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Essential Aromatica

Essential Aromatica

By Amy Anthony
Whether you are new to Essential oils and Aromatherapy or well versed in the subject matter, Essential Aromatica is here to inspire, ask questions and elevate the possibilities of Aromatherapy.

Join certified aromatherapist and educator Amy Anthony to question and explore the world of aromatic plants and their preciously concentrated essences. Aromatherapy is much more than "essential oils." It may connect us with nature and remind us of our whole nature: mind, body, spirit.

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Spotlight on Aromatherapy in Practice with Judith Guerra: Embracing Vitality and Curiosity

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Connection, Nature and Aromatherapy
One of my goals as an aromatherapist is demystifying aromatherapy and making it accessible. Years ago, upon moving to NYC, I felt incredibly disconnected and literally ungrounded. This episode is inspired by an upcoming community class I am giving at P&T Knitwear in NYC's Lower East Side. The class, and therefore this episode, is inspired by my journey, professional experience and bolstered by 3 books purchased from P&T Knitwear (listen to the episode to learn which books!). Here's the crux: We know we need access to nature and its healing powers because we are of this Earth...but sometimes we don't have direct access to nature and need help. This is where our herbal allies and especially aromatherapy can come in to bridge the gap. Aromatherapy goes beyond scent recognition & perceived pleasantness of an aroma. It touches a sense of place & memory association. it helps us connect with nature. essential oil chemistry interacts with receptors throughout our mind-body-spirit. it takes us beyond ourselves, not judging us, giving us space and, just possibly, lightening the heaviness of being human.
September 01, 2022
Spotlight on Aromatherapy with Makeba Lloyd of Butter by Keba
How can odors, aromas and scents transform and empower us? Join Makeba Lloyd, founder and formulator of her NYC Harlem-based company of Butter by Keba to find out! Her journey from the NYC real estate market to founding her own company is one of transformation and intention that started in 2005 during a trip to Egypt. Never looking back, this trip reinforced a longing for her to empower and “bring people together through fragrance”. This goal goes beyond the notion of perfume and into helping others through the Harlem-based organization “Hands That Make a Difference.” As a certified aromatherapist and trained perfumer, Makeba creates uniquely aromatic personal care products and moisturizing fragrances that exemplify affordable luxury. She is passionate about the pursuit of learning, sharing, experimenting and creating gorgeous products that are sustainable, elegant and Earth-centered--which all come through when you hear our conversation and look at her products and consulting services. Learn more about Makeba's thoughtfully crafted products and other services at Butter by Keba and get social on Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok (and other platforms!) by following @butterbykeba.
July 22, 2022
Saffron on the Lower East Side
What do Saffron, "Sunset Cocktails", Saint George's Common Table and P&T Knitwear have in common and anything to do with aromatherapy? A lot! This episode highlights community connection with threads of the ephemeral & aromatic Saffron weaving things together. Saffron, one of the worlds priciest aromatic spices is incredibly water soluble and not a common botanical hanging out in an aromatherapists bag of tricks...or so one might think.  Join me during this episode recorded at P&T Knitwear's community podcast studio for inspiration sourced from community, abundance and sharing...and to learn more about Saffron! I didn't know what this episode was going to be about until yesterday, when this ephemerally aromatic botanical helped me knit (Pun intended!) experiences over the past few weeks together.   Thank you for listening to Essential Aromatica; wishing you abundance and many joys punctuated by therapeutic aromatic experiences. Ciao for now!
