Milky Oats (Avena Sativa)

Have you ever grown a crop of Milky Oats? Sow the oat seeds in the Fall and let them overwinter. In the Spring the green shoots will come up and by late Spring the oat seeds are ready for tincturing. I want to thank my friend Kristen who planted the oats in a garden we share.

How do you know the oats are ready? Squeeze the seeds between your fingers if the seed pops and a milky substance comes out your oats are ready to tincture or dry. I often went out morning and night to see if the oats were popping yet!
According to one of my teachers David Winston, “Oats strengthen and nourish the nervous system and contains calcium and magnesium which are essential nutrients for the nervous system.” I have used it in my practice for adults and who are exhausted and feel jangly and anxious. I love the combination of milky oats with holy basil tincture for its calming and effect on a person’s mental state.

Oats in combination with other herbs can help with withdrawal from nicotine. Herbalist and Alchemist has a formula called Smoker’s ResQ that has the first ingredient listed as Fresh Oat milky seeds, followed by Skullcap. These two in combination calm the anxiety that often accompany withdrawal.

In these pictures you can see the height of the oats which was over 5 feet. The tincture makes a bright green color when you first add the alcohol to it. I blended gluten free alcohol with the oats in my Vitamix which made a thick slurry. The intense green color only lasts a few hours before it turns a darker green. the tincture was ready in about a month’s time.

Salve Making Class


On August 5th, 2017 I taught a salve making class at my home in Graham. We made plantain and chickweed salve with essential oils of Frankincense.

This is a wonderful combination of three powerful plant oils for healing itchy skin from bug bites, for healing burns including sunburn, dry and cracked skin and rashes.

We also made a spiritual bath with the sacred plants of Tulsi, basil and marigolds.

Each woman took a bowl of this healing water and went outside and meditated in Nature.

Gratitude for the plants and a lovely day spent with wonderful women!




Roselle Hibiscus

Aromatherapy Tour Brazil 2016

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 Late February I travelled with two friends to the state of Sao Paulo in Brazil. With bug repellant clothing and DEET in my suitcase I felt prepared for touring the Atlantic rainforest.
Arriving in the city of Sao Paulo, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself in a city of over 20 million, where most people spoke only Portuguese but  like many places I have travelled we found ways to communicate!
With Google translator on our phone and much gesturing we were able to travel by subway to the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP), where there was a beautiful exhibit that included Asian, African, Brazilian and European paintings and sculptures.
IMG_0161The next day our tour leaders Yan and Carla came to our small motel called a “Pousado” and drove us to the nearby city of Campinas where Carla’s aromatherapy school called “Aroma Luz” is located. Carla has taught over 1,000 students in the art of aromatherapy and Yan is cofounder of an aromatherapy company in Brazil called Tunupa.
We spent four days in Campinas learning about many of the oils of Brazil. One of my favorite oils is COPAIBA, also known as Copaifera officinalis. Copaiba is a native tree to the Amazon of Brazil and is also found in Western Africa. This tree can grow to 40 meters high and live for 400 years!
 It has numerous therapeutic properties including being anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial. I was happy to learn that the tree did not have to be cut down to process the oil, but was tapped, similar to the process of collecting maple sap from Maple trees. This oil has an amazing aroma and is very relaxing when combined with many carrier oils and applied to the neck muscles.
Please enjoy these pictures of Brazil including the Botanical Gardens near Campinas, the rainforest,  and the beautiful city of Ubatuba which is on the Atlantic Ocean.
Obrigada!   (Thank you in Portuguese!)