Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Thankyou! on the Sports

Thanks for all the enquiries.....  Yes you guessed it the one  Director myself supports Birmingham City FC.  To be honest this has been tough but I have been consistent. This loyalty goes back many years to love of Solihull Based, Land Rover and my living in Warwick, Warwickshire.  I own two Land Rovers.  One the latest and one 25 years old and still rugged reliability itself. On the day after Birmingham FC triumphed this year the Land Rover staff though fragile turned into work.

One director supports Coventry FC.  Some of the staff support Leicester FC.  They have our sympathy.  Some of the staff support support Hinckley United FC.  They have our admiration.  One of my co directors is a big Aston Villa supporter and has a box there. What can you say.  All friendly competition.


Skincare preservatives

Shirley Price Aromatherapy is renowned for its innovative approach but not where it comes to anti bacterial preservatives.  We are in the forefront of Soil Association certifed organic skincare but only with the very best of cosmetic chemistry and ingredients in partnership with first class knowledge.  For example we use the very strongest and purest of grapefruit extract as a natural preservative. Where a shelflife of more than 12 months is envisaged we continue to use the parabens system and recommend it.  Customers have been known to use our Essentia daily skincare routine pack for 5 years.  A little goes a long way!


Next Workshops at Hinckley UK

Upcoming COSMETIC SKINCARE workshops


01455 615466

Shampoo and bath bomb making Sunday july 10th  

With my own practical experience, explore your own creativity in designing your own hair shampoos and conditioners. Enjoy the craft of bath bomb making using only pure and natural ingredients.

Includes the book ‘the baby boomers beauty bible’.

With Jan Benham Cost £90 (1 day course)

 AROMA COSMETOLOGY - Holistic skin care

Designed for the student who is just starting out to the professional  Aesthetician who wants to expand her practice and add new dimensions to her work. This course allows for treatment control without having to rely upon specific brands, with the making up of your own preparations and products. Learn how to rely less on machines and take a holistic  approach, with the use of special massage techniques and essential oils.


In level I - Practical: you will be taught a full cleanse, the use of compresses and steam, how to set up a treatment room, filling out client record sheets, a full 20 minute face and shoulder massage using both eastern and western techniques, and treatment with masks.

Theory:  the basic principles of skin care, analysis of skin types, anatomy and physiology in relation to the skin, muscles, and skeleton of the head and chest, carrier oils, and the most common essential oils used in treatment.

Level 11 works on problematic aroma solutions for skin care, with  emphasis on anti ageing treatments, clinical and home care treatments for teenage acne, eczema, acne rosacea, and sensitive skin, our famous  neck and skin firming treatments. Plus the blending and mixing of essential oils in creams, lotions, oils, masks and compresses.

Other topics covered:- the use of fruits and vegetables on the skin and eyebrow shaping. Plus a look at simple dietary advice that can help along with the treatments.

with Jan Benham

Cost : £450. Date: 5 days July 11th to 15th

Learn how to make natural mineral makeup

Come and learn how to make your own mineral makeup,  using all natural ingredients. Let Jan show you healthy alternatives to the toxic chemicals that are present in most mainstream cosmetics. Why risk long term health problems or allow these chemicals to dry and damage your skin? In comparison, mineral makeup nourishes your skin whilst   enhancing your looks.

There are two workshops; natural makeup and mineral makeup. In the mineral makeup workshop you'll learn how to make your own natural foundation, blushers and eye shadows. In the natural makeup workshop you’ll learn how to make your own mascara, lipsticks, lip gloss, eye and lip  pencils.

Imagine the pleasure of wearing makeup crafted specifically to enhance your features. Imagine the satisfaction of making cosmetics. Imagine the security of knowing you’re applying healthy substances onto your skin.

Turn these skills into an enjoyable hobby, as you create   cosmetics for family and business, giving them unique and treasured gifts. This could even be the start of a business  opportunity if you want to turn craft into cash.

With Jan Benham

Cost of each workshop £120 or both for £210. Date: Mineral makeup July 16th, Natural makeup July 17th.

