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Retail Store Managers – NSW & Vic

  • Bondi
  • Newtown
  • Westfield Warringah Mall
  • Little Collins St
  • Brunswick St

As we continue to grow organically we are super excited to be seeking more passionate, inspiring and dynamic Store Managers to join and lead our wonderful teams.

A truly rewarding career development opportunity, within a unique culture, is on offer. Your valued contribution to our success in ensuring our important vision is a reality will certainly be appreciated and acknowledged in many rewarding ways. Our vision is to enhance people’s lives naturally and to ensure the very best experience in the world for every single one of our customers incorporating our incredible people, product, knowledge and passion.

Please read on to find out what is important to us in our Store Managers

  • Experienced retail store manager or assistant store manager with minimum 2 years experience. Proven success in all facets of a retail or similar management role.
  • You are passionate and dedicated, and want to nurture your career in retail management.
  • Driven, Engaging & Inspirational Leaders who truly love to motivate and develop team to achieve set goals. A mentor to your team in their own career aspiration and development.
  • Understanding of set KPIs and are able to implement and work with these intricately for success. Truly getting a buzz out of achieving set sales targets & KPIs, naturally being accountable and ensuring your team do also.
  • Excellent inventory and cost management skills.
  • Ability to step up to and thrive on the challenge of growing your store business by identifying instore and external opportunities for growth. Reaching out for and utilising them to the best benefit to our customers and our company, ever enhancing our ability to touch the lives of as many people as we can.
  • Authentic and positive communicators with all interactions. You must love and be energized by people, and naturally connect with our customers as your priority.
  • Share a passion and are inspired by Aromatherapy/ Natural Therapies.
  • Socially and environmentally aware.
  • Actively seek knowledge, personal and career development.

We are looking for a leader who will engage, inspire and educate the team and our customers. You will need to go beyond the parameters of mainstream retail, by fostering true, ongoing connections and authentic relationships with all, and ensure your team are doing the same. You must be enthusiastic, energetic and proactive for this role.

If you share a love for retail and can truly identify with the ideal qualities as outlined, are genuinely passionate, or intrigued by natural products and a holistic lifestyle, then we would love you to apply.
This wonderful opportunity will see you driving an exceptional store within a caring culture. If you aspire to be that Green Goddess or God, inspiring your team to success and shining with each and every customer interaction, please forward your application to our Retail Operations Manager, stating the store you are applying for to retailadmin@perfectpotion.com.au

Perfect Potion would like to thank all in advance for their applications. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

For more information about Perfect Potion, our products and staff benefits please visit the About Us page.

Chakras in the 21st Century: the neglected chakra

Finding Personal Power in an Era of Comparing

Our lives are filled with moments of vitality and energy that come in many different forms; we feel it at a festival as the music runs through our bodies, when we laugh loudly, feel overwhelming sadness or when we experience stress and our body rings with nervous energy.

The body is made up of many chakras, however, only 7 are largely acknowledged: base, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown. Each of the 7 major chakras is important, but in today’s culture of comparing and in search of self-love, it could be argued that the solar plexus chakra has perhaps become one of the most important and potentially the most neglected.

The solar plexus chakra is connected to the sun and associated with heat, light, and the colour yellow. When balancing your solar plexus, it is common to use yellow crystals like tiger’s eye and citrine; to cook with foods like pineapple, banana, lemon, and turmeric; and to practice strong core exercises. Most importantly, the solar plexus is responsible for personal power, purpose, identity, and self-esteem.

In a psychological study conducted by a handful of universities in the U.S, researchers write, “self-esteem is literally defined by how much value people place on themselves. It is the evaluative component of self-knowledge.”

This study into self-esteem doesn’t recommend going on an Eat, Pray, Love trip to Bali to find self-esteem, but it does highlight the importance of feeling your own self-worth.  Their findings conclude that a link between self-esteem and happiness is strong, and that people with high self-esteem tend to function better in groups, speak up for themselves more and contribute in activities (36).

However, with the rise of media it is more common than ever to compare ourselves to what we are seeing on our screens and we can begin to question how we look, what we do, and what we say. This can often leave us with feelings of low self-esteem instead of feeling inspired by the photos and blog posts.

