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Interview with an Aromatherapist

Interview with an aromatherapist

We interviewed one of our resident aromatherapists, Manuela, about her experiences with essential oils, how aromatherapy has changed over the years and how the everyday person can integrate aromatherapy into their life.

 

When did you start with aromatherapy? What drew you to it?

At the time I fell in love with aromatherapy I was the trainer for another company which was also aromatherapy based. My previous background was pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and sales, training and management, and I felt I needed to seriously study aromatherapy to complete my full understanding of the product and the culture. It was the beginning of much study within the Remedial therapies realm, but also a personal development expedition. Once you begin the journey of discovery of essential oils and how they affect the mind, body and soul you can never go back to a time when everyday life rituals and solutions to everyday issues don’t involve essential oils in some way. The attraction for me was that once you understand the individual essential oils and how they affect the body and mind, you can solve so many issues without resorting to nasty drugs and chemicals, whilst loving the experience along the way. Aromatherapy is a feel good solution to life’s woes, in every sense of the concept.

I love that the academic knowledge base that exists for aromatherapy practices are time tried and proven and generally testing is not necessary as the effects have been proven over and over again and with humanity being the way it is if something doesn’t work it doesn’t not get passed on. Evidence based medicine (modern accepted standards) also incorporates historical empirical results and practices.

There is an almost seamless overlap between the natural health modalities models that becomes apparent with further study into each modality (Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Western herbal medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, Chakra therapy, Crystal therapy, colour therapy, Light therapy, etc..) and raises a sense of awareness that each model is not different or separate, but simply described in their own way. I loved this discovery and you will too, but I will leave that up to you. The pieces of the puzzle will become apparent along the journey.

 

What are your favourite essential oils and what do you use them for?

Needless to say, I have many. However, I love the aroma of vetiver, bergamot and peppermint eucalyptus as individual oils; they make me take a deep breath and smile all the way to the core.  I feel that that is the one essential thing essential oils should do for you, and everyone should have a couple of go to essential oils that do just that, because when this happens your brain releases feel good hormones! We all need that on demand.

 

Since you started in the aromatherapy industry, what kinds of changes have you seen?

Lots! When I started studying aromatherapy back in the mid-1990s, which is so last century. Aromatherapy was booming, and aromatherapy classes were full to the brim! I went on to teach aromatherapy at university level for nine years and in that time the Health training packages changed to exclude aromatherapy in Natural Health Degrees which reduced the number of Natural Health Science students exposed to this modality of health care. Having said that, health care facilities and mainstream hospitals today use essential oils diffused in the wards more than ever before, I know because I see the orders coming in, so we must be getting somewhere in mainstream medicine acceptation on a practical level.  However, there are not as many aromatherapists being trained today, unfortunately. Clinical Aromatherapy treatment practice is in danger of decline as less fully trained aromatherapists enter the industry. However, there are more products out in retail land claiming aromatherapy status, regardless of whether they are pure essential oils or not, which makes the word ‘aromatherapy’ more of a household word but may not be attached to real aromatherapy.

On a different note, real Aromatherapy has also gone down the Certified Organic road which is brilliant! Meaning that not only do we have pure essential oils available to us in the industry but we also have the Certified Organic quality oils. Making the quality of the tools we use so much more pure and effective.

Another ubiquitous change which is a major concern to me and to most trained Aromatherapist is the MLM buzz which promotes ingestion of essential oils. Any fully trained, even part trained Aromatherapist would never suggest essential oil ingestion for safety purposes. I will leave this one right there as it would go on for pages on end…

 

For someone who has never used aromatherapy before, where do you advise they start?

For a newbie aromatherapist, I would suggest that they begin with a few single oils that they absolutely love the aroma of, this is very important to train your brain to begin with. The oils you select will have aromas very specific to you and you need at that time and based on your previous experiences of those aromas. You will only like aromas that have a positive effect on how you feel. Forget for now the aromas you don’t like and don’t make you sing.

