Welcome to Shining Sun Aromatherapy
I would like to personally welcome you to my web site. My name is Audre Gutierrez, owner of Shining Sun Aromatherapy. I have been a practicing medicinal aromatherapist for over ten years, and have personally experienced the transformation that can occur when you open your heart and put your trust in the natural world for your healing and well-being. This site will offer a window into the world of medicinal aromatherapy… pure, therapeutic-grade plant and tree essences used for healing body, mind and spirit. I subscribe to the philosophy that the plants and trees are the original medicine of the planet, and through a return to the ancient ways of deep and authentic connection with them, we can be whole again… even in this busy and frantic world that would seek to rob us of our authenticity and well-being.
Through my medicinal aromatherapy products, services, aromatherapy classes and interactive dialogue about essential essences and their wide scope of use, you will find a number of options for either beginning or continuing your journey to health and wholeness via the natural world. I invite you to explore this site to learn about these various offerings, and want you to know that, as a messenger of the plants & trees, I would be honored to assist you on your path.
You can learn more about the incredible way I found my calling with the Plants & Trees, and the home of Shining Sun Aromatherapy / Shining Sun Farm in Santa Fe, New Mexico under About Us.
About Shining Sun Aromatherapy
Shining Sun Aromatherapy offers an extensive selection of pure, medicinal grade essential oils. Equally important, we offer compassionate and experienced guidance in their use…working with your needs, your preferences, and your budget.
Shining Sun Aromatherapy features Wisdom of the Earth essential oils, known for their healing power and high vibration. As an owner of Wisdom of the Earth, I can personally attest to the high amount of attention paid to the quality of our essences, and the personal relationship we have with the many wonderful farmers around the world who produce them for us and our clients. See brief profiles of a few of our farmers in the Essential Oils section of this website.
The founder of Wisdom of the Earth, Barry Kapp, my business partner, has visited many of our farmers in Nepal, South America, and Morocco. He and I have met with our farmers in Canada, France and Corsica. Many of these farmers had never met an American aromatherapist…their visitors are often from the perfume or flavoring industries, and are most often from Europe. Our farmers, many of whom use bio-dynamic farming practices or who practice wild-crafting, are very generous with their wisdom and information, and are happy and grateful to receive us at their farms.
How are Wisdom of the Earth essences different from most other essential oils found in natural food stores or metaphysical stores?
We have only pure, medicinal grade essences…no pre-mixed blends, no diluted oils, no additives.
The essences are exactly as they come from the plant or tree, nothing added, nothing subtracted, no two or more oils combined. The only exception to this are essences known as Absolutes…which means that a chemical extractant was used to obtain the oil from the plant. Absolutes represent a very small proportion of the essences in our collection…perhaps 5%. Usually this process is used to extract essential oil from flower blossoms, so essences such as Jasmine, Violet and Champaca are Absolutes (and this is noted on the front of the label). In medicinal grade essences like ours, the chemical used is filtered out of the resultant oil so that the PPMs (parts per million) which remain meet a medicinal standard.
Our essences are hand-poured…no machine pouring.
We believe it important to maximize the plant-human relationship, as we believe it increases the healing power of the essences. A good analogy is “cooking with love” versus “fast food.” So, we work with farmers who love their plants and are passionate about the healing they bring to the world. Once we receive the essence from the farmer, it is hand poured from the large shipping containers to smaller, dark glass storage bottles. Then, when the individual, small bottles are poured (2,5,15, 120 ml), this is done by pouring the essence from the storage bottle to a glass calibrator, and then hand pouring the essence from that into each small bottle, then capping and labeling it. We pride ourselves on giving you a “baker’s dozen” in each bottle…i.e., that we err on the side of putting a little extra in each bottle, never a little less.
We focus on the medicinal use of essential oils, so our emphasis is always on the healing power of the essences and how to enhance that.
Our experience is that pre-mixed or “blended” essential oils may smell nice, and may have a mildly beneficial effect, but they do not have the healing power of pure, medicinal-grade essences, layered one by one on the area of the body which is afflicted. The essences work beautifully together, but their power is greatly enhanced by allowing them to express their individual properties. So, instead of having an Arthritis blend made up of Birch, Sweet; Spruce, Black; Lavender, Spike and Sweet Almond carrier oil, we would encourage a client to purchase the Birch, Spruce and Lavender separately. Each would be applied and gently massaged in, one at a time, on the area in question (in this case, let’s say a shoulder be used (we would apply them “neat”, which means, undiluted), and the oils would not be pre-mixed. We call this “layering.”
We have over 200 single essences, one of the largest portfolios in the US.
Our entire list of medicinal-grade essential oils (essences) can be found in the Pure Essential Oils section of this website. Our goal is to provide a wide range of choices relative to price, aroma and ease of use. We have many essences that are very rare, and many that are virtually unknown in this country. We also have many varieties of commonly known essences: for example, we carry 8 varieties of Eucalyptus. Each variety has its own personality and often has specific uses, such as Eucalyptus (Mint), which is especially wonderful for children and elders. We have a comprehensive Aromatherapy Reference Guide which covers physical, emotional and spiritual uses for our complete line of essences, and also includes many usage charts and application suggestions. Please see additional information on the Aromatherapy Reference Guide in the Other Aromatherapy Products (Books) section of the website.
I offer certification classes in Medicinal Aromatherapy, Aromatherapy Consultation services, and other products and services, all of which are described in the Programs & Services section of the website. Explore the site and learn about plant & tree medicines, and the many ways we can enrich your life.
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