D.I.Y Calamine Lotion

By Rita Balshaw, author of Hippies in the City

Some store bought calamine lotion brands contain nasty ingredients, including synthetic fragrances and parabens. I speak to many health conscious mothers across our Perfect Potion stores. A popular subject of interest is how to treat common aliments for children, these include natural remedies for skin conditions, heat rashes, chicken pox, burns and bites. The following natural “Calamine Lotion” recipe is an easy to make homemade, natural remedy that works a treat to alleviate itching, redness and inflammation.


2 tbs pink clay

2 tbs bicarb soda

2 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops tea tree essential oil

1 tbs 50ml rose water


Use a teaspoon to mix all the ingredients in a small dish, slowly add in the rose water until a smooth paste consistency is achieved. Transfer the paste to a clean jar and refrigerate to keep for 3 to 5 days. Apply this soothing lotion to the affected areas and allow to dry before rinsing in a warm bath using Top To Toe Wash. Applying an additional healing ointment like the Protect and Repair Balm is an absolute genesis for helping to further soothe and heal skin irritation.

To learn more D.I.Y recipes book into one of our D.I.Y Skincare workshops.


D.I.Y Skincare Workshop 

Our skin reflects the state of our internal health and our emotional well-being. In our hands-on D.I.Y Natural Skincare discovery night you will:

  • Learn to formulate skincare that comes from the natural world
  • Discover the best essential oils to benefit your skin and how to use them in your skincare products
  • Be given guidelines and recipes on how to make: cleansers, toners, moisturisers, masks, ointments, balms, scrubs and bath products
  • Take home a D.I.Y skincare product

Book Here.

#everydayaromatherapy – Treating your Tresses

Treating your Tresses

Hair has been an important aspect of beauty for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians scented and treated their hair with essential oils and nourished it with selected vegetable oils.

Thousands of years later, our hair is still an important aspect of how we look and feel. We all want the feel of soft and nourished hair billowing on our shoulders or the feeling of shiny locks as we run our hands through it, but what do we have to do to achieve this?

Beautiful hair doesn’t have to come at the price of using non-natural ingredients. Achieving hair that feels silky smooth and has a beautiful vibrant shine is simple: aromatherapy!

Perfect Potion’s range of haircare products integrate aromatherapy to help you achieve soft and shiny hair and a nourished scalp, naturally!

What’s so good about it?

Our range includes a variety of shampoos and conditioners, as well as an oil elixir, balm and beard oil. But how do they work naturally?

Rosemary essential oil is a key ingredient in our Rosemary Shampoo and Conditioner as well as our Hair and Scalp Elixir. The rosemary in these products helps to avoid dandruff and an itchy scalp. Massaging your scalp with either the Rosemary Shampoo or Hair and Scalp Elixir will stimulate and rejuvenate hair follicles by increasing blood circulation to the scalp. We’ve also added geranium, ylang ylang and lavender to these products as well as to our Hair Balm. Essential oil fragrances are heat activated, therefore the heat from your scalp activates these essential oils so you enjoy the therapeutic scent. Geranium dispels anxiety, ylang ylang is incredibly uplifting and lavender is calming, all to contribute to making you feel as shiny and wonderful as your hair looks.

Similarly, we have added Roman Chamomile essential oil to our Chamomile Shampoo. Roman Chamomile has a wonderful fruity scent; it is uplifting and helps to give us a sense of purpose. Roman Chamomile essential oil combined with German Chamomile herbal extract is what gives our Chamomile Shampoo the chamomile kick you need. German Chamomile herbal extract is used for the relief of symptoms of eczema and dermatitis by soothing rashes and irritated skin, making our Chamomile Shampoo and Marigold Conditioner perfect for those with sensitive scalps still wanting soft and beautiful hair.

Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks for using our products to give your hair an extra boost of radiance naturally.