Qi drop therapy

Qi drop therapy is a method of applying neat essential oils to the spine, legs and feet using acupressure, massage and compress techniques to bring balance to the whole system. It works on energy alignment, the movement of Qi throughout the body, straightens the spine and fights viruses. Qi drop therapy incorporates the use of 13 essential oils/blends of therapeutic strength. With Jan Benham Cost: £120.  Date July 6th

The art of soap making on sunday TBA

Join Jan, for a class in making herbal and vegetable based soaps. Together we shall make an excellent basic herbal soap recipe and a batch of surprise exotic soap. We shall explore different ingredients, methods and sources that you might use to make a variety of exciting soaps. Learn some troubleshooting tips, a few historical tidbits and some ways of decorating /icing your soaps. Please bring your most outrageous apron and cool eye protection (sunglasses will do).

With Jan Benham Cost: £90 (1 day course)

Creamy craft of cosmetic makinG - Dates TBA

Tired of using commercial cosmetics that bathe your body in chemicals and wreck havoc on your skin? In this fun but practical workshop, learn how to make your own creams, lotions, lip balms, ointments. Each practitioner will have the opportunity to make something different, and at the end of the class we will share the results. Find out how to mix the essential oils to discover the cream that reflects you. Includes the book ‘the creamy craft of cosmetic making’.

With Jan Benham Cost £90 (1 day course)

Aromatherapy seminar Monday - Date TBA

Discover the essential world of aromatic oils. What are essential oils? How are they are obtained? How can you tell if they are 100% pure? What is the difference between therapeutic grade and the rest?

Blend and mix to your heart’s delight, create your own recipes. Learn about the various effects of these essences, both physically and psychologically, the application of essential oils and safety considerations, plus information on the most useful essential oils and carrier oils.

With Jan Benham Cost: £90 (1 day course)

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Homeopathy, Bach Flower Remedies and Aromatherapy

The self help and medical ideal is a treatment which costs little and does no harm but achieves results in maintaining wellness or tackling illness.  Homeopathy, Bach Flower Remedies and Aromatherapy are not characterised by invasive and dangerous 'operations and treatments' and so are referred to as 'Soft Medicine'.

Homeopathy is an evidence-based medicine which offers holistic, individual and integrated treatment with highly diluted substances with the aim of triggering the body's natural system of healing.
The Society of Homeopaths is a professional body whose members are trained to high standards and agree to practise according to a strict code of ethics and practice.
There are several thousands of homeopathic remedies.
A seminal book is The Organon of the Healing Art by Samuel Hahnemann, a german physician who created the first system of Homeopathy
An early assertion that like cures like was made by Hippocrates about 400 BC, when he prescribed mandrake root, which produced mania, to treat mania, by prescribing a dose smaller than what would produce mania. In the 16th century the pioneer of pharmacology Paracelcus declared that small doses of “what makes a man ill also cures him", anticipating homeopathy, but it was Hahnemann who gave it a name and laid out its principles in the late 18th century. At that time, mainstream medicine used method which were irrational and inadvisable. Instead, he favored the use of single drugs at lower doses and promoted an immaterial view of how living organisms function, believing that diseases have mental and emotional causes as well as physical causes. Hahnemann also advocated various lifestyle improvements to his patients, including exercise, diet, and cleanliness.
Dr Edward Bach worked as a homeopath. He rejected traditional homeopathic remedies in favour of simple flower remedies.  He posited that disease could take root as a result of negative mental states which suppressed the bodies natural healing mechanism.  If those mental states could be countered with flower remedies then the positive mental attitude that resulted could help trigger the bodies natural healing mechanism.
By observation of his patients seven basic negative states were set out.  Fear, Uncertainty, Lack of interest in present circumstances, loneliness, oversensitivity to ideas and influences, despondency and despair, overconcern for the welfare of others.  

