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Cathy Finishes Her Master Aromatherapy Certification!

In 2013, I spent a half a year working on becoming a certified Aromatherapist. I felt it was overdue since I had already been spending over 10 years using essential oils. I graduated with 250 hours under my belt… but I didn’t feel that was enough. I then decided to go back and start another 250 hour program, this time in clinical herbalism. I graduated the following year…a couple years went by and again, I didn’t feel that was enough so this time I decided to buckle down and study Master Aromatherapy.

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Learning Life Beyond the Physical

I am currently finishing my Master Aromatherapy Certification and recently had to do a research paper on anything pertaining to Aromatherapy. My first thought was to write it on ethical and safe practices, as that is what I am a large advocate for in the world of aromatherapy. But soon, my brain started realizing I had done a ton of research and a few articles on that and I was ready to expand into something that isn’t a mainstream topic. So I began digging into the combination of Astrology and Aromatherapy.

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A New Resolution: Taking Care of Yourself

Whether or not you make resolutions, it’s become more important than ever to take care of yourself. Besides living a long life and being around for your loved ones (including children), don’t you want your long life to be as stress-free as possible? Many people are probably laughing at that last thought, but of all the things you can  control: How to relieve your body of unwanted stress.

Have you heard of 21st Century Stress? Yes, it’s a real thing. Whether we want to admit it or not, our lives are a constant buzzing around, checking emails, posting on facebook, tweeting this and texting that. We’ve actually somehow added to the day to day stress of just living, working, and even playing.

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A Red Tent Series: Women’s Self-Care Part 2

Now that we are grounded and present, the next step is to do some Cleansing. This can mean your body, mind, and even space. I will give you a great cleansing foot bath recipe, but also a few other ideas as well. The recipe  does not have to be exact. It may sound strange, but you can find many of these items in your kitchen or a grocery store.

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Herbalism Education: Linden Blossom

The Linden flower comes from the Tilia tree family. Some common names you might recognize are Basswood trees or Linden tree or Lime Flower Tree.

Linden flowers may be used fresh or dried in infusions, teas, tinctures, infused oils and essential oil. It has a sweet taste and aroma. Suggested uses: uplifting, calming, expectorant, anti-inflammation, anti-spasmodic, sedative.

Quick Tip: Use the light green straight leaf attached to the flowers in a tea for a cheerful treat, served hot or iced.

Herbalism Education: Herbs in Massage

Did you know you can add food into the mix without being messy?
Did you know you can make massage oils without buying expensive essential oils?

Making your own herbal infused massage oil is actually very easy! You only need 3 supplies and a good 6 weeks to make it happen.
Read below to see which type of massage oil you would like to make.

Pick an herb
Lavender – relaxing
Chamomile – relaxing
Comfrey – soothing
Ginger – warming
Calendula – hydrating
Rosemary – muscle rub
or pick an herb to experiment with. There are SO many!
Pick a carrier oil
Almond Oil
Grapeseed Oil
Olive Oil
Jojoba Oil
or pick another carrier oil that you love.
Mason Jar with Lid

Directions: You can use dried or fresh herbs (make sure you leave no space for any bacteria to grow if you are using fresh). Fill the jar with chopped herb, cover completely with your carrier oil, cap the jar tight and set in a sunny area in the house. You will notice infusion with some herbs with the oil changes color (depending on the herb) or just wait 6 weeks until it’s ready. Strain the oil through cheesecloth and bottle your lovely, new herbal massage oil and keep it in a dark, cool cabinet when not in use.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Herbalism Education: Cayenne

Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum frutescens)

Essential Oil: none

Uses: antiseptic, stimulant, diaphoretic, warming. Fresh or dried pods with seeds can be used in teas, tinctures, washes and infused oils.

Quick Tip: Add a teaspoon of powdered cayenne to a meal or tea at the beginning of a cold or with inflamed throats. If you do not consume Cayenne regularly, work up to a teaspoon slowly.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones. Especially if you are pregnant.

Herbalism Education: Understanding Herbal Preparations

There are many ways to invite herbs into your life. Sometimes it can get confusing reading about the different ways you can administer them. Here’s a run-down of major preparations and how they are made.

Herbal Teas/Infusion – A tea or infusion can be a mixture of herbs which include leaves, stems, and flowers. Steeping herbal teas for at least 10 minutes in boiling water allows for most benefits.

Decoction – This also is steeping plants in boiled water, but decoctions include bark, nuts, roots, and seeds steeping from 20 minutes to overnight.

Syrup – A syrup is infused herbs in boiling water mixed with honey and may or may not include alcohol. The end result is a thick, syrup.

Elixir/Tonic – An elixir is similar to how a syrup is made, but it is not heated  to make a thick syrup. Herbs are infused with an alcohol and honey and left to sit for several weeks similar to how a cordial might taste.

Poultice – Ground herbs mixed with a liquid to become a paste to spread on a cloth over wounds or infections.

Extract – Herbs are infused in 80% alcohol for a long period of time (usually 2 months and longer). Either fresh herbs are used in 1:2 ratio or dried herbs used 1:5 ratio.

Tincture – A tincture is taken by diluting an extract in boiling water or juice.

Capsule – Most herbal supplements are taken by a capsule form full of powdered herbs.

Liniment – Herbal extract used for exterior use. (i.e. sore muscles)

Lozenge/pastilles  – A paste of powdered herbs and honey are hardened into a lozenge.

Salve – Used on the skin, usually made with beeswax, infused oils, and sometimes essential oils. Ingredients are heated and then left to cool into a solid.

Cream/lotions – Also used on the skin made with beeswax, infused oils, a butter (like Shea) essential oils and distilled waters. Depending on ratios a cream can be thicker than a lotion.

Infused Oils – Carrier oils infused with herbs and set for at least a couple weeks in the sun (or in a double boiler for quicker infusions)

Diffusions – Using hot or cold steam to diffuse essential oils into the air.

Hydrosol – Steam condensation left over from infusing floral waters. Used mostly as toners.

Essential Oil – concentrated liquid containing volatile compounds from the plant. This is the true aroma essence from plants.

Herbalism Education: Thyme

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Essential Oil: Steam Distilled

Uses: expectorant, carminative, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal. Fresh or dried leaves and flowers can be used in essential oils, teas, tinctures, salves and infused oils.

Quick Tip: Steep dried or fresh Thyme in boiling water for 10 minutes for relief with any respiratory issues.

Herb of the week is to give you a brief overview of the many plants that grace our Earth. Please research further into herbs before using these on yourself and loved ones. Especially if you are pregnant.