Shanti Dechen, CCAP, CAI, LMT

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 18 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.

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St. John's Wort

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) Family - Hypericaceae Eight 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 there are several plant species that have come up in the garden that were never planted and any other garden is miles away. This year we have an amazing crop of St. John’s Wort! The botanical name for this plant is “Hypericum perforatum”. “Hypericum” refers to its exalted status of solar b

It's Harvest Time

Whether you have a garden or are growing potted plants, there are many ways to prepare your bountiful Autumn harvest for use throughout the year. Drying Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) & Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) 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 moisture, hang them up, or place them in a paper bag. Once well dried, put into a glass jar and label. Best to store in a dark and cool environment to prolong shelf life. The 3-liter copper distiller pictured is easy to use for smaller batches of aromatic herbs. It is a perfect distiller for hydrosols. G

Garden Herbal Harvest

Our 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. Whether you have a garden or are growing potted plants there are many ways to prepare your bountiful harvest for use throughout the year. Drying- for culinary use or as herbal teas. After you harvest the plant material you can either place

Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)

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 Europe and parts of the Southern hemisphere as well. It has beautiful yellow flowers that bloom in the evening. Evening primrose oil has been used since the 1930s as a folk or traditional remedy for skin issues. More recent uses include other conditions involving inflammation, such as women’s health; such as breast pain associated with PMS, the menstrual cycl

Spagyric Distillation

We 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 refer first to the extraction or separation process and then to the recombining process to be used to make herbal extracts of great power and energetic force. [1] Spagyric, as a word and process, was invented by Paracelsus, the great 16th century physician. Paracelsus repeatedly stressed the importance of working with all three levels of the plant’s being- the obvious physical of the Sal

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