Pinon Pine: Pinus edulis essential oil

Pinon Pine: Pinus edulis   I have fallen madly in love with piñon pine, also spelled pinyon, this autumn. Gathered and distilled right here in the United States, Pinon pine grows in the southern states of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and parts of Texas. The leaves are distilled for the essential oil while […]

Yarrow Essential Oil (Achillea millefolium)

The Many Faces of Yarrow Achillea millefolium L. Written by: Jade Shutes **This article originally appeared in the International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy. Introduction Yarrow is a venerable plant of ancient medicinal repute (Hatfield, 1971). According to legend, the Greek hero Achilles is said to have utilized Yarrow to stop the bleeding (styptic) of […]

Is Eucalyptus safe for children? Part I

Is Eucalyptus essential oil or other 1,8 cineole rich essential oils safe for children under the age of 10?  Part I **NOTE: Part II is in the works….   “All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison from a remedy.” – Paracelsus – 16th-century physician […]

Learn about Tarragon Essential Oil – Artemisia dracunculus

Tarragon Essential Oil Artemisia dracunculus L. Other common names: Little Dragon, Mugwort (French), Dragon sage-wort, Dragon wormwood, Estragon, False tarragon Botanical Family: Asteraceae syn. Compositae Botany: Tarragon, Artemisia dracunculus L., is an aromatic, perennial herb whose distribution spans North America, eastern and central Europe, and most of temperate Asia. The specific epithet dracunculus (Latin meaning […]

Helichrysum Species

Helichrysum species by Jade Shutes The genus Helichrysum Miller, belonging to the Asteraceae (syn. Compositae) family, includes approximately 500-600 species that are widespread throughout the World. The Helichrysum species are xerophytes (meaning they are plants that have adapted in such a way that they are able to tolerate extended periods of dry conditions1) growing at […]

Essential Oil Research

Finding great research on specific essential oils can be time consuming but if you are a research junkie like me, here are some great resources that I pulled together for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Research Sites American Botanical Council The East-West School for Herbal and Aromatic Studies is a member of the American […]

Essential Oil Room Freshening Spritzer

Room Freshening Spritzer 30 drops Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) 20 drops Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) 20 drops Lemon (Citrus limon) 10 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) 4 ounce Spritzer bottle filled with water Combine all ingredients. Shake well. Use daily to freshen and cleanse air. Great in the trash can too!

Cape Chamomile

 Cape Chamomile Eriocephalus punctulatus Calming and soothing. Relieves stress and calms anxiety. A wonderful oil for wound healing, be it on an emotional or physical level. Relieves itchiness and soothes inflammation. Healing Serum 5 drops Cape chamomile (Eriocephalus punctulatus) 6 drops Sandalwood (Santalum sp.) 4 drops Helichrysum (Helchrysum italicum) 5 drops Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) 1/2 […]

Explore Litsea cubeba

May Chang  Litsea cubeba Litsea cubeba oil is distilled from the small, pepperlike fruits of the tree of Litsea cubeba. It belongs in the Lauraceae, which also includes Avocado (Persea sp.), Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis) and Cinnamon (Cinnamomum sp.). It contains a rich content of the aldehyde, citral. Citral has been shown to have some […]

Aromatherapy Organizations Around the World

Worldwide Aromatherapy Organizations Around the world aromatherapy practitioners are represented by an amazing collection of aromatherapy organizations working towards the advancement of aromatherapy. Here is a list of international and national aromatherapy organizations from the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy! United States National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) Holistic Animal Association Australia […]