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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

25 Herbs to Plant in Autumn

With fall fast approaching, I’ve been spending a lot of time getting the garden ready for the season; planting out fall-sown seeds for veggies and herbs and flowers and cleaning up things that are starting to go dormant or die back. Fall is my favorite time of year and after a busy spring and summer,

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2018 Personal Update + a Surprise for You

I really love reading personal update posts from bloggers who I follow. I try to post a personal update on the blog at least once a year, but when I recently checked to see when I had last shared one, I realized that I haven’t written one since we first set out to move to

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4 Ways to Make an Herbarium

An herbarium is a great way to either display or keep track of dried plant specimens. There are so many ways you can create your own herbarium collection, but today we’re going to cover my 4 favorite methods – bound, framed, loose-leaf, and displayed as a collection. When Jon and I were living in our

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12 Herbs and Flowering Plants to Grow for the Bees

With bee populations declining, I feel like it’s more important than ever to dedicate space in our gardens to growing plants for them. This year, I’ve planted certain varieties especially for them and I’ve spent a lot of time observing what they’re most drawn to in the garden. These twelve easy-to-grow plants seem to be

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How to Make Herbal Tinctures – 3 Ways

Before I started working with herbs on a regular basis, I was always intrigued by the tincture aisle at our local health food store. I remember walking down it one day on my way to the probiotics section and thinking, “Wow! Look at all of them!” This particular store literally had a full aisle of

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Herbal Aromatherapy™ for Congestion

When you’re feeling congested, all you really want is to not feel congested anymore so you can function throughout the day and then sleep well at night. Sounding like a train whistle or a goose when you’re just trying to breathe probably doesn’t make it to the top of anyone’s favorites list. Luckily, there are

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7 Ways to Stay Safe When Foraging

One of our favorite things to do on the weekends is forage for wild edible and medicinal plants. Jon and I love it so much that we created a series of online foraging workshops (the first one opens for enrollment this week!) so that we could share that love with you and teach you more

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The Art of Herbal Hand + Foot Baths

When I first started really learning about herbs, I kept hearing a couple of my herbal teachers speak of an herbalist, Maurice Mességué, who was famous for using herbal hand and foot baths to address his clients’ concerns. I found the method intriguing because at the time, I hadn’t heard much about using foot baths

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Top 5 Rosaceae Family Carrier Oils

This article has been adapted from an article I first published in the February 2017 issue of AromaCulture Magazine. There are many generous plant families. The Lamiaceae and Asteraceae families, for example, each give us dozens, if not hundreds, of medicinal and edible plants that we can use in the apothecary. But one of my

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Guide to Growing, Foraging, and Using St. John’s Wort

You know that speechlessness that takes over your brain when someone asks you what your favorite herb is? That, “Umm, how could I possibly ever choose one? I have no idea how to answer that question!” So you scramble to think of one that you like more than the others and about a dozen different

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Herbal Aromatherapy™ Care + Recipes for Cold Sores

Over the years, I’ve had a few friends request blends and protocols to help them deal with their cold sores. It took a little bit of time to perfect my go-to recipe, but now that I’ve tested a variety of blends and found one that really works for the majority of people who have tried

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Distilling Hydrosols at Home with a Copper Still

One of the things you write in to ask me about most often is distilling hydrosols and essential oils at home, so when I sat down to start writing my first course for you this past winter (I’ll include more info about it at the end of the post – I have a question for

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How to Make an Herbal Shrub with Roses

Our Roses are happily blooming away in the garden and I’ve been enjoying being able to use them in all kinds of kitchen and apothecary recipes, including herbal shrubs. A shrub is an herb-infused preparation that is usually made with vinegar, honey and fruit. My husband really inspired me to like shrubs when he fell

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86 Ways to Use Lavender

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Lavender fan. When we purchase our land, I want to plant at least an acre of it and have a varietals garden where I can permanently plant all the varieties I’ve collected throughout the years. Lavender is one of my two absolute favorite herbs and I love including

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How to Make (& Use) Lilac Flower Honey

My father-in-law absolutely loves Lilacs. I think it’s safe to say they’re his favorite flower. I love them too, and now that I live in an area where there are many, many varieties of them in cultivation, I’m really enjoying getting to work with them. There’s nothing quite like their lovely fragrance! One of our

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7 Things to Make with Calendula Flower Heads

Calendula might be the sunniest little flower in the garden (well, maybe apart from Sunflowers). When it starts blooming, that vibrant, eye-catching color is noticeable from the next street over and the pollinators love it. My plants are always buzzing with happy little critters flitting about and spinning webs. The Calendula bed is a lively,

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Puppy Paws Foot Pad Salve

Are you a dog person? A cat person? An all-around animal lover (that’s me)? One of the many great things about being an herbalist is that my pup gets to enjoy all of the yumminess of dog-appropriate homegrown, health supportive herbs along with us. Since this month’s issue of AromaCulture Magazine is focusing on the

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DIY Muscle Rub Recipe with Herbs + Essential Oils

The first muscle rub product I ever blended was for a friend who wanted a post-workout product to help relax her sore muscles and help her to feel uplifted after her intense workouts. Since then, I’ve further experimented with different recipes to test their effectiveness and this one has turned out to be my favorite.

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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.