Natural Lip Balm Recipe

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Cardamom: Queen of Spices

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

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

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

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Aromatherapy Written by: Laurel Redmon To Learn more about Laurel please visit her website at: 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 […]


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