You will select aromas which make you feel good, this is ideal, you want to get excited when you smell it and it should make you smile and take a deep breath involuntarily. Don’t analyse your choices too much in the beginning, let your nose and brain do the choosing, and run with that. You should go home feeling so excited that you can hardly wait to get started.

Start with one essential oil, smell it while you read all about it. This will store that aroma in your brain with the information you are reading (the limbic system is the place which is responsible for memory, emotion, mood and learning). You can do this whilst smelling just the essential oil out of the bottle, or if you like the fuller experience diffuse the oil in a diffuser and have it going through the space you are in. Smelling it straight out of the bottle is stronger.

Then each time you smell that aroma you will remember all the information you read, truly!!! This can be applied to studying incredibly successfully.

Use a chosen oil for each subject you are studying, inhale it or diffuse it whilst you are working on that subject and when you have to retrieve the information you have just learned in the presence of that aroma, you can do this by smelling that essential oil. Try this in an exam situation it is magical. Use it whilst it is still legal.

To get you started I suggest trying these single oils, but remember that it is best if you love it!

Lavender for relaxation and sleep, Lemon for focus and clarity, Orange for joy and communication, Tea Tree for purifying, Rosemary for memory improvement, Geranium for balancing emotions, Peppermint for clarity and tension, Ylang Ylang for sensuality.

Living an Organic Lifestyle

To celebrate Australian Organic Awareness Month, Sal Battaglia discusses the importance of organic products in aromatherapy and the significance organic means for Perfect Potion products.


Living an Organic Lifestyle – by Sal Battaglia

Many people turn to organics for their health and wellbeing. Whether it is the food we eat, the products we inhale or the products we put on our skin –  chemically processed products increase and enhance the risk of potentially harmful toxins entering body that increase the risk of creating potentially harmful free radicals that can be carcinogenic or pro-inflammatory.

Using organics is therefore such an important step in maintaining our health and wellbeing.

Just as important is the health and wellbeing of our planet. When we make the decision to use organics we are playing a vital role in supporting those farmers who utilize farming practices that will not pollute or harm the environment or wildlife. Organic farming is often done on a much smaller scale and essential oils produced from organically grown plants are often a little more expensive, however this does represent the true cost of growing high quality, chemical free products. Also what value do you put on your health and that of your family.

As an aromatherapist, I am also asked what is the difference between a conventional commercial essential oil and a organically produced essential oil. Well number one is the fact that most commercial conventional essential oils are chemically adulterated. This is unfortunately something that happens all too often in the essential oil industry and most essential oil traders turn a blind eye to it – providing all sorts of excuses such as improved pharmacology and better aroma by rectifying or adulterating the oil. What a load of goobly dooks!

I decided to have our organic lavender tested in Japan at a laboratory that uses Kirlian photography and GDV (Gas discharge voltage) technology to test the energetic qualities of the oil.

The proof is in the results. Our organic lavender oil not only had a stronger energetic qualities, it also had a much wider and active bandwidth. This clearly goes to show that when we produce an essential oil or be it food organically it has a stronger energetic quality or dare I say “lifeforce”.

Unfortunately contemporary science is not advanced enough to understand such concept of lifeforce, however in traditional healing systems such Ayurveda or Traditional Chinese Medicine, the lifeforce is integral to promoting health and wellbeing.

I firmly believe that not only is the lifeforce of the plant is enhanced when the plant is grown organically, the lifeforce is destroyed when the plant is cultivated by conventional non-organic means.

So by supporting organics, we are securing a better and healthier future for ourselves, our children and our planet!

Tea Alchemy with Rita Balshaw

A Hippies in the City blog post by Rita Balshaw

 

One of the many things I love about traditional Folk Medicine is that you can easily create your own natural remedies for less than the cost of a loaf of bread. Last week as we entered into the season of Spring, I was seeking to do something purifying and cleansing for my body. As I flicked through my herbal medicine study notes, I came across a great Folk Remedy, known as Medicinal Vinegar. I knew that our Perfect Potion Detox Herbal Tea Blend would be the star ingredient for making this.

