Author: nycaromatica

  • How to Smell an Essential Oil

    How to Smell an Essential Oil

    Aromatherapy. Essential Oil Therapy. What do those mean? This video takes you through a journey of scent recognition, memory formation […]

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  • Plant Talk with Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

    Plant Talk with Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

    Oh Ylang ylang! Often times called “flower of flowers” and “poor man’s Jasmine” it is one of the few aromatic […]

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  • Finding Alchemical Gold

    Finding Alchemical Gold

    Alchemy is often referenced when discussing the Arts of Distillation, Herbalism and Aromatherapy. All of these practices involve practical transformation such as tincture making and distillation. They also embody the axiom that energy is neither created nor destroyed, where energy may be transmuted on practical (physical), conceptual and spiritual levels. This energy ebbs and flows through, and is, the Universe. Some seek mastery of one or more of these and other Arts to connect with the Divine. Is the Divine within or outside the self? Found through mastering an Art? Does it lurk in processes or mind-sets? This essay explores these questions through the lens of transformative Arts such as Alchemy.

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  • Plant Talk with Laurel Essential Oil

    Plant Talk with Laurel Essential Oil

    Can you remember your first encounter with a specific plant and its essential oil? Laurel is one I still feel in my bones. To this day the same sensation arises each time I am with essential oil of Laurus nobilis. It helps me release the ideas of “should” and “could.” It gives me a gap, just enough, to boldly smile, laugh and say out loud that “I don’t care!” This power—boldness with humor—generates a lightness and drive, allowing me to emerge from the muck and mire of the paltry mind into an inner vitality that embodies the true meaning of Carpe Diem. This article is an invitation to spend more time with Laurel and its empowering essential oil.

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  • Angelica Root Essential Oil

    Angelica Root Essential Oil

    Have you met Angelica root and its gorgeously stabilizing and protective essential oil? There is much to share with you about this Angelic connector of “Light and Dark”. Continue reading for plant highlights, key therapeutics and personality of Angelica Root essential oil and aromatherapy blending ideas.

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  • Goldenrod Essential Oil

    Goldenrod Essential Oil

    Goldenrod, often considered a roadside weed, offers many healing properties. It is a familiar face in North America’s late-summer landscape and one of the continent’s humble yet potent aromatic plants. If Goldenrod is an aromatic plant, does that mean it creates essential oil? Absolutely! Continue reading for plant highlights, key therapeutics and personality of Goldenrod essential oil and aromatherapy blending ideas.

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  • Make Your Own Lotion Bars

    Make Your Own Lotion Bars

    Butter Bar vs. Lotion Bar? Do you find it ironic how “lotion bars” have nothing to do with lotion? By […]

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  • Glossy Vegan Lip Balm

    Glossy Vegan Lip Balm

    Breaking Through the Coconut Oil Barrier I ran out of my last stash of home-made lip balm the other day, […]

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  • Carrot Seed Essential Oil

    Carrot Seed Essential Oil

    Wild Carrot or Domesticated Carrot? Sometimes classified as a noxious weed by some states in North America, Queen Anne’s Lace […]

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  • Distillation: Dancing with Plants and Water

    Distillation: Dancing with Plants and Water

    The Poetically Elemental Essence of Distillation Working with aromatic plants and their distilled essences is poetry. We are in-touch with […]

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