Natural Remedies Restricted

The THMPD Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive came into force on the 30th of April 2011.

Traditional Herbal Products people have been using safely for years to keep themselves healthy have now been restricted by the EU and will become unavailable, as companies struggle to keep up with the expensive and complex licencing procedures.

Ancestral knowledge of medicine through plants cannot be stopped for the profit of multinational pharmaceutical corporations.

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Danièle Ryman’s Secrets of youth and beauty, aromatherapy for natural rejuvenation review

Danièle Ryman’s Secrets of youth and beauty, aromatherapy for natural rejuvenation
Published by Rodale ISBN 978-1-905744-06-0
RRP: £18.99

Danièle Ryman’s Secrets of youth and beauty aromatherapy for natural rejuvenation is a stylish hardback, with beautiful coloured pages denoting the sections and chapters, making it both aesthetically satisfying and easy to use. There are also pleasing colour photo’s completing the look of this book. It would grace any coffee table, but this book is so much more. We are so used to the ‘beauty’ industry hijacking aromatherapy with products that contain a little essential oil; here in contrast, it is refreshing to read about real aromatherapy beauty using genuinely nourishing ingredients.

In this book Danièle Ryman brings to aromatherapists an important link to our British and worldwide aromatic lineage. The title also pays homage to Madame Marguerite Maury by reflecting her 1960’s classic book title ‘The Secret of Life and Youth’. Danièle was an assistant to Madame Maury, the French biochemist who developed the method of applying oils to the skin with massage creating the true practice of modern aromatherapy. In the introduction we are treated to Marguerite Maury’s first prescription for Danièle…

“When I complained of a little wrinkle appearing around my eye at the age of 22. She made me a special oil, for which I still have the recipe: geranium, neroli, eucalyptus, rose, mixed in a carrier oil of avocado, hazelnut and almond. It smelt beautiful and was so effective that from that moment I was hooked.

Danièle has had 40 years of experience for herself and we can now access recipes, which have their origins in Madam Maury’s wisdom, but are hereby brought firmly into the 21st century. This book, packed full of tried and tested recipes that have been refined over the years, is one that every aromatherapist should have in her or his collection, These blends still retain their purity and simplicity with quality, natural ingredients, designed to be created freshly for individuals, again reflecting Madam Maury’s Individual Prescriptions or ‘IP’s’.

Daniel works with an authenticity above and beyond the off-the-shelf products and, naturally her beauty products do not poison us with preservatives or synthetic colours, but work by enhancing the natural health of our skin, nails and hair. As a well-referenced and comprehensively indexed book, this complete portfolio of working practice contains a vast number of recipes which will have the student or working aromatherapist returning to its pages again and again.

The book is written in three parts. Part One focuses on the plants and oils for beauty and anti-aging and I found many interesting new facts not listed in my normal essential oil pharmacopoeia. Part Two has many recipes for face and body beauty and anti-aging treatments, including colouring grey hair and styling hair recipes and many healthy skin beautifying treatments. One lovely recipe that caught my eye that I look forward to trying when in the fruit is in season, was for real fresh cherry lip-gloss, which I expect to be tasty as well as effective. The process of beautifying with these natural recipes often using herbal, fruit and floral material reminds me of childhood days spent making rose-petal perfume, but these recipes have been tested through Danièle’s extensive practice and promise to deliver as well as being delightful to make. Part Three focuses on pampering including regaining vitality, enhancing your sex life and creating perfume.

This book is Danielle’s Ryan’s personal “Book of Spells” and we are privileged to be allowed into its pages. Although deeply rooted in the past ‘Secrets of beauty and youth’ is planted firmly in the future, providing access to highly desirable real and pure beauty products. Increasingly, people want to know that what they put on their skin is wholesome and that it does not exploit the planet we live on. Daniele sign the IFA copy I have been reviewing with “Let’s hope this will be the start of something great” and I believe that this is.

Reviewed by Lindsay Woodman, principal of the Welsh School of Aromatherapy and creator of the Mermaid Natural Spa in Portmeirion Village North Wales opening April 8th 2011 which provides authentic individualised treatments, organic hair and beauty.

Lindsay Woodman Feature in PH Online Oct Issue

Lindsay Woodman has been  published in PH Online Oct Issue 175 with a feature article Wise Women Change and Heal.   This article sets out the case for a return to the ancient tradition of wise women healers. She reminds us that “as far back as the 1600s, elite, university-trained doctors sought to discredit the wise woman tradition.”  In contemporary challenges to alternative and complementary medicine, we see this continuing.

