The Importance of Bio-regional Aromatic Medicine

So often today people rely on books and websites to learn information about plants and healing, which is totally fine. But when people limit themselves to these modes of learning, they’re missing out on the most ancient and intrinsic part of the herbal path.  To be completely honest, if you don’t nourish your real-life connections…

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Aromatics & Incense for Times of Pandemic

What’s the most universal thing people have looked to for thousands of years during times of pandemic and infectious disease outbreak? It’s not hand sanitizer or Clorox wipes, though those are great modern tools that are definitely helpful. It’s much more ancient than that.. For ages incense and aromatic plants have been used as immune…

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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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