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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Yarrow- Achillea millefolium

We recently enjoyed an amazing abundant harvest of Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, from our botanical garden. Along with hydrosol distillation, we also created several infusions. One in a base of jojoba oil to add to further aromatherapy blends and a beautiful infusion of yarrow in a witch hazel extract base for skin care applications. Need more information on infusing? Here is step-by-step directions. This beautiful Yarrow profile below is used by permission, created by Natalie Zalenka, our Mastery Program student! Yarrow is also known as milfoil, referring to its feathery appearance and was used as a charm in Scotland and was credited with having powers to ward off evil. It has a reputation

Crazy for Coconut

Carrier oils used in therapeutic aromatherapy blending are extracted from vegetables, seeds, and nuts. They are rich in nutrients, vitamins, and are soothing, nourishing, and restorative to the skin. Carrier oils like coconut are the best environments to blend essential oils because of their “fixed nature,” meaning they are stable and have a slow evaporation rate. Essential oils are known as “volatile,” which means they have a high evaporation rate. Using them with carrier oils helps to stabilize their nature, longer absorption of the essential oils and the additional benefits of the amazing nutrients from the carrier oils. Coconut oil has been used for centuries as a vital source of food fo

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