Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Sp remedies in China


Essentia per mutua

Robert Tisserand - online seminars

Hear Robert Tisserand's live recordings here

find out about Robert's London Seminar here

Roberts blog....
Hygienic massage with essential oils

Essentia per mutua


Another flower of medicinal interest and insect repellant use.

Chrysanthemum is the flower of the east as the rose is the flower of the west.  A chrysanthemum absolute oil is available for use in tea and as a natural insecticide and repellant against wasps.

Below my Rosa Centifolia coming into bud tonight

and calendula, cheerful as ever tonight

                                                                                      and the citrus limon in flower
Essentia per mutua

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

EO Adulteration

 "There are numerous analytical methods to determine whether an oil has been adulterated such as the measurement of: 1.Unstable C-14,2. Stable C-13:C-12 ratio and D:H ratio, 3. Site Specific Natural Isotope Fractionation (SNIF-NMR), 4.Identification of Foreign Components, 5. Quantification of Hydrocarbon or oxygenated component , 6. For Citrus oils quatification of oxygenated heterocyclic compounds, 7. Selected ion monitoring of MS of known impurity found in added synthetic component, 8. Component ratios, 9. Chiral GC analysis, 10 Any combination of the above.
Chrality means the optical activity of organic compounds. GC columns have been developed to separate S and R isomers of organic compounds. Optical activity measurement requires the isolation of the component in question. There is published information on which column to use and the order of elution of the S and R isomers for many of the common components of essential oils."

Brain Lawrence, LinkedIn Correspondence

Monday, 28 May 2012

Antimicrobial 'good' and 'bad' bacteria

                        I think this is a numbers thing. The zones of inhibition visible in aromatograms certainly must affect both good and bad bacteria but they impact most on the 'bad' bacteria which are trying to proliferate and now find they cant in the presence of the essential oil constituents.

                       Antibacterial/Antimicrobial EO's only impacts "bad" not "good"?

Q.  I'm looking for a better understanding of this concept. If anyone can help me with a explanation or a reference I'd really appreciate it. I'm a student of aromatherapy and I understand a handful of oils have constituents that are effective for some nasty bacteria strains. The question is how have these EO's become so smart that they know to leave our "good" bacteria in tact and only go after the "bad/nasty" ones? Or do you have a opinion that they go after good AND bad when they are doing their job?  so I'm trying to understand if the EO's containing antimicrobial actions would basically have the same effect (externally or internally used).

A.  Just a wild guess, I am no microbiologist but my thought is that 'bad' bacteria are doing something 'bad' in a differant way to good bacteria. There is a difference of intent and behaviour. For example once the 'bad' bacteria detect a weakness with the body's defences by detecting enough of their fellows around they start to form colonies and rapidly proliferate giving off toxins and disrupting the bodies cells and tissues.

Then there is an issue of action. Inhibition or destruction. I guess the EO constituents are as much disrupting the bad bacteria's communications as actually disrupting their cell membranes. The 'good' bacteria are keeping their heads down anyway. They are inhibited but only as long as the EO constituents around and then its life as normal. They must be replicating but not in such numbers as to necessitate an immune response.

The good bacteria are not wildly proliferating anyway so are not affected by this disruption of communications. Certainly there is some chemical intelligence at work because the body is sensing at a micro level the difference between good and bad bacteria and attacking the bad bacteria with the immune system.

In a sense the 'bad' bacteria are not eliminated but go back to being good(ish) bacteria again. This is an issue I have with the medical orthodoxy that an active ingredient can in all cases effect a 'cure'. Once a pathogen is introduced to the body the sad fact is that on the whole they dont go away even though health is restored.

When we look at the more chronic impacts of the 'bad bacteria' we look at the formation of plaques which the body's immune system constituents and antibiotics are too big to penetrate. Eo constituents are small enough to do penetrate the biofilms and inhibit the bacteria. These biofilms are no differant from the plaque on our teeth but forming in the heart arteries and in the brain they can be very damaging and of course you cant brush them away.

Turning to the chemistry...............

 It is the sesquiterpene lactones which first caught my eye and some display this bicyclic 7 carbon ring, 5 carbon ring azulene structure
as do other better known anti-inflammatory constituents (blue)
and working back to the antibacterial theme
sesquiterpene alcohol
Caratol is some 40% of carrot oil and that certainly isnt blue. However it seems active properties of some important essential oils both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial may derive from the 7, 5 structure of azulene which certainly food for thought.
Are good bacteria as affected by the behaviour of these constituents as bad ones. Having identified the chemical structure of interest we can now delve into the research to see if anyone has subjected differant bacteria to azulene or its derivatives. Maybe a research project in there alright!

