Forest Bathing and Japanese Yakusugi Essential Oil by Sal Battaglia

Hello natural beauties! Following on from the last post about Sal Battaglia’s AROMATREE book, I’d like to share 2 other lovely experiences from that day in Sydney: Shinrin-yoku (Japanese forest bathing) and the very powerful yakusugi oil.

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Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, was created in Japan in the 1980’s as a way to invite people into the beautiful forests to simply experience the serenity, power and positive energy they provide. This was spearheaded by the director of the Japanese Forestry Agency to help people destress. He had himself been inspired by 17th century haiku poets, and the notion was to simply commune with nature. Not walking or running, not listening to a podcast, just being in the beauty of nature.

In this little guidebook we are invited to dip our hands and fingers in a stream, feel the trunk of an ancient tree, smell the fragrances of the forest and use all our senses to drink in the delights of nature.

The benefits include, reduced muscle tension and stress in general, improved cognitive function and help with anxiety and other emotional disorders. I walk in the Australian bush all the time and I know it makes me happy as I get a kick from the beautiful eucalyptus oil and smells of the bush. The phytoncides (including essential oils) from trees and shrubs give us the immense connection to the divine while having our entire physical and emotional senses enlivened.

Of course I bought the little collection of Japanese oils and have bathed with them many times. Not only that, I also received a free gift …

And now to the very interesting and extremely limited edition of Yakusugi essential oil which would have already sold out by now. When I realised this oil was in short supply I did buy it and then opened it straight away. I said to the lady sitting next to me that I thought it had a moist fungal-like scent to it. Since then I also get a slight hint of Palo Santo.

Sal describes the scent: “a delicate, woody note with a sweet-resiny woody undertone”, and recommends the oil could be used as an enhancement to spirituality, and a stress reliever. The oil is high in sesquiterpenes but has had little research into its qualities. So if you get a chance to experience the oil, just enjoy!

This oil is also called Japanese cedar, and hails from the island of Yakushima. The oil is steam distilled from ancient fallen trees (deadwood) from Cryptomeria japonica, by a local producer. If you’re interested in this oil I’d sign up to the Perfect Potion email list in the exciting event that Sal is able to buy more of this precious oil.

I feel very fortunate to have this subtle yet powerful oil in my collection.

Yay! Thank you x

Sal Battaglia’s AROMATREE Book Launch and Masterclass, Sydney

Hello natural beauties! Its been a while since we’ve seen each other but I am helping my elderly parents navigate their 90’s! I managed to escape the other day to a wonderful masterclass and an introduction to his new book, Aromatree, by the wonderful Sal Battaglia of Perfect Potion.

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It’s not often I actually attend a specific aromatherapy workshop, and couldn’t even tell you the last time I did. I managed to see this event one night and thought “yep”, I’ll do that”. As I arrived at the Swissotel in Sydney I was surprised to see over 100 bubbly excited people jostling for good spots in the lecture room, was given information by lovely Perfect Potion staff, and took a seat. I have never heard Sal speak or present, and as the day wore on I realised I was in the minority.

The gorgeous AROMATREE book with illustration (and original painting) by Japanese artist

My neighbours to my left and right, gave each other knowing looks as Sal burst onto centre stage.

He’s wonderful isn’t he?

“I love his infectious enthusiasm.”

“He’s so knowledgeable.”

“I do all his masterclasses.”

And so it continues all day,, as I too get caught in the wave of his gentility, enthusiasm and brilliance. Where have I been the past 25 years? I suppose just working, and writing.

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Sal Battaglia talking about forest bathing

Aromatree, the book has been in the making for 30 years as Sal has gathered information and created hypotheses about essential oils and how they fall into categories:

roots and rhizomes

wood

resin

fruit

seeds

leaves

flowers

Sal looks at the oils in each category and invites us to experience the oil first, before we try and make judgements about what we think it should do. However the oils within the categories have some common properties.

Sal’s amazing text book – the original which I’ve had for 20 years and the 3rd Edition which is the latest

In each section we are taken on a journey: what oils belong to the section, what are the plant families and aromas, the botany, chemistry and symbolism, the properties of the oils in each category and how they work with our body and mind. There’s so much more but you get the drift. At the end of the book there are some more technical terms explained with loads of great references too.

It really is a gorgeous book, easy to read with lots of colourful illustrations. The cover artwork was created as a beautiful original painting by Japanese artist Tomoko Ichikawa. I highly recommend AROMATREE by Salvatore Battaglia, the true Svengali of aromatherapy.

Me and Sal with the colourful Aromatree book, personally signed by Sal with an inspirational message

To buy the book click this link.

Stay tuned next time for and introduction to Shinrin-yoku and the Perfect Potion limited edition Yakusugi oil (now sold out).

