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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!

Essential Oil of the Month: German Chamomile

Uses for German Chamomile

This month’s Essential Oil of the Month is the wonderful German chamomile, with its vivid inky blue colour.

This amazing essential oil makes us think of vivid blue artworks, deep oceans or the sheen of the satin bowerbird.

Sal’s Essential Oil of the Month monograph on German chamomile gives an amazing insight into the depth of scent and the extent of its properties that this amazing blue oil gives. Sal discusses the personality profile of the German chamomile person along with blending tips, subtle aromatherapy, medicinal uses and so much more.

Sal quotes Zeck, whose description of German chamomile is both beautiful and eye opening:

“German chamomile promotes a letting go of the old and stale so that the fresh and new can evolve.”

Many consider the smell of German chamomile overwhelming and unpleasant, yet there are some (a lot of us at the Perfect Potion family) who think the intensely sweet, herbaceous odour with fresh, fruity undertones is pleasant and calming. Just be careful when using this rich essential oil that it doesn’t get on your clothes or skin (unless you’re after a blue tinge).

The best ways to use German chamomile

Skincare


German chamomile is extensively used in cosmetics to take advantage of its healing properties.

The soothing oil helps with inflamed skin as well as bactericidal skin diseases. We use German chamomile blended with lavender and neroli in our classic Soothe range for sensitive skin.

The German chamomile in products like Soothe Fine Tuning Solution, Soothe Moisturiser, Soothe Oil and Soothe Cleanser are gentle on sensitive skin, soothe redness and inflammation and help with hydration. Our Soothe Double Cream also contains German chamomile as a key ingredient and is perfect for people with sensitive skin who need a bit more nourishment in the chilly winter months.

 

Skincare Potions with German Chamomile

The German chamomile in products like Soothe Fine Tuning Solution, Soothe Cream, Soothe Oil and Soothe Cleansing Gel is gentle on sensitive skin, soothes redness and inflammation, and helps with hydration.

Soothe Oil
Soothe Fine Tuning Solution
Soothe Cleansing Gel
Soothe Cream
Pure Plant Hydration Serum
Pure Plant Hydration Mask

Aromatherapy

By itself, many find the scent of German chamomile too overpowering and sweet, but when it is blended, this amazing essential oil takes on a whole new personality.

German chamomile is used for emotional frustration, anger, irritability, agitation, mood swings and anxiety as it calms the mind and promotes relaxation. This amazing inky-blue oil is often used for those who seek spiritual understanding, need to let go or find purpose in their life.

Try creating a blend on your own with German chamomile or perhaps pick up one of our essential oil blends in which this amazing oil is a key ingredient.

Essential Oil Blends with German Chamomile

Expressive Chakra Blend Emgoddess Demeter Blend

 

Sal Battaglia, the vision behind Perfect Potion recommends these German chamomile blends:

To support detoxification:
German chamomile
lemon
everlasting
An antispasmodic blend:
German chamomile
Roman chamomile
lavender
To relax and release nervous tension:
German chamomile
lavender
sandalwood

 

So, the next time you’re in Perfect Potion, either in store or online, try pairing some of these essential oils with German chamomile for a rich and calming experience or pick up something from our Soothe skincare range.

To learn more about German chamomile, make sure you read Sal’s monograph and keep an eye out for Sal’s blog post on blending with German chamomile for our monthly Blend Master competition.

Treating your Tresses

Treating your Tresses

Hair has been an important aspect of beauty for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians scented and treated their hair with essential oils and nourished it with selected vegetable oils.

Thousands of years later, our hair is still an important aspect of how we look and feel. We all want the feel of soft and nourished hair billowing on our shoulders or the feeling of shiny locks as we run our hands through it, but what do we have to do to achieve this?

Beautiful hair doesn’t have to come at the price of using non-natural ingredients. Achieving hair that feels silky smooth and has a beautiful vibrant shine is simple: aromatherapy!

Perfect Potion’s range of haircare products integrate aromatherapy to help you achieve soft and shiny hair and a nourished scalp, naturally!

What’s so good about it?

Our range includes a variety of shampoos and conditioners, as well as an oil elixir, balm and beard oil. But how do they work naturally?

Rosemary essential oil is a key ingredient in our Rosemary Shampoo and Conditioner as well as our Hair and Scalp Elixir. The rosemary in these products helps to avoid dandruff and an itchy scalp. Massaging your scalp with either the Rosemary Shampoo or Hair and Scalp Elixir will stimulate and rejuvenate hair follicles by increasing blood circulation to the scalp. We’ve also added geranium, ylang ylang and lavender to these products as well as to our Hair Balm. Essential oil fragrances are heat activated, therefore the heat from your scalp activates these essential oils so you enjoy the therapeutic scent. Geranium dispels anxiety, ylang ylang is incredibly uplifting and lavender is calming, all to contribute to making you feel as shiny and wonderful as your hair looks.

Similarly, we have added Roman Chamomile essential oil to our Chamomile Shampoo. Roman Chamomile has a wonderful fruity scent; it is uplifting and helps to give us a sense of purpose. Roman Chamomile essential oil combined with German Chamomile herbal extract is what gives our Chamomile Shampoo the chamomile kick you need. German Chamomile herbal extract is used for the relief of symptoms of eczema and dermatitis by soothing rashes and irritated skin, making our Chamomile Shampoo and Marigold Conditioner perfect for those with sensitive scalps still wanting soft and beautiful hair.


