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!
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.
Add all ingredients to a clean glass spray bottle and gently shake to combine. Always label and date your homemade aromatherapy products.
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.
Perfumery has an ancient history, dating back thousands of years and expanding across various continents.
Perfume pervades fashion, music, and even literature as it does in Patrick Suskind’s novel Perfume.
For centuries the art of perfumery has been shrouded in mystery and most of the knowledge and skill required for perfumery is passed down rather than taught in institutions.
While aromatherapy has the power to make us feel calm, uplifted, focused or happy, perfume can do the same. In Perfumery: The psychology and biology of fragrance D. M Stoddart takes a zoological perspective to fragrance and writes that the relationship between the sense of smell and human emotion is essential and reflective of human’s development. According to Stoddart, scent penetrates “levels of the psyche to gently stimulate the emotions” (15-16). It is no wonder that often we get a whiff of a perfume and are reminded of something from the past; the thick scent of our grandmother’s musky perfume or the woody aftershave of our father.
Essential oils have always played a central role in perfumery, and on their own evoke scent memory as well as subtle aromatherapy unique to each essential oil. Many perfumes stray away from aromatherapy and as a result essential oils and plant extracts are excluded entirely from the process.
Our range of perfumes use pure essential oils lovingly blended together to make you feel enlivened, comforted or refreshed.
Owner and creator, Sal Battaglia, says that a good perfume should be a synergy of top, middle and base notes.
The top note is usually a fresh citrus and light note; it forms the perfume’s initial impression. In the top note you meet your perfume for the first time, but in the middle and base notes, you get to know it better and begin to understand the complexities of the scent. When we think of top notes we smell the fresh aromas of bergamot, neroli, lemon, cold pressed lime, sweet orange, peppermint, clove and even thyme.
Middle notes last longer and impart warmth and fullness to the blend, whereas base notes are heavy and deeply resonating. The base notes have a profound influence on the blend as a whole. We like base notes such as frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, vetiver and sandalwood.
To smell our beautiful range of perfumes for your selves, visit your local Perfect Potion store or order one online.
Dodd, George, H, & Steve Van Toller (ed). Perfumery: The psychology and biology of fragrance. Chapman and Hall, 1988. Print.
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 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!
Our earth is beautiful and powerful and respecting this delicate balance means taking responsibility for the way in which we live in this world.
The demand for products holding certifications identifying them as organic, natural or cruelty free is increasing every year with consumers becoming more savvy about what they buy and how this effects their bodies and the environment.
At Perfect Potion, we’re so proud to hold certifications that mean we use ingredients that support the environment, communities and animals.
Since the beginning, owners and creators Sal Battaglia and Carolyn Stubbin have been passionate about bringing customers products that are natural without compromising the environment.
We often receive questions from customers asking what the benefits of having these certifications means and, why organic is better than non-organic?
To us, having organic, natural and cruelty free ingredients epitomises the Perfect Potion ethos: we want to create beautiful aromatherapy products that adhere to a holistic way of life. A holistic way of life is the belief that all parts of the world are intimately connected.
Often in today’s society we can feel detached from our environment, but we want our customers to feel that connection again, and we believe this can be achieved through knowing what you buy, where it comes from and how it was grown.
COSMOS and ACO
Certified organic ingredients mean that we are looking after the environment. Most organic certifications prohibit the use of synthetic chemicals such as pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. This means that farming biodiversity remains and the land will be rich and viable into the future.
Perfect Potion holds two organic certifications: COSMOS and Australian Certified Organic (ACO). COSMOS is the result of five leading European certification bodies working together to develop a worldwide cosmetics certification scheme.
COSMOS recognises certified natural and organic cosmetics have been made using natural and organic ingredients that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. This certification is used in Perfect Potion’s skincare and body care, ensuring what you put on your skin is natural.
When sourcing our ingredients, to comply with COSMOS, each ingredient must be free from GMOs, nanomaterials, irradiation and animals testing. Australian Certified Organic or ACO is the local accredited certification body for the COSMOS standard and requires that products and ingredients are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertiliser or GMOs.
Australian Certified Organic is the strictest organic certifying body in Australia and audits Perfect Potion annually. ACO declares that certified organic products are not only better for your health and well being; they are better for the environment.
To make sure we look after the environment and all its creatures, Perfect Potion has also been accredited by Choose Cruelty Free. This means we hold the licence to bear the bunny logo on all our products. Cruelty Free demonstrates that all of our ingredients have not been tested on animals. For our vegetarian and vegan customers, we’ve got you covered. All of our products are vegetarian, with most being vegan.You can find lists of our products in store and on our website that identify the small number of items which may contain beeswax or honey.
Charlie is a member of the Perfect Potion family and helps out in the office by eating ‘spare’ food and giving us cuddles. We would never test our products on Charlie or any of her fur brothers and sisters, except perhaps our Furry Animal Shampoo on bath day.
Choosing to support certified organic and cruelty free products means supporting organic farmers as well as ethical producers and processors who are doing the right thing for the earth.
We love all of our customers and we thank you all for choosing Perfect Potion. By being part of the Perfect Potion family, you’re ensuring a natural way of living and environmentally conscious way of living is available for all.