In the self-esteem study, Roy Baumeister and a team of researchers write that it is “difficult, if not impossible, for people to remain indifferent to information that bears on their own self-esteem.” The conclusion was that self-esteem was largely associated with self-perception, stating “self-esteem is thus about perception rather than reality. It refers to a person’s belief [of themselves] …”

With an unbalanced solar plexus chakra you may notice feelings of low self-esteem, you may feel like you have no sense of control over your identity, or you have no clear direction in life. But you can begin to balancing your solar plexus with simple acts of self-reflection.

Solar Plexus Balancing

  • Write affirmations like I am worthy, I accept and value myself exactly as I am, or even more simply I’m doing a good job!
  • Create a self-care ritual: make yourself an aromatherapy bath, light some candles, diffuse Chakra Balancing Blend or Allure blend, and enjoy a cup of Chakra Balancing Herbal Tea.

Solar Plexus Perception: A Balancing Activity

Time: 10 – 30 minutes

Use this activity to see through ‘solar plexus’ tinted glasses and paint yourself with your best qualities. Set up your work space with pens, watercolours, or paints, diffusing the Harmony blend as you do so. You don’t have to be an artist; simply draw a face that represents you and surround it with images and symbols of what makes you ‘you!’


Base Chakra Balancing Activities

The base chakra, or root chakra, is concerned with physical needs and basic human survival. Try these activities to balance your base chakra, or Muladhara…

  • Try an exercise you’ve never tried before; look up a local boxing or karate class, go rock climbing, or try bikram yoga and get your body moving in new ways.
  • Stimulating music will help you to balance your base chakra, so get online and find some live music happening in your area. Look for music that will get your body moving like Latin American music.

Sacral Chakra Balancing Activities

The sacral chakra is concerned with everything that makes life sweet. It represents our creative energy and is associated with the expression of sensual emotion and sexuality. Try this activity to balance your sacral chakra.

Get a large piece of paper and some watercolours. Put on your favourite album and get creative. Try not to think too much about what you are painting, simply let the creative energy flow through you.


Heart Chakra Balancing Activities

The heart chakra, located in the centre of the chest, is concerned with unconditional love, forgiveness, and compassion.

Borrow a camera from a friend or simply use your phone. Walk around your suburb finding things that you find beautiful and take photos of them; plants, trees, the way the sunlight shines on old buildings. Bring a friend along with you or simply spend some time on your own.

 


Throat Chakra Balancing Activities

The throat chakra is all about self-expression, communication, creative expression, and following one’s dreams. Often we can feel stuck, consuming everyone else’s self-expression and forgetting how to express ourselves. Balance your throat chakra by siting down with your laptop or a pen and paper and begin writing.Try stream of consciousness writing; don’t think about what you are writing or what you want the end result to be, simply write!

If you get stuck, try writing a poem using these prompts:

  • Put yourself in someone or something else’s shoes. Write from their perspective. What do they see? How do they feel?
  • Look for a pattern near you. What does this pattern express? How does it fit in with everything else around it?

Third Eye Balancing Activities

The third eye chakra is concerned with insight, wisdom, and intuition. This is why it is associated with the forehead. Gaining insight and balancing your third eye means learning to trust your intuition.

To balance this chakra activities like meditation, yoga, and other forms of mindfulness are vitally important.

Try downloading mindfulness and meditation apps that you can use regularly or find a yoga class near you.

 


Crown Chakra Balancing Activities

The crown chakra is located on the top of the head and is concerned with spiritual awareness, enlightenment, and open-mindedness.

Find an arthouse cinema near you and see some films you wouldn’t usually watch. New experiences and embracing things outside of our routine helps to open our minds and become more aware of what is happening around us.


References:

Baumeister, Roy F., et al. “Does high self-esteem cause better performance, interpersonal success, happiness, or healthier lifestyles?.” Psychological science in the public interest 4.1 (2003): 1-44.

Battaglia, Salvatore. “Chakras and Aromatherapy Workshop Notes.” (2017).

Chakra Enlightening: An interview with Veda yoga teacher, Margaret Doyle

Ever wanted to learn more about the chakras from a practicing yogi?

Perfect Potion and the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga have joined together to bring you an enlightening interview discussing the chakras with Veda yoga teacher, Margaret Doyle.


