Aromatherapy Research Reporting
Marian ‘Marnie’ Reven is an energetic researcher, scholar, and teacher engaged in bridging the gap between traditional and nontraditional medicine and health care. Like many who enjoy essential oils and aromatherapy, Marnie was introduced to essential oils through her family and began to discover the many benefits of use—reduction in pain, improved rest and sleep, and better mood just to name a few. This led to the desire to see others use essential oils but along the way, the need for more education became apparent. Questions were popping up such as “why does this work?”, “how much is too much?”, and “how can I responsibility keep using these if there is only so much plant material on the planet?” These questions led to the search for education and ultimately investment in education, certification, and registration in the United States. With his foundation, Marnie’s mission is to see aromatherapy and essential oils take their place in integrative healthcare.
Aromatherapy is a passion and serious endeavor. Marnie has invested in advanced aromatic education and is completing her PhD at West Virginia University where dissertation work is complete for a study entitled “Using aromatherapy for comfort, ease, and stress for adults being treated for substance use disorder in north central Appalachia: A randomized controlled trial”. Marnie is founder and president of the Aromatic Research Quality Appraisal Taskforce (ARQAT). She and her colleagues are dedicated to seeing the quality and application of aromatic research improve through the creation of the TREATS (Transparent Reporting for Essential oil and Aroma Therapeutic Studies) checklist, and with input from aromatic specialists around the world, future creation of a reporting guideline.