Ian Brealey

Shirley Price Chamomile Eyecare

Hay fever 
In spring many are kept indoors suffer the discomfort caused by hay fever symptoms such as sneezing, itching eyes and nose and increased mucus.  In summer grass pollens bring misery to the majority of sufferers and then autumn brings a final flurry of fungal spores and autumn flower pollens to contend with.
Research on natural remedies for hayfever suffers continues.
The Shirley Price Chamomile Eyedrop has proved a popular remedy because the eyedrop washes out pollengrains attaching themselves to the eye and irritating it while the highly diluted chamomile (1/2500 dilution) serves as a natural preservative.
Essentia per mutua 

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Do plants smell other plants?

Essentia per mutua

'Spike' the 'nard'??

Are all azulenes blue? Anyone heard of blue spikenard? My reference books and distiller documentation describe spikenard (nardostachys jatamansi, nepal) as a pale yellow to amber coloured liquid. The principal components are the azulenes gurjunene (not blue), patchoulene (not blue). So maybe green, brown, amber, yellow but not blue? To get blue spikenard I think someone has to 'spike' the 'nard' with azulene?     

Ian Brealey                

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Pawns pretending to be Bishops?

What are we to make of those who attack homeopathy and want to see it banned?

Good to see the drugs therapy junkies and political lobbyists too jumping on the band wagon and out in such force today in todays Times! Dont you think you are overdoing it this time gentlemen? According to the FT homeopathic prescriptions cost the NHS £122,000 last year. You have already done tremendous harm to vulnerable patients and put off many from studying and seeking treatments. Why not rest on your 'laurels'. After all is not £122,000 the pay of an average GP who certainly could not take the credit for 200,000 GP and 40,000 hospital interventions which homeopathy provides.
So what did you do dad in the days of aquarius?  Son I closed down a bunch of homeopathic hospitals and got flowers banned from the rest. I was for animal experiments and GM crops against bishops and the monarchy and any kind of institution.  After all its only rational. Hippies and flower power the anti-homeopathy campaign is not.  It is the opposite of that wonderful movement.  It is opposite in effect, irrational and damaging.

Of course it is good that institutions are not above questioning and criticism, that is what keeps them corruption free and working. It is a fact that only political and religious institutions can meet peoples needs.  We are better with them that without them or we enter a new dark age.

Homeopathy works and there is nothing less scientific than to deny the evidence of our own eyes and taking refuge in the nonsense that Colquhoun and Evans had published today.  Fortunately thousands of real scientists (who are working doctors who do have enquiring minds and care of patients) are fascinated by complementary therapies that evidently work and want to know why.  Worldwide research continues to accumulate at an unprecented level and with much improved scientific method.  Nobel prizes have been won and there are Nobel prizes to be won. So what is this about?

The human body ages and regulates itself, interacting with microorganisms with a shared chemical intelligence in ways we still only dimly understand. This is not psycho-social, this is high science. The new frontier.  In the space of a generation bacteria have evolved cellular mechanisms to identify and spit out the 'active ingredient'.  The 'active ingredient' orthodoxy is under threat. 

Homeopathy is a serious existential threat to the profits of pharmaceutical companies because homeopathy shows, amongst many other things, that symptoms of disease can be an illusion of the mind - what doctors call 'the worried well'.  There is also the whole area of interest as to why homeopathic treatments succeed in stimulating the body to heal itself where conventional treatments fail or are too toxic for a particular patient.

Without homeopathy there would be no limit to the NHS drug bill.  The more 'active ingredients' the better.

I am therefore for homeopathy. Not because homeopathy is good or bad, cheap or costly nor beause I understand it but because in trained medical hands it works where conventional treatments fail or are to toxic for a particular patient and is therefore worthy of research. 

Complimentary treatments which increase or extend the effectiveness of conventional treatments are an important area of study.  There is an area of self treatment which is subclinical which either does not merit the risks of medical or surgical intervention or where a diagnosis is not yet possible.  This is perfect grounds for homeopathy.

