Aromatic Psychodermatology

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Aromatic Psychodermatology: The emotional role of essential oils in skincare By Jade Shutes Since I was trained as an aromatherapist over 20 years ago aromatherapy has grown tremendously in the field of esthetics. Research into the therapeutic benefits of applying essential oils to the skin have been able to prove that essential oils offer a […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]