TCM (Contrast the seven excesses or internal causes of disease in traditional chinese medicine - joy, anger, brooding, sorrow, fear, fright and grief.  There are roughly 13,000 medicinals used in China introduced into the diet or drunk as a tea and over 100,000 medicinal recipes recorded in the ancient literature. As in Bach Flower remedies and aromatherapy a shortlist of 38 might also be described though some are toxic.  As with western medicine some toxicity and risk is tolerated by doctor and patient in order to achieve clinical results.  Acupuncture and Acupressure are also non invasive techniques)

Four plants immediately were suggested as an alternative to homeopathic remedies.  The plants were Star of Bethlehem (ornithogalem umbellatum) Mimulus (Mimulus guttatus) Impatiens (impatiens glandulifula) and Clematis (clematis vitalba)
The popular rescue remedy uses Rock Rose for panic, Cherry Plum for loss of self control, Impatiens for tension, Clematis for faintness and withdrawal and Star of Bethlehem for shock and trauma.
Aromatherapy is a self help treatment used in maintaining wellness.  If you are ill you should see a doctor.  Aromatherapy does not seek clinical results but is of use to clinicians. Aromatherapy has its roots in plant based medicine, gardening and cuisine, in beauty therapy and remedial sports treatments.  It is part of the complementary therapies practiced in the UK by the 20,000 members of the Federation of Holistic Therapists.  As in homeopathy it is thought the removal of the mental blockage to health in a range of conditions particularly affecting the skin is as important as removal of a physical blockage for example a surgeons removal of a bullet or widening of a blocked artery. 
Aromatherapy instead uses essential oils derived from aromatic plants, flowers and trees and commonly used for flavour and fragrance purposes.  Essential oils are more convenient to produce, store and use than homeopathic remedies which has contributed to their popularity and the education in their use.

French aromatherapy stresses the application of high doses of essential oils to relieve physical conditions.  A medical textbook L'aromatherapie exactement summarises Aromatherapy treatments.

English aromatherapy continues also in the homeopathic tradition to take into account the mental state and personality of the patient in creating blends of essential oils in a holistic treatment which is of use in nursing and midwifery.  Aromatherapy, with elements of massage therapy, acupressure and reflexology has also found many other applications for example those with communication difficulties, care of the elderly and cancer patients and in veterinary science.

The potential usefulness of aromatic plants was noted in the 1830s by Chabes who influenced Gattefosse and in turn Valnet.  In the 1970s and 1980s aromatherapy became popularised in book form and in practice by Robert Tisserand, Shirley Price and numerous others.  The supply of essential oils for aromatherapy became regularised with the formation of the Aromatherapy Trades Council by essential oil companies bearing their names and others.

Aromatherapy also became an ordered profession with the formation of the International Society of practising aromatherapists (now IFPA a Hinckley UK based body dedicated to unifying aromatherapy practice) and national aromatherapy associations around the world such as NAHA.  22 aromatherapy schools teaching classes from 2 to 10 students a year are members of IFPA.  Some 250 students in total train with these schools each year and IFPA has a membership of some 1250 practising aromatherapists.  A quarterly journal is published with knowledgeable contributors.

Aromatherapy remains dynamic.  In the present day the work of Jane Buckle in the USA has led to radical steps forward in aromatherapy education and practice in a clinical setting and recognition that these simple substances can achieve clinical results whatever our ignorance of how they do so. 
Homeopathy, Bach Fower remedies and Aromatherapy began as a reaction to the apparently absurd medical practices in the west of the 1850s which were nonetheless thought to be effective in treating patients like bloodletting.  Today scientific learning and progress has produced medicine in the prevention and treatment of illness of an altogether differant standard and of course conventional treatments of illness are the norm.  There is popular concern over the side effects of conventional treatments. Conventional medicine does not seek to address the holistic therapist concern for the mental and emotional roots of more common ailments. Self help with homeopathy, Bach Flower remedies and Aromatherapy therefore remains of value and is studied now more than ever before.
Personally I doubt that Bach Flower remedies and aromatherapy can be dismissed as mere placebo.  Firstly if a placebo through a patient anticipating treatment and becoming well achieves that clinical result that is valuable in itself.  Secondly the application of Aromatherapy and Bach Flower remedies by well qualified veterinary surgeons with clinical results indicates that there is more than placebo to this.  A panicky horse does not know a rescue remedy has been added to its drinking water so does not anticipate its treatment.  There is nothing less scientific than to doubt the evidence of ones own eyes.

