The Giving Grass

Vetiver, Chrysopogon zizanioides, is the grass that keeps on giving. I love its deep, earthy aroma as much as I love how much this grass has to offer to the health of our planet. Vetiver is planted around the world to reduce erosion, clean soil and water, and feed livestock. Its essential oil provides profound support to our body, mind, emotions, and spirit.

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Aromatherapy and the Spirit

To offer truly holistic support, aromatherapy must support the spirit, the energetic part of our being, in addition to the physical, mental, and emotional. To do this, we consider several aspects of the essential oil and plant including its therapeutic properties, the plant part from which the essential oil was extracted, and how it survives its natural environment. 


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Aromatherapy and the Body

This blog post is the second in a series of four examining how aromatherapy supports the health and well-being of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. This month, we take a look at aromatherapy and the body by examining how essential oils support physical health and comfort. There is extensive scientific research covering the naturally occurring chemical components found in plant extracts. I discuss just some of these components and share examples of how I have used them in my practice.

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Aroma and the Brain

When we hear the term “aromatherapy,” often the first thing that comes to mind is something we smell. Although smell is only a small part of aromatherapy, I find it to be an important method of addressing patterns of stress and trauma held within the body-mind-spirit system. In this post, I examine our sense of smell, the brain, and how aroma connects with memory, emotions, and stress.

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Honor Yourself In The New Year

With the beginning of each new year, many of us make intentions or resolutions to improve one or more aspects of our lives. Usually it comes down to the core goal of being happier, healthier, and living more freely. However, in order for our outer circumstances to improve—better family relationships, making new friends, maintaining physical fitness, choosing courageously—our inner experience must first get better. We must fully accept, love, and be confident with who we are in each moment so that we make self-honoring choices on the way to reaching our resolutions. 

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