Yoga Alliance as a Continuing Education Provider and E-RYT 500.
OUR CORE VALUES
Our products, services, and messaging shall cause no harm to the consumer, to non-human animals, or to the earth.
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REVERENCE FOR NATURE
We consider health to include body, mind, and spirit.
We strive to maintain a “GO WITH THE FLOW” attitude towards life, “enjoy the journey”, allow everything to be as it is, see beauty and wonder everywhere.