For someone who has never heard of the chakras before, can you explain what they are and how they function?

There are many levels that we function on. Modern science has discovered almost all that there is to know about how the food gets digested and absorbed how the oxygen is transported to every cell in the body, how wastes get taken away etc etc. But the yogis of old knew of a vast subtle energy system that is separate from but works in with all the other systems of the body.

The energy travelling in this system is known as prana and it is said to travel throughout the body in subtle channels or nadis. Chakras are places where there are cluster of these nadis.

The yogic texts inform us that the living entity residing within the body is covered by different layers of matter – earth, water, fire, ether, mind, intelligence and false ego and each of main chakras is an embodiment of one of these layers of matter. These chakras are located proximal to the spine from the base of the torso up to the crown of the head. While most of the chakras are active to some degree, our consciousness or what our interests are influences which particular chakras are the more active.

For example when the first 3 chakras are more active our concerns are more limited to a bodily level whereas as the energy rises to the more subtle chakras of ether, mind, intelligence and false ego our consciousness tends to gravitate more to the more subtle levels of compassion, love and spirituality.

What was your first exposure to the world of the chakras? How did you come across learning about them?

While there is a lot of literature in the yoga world on chakras my actual understanding of them comes from the ancient vedic yoga teachings as taught to me by my spiritual teachers His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami and Jagad Guru Siddhaswarupananda Paramahamsa.

Was there a time in your life when you knew one chakra in particular was significantly out of balance?

Traditionally knowledge of the chakras and different regimes to influence them were solely for the purpose of raising our consciousness to a level of spirituality where we attain the goal of yoga – loving union with the Supreme. It is then and only then that we can have a perfect balance of the chakras where each one is functioning optimally.

As one develops one’s spiritual consciousness the lower chakras settle down and we are able to be more in control of our life and how we react.

Do you think people are starting to understand the importance of both physical and mental wellness, and therefore acknowledging the chakras as important to overall health?

The traditions of yoga have largely been culled down to just a bodily level. So that asanas which were originally practiced to get the body and mind into a state where we can meditate with ease for long periods of time are now used for our health alone. Similarly chakras which were acknowledged in a very rigorous system of mystic yoga now receive a great deal of attention in influencing one’s psychological make up. Some yoga scholars declare that any influence like this is largely psychosomatic.

What are your favourite ways to balance your chakras? Do you have favourite yoga poses for example?

As before mentioned the yoga practices of old to influence the chakras were very rigorous and practically impossible to practice in this day and age. Therefore now the best way to balance the chakras is through mantra chanting as taught by our teachers and experienced at ASMY.


Chakra Potions

Balance your chakras with these aromatherapy potions and create your own at home chakra balancing rituals.

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ASMY

The Australian School of Meditation and Yoga is a non-profit organization with centres in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.The programmes of the ASMY are simple and enjoyable and can benefit everybody regardless of age or current physical condition. Their goal is to guide you to a more balanced lifestyle with an increased sense of wellbeing and vitality.

Visit their website.

Margaret Doyle

Margaret Doyle (Vrndavan Dasi), founder and director of Veda Yoga Teacher Training, has been teaching yoga asana and meditation since 1998. Margaret has taught in Hawaii, Philippines and India.

Visit her website.

Bathe in the Forest: the story of our Shinrin Yoku Room Spray

Shinrin Yoku Room Spray

Bathe in the Forest

by Salvatore Battaglia

“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

When was the last time you took a walk in the forest? How did you feel? I can imagine that you must have felt vitalised and re-energised.

For the first time in history, more than half the world’s population live in cities. This move to the cities means that we are losing that connection we have always had with nature. Edward O. Wilson coined the term biophilia which suggests that we possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. Urbanisation and technology has been responsible for weakening our biophilia and relationship with nature.

I have often said in my aromatherapy classes that the renewed interest we have for aromatherapy and essential oils is based on our desire to reconnect with nature. Essential oils remind us of nature and they are a powerful tool to bring healing qualities of nature back into our lives. We need aromatherapy more than ever to reconnect with nature.

