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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.

Ravensara vs. Ravintsara

ravensaraWith much appreciation to Marge Clark, owner of Nature’s Gift, for her permission to share this informative article on our BLOG. " There has been much confusion over the years with the essential oils of Ravensara and Ravintsara. The years of literature written on the subject only serve to deepen the confusion. Never have I seen more contradict...
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Winter Skin Care

skincare routine for your age1 thumbWinter is the season for the Water Element a time for inward reflection, rest and restoration. It is also the most difficult season to keep the skin supple and nourished. Natural skin care can nourish, soothe, and correct any imbalance the skin's pH. Look radiant, youthful and enjoy a natural healthy glow.   Thank you to our clinical aromather...
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Essential Oil of Rhododendron

Rhododendron - Rhododendron anthopogonrhodadenrun

Region of Harvest: Nepal

Part of plant used for distillation: Flowers

Main chemical components from the aerial parts of the plant: monoterpenes; alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, limonene and the sesquiterpene; delta-cadinene.

Benefits: Lightening for the heart and sprit. Warm, cheery, comforting, and nurturing. It is useful as a decongestion, excellent to strengthen the immune system, and helps to restore the adrenals during times of stress and fatigue.

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Busy Autumn in Nature's Beauty

IMG Fall Journey CollageIt has been a very busy autumn here enjoying nature’s beauty and traveling the southwest. We finally completed the last harvesting, distilling, drying herbs and putting our botanical garden to bed for the winter. We had the opportunity to travel to amazing places and events within a few hours from southern Colorado and New Mexico that included: * A...
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Summer Hydrosols

Garden Collage2Our botanical garden is so prolific this year!

We have already processed many aromatic plants into infused oils, dried herbs and hydrosols.

Hydrosols are aromatic waters distillated from aromatic plants. Also commonly referred to as hydrolates, floral waters and plant waters. Plant matter such as roots, bark, needles, leaves, fruit and seeds can be steam distilled into a hydrosol with great therapeutic benefits. 

Hydrosols and Essential Oils have many similarities, but are very different in terms of shelf life, precautions, usage and storage.

Unlike essential oils, Hydrosols:

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Fun in the Summer Sun: Carrier Oils for Sun Protection

sunWe all want to enjoy the beauty and warmth of the sun during the brightest days of summer.  In recent years, it has come to "light" that that we need Vitamin D from the sun, but also that the sunrays can be very damaging to our skin. The good news is that natural carrier oils make highly effective sunscreen that is not only high in sun protect...
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Aromatherapy Blending Factors

blendingSuccessful aromatherapy blending is both an art and science. There are also many factors to consider when creating an aromatherapy formulation. What if you could formulate a unique essential oil prescription for each individual? There are several aromatherapy blending factors to consider: 1) Who are you blending for? Look at age and gender of your ...
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