About

Valerie Cooksley, RN, OCN, FAAIM

Flora Medica was founded in 1995 when Valerie Cooksley, its founder, was asked to write her first natural health book, Aromatherapy: A Lifetime Guide to Healing with Essential Oils. Ms. Cooksley saw the need to make genuine and authentic, 100% pure and natural essential oils available to her readers and students. Valerie Cooksley is a holistic nurse, clinical aromatherapist, health educator and acclaimed author who has passionately studied natural medicine for more than twenty five years. She is credited with publishing eight natural health books including the bestselling Aromatherapy: Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate and Heal (Prentice Hall) and her most recent, Seaweed: Nature’s Secret to Balancing Your Metabolism, Fighting Disease and Revitalizing Body and Soul (Stewart, Tabori & Chang).  Valerie is a feature writer and editorial advisory board member for Massage Magazine, a frequent contributor to aromatherapy and natural health publications, co-author of several natural health books and a distinguished national lecturer in essential oil therapy, holistic nursing and the natural healing arts.

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Valerie holds six aromatherapy certifications including The International Program in Essential Oils/Advanced Studies at Purdue University in addition to education in Botanical Medicine at Bastyr University, and Advanced Medical Training in Endobiogenic Concept originating in France.  Her constant zeal for holistic education directs her to study with the most prominent integrative physicians and practitioners worldwide.  In addition to her extensive holistic background, Ms. Cooksley’s clinical experience in nursing specialized in Infectious Diseases, Oncology, and Public Health.  Valerie has instructed for both the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society and is certified in emergency response and triage in catastrophic disasters as a FEMA Community Emergency Response Team member for the greater Houston area.

Valerie is at the forefront of progressive change within the fields of aromatherapy and holistic nursing as well as health education and coaching.  She is a Certified Therapeutic Lifestyle Educator and holds a certification in Raw Food Nutrition Science.  Ms. Cooksley is Co-founder and Director of the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy in Houston, President of Flora Medica Wellness Company, Regional Network Director for the American Holistic Nurses Association and Founder of the Houston Holistic Network.  She is Advisory Board member of the Aromatherapy Registration Council and the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy Educational Committee, Lead Clinical Reviewer for the NAHA Journal, and Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine.

Valerie’s professional memberships: 

American Association for Integrative Medicine, Fellow Member
American Holistic Nurse’s Association, Regional Chapter Leader
Aromatherapy Registration Council, original Steering Committee Member
Massage Magazine – Editorial Advisory Board
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, Approved School and Professional Member
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, Director, Texas
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, Educational Committee
Natural Perfumery Guild, Professional Member
North American Spiritual PhytoEssencing Association
Active Nursing License – NLC multi-state licensure