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Defining the quality of essential oils

Whether for professional or home aromatherapy use, essential oils of the highest quality should be used.

How do we define the quality of essential oils? The main challenge is that essential oils are not just used for aromatherapy purposes. Essential oils are extensively used in:

  • food flavouring
  • perfumery and fragrances
  • pharmaceutical preparations
  • chemical manufacturing

Each of these industries has developed its own set of criteria for defining the quality of an essential oil. It has been suggested that the quality of an essential oil should be based on knowing whether an essential oil is going to work in a therapeutic way. This makes a lot of sense but it does open the door to a new set of challenges. What defines the therapeutic activity of an essential oil? If we strictly follow this guideline, we may be required to adopt the standards adopted by some of the pharmacopoeias such as the British Pharmacopoeia, which means that many of the essential oils may need to be blended or rectified in order to comply with the pharmacopoeia standards.

Therefore, it is not surprising that some essential oil companies have decided to establish their own internal standards such as ‘therapeutic grade’. Some in the industry suggest that this term is misleading, but claim it is a failure of the aromatherapy essential oil trading associations to issue guidelines for essential oils that has led to this situation.

I agree with Harris who suggests that the ideal definition of quality for essential oils in aromatherapy should be: (1) preferably but not necessarily organically cultivated, and (2) that is supplied with the full chemical analysis of its constituents1.

Holmes also suggests that essential oil users often ignore the documented evidence provided in certificates of analysis such as the results of simple analytical tests (e.g. specific gravity, refractive index and optical rotation).2 Even the most important sensory-based method of organoleptic examination is often overlooked.

I have always been passionate about sourcing the highest quality essential oils. Thirty years of experience as an aromatherapist, educator and supplier of essential oils has helped establish Perfect Potion as the leading specialist in its field. It is, therefore, very exciting for us to launch a new platform to help you understand our essential oils.

By simply going to the link below and typing in the batch number of the essential oil you have purchased from Perfect Potion, you can access the Certificate of Analysis (C of A) of that batch of essential oil.

http://www.perfectpotion.com.au/news/certificates/

The C of A gives you vital information regarding the correct identification of the oil – the botanical name, the country of origin, clearly identifying if it is certified organic and the method of extraction.

It also describes the appearance and organoleptic qualities of the oil as well as the specific gravity and refractive index. These analytical tests can be very useful to identify if the oil has been adulterated.

We also include a detailed chemical composition of the essential oil. For those who have studied essential oil chemistry, this will give you a good indication of the potential therapeutic qualities of the oil. In future blogs, I will provide more information on how to interpret the chemical composition of the essential oils.

 

 

Perfect Potion limited-edition essential oils

Occasionally, I come across essential oils that leave you breathless because they epitomise the flawless beauty of nature. Our most recent batches of certified organic Roman chamomile, clary sage, Bourbon geranium, neroli, vetiver and ylang ylang complete are such oils. While all of our essential oils are certified organic and of such discerning quality, these oils are so unique that I have decided to make them part of a limited-edition range.

It is no wonder that Fischer-Rizzi once described essential oils as heavenly scents that touch your heart, making you keenly aware of the beauty that surrounds you and opening the door to your soul.

Roman chamomile

This batch of Roman chamomile is so rich in esters. Esters provide the essential oil with a delightful fruity aroma, which is so soothing and relaxing. I have not smelt Roman chamomile that is so fruity and sweet for so long.

Botanical name Anthemis nobilis

Country of origin Morocco

Status ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This Roman chamomile oil is a pale yellow mobile liquid with a very diffusive aroma with little tenacity. It is a top note. This Roman chamomile oil has a sweet fruity and apple-like top note, a sweet and herbaceous body while its dryout is herbaceous and dry.

Chemical composition – Isobutyl isobutyrate 4.5%, isobutyl methacrylate 2.3%, α-pinene 6.45%, β-pinene 0.61%, isobutyl methyl butyrate 1.45%, isobutyl isovalerate 0.19%, isoamyl isobutyrate 0.63%, 2-methyl butylisobutyrate 3.01%, p-cymene 0.22%, isobutyrate angelate 12.65%, methyl allyl angelate 9.05%, butyl angelate 0.47%, trans pinocarveol 8.76%, methyl butyl angelate 4.58%, isoamyl angelate 8.28%, pinocarvone 2.74%, borneol 0.34%, myrtenal 1.04%, methyl amyl angelate 10.08%, germacrene D 0.52%.

