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Sacred scents

Since the beginning of time, we have been fascinated with ephemeral nature of scent. We have often assigned many sacred and spiritual qualities to scent. Master perfumer, Dove, exquisitely describes the effect that scent can have on our psyche:1 "It is often said that...

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Sourcing Essential Oils Sustainably

I am concerned some of the aromatic plants that are highly sought after have been traditionally wild harvested, and this has placed significant stress on their availability. Many aromatic plants have now been listed as threatened and endangered. Many of us may prefer...

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Pink Lotus Monograph

The lotus flower fragrance perfectly reflects its botanical form. The medium is the message. The flower rises pristine from the earth’s mud and offers a fragrance of heavenly bliss.1 Lotus is truly unique. All parts of the plant – the roots, stems, leaves, seeds and...

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About the Aromatree

I would like to share with you my inspiration behind the aromatree. It has been an idea that I have had for over 30 years when I first began teaching aromatherapy and has over time evolved to reflect the complexity and diversity of aromatherapy. It is not a new idea....

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Aromatherapy and sacred spaces – part 1

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. Albert Einstein A...

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The web that has no weaver

I have always loved the title of this book. It perfectly expresses the theories that underpin traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In preparing for the Advanced Aromatherapy and TCM Masterclass in Melbourne last week I decided to dig out the first book I ever read...

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Energetics of Essential Oils

- By Salvatore Battaglia In my essential oil monographs of The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, I have a subsection called Energetics, psyche and subtle uses. The term ‘energetics’ is very broad and is often used in subtle therapies; however, in my book I have used the...

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Part III – Perfume Blending Technique

The structure of a perfume A perfume is a blend of aromatic materials, which is perceived as having its own aesthetically unique identity. Jellinek & Calkin describe it as a carefully balanced blend based on a definite structure in which each material plays its part...

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Part II – The Art of Smelling

The challenges in learning to smell like a professional The challenge has always been to come up with a uniform, structured approach to describing smell; especially in occupations where smell is very important. The most obvious is as a perfumer, but just think about...

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