Science and learning continues to find a way forward and it may well be the collective experience of the effectiveness of these simple self help treatments will result in the next leap forward in conventional medicine as we come to understand the energy flows in the body.

Bach Flower remedies and aromatherapy training can be quickly acquired and whatever else may be said we come to know ourselves and others better which cannot be a bad thing.  

Wednesday, 25 May 2011


Whatever path our activity takes, if our intention is to make ourselves useful to others, there is a good chance our conduct will be useful; whereas activities generally considered to be good, such as the practice of religion, risk causing more harm than good if they are not motivated by a desire to help our fellow beings.  Dalai Lama
No one is more religious than the Dalai Lama.  Religious observance helps to develop compassion for others.  I was once puzzled that he felt compassion even for soldiers in a conflict inflicting injury on others and mediated on this.  Some time later I experienced a frightening vision which had all the appearances of reality. The scene was one of executions of men and women observed I suppose from a height of 50 feet.  This was followed by scene of aiding others and the risks people will run to aid others even at the peril of their own lives.
Part of the complex work of the holistic therapist is to look at the individuals intentions.  Are they making themselves sick or ill by what they think.  Do certain patterns and habits of thought predispose individuals to illness.  Doctors rarely become ill despite treating the sick.  Are the good intentions of Doctors themselves a shield against illness?
Dr Bach certainly thought so.  His flower remedies and pattern of treatment are used as much now as ever.  Particularly the popular rescue remedy.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Creating natural perfumes

Creating independant perfumes with essential oils


Not just special but essential


Highlights of Robert Tisserands address at the HMSG Conference courtesy of DebbieMay.com

- All fragrances are flagged as neurotoxic. "This is not a rational safety guideline; it is a declaration of war."

- Tea tree oil does not create man boobs!

- Skin Deep is not a reliable information source

- Have proper knowledge about essential oils before usage!

- Applying undiluted bergamot EO (containing a mere .3% bergapten) before tanning can result in severe skin burns

- Listerine was originally produced in 1879 as a surgical antiseptic

- Myrrh, sandalwood & marjoram are effective essential oils for the prevention of skin cancer (in mice). They are not yet tested on humans.

- Myrrh oil is the ideal essential oil to use in sun products.

- Essential oils do not oxygenate cells. EOs only contain "bound" oxygen which passes through the body.

- Essential oils have been in use medicinally since 1880. However bacteria have not become resistant to EOs as they have to antibiotics.

- Fragrance oils are not more toxic than EOs. But people with sensitivities tend to react more strongly to FOs because they have more high-impact odors           

Ingredient testing - Phytoforensics - GC/MS Testing

GC/MS remains a vital tool in ensuring pure agricultural and aromatherapy oils

About GC/MS


Flora Research Laboratories


Aromatherapy diploma theory paper

Theory Examination: Examinations usually take place in Hinckley, Leicestershire but you may also take it under the supervision of a Doctor or Lawyer or Clergyman/woman or other suitable professional. If this option is taken, it is the responsibility of the student to arrange and advise us of the qualified supervision.

Find out more about the examination officers association


Herbal medicine legislation



Monday, 23 May 2011

Revise - Module One - Aromatherapy Oils

List of essential oils


Black Pepper 

Chamomile Roman

 Eucalypus Smithii 






Tea tree 

Ylang Ylang 

List of vegetable oils





White lotion


Revise - Blends - Summary




Clear head 

Easy breathe 




Respiratory System 


Stresses and strains 

Visible veins 



Revise - Aromatherapy Skincare - Summary

Chamomile eyedrops 

Cleansing milk 

Clear skin moisture cream 

Hand and body lotion 

Honey Mask 

Minute Gel Mask 

Moisture cream 

Moisture lotion 

Reflex cream 

Rejuvenating night cream 

Special E moisture cream 

Superlight eyecream 

Toning lotion 


Revise - Conditions - Summary of 12 case studies

Acne: chronic skin disease affecting adolescents

Alopecia: a sudden patchy loss of hair

Amenorrhoea: absence of menstruation

Arthritis - Osteo: degenerative inflammatory disease of one or more joints

Arthritis - Rheumatoid: inflammation, characterised by joint destruction

Asthma: respiratory disorder

Athletes Foot: fungal disease of the feet between the toes

Bruise: injuries to the deep parts of the skin and tissues

Catarrh: irritation and inflammation of the mucous membranes, associated with secretion of mucous

