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 […]
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 […]
Over this past weekend a student of ours wrote the following: “my question is….a friend of mine (naturopathic doctor) has been approached a couple of times regarding citrus oils being a good source of vitamin C. This seemed like an easy question to handle when she approached me with this question. From my understanding, vitamin […]
Love Potion by Kris Wrede Connect with Kris Wrede Let your mind slowly drift and picture yourself in an era many years ago..in the 1st century B.C. in Egypt. Cleopatra was setting sail on the Nile with her entourage, her handmaidens busily scenting her sails with jasmine to announce her presence to her adoring multitudes. […]
I think there is some confusion over the concept of moisturizer versus emollient. To moisturize tends to imply ‘to put water into the skin’ or to hydrate. An emollient, on the other hand, softens and soothes the skin. Vegetable oils are more emollient than moisturizing as they do not deliver moisture to the skin but […]
Gergely Hollodi studied with me a number of years ago and then we met about two to three years ago in person while I was in Seattle. I was so impressed with his work throughout both our Aroma101 and Aroma201 programs and truly loved meeting him in person. He is passionate, committed, and deeply connected […]
Black Pepper: The King of Spices Piper nigrum Other names: Hu Jiao (TCM), Marica (Sanskrit) by Jade Shutes I have found myself quite drawn to all the warming essential oils this winter. Ginger was posted on our blog at http://theida.com/aromatic-plants/beloved-ginger And here is a much loved spice: Black pepper! Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a […]
Yoga and Ayurveda to support recovery from drug and alcohol addiction by Catherine O’Neill ***This article has been published with permission from Durga. It originally appeared in the Townsend Newsletter, January 2007. http://www.townsendletter.com/ The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda (science of self-healing) and Yoga (science of self-realization) offer therapies and practices to bring about and maintain […]
Beloved Ginger Ginger Zingiber officinale Falling in love with Ginger! Over the past couple of weeks I have found myself quite drawn to ginger and have used it as a tea, a body scrub, a body oil, an additive into our humidifier, a divine bathing experience, and simply to inhale via direct palm inhalation. (some […]
Student Success: Amy Galper: Buddha Nose 1. What brought you to the study of aromatherapy and natural lifestyles? About 14 years ago I was diagnosed with a mysterious kidney disease and it really changed my life. It made me look at the illness ( how it manifested) and my habits, life patterns, symbolically –and with […]
This is a quote written by Richo Cech in Horizon Herbs recent newsletter. I just loved it. Check out Horizon Herbs at: www.horizonherbs.com People, please learn, teach and practice permaculture. Attune to food as medicine, medicine as plants, plants as emanations of the Great Spirit. Let us respect our landscape by greening it up for […]
Stephen Harrod Buhner believes “that the loss of connection to plants, to the land, to Earth, leaves the holes with which we are naturally born unfilled. No matter how much Ritalin or Prozac is poured into those holes, synthetic pharmaceuticals can never fill them; merely human approaches can never heal them. Pathologies come from the […]
After graduating from Simmons College with a B.A. in Business/Management, I travelled to England to explore the part of the world my great grandfather came from. It was there in England that I finally found what I seemed to have been seeking most my life: a connection with the natural world. I was blessed to live in the countryside just south of London where I was able to be immersed in the natural world of blue bell forest, wild medicinal plants, and sacred trees.
Michelle is a graduate of Brenneke School of Massage and The East-West School for Herbal & Aromatic Studies. She has completed 5 levels of Cranio-Sacral Therapy with Ursula Popp L.ac, VCST, Certificate in Bodywork For the Childbearing Years (Pregnancy, Labor, and Postpartum Massage ) with Kate Jordan, Reiki level 1 and 2 with Catherine Walkinshaw, Australian Bush flower essences courses Level 1, 2, 3 Women’s workshop and ABFE College Course teachers training. Michelle has been a student of Dr. Berkowsky’s Spiritual PhytoEssencing (creating soul blends with essential oils) since 2005 working toward her Diploma. In 2009 Michelle began her journey into Natural Perfumery with Ayala Sender owner of Ayala Moriel Perfumes located in Vancouver B.C.
Cheryl has twice been president of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA). She has been the aromatherapy consultant for Time Life Books, served as a member of the Botanicals Workgroup of the Complementary Health Committee for the BJC Health System, lectures for Washington University Medical School, St. Louis University Medical School, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis Community College, Meramec and Missouri Botanical Garden. She has studied herbalism and aromatherapy since 1976.
Amy has been passionately engaged with essential oils and natural beauty for over 12 years. She is the owner of Buddha Nose, an award winning yoga-inspired brand of mind-body-beauty products and has been a strong and visible advocate for safe, toxic-free beauty and body care products. In addition to running her product-based business, Amy has […]
Evie Carr has been using essential oils medicinally since 1997. Through this process, she began to notice friends and family seeking advice for common ailments and decided it would be beneficial to her, and to those in her life, to learn more about the use of these oils. She attended the Institute of Dynamic […]
Leyla Bringas began her formal botanical studies with Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Apprentice Program in 1996. She received her first Aromatherapy Certification from The Institute of Dynamic Aromatherapy in 1997 which has since grown to be The East-West School of Herbal and Aromatic Studies. She is certified to teach for the East-West School of Herbal and […]