Enliven Your Mind, Make Pesto

I’ve got a brilliant idea. Make dinner and have an aromatherapy treatment all at the same time. My choice for today is pesto, vegan of course. This classic Italian dish with a vegan twist is made with fresh sweet basil. Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) is the kind most used for pesto and other European dishes,  and the most common basil essential oil.

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beautiful pungent sweet basil

Basil takes its name from the latin ’Basileum’ meaning royal. There are many types of basil, which belong to the herb family that includes lavender, mint, thyme, patchouli, marjoram and many others.

Holy Basil, also known as tulsi is from India (Ocimum tenuiflorum), and also makes a great essential oil and is used in Ayurvedic medicine. This holy plant and is dedicated to Vishnu and Krishna.

Thai basil used across South East Asian has the botanical name (Ocimum basilicum var. thyrsiflora) but I’ve never used it as an essential oil. It’s used in Vietnamese cooking too and tops a lovely pho.

Thai Basil from bonappetit.com

So what can basil, and essential oil of basil do for you? Sharp and spicy, basil helps clear the head and open avenues of expression. It is a very powerful clearing oil, particularly effective when used in a vapouriser as an inhalation, or when you are cooking. It is used for mental and physical fatigue and its anti-spasmodic properties make it ideal for treating menstrual problems and digestive disorders. It is also used for

* Sinus congestion, asthma and bronchitis are all soothed by basil.

* Fever can be treated effectively with basil.

* In the middle ages it was prescribed for melancholy and depression.

Vegan pesto from taste.com.au

I love the fact that this modest little herb with a big presence has been around for ages. Literally ages. The old herbs of healers and witches alike are still here because they work. Food is medicine, and always has been.Fantastic. Get cooking. Click here for a really easy and authentic pesto recipe.


Remember, treat yourself first, than everyone else benefits!

2017 Year of the Rooster – Your Sign & Your Essential Oils

Hello natural beauties and scent lovers everywhere. This Saturday the 28th January 2017 marks the start of a new year for the Chinese community and the zodiac. We say goodbye to the Year of the Monkey and welcome the Rooster! Goodbye to a cheeky and troublesome year for some, hello to a year of getting things done, reassessing how we do things and where that can lead us. Unstable at times, the Rooster year favours those willing to work hard. Read on the find out which oil can benefit you this year.

 

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Year of the Rooster 2017

Year of the Rooster 2017

 

The Year of the Rooster 

Keywords: hard work and discipline will pay off; keep your cool; look within yet take action; congratulate your self on achievements; make things happen for yourself; be flexible in your attitude

Wow here we are living in the future – 2017! Onwards and upwards people, lets set about making the world a better place.

Which Chinese zodiac are you? Here’s a chart:

http://www.highrated.net/17502/this-is-what-your-chinese-zodiac-sign-says-about-you/

Look for your sign on this chart

Look for your sign on this chart

 

Here are my predictions for your lucky oils this year:

 

Rat

Rat – pic via http://www.chinesehoroscopeonline.com/

 

Rat

Keywords for this year: listen to your intuition; changes with work; new relationships

Your oils:                      Australian sandalwood, cedarwood Atlas, black pepper

 


 

 

Ox

Keywords for this year: stay alert for opportunities; pursue new interests; commit to goals

Your oils:                      petitgrain, basil, patchouli

 


 

 

Tiger

Keywords for this year: creative developments afoot; romantic prospects; ask for help

Your oils:                      fennel, rose, bergamot

 


 

Rabbit/Hare

Keywords for this year: fast paced year – proceed with caution; set long-term goals

Your oils:                      marjoram, frankincense, jasmine

 


 

Dragon

Keywords for this year: lucky; improved work situation; travel

Your oils:                       lemongrass; tea tree; rose geranium

 


 

Snake

Keywords for this year:  improved work life; new recreations; abundance

Your oils:                       Indian rosewood, cinnamon, pine

 


 

Horse

Keywords for this year: adapt; ask questions; watch finances

Your oils:                       palmarosa, neroli, juniper

 


 

Sheep/Goat

Keywords for this year: flexibility and strength; stand up for yourself

Your oils:                      may chang, lavender, lime

 


 

Monkey

Keywords for this year: steady progress, spirituality; discipline

Your oils:                       cypress, Peru balsam, Ylang ylang

 


 

Rooster

Keywords for this year: destiny; open your mind; happiness

Your oils:                       geranium, orange, Siberian fir

 


 

Dog

Keywords for this year: balance; keep your cool; increased activity

Your oils:                      melissa, peppermint, wintergreen

 


 

Pig

Keywords for this year: self-development; socialising; progress

Your oils:                       cedarwood Virginian, nutmeg, lemon

 


 

So how does that sound?

What are you lucky oils for this Year of The Rooster?