Cellulite:  hardening of the fatty tissues

Chilblains: inflamed condition of the skin of the hands and feet, even the ears

Colds and Flu: viral infection of the nose and throat that can lead to respiratory infections

Revise - Conditions - Colds and Flu

Revise - Conditions - Chilblains

Revise - Conditions - Cellulite

Revise - Conditions - Catarrh

Revise - Conditions - Bruise

Revise - Conditions - Athletes foot

Revise - Conditions - Asthma

Revise - Conditions Arthritis Rheumatoid

Revise - Conditions - Arthritis osteo

Definition: A degenerative inflammatory disease of one or more joints
Possible causes: excessive joint usage, injury, inflammatory diseases and diabetes
General signs and symptoms: local inflammation because of the bones rubbing together
Methods of use: compress, bath, lotions/creams, massage but not over the swelling
Suggested oils: juniperberry, lemon, black pepper, cypress, nutmeg, chamomile (german), rosemary, pine, marjoram (sweet), ginger
Holistic advice:  diet, avoid red meats, tea, coffee, alcohol.  Suggest supplements vitamin A, B Complex and E, cod liver oil, calcium and aloe vera gel.  Gentle exercise.



Revise - Conditions - Amenorrhoea

Definition: absence of menstruation.

Client could be pregnant so establish this first before suggesting oils.
Suggested oils: Clary sage, marjoram sweet, geranium, cypress, fennel sweet, melissa

This is a relatively rare condition caused by grief or shock sometimes so not easy to find a case study.  However it should be possible to question a relative who has been pregnant as a training exercise.


See hormonal state or drug induced for potential causes


Shirley Price Aromatherapy diploma - differing routes to qualification

Case studies and essay questions

Whether distance learning or classroom tutor taught modules it is necessary to complete case studies and essay questions.  Remember case studies focus on conditions and essay questions focus on individual oils/blends/cosmetic skincare products as well as general themes eg name and describe the skincare types, describe the general properties of essential oils.  set your own essay questions on your favourite oils/topics.  Chemistry may not be your favourite but get the lego out again.  Take a picture of your models for your file.

Differant pathways

One combination of distance learning and classroom taught study pathway would be to complete 4 modules of the aromatherapy diploma by distance learning  (cost £275 each), complete the online VTCT level 3 in anatomy and physiology, attend one week Massage £450, one week Aromatherapy practical £450.  Examination Aromatherapy theory £95, Examination Aromatherapy practice £95

Financial assistance

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit www.direct.gov.uk/adultlearning or contact 0800 100 900

Upgrade to IFPA membership

AROMATHERAPY UPGRADE TO IFPA STANDARDS Formulated for qualified Aromatherapists who need to upgrade to the standards required by The International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA).  The schedule is tailored to the needs of the individual and the level of knowledge is adjusted accordingly. (UPGR).  learning is assessed by Sue Jenkin MIFPA.  A 5 day course is sufficient to prepare for the examiniations.


Insurance Cover: It is advised that Students be covered for any claims made personally against them by taking advantage of the student premium under the IFPA scheme which was specifically arranged for this purpose.


Anatomy and Physiology online


A link to an online anatomy and physiology diploma


Essay Questions One/two/three - Choose one of the module one study oils/blends/cosmetics to describe

refer to the study notes.

