Autumn 2009

Welcome to FrogWorks'
Autumn Newsletter!

Hi everyone! As we enter the months of autumn and prepare for winter, our daylight hours get shorter and we say goodbye to the sun. At Frogworks, we celebrate this autumn transition by spotlighting Jasmine as this month’s Plant Feature and by featuring Zoopharmacognosy in the What Is column. This autumn our Featured Products are Healing Balm and Pete’s Equine Remedy. Receive 10% off your next order with the attached coupon below. See below for our list of autumn classes

Thank you all for continuing to support Kaeru Studio and FrogWorks and for sharing it with your friends. We truly appreciate your interest in and satisfaction with our classes, our products and our unique and beneficial consultations.

Featured Products
Upcoming Classes &
Plant Feature

What Is

Healing Balm
Pete’s Equine Remedy

Healing Balm
(for you or your animals)

This moisturizing and healing product helps with finger cracks, dry itchy rashes, rough skin and more.

Pete’s Equine Remedy
This specialized blend is the solution to any type of skin problem your horse may be experiencing. It also helps to promote hair growth.

Check out these amazing products and more at You can order products online or by calling 303.973.8848

Jasmine - Jasminum officinalea

Jasmine’s rich, warm and floral scent provides a lovely way to welcome the autumn season and prepare for winter. This beautiful evergreen shrub has delicate bright green leaves and star-shaped white flowers, which are very fragrant. A concrete is produced by solvent extraction of the flowers and then from this process the absolute is obtained from the concrete by separation with alcohols. It is the absolute that is used in aromatherapy.

Jasmine is useful for uterine disorders, headaches, labor pains, depression, nervous exhaustion, and stress-related conditions. “It produces a feeling of optimism, confidence, and euphoria. It is most useful in cases where there is apathy, indifference or listlessness.” – R. Tisserand (The Art of Aromatherapy) I find this beautiful aroma gives an overall feeling of wellbeing. – Enjoy!

This is general information regarding Jasmine - (Jasminum officinale). We encourage you to learn more about this plant through research and see how it can benefit your life. You can purchase essential oils through FrogWorks.

(Essential oils are not on our website - they will be soon - please call or email to place an order or to receive our essential oil retail list.)



A term coined by Dr. Eloy Rodriguez, a biochemist and professor at Cornell University, zoopharmacognosy refers to the process by which animals self-medicate. In this process, animals select and use plants, soils and insects to treat and prevent disease. The word Zoopharmacognosy is derived from the roots zoo ("animal"), pharma ("drug") and gnosy ("knowing").

Observers have noticed that some species ingest non-foods, such as toxic plants, clay or charcoal, to ward off parasitic infestation or poisoning. Illustrating the medicinal knowledge of some species, apes have been observed selecting a particular part of a medicinal plant by taking off leaves, then breaking the stem to suck out the juice.[1] In an interview with Neil Campbell, Rodriguez describes the importance of biodiversity to medicine:

"Some of the compounds we've identified by zoopharmacognosy kill parasitic worms, and some of these chemicals may be useful against tumors. There is no question that the templates for most drugs are in the natural world. [2]"

We teach this process in our "Working with Animals and Essential Oils" courses. Our primary focus is to teach you how to work with the animal by letting them choose the plant or essential oil they need at that time. It is amazing to watch the healing process when you give the animal a chance to choose its remedy.

1. Biser, Jennifer A. (1998). 'Really Wild Remedies — Medicinal Plant Use by Animals.'

2. Biology (4th edition). N.A. Campbell, p.23 'An Interview with Eloy Rodriguez' (Benjamin Cummings NY, 1996)

For more information on our products and classes, please visit our website or request the handout via email or phone 877.973.8848.

All FrogWorks' classes & events are held at Kaeru Studio - A Place to Rejuvenate. Kaeru Studio is an intimate, early 1900s building nestled between Roxborough State Park and Sharp Tail Ridge Open Space. This quiet location has rooms available for anyone interested in renting space to practice massage, acupuncture, yoga, and other healing arts or for evening and weekend workshops. It is also the home of FrogWorks, Inc.


Creating a Ceremony for Animals
October 21st, Wednesday
- 6:00 - 9:00pm

This class is designed to teach you how to use plants and essential oils as a blessing and healing practice for your animals. You will learn the art of ceremony, plant brushings, healing herbal baths, sacred oils and plants. These techniques can be used with your animals as a blessing, for a celebration, during an illness, in health, and in their passing. At the end of the class we will perform a ceremony for you and your animals.

Cost $40.00 (materials fee)
With: Frances Cleveland


Intro to Working with Animals and Essential Oils (Animal Aromatics)
(4.5 CE Hours Supportive for CVT's)
October 14th, Wednesday - 11:30 - 4:30pm (same for all dates)
October 27th, Tuesday
November 15th, Sunday

Come and learn the basic principles of the art and science of essential oils and how to work with animals using essential oils. In this class you will learn:

  • Essential Oils: Medicinal and therapeutic qualities
  • Methods of application: inhalation and topical
  • Basic chemistry of essential oils and safety
  • Intro to Applied Kinesiology for deciding the correct oils for animals
  • Dosage, application
  • How to present the oils to animals - you learn how to understand what the animal wants

Cost: $125.00 (includes a light lunch)
With: Frances Cleveland


Winter Health
November 21st, Saturday 10:00 – 2:00pm

You will learn about plants and essential oils that help you through the winter months on a mental and physical level. This class is mostly hands-on. We will be making lots of herbal tonics to support you and your family through the winter months and an essential oil "mental health remedy." So be prepared to create in a fun, community-like environment.

Cost: $75.00 (snack provided)
With: Frances Cleveland


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