How to take online courses?

Welcome to the Highlands School of Natural Healing. This article is designed to get you started with instructions for participating in online courses on this website. Step 1: Browse the course catalog and choose from available course. As we continue to develop the Highlands School of Natural Healing, we will be adding a variety of […]

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Where to ask questions?

We want all our students to be able to ask questions about lesson topics. So, after you have finished reading through a lesson topic, continue to scroll down the page. You will see a large box which you can use to type and submit your message. This system for communication will be referred to as […]

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Radioprotective Effects of Holy Basil (Tulsi): Herbal Protection Against Radiation Sickness

Can Tulsi Tea REALLY Protect Against Radiation Sickness? As the consequences of Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami continue to unfold exposure to radiation from damaged nuclear plants remains one of the greatest concerns for those living near the area. Even as far away as the United States, where the increase in radiation exposure related to […]

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Inhaling Essential Oils

Essential Oils and the Sense of Smell The study of the sense of smell is called “osmology” from the Greek word “osme” meaning to smell. The system of the body that’s involved in the sense of smell is called the OLFACTORY SYSTEM. SOME INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT THE SENSE OF SMELL: The sense of smell is […]

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The Ancient Roots of Fragrant Medicine

A History of Aromatherapy Prehistoric Era Aromatherapy shares a common early history with herbal medicine, of which it is a part. This is a history that extends thousands of years into the prehistoric past and chronicles the ancient relationship between human beings and plants. Archeological evidence from the Shanidar cave burials in Iraq has been […]

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Yarrow Essential Oil – Informational Monograph

YARROW / MILFOIL BOTANICAL NAME: Achillea millefolium FAMILY: Compositae (Asteraceae) FOLK NAMES: milfoil, thousand leaf, soldier’s woundwort, staunchwort, blood wort, Devil’s plaything, Margaret’s herb, and many others DESCRIPTION/HABITAT: The herb we know as yarrow is one member of a genus containing over 85 species. It is now naturalized in most temperate zones but is native […]

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Lavender Essential Oil – Informational Monograph

Latin Name: Lavandula angustifolia (aka L. Vera; L. officinalis) Common Name: Lavender (aka True Lavender) Family: Labiatae DESCRIPTION/HABITAT: True lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is one member of a genus of 39 species of flowering plants of the mint family (Labiatae) that are considered “lavenders” and it is important not to confuse “true” lavender with other members […]

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The ART of Blending Essential Oils

Blending is the art of combining essential oils to make therapeutically effective mixtures to use in inhalations, massage oil, compresses, baths, and diffusions. Although a thorough knowledge of the actions and uses of individual oils as well as a knowledge of essential oil chemistry are necessary prerequisites for successful blending, blending is nonetheless an art […]

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Aromatherapy for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a poorly understood chronic illness that presents with complaints of persistent, unexplained fatigue together with various combinations of other flu-like symptoms such as recurrent sore throat, headache, joint and muscle pain, poor concentration, irritability, depression, low-grade fever, and swollen lymph nodes. Although no cause has been conclusively identified, it is commonly […]

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