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 […]

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 […]

Lavandula angustifolia or augustifolia?

Lavandula species angustifolia or augustifolia Recently I came across a short article on the botanical specificity of Lavandula and the correct species epitaph. I cannot now recall where I came across this (searching all morning for the original article). The article proposed that the correct species epitaph is “augustifolia‘. I was intrigued by the claim […]

Aromatic Psychodermatology

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?

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

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

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

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

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 […]