The Quality of Essential Oils

Angervaks' Helichrysum close up med

The Quality of Essential Oils By Jade Shutes, BA, Dipl. AT., Cert. Herbalist The quality and authenticity of the essential oils we utilize are the very heart and foundation of aromatherapy. The quality of essential oils is often a contentious subject bringing up feelings of protectiveness and challenging beliefs.  I have written this article, not […]

Make your own lip balm

Add Vanilla infused jojoba and shea butter then just before completely melted add cocoa butter

Vanilla Lip Balm Yummy, delicious, and simple yet incredibly effective! My son, Soren, (like his mother) has a tendency towards vata excess or in non-Ayurvedic terms: dryness, particularly during this time of year when winter sets in and the heating is on and the cold wind is blowing. What we are left to deal with […]

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

adding pump and oil to sugars

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub Sharing some gifts with friends today so made a fresh pumpkin spice sugar scrub this morning. This needs to be used within 5-7 days. Refrigeration is good! Large Batch Ingredients: Makes 3 4oz jars plus some extra for you! (**all ingredients are certified organic unless otherwise noted) 1 and 1/2 cup […]

Rosemary Juniper Salt Scrub

rosemary scrub only

Rosemary Juniper Salt Scrub For the Winter Months (Kapha season) Instructions on how to make: Step One: Gather your ingredients Recipe **All ingredients are organic or certified organic with the exception of the salt.  269.4g (just under 3 cups) Sea salt 1 1/2 cups Jojoba oil* (*about 1 to 1 1/2 cups depending on desired […]

Favorite Aromatherapy Books

I am often asked what my favorite aromatherapy books are, so here goes a small list of my all time favorite books either about aromatherapy or related in some way. (please note: these are not listed in any particular order) Just about any book by Kurt Schnaubelt.  My favorites of his include: Aromatherapy Lifestyle (part […]

Homemade Whipped Body Butter

carrot butter final

Whipped Shea Carrot Body Butter   by Jade Shutes Ingredients for Whipped Shea Butter (all certified organic) Ingredient Amt %tage  Butters 63% Shea 88.45g 39% Cocoa 54.43g 24%  Vegetable/Herbal Oils 35% Carrot infused oil 79.38g 35% Antioxidant Vitamin E 2.27g 1% Essential oils 1%Carrot seedLavendinCape chamomile 2g = 76 drops25 drops36 drops15 drops 1% TOTAL […]

Body Balm – Vanilla Blue

1 finished labeled tube

Vanilla Blue Body Balm by Jade Shutes   What are body butters and balms? How are they different from salves? Both body butters and balms are made utilizing the base ingredients of butter (there are several kinds of butter: e.g. shea, cocoa, etc) and herbal or vegetable/nut/seed oils. Since body butters and balms (and salves) […]

EWSHAS Graduate: Frances Fitzgerald Cleveland

Frances Fitzgerald Cleveland

I had my first experience working with plants and essential oils and their healing powers while living in New York City. I was suffering from a skin condition that doctors could not help me with. All the conventional medicines they were prescribing were not working. A friend suggested I go and have a consultation with […]

Aromatherapy Facial Serum

Adding Helichrysum essential oil

A luxurious facial serum for women over 40! by Jade Shutes   This facial serum was formulated for our new online Organic & Dynamic Body Care Products Certification Program.  (We currently have a special offer for this course through August 1st) Our luxurious facial serum has become my favorite facial serum. It is awesome!  It […]

Daucus carota Macerated Oil

Daucus carota

Daucus carota Macerated Oil written by: Jade Shutes I have often wondered about how carrot was macerated and so decided to try to make it myself from vegetable to macerated oil. The journey has taken months, a bit of research, several batches of carrots, patience and lots of eager anticipation. Still there is another method […]

Cleaning Your Home Aromatically

Cleaning ingredients

The Cleaning Power of Essential Oils; Cleaning Your Home Aromatically Written by: Nikki Loscocco-VanZandt B.A., LMT   Introduction While studying aromatherapy I became intrigued with the idea of using essential oils to clean my home. I thought “ why not” use essential oils to clean with as they contain antiseptic, antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties […]

Aromatherapy and Grieving

marika and children

Written by: Marika Fleri   Especially dedicated to close friends who lost someone dear throughout the past year and to my Daddy Anthony Balzan who still lives in me and my children.     Grief, a single word:  A short word to describe an abyss of emotions. A deep excruciating pain, deep in the pit […]

Preparing Tinctures: A simple method

Our tinctures from last year.

The Basics of Making Tinctures Every year we make up a batch or two of the herbs which grow around us and herbs we have planted in the garden.  Last year we made tinctures of Melissa, Boneset, German chamomile, Passion flower, Thyme and Calendula.  This picture was taken last year when we completed our tincture […]

The Beauty of Simple Aryuvedic Practices to enhance your vitality (ojas) and to serve as steps to aging with grace and beauty.

Ayurveda image

by Jade Shutes Over the last few months I have begun to incorporate some of the teaching I received over the last two years from Arjun Das and Melanie Sachs. Although I have been practicing all of these techniques, it has only be recently that I made a commitment to daily practice.  It has now […]

Abhyanga: The Art of Self Love through Massage

Rhada

By Radha Crawley, LMT, Certified Ayurvedic Educator           The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and […]

Pelargonium finale

I just received the book “The Encyclopedia of Herbs” by Arthur Tucker and Thomas Debaggio.  Great book with lots of interesting information. According to the authors and in agreement with Millers (see previous entry) writings: The true P. graveolens is similar to P. radens but it is not now in general cultivation. They state that […]

Aromatic and Herbal Sugar Scrub for the Body

Adding honey (this honey was given to me by a friend who's father is a beekeeper in the Mtns of Asheville NC)

Beautiful day today. I have been meaning to catch up with our personal supply of aromatic products and today presented itself with time to create and play. Creating an aromatic and herbal sugar scrub Goal: to create an aromatic sugar scrub for the body using both plant material and essential oils in the sugar. First, […]

Pelargonium graveolens or Pelargonium x asperum

Pelargonium triste

The Pelargonium Issue: A rose pelargonium by any other name would smell just as sweet! Written by Jade Shutes I recently submitted our Geranium monograph to be printed in a new journal called: The International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy. This journal is being created by Lora Cantele, past president of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists. […]

Aromatherapy for Rosacea

Adding in German Chamomile essential oil

written by: Jade Shutes About Rosacea “Rosaceae is an odd disorder which seems to defy understanding…” (Dr. Ronald Marks, cited by DelRosso 2012) Rosacea (pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”) is a chronic inflammatory disorder primarily affecting the facial skin and is often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. Rosacea tends to affect adults (after 30 years of age) and […]

Spring: Time to plant some Calendula seeds

Calendula officinalis

Last year we launched our first E-book devoted to Calendula. Learn how to make herbal infusion, wound salve, mouth wash, cream, diaper rash powder and much more in our Calendula e-book. About Calendula