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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  

 

Tea Tales

 

Tea Tales: Happy Herbal Tea Hour at Perfect Potion

Each week, we’ll be picking one of our herbal teas as our tea of the week. Visit us in store every Monday to try our tea of the week and follow our blog posts to learn more about the world of tea. 

The art of tea is a soothing ritual that has been used for thousands of years to promote health, wisdom and relaxation.

When we imagine tea rituals, we think of the beautiful traditional tea ceremonies in Japan. The hot water pouring over wonderfully scented leaves, watching them steep and smelling the aroma they create when your tea is finally brewed and ready for you to enjoy.

However, not all ‘teas’ have to be tea. While green and black tea have many health benefits, the beauty of fragrant dried herbs and flowers means that you can settle in with a cup of tea without the caffeine.

Herbal teas are completely caffeine free, though that doesn’t mean they won’t put a spring in your step. Perfect Potion’s herbal teas are made from a variety of dried flowers, herbs, seeds, and other plants that offer you a range of mental and physical health benefits.

Experience the healing beauty of our range of 100% natural herbal teas. Our blends will make you feel relaxed, put a spring in your step, help you to breathe easy, or give you sweet dreams.

Each herbal tea blend has been carefully crafted to ensure that with each cup of brewed herbal tea, you experience the beautiful aromas and feel the benefits.

Starting from July 3rd, each week we will feature one of our herbal teas as part of our Happy Herbal Tea Hour. You can shop online or go in store and try each week’s tea. Our beautiful Green Goddesses in store will happily brew you a cup of our feature tea each Monday.

 

This week’s tea…

Life Lifting ‘Ruby Boost’

This blend of gingko biloba, ginseng, hibiscus flowers, lemon verbena and rosemary will be sure to put a spring in your step and give you the blissful energise you need.

Ruby Boost is a blend of herbs and flowers that are uplifting and awakening. When brewed, this fragrant tea becomes a dark shade of pink. The hibiscus flowers naturally colour the tea while sweetening it ever so slightly. The result is a fragrant brew with zesty aromas of lemon verbena and tingling scents of rosemary.

You can enjoy this tea hot or cold. On hot days, cold brew this tea in the fridge overnight for a naturally sweet, refreshing pink ice tea. Serve on ice with raspberries and slices of lemon. On cold days, brew a cup (or teapot) of Ruby Boost for a guilt-free sweet treat.

Enjoy the tang of Ruby Boost and get yourself grooving and boosting!

The Chakra Diet

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.

Aromatherapy and Mindfulness

My First Mindfulness Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From,

Sal


Aromatherapy and mindfulness

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

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

During this workshop you will:

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

 

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

NSW

Book your spot now for.
28th June 6-8pm Newtown 

QLD

SOLD OUT!

VIC

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


Festival of Tibet

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

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

Perfect Potion does the Festival of Tibet

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

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

Book Now.

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The Magic of Crystals and Aromatherapy

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

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

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

How to use crystals and essential oils

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

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

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

Amber and Sweet Orange

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

Labradorite and Pine

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

Fluorite and Rosemary

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

Boji and Vetiver

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

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