 

Medicinal Vinegar Elixir 

Vinegar effectively extracts the potent properties in dried herbs, therefore it essentially pulls out the goodness from the herbs into the vinegar. Raw apple cider vinegar, offers many health benefits and can be helpful for maintaining normal blood sugar and cholesterol levels, is excellent for maintaining healthy skin and hair as well as aids in digestion and managing fatigue.

 

Ingredients:

1 glass mason jar

Organic raw apple cider vinegar

1 cup Detox Herbal Tea 

Fill the sterilised jar half way with the dried herbs. Pour the apple cider vinegar over the herbs until the jar is filled to the top. Cover tightly and allow to extract for 2 weeks in a cool, dark place. Be sure to shake the jar every couple of days.

After 2 weeks, strain the herbs through a cheesecloth. Decant the clear vinegar liquid into a sterilised glass bottle using a strainer or funnel. Cap tightly, label, and store for up to 6 months in a cool, dark place. As a general guide, take 1 tablespoon of the medicinal vinegar in a little warm water up to 5 times a day or when needed. 

What is Ginger CO2 and how to use it?

What is the difference between Ginger Essential Oil and Ginger CO2 Essential Oil?

Both are 100% pure essential oils and both have the spicy, warming and invigorating scent of ginger. However, Ginger CO2 is extracted in such a way that it also contains gingerols and shogaol, compounds that contribute to the sharp, pungent smell and taste of fresh ginger. Care must be taken with these compounds as they can cause irritation, and should not be used in a diffuser or added directly to a bath. We love Ginger CO2 so we are putting together a collection of recipes to help you get the most from this wonderfully spicy essential oil…

Abundant Ginger Pulse Point
Combine the following ingredients into a glass roller bottle and transport yourself to a warm tropical beach with this invigorating blend.

💧💧💧💧💧💧 6 drops Cold Pressed Lime
💧💧💧 3 drops Ginger CO2
💧 1 drop Jasmine Absolute
10mL Jojoba Oil

Glass Roller Ball Bottle


Spice Trip Luxurious Body Oil

Combine the following oils into a bowl and massage over your body as desired…

9 drops WA Sandalwood Essential Oil
6 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
6 drops Ginger CO2 Essential Oil
25mL Certified Organic Coconut Oil
25mL Sweet Almond Oil


Find out more about Ginger Essential Oil on Sals Ginger Essential Oil Monograph

Rita Balshaw’s Mindfulness Practices

Mindfulness & Aromatherapy

By Rita Balshaw

Anyone can have a mindfulness practice. Any activity done with pure intention and complete presence is meditation. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how fit you are, if you’re religious or not…mindful meditation is available to us all.

Meditation is all about internal self-connection; by cultivating a deeper connection to ourselves we inevitably gain more understanding into the workings of our bodies, minds and human experiences. In a high pressure society we see more and more people suffering with stress related illnesses; adrenal fatigue, skin conditions, onset obesity, high blood pressure and chronic insomnia.

Mindfulness practice teaches us to literally be mindful – mindful of our thoughts, and mindful of the whole interrelated self; mind, body and spirit.

Historically, meditation forms the foundation of the ancient Indian Ayurvedic approach to healing and balancing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body. By maintaining an open and healthy flowing energy through the body we can free ourselves of the physical and emotional disturbances that essentially may cause chronic stress and illness.

 

Meditation + Essential Oils

It is said that smells influence how we feel more than any other sensory experience. Essential oils enhance the energetic vibration of our own unique energy field that almost instantaneously transports you to a place of peace and calm. The tradition of using essential oils and aromatic incense resins which are conducive to meditative practice continues to be embraced in today’s contemporary world, bringing relaxation and awareness to the lives of many.