June 30, 2022
Spotlight on Aromatherapy with Clare Licher of PhiBee Aromatics
Join Clare Licher of PhiBee Aromatics to revel in the passion, practice, expertise and distillation-know-how of native plants of the Southwestern United States. This episode is a deep reminder of the time, patience and great care it takes to wild harvest and distill plants, and how this expansive practice is a continual reminder how "plants make the world bigger than us", much bigger.   Look forward to hearing Clare expound upon the following topics during this episode: The implications and responsibility of legally wildcrafting plant material. Appreciating a plant and its oil for who and what it is Going beyond "liking" and disliking a plant based on its inherent aromas (listen to Clare's experiences with Arizona Juniper!!!! Wow!) The dedication to time, and practice it takes, to get to know a plant and the distillation process. The power of sharing distillation techniques across borders, highlighting Clare's work in Iceland and continued work with organizations in Haiti/ Teaching and supporting people helps improve quality of life and humble us knowing that working with plant medicine show how the world is so much bigger than an individual/us.  Honing your skills: The importance of taking distillation notes and aging essential oils We hope you walk away from this episode feeling elevated, revived, elucidated, and dare I suggest, humbled. The plants are indeed our teachers, and we are forever students.  Find more about PhiBee Aromatics at and find them on Facebook as @phibeearomatics.
May 12, 2022
Spotlight on Aromatherapy with Krishana Chaitanya of Nisarga Farms
How does an Aroma-technologist and Hatha yoga meditator and practitioner approach the business and practice of farming and distilling? This episode explores such questions (and more!) with Krishana Chaitanya of Nisarga Farms. This episode celebrates the work and philosophy of Nisarga farms, which includes attention to soil, plants, farmers, harvesters, distillers and beyond.  We contemplate: The meanings of "holism" and "organic" on a high level and related to essential oils up to the integrity of the business owner How Small is Big How we survive because of plants Trying to understand and know plants, to pay attention Awareness of violence in everyday life, from harvesting a plant to commodification of plants to aggressive marketing and business practices How the pandemic has shifted practices around plant harvesting Laziness and participating in other peoples (other beings!) happiness And much more... We hope you walk away from this episode feeling refreshed and eager to immerse yourself amongst the plants of the world, taking the time to indeed "stop and smell the roses". Deeply. And to share the joy of Nisarga, which I learned is much more than a simple business name. It is a way of life. Find more about Nisarga at and find them on Instagram as @essentialoildistiller and Facebook as @essentialoildistillerie.
April 08, 2022
Finding Alchemical Gold
What lessons do Alchemy and other Arts offer us for working with the Divine? Is the Divine within and without us? The DIVINE, you say?! Indeed. We mere mortals have been pursuing the mastery of several arts for centuries to attempt working with the Divine, often failing to "see the forest for the trees". Failing to see how the Divine is everywhere, including within us and how that Divine may be touched & illuminated (!) through mind-set and physical pursuits while acknowledging we mortals don't own any of this along the way. This episode explores such weighty topics of finding spiritual gold through the intersection of humbleness and practices such as alchemy and distillation.  Find the essay on NYC  Chögyam Trungpa's book: "Work, Sex, Money: Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness" is referenced in the episode. 
March 03, 2022
Attunement, Attention and Black Bean Soup "Better Than I'd Get in Cuba"!
As a saying goes: "You only have one attention." Indeed! This episode focuses on the practice of Attunement in herbalism and aromatherapy. Quite frankly, the practice may be applied to anything when you think about it. Tune-in (pun intended!) and muse about "PIGGS" (as related to Attunement: P="Perceive", I="Imperceive"....) and Saint George's soup featuring Oregano, Bay laurel and Cumin.  I find it fun how a lot can come from soup making, cooking with herbs and more. Are life's lessons learned over a soup pot? Maybe! 
January 07, 2022
Spotlight on Aromatherapy in Practice with Carolyn Jones of The Healing Project
Can the power of plants transform everyday experiences? Does healing and transformation emerge from listening and bringing joy? Join Carolyn Jones to find out during this "Spotlight" Episode. Carolyn is a Chaplin, Grief Counselor, Author, Aromatherapist, Herbalist and Dream Therapist who is a firm believer in the healing power of self-care. Self-care includes a lot of things, which are shared during this podcast episode and highlighted in her Webinar Series called the Healing Project. This monthly, ongoing series "is an interactive workshop designed to educate participants about various healing modalities that will effectively strengthen the immune systm and detoxify the body for improved health and well-being." Is it possible to laugh a lot AND talk about matters such as death, grief and soul loss? Get yourself a cup of herbal tea (Agrimony and Mugwort perhaps!) and listen in to find out. Our conversation spans: the "law of appropriate therapeutic inactivity," learning how to heal by listening & observing, helping others with grief and bereavement, the healing power of laughter and affirmations ("state what you want!") and supporting the soul by attending to dreams. Of course, the herbs Agrimony and Mugwort bookend our conversation... I can't wait for you to join us. Learn more about Carolyn and her work at and follow her on Instagram at @thp_the_healing_project.
