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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10 Things I Have Learned from Gardening

From the time I was five years of age, I have enjoyed digging in the dirt and connecting with the earth. Growing up, my mother had vibrant gardens of roses and other beautiful flowers like lily of the valley. Since age sixteen my interest has been around planting and using herbs and things I could eat, infuse, drink as tea or distill as hydrosols and essential oils and make into other healing products. Currently, we have a fabulous high altitude garden in Crestone, Colorado. It takes a lot of patience and diligence to cultivate and sustain a botanical garden in the mountains at 8,000 feet! Gardening has taught me a lot about deepening the connection between nature and myself. 10 Things I Hav

Aromatherapy Spring Cleaning

Spring is the time to open the windows, clean out the closets and clean your home environment. Using essential oils in household cleaning is the safest and healthiest way to enhance your health and environment. Commercial cleansers contain ingredients that are toxic and pose many health hazards. Some commercial cleansers can cause acute, or immediate hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer. When consumers buy commercial cleaning products, we expect them to do one thing: clean! We use a wide array of scents, soaps, detergents, bleaching agents, softeners, scourers, polishes,

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