Who are the Lanterns in your Life?

  No my friend, darkness is not everywhere, for here and there I find faces illuminated from within; paper lanterns among the dark trees. — Carole Borges   I believe that there are not only lanterns inside each of us, our own holy nature which we discover through prayer and meditation, but that there are those we meet who […]

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The Symbolic Drama of the Rose

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Do you have a history with rose? My own history with rose fragrance as a child was that my grandmother used rose milk lotion. Unfortunately, a quick check to the Environmental Working Group, which lists products and their chemical content (in a health hazard measurement system), indicates that synthetic Rose Milk lotion is not healthy. […]

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Rosemary by the Sea

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Rosemary began its spiky life on the cliffs and in the crevices of the Mediterranean coast, so the sea figures prominently in its lore. In Latin rosemary means “dew of the sea.” Mist from the sea helped it thrive in the rocky coastal landscape of the Mediterranean. In Greek mythology, Aphrodite was born from the […]

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Comfrey is Comforting (to your skin)

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This enchanting but funny-looking, fuzzy-stemmed plant with purplish or creamy-colored flowers is native to Europe. It is happiest growing in damp and grassy environments like river banks, although you’ll find it spreading exuberantly in many herb gardens all around the world. In the world of aromatherapy, comfrey is powerful at healing certain skin conditions. For […]

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Sweet Secrets of the Bitter Orange Tree

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The bitter orange tree gives us three fabulous essential oils, all from one plant: Neroli essential oil Petitgrain essential oil and Bitter Orange essential oil The bitter orange tree originated in Vietnam, but like all popular plants it is cultivated in many global locations now. It is known to be a very hardy tree, able […]

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Fragrant Commute

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When I meet people in my line of work as an aromatherapist, I enjoy hearing about which aroma makes them have the strongest memory of a person, place, food, or experience. Whether something is considered a yummy smell or not is most definitely in the nose of the beholder. It is evidence to me of […]

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Let There Be Lemongrass!

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One unique experience with an essential oil occurred during a trip to Bangkok, Thailand. Thai culture values massage, especially foot massage. Everywhere in Bangkok you can find small shops or stalls that specialize in these, usually for about $7. The foot massage I had was given using a carrier oil with Lemongrass essential oil (Cymbopogon […]

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Raw Cacao Butter is Cool

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Cacao for skin care is simply amazing. It is inexpensive, stays fresh for a very long time, is safe to use on the skin, has been used in medicinal folk remedies in ages past, and protects and lubricates the skin. And that is not all! One of my very favorite things about it is that […]

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Three Beautiful Lavenders

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Lavandula angustifolia is the lavender with which most people are most familiar as the classic lavender in many herbal products. However, there are over 200 varieties of lavender in the world. Most of these are not used in aromatherapy. These are three lavenders you might find in an aromatherapy office: Lavender Spike Lavender Lavandin To […]

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Mystical Myrrh

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There is spiritual and economic significance to the resin of Myrrh as a gift to the Christ child. Frankincense, also a resin brought by the Magi to Jesus, occupies an equally special role in our history. Myrrh was also mixed with wine and given to Jesus on the cross. This very special shrub is native to […]

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