 Research shows that undiagnosed symptoms give rise to anxiety and depression in 70% of cases. You can literally worry yourself sick.  All symptoms should be reported to your GP who will be able to discern whether your condition merits the risks of medical or surgical treatment or whether it is right to recommend a complementary health practitioner.

The campaign

An expert - who is not a doctor or a homeopath says...

Doctors who are not homeopathic doctors say


Simon Singh, the science journalist unsuccessfully sued for libel for his criticism of chiropractic, another complementary therapy, praised the activism of scientists and the 10:23 movement: “Bit by bit homeopathic degrees are being closed down, but it is nothing to do with the government or the medical establishment,” he said.

10.23 movement and 'stunts'


"In Britain and Australia, horrified scientists are fighting hard against the teaching of alternative therapies in publicly funded universities and against their provision in mainstream medical care. They have had most success in Britain. Some universities have been shamed into ending alternative courses. The number of homeopathic hospitals in Britain is dwindling. In 2005 the Lancet, a leading medical journal, declared “the end of homeopathy”. In 2010 a parliamentary science committee advised that “the government should not endorse the use of placebo treatments including homeopathy.” So, should alternative medicine be treated on a par with the traditional sort and taught in medical schools?"

jeez even the economist - that didnt come cheap - you dont need a first class degree in economics to see on economic grounds alone yes of course Homeopathy should be part of the NHS.  240,000 interventions costing £122,000 i, £4m if you take into account all establishment costs - if thats not a bargain I dont know what is.

Do you get the feeling there is a campaign running? Who is funding this?  The cost of a media campaign like this probably exceeds the entire £122,00 NHS Budget on homeopathic medicines!

Doctors who are working homeopathic doctors say
Yes- Dr Sara Eames, president of the Faculty of Homeopathy, Luton
‘Homeopathy is a safe and cost- effective form of medicine which is used by fully trained doctors to treat approximately 200,000 patients a year in general practice and 40,000 in hospital. The hospital patients are all referred by their GPs or hospital consultant, often because they have not been helped by conventional medicine, have had intolerable side-effects or the orthodox treatment is not suitable for the individual patient. ‘There is growing evidence for homeopathy, with over 150 double- blind trials, far more of which are positive than negative. These trials are a “gold standard” in medicine and are specifically designed to cancel out the placebo effect. Outcome studies from the homeopathic hospitals show a high percentage of patients improving their main condition and overall wellbeing. Homeopathy can be safely combined with other treatments, and has massive potential to reduce NHS costs: the total expenditure on NHS homeopathy is less than a thousandth of 1 per cent of the NHS budget. So let’s stop this polarised argument, and discuss the responsible integration of different treatments to save money and help more patients.

Ian Brealey
per mutua

Turning to todays 'contributions'
The Times Letters May 26 2012

Lets be honest: its not ethical to give a placebo
Should the NHS Fund alternative medicine such as homeopathic remedies?

Sir, Dr Michael Dixons letter (May 21) is fascinating.....Prescribing of medicines that contains no active ingredient involves lying to patients.  That is old-fashioned and unethical.......Psycho-social problems may indeed be very important to some patients.  But deceiving such patients with dummy pills is not the proper way to deal with their problems."
D Colquhoun, FRS
Professor of Pharmacology
University College of London

Sir, Dr Michael Dixon argues that the NHS should fund placebo treatments such as homeopathy.....public policy demands that the NHS spends its resources only on treatments which work without deception in a cost effective way.

Dr Evan Harris

Essentia (latin for being) says
"Follow the money gentlemen!"

This lobby are prepared to attack patient choice, medical choice, patient care, the monarchy and religion as well as belief of any kind. It is prepared to deploy any argument and ignore and evidence to the contrary of its views.   Even so 200,000 patients a year in general practice and 40,000 in hospital still receive care which conventional treatment is too toxic or ineffective to deliver.

