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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.

Autumn is Here!

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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Its Harvest Time!

yarrow and corianderWhether you have a garden or are growing potted plants, there are many ways to prepare your bountiful Fall harvest for use throughout the year. Drying Coriander & Yarrow Drying- for culinary use and as herbal teas. After you harvest the plant material you can either place them in a basket with a cloth or paper towel in the bottom to soak up any...
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Garden Herbal Harvest

hanging herbsOur botanical garden is so prolific this year! We grew German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), cilantro/coriander (Coriandrum sativum), peppermint (Mentha x piperita), rose geranium (Pelargonium graveolens var. roseum), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), thyme (Thymus vulgaris) and many other herbs. We have already processed many aromatic plants into dried herbs, hydrosols and infused oils.

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Connecting with Natural Plant Intelligence

plant intelMost of us think of plants as being silent and simple. They make food from sunshine, photosensitize, and in turn feed animals and humans. However, plants are very complex and are not as sedentary or solitary as we imagine. Even though they do not have eyes or ears, they do have very unique ways of perceiving their environment and adapting according...
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Strengthen Your Immune System Naturally

healthy lifeLiving a healthy, natural life today can be an overwhelming challenge. Schedules are stretched to the maximum, eating habits are poor and often eating on the run, environmental toxins are everywhere; and stress levels are at an all time high. All of these factors can impair our immune system. When the immune system is weak, the body becomes vulnera...
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Body Care Tips for the Winter Season

mntsBody care tips for the winter season:Drink plenty of room temperature water, no iced beverages.Add extra oil to your daily diet like Flaxseed Oil.Keep your body warm and covered when in the wind and cold.Get adequate rest and sleep.      Body Exfoliation:Dry brushing daily before a bath or shower.Stimulates blood and lymphatic flow.R...
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Winter Season- Water Element

5Element Logo 1BIn the five-element theory of healing the winter season is associated with the Water element. 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. The gift of the Water element, in a healthy state, is that it can generate ...
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