The essential oils I like to use for meditation are frankincense, rose absolute, petitgrain, jasmine, neroli, juniper berry, rosemary, jatamansi, lavender, sage, basil and lotus. These aromas effectively promote a clear mind and joyful heart, leaving me to feel grounded, balanced and in complete harmony.

 

How do I Meditate?

The best time to start meditation is now! That’s right, right now. Switch off your computer and mobile phone. Just sit. Close your eyes. Breathe. Take deep inhales and slow exhales. Relax your shoulders, softening with each gentle exhale. Notice how your physical body is feeling. Allow your thoughts to come and go. Observe how deep or shallow your breath is. Bring your awareness into your heart and enjoy a few moments to connect with your true self. First thing in the morning is a great time for meditation; it will help keep your body feeling energised and your state of mind positive. You will discover how meditation gently takes you into the present moment and towards self- actualisation.

 

DIY Meditation Mist

This Meditation Mist is an exclusive blend of essential oils that will help to rebalance and harmonise the energy centres within the subtle body. Use this mist any way you please; before meditation, to clean your yoga mat, as an aromatic mist to promote relaxation.

 

50ml glass spray bottle 

Purified water

20 drops essential oil solubiliser 

6 drops sage essential oil

6 drops rose essential oil

6 drops frankincense essential oil 

10 drops lemon essential oil

 

Add all ingredients to a clean glass spray bottle and gently shake to combine. Always label and date your homemade aromatherapy products.

 

Meditation Extras

Allocate a quiet and clean space, decked out with comfortable cushions, an aromatherapy diffuser, candles and anything spiritually symbolic to help you to commit to your daily practice. Listening to tranquil, euphoric or tribal music whilst meditating will help to enhance your level of relaxation, guiding you towards stillness. Sipping on our Perfect Potion Chakra Balancing Tea prior to mediation is a great way to promote serenity and spiritual expansion.

 

By Rita Balshaw

Natural Therapist
Dip. Holistic meditation
Cert. wellness coach, facial therapist,
doula, herbalist & restorative yoga teacher  

 

Want to learn more about Mindfulness and Aromatherapy from Hippies In The City author Rita Balshaw? Book in now for her final Mindfulness and Aromatherapy workshop for this year. This beautiful workshop will be held at Perfect Potion North Sydney on the 26th July. Get in quick! Spaces are limited!

Book now!

Perfect Perfumes: A sense of scent

Perfect Potion’s Aromatherapy Perfumes

Perfumery has an ancient history, dating back thousands of years and expanding across various continents.

Perfume pervades fashion, music, and even literature as it does in Patrick Suskind’s novel Perfume.

For centuries the art of perfumery has been shrouded in mystery and most of the knowledge and skill required for perfumery is passed down rather than taught in institutions.

While aromatherapy has the power to make us feel calm, uplifted, focused or happy, perfume can do the same. In Perfumery: The psychology and biology of fragrance D. M Stoddart takes a zoological perspective to fragrance and writes that the relationship between the sense of smell and human emotion is essential and reflective of human’s development. According to Stoddart, scent penetrates “levels of the psyche to gently stimulate the emotions” (15-16). It is no wonder that often we get a whiff of a perfume and are reminded of something from the past; the thick scent of our grandmother’s musky perfume or the woody aftershave of our father.

 

Essential oils have always played a central role in perfumery, and on their own evoke scent memory as well as subtle aromatherapy unique to each essential oil. Many perfumes stray away from aromatherapy and as a result essential oils and plant extracts are excluded entirely from the process.

Our range of perfumes use pure essential oils lovingly blended together to make you feel enlivened, comforted or refreshed.

Owner and creator, Sal Battaglia, says that a good perfume should be a synergy of top, middle and base notes.

The top note is usually a fresh citrus and light note; it forms the perfume’s initial impression. In the top note you meet your perfume for the first time, but in the middle and base notes, you get to know it better and begin to understand the complexities of the scent. When we think of top notes we smell the fresh aromas of bergamot, neroli, lemon, cold pressed lime, sweet orange, peppermint, clove and even thyme.

