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Category Archives: Essential Oils

Formulas for Diffusing Essential Oils

Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways. One of the most effective methods is by diffusing a mist in the air. This mist is a combination of the essential oils and water. There are many possible therapeutic affects for any given oil formula. These obviously depend on the specific oils used and… Continue >>>

Plant Profile – Peppermint Leaf

This Profile is for the herbal preparation and is not meant for peppermint essential oil use.  Botany Mentha x piperita (Laminaceae) X  means this plant is a hybrid, a cross between two plants. Although there is some controversy over which two, it is generally accepted that spearmint (Mentha spicata) and water mint (Mentha aquatica) brought… Continue >>>

Plant Profile: Monarda

Botanical Name: Monarda fistula var. menthafolia (Laminaceae) Common Names: Bee Balm, Oregano de la Sierra, Wild Oregano, Mountain Oregano Southwest Habitat: Grows in colonies, usually found in riparian habitats or dry stream beds. Occasionally found away from water in small depressions in the ground where a bit of extra moisture collects. Fairly easy to cultivate… Continue >>>

My Views on the Essential Oil Industry

The validity and safety of essential oils are two areas of ongoing confusion in the alternative healing community. This article gives my views on these challenging topics. Education v Marketing Some of the gatherings and classes in the industry are advertised as education when, in fact, they are nothing more than a sales pitch. There… Continue >>>

Tulsi Essential Oil

Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum, Lamiaceae, also known as Holy Basil) is one of the most revered medical and spiritual plants in India and is becoming increasingly popular in this country. The use of Tulsi as an essential oil is less known. However it is one of my favorite oils and it makes a valuable addition to… Continue >>>

Is the Internal Use of Aromatic Oils Safe?

This is a hot topic in the essential oil community these days and an area with much confusion. One group uses the occasional few drops in a drink, food or herb preparation. Another group recommends much higher amounts that to me seem scary and dangerous. A third group says to never, ever use these concentrated… Continue >>>

Sponsoring A Class

Sponsoring A Class

Sponsoring an Herb Class People interested in studying herbal medicine may receive free class tuition by sponsoring a course, either in your town or at our school in Flagstaff. Guidelines for the complimentary course are: A minimum of six students pay full price, in advance, by the agreed upon deadline. The host attends the class… Continue >>>

Fresh Perspectives on the Use of Essential Oils

Our Foundations of Herbal Medicine program spent the weekend working with and learning about essential oils. Each time I teach this part of the course, it always strikes me how much I learn from the experience of interacting with the oils. My understanding of them deepens and my appreciation of this field grows. Watching people’s… Continue >>>

Latest Courses

Herbal Skin Care Workshop

Herbal Skin Care Workshop

This workshop is full. Registrsation is closed. Join us for this informative class that shows you how to make: -skin lotion -body butter -herbal-infused oil in your own kitchen. These herb-based skin care products and techniques have been used for 20+ years in my own herbal practice. Using only the best quality ingredients, these products… Continue >>>

Colorado Plateau Herbal Intensive 2020

Colorado Plateau Herbal Intensive 2020

The “Colorado Plateau Herbal Intensive” is a multi-day program designed to introduce people to the medicinal and edible plants of the southwest flora. This program is traditionally offered in late summer, when the wildflowers are at their peak bloom and the land is offering its bounty of food and medicine. The elevation range covered is… Continue >>>

Educational Resources

Herb Store for Herbal Extracts

This page has recently been created to provide alcohol-based extracts to the herb community. These extracts are usually reserved for clients and students. However, I have recently received many requests and inquiries related to the current health conditions and have decided to make these available to the broader community. Guidelines ~Nothing is promised, guaranteed or… Continue >>>

COVID-19, the Corona Virus Resource Page

This page has been created to provide ongoing and current information on herbal and healing strategies for this health issue. The newest dates are posted at the top of the page. This page is being updated often. Feel free to share. March 23, 2020 **By Vermont herbalist, Larken Bunce LINK March 21, 2020 **By Southwest… Continue >>>

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