How to make Vanilla Infused Coconut Oil

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Make Your Own Vanilla infused Coconut Oil 1 cup extra virgin coconut oil 4 vanilla beans Step One: Cut vanilla beans down the center Note: At this point, you can remove vanilla seeds if desired. I leave them in and just avoid scooping them out later, the coconut with vanilla seeds that remains can be […]

FREE WEBINAR! Blending and Essential Oils

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Would you like to learn ways of blending essential oils more effectively? Join us for this free webinar on Blending and Essential oils! Wednesday, April 2nd :  7pm EDT (6pm CST, 5pm MST, 4pm PST) Learn valuable tools to improve and enhance your blending techniques. You will learn: The steps to building a blend How […]

Essential Oil Research

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Finding great research on specific essential oils can be time consuming but if you are a research junkie like me, here are some great resources that I pulled together for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Research Sites American Botanical Council The East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies is a member of the American […]

Homemade Body Lotion Bar

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Here is a beautiful homemade body lotion bar recipe.  Quick and easy to make, your skin will love you! Homemade Body Lotion Bar Prep time 1 hour Cook time 20 mins Total time 1 hour 20 mins   Beautiful body lotion bar with essential oils. This recipe makes 5-6 lotion bars. Author: Jade Shutes Recipe […]

Essential Oil Room Freshening Spritzer

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Room Freshening Spritzer 30 drops Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) 20 drops Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) 20 drops Lemon (Citrus limon) 10 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) 4 ounce Spritzer bottle filled with water Combine all ingredients. Shake well. Use daily to freshen and cleanse air. Great in the trash can too!

Make your own protective hand gel

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Cape Chamomile

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 Cape Chamomile Eriocephalus punctulatus Calming and soothing. Relieves stress and calms anxiety. A wonderful oil for wound healing, be it on an emotional or physical level. Relieves itchiness and soothes inflammation. Healing Serum 5 drops Cape chamomile (Eriocephalus punctulatus) 6 drops Sandalwood (Santalum sp.) 4 drops Helichrysum (Helchrysum italicum) 5 drops Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) 1/2 […]

Explore Litsea cubeba

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May Chang  Litsea cubeba Litsea cubeba oil is distilled from the small, pepperlike fruits of the tree of Litsea cubeba. It belongs in the Lauraceae, which also includes Avocado (Persea sp.), Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) and Cinnamon (Cinnamomum sp.). It contains a rich content of the aldehyde, citral. Citral has been shown to have some […]

Aromatherapy Organizations Around the World

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Worldwide Aromatherapy Organizations Around the world aromatherapy practitioners are represented by an amazing collection of aromatherapy organizations working towards the advancement of aromatherapy. Here is a list of international and national aromatherapy organizations from the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy! United States National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) Holistic Animal Association Australia […]

7 Great Ways to Use Hydrosols

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Hydrosols are the aromatic waters produced via distillation. Suzanne Catty popularized hydrosols years ago with her book “Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy” and for years hydrosols were quite abundant in the market. Then there seemed to be a little bit of a quiet time for hydrosols until now when they are experiencing a kind of renaissance.  […]

Essential Oil Therapy for Shingles

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Herpes zoster: Shingles Herpes zoster, commonly called shingles, is an outbreak of a rash or blisters on the skin that is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox — the varicella-zoster virus. The first sign of shingles is often burning or tingling pain, or sometimes numbness or itch, in one particular location on only […]

Inula : Inula graveolens essential oil

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Inula Dittrichia graveolens (L.) W. Greuter syn. Inula graveolens (L.) Desf. Synonyms: Erigeron graveolens, Inula graveolens (L.) Desf., Solidago graveolens (L.) Lam., Paniopsis graveolens Raf., Cupularia graveolens (L.), Pulicaria graveolens (L.) Botanical family: Asteraceae Common names: Stinkwort, Cape Khakiweed, stinkweed, camphor inula Habitat: A native of the Mediterranean area, Inula is an erect, bushy, aromatic […]

How to make your own Natural Vapor Rub for the Autumn and Winter Months

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Natural Respiratory Salve by Jade Shutes Equipment: Double boiler Stainless steel fork Measuring cup Scale (to weigh beeswax) Kitchen towel (to dry bottom of pan) Essential Supplies 1 ounce beeswax 1 1/8 cup sesame oil (other other vegetable oil) 6-8 50ml salve jars (can use 25ml jars) Premade synergy of essential oils: (20mls) 4ml Peppermint […]

How to make an Aromatherapy Foaming Cleanser

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Aromatherapy Foaming Cleansers are fun to create and make great holiday gifts as well! To make, you will need the following supplies: Organic Liquid Castile Soap Hydrosol of choice (I used German chamomile as I was out of my first choice, Lavender) Essential oils of choice (I used Palmarosa and Lemon but you could use […]

How to make an Aromatherapy Inhaler

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Aromatherapy Inhalers I love inhaler tubes. Easy to make and easy to use.  Since its Autumn (vata season), I focused on creating an inhaler for anxiety but it is an equally awesome time to create one to support the respiratory system and immunity as well.  Sample blends are below.   To make an inhaler, you […]

The Internal Use of Essential Oils Webinar with Jade Shutes

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The Internal Use of Essential Oils Instructor: Jade Shutes A Webinar from a Family Aromaherbalist’s Perspective Somewhere between these current two extremes: ‘never use essential oils internally’ and ‘you can take just about any essential oil internally’ is a balanced approach and view of the use of essential oils internally.  In this two part webinar […]

Components and Essential Oils – A Research Reference Manual

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Components and Essential Oils – A Research Reference Manual by Jade Shutes, B.A., Dipl. AT, Cert. Herbalist I love reference manuals! Ones I can hold, book mark, smell, look at, highlight, and mostly use to help guide me in making aromatic and/or herbal remedies for myself, my family and for students or clients! One of […]

Aromatherapy Certification Onsite Classes for 2013-2014 with Jade Shutes

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 2013-2014 Aromatherapy Education Schedule Coming in from out of town? Fly into RDU airport. Search trip advisor for hotels in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Area: our zip code is 27516.  We are 3.5 miles outside of Carrboro and 5 miles from the heart of Chapel Hill. The NC Botanical Gardens are 4 miles away and the […]

Clinical Social Worker shares aromatherapy with clients

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Interview with Brian Cina, Clinical Social Worker   While teaching  at Lunaroma in Burlington, VT,  I was honored to meet Brian Cina, a Clinical Social worker who integrates aromatherapy into his practice with adolescents and parents. During this interview Brian shares with us his insights and experiences of working with essential oils in a clinical […]

All Heal Salve

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Summer Healing “Green” Salve For scraped knees, abrasions, itchy skin/spots, dry skin areas Not for use on deep cuts/wounds. Ingredients to make 8-10 2 ounce jars (I made 6 2 ounce jars and 2 tubes of salve with this recipe.) 2 ounces beeswax (shaved or cut into small pieces) 3/4 cup Plantain herbal oil 3/4 […]