Botanical Aromatherapy ™ Programs

What is Botanical Aromatherapy™?

Our Botanical Aromatherapy ™ Program is a complete immersion into the world of aromatherapy, aromatic plants, aromatic gardening, sustainability, and permaculture. We believe that aromatherapists should literally go back to the roots of aromatherapy – herbalism – to appreciate the benefits of aromatherapy in all of its forms, whether that is an essential oil, or the actual plant growing in the aromatic garden. Aromatic plants can be used in many ways. Growing some of those plants teaches you to connect on a much deeper level with the plant, and totally understand how to use it.

We have several paths of aromatherapy education, and various study options, depending upon your needs and interest in aromatherapy: from informal videos and articles to comprehensive college-level type papers. We will be adding further courses and workshops to our school program in the future to complement those courses we currently offer with the botanical aromatherapy ideology.

All of our programs are rooted in the traditional ways of using aromatherapy:  In definition, Bo-tani-cal Aro-ma-thera-py: Plant-based aromatherapy.

So, which path will you take in our aromatic garden?

The Linguistics of Aromatics™ Program

  • Certificate in Holistic Aromatherapy: This aromatherapy course gives the beginner to aromatherapy a comprehensive introduction to the safe and effective use of essential oils at home and for family use. It meets NAHA level 1 aromatherapy educational requirements.
  • Certificate in Professional AromatherapyThis is a professional-level course that takes aromatherapy study to the next level. It gives both professionals and non-professionals a comprehensive, professional course of study in the safe and effective application of essential oils and aromatics, with an emphasis on products and their use, either in a clinical practice setting or for use in a skincare product line. It meets NAHA level 1 and 2 (combined/course cannot be split) aromatherapy educational requirements.

Essential Oil Chemistry for Aromatherapists

Rosemary Caddy’s Essential Oils in Colour: The Caddy Profiles

This advanced aromatic chemistry course teaches you how to improve your current blending skills with the creation of a Caddy Profile for both an essential oil and an essential oil blend. The Caddy Profiles were created by UK aromatherapist Rosemary Caddy and have been used by students for more than a decade. If you have a keen interest in aromatherapy chemistry, and how chemical components and/or individual essential oils can influence an aromatherapy blend, this course is a must.

Aromatherapy Workshops and Retreats (On-site)

Botanical Aromatherapy™ From the Aromatic Garden™

Located in Sedona, Arizona.

Aromatherapy programs from the aromatic garden don’t get more hands-on than these workshops and retreats! All workshops/retreats are two days in length (held on a Friday and Saturday) and are all priced the same. In 2019, we will be holding the following on-site workshops:

  • Potions from the Aromatic Garden Workshop: Learn new ways to enhance your blending techniques! Rooted in Sharon’s years of practice and experience, we will look at how to effectively blend essential oils, carrier oils, and other aromatic extractions. This workshop includes hands-on experience with plants from the garden to understand essential oil extraction, followed by in-depth profiles on individual plants/oils, and various methods of blending to produce both a therapeutic and scentful product!
  • Secrets from the Aromatic Garden Retreat: Two days of hands-on distillation of oils/hydrosols, plant identification, and blending, in the sanctuary of our peaceful garden, studio, and workroom.
  •  Healing from the Aromatic Garden Workshop: A workshop which addresses the power of healing with essential oils for the emotional abuse and resulting trauma of domestic or intimate partner violence, bullying, PTSD, and life-threatening illnesses. This workshop is suitable for those working with trauma survivors and/or if you are embarking on a personal journey of healing due to trauma.

Georgie’s Secret Garden™ – FREE!

A Virtual Connection to our Aromatic Garden!

This is a subscription club style of learning which gives you access to the “secret garden” of Sedona Aromatics. Discover aromatic articles, plant and oil profiles, short tutorials (coming soon), videos from the aromatic garden and stillroom, and how-to tips (on aromatherapy blending and aromatic gardening) not available publicly on the website. And, should you wish to take a home study aromatherapy course or on-site workshop with us, you will receive access to exclusive discounts from time-to-time to be used against these options.