For dry, brittle and damaged hair… in a bowl mix Rosemary Conditioner and our Certified Organic Coconut Oil. Apply generously to dry hair and let it nourish for 30 minutes or longer. Shampoo and condition as normal. For a dry and itchy scalp… use a dropper to part your hair and coat scalp with our Hair and Scalp Elixir. Let the oil nourish for the scalp for 30 minutes or leave overnight. Shampoo and condition as normal.

Do you have any tips and tricks for using our hair care products? If so, take a photo and tag us with @perfectpotion and #everydayaromatherapy. We always love seeing our products in action!

To learn more about the benefits of essential oils, visit Sal’s Essential Oil Monographs for a new essential oil monograph every month.



The Perfect Potion Family

Meet the Presenters QLD: Mel Smith

Introducing Mel…

This year’s Perfect Potion presenter lineup boasts a diverse range of presenters experienced in the field of aromatherapy and more. If you’re a budding aromatherapist or interested in beginning your aromatherapy journey, we have a range of Introduction to Aromatherapy workshops in QLD, NSW and VIC. Our workshops and discovery nights are centered around introducing you to the wonders of aromatherapy and combining aromatherapy with meditation, chakras and D.I.Y skincare.

Melinda Smith is our beautiful QLD presenter and wonder-woman.

If you haven’t yet booked one of our workshops, get in quick because spaces are filling up fast! Secure your spot in:

BrisbaneSydney or Victoria.

Melinda Smith (QLD)

Melinda Smith is a clinical aromatherapist of women’s health. She Specialises in pregnancy massage, active birth and baby massage.

Throughout her 25 year career, Mel’s passion has inspired thousands of people to embrace aromatherapy in their daily lives.

Melinda began her traineeship with Sal Battaglia and Perfect Potion in 1992 by working in the shop, clinics and then teaching his courses for introduction or practitioner training in Massage and Aromatherapy.

Mel is passionate about the smooth transition of girls into womanhood and is a member of the Celebration Day For Girls Association. She uses her knowledge from being a natural fertility counselor to educate girls, teenagers and women about their hormones and their body’s wisdom in signs and symptoms and teaches how to bring balance using aromatherapy.

Based in Byron Bay, Mel has “Fragrant Goddess” an aromatherapy for women clinic. She also designs aromatherapy recipes for companies, tutors and practitioners to use essential oils in their products.


Aromatherapy and Mindfulness

My First Mindfulness Experience

I would like to share with you a story which, to me, perfectly explains mindfulness.

Since coming to Japan I have become friends with a monk from one of the temples in Kyoto. Matsuyama-san always makes some time to speak with me. I love talking to him about life matters. One day I was feeling really upset and angry and I without realizing it, I was projecting my anger at him.

I said to him, “It’s ok for you to be calm all the time. You can mediate all day long, you have a beautiful temple to meditate in, but many people like myself are too busy, we have to go to work, we have families and we have all types of stresses that you don’t experience.” He always pauses after I speak. He took his time before speaking. There was a long, uncomfortable silence which I found disconcerting and frustrating.

On this one particular day, during a period of silence in our conversation, I became totally in tune with the nature around me. I could see the veins in the leaves of the trees, every single grain of sand on the ground; it was an incredible feeling. Then I noticed a small bird flutter by and land on a branch just above us. In that instant this tiny, little bird did a pee.

I was so excited and exclaimed “Matsuyama-san, did you see that! That little bird just did a pee, I have never seen a bird do a pee before.” He quietly turned to me and said, “Sal-san, see what happens when your mind slows down to the same speed of nature, you become aware of everything around you.”

From there he went on to explain that you do not have to spend many hours meditating every day to practice mindfulness. You can practice mindfulness every day in your job, in your relationship, with your food and the things that you do.

In recent years mindfulness has become quite popular as people become more aware of the benefits for mental and physical health.

Mindfulness can be described as deliberately paying full attention to what is happening around you and within you; in your body, heart and mind. Mindfulness is awareness without criticism or judgment.