What makes me mad is this is down on nearly 1m homeopathic interventions of the NHS's 16m total interventions a decade ago.  Thats a lot of people suffering in silence and the work of generations of homeopathic doctors going to waste.  Or looked at another way 800,000 more interventions for the drug therapists and their feeders.  These gentlemen have nothing to be proud of.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Course dates

UK 2012 with Jan Benham at Shirley Price Aromatherapy, Hinckley, Leics, unless otherwise stated call Rosie Brandrick, College Secretary T: 01455 615466

May 16th to 20th - Reflexology diploma 10am - 4pm

July 1st - Aromatherapy oils for midwifery 11am - 4pm

July 2nd - 6th - Aromatherapy module 4

July 4th - Chair Massage 11am - 4pm

July 5th - Qi drop Therapy 10am - 4pm

July 9th to 13th -
Holistic Skin Care

July 9th - Aromatherapy Facials 10am - 4pm

July 12th Aromatherapy Skin Treatments 10am - 4pm

July 13th Fruit Facials 10am - 4pm

July 14th -
The creamy craft of cosmetic making 11am - 4pm

July 15th - Learn how to make mineral makeup 11am - 4pm

July 16th -
How to make natural makeup  11am - 4pm

October 8th - Aromatherapy seminar 10am - 4pm

October 9th - Aromatherapy for Emotional Health 10am - 4pm

October 8th - 12th Aromatherapy Module One 10am - 4pm

October 12th -
The creamy craft of cosmetic making 11am - 4pm

October 14th - The Art of Soap Making 11am - 4pm

October 15th - Learn how to make mineral makeup 11am - 4pm

October 16th -
How to make natural makeup 11am - 4pm

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

NEC exhibitions 2012

The Sp oils and skincare at the NEC last week

Retail Pricelist

                                                                    Ian Brealey at Primary Care 2012

Saturday, 19 May 2012

What are the most commonly used oils in aromatherapy?

This is a very frequently asked question.  Its also a frequently not asked question in scientific research where aromatherapy is equated often with a massage in the local spa to the detriment of the scientific enquiry in hand.  Oxidised oils are used, the botanical origin is sometimes a mystery.  Help is at hand.  Take a class!  Below are oils for particular bodily systems starting with skincare and nervous conditions, the areas where essential oils are of frequent use.  For the hardy the class boards showing how we got there are below too.
Benzoin you will see appears in skincare but is not in other categories.  Benzoin is however a useful fixative allowing the aromas of more volatile oils to persist longer so may well find its way into aromatherapy and natural perfume blends for this reason alone.  I would stress that this is not science nor aromatherapy either! However for the student new to the oils this is a useful teaching device to work through.  A professional aromatherapist seeks to select oils appropriate to the individual in front of them based on their training and experience.  All this does is look at the most versatile oils in each category.  The methodology was simply to take a commonly recognised Shirley Price table and count the mentions the oil received within each care category to arrive at the most versatile oils.

So the table of most versatile oils by care area.  Comments on the table are below.


Benzoin, cedarwood, chamomile german, chamomile roman, clove bud, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, melissa, myrhh, patchouli, rose otto, sandalwood, bergamot, marjoram sweet, tea tree


Basil, bergamot, chamomile roman, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, lavender, marjoram sweet, melissa, peppermint, pine, rose otto, rosemary, sandalwood, thyme sweet, ylang


Basil, black pepper, caraway, coriander, clove bud, dill (not versatile but a famous carminative for babies) fennel, geranium, ginger, lemon, mandarin, melissa, niaouli, peppermint, rosemary and thyme sweet

Genito urinary

Chamomile german, clary sage, fennel, sage, thyme sweet

Circulatory muscles joints

Basil, cajuput, cham roman, cypress, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, marjoram sweet, niaouli, nutmeg, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood, sage, thyme sweet, valerian


Black pepper, cajuput, clovebud, cypress, dill, lemon, marjoram spanish, marjoram sweet, niaouli, peppermint, pine, rosemary, sage, tea tree, thyme sweet


Starting with skincare

As above Benzoin is versatile in skincare but not in other care areas.  Cedarwood similarly.  They are relatively specific to skincare.  Chamomile German finds skincare and genitourinary use. Chamomile roman finds skincare, nervous and CMJ (circulation, muscles and joints) use.  Clove bud skincare, digestive and respiratory use.  Frankincense skincare, nervous and CMJ use.  Geranium is a versatile oil which finds much use within aromatherapy including skincare, nervous, digestive and CMJ uses.  Juniper skincare and CMJ. Lavender is another versatile oil with skincare, nervous, and CMJ uses.   lemon for the treatment of warts and verucae in skincare and digestive care.  Melissa is useful in skincare and produces an excellent hydrolat, also finding nervous (excellent for agitation) and digestive use. Myrhh finds skincare uses. Patchouli finds skincare use. Rose otto finds skincare and nervous uses.  Sandalwood finds skincare, nervous use and CMJ use. Bergamot finds use in skincare as a herpes treatment and in nervous care.  Sweet Marjoram finds use in skincare as an athletes foot treatment, nervous care as sedative, CMJ and respiratory. Tea tree finds use in skincare as an athletes foot treatment and respiratory. Unlike other oils Tea Tree is not readily absorbed by the skin and so makes an ideal antifungal footcare treatment.  Always take a seriously fungal nail to a podiatrist as it may be symptomatic of a more serious condition.

