"Gratitude is the manifestation of love, devotion and commitment towards those who mean the most to you."  - S. Rhoads

Today is World Gratitude Day. Today, and I hope every day, we can find reasons to express our gratitude. What are you grateful for in your day? And can we be grateful for the beautiful essential oils that we use?

Do plant-based diets or pescatarian diets reduce the severity of symptoms of COVID-19?
Please read my blog in which we explore the results of an interesting 2020 study examining the role of diet in reducing the severity of the symptoms of COVID-19.

Somehow, I always knew I was destined to be involved in a life involving scent. Aromatherapy has allowed me to fulfill my passion for scent, my desire to help others through natural means, and at the same time, allowed me to express my artistic and creative urges to create blends that seduce the hearts and minds of people. In my masterclass The Art of Blending, I invite you to open the door to a magical and sensory world of essential oil blending.

I have just received my second AstraZeneca jab, and to be honest, I am now feeling very relieved. Some people may have had a bad experience with the medical system in the past, or may have experienced some side effects from other vaccines. To arm myself with all the information I needed to feel comfortable about the vaccination I went straight to the most authoritative person in immunology, awarded a Nobel Prize in Medicine: Professor Peter Doherty.

My sincere heartfelt thoughts go out to everyone who is currently in lockdown. Susan Arentz, in the editorial of the Winter 2021 edition of The Australian Journal of Herbal and Naturopathic Medicine explains that as health educators, we must take ownership of our role and draw on transparent and reliable sources; accurately interpreting information and provide informed healthcare to our patients’ individual health. 

I have often suggested that the reason people are drawn to aromatherapy is a desire to reconnect with nature. In my latest book, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Volume III - Psyche & Subtle, I explore the relationship between scent and spirituality. I suggest that biophilia, awe, sacred space, ritual, myth and neurobiology are all pathways that contribute to the spiritual dimension of scent.

Western science has often ignored descriptions of ethereal anatomy and physiology, because their existence cannot be documented by anatomical dissection. However, we know that acupuncture meridians, chakras and nadis, the etheric body and other systems of multidimensional anatomy have long been described in traditional healing systems to describe the subtle body.

Today we explore Chapter four - the spiritual dimension of scent of my new Volume III of The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy

Many aromatherapists acknowledge the effect of scent on our psyche. Worwood, for example describes scent as the more spiritual aspect of the plant:

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