This disconnection with nature has led to a dramatic increase in mental health issues. The 2013 World Happiness Report stated that one in ten people suffer from mental disorders such as depression or anxiety. The report states that the economic costs associated with the management of mental health are huge but it also states that cost-effective treatments that work exist. I believe that aromatherapy and essential oils will play a very important role in the cost-effective treatments to improve our mental health and support wellbeing.

The Japanese have a word shinrin-yoku which literally translates to taking a bath in the forest. In Japanese shinrin means forest, and yoku, (although it has several meanings) here it refers to a ‘bathing, or shower or basking in’. It also means ‘taking in, all of our senses, the forest atmosphere.’

The Japanese have a long appreciation of the therapeutic benefits of nature, however, I was surprised to learn that the term shinrin-yoku was only coined in 1982 by the then Director of Japan’s Forest Agency who encouraged people to spend more time in nature, particularly in the lush Japanese forest trails. Studies have confirmed that spending time within a forest can reduce psychological stress, depressive symptoms and aggression, while also improving sleep and increasing both our energy levels and sense of wellbeing. Sounds familiar?  It sounds like aromatherapy to me.

Japanese researchers also found that 20 minutes of shinrin-yoku (compared with 20 minutes walking in an urban setting) altered cerebral blood flow in a way that indicated a state of relaxation.

We know that stress can compromise our immune systems and supresses our natural killer cells. The Nippon Medical School showed that forest bathing (either a day trip or a couple of hours daily over three days) can have a long-lasting influence in increasing the number of natural killer cells and increasing the number intracellular anticancer proteins.

Interestingly, it was also reported that the natural chemicals secreted by the evergreen trees, collectively known as phytoncides, the essential oils found in many conifers, have been associated with improvement in the activity of our immune system. The amount of phytoncides in the air during the studies were measured and correlated to improvements in immune functioning and mental wellbeing.

Earlier this year I smelt for the first time a Fir CO2 extract. I immediately feel in love with this oil. CO2 oil extracts always give us a true to nature scent. It honestly felt like I was in a pine forest. This gave me the idea to create a room spray that could replicate the feeling you get from Shinrin yoku.

Allow Perfect Potion’s Shinrinyoku room spray bring the scent of the forest to you. Envelope yourself with the unique and incredibly rich, intoxicating lush forest-green scent of Siberian fir COextract blended with pure essential oils of lemon, bergamot, lavender, sage, rosemary, Virginian cedarwood, geranium and sweet orange.

 

The scent of Shinrin yoku will transport you to an enchanting mystical forest that will become your healing and rejuvenating sanctuary.

 


Recommended reading

Clifford AC. A little handbook of shinrin-yoku. www.shinrin-yoku.org, 2013.

Helliwell J et al. World happiness report 2013. Sustainable Development solutions Network, New York, 2013.

Plotkin B. Nature and the human soul. New World Library, Novato, 2008.

Selhub EM, Logan AC. Your brain on nature. HarperCollins e-books, Toronto, 2013.

Study and Aromatherapy

Study and Aromatherapy: The best aromatherapy tips to help you study

 

Our Marketing Assistant gives us her aromatherapy tips and tricks when it comes to studying during this exam season.


Dreary late night assignments and early morning exam cramming are an all too common occurrence for those of us currently studying.

A thirst for knowledge and learning are what make us human, but that doesn’t mean that study isn’t without its bleak moments.

Often our study areas smell of old coffee, paper and a general scent of panic and anxiety. After spending six and a half years studying at university, and experiencing the highs and lows of panic and anxiety setting in, I’m proud to say that I’ve got the ‘study’ thing pretty much sorted.

During my postgraduate study I became almost reliant on my ‘study ritual’ set up that allowed me to maintain focus and clarity well into the early hours of the morning, when I could hear the birds waking up even when I hadn’t yet gone to sleep.

While a lot of my study has been reliant on coffee (a lot of very, very strong coffee), I also came to depend on the clarity and relaxation aromatherapy was able to give me.

Those dreary late nights spent in front of my laptop writing essays on literature or memorising facts for exams were made possible particularly by one little bottle of essential oils; Perfect Potion’s Focus Essential Oil Blend.

Working in store at Perfect Potion and then at headquarters, the Focus blend quickly became my favourite blend and I would recommend it to every student I met. I even had classmates asking for me to bring them bottles of the gorgeous, clarifying blend.