Limited edition – 300

Size – 2 mL

Price – $49.95

Clary sage

There is such a pleasant, fresh, warm aroma to this batch of clary sage oil. It has the most euphoric and uplifting effect that I have ever experienced from clary sage.

Botanical name – Salvia sclarea

Country of origin – France

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This clary sage oil is a pale yellow liquid with a very diffusive aroma. It is regarded as a middle note. It has a fresh, fruity and amber-like top note, a floral and herbaceous body while its dryout is balsamic, dry and woody.

Chemical composition – α-pinene 0.1%, β-pinene 0.14%, β-myrcene 0.73%, limonene 0.3%, cis-β ocimene 0.31%, trans-β ocimene 0.5%, linalool 17.09%, α-terpineol 1.4%, nerol 0.29%, geraniol 0.76%, linalyl acetate 67.44%, neryl acetate 0.48%, β-caryophyllene 1.28%, germacrene D 2.38%, sclareol 0.82%.

Limited edition – 500

Size – 5 mL

Price – $34.95

Geranium, Bourbon

Geranium from Madagascar is considered the finest quality geranium and is also known as rose geranium oil. I am often asked “Why don’t we stock rose geranium?” This is a trade name that has no real meaning. I prefer to use the technical name for the oil, but if there were a rose geranium, this would be it.

This batch of Bourbon geranium oil has the most delightful, sweet, rosy and herbaceous aroma.

Botanical name – Pelargonium graveolens

Country of origin – Madagascar

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This batch of Bourbon geranium is green-olive coloured oil with a powerful diffusive aroma. It is referred to as a middle note.  It has a fresh, green and leafy top note, with a rosy, minty and herbaceous body, while the dryout is sweet and herbaceous.

Chemical composition – limonene 0.26%, linalool 4.28%, cis-rose oxide 0.78%, trans-rose oxide 0.33%, citronellal 0.09%, menthone 1.45%, isomenthone 6.4%, α-terpineol 0.23%, citronellol 22.33%, geraniol 15.28%, geranial 1.03%, citronellyl formate 10.13%, geranyl formate 6.57%, geranyl acetate 0.36%, neryl acetate 0.02%, β-bourbonene 1.13%, guaia-6,9-diene 8.26%, α-humulene 1.55%, germacrene D 1.14%, geranyl isobutyrate 1.09%, geranyl tiglate 1.51%.

Limited edition – 500

Size – 5 mL

Price – $29.95

Neroli

When I first inhaled this batch of neroli, I felt like I was walking on sunshine – it sends a tingle down my spine! The scent of this batch of neroli oil is so refreshingly divine – it rejuvenates and awakens the soul.

Botanical name – Citrus aurantium var. amara

Country of origin – Morocco

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This neroli oil is a pale yellow liquid with a light floral aroma with little tenacity. It is referred to as a top note. This neroli oil has a refreshing light, floral top note with a sweet, floral, herbaceous green body and a pleasant floral dryout.

Chemical composition – α-pinene 0.59%, sabinene 0.59%, β-pinene 8.08%, β-myrcene 2.35%, α-terpinene 0.21%, limonene 16.98%, linalool 38.4%, α—terpineol 5.13%, nerol 1.27%, geraniol 3.45%, indole 0.16%, methyl anthranilate 0.24%, neryl acetate 1.55%, geranyl acetate 3.13%, β-caryophyllene 0.72%, α-farnesene 0.23%, nerolidol 2.17%, trans-farnesol 1.42%.

Limited edition – 200

Size – 2 mL

Price – $89.95

Vetiver, Bourbon

When I came across this batch of vetiver, I almost cried. It took me right back to my childhood memories growing up on the farm. It has such a lush, rich earthy sweet aroma. For such an earthy oil, this was so surprisingly refreshing and rejuvenating.

Vetiver is one of the most chemically complex of all essential oils. This batch of Bourbon vetiver oil is very rich in sesquiterpene compounds, giving the oil its intensity, depth and complexity, reminiscent of roots and wet soil.