     Aromatherapy Kit, storage box with oils below Black Pepper Chamomile Roman Eucalypus Smithii Frankincense Geranium Ginger Lavender Mandarin Tea tree Ylang Ylang Avocado Grapeseed Sunflower Wheatgerm White lotion

 Care For Aromatreatments Kit and storage box oils below Airways Cellulite Circulation Clear head Easy breathe Fatigue Joints Muscles Respiratory System Rest Stresses and strains Visible veins Women Measuring cup

 Aromatherapists Cosmetology Kit and storage bag Chamomile eyedrops Cleansing milk Clear skin moisture cream Hand and body lotion Honey Mask Minute Gel Mask Moisture cream Moisture lotion Reflex cream Rejuvenating night cream Special E moisture cream Superlight eyecream Toning lotion Headband

Refer to catalog profiles on www.ShirleyPrice.co.uk


Revision - Conditions - Alopecia

Alopecia can affect men and women and hair loss is a routine side affect of chemotherapy.

Hair loss due to genetic causes is common in men.  Alopecia is a sudden patchy loss of hair with one inch diameter patches appearing.

Definition: a sudden patchy loss of hair.
Possible causes: stress, shock or food allergies  may occur following an illness.
General signs and symptoms:  significant patchy loss of hair.
Methods of use: massage, conditioner (dilute oils in a conditioner base)
Essential oils: lavender, rosemary, thyme (white), see the references below with shampoo, conditioner and night time treatment formula, Carrier Oils Borage, Evening Primrose , Jojoba, also serve as supplements
Holistic advice:  Use a blend of the suggested oils diluted in a carrier and massage into the scalp.  Consider the whole person and identify the cause of the stress.  Consider supplements Calcium and Iron deficiency, Exercise, eg running upstairs to assist circulation

Case study:  usually a relative can provide a student case study eg a middle aged male.  causes of stress can include work or family circumstances.  Important to allow time for the oils to be absorbed so use conditioner rather than shampoo.  If shampoo allow time for the oils to be absorbed.  Or use in an aloe vera gel for the scalp.

Research:  Wikipedia

note the reference to iron deficiency


Valerie Ann Worwood, The Fragrant Pharmacy pages 207,208
Jan Benham, The Creamy Craft of Cosmetic Making


Revision - Conditions- Acne

The self directed study following module one of the Shirley Price Aromatherapy Diploma requires 12 case studies and 5 essay questions.  At first this seems daunting but review the common conditions listed in the study notes and you will soon be able to identify friends or relatives with suitable conditions to record and study.

Acne case study

Definition: a chronic skin disease affecting virtually all adolescents and 10% of menopausal women
Possible causes:  overactive sebaceous glands
General signs and symptoms:  sebaceous glands become blocked and infected.  This leads to small spots or lumps on the face
Methods of use:  massage, facial steam, facial oil wash, lotions/creams
Suggested oils:  tea -tree, lavender, rosemary, geranium, lemon, lemongrass, juniperberry, pettigrain, niaouli, bergamot, may chang
Holistic advice: :requires a regular skin care routine using non greasy unfragranced products.  Reduced intake of refined and fatty foods.  Calendula cream is a good carrier for the oils due to its vulnery action.  Fresh jojoba is an anti-inflammatory.  Lavender helps reduce scarring and stress which can cause picking of the spots.  Geranium balances the production of sebum.  Evening primrose and aloe vera gel make good carriers in facial washes.
Research:  Do a google websearch.  Result Acne.org.  Join facebook like.  See posts on acne from people with this condition.  what works for them?  Find more details, pictures on Wikipedia  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acne_vulgaris

Case study: V has severe facial acne.
Use Shirley Price treatment checklist for case study.
eg has the client high blood pressure in which case avoid rosemary.
Making a facial wash.
Using an oil to correct and oily skin is counter intuitive.


Aromatherapy Diploma Module one, distance learning or classroom topics

The History of Aromatherapy
Aims of Aromatherapy
The Importance of Touch
Aromatherapy Massage & How it Works
Benefits & Principles of Massage
Essential Oils & how they may be used
Essential Oil Profiles
Therapeutic Qualities of Essential Oils & Safety Precautions
Purity of Essential Oils
Storage of Essential Oils
Health & Safety
Methods of Extraction
First Aid
Aromatherapy Evenings
Skin-types & Skin-structure and the Lymphatic System
Professional Bodies
Codes of Practice & Codes of Ethics
On completion, following successfully answering the test-questions and submitting 12 case-studies, 5 essays Students can proceed to Module 2.


