Cardamom: Queen of Spices

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Cardamom: Queen of Spices Walk gently upon the earth Falling in love with Cardamom this Autumn Season! When I smell cardamom I feel transported to a place between heaven and earth where my feet touch the earth gently and my mind feels clear and light. It ignites a feeling of attraction, compassion, and kindness. There […]

Synergism in essential oils and aromatherapy

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Synergism in essential oils and aromatherapy by Jade Shutes Many herbalists acknowledge that one of the main differences between whole herbs and traditional extracts on the one hand, versus individual vitamins, minerals, isolated phytochemicals, or conventional single – molecule drugs on the other hand, is the principle of synergy. Synergy can be defined in a […]

To Bee

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One ingredient which is most plentiful in this fragrance is LOVE, I so adore the honey bee and everything about her. She is quite a magnificent creature. – Roxana Villa   A few weeks ago Roxana Villa, botanical perfumer and visual artist, sent me a little package containing her new natural botanical perfume: To Bee. […]

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Aromatherapy

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Traditional Chinese Medicine and Aromatherapy Written by: Laurel Redmon To Learn more about Laurel please visit her website at: http://www.redsagehealth.com/ Aromatherapy is one of the most exciting and burgeoning modes of herbalism today. It strikes me as a truly global discipline, different parts of the world contributing varied uses and methods of application for essential […]

Boils

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A boil, also called a furuncle, is a painful inflamed swelling of a hair follicle that forms an abscess typically caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria although it can be caused by other bacteria or fungi found on the skin.  It appears as a small rounded or conical nodule surrounded by redness (inflammation). As the […]

Lavandula angustifolia or augustifolia?

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Lavandula species angustifolia or augustifolia Recently I came across a short article on the botanical specificity of Lavandula and the correct species epitaph. I cannot now recall where I came across this (searching all morning for the original article). The article proposed that the correct species epitaph is “augustifolia‘. I was intrigued by the claim […]

Plantain

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Plantain is one of those abundant herbs that ‘some’ consider a weed and yet it appears all over our yards for incredibly beneficial purposes. I love seeing it (and using it) as it flourished all over our ‘yard’. Here is a wonderful blog entry by Barbara DuTot of Wild Roots Herbal Learning Center. Plantain Love […]

Blending Insight

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The Power and Importance of Intention One of the principles of dynamic aromatherapy (a term we have used for our teachings since 1991) is to effectively utilize mindfulness and intention.  This blog posting is about intention (a future posting will be about mindfulness). Intention is a mental structure, which creates a pathway along which energy […]

How to make herbal oils

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Summertime: A time for Herbal Infusions! Written by: Jade Shutes   With a lunar eclipse this evening and the summer solstice approaching, it a good time to either make a herbal infusion or begin preparations for making them throughout the summer months. A herbal oil infusion is the combination of dried or fresh medicinal plant […]

What is Clinical Aromatherapy?

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What is Clinical Aromatherapy? Written by: Jade Shutes Recently I was reading through a dialogue in an aromatherapy forum and was interested in how some individuals began their dialogue with “I am a clinical aromatherapist” . I also see this on occasion when ‘surfing’ the web, so to speak. So lets have a look at […]

Aromatic Psychodermatology

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Aromatic Psychodermatology: The emotional role of essential oils in skincare By Jade Shutes Since I was trained as an aromatherapist over 20 years ago aromatherapy has grown tremendously in the field of esthetics. Research into the therapeutic benefits of applying essential oils to the skin have been able to prove that essential oils offer a […]

Recipe Ideas

Exploring some aromatic recipes   Comforting yet uplifting massage oil 1 ounce Jojoba, Sesame, or Marula 5 drops Bergamot   Citrus bergamia 7 drops Lavender     Lavandula angustifolia 4 drops Mandarin    Citrus reticulata 3 drops Patchouli    Pogostemon cablin Citrus Spritzer 2oz of water (or Lavender hydrosol) 10 drops Bergamot    Citrus bergamia 7 drops Mandarin   […]

What am I?

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What am I? What are some of my properties when I am an essential oil? For over 2500 years I have been used for gynecological conditions since the days of Hippocrates. With a rich traditional of use, modern research supports historical wisdom, and has made my fruit preparations a phytomedicine of choice by European gynecologists […]

Food for thought: Our like or dislike of a particular aroma/essential oil

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Should we only use aromas that we love or are attracted to? Years ago I was teaching a class in Vancouver Canada. During the class I passed around sweet orange (Citrus sinensis). One of the students in the class quickly proclaimed “I cannot stand the smell of orange.” I was fascinated. How could someone not […]

Pauline at Little Frog Essentials

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Our interview with Pauline, EWSHAS graduate and business creator of Little Frog Essentials History: little frog essentials TM was born of a desire to make and share healthy eco-friendly products that are also fun to use.  mostly organic ingredients are used along with Dead Sea Salts, which are valued for their health enhancing properties.  where organic […]

The Energy of Essential Oils: article 1992

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This article was written in 1992 for the Aromatic Thymes journal.  It was later printed in Scentsitivity.  It is here unaltered. The Energy of Aromatherapy By  Jade Shutes “The most beautiful experience we can have, is the mysterious.” Albert Einstein, in Living Publications 1931 Aromatherapy is the art and science of utilizing natural distilled extracts […]

Helichrysum: Helichrysum italicum

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by: Jade Shutes, B.A., Dipl. AT, Cert. Herbalist Helichrysum: H. italicum (Roth) G. Don. syn. H. angustifolium subsp. italicum (Roth) Briq. & Cavill. Other botanical synonyms: Gnaphalium angustifolium Lam., Gnaphalium italicum Roth (basionym), Helichrysum angustifolium (Lam.) DC., Helichrysum serotinum Boiss. [≡ Helichrysum italicum subsp. serotinum]  (USDA GRIN, n/d) Common names: Immortelle, Everlasting, Helichrysum Botanical family: […]

Some Research on Olfactory Benefits of Aromatherapy

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The sense of smell is truly a wondrous sense, a sense which is often underutilized within our modern culture however the growing popularity of aromatherapy is perhaps bringing with it the awareness of this incredible sense. According to the Sense of Smell Institute, as we enter the 21st century fragrance (aromas) will be more than […]

2 Questions

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An Aromatic Life blog  by Jade Shutes Hello all!!!! Boy oh boy has it been an odd beginning to a year. Lots of great things unfolding as the school continues to expand and we cultivate new grounds and new relationships to expand our visions and goals as a school and as a community of individuals […]

Our garden awakens

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Here in North Carolina we have been experiencing a mix of warm and cold weather. It has been perfect to prepare our back beds for spring greens. We had to remove (rather unfortunately) a ton of chickweed which tends to overtake the garden in the back. Thankfully there is lots of other chickweed around. We […]