How to make your own natural bathroom scrub!

Lemongrass Bathroom Scrub My all time favorite scrub for cleaning our bathrooms! I played with my standard recipe by putting in some finely ground lemongrass which adds a little extra scrubbing power and aroma. I have also used powdered orange peels or powdered lemon peel in different batches and I would think even ground lavender […]

How to make a Spicy Aftershave

Spicy Men’s Aftershave A ‘to die for‘ spicy aftershave! Based upon the much loved Bay Laurel aftershave by Rosemary Gladstar, I formulated the perfect blend of herbs to create a yummy spicy aftershave for men. This aftershave has a beautiful aroma with just the herbal infusion into the bay rum or vodka but you can […]

How to make Anise/Fennel Honey

How to make Herbal Honey with Anise/Fennel or Rose/Tulsi Herbal honeys rock during the Autumn and Winter months for their therapeutic benefits for the respiratory system, the nervous system (think, relaxing and soothing!), their ability to dispel kapha, and even nourish and heal the skin. With this post we will be focusing on two herbal […]

How to make a coffee scrub

Day #10: Cardamom Coffee Body Scrub How’s this for a yummy delicious scrub for the body and mind: a combination of vanilla bean infused coconut oil with coffee infused sesame oil added to finely ground coffee and sugar with a hint of cardamom, black pepper and ginger essential oils…..sheer delight and beauty! Here’s what you’ll […]

How to make a Facial Elixir

Day #5: Raspberry Facial Elixir This yummy facial elixir contains Raspberry seed oil, a rich source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (think Omega 3, 6 and 9) and nourishing protective antioxidants such as bioflavonoids, tocopherols and tocotrienols, and phytosterols, plus it smells divine! Along with the raspberry seed oil is Calendula officinalis herbal infusion. Calendula is […]

How to make a Body Scrub

The Desert Salt Scrub Sage (Salvia officinalis) has become one of my favorite aromas and plants to work with this year. Perhaps because of those menopausal hot flashes which sage so efficiently helps to ease! Please note: The Sage I used in this recipe is Salvia officinalis petite feuilles which is almost ketone-free. I highly […]

Lavender/Lemon Window Cleaner

It’s here! 21 days, 21 Recipes and Remedies. So excited about this series…. I’ve had so much fun putting it all together! Part of the journey for me has been about how I can integrate aromatic plants with essential oils or sometimes simply to use aromatic plants (dried or fresh herbs). As a gardener, a […]

Yarrow Essential Oil (Achillea millefolium)

The Many Faces of Yarrow Achillea millefolium L. Written by: Jade Shutes **This article originally appeared in the International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy. Introduction Yarrow is a venerable plant of ancient medicinal repute (Hatfield, 1971). According to legend, the Greek hero Achilles is said to have utilized Yarrow to stop the bleeding (styptic) of […]

7 Amazing Autumn Inhaler Recipes

  7 of our all-time favorite Autumn Inhaler Recipes 1. Clear those sinuses 7 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) 10 drops Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) 10 drops Saro (Cinnamosma fragrans) *For children over the age of 5. 2. Walk in Beauty 5 drops Rose (Rosa alba) 7 drops Tangerine (Citrus reticulata) 12 drops Black spruce (Picea […]

Is Eucalyptus safe for children? Part I

Is Eucalyptus essential oil or other 1,8 cineole rich essential oils safe for children under the age of 10?  Part I **NOTE: Part II is in the works….   “All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison from a remedy.” – Paracelsus – 16th-century physician […]

How to pronounce Latin names for Essential Oils and Botanical Families

Learn how to pronounce the Latin names of Essential Oils and their Botanical Family. Watch:

Aromatherapy for Herbalists

The Role of Essential Oils in the Herbalist’s Toolbox  with Cathy Skipper   The days of a strict dividing line between the Anglo-Saxon’s well-being based approach and the French clinical approach to aromatherapy are now behind us. There may still be some instances where, through lack of knowledge or openness to one or other of […]

Learn about Tarragon Essential Oil – Artemisia dracunculus

Tarragon Essential Oil Artemisia dracunculus L. Other common names: Little Dragon, Mugwort (French), Dragon sage-wort, Dragon wormwood, Estragon, False tarragon Botanical Family: Asteraceae syn. Compositae Botany: Tarragon, Artemisia dracunculus L., is an aromatic, perennial herb whose distribution spans North America, eastern and central Europe, and most of temperate Asia. The specific epithet dracunculus (Latin meaning […]

French Aromatherapy Certification Course

French Aromatherapy/Aromatic Medicine Certification Course with Cathy Skipper and Jade Shutes   Join Cathy Skipper and Jade Shutes for an in-depth exploration of the French Model of Aromatherapy and expand your herbal and/or aromatic toolbox!   Although we are calling this French Aromatherapy, this is really a course about the internal use of essential oils. […]

Models for Aromatherapy: French, English, and the Emerging New Model

Models for Aromatherapy: French, English, and the Emerging New Model “It could be argued that the explanatory model of disease that a practitioner uses is the most defining characteristic of that practitioner.” – James Snow This is my all time favorite quote regarding the impact of explanatory models of disease. It is from a course […]

5+ Great Aromatic Plants for the Garden

5+ Great Aromatic Plants for the Garden I am incredibly thankful to my mother for sharing her green thumb and love of gardening with me throughout my life. Even today, I admire her ability to grow just about anything, including a lemon tree! Over the years with aromatherapy, having a garden or visiting gardens has […]

Aromatherapy Products: Packaging and Labeling

With Jade Shutes and the School for Aromatic Studies  __________________________________________________________________ Hello Everyone – Here is the webinar pdf and a link to the recorded webinar. Below these items are a list of resources including INCI codes. Aromatherapy Products- Packaging and Labeling PDF LINK to Recording of Aromatherapy Products: Packaging and Labeling Webinar  Resources for Labeling Class PDF […]

Winter Essentials: Balancing Kapha

KAPHA SEASON Winter through mid-Spring Mid-November through Mid-March (spring) The kapha dosha arises from the Earth (Prthvi) and Water (Ap or apas) elements. Kapha is stored in: the brain, joints, mouth, head and neck, stomach (the primary site), lymph, thorax including the lungs, heart and esophagus, and fat. The term kapha is derived from the […]

Can essential oils be considered as dietary supplements?

Can essential oils be considered dietary supplements? by Jade Shutes   The correct answer is: Yes. PLEASE NOTE: This article is being written as a part of my research in preparation for our free webinar in January on Aromatherapy Products: Labeling and Packaging. One of the aspects we will be covering is how some companies […]

Aromatherapy and Vaginal Dryness

Aromatherapy and Vaginal Dryness written by: Jade Shutes, BA, Dipl. AT, Cert. Herbalist   A few women have asked recently about what they can do for vaginal dryness so I thought I would share my insights and a couple of recipes that work really well to address this issue. Vaginal dryness and atrophy commonly occurs […]