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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Winter Season- All About the Water Element

December 21st is the beginning of Winter in the Northern hemisphere. In the five-element theory of healing, the winter season is associated with the element of Water. This element represents the most yielding of all the elements; it will break down even the hardest rock over time and find the path of least resistance to move around any obstacle. The gift of the Water element in a healthy state is that it can generate the persistence and vigilance to go through the darkest and most challenging of times. Winter is the associated season for this element, a time of resting and recharge, like the image of a quiet, calm lake. Tips to Keep Healthy During Winter: Taking Time to Replenish: Listen to

Winter is Here, it's all about the Aromatherapy Bath!

Winter in the Northern Hemisphere has begun! In the five elements, this season is associated with the WATER element, the perfect time for inward reflection, rest, and restoration. The associated organs of the Water element are the Kidneys/Adrenals and Bladder. The kidneys store the Essence or Jing, the genetic foundation of an individual. They are responsible for growth, reproduction, and form the foundation of our constitutional strength and immunity. The Water element symbolizes the deepest qualities of Yin energy. Water represents the end of a cycle, old age, and the dormancy between death and rebirth. The Water phase corresponds to the North, the darkest direction, to midnight, and to wi

Staying Healthy During the Cold and Flu Season

During the winter months, when we spend more time indoors, exposure to cold and influenza viruses is common. Viruses are present all year but heighten in winter when cold air keeps them stable, and low humidity allows them to remain in the air. Close contact with others, busy schedules and stress are contributing factors to the efficacy of our immune system. Maintaining good hygiene by washing our hands often, eating a nutritious diet, staying hydrated, and getting regular exercise can help us prevent viral infections. If we do find ourselves with a cold or the flu, there are many natural things we can do to promote recovery. Essential oils offer a natural way to fight colds and ‘flu and

Holiday Preparation

The end of the year holidays is a wonderful time to connect with friends and family. With our busy lives, it can also be stressful in preparation for these future events. Enjoy these aromatherapy blends to ease your daily stressors and to create a beautiful aromatic ambiance in your home or office. Nasal Inhaler Blend Enjoy this refreshing, grounding, and relaxing blend. On a felt wick include the following blend: 6 drops Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) 6 drops Black Spruce (Picea mariana) 4 drops Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) Inhale into each nostril 2-4 seconds as needed. This blend can be used day and night for a relaxing and balancing effect on the nervous system. Room Spritzer The citrus e

Empowered Self-Care

The days are becoming shorter and colder as the Winter season is approaching. Keeping yourself healthy and vital is essential to consider, especially to increase your immune system to prevent invading viruses and bacteria that create colds and flu. Empowered Self-Care Self-care is crucial to our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It encompasses a wide variety of ways that we can empower ourselves to enhance our daily well-being and cope effectively with stress. As the ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates mentioned, “Wisdom begins with wonder.” To know yourself is the first step to gaining healing wisdom. Plato also alluded to the fact that understanding 'thyself,' would y

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