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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australia has a diverse and unique ecosystem of animal and plant life like no other place on earth. The plants from which we have created our certified natural essential oils have incredible antimicrobial properties that are cleansing and purifying.
How to use your Australian Essential Oils Kit: Place the following essential oil recipes into your aromatherapy diffuser and enjoy these beautiful Australian essential oil blends!
FRESH AIR BLEND
MENTAL CLARITY BLEND
💧💧 2 drops Lemon Myrtle
💧💧 2 drops Tea Tree
💧💧💧 3 drops Blue Mallee Eucalyptus
💧💧 2 drops Tea Tree
💧💧 2 drops Blue Malee Eucalyptus
💧💧💧💧 4 drops Lemon-Scented Eucalyptus
This kit contains five 5ml unique Australian essential oils: Blue Mallee Eucalyptus, Lemon Scented Eucalyptus, Broad leaved peppermint Eucalyptus, Lemon Myrtle and Tea Tree.Plus we donate $1.00 of your purchase to The Australian Koala Foundation. Buy now