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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!

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  

 

DIY Reusable Food Wraps

by Paola and Isabella Milani

Keep your food fresh with these gorgeous easy-to-make and easy-to-use food wraps and reduce the amount of cling film going into landfill.

Ingredients

Equipment

  • Old towel
  • Baking paper
  • Pinking shears (scissors)
  • Iron

Method

1. Cut usable shapes from your cotton fabric with pinking shears.
2. Place your old towel over your table to create a base to work on.
3. Cut two sheets of baking paper.
4. Place one sheet of baking paper on top of your towel.
5. Place your cotton piece (or pieces) onto the baking paper.
6. Grate the beeswax into a bowl. You will need enough to sprinkle over your cotton fabric pieces.
7. Pour a teaspoon or two of jojoba oil into a small bowl.
8. Add one drop of lemon essential oil and one drop of orange essential oil to each teaspoon of jojoba oil.
9. Sprinkle the beeswax evenly over your fabric. Be careful not to use too much beeswax as this will make your food wrap too thick to fold and mold.
10. Sprinkle the jojoba oil evenly over your fabric. This will assist with the pliability of your food wrap.
11. Place the other piece of baking paper over the top of your cotton pieces.
12. Set your iron on the cotton setting.
13. Carefully iron over the surface of the baking paper – smoothing and pressing the beeswax mixture into all areas of the fabric.
14. Remove the top layer of baking paper to check that the beeswax has covered and melted into all of the cotton fabric.
15. If you find any areas that aren’t completely covered, sprinkle a little more beeswax onto these areas.
16. Place your top sheet of baking paper back on top of your cotton fabric pieces and iron again until the beeswax has melted into the fabric.
17. Remove the top sheet of baking paper.
18. Peel your reusable food wraps from the baking paper. The baking paper can be re-used to make multiple reusable food wraps.
19. Peg your pieces of cotton fabric up to cool. It only takes a few minutes before they are ready to use.


How to Use

Use anywhere you would use cling film to cover and preserve your food.
The warmth of your hands will soften your wraps and allow you to mold and fold them around food and bowls.

You can fold your wraps in half then fold the edges over several times to create storage bags for veges. Simply fold the top over once you’ve put your veges into the bag.

Care and Maintenance

Regularly gently wash with cool soapy water and rinse.

After six months or so you may need to maintain your wraps by adding a little more beeswax. Simply follow the steps above.

*Lemon and orange essential oils have been used for their antimicrobial properties to ensure your reusable food wrap is protected against bacteria.

Australian Essential Oils Blends

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 Blue Mallee Eucalyptus
💧💧💧 3 drops Broad Leaved Peppermint Eucalyptus
💧💧💧💧 4 drops Lemon Scented Eucalyptus
BANISH THE WINTER BUGS BLEND AUSTRALIAN ESSENTIAL OILS KIT
💧💧 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

 

 

Aromatherapy Blending Diffuser Recipes

How to use:
Place the following essential oil recipes into your aromatherapy diffuser and enjoy these beautiful blends!
Explore our range of aromatherapy diffusers here!

Emotional Soothing Blend Sweet Spicy Blend for Mum
💧 1 drop German Chamomile
💧💧💧 3 drops Pine
💧💧💧💧💧 5 drops Geranium
💧 1 drop Cinnamon
💧💧 2 drops Geranium
💧💧💧💧💧💧💧 7 drops Bergamot
Clean Energy Blend Moment of Inspiration Blend
💧 1 drop Clove
💧💧💧 3 drops Kunzea
💧💧💧 3 drops Lemongrass
💧 1 drop Patchouli
💧 1 drop Black Pepper
💧💧 2 drops Geranium
Energise Your Space Blend Calm Yet Motivated Blend
💧 1 drop peppermint essential oil
💧 1 drop basil essential oil
💧💧💧 3 drops geranium essential oil
💧 1 drop Sage essential oil
💧💧💧 3 drops Lavender essential oil
💧💧💧💧 4 drops Lemon essential oil
Finding Peace Within Blend Space Clearing Blend
💧💧💧 3 drops Neroli essential oil
💧💧 2 drops Sandalwood essential oil
💧 1 drop Roman Chamomile essential oil
💧💧💧 3 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
💧💧 2 drops Sage essential oil
💧 1 drop Juniper Berry essential oil

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.