Middle notes last longer and impart warmth and fullness to the blend, whereas base notes are heavy and deeply resonating. The base notes have a profound influence on the blend as a whole. We like base notes such as frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, vetiver and sandalwood.

To smell our beautiful range of perfumes for your selves, visit your local Perfect Potion store or order one online.

Keep an eye out each Tuesday at your local Perfect Potion store for our weekly Perfume Potion Tuesday Pick. Each Tuesday we’ll pick a perfume and give you a special offer with your purchase. But you’ll have to wait each Tuesday to find out which perfume is next!

 

From,

 

The Perfect Potion Family.

 

References:

Dodd, George, H, & Steve Van Toller (ed). Perfumery: The psychology and biology of fragrance. Chapman and Hall, 1988. Print.

Perfect Potion and the Environment

 

Perfectly Certified

 

Our earth is beautiful and powerful and respecting this delicate balance means taking responsibility for the way in which we live in this world.

The demand for products holding certifications identifying them as organic, natural or cruelty free is increasing every year with consumers becoming more savvy about what they buy and how this effects their bodies and the environment.

At Perfect Potion, we’re so proud to hold certifications that mean we use ingredients that support the environment, communities and animals.

Since the beginning, owners and creators Sal Battaglia and Carolyn Stubbin have been passionate about bringing customers products that are natural without compromising the environment.

We often receive questions from customers asking what the benefits of having these certifications means and, why organic is better than non-organic?

To us, having organic, natural and cruelty free ingredients epitomises the Perfect Potion ethos: we want to create beautiful aromatherapy products that adhere to a holistic way of life. A holistic way of life is the belief that all parts of the world are intimately connected.

Often in today’s society we can feel detached from our environment, but we want our customers to feel that connection again, and we believe this can be achieved through knowing what you buy, where it comes from and how it was grown.


COSMOS and ACO

Certified organic ingredients mean that we are looking after the environment. Most organic certifications prohibit the use of synthetic chemicals such as pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. This means that farming biodiversity remains and the land will be rich and viable into the future.

Perfect Potion holds two organic certifications: COSMOS and Australian Certified Organic (ACO). COSMOS is the result of five leading European certification bodies working together to develop a worldwide cosmetics certification scheme.

COSMOS recognises certified natural and organic cosmetics have been made using natural and organic ingredients that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. This certification is used in Perfect Potion’s skincare and body care, ensuring what you put on your skin is natural.

When sourcing our ingredients, to comply with COSMOS, each ingredient must be free from GMOs, nanomaterials, irradiation and animals testing. Australian Certified Organic or ACO is the local accredited certification body for the COSMOS standard and requires that products and ingredients are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertiliser or GMOs.

Australian Certified Organic is the strictest organic certifying body in Australia and audits Perfect Potion annually. ACO declares that certified organic products are not only better for your health and well being; they are better for the environment.


Cruelty Free

To make sure we look after the environment and all its creatures, Perfect Potion has also been accredited by Choose Cruelty Free. This means we hold the licence to bear the bunny logo on all our products. Cruelty Free demonstrates that all of our ingredients have not been tested on animals. For our vegetarian and vegan customers, we’ve got you covered. All of our products are vegetarian, with most being vegan.You can find lists of our products in store and on our website that identify the small number of items which may contain beeswax or honey.

 

 

Charlie is a member of the Perfect Potion family and helps out in the office by eating ‘spare’ food and giving us cuddles. We would never test our products on Charlie or any of her fur brothers and sisters, except perhaps our Furry Animal Shampoo on bath day. 

 


 

Choosing to support certified organic and cruelty free products means supporting organic farmers as well as ethical producers and processors who are doing the right thing for the earth.

