Balm of Gilead Infused Oil for Massage

by Andrea Butje on October 24, 2016

Balm of Gilead infused oil is made by infusing the buds and twigs of the Balsam Poplar tree (Populus balsamifera) in olive oil . . . three times!

The buds and twigs infuse in the oil for a few weeks, then are removed and replaced with fresh buds and twigs two more times.

It isn’t as well known as Trauma Oil, which is another carrier oil infused with herbs. (Trauma Oil is arnica, St. John’s wort, and calendula infused in a carrier—usually olive oil.) But Balm of Gilead infused oil can be wonderful for sore muscles and joints, deep tissue pain, and to help reduce inflammation.  Read the full article →


What if growing Lavender was not just a hobby or a job, but a way of life?

My friends Gill and Derek Pearce at The Lavender Way (in Crete) are making it just that! They grow Lavender plants and olive trees, and they are so dedicated to growing organically, with all respect for the plants’ natural processes, that it seems the plants have cultivated Gill and Derek’s lives—instead of the other way around!  Read the full article →


All Natural Diaper Rash Spray Recipe

October 10, 2016

Diaper rash is no fun! As tough as it is for parents and caretakers to see babies suffer from diaper rash, it’s even tougher for the little ones. We want to help them and heal diaper rash naturally! This is a recipe for an all natural diaper rash spray made with no chemicals, preservatives, or […]

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Green Mandarin, Calendula, & Vanilla Lip Balm Recipe

October 3, 2016

Before I began making my own body products, I tried a lot of different kinds of lip balm. I found many that I liked . . . but none that I really fell in love with. When I can’t find what I want . . . I make it! Making my own lip balm recipes […]

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What does a Certified Aromatherapist actually do?

September 26, 2016

I have met so many amazing people through Aromahead Institute! Many of them are students and graduates. In fact, I was so impressed with the work Aromahead graduates are doing in the world that I started the Aromahead Graduate Directory. It’s an online database where our graduates can list their businesses, talk about how Aromatherapy […]

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My Journey into the World of Essential Oils

September 19, 2016

I want to share the story of how I first got introduced to the world of essential oils and Aromatherapy. Let’s go back to 1994, when Cindy Black and I co-founded the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY. Running a Massage Therapy school was a deeply fulfilling experience, and I loved using essential […]

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