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.

Finding new places for aromatherapy in your life

Everyday Aromatherapy

At Perfect Potion, we’ve already integrated aromatherapy into our everyday life. It permeates our home and work. But we would love to involve everyone else. Those who consider themselves avid aromatherapists are experienced in adding aromatherapy into the everyday. But aromatherapy isn’t an elite club where only those who study it can join. Aromatherapy is for everyone! Everyone can enhance their wellness and realise the benefits of using essential oils in their everyday life. So how can you integrate aromatherapy into your everyday?

Laundry

We’d like to talk about laundry. Not many people would think to add essential oils to their laundry ritual (or chore), but adding essential oils can deliver practical and therapeutic benefits. It is best to add these wonderful essential oils to a non-scented or low scented laundry powder or liquid.

Dog/Cat Odour

Does your best friend sleep on your bed? Snuggle time is all well and good but to combat that ‘doggy’ or ‘feline’ smell that lingers you can add essential oils when washing your sheets. When adding your laundry powder or liquid, simply add 2-3 drops of essential oil on top to keep your sheets smelling fresh and to take advantage of the many anti-bacterial properties of many essential oils.

We recommend:
Peppermint
Broad leaved peppermint eucalyptus
Lavender

Undergarments

We recommend:
Geranium

As this month’s essential oil is Geranium, we feel that we should probably tell you how to use it. In-depth details into its properties, therapeutic benefits and psychological benefits can be read in Sal’s Geranium Monograph. But how can you incorporate it into your everyday if you’re just starting out discovering the world of aromatherapy? Or maybe you’re an expert and looking for more ways to introduce it into your household?

Geranium is a sweet scented floral essential oil. When washing your delicates, add 1-2 drops of essential oil on top of your usual laundry liquid or powder for all-day sweet smelling undergarments.

Smelly Socks/Work Out Gear

Working out and keeping busy is great for our bodies, but not so great for the smell of our socks. Often parents of active children or people who exercise regularly wash their socks separately because of the strong odour. The same goes for workout gear, sports clothes and even boxing wraps. To take advantage of the anti-bacterial properties of essential oils and to give your sweaty garments a good clean, try adding 4-5 drops on top of your usual laundry liquid or powder.

We recommend:
Peppermint
Eucalyptus
Lemon myrtle
Broad leaved peppermint eucalyptus 

 

These are just a few ideas to incorporate aromatherapy into your everyday life.

In Defence of Natural Therapies

By Salvatore Battaglia

When I began my training in natural therapies back in 1983 I could not have ever imagined that in 2017 natural therapies would become so popular among the general public and with health professionals of all backgrounds.

However, all too often someone takes a swipe at natural therapies. On Monday the 13 February, Four Corners aired a show called ‘Swallowing It’. The show was critical of the lack of evidence provided by manufacturers of natural remedies to support many of the therapeutic claims made by complementary medicines. I am not here to defend the companies mentioned, especially because they refused to partake in any interview. However, the show did not suggest that the Australian natural therapies industry, which happens to already be one of the most overly regulated in the world was in breach of any health risks to the general public.

I’d like to set the record clear: the Four Corners reporter implied that in Australia it is too easy to register a natural therapy supplement with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). They implied that all a company has to do is fill in an online form to have a product registered with the TGA and this is simply not true!

The show was also an attack on pharmacies that sell complementary medicines. The show suggested that if a product is sold through a pharmacy, it gives the product more credibility. The Four Corners episode was also concerned at the level of celebrity endorsement/advertising given to natural therapies.

The show did fail to mention that there are a very large number of integrative medical practitioners who already successfully use complementary therapies in their practice; it failed to mention that a significant number of clinical trials that have been conducted to research complementary medicine and that these trials do comply with the same framework of pharmaceuticals.

