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January 10, 2014 | Featured Instructor

herbsEveryone has a smell that can transport them back in time to a memory that brings a smile to the face. Different smells call to mind different emotions.  If you knew that one in particular helped to alter your mood, relax you in body and soul wouldn’t you want to try that perhaps instead of taking a pain killer to alleviate a headache? 

The idea of healing with essential oils has been around since early Egypt and the aromatherapy they evoke can help heal and tend the body and the mind.  Different oils have different uses and they are wide and varied. For instance lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus have all been known to help when you have a headache.  The smell of lemon balm will make your brain more alert and it is uplifting.  However, as with everything in life, be aware of what you are using and how to use it. Essential oils can be used by inhaling or by applying with a massage oil.  Concentration of the essential oil is important so as to not irritate the nasal passage or the skin.

If you are interested in learning more about aromatherapy - a little history, methods of use and safety, blending, pathways of absorption and of course, recipes – join us, and herbalist Christina Blume, at the Gardens for our popular Aromatherapy Basics and Beyond class taking place on Saturday, January 25 from 9:30–11:30 a.m.  You will take home an extensive 26 page notebook full of recipes and information for first aid, body and beauty products, cleaning products and even some recipes for cooking with essential oils. Everyone makes their own personal aroma-therapeutic personal inhaler (with an extra wick) and massage oil. You also take home an aroma-therapeutic spritzer. Register online or call 720-865-3580.

“The cure of the part should not be attempted without treatment of the whole” Plato, Chronicles

BLOGGER: EVA ERNEVAD (Denver Botanic Gardens Volunteer)
Colorado is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I love everything it has to offer - from the beauty of the mountains to the beauty of the people and their passions. It fuels my own every day as I hike through nature and see and smell the wonders of our Earth. Working in clinical research gives me an opportunity to give back to my community just as much as my volunteering and keeps me in peace and harmony. Although, a good book in a comfortable spot outdoors is always my absolute favorite pastime.


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