Sunday, 22 May 2011

Jekka's aromatherapy garden

For their culinary uses, Jekka lists p274, with their properties

Sweet basil, Ocimum Basilicum, Concentration
Bergamot. Monarda Fistula, Uplifting (The Italian Orange Citrus bergamia used for the oil)
Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) Relaxing
Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare, Anti toxic
Rose Geranium. Pelargonium graveolens, Relaxing
Hyssop, hyssopus officinalis, sedative
Juniper, Juniperus communis, Stimulant
Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis, Anti-depressant
Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, Invigorating
Sweet Marjoram, Origanum Majoriana, Calming
Thyme, Thymus vulgaris, Stimulant

of the commonly studied oils you can also include in the garden

Clary Sage
and Lavender

leaving the woody, gums and the floral,

Orange sweet

and the florals


Jekkas Organic Herb Farm - culinery, medicinal aromatic herbs

Jekka MacVicar is to aromatic herbs what David Austens name is to English Roses and Shirley Price Aromatherapy's name is to essential oils and their use.

Jekka McVicar

Published in 2009 in paperback this is a very useful book for students. The organisation of the book is so helpful. Since 1992 Jekka MacVicar has been awarded over 60 gold medals for herb exhibits at Royal Horticultural Society Flower shows.

If I may quote from P274 The Aromatherapy Herb Garden

"One of the things I enjoy about growing herbs is the scent.  Aroma is very evocative and aromatherapy is growing in importance today.  The garden has been designed not to create ones own oils which is a very complex process but to have those aromas around that help our everyday lives, and to make an attractive garden, as the plants all have useful qualities apart from their aroma.  The sweet marjoram, basil, thyme, fennel and rosemary are excellent culinary herbs.  The chamomile and lemon balm make good herbal teasto help one relax."  "I include a list of the herbs in the garden with the properties of the essential oil."

Sweet basil, Ocimum Basilicum, Concentration
Bergamot. Monarda Fistula, Uplifting  (The Italian Orange Citrus bergamia used for the oil)
Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) Relaxing
Fennel, Foeniculum vulgare, Anti toxic
Rose Geranium. Pelargonium graveolens, Relaxing
Hyssop, hyssopus officinalis, sedative
Juniper, Juniperus communis, Stimulant
Lemon Balm, Melissa officinalis, Anti-depressant
Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, Invigorating
Sweet Marjoram, Origanum Majoriana, Calming
Thyme, Thymus vulgaris, Stimulant

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Saturday, 21 May 2011


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The foot consists of 26 bones, 56 ligaments and 33 joints and one sole. A practitioner of reflexology believes each organ in the body is connected to a specific reflex point on each foot through an intermediary of 300 nerves. By a manipulation of these points, vital functions can be stimulated, toxins eliminated, blood circulation improved and nerves soothed. 

There is much interest in the study of chi or the way energy flows through the body and the body's electromagnetic field.  This has long been harnessed by martial arts practicioners to do demonstrations like blow out candles and by traditional healers to remove energy flow blockages. The ability to generate and control chi release is thought to be gained through meditation.  Among scientists energy is thought to be described by mechanical models allowing a mathematical description.  Research goes on.

In China, the earliest known documentation of reflexology dates back to the fourth century BC, when it was practiced in conjunction with acupuncture by a doctor name Wang Wei. Foot reflexology is again being recognized both in China and abroad as an extremely useful technique.  Keep those feet clean.

I am in Beijing from 5-13 June and heading out to see the farmers.  I will be enduring much agonising chinese massage in the name of research! 

Jasmine Flowers in Egypt

Footcare generally
Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists www.feetforlife.org


Whats is an aromatherapy spa?