The blend of rosemary, basil, lemon, black pepper and peppermint kept my mind sharp and my eyes open on those late nights and early mornings. I would diffuse it on my desk, letting the vapours create the perfect study sanctuary for me.

During exams, I would wear a few drops on my shirt, on special diffusing necklaces around my neck, or on bracelets. And while I went around exams smelling amazing, I also felt better too; I was more confident in my abilities and calm enough to place everything neatly into perspective.

 

Aromatherapy for Focus and Clarity

Focus Essential Oil Blend

Perfect Potion’s Focus Essential Oil Blend is a balance of essential oils that will help you feel uplifted, focused and inspired. It is the essential oil blend I use the most and recommend to everyone. Each unique essential oil has been chosen with study and focus in mind and are carefully blended together to promote concentration and clarity.

Basil: The leafy, herbaceous aroma lifts the spirit and awakens the senses. Basil is clarifying and stimulating with its intensely fresh and vibrant aroma.

Black pepper: Black pepper essential oil has a warm, spicy scent. It is invigorating and strengthening and can help us ‘get a move on’ when we feel stuck.

Peppermint: The powerful, refreshing scent of peppermint is clarifying and awakening. Peppermint enhances concentration. According to Mojay, peppermint enhances our receptive capactities on mental and spiritual levels and would be beneficial for those in need of inspiration and insight.

Lemon: Revitalising and uplifting, lemon was original used as a remedy for scurvy. Fischer-Rizzi describes lemon as an essential oil with high vibrations that can lift one’s spirits, especially when one may be feeling fatigue. Similarly, Robbie Zeck states that lemon oil will enhance rational, logical thinking and any intellectual pursuits.

Rosemary: The fresh, herbaceous scent of Rosemary essential oil is associated with clear thought and clarity. Rosemary is the star ingredient in Perfect Potion’s Focus Blend as it has such a wonderfully revitalising effect on one’s psyche. Studies on the effects of Rosemary on cognitive performance have shown that the essential oil significantly showed improvement of cognitive tasks.

As rosemary essential oil is associated with clear thought it is therefore associated with the third eye chakra. The third eye chakra is connected to the brain and can be made more powerful through meditation, yoga, other spiritual practices and intellectual pursuits.

 

 

How to use Focus

Diffuser: Create the ultimate study sanctuary in your own home by diffusing a few drops of Focus Essential Oil Blend in your diffuser.

Jewellery: Experience the benefits of Focus even when you’re not at home with your diffuser. Add a few drops onto your Lily & Laura bracelet or on a special essential oil diffusing necklace.

 

 


More Aromatherapy for Study

Along with Perfect Potion’s Focus Essential Oil Blend, aromatherapy for concentration, calm and clarity comes in many other different forms. These are some of my personal favourites I use to help focus my mind, calm my anxiety and wholly commit myself to my activities.

Cool It, Quick Fix

Apart from Focus, this is my Holy Grail product. The blend of peppermint, rosemary and lavender enlivens the senses, promotes calm, eases tension and gives clarity. I rub a tiny amount onto my temples prior to exams, during times of stress, or when I feel tension in my head.

 

 

Relax

As an anxious person, I found that the blend of lavender, ylang ylang, and geranium in the Relax range helped when my mind started to wander to irrational and stressful thoughts. I often found much relief in rubbing the Relax Balm onto my wrists and dabbing it under my nose.

 

 

 

Sweet Dreams

Sleep is such an important part of study, even though we may at times we may feel like we don’t have the time. It supports healthy brain function and allows us to process everything we have learned that day. When we are lying awake at night, worrying about exams and assignments Sweet Dreams Balm, Pillow Mist, and Essential Oil Blend can be used to help calm your mind and allow you to drift off into a worry-free slumber.

 

 

 

Active Baland Muscle Spray

The warming effects of Perfect Potion’s Active range helps ease the tension caused by hunching over desks and laptops. The invigorating scents of specially chosen essential oils like black pepper, cajeput, and peppermint will give you the ‘pep up’ you need to keep going until your semester is finished.

 

 


For more tips on using aromatherapy in your everyday life, visit our beautiful green gods and goddesses at your closest Perfect Potion store.

Read Sal’s Rosemary Monograph here.

