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

Love Potion by Kris Wrede Connect with Kris Wrede Let your mind slowly drift and picture yourself in an era many years 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

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 […]

Aromatherapy in Budapest, Hungary

Gergely Hollodi studied with me a number of years ago and then we met about two to three years ago in person while I was in Seattle. I was so impressed with his work throughout both our Aroma101 and Aroma201 programs and truly loved meeting him in person. He is passionate, committed, and deeply connected […]

The King of Spices

Black Pepper: The King of Spices Piper nigrum Other names: Hu Jiao (TCM), Marica (Sanskrit) by Jade Shutes I have found myself quite drawn to all the warming essential oils this winter.  Ginger was posted on our blog at And here is a much loved spice: Black pepper! Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a […]

Beloved Ginger

Beloved Ginger Ginger Zingiber officinale Falling in love with Ginger! Over the past couple of weeks I have found myself quite drawn to ginger and have used it as a tea, a body scrub, a body oil, an additive into our humidifier, a divine bathing experience, and simply to inhale via direct palm inhalation. (some […]

May…. An Aromatic Feast

The following is for the Blogfest created by Roxana Villa for May Flowers. I walk outside this evening after a day of heavy much needed rain. The relief the plants and the earth feel is apparent. All that is green seems more at peace, a collective ahhhh! Rain. As I walk all my senses […]

Ravintsara vs Ravensara: What’s the difference?

I have been asked several times over the past couple of months about the difference between Ravintsara and Ravensara. This is my attempt at understanding the differences, the misinformation and the controversy of these two essential oils. Ravintsara and Ravensara are both obtained from trees belonging in the Lauraceae family. The Lauraceae species are mostly […]