Botanical name – Vetiveria zizanioides

Country of origin – Madagascar

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – This batch of Bourbon vetiver is an amber to brownish coloured viscous liquid. It is referred to as a base note. This vetiver oil has a sweet, heavy and woody top note, with an earthy and woody body while there is no change in its dryout.

Chemical composition – isoeugenol 0.49%, nootkatene 0.63%, γ-vetivenene 3.09%, α-calacorene 0.72%, β-vetivenene 3.09%, vetiselinenol 1.85%, khusimol 8.19%, isovalencenol 1.35%, β-vetivone 4.11%, α-vetivone 5.36%.

Limited edition – 300

Size – 5 mL

Price – $34.95

Ylang ylang complete

Now those of you who have attended my classes will know my signature essential oil – yes, it is ylang ylang. Even those who are not such big fans of the intoxicating and rich floral aroma of ylang ylang will fall under the spell of this batch of ylang ylang complete.

This batch of ylang ylang complete oil has a scent that is heavenly, sweet and floral. It epitomises the character of ylang ylang that is charismatic and sensual.

Botanical name – Cananga odorata

Country of origin – Madagascar

Status – ACO certified organic

Organoleptic description – Ylang ylang complete is a yellow somewhat oily liquid with a powerful, intense aroma. It is referred to as a middle note. It has a powerful, intense, sweet and floral top note, followed by a rich, slightly medicinal and floral body while its dryout is pleasant, soft and powdery floral.

Chemical composition

α-pinene 0.2%, camphene 0.32%, methyl-p-cresol 2.9%, methyl benzoate 1.69%, linalool 8.88%, benzyl acetate 1.53%, geraniol 1.35%, linalyl acetate 0.02%, eugenol 0.46%, α-cubebene 0.12%, geranyl acetate 7.84%, methyl eugenol 0.03%, β-caryophyllene 14.61%, farnesol 1.21%, benzyl benzoate 5.47%, benzyl salicylate 1.55%.

Limited edition – 500

Size – 5 mL

Price – $27.95


References

1.Holmes P. Aromatica: a clinical guide to essential oil therapeutics – Vol. I. Singing Dragon, London 2016. 

2. Harris B. Editorial. International Journal of Aromatherapy, 2006; 16(2):55.

 

 

 

 

Natural Mama Therapy

Holistic Self Care Tips for Natural Mums

As a mother, finding time for you can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Feelings of stress and overwhelm are considered a typical side effect of parenting, possibly because stress and anxiety can result from not having enough time for self-care. We love to pamper our cherished mama customers. Below we share some helpful self-care tips and practical rituals from the author of Hippie Mama, Rita Balshaw. These tips are simple, affordable and don’t even require leaving the house!


Shower Sanctuary

After a long day, nothing beats a warm, cleansing shower. There is something very sacred about pure water running over your skin washing away the stresses of the day. It can often help make everything feel a little better.

You will need:

Place the candles in your bathroom and light. After undressing, turn on the shower and use your selected essential oil to place a few drops on the shower floor (tiled floors only to remain on the safe side). Acknowledge how the warm water feels on your skin and take a few rounds of deep breaths.

Enjoy the steamy, fragrant goodness. After drying, apply an aromatic, plant-based body oil such as Pure Rose Body Oil, Skin Elixir Body Oil or Chakra Balancing Massage Oil.They all contain feel-good essential oils to leave you nourished and blissful.

 

Foot Haven

A detoxifying foot-bath is a great way to release excess toxins from the body. This self-care ritual has been practised for thousands of years in ancient folklore medicine. Make your own detoxifying foot bath with pure green clay, purifying essential oils, and mineral salts. This foot haven can be experienced whilst your little one is napping or whilst you’re watching them play!

Add all ingredients to a bathtub or foot spa with plenty of warm water. Soak your hard-working feet for as long as desired. It is really important to drink an alkalising beverage after any detoxifying therapy. A large glass of warm lemon water with a pinch of turmeric powder is a great option.

 

Herbs for Health

When mums are feeling stressed, some common go-tos are wine, chocolate, and coffee! I would like to add a more nutritious support to the list. Herbs! Both in tea and extract form. Tea drinking is herbal medicine in its simplest form and can do wonders for your health and wellbeing.

