Copal Plant Profile – Ancient Incense & Mystical Medicine

Copal, it’s one of the most well-known and oldest names in the world of incense. If you’re into incense, surely you’ve heard of it and likely have burned some before. But what exactly is Copal? True Copal is a tree resin found from the American Southwest down through northern Argentina, produced by a number of…

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Making Poplar Bud Medicine: Harvesting, Infusions, & Salves

As I write this, the snow in the foothills of the Pacific Northwest has vanished, signs of life begin to sprout from the earth, the first blossoms of the year are forming on fruit trees, and the Poplar buds are ripe for harvest. This time of year, from late December to early March, many species…

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“How much of an herb do I give?” A discussion on dosage of medicinal plants

A Guest Blog by Sajah Popham, founder of The School of Evolutionary Herbalism From a single drop to 5 mL of tincture or 1 tsp to 5 grams for a cup of tea, the range of how much of a medicinal plant to give someone is as vast and numerous as there are herbalists. Strong…

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The Ancient Indian Philosophy of Aroma & Incense, Part II

In my last blog, The Ancient Indian Philosophy of Aroma & Incense, Part I, I spoke about the beautiful tradition of healing plant smoke, Dhumapana, and the many used of incense for therapeutics. I also spoke to the foundations of Ayurvedic philosophy by introducing the Elemental system that lies at the core of its teachings.…

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The Ancient Indian Philosophy of Aroma & Incense, Part I

Ayurveda, The Science of Life You’ve likely heard of the ancient Indian system of healing known as Ayurveda, translated to ‘the Science of Life.’ This 10,000 year old system has withstood the test of time and has been gaining incredible popularity around the world in recent years for one main reason: it really works!  The…

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A Distress Call from the Sacred White Sage Plant

Oftentimes when trends spread like wildfire around the world, there is great deal of misinformation, or lack of understanding around them. Unfortunately, many trends these days include the use of some of the worlds most sacred and medicinal plants; many of which are threatened or even endangered, whether in the form of essential oil, incense,…

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Fragrance Testing: Listening To Your Patient’s Inner Aromatherapist

As an aromatherapist and teacher, I often get a lot of questions revolving around how to best match a person with the best possible aromatic botanical remedy for their healing. There are various methods for choosing a list botanical candidates for this, though one aspect of the process that often gets left out that should…

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Nourishing Your Nervous System with Aromatics

Feeling stressed or anxious? Nervous or fearful? Spread thin or overburdened? Ungrounded? In this video I’ll give a simple and easy to understand breakdown of why most people’s nervous systems are overworked these days, and how you can balance and nourish them with activities, herbs, and aromatic plants and incense. Plus, in the video above,…

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Myrrh Plant Profile – The Sacred Bitter Medicine of Antiquity

Have you ever noticed how Frankincense and Myrrh are commonly mentioned together by herbalists and incense connoisseurs, yet Frankincense somehow receives all the attention in the media and medical journals these days? Why is that..? Myrrh is an equally amazing tree resin, chock-full of aromatic constituents that heal countless imbalances. And its magical and spiritual virtues have made it one of the…

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Incense & Aromatics for Mental Focus & Clarity

Do you experience issues with mental focus and clarity, brain fog, or trouble with your memory? The aromatic incense plants I talk about in the video above have been used for ages to help people stay sharp in their minds, while tending to some possible root causes of these very common issues. Watch the video…

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