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Shanti Dechen, CCAP, CAI, LMT is the founder and director of Aroma Apothecary Healing Arts Academy, is a certified clinical aromatherapist, and has been a clinical aromatherapy instructor for the last 16 years. She has been a health practitioner and a certified massage therapist since 1979. She has a university background in healing and the sciences—over 15,000 hours of extensive holistic training and certification in body-mind therapies.

Attars – Spiritually Connected Ancient Perfumes

attar3The art of creating exquisite fragrance has existed for centuries, and perhaps the oldest is a precious aromatic treasure known as attar or ittar.  This classical Indian perfume, traditionally distilled into a base of Sandalwood oil (Santalum album), has been used for thousands of years.  It has been used in ceremony and ritual, prayer, t...
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Winter Season- All About the Water Element

water dropDecember 21st is the beginning of Winter in the Northern hemisphere. In the five-element theory of healing, the winter season is associated with the element of Water. This element represents the most yielding of all the elements; it will break down even the hardest rock over time and find the path of least resistance to move around any obstacle. Th...
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Winter is Here, it's all about the Aromatherapy Bath!

waterWinter in the Northern Hemisphere has begun! In the five elements, this season is associated with the WATER element, the perfect time for inward reflection, rest and restoration. The associated organs of the Water element are the Kidneys/Adrenals and Bladder. The kidneys store the Essence or Jing, the genetic foundation of an individual. They ...
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Three Roots

Three RootsCollage FotorLate autumn and winter are wonderful times of year to add roots to your daily nutrition and they also make excellent additions to warming tea or soups. The other day, as I was drinking a cup of Numi’s organic three-root tea I got inspired to share the amazing benefits of these three herbal roots: Turmeric (Curcuma longa), Ginger (Zingiber officinal...
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Three Chamomiles

G.chamomileEver since my first cup of Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime tea in the late 70’s, I have been in love with chamomile!   There are several chemotypes of chamomile that are used in aromatherapy. I would like to share my appreciation of three chamomiles with you: German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis),...
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Dead Sea Salt Shower Scrub

Dead Sea salt Collage FotorThe Dead Sea Salt scrub was first popularized by the spa industry for skin exfoliation. It does assist to cleanse off dead cells and smooth the skin. However, this is also an amazing aromatherapy application to reduce pain and inflammation, as well as increasing the circulation and lymphatic flow. Dead Sea Salt Shower Scrub is also a very powerful ...
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Self-Care During the Holidays

cornacopeiaIt seems this year went by so quickly! The holiday season is upon us once again. For many of us, it’s a wonderful time of the year, as we look forward to spending time with family and friends to celebrate the joy of the season.  But, in preparation for the holidays, it can become difficult to strike a balance between our daily lives and these ...
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Thoughts on Aromatherapy and Herbalism

botany picture FotorThank you to Courtney Herrera for sharing her thoughts and this BLOG post. Courtney is a Certified Herbalist & currently a Clinical Aromatherapy Mastery Program Student. To me, aromatherapy is part of herbalism. Maybe it's because I am trained as an herbalist first, and am undergoing training as an aromatherapist now. W...
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All About Autumn- Metal Five Element

5elementIn the theory of the Five Elements, also known as the Five Phases, the season of Autumn is associated with the METAL element. The Metal element symbolizes the time of the harvest, gathering in, and the beginning stages of Yin. After the Fall Equinox the weather turns cooler, the nights are now longer than the days, the climate is dry as leaves dry ...
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Autumn Room Spritzers

Autumn spitzers FotorMany thanks to Natalie Zalenka for her wonderful BLOG contribution. Natalie has had a lifelong interest in holistic healing and helping others, as well as a commitment to learning. She is a Reiki Master Teacher and is a current student in our Clinical Aromatherapy Mastery Program.  Autumn has arrived, with its brilliant colors, crisp air,...
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Aromatherapy Healing Balm

salve mailchimpAs the Autumn weather turns drier and cooler, I am starting to feel my skin drying out. Time for some wonderful Healing Balm! This has been a go to product for me for many, many years. I would like to share my favorite Healing Balm formulation with you. This balm is excellent for dry, irritated, and chapped skin, cuticles, dry heels, wounds, c...
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GALBANUM- Ferula galbaniflua

galbano tienda naturalmaI have been aware and have used Galbanum Ferula galbaniflua for years. However. it just came to my attention in one of our essential oil boxes that it wanted some attention! It is a fantastic essential oil for skin care, especially in healing balms and blends. Historical and Modern uses:The ancient Egyptians used galbanum as an ingredient in the em...
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Autumn Aromatherapy Blends

3autumn aromatherapy blends Fotor FotorEnjoy these Autumn aromatherapy diffusing blends that can bring comfort, warmth, and a burst of joy into your environment. These methods work quickly and do an excellent job of diffusing the oils throughout your home or office. These aromatherapy blends are intended for diffusing, in a spray bottle, or stove top applications. * Aromatherapy Diffuse...
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Yarrow- Achillea millefolium

yarrow FotorWe recently enjoyed an amazing abundant harvest of Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, from our botanical garden. Along with hydrosol distillation, we also created several infusions. One in a base of jojoba oil to add to further aromatherapy blends and a beautiful infusion of yarrow in a witch hazel extract base for skin care applications. Need more info...
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Grounding and Centering Your Earth Element

earth elementIn the Northern Hemisphere, we are now entering late summer, or the in-between season, before autumn starts. In the five-element theory of healing, this is associated with the Earth Element. This time is the peak of harvest for plants, the time of ripening of fruit and grains and when the energy starts to wane, becoming cooler in the evenings,...
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