Meet Barb

Barb Kurkas Lee

RA, MSN, CNM (ret)

Registered Aromatherapist, Master’s Degree in Nursing, Certified Nurse Midwife, retired

Erie, Pennsylvania

Barb received her Registered Aromatherapist®  from the independent and unbiased Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC). RA certification confirms high education and safety standards when working with essential oils in a therapeutic treatment setting. Barb’s essential oil training came from the Integrative Aromatherapy® Certificate Program for Health Professionals and the Essential Oil Safety program offered by The Tisserand Institute.

Barb is also a Certified Archetype Consultant, having studied at the Caroline Myss CMED Institute. Barb integrates the psychology of archetypes with the physiology of essential oils to help people understand and value themselves and lead balanced lives.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing with a minor in Theology from Carlow University, a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Gannon University, she received her Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from Case Western Reserve University, and has broad experience in many areas of nursing, most recently in hospice and palliative care.

The model of spiritual midwifery is applied in Barb’s Essential Oil Therapies, LLC. Personalized care, trust, and empowerment are her motives for teaching the tools of essential oils and archetypes.  Her ultimate goal is for clients to grow spiritually and allow their bodies, minds, and spirits to become peaceful and balanced.

Barb uses custom blends tailored to each individual to minimize physical, emotional, and spiritual pain or discomfort. Overall health can be improved by using the tools of essential oils and archetypes for self-care. Barb’s private practice is available for in-person, phone or Skype consultations. Barb is a public educator, speaker, author, writer, and researcher.

What clients are saying about working with Barb:

When I was going through some major transitions in my life I consulted Barb.She was very thorough and extremely compassionate. She took her time introducing me to different oils to assess my response to them.

Salena W.

I found Barb’s gifted facilitation of breathing essential oils and her highly intuitive guidance in the unearthing of the archetypes of my sacred contract to be invaluable in helping unlock the mystery of the role I played in the development of my cancer.

Joseph V.

My experience of being introduced to the archetypes has been incredibly transforming for me! It has been a sacred experience that somehow elevates my daily struggles into real growth opportunities.

Sister Karen

After trying many different and unsuccessful treatments for my chronic knee pain, I found success with an essential oil blend Barb made specifically for me. I used it regularly until my pain resolved and I still use it for the occasional flare up. –  JFB


Working with Barb has been invaluable!  Her knowledge and experience with essential oils are unrivaled.  The blend of high-quality essential oils that she created for me has really helped ground and relax me at work and during periods of stress.  I use it regularly!  Also, doing the archetype work with Barb has allowed me to access some of my … Continue reading Christy


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