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 […]

Do essential oils contain vitamins?

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 […]

Hungary EWSHAS Aromatherapy Certification Program February 2011

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Here are some more images of our first Hungarian Aromatherapy Certification program. Congratulations Gergely! Thank you!!!! This is the second weekend.  Enjoy!

Viver Ayurveda Certification Training with Arjun Das

Viver Ayurveda Certification Training APRIL 27- MAY 1, 2011      WED-SAT 9AM-6PM           CHAPEL HILL, NC             16 CE NCBTMB credits pending $550 ~early registration before April 1, $750 thereafter. Prorated/Partial enrollment is possible if you cannot attend the entire 5 days. This very special Ayurvedic training has been designed to cover the classic principles and authentic background […]

Make Your Own Love Potion

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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. […]

Vegetable oils: Moisturizing and/or Emollient

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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 […]

Aromatherapy in Budapest, Hungary

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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 […]

The King of Spices

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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

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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

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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 […]

Interview with Buddha Nose

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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 […]

The Viver Ayurveda Certification Course

Stone and Spa presents Arjun Das of TriGuna Ayurveda The Viver Ayurveda Certification Course April 27-May 1, 2011, Wednesday – Sunday 9am-6pm
$750 – early registration before 3/1/11 | $950 – after 3/1/11 This very special Ayurvedic training has been designed to cover the classic principles and authentic background of Ayurveda from its history and philosophy […]