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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The Future of Aromatherapy: Professional Compendium

It was in 2019 that I recognized I had been using aromatherapy for over twenty-five years. In that time, I have witnessed tremendous world growth and interest in aromatherapy for personal and professional use. After decades of observing nature's ways, it inspired me to incorporate my insights and principles into these natural cycles. The variety of plant medicine applications has supported me to decrease stress levels, increasing my overall vitality, health, radiance, and immunity. Aromatherapy has become an integral part of my daily life, including being a founder and director of an aromatherapy school and a published author. With interest in what the future of aromatherapy held, I formally

Essential Oil Shelf Life

Essential oils will not go rancid as many carrier oils can; however, they do have a finite shelf life and will continue to degrade, lowering their healing value. Over time, all essential oils will begin to degrade. A process in which a chemical substance changes because of external factors such as temperature, light, and oxygen are recognized to have a crucial impact on essential oil integrity. Reasons for Essential Oil Instability Degradation of essential oils depends on several chemical and edaphic factors that influence both the possibility of the essential oil to oxidize as well as the course of the reaction. External factors such as temperature, light, and oxygen availability are recogn

Carrier Oil Shelf Life

Carrier or base oils are the most common foundation used in aromatherapy blending. Carrier or base oils are the optimum 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. The 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. Using the highest quality of carrier oils, that are organic, cold-pressed, and unfiltered, makes a significant difference in the therapeutic quality and absorpti

Aromatherapy Facial Serum

An Aromatherapy Facial Serum is healing, nourishing, toning and regenerating to the skin surface and individual skin cells. The essential oils have properties proven to improve skin tone and elasticity for mature or dry skin by stimulating the production of new cells and useful as an effective treatment to deter and slow wrinkles. We would like to share one of favorite facial serum blends with you! In a 2 oz. amber glass bottle, mix together: 1/2 TBSP. Argan (Argania spinosa) 1/2 TBSP. Camellia Seed (Camellia sinensis) 1/4 TBSP. Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) 1/4 TBSP. Meadowfoam (Limnanthes alba) 1/2 TBSP Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus) Then add, the following essential oils: 6 drops Helichr

Amazing Absolutes

There are several extraction methods used to acquire essential oils. Although, steam distillation is the most common extraction to produce essential oils, there is also cold pressing for the citrus fruit, CO2 extraction, and absolutes. Of the later, there are many amazing varieties now available. Absolutes offer a wonderful way to capture floral fragrances more accurately. They differ from essential oils in that they contain not only essential oil, but also a higher density of coloring, waxes, and other constituents from the plant. The efficiency and low temperature of this particular extraction process helps to prevent damage of the fragrant compounds. Most absolutes carry the aromas closer

Resources for Aromatherapy Research

It is fantastic that there has been such a rise in popularity of aromatherapy in recent years. Over time, it has become crucial for aromatherapy professionals and enthusiasts to have resources that are credible researched-based information. Here are some reliable resources we recommend: BOOK RESOURCES Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy- Volume 1, third edition, Brisbane Australia, Black Pepper Creative, 2018. Tisserand, Robert, and Young, Rodney. Essential Oil Safety, second edition, London, UK, Churchill Livingston, 2014. Purchon, Nerys, and Cantele, Lora. The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, Robert Rose Publisher, 2014 Lawless,

Curious About CO2's?

The use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils has been embraced by civilizations for thousands of years. Through crude extraction methods, ancient cultures derived aromatic oils from seeds, roots, bark, leaves, wood, flowers and resins and used them in religious ceremony, perfumery, funerary services and many other aspects of life. In the early Orient, Greece and Rome, the oils were obtained by placing plant material into a fatty oil, leaving them to warm in the sun and finally separating the out the aromatic oil. Throughout the early Middle Ages and beyond, a form of distillation was used to prepare floral and aromatic waters. Today, steam distillation is the most widely used proc

Threatened Essential Oil Species

Inside a bottle of essential oil, we can capture an aromatic experience of plants spanning the world. From the comfort of our home, the scent can send our imagination far away from hiking deep in the forest, sunbathing on an exotic island, or traversing a spiritual pilgrimage. In recent years, there has been an enormous increase in the production and sales of essential oils, as more and more people realize the benefits of aromatherapy. Sadly, with growing consumption, some essential oil plants are in grave danger of ceasing to exist. Wild harvesting and natural habitat destruction have contributed to certain species becoming threatened or endangered. What is wild harvesting? Traditionally, m

Salvia rosmarinus – Rosemary’s new binomial name!

Brief History of Rosemary’s Binomial Name “In the 1700s, Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778) invented binomial nomenclature, which gives every plant a unique two-part name based on genus and species. In his 1753 book Species Plantarum, Linnaeus published the name Rosmarinus officinalis. He based the species portion of the name on the herb being a standard item in ancient apothecaries called "oficinas.” 1 Until 2017, Rosemary was known by the binomial name Rosmarinus officinalis, it is now a synonym. The new scientific title it has been given is Salvia rosmarinus. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is one of the first to adopt this change in the scientific name for rosemary after

Aromatherapy Applications

One of the amazing qualities of aromatherapy as a natural healing modality is the variety of applications that can be utilized. Application methods of essential oils can include: inhalation, diffusing, bathing, compress, massage, scrubs, lotions, and salves. These options allow you to choose the application method(s) that best suit you or your client's lifestyle and personality. Let’s take a brief look at the various aromatherapy application methods. Inhalation Applications: these are the easiest and most direct method for essential oils to enter the limbic system in the brain. Inhalation can be done through various methods: by direct inhalation of essential oils from a cotton ball, or tissu

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