Hydrosols as Toners in Skincare

Hydrosols are enjoying a return to aromatherapy as the movement of artisan distillers continues to grow, and the benefits of these healing waters are rediscovered. Hydrosols are not a new invention. They have been around for millennia but lost favor to essential oils, and sadly delegated to a “by-product” of that process of extraction. True hydrosols are today distilled in their own right, and quality hydrosols are not distilled as by-products of the essential oil industry.

Hydrosols have many benefits. Although there are myriad of ways and uses for hydrosols, this article will look specifically at how to use hydrosols as toners.

Reasons to Use Hydrosols as Toners

  1. Hydrosols are a cost-effective solution for skincare. Commercials would have us believe that we need to spend hundreds of dollars on a skincare product for it to have any effect. The opposite is true when it comes to hydrosols. Even if you don’t distill your own hydrosols, purchasing a quality hydrosol from a reputable supplier is a relatively low-cost solution as a toner in skincare.
    And there are many different hydrosols to choose from, making it a relatively simple task to find a hydrosol for your skincare type and/or skincare issue.
  2. Hydrosols address many different skincare issues. As we’ve just mentioned, you will find a hydrosol to use as a toner for oily, mature, or combination skin types. You can also address different skincare issues with hydrosols such as acne, inflammation, eczema, dermatitis, bites, spots, and more. However, you’ll need to either have an understanding of the therapeutic properties of each hydrosol or consult a certified aromatherapist who can guide you. It may also be better to combine one or more hydrosols to make a custom hydrosol toner for your specific problem.
  3. Hydrosols are nature in its purest form: Water, with the addition of plant essences. Although the chemistry of hydrosols is a little more complex than this statement implies, in its simplest state, a hydrosol is a form of hydrotherapy for the skin. The skin needs water. Add in a beneficial plant essence, and the healing qualities of both benefit the skin greatly.
  4. Hydrosols are gentle to use. Hydrosols are so easy to use, especially as toners where you will be using them on your face, because they are a lot gentler than essential oils. You can use them in their purest form, without the addition of any carriers or preservatives.

How to Use Hydrosols as Toners in Skincare

First, identify either your skin type or the problem you wish to address. Once you have chosen your hydrosol or combined two or more to create a custom hydrosol blend, you can then prepare how to use it each day. I recommend using your hydrosol toner twice a day, once in the morning, after washing your face, and again in the evening, after washing your face. You can follow up each application with a custom oil blend for your face as well.

  • Dampen a cotton pad lightly with your chosen hydrosol or hydrosol blend.
  • Pat gently over your face and around the eye area, avoiding getting into eyes.
  • Allow to dry.

Hydrosol Recipes for Toners

These are a couple of easy recipes to create at home with hydrosols to use as toners:

Hydrosol Blend for Mature Skin Types

  • 1-oz. rose (Rosa × damascena) hydrosol
  • 1-oz. geranium (Pelargonium × asperum) hydrosol
  • 1-oz. frankincense (Boswellia carteri) hydrosol
  • 1-oz. rosehip (Rosa spp.) hydrosol

Hydrosol Blend for Oily Skin Types

  • 1-oz. witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) hydrosol
  • 1-oz. melissa (Melissa officinalis) hydrosol

Instructions for Use:

  • Blend the ingredients together in a suitable spray bottle.
  • Use as instructed above.
  • Store in the refrigerator.

Cautions for Use:

  • Discontinue use if irritation occurs.

Cool Mist Hydrosol

A hydrosol blend for hot flashes or for those lingering hot, summer days…


1-oz. peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
2-oz. geranium (Pelargonium x asperum)
1-oz. lime (Citrus latifolia)

Mix the hydrosols together in a spray bottle. Spray lightly to the back of the neck and/or forehead at first sign of hot flash or feeling of hotness. You can also mist lightly around the body. Close eyes before spraying. Discontinue use immediately if irritation occurs. For adult use only.

In Summary

Using hydrosols as toners are easy and your skin will thank you for it. Just make sure to source your hydrosols carefully and consult an aromatherapist for further advice on use if you are unfamiliar with them.