December 17, 2021
Spotlight on Aromatherapy in Practice with Aaron Theno of Bioesse Technologies and Breatherapy
Imagine your sense smell impacting your entire sense of being. It happens every day. Something magical happens when the chemical sense of smell mixes with our own chemistry. That power of olfaction married with vibrant essential oils is harnessed by Bioesse Technologies and Breatherapy Tabs. This episode highlights Aaron Theno, a professional vocalist and the Vice president and Chief Aromatherapist of Bioesse Technologies and Breatherapy Tabs. Aaron's diverse background in arts and business stirs our conversation through a melody mixed with art, science, clinical settings and business. Join us for a conversation about the power of olfaction-based aromatherapy in hospitals, the business AND gentle art of aromatherapy, and other hot topics such as sustainability of the essential oil industry, elevating all facets of creating and working with essential oils and looking locally for plants. It may be no surprise that the conversation turns to "less is more" and how essential oils fundamentally connect us to nature; all through the power of our chemical sense of smell. Learn more at and Get social with Breatherapytabs on Instagram and other platforms under the same name.
November 12, 2021
Finding Awe in Liminality and Root Medicine
Autumn is the time of falling leaves, cooler and shorter nights and the final time to harvest. We've planned and worked hard all year. Now the time is upon us to rest and contemplate the cyclicality of nature, including life itself. This episode looks at the intersection of liminal spaces, root medicine such as Vetiver and the death-life cycle. This is a magical time of year, but dancing with that magic takes gravity, like roots, which may support us while navigating "gaps" in life. Get your bottle of Vetiver and join me for a spell to stir up a sense of awe and appreciation for life itself.  Heady topics but the stuff life is made of nonetheless. Interested in more about transitions? Read this article on Hecate.
October 07, 2021
Spotlight on Aromatherapy in Practice with Judith Guerra: Embracing Vitality and Curiosity
Does it only take one drop of oil to experience sudden change? Can Rose essential oil support a grieving heart? Join certified aromatherapist, Judith Guerra, and me as we delve into the vapors of working with and experiencing the impact of essential oils on the mind-body. Our conversation highlights topics ranging from mindful application of essential oils, staying curious, taking a time out, pain management and much more.  A born seeker, Judith was intrigued by what she saw and experienced during her first nebulous encounters with essential oils. Her natural curiosity and questions about safely working with essential oils led her to seek aromatherapy knowledge, education and certification. As a life-long health and wellness advocate, she has been blogging about such topics since 2012 and continues to look for ways to encourage vitality at any age.   Find more about Judith at, check out her podcast, Judith Guerra Wellness Connections and follow her on Instagram as @autocreate740.
September 17, 2021
Aromatherapy in Practice with Jirbie Go: From Aroma "Novice" to Country Representative
Span the globe with certified aromatherapist, Jirbie Go based in Manila, Philippines. Also known as "Couch Wasabi", you'll find out that there is nothing "couch potato" about Jirbie's passion for aromatherapy education and plants. Her intense involvement in educating and integrating the aromatherapy community, including plant farmers and distillers, shines through: she is the country representative for the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) and founder of the Alliance of the Philippine Aromatherapists (APA), which focuses on supporting local producers to Filipino essential oil users.  Join us during this episode to learn more about her path, essential oil safety, subtle aromatherapy, teaching styles and much more.  Find more about Jirbie on her website, YouTube channel and Instagram. Also check out her podcast on Spotify!
September 03, 2021
Aromatherapy in Practice with Elizabeth Ruth: What Makes a Book Worthy of Your Bookshelf?
