Here are a few of my favorite plant and environmental online resources. Many herbalists, aromatherapists, ethnobotanists, natural skin care crafters, and botanists/biologists are environmentalists who support the conservation of plants ☺
The ANB (all natural beauty) websites have many articles on natural cosmetics, including information on ingredients, herbalism and aromatherapy, crafting and formulating, recipes, and links to natural vendors. All of the articles are written by herbalists, aromatherapists, natural skin care vendors, crafters, and authors.
Link to ANB website: http://www.allnaturalbeauty.us/
Link to ANB portal: http://anbportal.com/
Link to ANB mall: http://www.allnaturalbeauty.com/
Aromaweb is one of my favorite online aromatherapy resources. This site contains aromatherapy articles, basic essential oil profiles, carrier oil profiles, book reviews, links to vendors, and links to schools.
Link to aromaweb: http://www.aromaweb.com/
Cropwatch is an independent watchdog group for natural aromatics used in the aromatherapy, fragrance, phytotherapy, and medicinal herbalism fields and trades. It is headed by Tony Burfield, who is a biochemist. This website contains a large amount of referenced and well researched articles, including plant properties, chemical composition, cultivation, toxicological, and information on the ecological status of plants used in these industries. Cropwatch also offers a newsletter that comes out every few months.
Link to Cropwatch: http://www.cropwatch.org/
Dr. James Duke is one of the most respected ethnobotanists and herbalists in the country. He worked for over thirty years for the USDA, and before retiring compiled a Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Database. This database is a great resource to use to search for plant chemical profiles, and also plant medicinal uses and properties. He has written many herbalism books but his “The Green Pharmacy” book is one of the best known medicinal herbalism books.
Link to database: http://www.ars-grin.gov/duke/
Jeanne Rose is one of the pioneers of aromatherapy, herbalism, and natural skin care. She has a background in botany/biology and has spent over 40 years learning about plants. She has contributed many articles and recipes to the anb (all natural beauty) websites, and is also an anb mall vendor. Her website is a rich resource of herbal and aromatherapy articles on the cosmetic, medicinal, and spiritual uses of plants. I highly recommend her books and booklets (her booklets contain a lot of information that is not found in her published books). She also teaches aromatherapy and herbalism classes (in person and by correspondence).
Link to her website: http://www.jeannerose.net/
Link to my blog, reviewing one of her 2007 aromatherapy classes, hosted by ANB:
The Aromatic Plant Project is a non-profit founded by Jeanne Rose. The APP is responsible for the promotion of local (U.S.) organically grown hydrosols and essential oils. It contains a lot of resources and articles, many of them written by Jeanne Rose. If you’ve never tried a very high quality hydrosol before, try some of the APP approved vendors listed on the site.
Link to the Aromatic Plant Project: http://www.aromaticplantproject.com/
The Organic Consumer Association is a non-profit watchdog for all things organic: food, farming practices, and all natural cosmetics. They work to protect and strengthen organic standards. All of the web pages, including their web pages on body care, have a lot of news articles and resources.
Link to their website: http://www.organicconsumers.org/
Link to the OCA’s body care website: http://www.organicconsumers.org/bodycare/index.cfm
About The Author:
Li Wong has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. She has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001, and is currently a student of Jeanne Rose’s Aromatherapy Studies Course. Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception. Her all natural, eco-friendly, vegetarian cosmetic company will open this summer.
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