Aromatherapy and mindfulness

Many people have made meditation and mindfulness part of their daily ritual. A growing body of scientific research indicates that mindfulness can reduce stress and improve our mental and physical health.

In this workshop we will explain why we should all practice mindfulness and how aromatherapy can be used to enhance your mindfulness practice.

During this workshop you will:

  • Discover the benefits of mindfulness
  • Learn how aromatherapy and mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety
  • Learn how essential oils can enhance your mindfulness practice
  • Examine the most effective essential oils for mindfulness practice
  • Have the opportunity to perform a short mindfulness session
  • Create your own personal meditation blend


This wonderful and illuminating workshop will be held across NSW, QLD and VIC.


Book your spot now for either…
21st June 6-8pm Bondi
28th June 6-8pm Newtown 


Book your spot now for…
24th June 6-8pm Albert Street


Book your spot now for…
28th June 6-8pm Brunswick Street

Festival of Tibet

To further your mindfulness and meditation journey with Perfect Potion come visit us at the Festival of Tibet.

Learn how to make a beautiful meditation essential oil blend from Sal Battaglia at this educational workshop. Learn about the chakras and how, when used with aromatherapy, they become one of the most dynamic tools for personal and spiritual growth. 

Perfect Potion does the Festival of Tibet

Date: 28th April
Time: 2 – 4pm
Where: Join us for a workshop at the Park Mez.

Learn how to make a beautiful meditation essential oil blend from Sal Battaglia at this educational workshop. Learn about the chakras and how, when used with aromatherapy, they become one of the most dynamic tools for personal and spiritual growth.

Book Now.


The Perfect Potion family

Meet the Presenters NSW: Rita Balshaw

Introducing Rita…

This year’s Perfect Potion presenter lineup boasts a diverse range of presenters experienced in the field of aromatherapy and more. If you’re a budding aromatherapist or interested in beginning your aromatherapy journey, we have a range of Introduction to Aromatherapy workshops in QLD, NSW and VIC. Our workshops and discovery nights are centered around introducing you to the wonders of aromatherapy and combining aromatherapy with meditation, chakras and D.I.Y skincare.

Rita Balshaw, author and aromatherapist, is our gorgeous NSW and Victoria workshop presenter.

If you haven’t yet booked one of our workshops, get in quick because spaces are filling up fast! Secure your spot in:

Brisbane, Sydney or Victoria.

Rita Balshaw (NSW)

Rita is the best-selling author of the Hippies in the City books, and has been apart of the Perfect Potion family for over 10 years. Rita presents well being Workshops and DIY classes all over Australia, striving to inspire people to live a more healthy and happy life. Rita is passionate about cooking, sustainable living and natural therapies.

Rita holds Qualifications in Nutrition, Aromatherapy, Health Coaching, Herbalism and Holistic Meditation. She is also a certified Douala and Restorative Yoga Teacher.



Kunzea Monograph

Download Kunzea Monograph PDF

Kunzea is a relatively new essential oil in the aromatherapy scene. It is so exciting that many aromatherapists have been quick to effectively utilise its properties in aromatherapy.  Robbie Zeck perfectly summarizes kunzea’s healing property;

When your body feels strung out and as tight as a drum kunzea relieves muscular aches, joint pain and nervous tension.

Botanical name

Kunzea ambigua

Common names

Australian kunzea, tick bush, Tasmanian spring flower

Botany and origins

Kunzea is a tall, erect woodland tree which can grows up to 5m, although it is typically smaller. It has small white flowers and is found in the North East region of Tasmania and the South East mainland of Australia. Guba says that kunzea is a wild harvested plant from natural strands of kunzea maintained in plantation-like settings.1

Kunzea is closely related to the bottlebrushes and Leptospermum species. There are about 40 species occurring in all states of Australia. One species occurs in New Zealand.2

Method of extraction

Kunzea oil is steam distilled from the aerial parts of the plant.