 

References:

Fischer-Rizzi S. Complete aromatherapy handbook. Sterling Publishing Company, New York, 1990.

Mojay G. Aromatherapy for healing the spirit. Healing Arts Press, Rochester, 1997.

Zeck R. The blossoming heart – aromatherapy for healing and transformation. Aroma Tours, East Ivanhoe, 2004.

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.

A Scents of Creativity: Ruth Magazine

Our amazing Creative Director, Carolyn Stubbin, recently featured in the Country Women’s Association magazine ‘Ruth.’ The article, written by TJ Wilkshire, discusses Carolyn’s journey into the world of aromatherapy and how her creative pursuits have impacted Perfect Potion’s unique creative aesthetic.

 


Scents of Creativity

Meet Carolyn Stubbin, creative director and co-owner of Australia’s leading aromatherapy and skincare company, Perfect Potion.

Words by TJ Wilkshire

 

For some, creativity is a rare event; it appears in the moment and will not reappear for months or years on end. It can be elusive and not easily tamed. But Boonah-born Carolyn has the constant creative energy that drives Perfect Potion’s artistic direction.

Creativity for Carolyn Stubbin appears when she is discovering something new, when learning ignites the fever of inspiration. This is how she funnels creativity into everything she does, from aromatherapy to photography to running a business.

The Australian owned and made aromatherapy and skincare brand is leading the way in aromatherapy, connecting customers to a holistic lifestyle and ensuring the future of the environment in the process by holding certifications such as Australian Certified Organic, COSMOS, and Cruelty Free.

Carolyn and her husband, Salvatore Battaglia, are the owners and creators of

 Perfect Potion and have been creating an experience for the senses for over twenty-five years.

 

Carolyn’s passions may be an odd combination, but it is the blend of ar

omatherapy, photography and business that makes Carolyn’s artistic direction so unique.

“I’m at my most creative when I am discovering or learning something new,” she said. “I get this adrenalin rush and sparks begin to fly.”

Beginning in Boonah, but now based in Brisbane (though Carolyn and her husband often divide their time between all their Australian stores as well as their Japan ones), talking to Carolyn makes it clear that her love for aromatherapy and photography began in her hometown.

Carolyn recalls her fondest memories of growing up in Boonah where the smell of freshly turned earth ignited her passion for scent, and watching the seasons change the colour of the landscape kindled her love for the visual.

“I love the clean air in Boonah,” she said, “I always breathe much deeper when I’m in the country.”

“And walking barefoot home from school up a dirt road,” she recalls. “It’s so different from walking on a bitumen or concrete path in the city.”

It seems in that small town, the love of sights and smell was ignited. Though, it wasn’t until later in her life that she formally discovered either.

“It wasn’t until I met my husband at natural therapies college in the nineties,” she said, “that I began to discover the array of essential oils available and their benefits.”

Boonah, a small country town in the Scenic Rim, traditionally Yugarapul country,

is where Carolyn’s family lived on a farm and owned a farm produce business in to

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“Growing up on a farm meant we often had things to do before and after school and during school holidays,” she said. “Whether it was moving irrigation pipes, planting, or picking fruit and vegetables.”

Perhaps growing up on a farm is why Carolyn is able to juggle so many things; she admits she likes to stay busy. Having just completed her Masters in Visual Arts from the Queensland College of Art, Carolyn worked on a collaborative project with Uncle Burragun John Long, an Aboriginal elder.

“We have been examining the intersections and divergences of the stories of our great grandmothers whose histories are connected to the Scenic Rim of South-East Queensland, traditionally Yugarapul country.”

Carolyn’s beautiful photography allowed her to tell a story that lets viewers contemplate their own family stories and in relation to the colonial history of Australia.

Her photography also wonderfully captures the values and essence of such a unique brand like Perfect Potion.

Through Carolyn’s artistic direction in photography, merchandising and other vis

 

ual inspirations, Perfect Potion has become a company that looks as beautiful as it smells.

“Our shops are a sanctuary for the senses,” she said. “We want people to walk in and feel relaxed and comfortable surrounded by the look, feel and smell of natural materials and natural products.”

“Before we opened our first shop we were selling our products at the markets.” From their doors first opening in 1991 in Elizabeth Arcade in Brisbane, Perfect Potion is now a world-renowned company, leading the way in aromatherapy.

