How to make your own Cough Syrup

An Aromatic Cough Syrup Cough Syrup: A Simple Honey Cough Syrup for Adults and Adolescents over the age of 7. For those between ages 5-7, half dosage of essential oils. For those below age of 5: use tea with a little honey mixed in. **Do not use honey for children under 1 year. Here’s what […]

Our Famous Respiratory Salve

Our Famous Respiratory Salve I have been making, using, and sharing this respiratory salve for as long as I can remember. It is a favorite among our students for sure! And each year I make a batch of salve along with cough syrup for gifts to family and friends. Whether someone has a cold or […]

How to make Anise/Fennel Honey

How to make Herbal Honey with Anise/Fennel or Rose/Tulsi Herbal honeys rock during the Autumn and Winter months for their therapeutic benefits for the respiratory system, the nervous system (think, relaxing and soothing!), their ability to dispel kapha, and even nourish and heal the skin. With this post we will be focusing on two herbal […]

Aromatherapy and Vaginal Dryness

Aromatherapy and Vaginal Dryness written by: Jade Shutes, BA, Dipl. AT, Cert. Herbalist   A few women have asked recently about what they can do for vaginal dryness so I thought I would share my insights and a couple of recipes that work really well to address this issue. Vaginal dryness and atrophy commonly occurs […]

Essential Oil Therapy for Shingles

Herpes zoster: Shingles Herpes zoster, commonly called shingles, is an outbreak of a rash or blisters on the skin that is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox — the varicella-zoster virus. The first sign of shingles is often burning or tingling pain, or sometimes numbness or itch, in one particular location on only […]

How to make your own Natural Vapor Rub for the Autumn and Winter Months

Natural Respiratory Salve by Jade Shutes Equipment: Double boiler Stainless steel fork Measuring cup Scale (to weigh beeswax) Kitchen towel (to dry bottom of pan) Essential Supplies 1 ounce beeswax 1 1/8 cup sesame oil (other other vegetable oil) 6-8 50ml salve jars (can use 25ml jars) Premade synergy of essential oils: (20mls) 4ml Peppermint […]

How to make an Aromatherapy Inhaler

Aromatherapy Inhalers I love inhaler tubes. Easy to make and easy to use.  Since its Autumn (vata season), I focused on creating an inhaler for anxiety but it is an equally awesome time to create one to support the respiratory system and immunity as well.  Sample blends are below.   To make an inhaler, you […]

All Heal Salve

Summer Healing “Green” Salve For scraped knees, abrasions, itchy skin/spots, dry skin areas Not for use on deep cuts/wounds. Ingredients to make 8-10 2 ounce jars (I made 6 2 ounce jars and 2 tubes of salve with this recipe.) 2 ounces beeswax (shaved or cut into small pieces) 3/4 cup Plantain herbal oil 3/4 […]

Cottonwood Herbal Oil

Cottonwood     Populus balsamifera This is one of my all time favorite resin buds to infuse. The infused oil smells incredible and is highly beneficial in salves, gels, or massage oils for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.  Can be used at a 10 – 25% dilution with other carrier oils such as jojoba or other herbal […]

Undiluted Application of Essential Oils

UNDILUTED APPLICATION by Jade Shutes     Undiluted or “neat” application is the use of essential oils applied directly to the skin without a carrier or base oil. In general, undiluted application is only applied in a specific localized area, most commonly for acute conditions, treatment work, or for reflex/acupressure work. The undiluted application of […]