Kunzea oil is a clear, mobile liquid with a pleasant, fresh and slightly spicy aroma.3 Kunzea is described as having a fresh, invigorating scent reminiscent of the Australian bush.4

Traditional uses

Webb explains that early pioneers noted that native animals that slept under this species were often infected by ticks and other mites from the bush – hence the common name of “Tick Bush”. However he suggests that the native animals were in fact seeking relief from infestations by brushing up against, sleeping or lying under this species.3


The major chemical components found in Perfect Potion’s Kunzea essential oil is as follows;

α-pinene (39.94%), limonene (1.11%), 1,8 – cineole (13.80%), trans-β-ocimene (1.86%), linalool (1.23%), α -terpinen-4-ol (0.56%), α -terpineol (1.6%), citronellol (1.15%), viridiflorene & bicyclogermacrene (5.29%), trans-calamenene (1.79%), ledol (0.5%),spathulenol (0.37%), globulol (1.86%), viridiflorol (13.83%), 5-epi-7-α-eudesmol (1.7%).

Kunzea appears to have some very interesting sesquiterpene compounds that are believed to be responsible for its excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

Another report indicates that a total of 64 compounds have been identified in kunzea essential oil. Kunzea contained 70% monoterpenes including α -pinene (48.3%), 1,8-cineole (14.5%) and α -terpineol (1.9%). Other K.ambigua plants had significantly different content of α -pinene (0.6-62.5%), 1,8-cineole (0-14%), spathulenol (0.5-12.2%), globulol (0.5- 22.6%) and viridiflorol (0.3-385).5   

Therefore we can expect to see some variability in the pharmacological activity of the essential oil.

Pharmacology and Clinical Studies

Anti-inflammatory activity

Topical applications of kunzea was found to provide anti-inflammatory effect on the skin to manage psoriasis.6

Antifungal activity

Researchers investigated the effectiveness of kunzea for the treatment for onychomycosis, a fungal infection of the nails caused by dermatophytes, yeasts and moulds. The study compared the efficacy of kunzea with commercial preparation amorolfine. The researchers concluded that kunzea essential oil displayed similar efficacy to that of the commercial product.7

Antimicrobial activity

Thomas states that kunzea oil appears to possess potentially useful in vitro antimicrobial activity. However he also explains that more work is required to establish the optimum antimicrobial potential of kunzea.8

Insecticidal activity

Kunzea was evaluated and compared with citronella oil for its insecticidal property. It was found to have comparable insecticidal properties to citronella. However, the authors concluded that essential oils are significantly less repellent than DEET and should not be used in regions prone to mosquito-borne disease.9

I would like to confirm that lab trials and field studies conducted for Perfect Potion indicate that citronella-based insect repellents do have excellent mosquito repellent properties.

An in vitro study tested the insecticidal properties of kunzea by exposing head lice with a 5 or 100% solution of the essential oil. Head lice exposed to both the 5 and 100% solution resulted in 100% mortality within 120 minutes. The researchers concluded that kunzea oil shows great potential as an effective alternative to current active ingredients contained within commercial pediculicide formulations.10


Kunzea oil is recommended for the temporary relief of the pain of arthritis; symptoms of influenza, muscular aches and pains and nervous tension, stress and mild anxiety.3

Webb cites anecdotal feedback from users of the kunzea oil that claim it has been helpful for the treatment of eczema, dermatitis, rashes and leg infections.3

The oil has also been found to be beneficial to ease the pain from insect bites, minor burns, recurring shingles and headaches. It is also highly recommended for the treatment of arthritis, muscular pain and soft tissue injuries.4

Aromatic Kinesiologist, Robbie Zeck suggests that kunzea is perfect when you need to transform pain.11 Kunzea relieves muscular aches, joint pain and nervous tension.11

Webb recommends using it as a room deodoriser in nursing homes. He also suggests a dab of the neat essential oil to insect bites for immediate pain relief.4


Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-arthritic, antiseptic, antimicrobial, relaxant.1,3,4

Subtle aromatherapy

Zeck states that kunzea helps to alleviate deep emotional pain associated as a result of suppression. Kunzea assists in the release of physical and emotional pain and in transforming the immediate shock of accidents.11


The energetic qualities of kunzea oil are cooling. It is primarily indicated for conditions of a hot and inflammatory nature.

