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We were having summer weather here back in April, so Jon and I have been enjoying popsicles for quite awhile now. They’re such a refreshing summer treat and we love making them with herbal teas, herb-infused honeys, and our favorite fruits and fruit juices. One of our favorites the past few weeks has been this
I started making lotion bars a few years ago after trying one that had been made by a small herbal business in Washington. I loved it so much. The company packaged their lotion bars in sweet little reusable tins and used the prettiest mold to make them. Once I realized how much I liked lotion
Our summer temperatures arrived so early this year that I was pulling buds off my hibiscus transplants in early June (they normally don’t flower until October here) so the plants would grow taller before trying to put out more flowers. I love hibiscus flowers. The calyx left behind after the petals fall can be dried
For many aromatherapists, trauma oil is the first herbal remedy to which they are introduced. It is an herb-infused carrier oil that can be used on its own or as a base for aromatherapy blends meant to help relieve pain and inflammation. Trauma oil can be expensive when you purchase it ready-made, but it’s so
Do your little ones sometimes need a little extra help winding down before bedtime? A relaxing night-time routine with lots of snuggles and storytime can work wonders. There are also some lovely kid-friendly aromatherapy options that we can work with. Let’s talk about a few ways to safely incorporate hydrosols and essential oils into your
Herbal vinegar infusions are sometimes called vinegar tinctures. While they aren’t really tinctures, they are vinegar extracts and they are especially well suited to herbs that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Many mineral-rich herbs aren’t as active in tinctures unless they are made with low alcohol percentages, but their water-soluble nutrients are easily extracted
I’m doing something a little different today – more of a longer letter from me so I can share a bit of what’s been happening behind the scenes and a piece of my personal story with you. I don’t talk about super personal things very much (INFJ here), but this feels so significant and you’ve
I’ve shared a couple of my favorite herbal first aid go-to’s here with you in the past, including this yarrow styptic powder and a tutorial for making herbal poultices and compresses. Today, though, I’m letting you in on one of my herbal first aid kit secret weapons. It’s a recipe I turn to so often
My apothecary roses are all filled with blooms right now and I’m enjoying the opportunity to make luscious skin care products and aromatherapy blends with their vibrant pink petals. Many of the highly fragrant apothecary rose species only bloom once each year during the month of May, so spring is typically my best month for
Can you believe it’s already starting to feel like summer in our area? We’ve had temperatures in the 90’s this past week and that picture of the first St. John’s wort flowers opening was one that I took in my garden yesterday! Normally we don’t see St. John’s wort flowers until June or July! Our
Roses are some of the most delightful, luscious plants in my garden. I grow several different species and varieties, but there are definitely a few that are my favorites for herbal and aromatherapy use. I have limited growing space in my urban backyard, so my roses of choice need to be healthy, fragrant, and high
Have you ever thought about the difference between an exceptional herbalist or aromatherapist with years of experience and a deep level of wisdom about plants and people vs. an herbalist or aromatherapist who is just not quite “there” yet? We’re all learning and growing and in my own journey of growth, I’ve noticed a few
Did you know that I keep a jar of vinegar filled with citrus peels under my kitchen counter? I use it to make an at-home cleaning spray that I taught you how to whip up two summers ago (recipe for that here). It’s a popular recipe and I love using the spray to wipe down
Last week I shared a post about 14 flower essences you can capture in the early spring (you can read it here) and I soon received several questions about what that meant, so I thought I would elaborate today. Let’s talk a bit more about flower essences – what they are, how you can capture
Early spring flowers are some of the most refreshing, uplifting blooms in the garden. They appear after the cold, grey days of winter and bring vibrant color to the landscape just when we seem to need them. They make absolutely lovely flower essences, but their blooming season is so short that we must be diligent
I love gardening. I find it therapeutic to spend time working with living plants in the company of the native bees, butterflies, and neighborhood birds that visit my garden. It also allows me to have access to high quality herbs for my kitchen and apothecary. Every year, I sit down to plan out what I
[If you like this article, I have also written posts comparing helichrysum and lavender essential oils.] There are two primary kinds of chamomile that are used in aromatherapy. The first is German chamomile, Matricaria recutita, which you will sometimes see referenced as Matricaria chamomilla or Chamomilla recutita. The other is Roman chamomile, Chamaemelum nobile, which
I recently shared a series of photos on my Instagram feed that illustrated the difference between homegrown herbs and herbs I purchased from a distributor. The photos showed homegrown herbs that were harvested 7 months ago and 1.5 years ago, and distributor-purchased herbs so you could see how different the level of quality was between
The aroma of violets is notoriously difficult to capture. The fragrance is so delightfully sweet in the flower itself, but the volatile oil is delicate and elusive so there’s no easy way to bottle its beautiful smell. The absolute is sometimes made available, but is usually incredibly expensive and inaccessible for most people. It is
Herbal salves are a traditional topical remedy made with beeswax and carrier oil. The beeswax helps to solidify the product while keeping it easy to apply to the skin and helping to sustain its shelf life. Salves are used to address all kinds of skin ailments and muscle and joint aches and pains. Sometimes salves
What is Herbal Aromatherapy?
Through our Herbal Aromatherapy™ courses, we use our unique training approach to teach you how to utilize plant therapies in a holistic, sustainable, and effective way. Learn how to utilize all of the different plant products that can be produced from a single plant (including the dried herb, tincture, flower essence, essential oil, hydrosol, etc.), how to know when to use one over another, and how to create effective, synergistic remedies with them.
The Herbal Aromatherapy™ method focuses on bioregional sustainability and a rich level of involvement in your work with the plants, including growing and processing many of them yourself as you are able. It also includes distillation training for students who wish to work with hydrosols and essential oils to further encourage connectedness over consumerism in practice.