Spring Plantain Herbal Infusion

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It’s finally spring and all around there are cleavers, violet flowers, chickweed, plantain and a few other early spring medicinal plants in the area around us. I am sure if you look around your yard or in a field yet to be touched by modern day ‘weed killers’ you will stumble upon plantain.  Today we […]

Aromatic Chemistry NEW! Online Program

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The East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies is incredibly pleased to announce the launch of our new Aromatic Chemistry by and for the Aromatherapist and Healthcare Practitioner   Special Offer: $325.00 After July 1st: $425.00 Register TODAY: Tuition only: $325.00 Enroll now Course Overview Topics Covered Aromatic Plants and Chemistry Organic Chemistry Overview The […]

Cottonwood Herbal Oil

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Cottonwood     Populus balsamifera This is one of my all time favorite resin buds to infuse. The infused oil smells incredible and is highly beneficial in salves, gels, or massage oils for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.  Can be used at a 10 – 25% dilution with other carrier oils such as jojoba or other herbal […]

Aromatherapy Teacher Training Certificate Program with Jade Shutes

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Aromatherapy Teacher Training Certificate Program with Jade Shutes   Dates: Dates to be announced Times: 9:00 to 4:30pm (may run later) Location: Carrboro, NC  (exact location to be announced) Tuition: $1200. includes all materials and supplies used for class Have you always wanted to be an aromatherapy educator? The Aromatherapy Teacher Training Program is designed […]

Undiluted Application of Essential Oils

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UNDILUTED APPLICATION by Jade Shutes Undiluted or “neat” application is the use of essential oils applied directly to the skin without a carrier or base oil. In general, undiluted application is only applied in a specific localized area, most commonly for acute conditions, treatment work, or for reflex/acupressure work. Undiluted application may be appropriate for […]

How to make Aromatic Play Dough

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With wintery weather upon us, it is a good time to make some aromatic play dough!     Ingredients: 3 cups flour 1.5 cups salt (we used sea salt) 2 Tbsp. cream of tartar (important!) 3 Tbsp. of cooking oil (we used organic canola oil but you could use jojoba, sesame, or other oil) 3 […]

How to make a Salve: Carrot Rosehip Skin Salve

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This winter I have been using a Carrot-Rosehip skin salve on my face and body to prevent and/or ‘treat’ dryness. This has been a really great addition to sugar scrubs. Recipe: Ingredient                              Amt             %tage Herbal/Vegetable oils Calendula herbal oil           61.42g                 47% Carrot infused oil                26.14g                 20%  […]

Heather Brady

Heather Brady

Heather Brady, MT, graduated from Cortiva Institute- Somerset School of Massage Therapy (Wall campus) in 2007. She is a White Light Reiki Level II Certified Healer, completed Infant Massage Instructor training through Infant Massage USA, and is currently completing her Clinical Aromatherapy Certification through the East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies. She is a […]

About Eucalyptus globulus and 1,8 cineole

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Eucalyptus, Blue Gum Eucalyptus globulus Labill. We often think of Australia as the place where most of our Eucalyptus oils come from, however, the cost of producing eucalyptus oil in Australia increased so much that it could not compete with overseas oil markets, and thus lost its leading position in the world market.  Currently, the […]

The Quality of Essential Oils

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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) […]

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

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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

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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

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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 […]