Aromatherapy Diploma students finish their training

Diploma students ready for IFA aromatherapy practical exam

Diploma students ready for IFA aromatherapy practical exam

Happy Holistic Aromatherapy Diploma Students just after finishing their studies

Happy Holistic Aromatherapy Diploma Students just after finishing their studies

The 2009 to 10 Holistic Aromatherapy Diploma students are now enjoying a well earned rest after completing the year long course and the external IFA exams, before they begin their career as International Federation of Aromatherapy accredited Holistic Aromatherapists.  Here are some comments about their training experience.

This is the most stimulating course I have studied in years.

I’d like to thank you for a wonderful year it has literally changed my life.  Thank you so much for all the support and the excellent teaching.  I’ve  learnt so much and this is the start of much better things for me.

I have had such a fantastic year.  I felt that I had lost me and who I was – but I’m back!  Your encouragement and knowledge has been superb.

Welsh Herbal Remedies and the Physicans of Myddfai

Catch this report from the Guardian Welsh villagers market Myddfai as mecca for herbal remedies

Essential oils brush with the UK Police in London!

This was emailed to the school by a graduate of the Welsh School of Aromatherapy and I thought that it was worth posting up for all to enjoy.

(My son) D. has been down to London on his first week of in-house university lecture days (for a herbal medicine degree) and enjoyed it hugely. On the first morning, he was wandering around the streets, trying to find his way to the campus, when he was stopped by the police, doing their spot checks for drugs. It was all very amicable, but the little bottle of essential oils that I had provided Dafydd with, to help him concentrate, got them quite excited. The officers in question decided to test the oil like the drugs. (I had given D. Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram, Lavender and Chamomile, to also help keep him relaxed and free of headaches) Now, apparently, cannabis turns their tester blue, speed turns it red, ecstacy green…. but one drop of my oils turned it all colours of the rainbow…. and then they all simply disappeared! The police were amazed… D. was trying hard not to laugh. I thought that it was an absolute hoot when he told me, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you!

Love and blessings,

Aroma-Reiki – How to use aromatherapy with Reiki

We smell the invisible molecules of essential oils that flow into the air through evaporation, and these molecules affect the way we feel.  Essential oils are often referred to as the spiritual essence of the plant, and so are particularly useful in healing our spirit, which makes aromatherapy combined with Reiki an exquisite combination.

An aromatherapy burner with water and a few drops of an appropriate essential oil will clean and perfume the air bringing the energy of its plant into the healing space.   This is a more pleasant and generally healthier than burning joss sticks, which often contain a combination of unnatural and cloying fragrances with smoke. But if you prefer this method of scenting the room there are some Tibetan joss sticks available that contain only herbal substances or you could use natural incense with a small charcoal burner.

One drop of an appropriate essential oil placed on your palms before you work will bring additional healing energy. Juniperberry essential oil clears and protects both you and your environment.  Simply put one drop of juniper in the palm of your hand, rub the palms of both your hands together gently.  As the aroma rises use your hands to massage over your aura, not forgetting behind, above and below.

Try bathing in up to six drops of an essential oil before or after healing work to cleanse, focus and relax. Diluting essential oils when using them in the bath with a little shampoo or in full fat milk.

Rosewater sprayed in the healing space is very safe to use and wonderfully calming.
Frankincense creates spiritual release and releases past pain
Lavender calms
Lemon focuses the attention
Rose resonates with love
Orange and other citrus feed the soul
Vetivert earths electrical mental energy
Cedarwood gives confidence

Portmeirion Aromataster Success

It was a rainy Welsh Saturday and there can be nothing better to do than meet up with some like-minded people in the lovely Portmeiron atmosphere, to discover the magic of aromatherapy.  We touched and sniffed freshly picked herbs, learning how they could be changed into essential oils with the help of a little Italian still.  Each student was given their own informative booklet so they could focus on the aromas; blended delicious bath and skin potions to take home; gave and received lovely aromatherapy massage.

The group of eight seemed to enjoy every moment and there was a deal of interest in our further courses.

‘Thank you very much for a wonderful day yesterday, I have learnt loads and can’t wait to start using my new found knowledge! It was a lovely relaxed atmosphere and fantastic to be taught by someone who obviously loves the subject. Trouble is I enjoyed it so much I would like to do some more…’

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Easy payment plan for Aromatherapy Diploma

The Welsh School of Aromatherapy appreciates that it is important to adapt in this financial climate, so are offering varied ways of paying. This will make the course more accessible, especially for those in need of retraining for a rewarding new career.
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