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Inspiring Conversations with Jennifer Pressimone of JennScents

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Pressimone.

Hi Jennifer, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My business was an accident turned blessing. About 20 years ago, I battled a life-threatening illness with Crohn’s Disease and colitis. I was out of medical options and my doctor said I was close to being sent to hospice. In an effort to help myself and find some kind of relief, I went to the local herb shop to see if she had anything that could help. She educated me about some herbal basics and invited me to a “tea and chat” event she was hosting about essential oils. I went and experienced my very first essential oil that night, roman chamomile. She made me a roll-on with roman chamomile and apricot carrier oil to use on my stomach to help with the IBS cramps, discomfort, and general pain. To my amazement, it worked!

From there, I continued learning about essential oils and aromatherapy practices from her. I would hang out in her shop every day to learn, as I was on sabbatical from my corporate job. People who saw me there and watched me continually get better would ask what I was doing. I shared with them the aromatherapy blends I created and was using. Before long, they would ask me to make them up an aromatherapy blend for a health issue they were dealing with.

Before I knew it, I had a business…an Aromatherapy Custom Blending business. I took over the Aromatherapy Bar inside of that herb shop and people would come from all over to have me do a consultation and make them a custom blend.

From there, the business grew into starting an aromatherapy school, being a guest speaker all over the world, and being hired to do professional essential oil formulations for large companies. I have authored several books and eBooks on aromatherapy for humans and pets. I took over the Herb Shop & Day Spa for a number of years before selling it to focus solely on my aromatherapy business.

Today, I am the Master Custom Blend Formulator at my company, JennScents, Inc., a Mindset & Health Coach, as well as the lead instructor at the JennScents Aromaversity. I love teaching and empowering others how to use aromatherapy practices to get profound, life-changing results like I did. Also, I am the Central Florida Director and Vice President of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA.org).

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Like with anything, there are always ups and downs, especially in business. There are good days when everything goes smoothly and bad days where it seems you are faced with one struggle after another. I find that it comes down to how we define those struggles and the expectations we place on fulfilling that definition. In the beginning, because my business started me, I don’t think I labeled anything as a struggle. When I had an issue or obstacle pop up, it was all about finding a solution. I didn’t assign any emotion to it. It was just one more task I needed to complete, then on to the next one. The more I focused on “why” I was doing my business, everything seemed to fall into place. When I placed too much emphasis on a problem or tried to make something work that my gut told me not to, my business would become slow. I eventually learned that my business mimicked my focus and energy. If I was positive and continually creating new opportunities, my business would flourish. When I focused on the negatives, it would slow business down.

Once I realized that I could control how I handled “struggles”, they soon became opportunities to reflect if I needed to go in that direction or not. If not, I let it go. If so, I would challenge myself to find a creative solution to make it happen. I constantly network and surround myself with others that are trained in a specific niche that can help me in different areas of business such as accounting, technology, and marketing. SCORE.org certainly helped me in the beginning with the business set up. In addition, having a business coach has helped with business management and growth over the years.

It comes down to perception. Struggles and obstacles are what help you grow and learn new things. It is where you get to experience and discover gifts you might not have known you had. For me, that was public speaking. I was petrified to speak in front of people. As my business grew and I had to talk in front of groups, I soon discovered that it was a passion of mine. What I thought was a weakness actually turned out to be my strength.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about JennScents, Inc.?
I am a Clinical Aromatherapist, herbalist and Mindset Coach with 20 years of experience and education. As a practitioner, I help health & wellness professionals strengthen their mindset and motivation to grow personally and professionally by overcoming limiting beliefs and emotional roadblocks. Through my Design, Align & Shine system, I help others improve their mind and body health. As an educator, I teach others how to enrich their niche by integrating aromatherapy into their current professional services and business. JennScents is synonymous with professional aromatherapy education and services. We have been a leader in the field since early 2000’s. My expertise and experience coupled with my personable, caring and kind approach set me apart from others in my industry. I provide hands-on mentoring to each of my clients and students to help personalize their experience and to make sure they know they are valued, appreciated and worthy of health.

JennScents offers three main integrative holistic health services – education at the JennScents Aromaversity where you can earn a certification in holistic, professional, or clinical aromatherapy; private mindset & health coaching; and custom aromatherapy blends and signature products from my online store.

Fun facts – I started and developed one of the very first Aromatherapy Custom Blending Bars in the world, right here in Clermont, Florida. I have taught students & helped clients from every continent. We have been an eco-friendly company from the very beginning. Our Aromatherapy Angel Donation Program was implemented from day one – we donate aromatherapy products and services to those in need, often times anonymously.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
Well, I’d call it more of a blessing than luck. I have been fortunate throughout my life to dream big and pursue as many opportunities as possible. I can always feel when I am aligned with God’s plan for me (and when I am not aligned). This coupled with life experience and preparation set me up with a good foundation to make things happen. Following the “where there is a will, there is a way” motto. My business is a great example. I was given six months live when he placed the right people, at the right time, with the right tools and solutions in my life. This helped infuse me with hope and ignite my will to regain my health. This turned into me sharing the lessons I learned with others and starting my business. When we are aware of our own ability and allow ourselves to think big, anything is possible.

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Jennifer Pressimone & Jessica Sprankle

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