Herbs and Essential Oils for Anxiety

Herbs and Essential Oils for Anxiety

taught by Jade Shutes and Thomas Easley

Course description

If you’ve ever encountered a threatening situation you’re probably familiar with the physical sensations of the fight or flight response that have prepared your body to respond to the danger. Symptoms of the fight or flight response include rapid heartbeat or heart palpitations, muscle tension, trembling, irritability, cold sweats, feeling faint, dry mouth, headaches and nausea.

The body’s response to a threatening situation is a wonderful thing that prepares us to act by shifting blood flow and energy away from our core, towards our muscles in anticipation of the fighting or fleeing to follow. In fact it’s helpful to think of these symptoms as the preparedness response, because they are a manifestation of your body preparing to escape or avoid the threat. The feelings induced by the preparedness response are often a complex combination of apprehension, fear, dread, and worry. It’s absolutely normal to have these symptoms and feelings of anxiety when facing difficult or dangerous situations.

The feelings and symptoms that make up anxiety can be abnormally elevated in some people, who will have anxiety that is out of proportion to the stressful situation, last after the situation has gone, or appears for no apparent reason when there isn’t a stressful situation.

If these symptoms and feelings of abnormal anxiety occur regularly, causing you distress and interfering with your day to day activities, you might have a condition called Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Join us in this free two hour class as Thomas and Jade discuss how lifestyle changes, herbs and essential oils can help eliminate anxiety!

Jade Shutes and Thomas Easley
Jade Shutes and Thomas Easley

Jade Shutes holds a Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy, Holistic Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, and Reflexology from the Raworth College of Natural Medicine in Dorking, UK, and a Diploma in Aromatherapy from the International Therapist Examining board (ITEC). Today she is the visionary and director of education for the School for Aromatic Studies.

An aromatherapy practitioner, researcher, and educator for over two decades, Jade opened her first aromatherapy school, The Institute for Dynamic Aromatherapy (IDA), in New England in 1991. She has also taught at Bastyr University, Duke University, Ashmead College, San Diego Hospice, and throughout North America. Recognized as one of the vanguard of professionals who helped introduce aromatherapy to the US, she has since played an active role in the setting of standards for aromatherapy education in North America.

Jade is the current past president for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. She served two highly successful and rewarding terms as NAHA President (2000-2003 and 2013-2015). She is the author of "Aromatherapy for Bodyworkers", one of the most widely used textbooks for massage therapists learning about aromatherapy.

What keeps her passion and love for aromatherapy going? “I am a strong advocate for the use of aromatherapy and herbal medicine for self care healthcare and believe education is the key to self empowerment. I believe aromatherapy 'plants a seed' in each of us, awakening our inherent relationship with the beauty and wisdom of the natural world.”


Thomas Easley is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild, Director of the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine, Co-author of the Modern Herbal Dispensatory and Modern Herbal Medicine and a Traditional Western Herbalist. While he loves bioregional herbalism he use herbs from all over the world, including herbs used in Ayuveda and TCM, however he applies them in the Western tradition. You won’t hear Thomas talk much about Chi, or Prana, or even Doshas. He respects other cultures’ systems of medicine, but chooses to focus on the deep and rich tradition of Western Herbalism. Keeping with that approach you will hear him talk about humoral imbalances and constitution, Eclectic and Physiomedical approaches to disease, modern Naturopathic therapies, functional blood work ranges and even the occasional reference to Sheldon’s Somatotypes. Thomas also emphasizes using foods as medicine and uses intensive diets as well as stress reduction techniques, nutritional supplements and exercise to help his clients achieve their health goals. In addition to herbs, diet, supplements and lifestyle approaches, Thomas also uses drop dose botanicals and occasionally homeopathic remedies or flower essences.

Thomas believes that herbal medicine has the potential to change the world. Unfortunately much of what is taught about herbs and supplements is driven by marketing and not based in tradition or science. His approach draws on his extensive clinical experience which spans 15 years of full time practice and over 15,000 clients.

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