Nervous care

hello Clary Sage, hello Peppermint, also digestive and cooling in CMJ.  hello Pine also with respiratory uses. hello Rosemary (Rosemary for remembrance), also digestive, and CMJ.  hello Ylang.


hello Black Pepper (improves the swallowing reflex), caraway, coriander, dill and fennel, ginger, mandarin, niaouli (also in CMJ).


hello Sage (also in CMJ)


hello Cajuput (also respiratory), Nutmeg, Valerian


No newbies.

Just click on a name for the wikipedia profile.

Success in your studies!

 no mercy straight into the chemistry - alcohol + acid = ester + water, easy from thereon

therapeutic properties of the functional groups


then into the skincare and massage carriers

essential oils for skincare 

and then into the uses cross reference

Bless this mess.  The oils and the use areas

Indications reading

Glossary reading

pulling it all together

A protocol for clinical aromatherapy use

If you are thinking of taking the Sp day class in aromatherapy to master the basics rest assured the the slides and handouts are more colourful than the boards!

we are now (at last) ready to consider the researched uses of essential oils

The leading author and researcher into the uses of essential oils in Aromatherapy is Robert Tisserand.  His upcoming seminars and online learning can be found at
A new edition of his book Essential Oil Safety will be available in 2013 including over 4000 research references

Ian Brealey 

Saturday, 12 May 2012

The Robert Tisserand Weekend, London 2013

Day one of the Robert Tisserand London Seminar at Imperial College London, May 12,13 2012.

Delegates received over 400 slides and videos.  Generous goody bag from the Tisserand company.  My son George Brealey made delegates an oil blend called Refresh, Relax including the excellent essential oil of Fragonia and the Shirley Price Rest mix.

Photo Gallery on

Class of 2012 - authors, educators, qualifieds, students gathered for the
Robert Tisserand Weekend Seminar at Imperial College London

I am reviewing the handouts with great enthusiasm.  As the organiser I didnt get much time to take notes!
Attendee feedback and more pictures


Monday, 7 May 2012

St Hildegard in 2012

How dark were the dark ages?

Tuscany is one of my favourite places.  Rome had been under military misrule for almost three centuries before Benedictine was born in 480 AD.  Communities of Benedictine monks remind us that respect for what they stand for has been there for over a thousand years.  The Rule of St Benedict makes interesting reading for anyone on a spiritual path or just curious.

On May 20 I raise a glass to the memory of St Bernadine of Siena.  In the 1400s he virtually single handed returned Italy to a widespread acceptance of non violence and the rule of law even on the part of rulers which paved the way for the Italian renaissance.

A great interest in the Benedictine tradition is a german abbess called St Hildegard.  She is known for her visions, music and vivid art but also for her healing and herbal medicine.  She used a word viriditas to describe the green or life force which could effect healing. As a holistic healer she used plants, stones and waters to restore health.  She wrote 9 books and is credited with the first book on gynecology.
Hildegards beatification could be completed in late 2012 when she will be declared a doctor of the church
Hildegard achieved particular success with eye infections.  Lavender cultivation was promoted and remains an important essential oil.

Essential n.  something of importantance

Ian Brealey

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Hinckley Course dates

UK 2012 with Jan Benham at Shirley Price Aromatherapy, Hinckley, Leics, unless otherwise stated call Rosie Brandrick, College Secretary T: 01455 615466

