About the Founder of our Company
About Cecilia, Owner, Founder and Formulator of Honestly Essential
Cecilia Salvesen is the author of You Become What You Eat, Aromatherapy for Natural Health and Beauty, and Healthy Lifestyle Guidelines. She is a therapeutic Aromatherapist and Reflexologist, and practices Foot Compression and Meridian Therapy. She holds diplomas in Complementary Medicine, Therapeutic Reflexology, Therapeutic Aromatherapy, Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology. In 1990 she established the Natural Health and Beauty clinic in South Africa, followed by Natural Health and Beauty Products in 1991 and the Natural Health and Beauty College in 1992, which she and her husband Errol Salvesen directed until they immigrated to the USA in 2002. She was a founding member of the Aromatherapy Society of South Africa and represented the Society on the Integrated Health Liaison Committee (which was a standing committee of the Chiropractors, Homeopaths and Allied Health Service Professions Council of South Africa), holding two portfolios as Liaison Committee representative and Education representative. She was nominated and formally gazetted as a member of the Standards Generating Body (SGB) for the Integrated Health Professions to write unit standards for therapeutic aromatherapy for South Africa. Cecilia served as an executive committee member of the South African Reflexology Society from 1990 to 2002. During that period she held the portfolios of National Vice Chairperson for six years and National Chairperson for four years, being two terms of office. She was actively involved with different societies in negotiating with government for the statutory registration of reflexology and aromatherapy in South Africa as legal professions, and was the first President of the National Reflexology Association through which the application was made. In 2002 Cecilia was awarded Honorary Membership of both the Aromatherapy Society of South Africa, and the South African Reflexology Society in recognition of her valuable contributions to these societies. She also served as Vice President on the International Council of Reflexologists Board of Directors for fourteen years from 1999 until 2013 and was awarded Honorary Membership of this council as well. Cecilia is an international speaker on subjects related to health, lifestyle, nutrition, aromatherapy, essential oils, reflexology, meridians, food sensitivities, the immune system, Candida albicans, homeopathic cell (tissue) salts, ten stages of disease, and other related subjects. She aims to share her knowledge and expertise with those who are interested in learning.