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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Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is an annual event observed on April 22 to encourage awareness about the environment and teach people to embrace nature. This year, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of the celebration, which was founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin. In honor of Earth Day, I want to share some of my favorite Earth inspired quotes. The Earth is one thing that we all have in common. We have an obligation to take care of this world we all share, and Earth Day is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the progress we have made. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of d

Earth Element

The Earth Element symbolizes the center, balance, and groundedness. It is the axis of the elements, mandala or medicine wheel: the point where we stand looking out at the four cardinal directions. Earth phase corresponds to the center, the middle, the balance between Yang and Yin. Earth energy is stable, giving us a firm center and a grounding presence. In my experience, Earth energy is ALL about grounding and centering.
 To ground means you are focused and clear, that you are well balanced, make sensible choices for yourself, and have proper personal boundaries. Get your feet on the ground! Over the years, I have found that being in nature, grounding meditation, and physical movement have

Open Minded, Peaceful World

Life is a series of routines, loops we created for ourselves to get us through the day. For some, these stay constant while for others, maybe ever-changing. We rely profoundly on the plan, yet when rerouted, we are completely thrown off. At this moment lies opportunity, do we strive with all our might to get back on course or do we explore off the beaten path? "Soul searching" is defined as "deep, anxious consideration of one's emotions and motives or the correctness of a course of action; involving or expressing deep consideration." It is in moments of discourse that we gain open-mindedness to evaluate the past and to foresee the future unprejudiced. In this middle of the road moment, we ex

An Aromatic Hug!

Like most of you, I have been in quarantine for over a month now. It has been a busy time in the office and also preparing my book for kindle. However, last night I started to feel a bit grumpy and edgy. I reached for my essential oils and found a great combination to bring myself back to a calm, peaceful, and spacious mind. It was like an aromatic hug! Aromatic Hug Blend In a 5ml roller bottle, mix the following essential oils, CO2's, and absolutes into a base of jojoba oil (Simmondsia chinensis) 4 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) - calming and refreshing 3 drops Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) - grounding and stabilizing 3 drops Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) - spicy uplifting 2 dro

Plant Allies

Plants are deeply connected with our existence on earth. They can heal us, protect us, and be our food and medicine. They inform us of both the harmony and imbalances within ourselves, and they can open us up to the microcosmic expansion, which expresses the essential features in miniature the characteristic qualities or features of something much more significant. Every plant, seed, tree, flower, and bushes have their own unique qualities, not only the typical uses or chemistry, but they also contain a deeper level of sensory awareness. When we can find a particular attraction or connection that guides us to our plant allies, we feel nurtured and soothed in our physical, mental, emotional a

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