Elderberry Syrup – Yummy delicious and much recommended throughout winter!

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Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) You can make herbal medicine with the flowers and fruits of the Black Elderberry bush/shrub. According to Gaia herbs, elderberry, ‘the bush has been referred to as “the medicine tree of the common people“.’  The berries offer antiviral and immune stimulating properties during these winter months plus elderberry syrup tastes divine!  […]

Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare

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By Jade Shutes, B.A., Dipl. AT www.theida.com The aroma is the deepest manifestation of prana in a herb. Arjun Das – Ayurveda class notes While studying Ayurveda with my teacher, Arjun Das, I was struck by his poetic statements about Fennel. Arjun shared: Fennel is about digestion and transformation. Fennel inspires us to accept our […]

Greenfeet: The Planet’s Homestore

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EWSHAS Graduate: Valerie Reddeman and her business – Greenfeet My name is Valerie Reddemann. I discovered the power of essential oils nearly 20 years ago from a client of mine and it’s spurred a lifelong love affair with all things botanical. I had narrowly missed being in a horrible traffic accident and arrived at a […]

Ginger/Lemon Salt scrubs and Spicy Breathing Space Salve

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by Jade Shutes These are products I am donating to the Blue Lotus Yoga Studio in Raleigh in hopes of raising some money to donate to local charity.   Ginger Lemon Salt Scrub What you will need to make 4 jars of scrub: 3 cups of sea salt 1 1/2 cups Jojoba oil 30 drops […]

How to make your own Vanilla Extract

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Vanilla Extract Making a fresh batch of vanilla extract can be a wonderful gift for the holidays.   There is so much to love about the orchid Vanilla. In a previous blog I wrote about how to make a vanilla bean jojoba infusion.  Now we turn to an alcohol extract which can be used in baking […]

Natural Lip Balm Recipe

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My Lumina Titian~Lip Balm Created by:  Cyprus Michalchuk Recipe 2tsp carrot infused oil 2tsp evening primrose oil 2tsp of poplar bud infused oil (use what ever infused oil you have) 1tsp jojoba 2tsp avocado oil 2tsp (heaping) cocoa butter 1/2 local honey 3 tsp heaping local bees wax Sea Buckthorn Co2 or extract Rosehip extract […]

Harvesting Roots: Burdock and Echinacea

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Harvesting Roots by Jade Shutes I have been waiting for the time for root harvesting to arrive and this weekend, although I was busy with other projects, I received a ‘call’, seemingly from the plants and from an inner tuition, that it was time to harvest some roots.  Pausing my wintertime gift making, I headed […]

Lemon Expression by hand!

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For those of us who have a fascination with all things aromatic, I was excited to receive a book entitled “The Volatile Oils” by Eduard Gildemeister.    I ordered the book which was published in 1922 for the pictures although there is some interesting information too.  This is a collector book not really a book to […]

Bath Fizzy Wrapping

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Today we found some pieces of fabric (I am a collector of fabric and wool fiber/yarn) and some wool yarn.  We packaged up the bath balms like this.     And here is Soren with his fizzy wrapped.   See those dry lips!  Next we are making Vanilla lip balm! Recipe and step by step […]

Holiday Gift Making – Part One

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Holiday Gift Making  Part One with Jade Shutes One of my all time favorite holiday events is the time for making aromatic and herbal gifts for family and friends.  We begin our adventure with all the supplies we have on hand or can easily get (because typically we wait until the last minutes).  The first […]

Peppermint and Nausea – A case study: End of Life Care

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Client hx and presenting problems: Marie was admitted to the nursing facility with advanced, end stage breast cancer. Marie had a history of resolved breast cancer, that later returned. Rather than be pushed for treatments, Marie choose to not tell her family that the cancer had returned. As her condition progressed, she was experiencing increased […]

Internal Use of Oregano: An Exploration

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Oregano: Origanum vulgare   by Jade Shutes My interest in writing this article comes from the ongoing questions I receive from individuals regarding the internal use of essential oils.  This week a student wrote in and asked about the internal use of Oregano and since I have been interested in the Oregano supplements I see […]

The Wellness Wheel by Heidi Nielsen

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Wellness Wheel One Woman’s Journey for Healing By Heidi Nielsen When I think of the ways aromatherapy has transformed my life, I feel incredibly grateful. Whether I am hopping into the bath with some Lavender, using Peppermint on a tissue during a road trip, or rubbing a Eucalyptus salve on my chest when I am […]

One Womans Journey with Aromatherapy in Malta – Part I

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I met Marika Fleri earlier this year and was quite drawn to her work and understanding how aromatherapy has evolved in Malta.  She is going to be writing a few pieces for the EWSHAS to share her experience with aromatherapy in Malta and her passion to share her knowledge and the power of healing with […]

An early morning review of: Clinical Aromatherapy

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Written by Jade Shutes on the 29th Day of October 2011 at 5am.   Yesterday I sat down to read Jane Buckles article “Clinical Aromatherapy” which was recently published in the Massage Magazine.  Yet again I am amazed at how we have transitioned from Holistic to Clinical and how the previous ‘Holistic’ has somehow taken […]

Chronic sinus issues: Case study success

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CASE STUDY by Graduate of the EWSHAS NOTE: To maintain client confidentiality we do not provide either the clients real initials or the practitioners name.   KC is a 65 years old salesman. He’s had sinus issues for over 10 years. His head and nose was continually stuffy making it extremely difficult to breath during […]

How to make Vanilla infused Jojoba Oil

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Vanilla, the (really) early years It is the ancient Totonaco Indians of Mexico who were the first keepers of the secrets of vanilla. When they were defeated by the Aztecs, they were demanded to relinquish their exotic fruit of the Tlilxochitl vine, vanilla pods. When, in turn, the Aztecs were defeated by the conquering Spaniard, […]

The Internal Use of Essential Oils: An exploration

The Internal Use of Essential Oils by Jade Shutes   Over the years I have found the interest in the internal use of essential oils to be fascinating. While a couple of companies recommend the internal use of essential oils willy nilly without due consideration for safety, the aromatherapy industry at large simply states not […]

What is a MSDS report and who needs them?

What is a MSDS report? A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is designed to provide both workers and emergency personnel with the proper procedures for handling or working with a particular substance. MSDS’s include information such as physical data (melting point, boiling point, flash point etc.), toxicity, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective […]

Gattefosse – The Founding of Aromatherapy

Found some rather interesting footage about Rene Maurice Gattefosse. Here are three videos that outline Gattefosse’s life and experience with aromatherapy. Fascinating. Enjoy.