The most appropriate herbal teas to take when you are feeling overwhelmed are those that are calming, sedating, and that balance the nervous system. Relax, Sweet Dreams, Vata, Pitta and Bon Appetite blends are my top picks.

 

Legs Up The Wall

Keep a yoga mat in your living room or child’s bedroom. Whenever you get the chance, lay on it! Viparita Karani yoga pose, also known as legs-up-the-wall pose, promotes circulation and a pleasant rebalancing effect. This restorative posture is especially beneficial if you are feeling stressed, fatigued, have lower back pain or are experiencing jet-lag.

 

Digital Detox

Feeling icky and disconnected? Start each day with a purifying beverage. Try a green smoothie, warm lemon water, or grapefruit juice to cleanse and hydrate your body. It is incredible to think that the average person spends about nine hours a day in front of a television or computer screen! Spend at least one hour a day in nature, ensuring you get the right amount of sunlight and fresh air. Boost your wellbeing by eliminating the use of all electronics at least two hours before bed and one hour after waking. You will sleep better and wake feeling clear and refreshed!

 

By Rita Balshaw

Author of Hippie Mamas, a guide to holistic parenting


Want to learn more?

We are very excited to announce certified doula, natural therapist and author of Hippie Mamas Rita Balshaw will be in store at Perfect Potion Warringah hosting a morning of Q&A, book signing and mini workshops on all things aromatherapy for mums and bubs!

If you have an interest in natural therapies and want to learn more about how to adapt these to all aspects of motherhood then this is the event for you.

Meet Rita personally in store and experience aromatherapy first hand through mini workshops and rituals.

All mamas and bubbas welcome!! Click here to find out more.

 

Create Your Own Aromatherapy Diffuser Blend

Sal prepared three aromatherapy diffuser blend recipes for you to try…

Positive Vibe Blend

1 drop Lemon Myrtle
2 drops Sweet Orange
2 drops Bergamot

Space Cleansing Blend

2 drops Lemon
1 drop Frankincense
1 drop Fragonia
1 drop Juniper Berry

Calming Blend

2 drops Lavender
1 drop Ylang Ylang
2 drops Sweet Orange


Method:

Fill your aromatherapy diffuser with water and add 5 drops of essential oil.

Return to the aromatherapy blending and essential oil safety page.

Create Your Own Aromatherapy Cream

Sal prepared three aromatherapy cream recipes for you to try…

Refreshing Foot Cream

3 drops Peppermint
4 drops Lavender
3 drops Lemon
50g Moisture Cream Base

Skin Repair Cream

2 drops Everlasting
5 drops Lavender
3 drops Frankincense
20 drops Calendula Infused Oil
1 tsp(5mL) Rosehip Oil
45g Moisture Cream Base

Replenishing Hand Cream

9 drops Lavender
1 drop Rose Absolute
20 drops Calendula Infused Oil
50g Moisture Cream Base


Method:

Combine 10 drops of essential oil and 10mL of jojoba oil in a roller ball bottle.

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Create Your Own Massage Oil

Sal prepared three body massage oil recipes for you to try…

Aching Body Massage Oil

5 drops Black Pepper
20 drops Kunzea
10 drops Rosemary
10 drops Ginger
100mL Sweet Almond Oil

Love Potion Body Massage Oil

20 drops Ylang Ylang
10 drops Patchouli
20 drops Bergamot
10 drops Ginger
100mL Sweet Almond Oil

Tranquility Body Massage Oil

20 drops Lavender
20 drops Sweet Orange
10 drops Geranium
10 drops Ginger
100mL Sweet Almond Oil


Method:

Combine 50 drops of essential oil with 100mL sweet almond oil in a 100mL glass bottle.