How to use


Typically for a full body bath in a tub, use up to 5 drops of essential oils in the tub of warm water.  Foot or hand baths may be prepared by adding 2-3 drops of essential oil to a bowl of warm water.


Use a 2.5% dilution of the appropriate blend of essential oils to the chosen carrier oil. This equates to 5 drops of essential oil to 10mL of carrier oil.


The best way to use essential oils for inhalation is by diffusing them. When you are using essential oils in an ultrasonic diffuser please follow the instructions of the diffuser that you are using.

Blending tips

Kunzea blends well with all other Australian essential oils such as eucalyptus, fragonia, lemon-scented ironbark, tea tree and Australian sandalwood.

It would make a great uplifting and refreshing blend when blended with citrus oils such as bergamot, lemon, lime, grapefruit and sweet orange. To provide temporary relief of muscular aches and pains it would blend well with essential oils such as eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, black pepper, ginger, rosemary and peppermint. For sensitive and inflamed skin blend with oils such as German chamomile, everlasting, neroli and sandalwood.

Perfect Potion classics with kunzea

I definitely will be using kunzea in more Perfect Potion blends. We will be soon be launching Active Body Spray. The star ingredient in this blend will be kunzea essential oil blended with other essential oils in an alcohol base so that you can spray onto those tired and aching muscles.

Kunzea is blended together with fragonia, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon myrtle, lemon scented iron bark and peppermint eucalyptus to create our uplifting and invigorating Great Outdoors essential oil blend that is reminiscent of the scent of the Australian bush.

Kunzea is also a very important addition to our Desert Dreaming sacred space blend.  It is blended with essential oils such as clary sage, fragonia, Australian sandalwood and Roman chamomile to create a truly ethereal feeling reminiscent of the Australian desert.


Kunzea is non-toxic and a non-irritant, however it may be a mild sensitiser. People with sensitive skin should do a patch test first.1


1. Guba R. Kunzea essential oil, Essential News Vol.19 October 2006.

2. http://anspa.org.au/k-amb.htnl (Australian Native Plant Society Website)

3. Webb M. Bush Sense. Self-published, Australia, 2000.

4. Webb M. Australian Essential Oil Profile – Kunzea. Aromatherapy Today, Vol 21 March 2002.

5. Thomas J et al. An examination of the essential oils of Tasmania Kunzea ambigua, other Kunzea spp. and commercial kunzea oil. Journal of Essential Oil Research 2010; 22:5.  http:/dx/doi.org/10.1080110412905.201.9700351

6. Thomas J. et al. An evaluation of the clinical efficacy of kunzea oil formulations in the therapeutic management of psoriasis in adults. Proceedings of the APSA Annual Conference, Hobart, 2009.

7. Jacobson G. Clinical trial of kunzea for onychomycoses treatment – commercial potential. In Essential Oil and Plant Extracts, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation completed projects in 2009-2009, RIRDC Publication no 09/098, September 2009.

8. Thomas J. Kunzea Oil: Investigation of composition, bioactivity and therapeutic potential. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania. 2012.

9. Thomas J. et al. Evaluation of repellent properties of volatile extracts from Australian native plant Kunzea ambigua against Aedes aegypti (Diptera: culcidae). Journal of Medical Entomology 46(6):1387-1391. DOI 10.16031033.046.0619

10. Williams CR. Et al. Can kunzea oil (Kunzea ambigua) control head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis)? Parasitology Open, 2016; 2(3):1-5. Cambridge University Press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/pao.2015.

11. Zeck R. The Blossoming Heart – aromatherapy for healing and transformation. Aroma Tours. Australia, 2004.

Image: ‘Kunzea ambigua flower’ by John Tann available at www.flickr.com/photos/31031835@N08/5 under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.

