Should we only use aromas that we love or are attracted to? Years ago I was teaching a class in Vancouver Canada. During the class I passed around sweet orange (Citrus sinensis). One of the students in the class quickly proclaimed “I cannot stand the smell of orange.” I was fascinated. How could someone not […]
Our interview with Pauline, EWSHAS graduate and business creator of Little Frog Essentials History: little frog essentials TM was born of a desire to make and share healthy eco-friendly products that are also fun to use. mostly organic ingredients are used along with Dead Sea Salts, which are valued for their health enhancing properties. where organic […]
This article was written in 1992 for the Aromatic Thymes journal. It was later printed in Scentsitivity. It is here unaltered. The Energy of Aromatherapy By Jade Shutes “The most beautiful experience we can have, is the mysterious.” Albert Einstein, in Living Publications 1931 Aromatherapy is the art and science of utilizing natural distilled extracts […]
by: Jade Shutes, B.A., Dipl. AT, Cert. Herbalist Helichrysum: H. italicum (Roth) G. Don. syn. H. angustifolium subsp. italicum (Roth) Briq. & Cavill. Other botanical synonyms: Gnaphalium angustifolium Lam., Gnaphalium italicum Roth (basionym), Helichrysum angustifolium (Lam.) DC., Helichrysum serotinum Boiss. [≡ Helichrysum italicum subsp. serotinum] (USDA GRIN, n/d) Common names: Immortelle, Everlasting, Helichrysum Botanical family: […]
The sense of smell is truly a wondrous sense, a sense which is often underutilized within our modern culture however the growing popularity of aromatherapy is perhaps bringing with it the awareness of this incredible sense. According to the Sense of Smell Institute, as we enter the 21st century fragrance (aromas) will be more than […]
An Aromatic Life blog by Jade Shutes Hello all!!!! Boy oh boy has it been an odd beginning to a year. Lots of great things unfolding as the school continues to expand and we cultivate new grounds and new relationships to expand our visions and goals as a school and as a community of individuals […]
Here in North Carolina we have been experiencing a mix of warm and cold weather. It has been perfect to prepare our back beds for spring greens. We had to remove (rather unfortunately) a ton of chickweed which tends to overtake the garden in the back. Thankfully there is lots of other chickweed around. We […]
Over this past weekend a student of ours wrote the following: “my question is….a friend of mine (naturopathic doctor) has been approached a couple of times regarding citrus oils being a good source of vitamin C. This seemed like an easy question to handle when she approached me with this question. From my understanding, vitamin […]
Here are some more images of our first Hungarian Aromatherapy Certification program. Congratulations Gergely! Thank you!!!! This is the second weekend. Enjoy!
Love Potion by Kris Wrede Connect with Kris Wrede Let your mind slowly drift and picture yourself in an era many years ago..in the 1st century B.C. in Egypt. Cleopatra was setting sail on the Nile with her entourage, her handmaidens busily scenting her sails with jasmine to announce her presence to her adoring multitudes. […]
I think there is some confusion over the concept of moisturizer versus emollient. To moisturize tends to imply ‘to put water into the skin’ or to hydrate. An emollient, on the other hand, softens and soothes the skin. Vegetable oils are more emollient than moisturizing as they do not deliver moisture to the skin but […]
Gergely Hollodi studied with me a number of years ago and then we met about two to three years ago in person while I was in Seattle. I was so impressed with his work throughout both our Aroma101 and Aroma201 programs and truly loved meeting him in person. He is passionate, committed, and deeply connected […]
Black Pepper: The King of Spices Piper nigrum Other names: Hu Jiao (TCM), Marica (Sanskrit) by Jade Shutes I have found myself quite drawn to all the warming essential oils this winter. Ginger was posted on our blog at http://theida.com/aromatic-plants/beloved-ginger And here is a much loved spice: Black pepper! Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a […]
Yoga and Ayurveda to support recovery from drug and alcohol addiction by Catherine O’Neill ***This article has been published with permission from Durga. It originally appeared in the Townsend Newsletter, January 2007. http://www.townsendletter.com/ The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda (science of self-healing) and Yoga (science of self-realization) offer therapies and practices to bring about and maintain […]
Beloved Ginger Ginger Zingiber officinale Falling in love with Ginger! Over the past couple of weeks I have found myself quite drawn to ginger and have used it as a tea, a body scrub, a body oil, an additive into our humidifier, a divine bathing experience, and simply to inhale via direct palm inhalation. (some […]
Student Success: Amy Galper: Buddha Nose 1. What brought you to the study of aromatherapy and natural lifestyles? About 14 years ago I was diagnosed with a mysterious kidney disease and it really changed my life. It made me look at the illness ( how it manifested) and my habits, life patterns, symbolically –and with […]
This is a quote written by Richo Cech in Horizon Herbs recent newsletter. I just loved it. Check out Horizon Herbs at: www.horizonherbs.com People, please learn, teach and practice permaculture. Attune to food as medicine, medicine as plants, plants as emanations of the Great Spirit. Let us respect our landscape by greening it up for […]
Stephen Harrod Buhner believes “that the loss of connection to plants, to the land, to Earth, leaves the holes with which we are naturally born unfilled. No matter how much Ritalin or Prozac is poured into those holes, synthetic pharmaceuticals can never fill them; merely human approaches can never heal them. Pathologies come from the […]
After graduating from Simmons College with a B.A. in Business/Management, I travelled to England to explore the part of the world my great grandfather came from. It was there in England that I finally found what I seemed to have been seeking most my life: a connection with the natural world. I was blessed to live in the countryside just south of London where I was able to be immersed in the natural world of blue bell forest, wild medicinal plants, and sacred trees.
Michelle is a graduate of Brenneke School of Massage and The East-West School for Herbal & Aromatic Studies. She has completed 5 levels of Cranio-Sacral Therapy with Ursula Popp L.ac, VCST, Certificate in Bodywork For the Childbearing Years (Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum Massage ) with Kate Jordan, Reiki level 1 and 2 with Catherine Walkinshaw, Australian Bush flower essences courses Level 1, 2, 3 Women’s workshop and ABFE College Course teachers training. Michelle has been a student of Dr. Berkowsky’s Spiritual PhytoEssencing (creating soul blends with essential oils) since 2005 working toward her Diploma. In 2009 Michelle began her journey into Natural Perfumery with Ayala Sender owner of Ayala Moriel Perfumes located in Vancouver B.C.