Course dates and details

May 16th to 20th - Aromatherapy module 3

May 20th - Aromatherapy and reflexology for the elderly 10am - 4pm

May 16th to 20th - Reflexology diploma 10am - 4pm

July 1st - The Art of Soap Making 11am - 4pm

July 2nd - 6th - Aromatherapy module 4

July 4th - Chair Massage 11am - 4pm

July 5th - Qi drop Therapy 10am - 4pm

July 9th to 13th -
Holistic Skin Care

July 9th - Aromatherapy Facials 10am - 4pm

July 12th Aromatherapy Skin Treatments 10am - 4pm

July 13th Fruit Facials 10am - 4pm

July 14th -
The creamy craft of cosmetic making 11am - 4pm

July 15th - Learn how to make mineral makeup 11am - 4pm

July 16th -
How to make natural makeup  11am - 4pm

October 8th - Aromatherapy seminar 10am - 4pm

October 9th - Aromatherapy for Emotional Health 10am - 4pm

October 8th - 12th Aromatherapy Module One 10am - 4pm

October 12th -
The creamy craft of cosmetic making 11am - 4pm

October 14th - The Art of Soap Making 11am - 4pm

October 15th - Learn how to make mineral makeup 11am - 4pm

October 16th -
How to make natural makeup 11am - 4pm

Did you know the first Hansom cab was made in Hinckley in 1835?  In 1771 John Wesley visited Hinckley and described it as the 'most civil town he had met'.

Upcoming workshops 2012
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 +VAT (5 Day Course) Start 10:00am – 4:00pm
Dates: Wednesday 18th April – Sunday 22nd April

Creamy craft of cosmetic making
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 £120 +VAT (1 Day Course) Start 11:00am – 4:00pm
Date: Monday 14th May 2012
And Sunday 10th June 2012

Reflexology & Aromatherapy for the elderly
Reflexology and Aromatherapy for the elderly
Over the years, Jan has done extensive work on patients with multiple sclerosis, cancer and many other conditions using a specialised massage and reflexology technique, and aromatherapy. This workshop focuses on the use of aromatherapy and reflexology for the elderly using essential oils, reflexology and polarity (energy work). Specialised massage techniques on the knees, feet and lower legs are also covered. Designed for both carers and professional therapists; this program will teach you how to deal with the following conditions: Varicose veins, Insomnia, Knee problems, Oedema, Aches and pains, Poor Circulation and how to Balance the body. If there is any other conditions that you would like to have covered. Please tell us at the time of booking and Jan will be happy to cover that topic during the workshop.
With Jan Benham Cost £90.00 +VAT (1 Day Course) Start 11:00am – 4:00pm
Date: Monday 21st May 2012

The Art of Soap Making
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 +VAT (1 Day Course) Start 11:00am – 4:00pm
Date: Saturday 24th March

Aromatherapy seminar/ Introduction To Aromatherapy
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 hearts 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 +VAT (1 Day Course) Start 11:00am – 4:00pm
Date: Enquire about dates

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, and 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 Start 11:00 – 4:00pm
Cost of each workshop £130 +VAT or both for £240 +VAT
Dates: Mineral Makeup: Monday 16th April + Monday 11th June
               Natural Makeup: Tuesday 17th April + Tuesday 12th June

Shampoo and bath bomb making

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’. A Perfect course for both adults and children.
With Jan Benham Cost Adults £90 +VAT Children £30.00 +VAT (1 Day Course) Start 11:00am – 4:00pm
Dates: Enquire about dates

HSE Emergency First Aid at Work 1 Day Course
This course is designed for someone taking on the role of an Emergency First Aider at work - for low risk environments, or those with few employees. However, this course gives a great introduction to first aid, and is therefore both suitable for both professional and personal users. It's lively, fun and run in an interactive workshop style.  Our 1 day course includes an overview of baby and child first aid. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
On successful completion delegates will be awarded a certificate in HSE Emergency First Aid at Work valid for 3 years.
Cost: £90.00 +VAT Refreshments and Lunch Provided
Start: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Date: Enquire about dates

Cosmetic Making Diploma
Makeup- soap – skin care and hair products – business studies. This is a comprehensive course in the art of cosmetic making, from soaps to lipsticks. You will learn how to make a full range of makeup including foundation, blusher, eye shadows, eye and lip pencils, lipgloss and lipstick.
You will be able to make a full complete skin, body and hair care line including: Hair Shampoo and conditioner, cleanser, toners and moisturisers, body lotions, ointments and lip balms.
Understand the scientific and botanical studies of plants and how to start your own business including government regulations, labelling laws, how to get free advertising etc.
Course includes;

·        Aromatherapy Seminar
·        The Art Of Soap Making
·        The Creamy Craft Of Cosmetic Making
·        Mineral And Natural Makeup
·        Shampoo and Bath Bomb Making
Cost: £595.00 + VAT (6 Day Course) Start 11:00am – 4:00pm
Date:  Enquire about dates

Robert Tisserand – CPD Seminar
London 2012 Robert Tisserand Aromatherapy Seminar

We are delighted to co-sponsor and invite you to the Robert Tisserand weekend seminar Aromatherapy Research and Synergy of Essential Oil Constituents details are on  Book your place below.  Places are limited to 60 delegates so do book early to avoid disappointment. 10% discount for 3 or more places booked together.