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Create Your Own Aromatic Mist

Sal prepared three aromatic mist recipes for you to try…

Relaxing Mist

10 drops Lavender
5 drops Geranium
5 drops Patchouli
5 drops Ylang Ylang
40 drops Essential Oil Solubiliser
50mL Spring Water

Skin Hydration Mist

5 drops Lavender
1 drop Rose Otto
40 drops Essential Oil Solubiliser
50mL Spring Water
5mL Warm Water
45mL Rose Water

Energising Mist

5 drops Geranium
5 drops Rosemary
5 drops May Chang
10 drops Lemon
40 drops Essential Oil Solubiliser
50mL Spring Water


Method:

Combine 25 drops of essential oil and 40 drops of essential oil solubiliser in a 50mL spray bottle. Add 5mL of warm water and mix well. Finally, add 45mL of water and shake well to combine.

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Create Your Own Roll On Pulse Point

Sal prepared three roll on pulse point perfume recipes for you to try…

Focus Roll On Pulse Point

3 drops Rosemary
4 drops Lemon
3 drops Patchouli
10mL Jojoba Oil

Uplifting Roll On Pulse Point

4 drops Bergamot
3 drops Geranium
3 drops Lemon
10mL Jojoba Oil

Creativity Roll On Pulse Point

3 drops Lavender
3 drops Mandarin
3 drops Ylang Ylang
10mL Jojoba Oil


Method:

Combine 10 drops of essential oil and 10mL of jojoba oil in a roller ball bottle.

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Create Your Own Aromatherapy Perfume

Sal prepared three gorgeous perfume recipes for you to try…

Herbaceous Perfume

Top notes:

10 drops Bergamot

Middle notes:

5 drops Geranium
10 drops Clary Sage
10 drops Lavender
10 drops Rosemary

Base notes:

5 drops Atlas Cedarwood

50mL Perfume Base


Woody Perfume

Top notes:

20 drops Bergamot

Middle notes:

10 drops Lavender

Base notes:

5 drops Patchouli
5 drops Atlas Cedarwood
10 drops Sandalwood

50mL Perfume Base


Floral Perfume

Top notes:

20 drops Sweet Orange

Middle notes:

10 drops Rose Absolute
10 drops Lavender
1 drop Ginger

Base notes:

9 drops Patchouli

50mL Perfume Base


Method:

In a 50mL glass bottle, add essential oils in the following order: top notes, middle notes, base notes.

Mix in a small amount of perfume base and gently shake to combine, then mix in the remaining perfume base.

 

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Aromatherapy Blending

Create your own aromatherapy potions with the following blend recipes create by Sal!

Aromatherapy Perfume

Aromatherapy Massage Oil

Aromatic Mist

Aromatherapy Body Cream

Aromatherapy Roll On Pulse Point

Aromatherapy Diffuser Blend

Helpful Blending Tips

% Dilution 10mL 50 mL/gm 100mL
1% 2 drops 10 drops 20 drops
2.5% 5 drops 25 drops 50 drops
5% 10 drops 50 drops 100 drops

• 1mL of essential oil ≈ 20 drops

• For babies, skin care and sensitive skin use <1% dilution of essential oils.

• Most skin irritations occur because essential oils have oxidised, take care to check the expiry dates and store the essential oils in a cool, dry and dark place away from heat and light.

• For detailed information on individual essential oils please refer to ‘The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy’ by Salvatore Battaglia.

Important Safety guidelines

There are some precautions that must be followed when using essential oils:

• Oils should be stored out of reach of children.

• Do not take essential oils internally unless under the strict supervision of an aromatic medicine professional.

• Keep essential oils away from the eyes. If you do accidently get oil in your eyes, splash immediately with tepid water and seek medical advice if discomfort persists.

• Discontinue the use of essential oils immediately if you suffer an allergic reaction.

The following can be used as a guide to the possible contra-indications that may occur when using essential oils:

Many aromatherapists consider it sensible to avoid the use of the following oils during pregnancy – basil, clary sage, cypress, hyssop, juniper, sweet marjoram, myrrh, nutmeg, pennyroyal, rosemary, sage, thyme.

Many aromatherapists consider it sensible to avoid the use of the following oils by anyone with hypertension – hyssop, rosemary, thyme, sage.

The following oils may cause the skin to burn if exposed to strong ultra-violet light from sunlight or a sun bed – bergamot, cold pressed lime, bitter orange, lemon.

The following oils may cause skin irritation to people with sensitive skin. (Sensitivity varies from person to person and from oil to oil) – basil, lemon, cinnamon bark, clove bud, lemongrass, thyme and tea tree.

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.