our story

At FALK Aromatherapy, we recognize that an ever-growing number of people are interested in living healthier, more natural lifestyles; from the food they eat, to the products they put on their body and use in their homes. We know that people are burned out, stressed out and increasingly anxious. And with health care costs on the rise, many are being proactive and turning to natural alternatives to address their concerns.

But it's the facts that bring the story to life...

According to the latest Global Wellness Institute report, the global wellness economy is now more than $3.7 trillion, three times to size of the global pharmaceutical market. From workplace wellness programs, to wellness retreats and alternative and complementary medicine, individuals and corporations are seeing first-hand the personal health benefits and results that can be attained. Aromatherapy is no exception, having become one of the most popular complementary therapies in the 21st century. It is being used as a natural approach to heath and wellness and a means to more natural living. Grand View Research predicts the worldwide essential oil market will be worth over $13.94 billion in 2024. Essential oils are more and more accessible and part of our everyday lives. In fact, they've become trendy, with hundreds of Facebook groups, ever-growing multi-level marketing companies and an abundance of internet DIY recipes. But with this popularity comes oversimplification, mis-information and superficiality.  

This is where our story begins...

FALK Aromatherapy was founded on the understanding that nature is our ally and our partner in personal health and wellbeing. The aromatic plants that produce essential oils can support us in so many ways, both emotionally and physically. We encourage people to embrace the aromatic and therapeutic aspects of essential oils, but we want them to understand they have the power to heal and the capacity to harm. With this in mind, we built the company on four pillars that we feel encompass our holistic approach.

Feeling is about the emotional response we have to the aroma from essential oils, and the knowledge that our sense of smell can have a profound impact on our health and wellbeing. Awareness is about learning about and engaging with nature's aromatic plants. Because it is through education and truly connecting with nature that we go from passive use to conscious practice. We feel empowered and more accountable. Life is about reverence for human beings and for nature's plants. It requires mutual respect and appreciation for the role we each play on this earth. Kindness is about opening ourselves up, showing compassion and caring for one another.

 
 
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My personal journey

 

I remember it like it was yesterday. My family and I landed at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on a warm and sunny April day. I was a little immigrant girl from Germany arriving in this new, unfamiliar place and unsure of where the journey would lead me. I remember seeing the commotion, a myriad of people rushing about the arrivals hall, arms brushing each other, as they scurried about to grab their suitcase from the carousel. I remember hearing the many languages being spoken, most notably English, of which I didn't understand but a few words. But what takes me back to that day more than anything else is the smells that greeted me in this new, unfamiliar country. The waft of air as we stepped outside for the first time, smelling of grit and of the exhaust from the cars (this was the early 70's after all). But mixed in was a freshness, a faint smell of spring greenery from the surrounding area. I felt welcomed by these assorted smells and, although different from my home country that I had left behind, they are imprinted in my memory to this day.  

My name is Frauke Galia and I believe that the power of scent has been a guiding thread in my life's journey from an early age.  The feelings scent evokes, the memories it builds and the connections it creates have been nothing short of awe-inspiring to me. In my professional career, working in the consumer packaged goods industry for 6 years, I saw first-hand what a primary role scent played in connecting consumers to specific brands and how it could make a seemingly mundane task, like washing your hair or massaging your baby, even a little bit more enjoyable. I was hooked and I wanted to learn more. So I joined the fragrance industry and, over the next 14 years, I spent hours and hours with perfumers and fragrance developers, absorbing as much knowledge as I could and providing my clients with guidance on every aspect of scent, from the harmony of the individual ingredients in a composition, to the pivotal role the fragrance could play in a finished consumer product. 

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During my time in the fragrance industry, I was particularly fascinated by natural ingredients, and essential oils specifically. I began dabbling a bit with oils I bought at my local natural food store. I tried to make simple perfumes for my wrist and blends for my diffuser. I shared this new-found passion with friends, too. I loved how the essential oils made me feel and how they made my family and friends feel. I had an emotional connection to their natural aspect - simple to understand, familiar from moments in time, true to nature because they were nature. They were good for you, right? I read a lot on the internet and bought essential oil books. But information was conflicting and not consistent. I was hesitant about how much I should use and what I could safely use. I instinctively knew essential oils were having an effect, but I didn't understand how or why. 

So this next phase in my journey has brought me to aromatherapy. I decided to go back to school and become a Certified Aromatherapist in order to truly understand everything there is to know about essential oils, including their chemistry and therapeutic uses. I enrolled in the internationally recognized and NAHA accredited Aromahead Institute of Essential Oil Studies and learned, through an evidence-based curriculum, how to emotionally, physically and spiritually support my health and wellbeing. I decided to start my own company, FALK Aromatherapy, to both share my more than 20+ years of scent experiences, but to also help people help themselves. All through the power of smell. I hope to educate, engage, connect and inspire as many people as I can. I hope you'll join me along the way.