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Natural Remedies Restricted

Dydd Mawrth, Mai 17th, 2011

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.

Please sign this petetion – At the time of writing 407915 signatures !  See how many more can be added and tell your friends. Thank you

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

Dydd Iau, Mawrth 17th, 2011

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

Dydd Llun, Hydref 18th, 2010

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

Dydd Iau, Gorffennaf 8th, 2010
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

Dydd Gwener, Mehefin 18th, 2010

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

Essential oils brush with the UK Police in London!

Dydd Mawrth, Tachwedd 3rd, 2009

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

Dydd Sadwrn, Hydref 31st, 2009

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

Colds or Boomerang Flu? Some Aromatic Help.

Dydd Llun, Ionawr 19th, 2009

Feeling under the Welsh winter weather? We get more susceptible to colds and ‘flu during times of stress, poor nutrition and overwork as this creates the right conditions for our immune systems to get depleted and the conniving viruses that have been lurking, jump in to take hold of your immune system. Add to this lack of sleep to aggravate the situation you unfortunately have a concoction for a dose of ‘flu or a bad cold.

‘Flu is a viral infection affecting the upper respiratory tract, causing fever, headache, general aches, pains and nasal congestion. The symptoms often deteriorate at night and worsen if you physically exert yourself. Colds are viruses too, but usually less severe, and it can be possible to plough on with your work, even although you feel grotty.

Essential oils are really effective in helping reduce the length and severity of the viral infection. Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is the number one oil. If you feel the beginning of symptoms utilise the antiviral property of tea tree to ward off the lurgies. Dilute 3 drops of tea tree in a squirt of shampoo to add to your bath just before you get in. Soak up the essential oil, helping you move through the illness quickly, sometimes hardly noticeably in hours, without any secondary infections such as bronchitis. Tea tree does not suppress the virus, it simply kick-starts the bodies immune system into a quick reaction against it. If you have sensitive skin also add 3 drops of lavender as it can be irritated by tea tree. 6 drops of Lavender can also be used alone in a bath as a tonic, or else, to help you to sleep.

5 to 10 drops of tea tree in water in an aromatic burner, or safely placed away from children on a wood burner or radiator also cleans the air of viruses stopping other people in the vicinity getting ill too.

One highly effective method of clearing a congested respiratory system is through the age-old method of inhalation. Adding 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oils to very hot water then placing a towel over your head and the bowl, to warm and decongest lungs by gently breathing in the vapours (do not forget to take a tissue in there!). If the person receiving the inhalation is young or vulnerable, putting a few drops on a tissue and placing it near them could be a safer option. A drop or two of lavender rubbed neat around the throat also really reduces coughing and sore throats.

Do not forget to sip the traditional honey and lemon, maybe adding some slices of fresh ginger. A supplement of 2 x 50mg of vitamin C also supports the body’s immune system.

It’s important to withdraw and rest, reducing the contact that the virus has with others. Pushing our energy reserves can cause the illness to boomerang back, and the viruses around at the moment seem to have an aptitude to do just that. Colds also detoxify deeply through the production and release of mucous and sometimes we should trust this process. Snuggle in, tend to your body that works so hard, and enjoy using some wonderful aromatic medicine.

Sharing the Dalai Lama’s wisdom

Dydd Mawrth, Ionawr 6th, 2009

The beginning of the year and I have been sent these wise words, originally from the Dalai Lama. Feel free to pass them on.

Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

Follow the three R’s:
. Respect for self,
. Respect for others and
. Responsibility for all your actions.

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

Spend some time alone every day.

Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality. 

Be gentle with the earth.

Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

 Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Picking olives in Tuscany

Dydd Sul, Tachwedd 9th, 2008

Green and black olive ready to pick for Tuscan olive oilMy partner and I were on our way to Bellaspetto in Tuscany, Italy where Oliver, a retired English Doctor, had planted about half of the 200 odd trees for his small olive oil business run from the farm. Sadly, Oliver had died several years ago, and as I text my friends and family that I was off to pick his olives, the predict setting on my mobile phone preferred the word Oliver, making me smile. He became very present during the time we were there, pleased that we were involved and keeping a watchful eye on the proceedings.

Around the beginning of November it is olive picking session in Tuscany. The trees in the groves are laden down with green and black olives, which have grown by absorbed the sunshine of the Italian summer and the early autumn rain. The green olives are the unripe fruit and black fully ripened, with the flavours of the green and black varying. For a good quality Tuscan olive oil you need a blend of both, in addition to a mix of four local varieties of olives.

Olive picking is very labour intensive, once the dew has dried in the morning an individual tree has a net laid down for the olives to fall on to. The lower branches are picked from the ground and then ladders brought in for the more difficult to reach. Each tree has its own individuality and sometimes climbing the trees to the topmost, thinnest branches is more efficient, and a fun picking technique. This tree hopping brought to mind, the scene of jumping through the bamboo in the film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (Crouching Panda, Hidden Olive!). With this repetitive process you can see that the mind can wander into realms of its imagination.

The olives are picked by hand or with a small hand held rake to sweep down the branches, causing the olives to fall onto the net. Sometimes the olives are satisfyingly clustered on the branches and a whole little heap can be pulled off in one sweep, at other times it is painstaking as each olive is individually plucked. Once the whole tree has been picked the net is lifted from one side to roll the olives into a pile, which is then transferred into a crate. The process is then repeated with the next tree.

In the evening our hands and arms were dry, rough and a little scratched and of course the best antidote to the condition proved to be a couple of applications of last years deeply nourishing Bellaspetto olive oil, leaving our hands smooth and plump again; like curing like. This made me realise that olive oil was such an important ingredient in a thick hand cream and that I really wanted to make a big batch once the oil was extracted.

Over a week and a half the trees were slowly picked, with the help of family and local people and large lunches of soup, bread, cheese and salad with evenings of socialising and drinking the ruby red Chianti, the local Tuscan wine. The continued practice of small-scale olive farming still honours the traditions and the people that have lived and worked in that beautiful land. With the empty trees brought the quality of a released burden, the yearly cycle being completed brought a sense of quiet and rest into the misty groves.

The olives are stored in the workshop to wait a time to be crushed in a local cooperative mill. If there are over 100 kilograms of olives the mill processes the oil as an individual batch and you can watch as the olives turn to golden green oil, satisfyingly wholesome, deliciously fresh and spicy ready to use and to store for the coming year.