 

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Hey Do You Remember ………..?

Ooops it looks like I forgot to write an article last week! I must now treat my brain with essential oils to help me remember and be more focused. And the oils I will use are …

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Flowering rosemary in my client's garden

Flowering rosemary in my client’s garden

Rosemary

Sharp and strong, the scent of rosemary essential oil will awaken and stimulate your brain. Rosemary is for remembering. Remember that. Hehehehe. I’ve made my mum “smelling salts” and the main ingredient is rosemary. Just open a bottle and have a whff in the morning if you can’t wake up, or put a few drops in the bottom of the shower and have a whole body steam. This ancient herb oil has been with us for centuries which proves it’s hardiness and usefulness, even in today’s modern society. And it’s inexpensive, easy to find, and easy to grow if you have a bit of sun. For some recipes check out

10 Recipes with Rosemary Essential Oil – Rosmarinus officianalis


 

I've just planted some basil and it seems to be dong quite well

I’ve just planted some basil and it seems to be dong quite well

Basil

Refreshing and uplifting, the scent of basil can be quite soft as well as pungent. Often described in aromatherapy terms as “cephalic” (pertaining to the head), it is an expansive oils as it works on your mind and your brain. What’s the diff between your mind and your brain? The brain is the organ which helps run the body performing amazing functions at a very small level. “The mind is the brain in action” says Dr Joe Dispenza the wonderful neuroscientist. The mind is multi-dimensional and allows us to understand, comprehend and evolve. Have a whiff of basil to open yourself to the intelligence of the universe, and help you wake up to do your everyday work and chores. Check out these recipes

10 Recipes with Basil Essential Oil – Ocimum basilicum

10 Recipes with Basil Essential Oil – Ocimum basilicum (part 2)

Clearly I needed basil oil because I wrote one article then a few weeks later did another ……. by mistake …….

 


 

Eucalyptus radiata leaves ready to be distilled at Banalasta Estate in NSW

Eucalyptus radiata leaves ready to be distilled at Banalasta Estate in NSW

Eucalyptus

Awaken, clean out your mind and get going with eucalyptus oil. This very distinctive scent will give you an instant brain-lift and help you put ideas into action. It is the oil of clearing and cleansing, so clean out the cupboards of your mind and make space for the thoughts that really count. Once again this oil is inexpensive and easy to find, and works well when cleaning the actual cupboards in your house. Have an aromatherapy treatment while you clean by adding a few drops to soapy water. Simple and easy. Check out these recipes

10 Essential Oil Recipes to Inspire Creativity

Now I know I need to write an article “10 Recipes with Eucalyptus” so stay tuned!


 

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

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Fresh Blood – New Energy – Which Essential Oils?

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Fresh Blood – New Energy – Which Essential Oils?

Fresh blood is loaded with oxygen

Fresh blood is loaded with oxygen

I just got a text from a good friend who said he was off to the (music) studio to work with new producers. He said he needed “fresh blood”. I quite like that expression and thought about it for a minute, realising it’s about new starts, a new attitude, fresh energy. At the change of the season it’s a wonderful concept to grab a hold of. Our lives are somewhat cyclical, but there is always an opportunity to start afresh.

Fresh blood = red blood cells highly oxygenated.

Oxygen in the blood stream = fresh life to all the cells in the body. Hooray!

Essential oils cannot help red blood cells become more oxygenated, but energetically they can help us change perspective. So let’s look at which essential oils can give us a feeling of a new perspective, a new and fresh life.

The green fruit pictured here is very small like a cumquat - pic via nwitimes.com

The green fruit pictured here is very small like a kumquat – pic via nwitimes.com

 

1. Petitgrain

potentiality, opportunities

“I love using petitgrain as a promise of good things to come. When you can be a bit more relaxed about the search for your purpose in this world, more opportunities will present themselves to you. Find new opportunities, new projects, new thoughts and feelings, new rituals and a new outlook with petitgrain.”

Suzanne R Banks “Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils


 

 

I love lemons!

I love lemons!

2. Lemon

refresh, reload, brighten up

“When I think lemon oil I think, “refresh”, “reload”, like the refresh button on your computer. ..to me it means to start again. The oil is often used in cleaning so in that sense it helps to clear the air, clear your energy and clear your perspective. It’s the oil of fresh starts”.

Suzanne R Banks “Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils


 

 

Roman chamomile in the Wellington Botanic Gardens

Roman chamomile in the Wellington Botanic Gardens

3. Roman Chamomile

less tension more inspiration

“If you can relax into the flow of life with a few drops of this divine oil, you will have more energy for the good stuff. Take your energy away from tension and into creation and inspiration with Roman chamomile.”