Meet the Presenters VIC: Katie Greenway

Introducing Katie…

This year’s Perfect Potion presenter lineup boasts a diverse range of presenters experienced in the field of aromatherapy and more. If you’re a budding aromatherapist or interested in beginning your aromatherapy journey, we have a range of Introduction to Aromatherapy workshops in QLD, NSW and VIC. Our workshops and discovery nights are centered around introducing you to the wonders of aromatherapy and combining aromatherapy with meditation, chakras and D.I.Y skincare.

If you haven’t yet booked one of our workshops, get in quick because spaces are filling up fast! Secure your spot in:

Brisbane, Sydney or Victoria. 

Katie Greenway (Vic)

Katie’s passion & desire to learn more about Aromatherapy led her to study a Diploma in Aromatherapy and has been  part of the Perfect Potion family for over 3 years. Katie has previously presented workshops at Perfect Potion on Aromatherapy and The Chakras as well as Aromatherapy for cleaning your house naturally.

Katie holds qualifications in Aromatherapy and Massage and is interested in learning more and teaching how Aromatherapy and essential oils can enhance people’s physical, emotional and psychological well being.

The Magic of Crystals and Aromatherapy

Guest Blogger Paola Milani gives us advice on combining crystals with aromatherapy

Having worked as an aromatherapist, I have enjoyed seeing and working with the connections between the plant, mineral and animal kingdoms. Crystals have worked their way into aromatherapy and I have loved seeing the connection they give each other as their energetics are very similar.

Using essential oils and crystals is a wonderful way of empowering mind, body and spirit.

How to use crystals and essential oils

For my chosen crystals, I recommend waiting for a full-moon and making a Crystal Elixir. This can be done by soaking a crystal in a bowl of water overnight and combining essential oils in a spray bottle along with a Essential Oil Solubiliser. When soaking crystals be careful not use ones that dissolve in water like Selenite.

There are many other rituals that involve crystals; you can lay them on your body or wear them as jewellery. To involve aromatherapy for these methods you can use an essential oil based spray, mist or perfume and omit the crystal-soaking step.

In this blog I’ve picked my top four crystals (I have so many favourites, so picking four was difficult) and outlined which essential oils are associated with them. These four crystals are not only my favourite go-to’s but are also the ones that I believe are most relevant to the majority of people.

Amber and Sweet Orange

Amber encourages laughter and joy in life; it empowers, transforms and helps in the search for new pathways in life. Sweet Orange is warm and uplifting; it doesn’t take things too seriously. Sweet Orange reduces people’s fears of the unknown and conveys a sense of happiness. Both Amber and Sweet Orange are wonderful to use when you are feeling ‘stuck’ in life.
Perfect Potion blends:
Happy and Calm Harmony Chakra BlendRefresh

Labradorite and Pine

Working with Labradorite helps strengthen freewill and allows space for original thought. It inspires imagination and balances intellectual thought blended with intuitive wisdom. Pine is uncompromising and represents the free spirit.
Perfect Potion blends:
Wood Five Elements Blend

Fluorite and Rosemary

Fluorite is a powerful stone to use in balancing the brain and speaks of the power of thought. It increases focus and cultivates trust in mental ability. Rosemary strengthens the nervous system and provides support in stressful conditions. Both are beneficial to work with when you need a clear mind when studying or working.
Perfect Potion blends:

Boji and Vetiver

Boji allows one to become more grounded and connected to one’s body. It encourages direct communication between the mind and the physical body. Vetiver is likened to the smell of a damp forest floor and reminiscent of the scent of Mother Earth. Vetiver is nourishing, strengthening and balancing. Both Vetiver and Boji are wonderful to use to help balance and ground the mind, body and spirit.
Perfect Potion blends:
Balance Chakra Blend

Let us know how you use essential oils and crystals via our Facebook or Instagram pages. To learn more about Paola, one of our Perfect Potion’s artists, click here.

Happy blending!


The Perfect Potion family