When Shirley Price and Robert Tisserand made aromatherapy a household word and took essential oils back into hospices and hospitals the cry was, yes interesting case studies but where is the research?  Researchers came together at Warwick University, UK in 1997 in a landmark event.  Now fifteen years on its time to do it again to review the research in the meantime and showcase the work done by Jane Buckle and her colleagues in particular.  There is now so much worldwide research on the clinical uses of essential oils and massage from mood enhancement to cancer treatment that we need a guide to it.  On May 12,13 2012 SPA will be co-sponsoring Aromatherapy Research and Synergy of Essential Oil Constituents, a weekend seminar with Robert Tisserand. Introduction by Gabriel Mojay.  Come and share your enthusiasm and case studies of aromatherapy in action in palliative care and practice with our distinguished speakers. Venue; Imperial College, London, Huxley Building, Room 341
Or call Rosie the College Secretary on T: 01455 615466.  Cost £180+VAT

Hot Stone Massage

Hot & Cold Stone massage is a unique form of massage therapy using volcanic stones to warm and cool the body in a specific body sequence. Our Hot Stone massage course covers the full body and face, it is a two day certified training course.
Learn this new massage technique that goes back many thousands of years. This therapy has become one of the most popular over the last ten years. Working in harmony with massage this hot stone massage technique uses warm stones, placed on the client's body and also in the therapist’s hands. This massage course will teach how to perform a full body routine as well as how to tailor it to suite the individual client in a safe and effective manner.
Chakra awareness is increased through stone placement, you will also learn about the 12 meridians. This treatment is extremely grounding and provides an unforgettable mind, body and spirit connection.
This is a course that will suit both students who are just starting out to holistic practitioners who wish to expand their knowledge. Care and maintenance of the basalt stones, gathering techniques and temperature levels is also covered.
Cost: £180.00 + Vat (2 Day course)
Start: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Date: Enquire about dates

Chair Massage

This course incorporates Ayurevedic, Thai and Swedish Massage techniques that can be used in a seated position.

This is an easy way for the student to earn income and develop a clientele since it can be practiced practically anywhere - on the beach, in malls and in the workplace.

Massage of the back, shoulders, neck, face and scalp are taught, with emphasis on meridian lines and acupressure points. Working with both professional massage and basic office chairs. Benefits (physically, emotionally and mentally), and contraindications are covered. Common back, neck and shoulder disorders will also be discussed along with aroma-therapeutic applications that can be utilized with this treatment.
Cost: £90.00 + Vat (1 Day Course)
Start: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Date: Tuesday 22nd May 2012

The Art of Perfume Making
What is perfumery? What are perfume oils and flower waters and how are they made? What do perfumes do for us mentally, emotionally and physically, and how do we know this traditionally and scientifically.

Flirt with the secret art of perfume making using a selection of top, heart and base notes on this fun 1 day course where you'll learn how to make your own signature scent.
Take home with you your perfume, a luxurious scented room spray or diffuser and other scented products. Relax in a hot bath exquisitely scented with your favourite essential oils and seasoned with lavish ingredients to pamper and soothe you.
Workshop content:
·         Introduction and explanation of products you’ll be using.
·         Decoding chemical compounds used in perfume making
·         Perfumes for mental and emotional well-being
·         Essential oils - therapeutic properties
·         Essential oils - Top, heart & Base notes
·         Blending and mixing aromas
·         Diluting your blends
·         Creating a scented bath / massage oil
·         Making room scents
·         Create a solid perfume
·         Create your perfume in oil or alcohol
You will go home with a 10ml customized perfume blend, either oil based or alcohol based, a solid perfume and a bath or massage oil, created on the principles of ancient perfumery using the information of contemporary science - a £20 value! Packaging, handouts, recipes and a certification of completion of the course are included.
Cost: £120.00 + Vat (1 Day Course)
Start: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Date: Tuesday 15th May 2012