The show tried to imply that there is conflict of interest in some of the research done. To me, and many others, this is obvious; the same thing happens in pharmaceutical industry. Where do the pharmaceutical companies get their funds to do research into drugs? Professor Avni Sali made this point when interviewed, but the reporter ignored the fact that the pharmaceutical industry funds its own research. As far as Australian universities entering into funding deals with Swisse and Blackmores, I think that this is a great thing for the industry.

I am definitely not against research into natural therapies. It is essential to help us better understand how natural remedies work. However, I have always argued that we cannot always blindly accept the pharmaceutical model to understand how natural therapies truly work.

We must ask ourselves; why are people all around the world moving towards natural therapies in the first place? Why is the pharmacological based healthcare system letting us down?

In my book The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy I quote well known and respected Aromatherapist Kurt Schnaubelt who warns us that the scientific validation of aromatherapy may rob aromatherapy of its necessary human element.

Recently, I came across a definition of integrative medicine explained that integrative medicine is about changing the focus of medicine to one of healing rather than disease. The author of this article then said that this involves an understanding of the influences of mind, spirit and community as well as of the body. I have always argued that the rigid scientific model used for validating pharmaceuticals fails to understand nor does it have the mechanisms to understand these influences that affect our health and wellbeing. All too often when there is a healing outcome involving natural remedies that defies scientific validation it is referred to as ‘placebo.’ I consider this arrogant and patronizing!

Many forms of traditional natural therapies have been around for thousands of years. For example – Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine have not only been an important source of health care for much of the world and have been used as a primary health care but also as part of their spiritual and cultural belief systems.

The reason that people are often drawn to natural therapies is the feeling of regaining control of our own health and feeling empowered. Natural remedies often does not attack the illness, they support the body to gently recuperate and heal and therefore their effect may not be so immediate.

Which brings me to aromatherapy, while I have trained in natural therapies, herbal medicine and Chinese medicine, it is aromatherapy that I have come to embrace.

Over the years I have become aware of the incredible potential that aromatherapy has. While it does have limitations I have come to believe that aromatherapy has the potential to be the most effective form of preventative health care available.

However it is so disappointing that it is so poorly understood. Essential oils are so chemically complex. This often makes any pharmacological studies into them so difficult. We also still do not understand the true mechanisms of olfaction and the implications that this has for the effect of aromas on our psyche.

As I stated earlier what is missing in any pharmacological based study is the human element, the emotional element and the spiritual element. Most of you reading this article understand what I mean. I hate to be cynical, but I imagine it would be very difficult for the pharmaceutical industry to come up with a pill to help balance our spirituality.

Now I am not suggesting that aromatherapy or herbal medicine offers any quick fix. Unfortunately there is too much of this going on already. This has become the undoing of aromatherapy as a true  healing profession. In order for us get the true benefits of aromatherapy we need to practice it within a holistic framework that integrates the body, mind and soul.

Recently I have had the opportunity to speak about my concept for Integrative Aromatherapy at an Integrative medicine conference in Japan and at an international aromatherapy conference where many of the participants were doctors and health professionals.

It is therefore my pleasure to introduce to you to my first masterclass for 2017 which is simply entitled Integrative Aromatherapy.

In my masterclass I will introduce you to a holistic framework for the practice of aromatherapy. We will examine the true science of aromatherapy and how it works and you will gain some practical clinical insights to help you practice aromatherapy safely and effectively.

The dates for my Integrative Aromatherapy masterclasses will be as follows:
Brisbane – 20th June 2017
Melbourne – 10th June 2017

My Blending masterclass will be as follows:
Sydney – 6th May 2017

Please note these dates in your diary. The master classes usually go from 10am to 4.00pm during the day. More information will be made available next week.

Later in the year I will also be conducting Aromatherapy and the Five Elements Master classes. The dates are Brisbane 26th of August and Melbourne the 14th of October. More information on these will be made available soon.

More about all my master classes next week!

 

Sal