 

 

Years later, Carolyn and her husband are looking at expanding Perfect Potion even further and are always looking for new ways to integrate aromatherapy into the everyday person’s life. But it was in Boonah that Carolyn fell in love with scent.

“I remember my mother giving me eucalyptus oil,” she said, “whenever I had a cold, that’s one of my fondest memories.”

Perhaps it is because Carolyn is embedded in the world of aromatherapy that her creativity is so vibrant. She loves diffusing essential oils like mandarin, jasmine, and ylang ylang that promote creative energy. Much like creativity, scent follows her around everywhere, particularly in the form of her and her husband’s beagle, Charlie.

I asked Carolyn if she and Sal always chose beagles because of their strong sense of smell. She laughed and said, “I think unconsciously we may have.”

 

Aromatherapy Travel Tips and Tricks

Travelling with Perfect Potion 

How to use our products to make those painfully long flights more bearable.

Whether you’re flying to America, Europe, Japan (perhaps to visit one of our Japanese stores) or seeing more of our beautiful Australian landscape, you’re bound to suffer though a long plane ride followed by train, bus, or car trips to get to your amazing destination.

Most seasoned travellers have their set in-flight routines as well as packed essentials they couldn’t fly without. But what about those essentials that will make your flight more bearable, help anxious flyers, keep your skin hydrated and make you feel fresher on landing?

Aromatherapy is an amazing way to make sure your travel is as comfortable as it can be, so that arrive at your beautiful destination relaxed and refreshed.

 

Aromatherapy Musts

Breathe Easy Balm

This is at the top of our list because it really is a lifesaver, almost quiet literally. Upon arriving at your destination, the last thing you want is to have picked up a cold or flu that was floating around in your cabin. Before and during your flight, simply dab some Breathe Easy balm under your nostrils and rub into your chest. This will help with any decongestion you may experience on the flight as well as lessening the chance of you breathing in ‘bad’ air.

How does it work?

Breathe easy balm includes essential oils which help open up the airways, and helps keep a clear head as well as kill bacteria within the airways. The blend of essential oils is relaxing to muscles as well, so that your chest, throat and temples feel more relaxed after application, relieving the chest tightness and headache and sore throats often experienced with airways congestion.


Jet Setter

This seems like an obvious one; our Jet Setter mist is perfect for refreshing your senses after a long, dull flight or bus, train, or car ride. Simply spritz all over your body to refresh your senses and make you feel and smell refreshed and revitalised.

How does it work?

Jet setter incorporates essential oils of ginger and peppermint traditionally used for their ability to settle the tummy and reduce the effects of travel sickness, rosemary and lemon essential oils will help keep the mind clear and memory sharp, improving focus ability especially important when travelling. Lavender and geranium essential oils help balance the emotions, with the added help of balancing Australian Bush Flower essences.

 


Aromatherapy Hand Sanitiser – 50ml

Packing a travel-sized bottle of hand sanitiser everywhere you go is not uncommon these days. Use our natural Aromatherapy Hand Sanitiser to kill germs and keep hands clean. It won’t dry out your skin and it smells beautiful!

How does it work?

Aromatherapy Hand Sanitiser uses lavender and tea tree essential oils which individually are amazing antibacterial and antifungal essential oils, but together they are exponentially effective. Both are soothing and cooling to the skin in a situation of skin irritations. It is a fabulous product for hand sanitising where washing is not possible but also anywhere on the body that needs antiseptic of soothing properties like insect bites or scratches. It is alcohol based so it will have an initial sting but is short lived. It also includes lemon essential oil which is also highly antiseptic and refreshing. This product can also be used as a deodorant (be forewarned of the alcohol sting on freshly shaved areas) as it prevents odour causing bacteria. It is also very useful for smelly feet; rub on as a foot deodorant after your shower to keep feet smelling fresh.

 


 

Extra Travelling Basics
– A good book
– Eye covers
– A warm pair of socks
– Headphones (to drown out the engine’s noise)
– Comfortable clothes to change into

*For liquids on flights, it’s best to check with your airline how many milliliters you’re allowed to bring on board. Balms usually count as solids, but can differ from airline to airline.

 

From,

 

The Perfect Potion Family

 

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.