Suzanne R Banks “Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils


 

 

Eucalyptus smithii

Eucalyptus smithii

4. Eucalyptus

clearing, enlightening

“Eucalyptus is expansive and purifying as it literally opens the pathways of the breath in the body, while freshening the air with a truly Australian bush scent. It can decontaminate your space, refine your attitude and offer a vital, enlightening clean breath of fresh air.”

Suzanne R Banks “Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils


 

 

A cup of peppermint tea could do the trick as well

A cup of peppermint tea could do the trick as well

 

5. Peppermint

removes resistance

“I have found peppermint oil to soothe emotions stuck in the body and to remove resistance and barriers we sometimes create in our minds…. Get rid of tension and get happy. A great way to start the day is to steam with a few drops of peppermint essential oil in the shower to awaken your senses and clear any issues from the day before.”

Suzanne R Banks “Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils


Any essential oil that you love could be your vessel of newness and fresh blood and energy.

Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas. See my article about intention.

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10 Recipes with Rose Geranium – Pelargonium graveolens

Rose geranium - pic via commons.wikimedia.org

Rose geranium – pic via commons.wikimedia.org

So what is the difference between Rose geranium and Geranium?

Good question.

Both Rose geranium and geranium come from the same species. They are from the family Geraniaceae, the genus Pelargonium and then the species Pelargonium graveolens. It seems that the common name Pelargonium roseum is actually just another term for graveolens too.

But they do smell different! Rose geranium is a lot sweeter with a distinct rosey scent and geranium just smells like geranium. There are many different cultivars and it depends where the plants are grown as to what scent they have. The particular sweet rose scented flowers will be sold as Rose geranium and others as just geranium.

Just to add something else into the mix, hundreds of years ago the Island of Reunion was famous for their geranium which was called Bourbon geranium. It is thought that this could have been Pelargonium capitatum rather than, or as well as P. graveolens. Now the neighbouring island of Madagascar produces geranium which is called Bourbon, but it is  listed from my suppliers as coming from P. graveolens.

According to Marcia Elston http://www.wingedseed.com/blog/

“North Africa is a principal producer and includes the countries Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt. Most of the plant stock for North African development came from Grasse from P. graveloens or its hybrids; the French oil produced around Grass having the most rosaceous odor of all.”

 

Ok let’s get into some recipes!

Sexy black diffuser from puzhen.com

Sexy black diffuser from puzhen.com

1. Scent Your Space

In a traditional oil burner with a candle or a diffuser add 25 drops of oil

“Party!”

Get the party started –

Rose geranium        8 drops

Orange                    8 drops

Cedarwood Atlas     5 drops

Patchouli                 4 drops

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“Fresh Saturday House Cleaning Vibe”

Don’t avoid the housework any longer –

Rose geranium        7 drops

Lemongrass            7 drops

Juniper                    7 drops

Tea tree                   4 drops

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“Cheer Up!”

Add some happiness –

Rose geranium                 5 drops

Mandarin                        10 drops

Ylang Ylang                      5 drops

Sandalwood Australian    5 drops

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Rub oil into your body - it's good!

Rub oil into your body – it’s good!

2. Nourishing Body Oil Blend

For a coat of your body use 3 teaspoons of carrier oil in a little dish and, add 7 – 8 drops of essential oil.

***** Always put the drops of essential oil into the bottle or dish first, then add the carrier oil. It gives the scents time to create a synergistic fusion.

For a 50ml bottle of oil add 25 drops and see my articles “Ratios for Blending Essential Oils – A Reminder of the Basics” and “Aromatherapy – It’s Easy as 1 2 3”

“Happy Days”

Get smiling in the morning –

Rose Geranium       3 drops

Lavender                 3 drops

Black spruce           2 drops

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“Cute-Sexy”

Get your cute on –

Rose geranium       3 drops

Peru balsam           3 drops

Vanilla CO2             1 drop   * see my article for more info on CO2 extracts What are CO2 Extracts in the World of Aromatherapy?

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“I Like Life”

Rose geranium   2 drops

Palmarosa          2 drops

Rosemary           2 drops

Lemon                2 drops

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get any cute little dish to mix your oils in

get any cute little dish to mix your oils in

3. Pure Pulse Point Perfume

In a little dish mix these oils and anoint your pulse points or chakras – 3 drops of essential oils and dilute with a few drops of carrier oil – always patch test first!

“Yee ha Lets Go!”

Rose geranium   1 drop

Black pepper      1 drop

Basil                   1 drop

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“Lollipops and Laughs”

Acknowledge your inner child –

Rose geranium   1 drop

Neroli 3%            3 drops  * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

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“Sweet AND Determined”

You can do it –

Rose geranium     1 drop

Nutmeg                1 drop

Lime                     1 drop

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“First Class”

You are the Queen –

Rose Geranium    1 drop

Rose 3%              3 drops

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Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas. See my article about intention.

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