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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.

Spagyric Distillation

spageric processWe recently completed a hydrosol distillation of Tulsi Basil or Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) and then continued the process for an additional product of a spagyric. What an amazing process of herbal alchemy! A spagyric /spa-geric/ is an herbal medicine produced by alchemical procedures. The roots of the words ...
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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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All About Clay

clay colors 2 FotorThe use of medicinal clay in folk medicine goes back to prehistoric times. The first recorded use of medicinal clay goes back to ancient Mesopotamia. Indigenous peoples around the world still widely use clay. Today, a wide variety of clays are used for healing medicinal purposes. CLAYS are a fantastic medium for h...
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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 - Fire Element

Fire FotorJune 21st, marks the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. In the five-element theory, the FIRE element is associated with the summertime. This is a time of year when the energy has the fastest growth and is the warmest. Fire element symbolizes the peak of Yang energy, young adulthood, the time of flourishing. Fire represents youthful energy,...
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