Pelargonium finale

I just received the book “The Encyclopedia of Herbs” by Arthur Tucker and Thomas Debaggio.  Great book with lots of interesting information. According to the authors and in agreement with Millers (see previous entry) writings: The true P. graveolens is similar to P. radens but it is not now in general cultivation. They state that […]

Aromatic and Herbal Sugar Scrub for the Body

Adding honey (this honey was given to me by a friend who's father is a beekeeper in the Mtns of Asheville NC)

Beautiful day today. I have been meaning to catch up with our personal supply of aromatic products and today presented itself with time to create and play. Creating an aromatic and herbal sugar scrub Goal: to create an aromatic sugar scrub for the body using both plant material and essential oils in the sugar. First, […]

Pelargonium graveolens or Pelargonium x asperum

Pelargonium triste

The Pelargonium Issue: A rose pelargonium by any other name would smell just as sweet! Written by Jade Shutes I recently submitted our Geranium monograph to be printed in a new journal called: The International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy. This journal is being created by Lora Cantele, past president of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists. […]

Aromatherapy for Rosacea

Adding in German Chamomile essential oil

written by: Jade Shutes About Rosacea “Rosaceae is an odd disorder which seems to defy understanding…” (Dr. Ronald Marks, cited by DelRosso 2012) Rosacea (pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”) is a chronic inflammatory disorder primarily affecting the facial skin and is often characterized by flare-ups and remissions. Rosacea tends to affect adults (after 30 years of age) and […]

Spring: Time to plant some Calendula seeds

Calendula officinalis

Last year we launched our first E-book devoted to Calendula. Learn how to make herbal infusion, wound salve, mouth wash, cream, diaper rash powder and much more in our Calendula e-book. About Calendula

An Interesting Paper: Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Potentials of Essential oils

Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Potentials of Essential oils

Getting to Know Essential Oils

Lavender

Guest Blog written by: Elaine Mueller RN, HN-BC (Holistic Nurse, Board Certified) When I walk into a room full of people, my first response is to observe everyone before interacting.  Then, as I notice one person I feel drawn to, I walk over to her/him and begin to strike up a conversation.  I prefer this […]

Successful aromatic treatment for Eczema/skin rash

June 8th Follow up

This is from one of our advanced Aroma201 students.  We alter name of client and leave out practitioners name for confidentiality. CASE STUDY FORM Client hx  and presenting problems: Monica is a 10 year old has been suffering for years with eczema.  Has been very hard for Monica to make friends and feel comfortable around […]

Lemongrass: Cymbopogon citratus

Lemongrass

Cymbopogon citratus  (DC. ex Nees) Stapf  syn. Andropogon citratus DC. ex Nees Taxonomy West Indian Lemongrass: Cymbopogon citratus  (DC. ex Nees) Stapf  syn. Andropogon citratus DC. ex Nees East Indian Lemongrass: Cymbopogon flexuosus (Nees ex Steud) J.F. Watson Common names:  Lemongrass, West Indian lemongrass (C. citratus), East Indian Lemongrass (C. flexuosus), Citronella, Sanskrit: Bhu-trna (earth […]

Organic Cacao Body Butter

2 jars complete

What to do when you have very dry (an excess of vata) skin?  Body butters to the rescue. Body butters are not creams or lotions but rather a combination of emollient and nutrient rich ingredients that feed the skin valuable oil and in this case delicious organic cocoa to boot!  There are many ways to […]