Modern spas come in many varieties and offer far more than a simple bath in a hot spring, but all tend to focus on enhancing our overall well-being with services that encourage the renewal of our minds, bodies and spirit. Here are some common types found in Beijing that may suit to your needs:
Club Spa—A spa whose primary purpose is physical fitness. They usually offer a full gym, equipment and coaches on a daily basis.
Day Spa—Usually in the city, you can drop into a day spa for a few minutes or a few hours to get professionally administered spa services.
Destination Spa—A place to go to for an extended time, with emphasis on developing healthy habits via comprehensive programmes, including spa services, physical fitness activities, wellness education and education in wholesome foods. Various activities such as hiking, sight-seeing and recreational sports are sometimes offered.
Medical Spa—Licensed health-care professionals are available all the time at a medical spa facility offering comprehensive medical and wellness care in an environment that integrates spa services with traditional, complementary or alternative therapies.
Resort Spa—Resort spas are usually owned by and located within a resort or hotel providing professionally administered spa services, fitness and wellness components and spa cuisine menus.


Friday, 20 May 2011

Massage therapy in Beijing - what are the differences?

Chinese Massage

Chinese massage (中式按摩 – zhōng shì àn mó) relies much more on a style of massage called tuī ná (推拿), which involves the extensive use of pressure points.
This can be quite painful, along with the extensive kneading that is used. Practitioners of Chinese massage, especially the tuī ná variety, believe it to have strong healing properties.

Thai Massage

Thai massage (泰式按摩 – tài shì àn mó) is a much more relaxing kind of massage. It involves much more rubbing and pressing instead of kneading, as well as interesting stretching techniques.
While both Chinese and Thai massage will leave the person being massaged much more relaxed and comfortable, the Thai massage is less painful and even more soothing. A good massage will leave you in a sleep like state. 

Aromatic plant oils in China

China is an important source of aromatic plant oils.  Around 2000 BC a medical book the 'Yellow Emperors Book of Internal Medicine was written by Emperor Kiwang Ti of China.  It provides the earliest known records of many essential oils.

Shirley Price Aromatherapy Massage

The use of essential oils in massage by western aromatherapists owes much to study of ancient texts and medical curiosity.  The question is why do doctors remain healthy when many of their patients are ill?  How does the psychology of the mind affect wellness?

Aromatherapy massage combines gentle superficial massage strokes with plant oils like lavender and blends of oils usually containing lavender oil to create a state of deep relaxation. Training is quickly acquired and is popular among nurses and midwives and among those caring for the elderly and ill.  Age and medication can compromise immune systems and plant oils can be used to assist. The effect of fragrance on the limbic areas of the brain attracts much research. Trained practicioners can also use this research to blend essential oil components to address specific non medical issues particularly emotional issues and disrupted sleep patterns.  Plant oils have long had a place in beauty and skin treatments in the salons to normalise skin.  Floral oils like Rose, Jasmine, Neroli and Gardenia are highly prized and expensive.  If you are ill or need healing then see a doctor or priest!  Aromatherapy Massage is offered by a number of spas in Beijing.

Accredited therapists study anatomy and physiology and attend 250 hours of taught training in aromatherapy, massage therapy, reflexology and aromatherapy skincare. 450 hours of case studies and work experience and self directed study are required.  An external examiner tests theory and practice.  On completion of this training which is the equivalent of an NVQ Level 4/5 qualification students are eligible to join professional trade bodies like IFPA, IFA and the FHT and their own national aromatherapy organisations worldwide.  Local schools can be found on the websites of these organisations. Many like our own school attend regular schools meetings and in open forum share best practice and blog enthusiastically to promote an open and informed scientific aromatherapy community.  Such meetings are also a good opportunity for organised CPD from leading international practicioners.  Similar level training in the USA can be found at the Aromahead Institute.  Shirley Price Aromatherapy is exploring ways to bring this training to China.  Equivalent level training in Asia can be found as the Issamay Institute in Singapore/Malaysia.


Monday, 16 May 2011

Workshops - Creamy Craft of Cometic Making Hinckley 15/16 May Tutor Jan Benham

Soaps, Creams, Lotions, Lip Balm professionally made with natural products

Sunday, 8 May 2011

I trained with Shirley Price - Aromatherapy Diploma students

 Emi Tokai - Read her Blog A Japanese in England 2011 Students Chou and Wisteria with George Brealey Technical Manager

The training room at 8 Hawley Road, Hinckley UK

The Factory Training rooms at 8 Hawley Road, Hinckley UK