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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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St. John's Wort

st johns wortEight years ago, we inherited a beautiful botanical garden that is completely fenced in; with twelve very large raised beds. We have diligently cultivated and nourished this garden; enriching the soil, sowing seeds, and then enjoying various crops of botanical harvest. Our botanical garden is like the magical mystery tour. The curious thing is ther...
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Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)

evening primrose There are many valuable herbs that are not distilled into essential oils or hydrosols. We would like to share on-going information about some herbs that we have growing in our Aroma Apothecary botanical garden this summer and have been using medicinally for many years.  Evening primrose is a plant native to North America, but it grows in Europ...
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Uses of Medicinal Plants

Healthy Herbs and Cooking Mankind has had a symbiotic relationship with plants and herbs since the beginning of time. Healing with medicinal plants is as old as mankind itself. Since ancient times, herbal medicine has been used by many different cultures throughout the world to treat dis-ease and to assist bodily functions. An “herb”, is any plant or plant part used for its...
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Summer Aromatherapy!

sunSun Protection Cream and a good Insect Repellant are my “must have” aromatherapy products for the summer. I would like to share with you a couple of my favorite recipes.     Shea Dream Sun Protection Cream- Makes 8oz.  Mix together the following ingredients, over low heat in a double boiler: 1 cup of raw Shea Butter (Vitellaria para...
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Aromatherapy Blending Considerations

essential oil bottles sunset with a candleAromatherapy blending is an art and a science. For blending to be effective it takes a strong foundation of aromatherapy knowledge and a basic intuition to determine the best essential oils and carriers for yourself and others. It is suggested that you consider all the factors when formulating an aromatherapy blend. Once you have taken a complete h...
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All About Arnica

arnicaArnica (Arnica montana) grows in high mountain regions of Northern Europe, Siberia and is also cultivated in North America. The German folk name for arnica means “mountain of well-being.”  Arnica montana is from the Asteraceae/Compositae family. The Arnica montana plant grows one to two feet in height with vibrant flowers similar to daisi...
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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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