This episode highlights Elizabeth Ruth of Herbology East and West's: Lotus, Lady and Verse. Join us as we get "into the stacks" and talk about plants, books and more books. What DOES it take to be a book worthy of reading? Of purchasing and putting on your shelf? Of going back to over and over again?* When I step back and think about our conversation a few words shine through: credibility and standards.  Elizabeth's extensive background as a Landscape designer and Librarian informs her current practice of reading and reviewing plant-themed books, related to (but not limited to) Herbalism and Aromatherapy. Her life-long love of herbs and plants in general has also lead her to pursuing certifications in Herbalism from the East West School of Planetary Herbology and Aromatherapy from Aromatic Studies (Level 1 & 2).  Get in-touch with Elizabeth and read her reviews at Herbology East and West's Lotus, Lady and Verse. Also find her on Instagram. *Note: Check out to really get into the stacks. A great resource Elizabeth shared with me after our recorded conversation.
August 20, 2021
Falling In Love, Again, with Lavender
As Lavender season comes to an end I found it's time to reflect upon the virtues of the many "Lavenders" out there. This episode is inspired by my recent class "The Lavenders", which celebrates the virtues of several of "The Lavenders": Lavandula angustifolia, Lavandula latifolia, Lavandula x intermedia with a shout out to Lavandula stoechas. One Lavender is not better than another, they all just are. Plants are beings expressing themselves, existing and adapting in the climate and location their roots are in.  Prepare a cup of cold infused lavender tea! I look forward to your joining the Lavenders and me.
July 16, 2021
Spotlight on Aromatherapy in Practice with BotanicAromatica
This episode highlights Yvette Ramos-Volz, founder of BotanicAromatica and The Glass Room. Yvette, a driver and facilitator of change, is the creator of the trademarked, arts-based coaching model called Living Life, in the Meantime. This intensive model is a driver of her vision for integrating botanicals (including Aromatherapy) and the creative process of working with stained glass.  Our conversation begins with plants: inspiration from the garden captured in infusions! She shares how aromatherapy came into her life to assist in navigating changes and stress. Underlying themes of the discussion are the importance of Aromatherapy as a supporting modality, synergy, integration, intuition and "coming into your own." We reflect on how aromatherapy is everywhere: when we cook, walk up to a pine tree and more.  Yevette's weaving of change, process, glass (i.e., the similar fragility of glass to the mind) and botanicals left me refreshed and inspired, as I hope you are too after listening to this episode!   Get in-touch with Yvette and find out more about her at The Glass Room and BotanicAromatica and on Instagram at @theglassroomnj and @botanicaromatica.
June 18, 2021
Spotlight on Aromatherapy in Practice with Jackie Kaplan of Nuda Botanica
This episode highlights Jackie Kaplan of Nuda Botanica. She is a tea blender, aromatherapist, Master in Food Culture & Communications, a meditation teacher-in-training...and much more!  Topics include being curious, knowing ingredients (What are you eating? What are you putting on your body?), "objectification of essential oils," blending (!) and trusting yourself. For me, our conversation reinforced how paying attention & stepping back gives us space to notice nuance, learn, receive and grow.  We get personal and share stories: sometimes all you need is your breath, awareness and a little Vetiver (Jackie) or Ginger (Amy) oil for grounding when you're feeling unsettled.  Get in-touch with Jackie and find out more about Nuda Botanica on the web and Instagram.
May 28, 2021
Luna Aroma: Showing Spirit with Play, Confidence & Chamomile
May is the month of the "Flower Moon," when "all plants display their spirit sides for all the world to see." This episode explores how spirit is bolstered by confidence and playfulness. German chamomile is a plant emblematic of this! Join me as I wax away and slip into the realms of an e.e.cummings poem: "I am too busy with my flowers to believe, the rain answered." Go ahead, make yourself a cup of chamomile tea and set a spell...