We love all of our customers and we thank you all for choosing Perfect Potion. By being part of the Perfect Potion family, you’re ensuring a natural way of living and environmentally conscious way of living is available for all.

From,

 

The Perfect Potion Family

IFA Conference 2017

It was an honour to speak at the 2017 (International Federation of Aromatherapists) IFA conference. Delegates from over 10 countries attended the conference, highlighting the fact that aromatherapy is now being practiced professionally in so many countries around the world.

On Saturday, I spoke about the precious sandalwood oils from Australia and our role to save the beautiful and precious sandalwood oil, traditionally from India, from the brink of extinction.

On the Sunday, I taught my Aromatree Masterclass to a packed house of over 150 aromatherapists. Upon my return from the UK, I promise to lock in some dates to conduct my sandalwood presentation in Melbourne and Sydney. For now, I am very excited to present my Aromatree Master Class in Sydney on the 29th of July. I will also be doing my sandalwood talk when I visit Japan in September.

Back to the conference. Apart from myself – there were so many inspiring speakers, Bradley Whale’s presentation really pushes the boundaries of science. Research is suggesting that smell can have an impact on our genetic memory. This is truly ground breaking research, meaning that essential oils are far more potent than we could ever imagine in determining the health of future generations.

Maggie Tisserand went back to grass root fundamentals of aromatherapy. That is – using essential oils for their potent antimicrobial activity. The abuse and overuse of antibiotics has led to some serious problems with antibiotic resistant microorganisms. However, these organisms are not resistant to certain essential oils!

We also heard from Natsuki Ohta from Japan who explained how they have managed to capture the subtle essence of green tea. Dr Saul, who is a senior physician at the Royal London hospital for Integrated Medicine, explained how they are integrating complimentary therapies into the conventional medicine framework.

Joe Hoare, a laughter yoga practitioner, reminded us that we should not take life too seriously and just laugh for the sake of laughing. He explained the therapeutic benefits of laughter – indeed laughter is the best medicine.

Nowadays, aromatherapy in Australia does face many challenges, however I am pleased to say that the IFA conference in London truly showcases the strength and the true healing power of essential oils and aromatherapy.

Maggie Tisserand, speaking about her research using essential oils to combat Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA in hospitals.  I first met Akiko from Japan at the Robert Tisserand Aromatherapy conference back in 1993. Look closely and you can see Sal back in 1993! Laughter is indeed the best medicine. Joe Hoare speaking about the therapeutic benefits of laughter. He managed to get over 150 laughing at once!
I am so honoured that my book is being used all over the world. I met a delegate from Brazil who uses my book in her aromatherapy school. Natsuki Ohta spoke about the challenges of creating an essence from green tea. Sal with delegates from India and Korea
Sal with some of the delegates from China who are practicing aromatherapy.

The Chakra Diet (A Hippies in the City blog post)

The Chakra Diet – By Rita Balshaw

When you think of Chakra balancing you probably don’t think about food! And, assumably your mind directly wanders to the more obvious Chakra healing methods of colour therapy, certain yoga poses, crystals, essences or perhaps the Perfect Potion Chakra Balancing Range. Balancing the energy centres within the body (aka the chakras) can be achieved by including and excluding certain foods, working on the premise that every food commodity has a certain energetic healing vibration and frequency.

 

 

Since ancient times, it was known that people who took care of themselves holistically lived healthier and longer lives. Acknowledging our physical and emotional health via the energy of the 7 chakras allows for a successful mind body connection. This is something that has been held of great importance in Ayurvedic healing traditions. When the body is in balance and we are physically and mentally healthy everything just seems to fall into place. Health is an expression of balance, and Ayurveda views disease as an expression of imbalance within the body. The Ancient System of Chakra Balancing and its wise philosophies will provide insight into your true self, empowering you to heal and manage all dimensions of your being.

 

 

Here we discover how certain food groups can be used to effectively restore and harmonise each unique Chakra.