Tips and Tricks

Here are some tips and tricks for using our products to give your hair an extra boost of radiance naturally.

For dry, brittle and damaged hair… in a bowl mix Rosemary Conditioner and our Certified Organic Coconut Oil. Apply generously to dry hair and let it nourish for 30 minutes or longer. Shampoo and condition as normal. For a dry and itchy scalp… use a dropper to part your hair and coat scalp with our Hair and Scalp Elixir. Let the oil nourish for the scalp for 30 minutes or leave overnight. Shampoo and condition as normal.

Do you have any tips and tricks for using our hair care products? If so, take a photo and tag us with @perfectpotion and #everydayaromatherapy. We always love seeing our products in action!

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.

From,

The Perfect Potion family

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

Let us know how you use essential oils and crystals via our Facebook or Instagram pages.

Why I can’t live without my weekly replenish face mask!

Sunday night 7pm is like the triple white chocolate, raspberry and Nutella éclair of my week – sheer luxury and ultimate decadence!  I like to think of my week as a big beautiful buffet, and 7pm Sunday night as my dedicated dessert section – my time to totally replenish myself!

The clock strikes seven and the outside world slips away. I massage a large tablespoon of Hair and Scalp Elixir through my hair, wrap it up in a warm towel, let my incense burn, smooth on a creamy, indulgent Replenish Face Mask and put my feet up while I tuck into a good book & block of Fairtrade, organic Pico Chocolate (yum!).

I recently decided to schedule face masks in as part of my new commitment to really taking care of myself. And I’m so glad I did! Lathering on a 15 minute mask is simple and infuses mind, body & soul with a bliss I thought was only possible from a week-long Bali goddess spa retreat.

After experiencing first-hand the amazingness of face masks, I did some research to find out how it is they leave your skin feeling so toned and restored…

The skin-loving benefits of masks…

Our skin endures a lot, and sometimes it takes more than a standard cleansing routine to counteract it all. This is where masks come in. By drawing out impurities hidden beneath the top layer of your dermis, they take your cleansing routine to a whole new level. And after clearing out the bad, they deliver a wealth of nourishing goodness.

When using a mask, your complexion is blanketed in a world of healing actives, extracts & phytonutrients for up to 20 minutes! This means your skin has a chance to soak in all the moisture. Furthermore, the natural luscious botanicals and pure essential oils are better able to penetrate the skin and convey their potent healing properties right into the deepest layers of the dermis to provide maximum therapeutic effect.

The result of all this is improved hydration and a noticeably luminous glow and soft radiance that comes from true, natural nourishment.

The icing on this big ol’ nourishment cake is that masks don’t just love your skin. True masks are infused with pure, aromatic essential oils. So while your skin drinks in all the love and nutrition, your spirits are also replenished and uplifted by the beautiully healing qualities of aromatherapy.

Of course there’s a bit more to it then just whipping on any old mask. The mask you use depends on your skin’s particular needs.

 

The right mask for you…

In winter, the weather can be unkind to your skin. So right now, Sal & the team are loving Replenish Face Mask. Rich & totally20160621_104514 decadent, this smooth creamy mask contains jojoba, rosehip & avocado oils, olive leaf extract, calendula, as well as rose otto and lavender essential oils to nourish dry, dehydrated and chapped weather-beaten skin, making it perfect for wintertime!

 Would your skin benefit from a weekly replenish mask? 

Take the quiz below to find out… 

  • When I wake up in the morning my skin feels dry, tight or itchy
  • My skin feels sore or tight especially after showering, bathing or swimming
  • My skin looks or feels rough
  • I am noticing more fine lines and wrinkles than normal

If you answered yes to two or more of the questions above, than a Replenish Face Mask would be perfect for you! The mask itself is wonderful for most skin types, especially in winter. However, oily or acne prone skin would be benefit more from either a Green Tea Purifying or Fresh Faced Mask.

 

How to use…

In the same way you would ice a cupcake, smooth your mask over skin that is freshly cleansed and exfoliated (this will ensure you receive maximum benefits from your mask!). Be sure to avoid the eye and lip area. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes while you put your feet up, meditate, read or whatever you like! When it’s time to remove your mask, simply hold a warm, wet wash cloth over your face for several seconds, repeat a few times to loosen the mask from your skin. Very gently wash the rest of the mask away with your wash cloth & plenty of water. Pat your skin dry with a towel, spritz over Replenish Fine Tuning Solution and follow with a layer of Replenish Serum

…and that’s all there is to it!

 

This simple beauty ritual will replenish your skin’s moisture levels, returning it to a soft supple texture and gifting it with a beautifully dewy glow! We invite you to start your own weekly mask & lavish beauty ritual in which you take time to nurture your body, mind & soul in a truly holistic way! xx

Cleaning your home naturally!

Your home is your sanctuary – a place to unwind and escape from the stress, toxins and pollution of our modern world. What’s scary though, is that there are often more toxic chemicals lurking inside your home than in the middle of big cities and industrial centres!!

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Plastics in Skincare

Where they end up & how we can change it…

Facial scrubs and exfoliants, body washes and lotions – did you know that many of these bathroom cabinet basics have more plastic inside them than the actual packaging they come in?  Scary huh?

It’s important to remember that although plastic debris like bags and bottles are a definite threat to our beautiful marine life, we can’t forget the lesser known & less visible dangers of plastic microfiber pollution.

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