May 15, 2021
Spotlight on Aromatherapy in Practice with Candice Forness
Spend time with Candice Forness, a holistic healer from a lineage of healers, and Amy Anthony as they discuss the life-changing potential and depth of essential oils and aromatherapy. Candice’s versatile practice focuses on holding space, lifting people up and fortifying the mind-body connection through a multitude of healing arts. As she puts it, we can be Cerebral AND Organic at the same time. She shares how we can get on our own “Beauty Cloud” to meet ourselves again and be deeply inside ourselves. Things get deeper (!) when she shares how “the integrity of the molecule” reinforces HOW we treat ourselves, the Earth and others profoundly impacts…everything. Get in-touch with Candice and find out more about her at CANDICEFORNESS.COM
April 30, 2021
Luna Aroma: Cleansing & Lemongrass
The month of April sings songs of cleansing and growth; songs incorporating the wisdom of Grasses. This episode features the sunny & incredibly cleansing Lemongrass! Look forward to Grass-inspired thoughts about growth and cleansing with discernment. Of course I get into Saint George's soup! I forgot to mention the fresh, minced Ginger! OH MY! I wish you were there to smell the Lemongrass infusion AND the heaping tablespoons of fresh Ginger as it was being sautéed to bring out the aromatic components!!!!   Here are resources for making your own sugar scrub & fizzing bath bombs! Check out the monthly New Moon Aroma Salon for access to lunar inspiration.
April 16, 2021
No, There's Not "An Oil for That."
Happy April Fools! But there is no fooling around about the touchy subject of "there's and oil for that"! Join me as I scratch the surface of pondering the limitations of essential oils, where they do in fact shine and how essential oils and "consumption" don't go together very well. Tied into the aforementioned topic is soup making and the heart-breaking essential oil of the Neroli flower. 
April 02, 2021
Therapeutic Aromas and Oils that are Essential?!
Have you ever wondered why Aromatherapy is called, “Aromatherapy?” Is it curious to consider how an essential oil may not be “essential” to a plant and that it isn’t oily feeling? Is it possible essential oils have a lot more to communicate than odor alone? Join me during this episode to ponder the aforementioned topics and geek out over aromatics.  Pssst!!! Access the Guided Mediation and Free Intro Class mentioned in the episode! Note: Photo by @liam_dom
March 19, 2021
Luna Aroma: Sensuality & Spring
March is upon us and Spring is “champing at the bit.” Water, associated with intuition, is rising and running, the sap is flowing in the Maple trees. Birds are coming home and the soil slowly awakens. There may even be some eagerness in the air that goes along with “Spring Awakening”. Revel with me in Spring’s burgeoning flow by musing over March's lunar themes of sensuality, the languidness of Ylang ylang and tapping into those qualities by “living through the senses.”  Are you looking for more lunar inspiration? Read more about the New Moon Aroma Salon.
March 12, 2021
Accessible Aromatherapy
We encounter essential oils every day, from a cup of Coffee to Pine trees in your neighborhood to spices in soups! Possibilities abound for immersing yourself in ad-hoc, on-the-fly aromatherapy-like sessions such as making a soup with Bay Laurel, simmering Cardamom, Cinnamon and Star Anise in a pot or crushing Juniper berries with your fingers. Oh, and was Black Pepper really worth more than gold? Grab your Pepper grinder and join me for a spell... 
March 05, 2021
Welcome to Essential Aromatica
Greetings and welcome to Essential Aromatica, a podcast with Amy Anthony of NYC Aromatica about aromatherapy, essential oils and more. This introduction welcomes you to what is in-store: episodes on aromatic plants & their essential oils to the vast and sometimes controversial topics in and around aromatherapy.
March 03, 2021
Aromatic Root Chakra Rituals
Have you ever felt “out of sorts,” like you’re “living in your head,” ungrounded or tightly clenching to concepts, ideas or possessions? It may be a sign to start tending to the roots of your private garden, your root chakra. Aromatherapy and simple rituals may help support your base-energy, the root chakra. Tune in for inspiration and access the associated blog post for suggested rituals and essential oil blending ideas.
March 01, 2021