 


 

Base/Root Chakra

The journey through the chakras begins with the base chakra. The base chakra is concerned with survival, security and basic human needs. This chakra reflects our connection to life-force energy and helps us to stay grounded and embodied. The foods to promote healthy base energy must be nourishing and grounding, such as: root vegetables like carrots, pumpkin, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, beetroot, onions, garlic and protein-rich foods like organic eggs, lean red meat, beans and tofu.

 


 

Sacral Chakra

This particular energy field is very much associated with creativity, fluidity and sexual energy. Enjoying sensuality and pleasure all assist in enhancing the vitality of the sacral chakra.  Enjoy sweet and light foods; mango, mandarin, papaya, passionfruit, raw honey, maple syrup, dates, figs, almond, cashews and fresh coconut water.

 

 


 

Solar Plexus Chakra

This one all is about empowerment and transformation. The solar plexus is healthy when we feel confident, assertive and free from feelings of anger and resentment. To keep this chakra healthy, one must embrace a diet that includes yellow, high enzyme foods that allow for good digestion. Things like, pineapples, bananas, squash, lemons and spices like ginger, mustard seeds and turmeric. Brewing up a spicy ginger, cinnamon and turmeric latte, based on almond milk will serve the digestion greatly.

 


 

Heart Chakra 

The heart chakra is concerned with forgiveness and compassion. We experience unconditional love through the heart chakra and it is where we develop true self-acceptance. When this particular chakra is in balance it encourages feelings of positivity, openness and connection. The heart is said to be the core of immunity, vitality and inner strength, this is often why people become sick and weak when they experience conflict or grief. A diet full of nourishing green vegetables, fruits and super foods is a great way to heal this chakra. Be sure to include plenty of spinach, zucchini, basil, kale, broccoli, beans, peas and asparagus. Enjoy kiwi fruit, green apples, cucumbers, avocado and limes, wheat grass, matcha powder and green tea.

 


 

Throat Chakra

The throat chakra deals with communication, truthfulness and creative expression. Imbalances within the throat chakra can result in indecisiveness, lack of creative expression, inability to accept criticism. Swollen glands, thyroid issues and a sore throat can be a physical manifestation of blockages within this energy field. Although blue foods are rare, having plenty of blueberries and blackberries are your best bet to assist with healing the throat chakra. Try a soothing blueberry smoothie, using almond milk, raw honey, steamed purple sweet potato and chia seeds.

 


 

Third Eye Chakra 

Often referred to as the center of intuition, imagination and mindfulness, this chakra is concerned with trusting your inner knowing rather than over analysing situations. The sixth chakra is the gateway into a high realm of consciousness, where we develop connection to the spiritual world. The good news is that raw chocolate is one of the best foods for the third eye chakra; raw cacao stimulates mental clarity and raises the human vibration making you feel blissful and present in the moment. Raw chocolate also contains MAO inhibitors (monoamine oxidase) which allows more of the feel good serotonin to circulate in the brain. Intuitive and mindful eating is governed by the third-eye chakra and it is best to eat lots of food that support brain function. Sustainably caught fish, walnuts, almonds, hemp seeds and flaxseed oil are wonderful sources of essential fatty acids, that contributes to a healthy and happy brain.

 


Crown Chakra 

The Crown Chakra is our highest energy centre, located at the top of the head. It represents freedom, deep understanding, spiritual enlightenment and union with the higher self. Opening or balancing your Crown Chakra can bring a profound awakening, a connection to your spiritual nature as well as to cosmic consciousness, and a deep understanding of universal love. To support the frequency of this chakra it is important to eat and drink commodities that are considered healing and sacred. Gotu Kola, ashwaganda, tulsi basil, ginseng and bramhi are helpful herbs to promote clarity and spiritual connection. Fasting and cleansing programs is said to purify the body and mind, leading to Crown Chakra awakening.

To learn more about the chakras and how you can feel balanced and harmonised, book into one of Perfect Potion’s Chakra workshops, here.