Essential Oils to deter Wasps!

WASPS! A few days ago I was looking out my kitchen window as I was doing the dishes and I noticed a few wasps hanging around and then disappearing under the wood railings of the deck. I thought, I bet the peppermint and/or lemongrass would prevent them from building their nest there. So I grabbed […]

Hibiscus Rose Sugar Scrub

Hibiscus Rose Sugar Scrub by Jade Shutes A great cooling sugar scrub for the summer months!   Ingredients: 1 cup Brown sugar 1/2 cup Cane sugar 1/2 tsp cardamom (finely ground) 1/2 cup Dried Rose petals 1/2 cup Dried Hibiscus petals 1/2 cup Vanilla infused jojoba oil 1/4 cup calendula oil Instructions to make: 1. […]

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All Natural Mosquito Repellant Recipe

   

5 Essential Oils, Many Blends

5 Essential Oils, Many Blends I was blessed to receive 5 essential oils from Stillpoint Aromatics recently. As I opened the package and began reviewing (experiencing) these new essential oils, I was first struck by the energetic clarity and vibrancy of these essential oils. They have a presence that is quite beautiful. I know the […]

Essential Oils for the Chakras: the First or Root Chakra (Muladhara)

Essential Oils for the Chakras: the First or Root Chakra (Muladhara) By Guest Blogger and EWSHAS Instructor: Patricia Bonnard, PhD., Cert. AT. This is the first of a nine-part subtle aromatherapy blog series, Essential Oils for the Chakras. The series starts with a short blog on “What Are Chakras?,” then moves on to the first chakra, continues up […]

Spring Plantain Herbal Infusion

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

The East-West School for Aromatic Studies is incredibly pleased to announce the launch of our new Advanced Aromatic Chemistry     Course Overview To learn more about the technical aspects of this program, please visit here. Insights into the new program: Aromatic Chemistry will teach you not only about the current research on a wide […]

Cottonwood Herbal Oil

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 […]

Undiluted Application of Essential Oils

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. The undiluted application of […]

How to make Aromatic Play Dough

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

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, 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 Aromatic Studies. She is a Certified member […]

About Eucalyptus globulus and 1,8 cineole

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

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

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

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 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

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 seed Lavendin Cape chamomile 2g = 76 drops 25 drops […]