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Herbalism + Aromatherapy Magazine

AromaCulture Magazine is a monthly digital magazine packed with educational articles, case studies and recipes written by practicing herbalists, certified aromatherapists and qualified holistic health practitioners.

We feature interviews with leaders in the herbal and aromatherapy fields every Thursday.

Recent Blog Posts

How to Make Heart-Centered Elixir

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

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How to Make (and Customize) Your Own Trauma Oil

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

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How to Make Night-Time Aromatherapy Blends for Kids

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

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How (and Why) to Make Milky Oats Vinegar Infusion

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

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A Special Kind of Thank You and a Bit of Back-Story

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

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How to Make an Herbal Aloe Liniment Spray for Wound Care

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

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How to Make ‘Pot de Rose’

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

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10 Easily Identified Weedy Herbs You Can Learn to Forage

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

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My Favorite Roses to Grow for the Apothecary

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

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9 Things Every Exceptional Herbalist or Aromatherapist Does

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

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How to Make Effective Cleaning Sprays with Herbs

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

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How to Grow Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is one of the tastiest, most abundant plants in my garden. I love it so much that I included it in my must-grow list and I thought I’d share a bit more about how to grow it today so that you can add it to your gardens too. Once you get it started,

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How to Make Flower Essences

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

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14 Springtime Flower Essences to Capture Right Now

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

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14 Must-Grow Herbs In My Garden

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

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The Differences Between Chamomile Essential Oils

[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

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2019 Grow Something Challenge

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

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How to Make Violet Honey + Sugar

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

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How to Make Salves with Herbs and Essential Oils

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

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Behind the Scenes – Feb. 2019

Well hey there! It’s been awhile since I just checked in with a more personal note here on the blog, so I wanted to take some time to do that today. How are you doing? How have you been progressing with your own business and personal goals? Is there anything I can support you in

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Selling Products 101 – Ten Things to Keep in Mind

Have you ever thought about turning your passion for herbs into a business? Do you enjoy making herbal products? Maybe you’ve received positive feedback from family and friends who have tested your products for you throughout the years and perhaps you’ve even heard someone say, “You should sell this! It’s amazing!” Here are ten things

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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.