Botanical Healing Arts

"Aromatherapy belongs to the realm of natural therapeutics. As such it is based on certain principles which are shared by herbal medicine, homeopathy, etc. These principles are complementary and are based on man's interpretation of nature from his understanding of life." Robert Tisserand

Your source for professional aromatherapy, complementary therapies, and massage care for all ages

Integrative Therapy and Education for Whole Health/Aromatherapy/Massage/Meditation/Herbs and more!

sarah holmesNew CE Classes Offered This Year at Parkland College Business Training Center, Sara’s Sanctuary, Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL and the CE Institute of Illinois New courses for 2017 include: Hydrosols, Infused oils and CO2 Plant Extracts, Massage Around the World (Thai, India and China) with Aromatic Therapies from each of these 3 exotic lands, Skin Care with Essential Oils based on information by Robert Tisserand’s Skincare Class. A Holistic Approach to Health and Wellness Therapies, The Wellness Garden, Making Herbal Infusions and Other Natural Products, Holistic Pain Management, Cancer Comfort and Care, and How to Make Your Own Natural Spa Products! See our classes and workshop page for the latest classes.

"Mimi's Scented Garden" is my children’s book, inspired by my grandchildren, and it introduces children to the wonders of aromatic plants and aromatherapy, and provides their adult friends and relatives with guidance and ideas for projects. I also teach Botanical Healing arts to students 5th-8th grade. I am currently working on a 2nd book highlighting my experience with grief, essential oils, hydrosols and natural integrative therapies. It is now available!

In addition to my Bachelors Degrew, I am a Certified and Registered Aromatherapist and am licensed in the State of Illinois as a Massage Therapist. I also have the privilege of teaching in the health professions department of Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois since 2004. The contact with students, preparation for private seminars and workshops, as well as writing for professional journals keeps me growing and up-to-date! (You'll find a list of available workshops in “Classes and Workshops” on this website, and some of the articles in the Tidbits section.)

I work with private clients in Tuscola, Illinois. Many time-tested essential oil blends have been used for years and my clients often have me develop custom blends for their specific needs. Massage clients choose from therapeutic Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, chair massage, aromatherapy massage and facials, chakra balancing and integrative massage using a variety of blended techniques. We've just added a full page of information about our massage services, including varieties and cost, here on the website. In the Tidbits section, go to "Massage at Sara’s." If you are new to massage, we will discuss your needs and the optimal modality. Sessions are 30, 60 or 90 minutes, and price is determined by time and materials. An appointment is necessary. Please call me at 217 621-9103.

It is rewarding to bring quality professionals to the retreats, and to have so many happy participants! We are currently planning single day retreats for this year. Visit the "Tidbits from my Desk" section and choose "Sara's Sanctuary" to learn all about what we'll be doing. These weekends and day trips will be more than just fun, as they make use of so much of what I believe in.

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For many years, I owned a gift shop that was known for the personal care we gave our customers and for our involvement in the community. I was honored with the East Central Illinois Development Corporation's Business Ethics and Social Involvement Award in 2002. Botanical Healing Arts & Massage is founded on the same principles.