<![CDATA[FALCON ROSE SHAMANIC HEALING & HOLISTIC HEALTH - Blog]]>Thu, 02 Jun 2022 14:59:30 +0200Weebly<![CDATA[HOW TO BE YOURSELF, EVEN WHEN IT'S TERRIFYING]]>Mon, 30 May 2022 11:30:06 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/how-to-be-yourself-even-when-its-terrifying
Have you ever seen cartoons from the 1980's where...there is a villain character who constantly tries to steal the power of the hero? They are usually sitting in some dark tower somewhere, obsessing about how to get power and looking at the one they feel has the most while cooking up a plan to steal it. The fairy-tale of Snow White also comes to mind, but there are literally endless examples of this dynamic in our collective storytelling consciousness. 
While I don't consider or need myself to be the 'hero', I was on the receiving end of this  phenomenon  often in my life. It usually goes something like...people project very intensely on me in a negative way. This could be about how I dress, the type of person they consider me to be, my looks - anything. They go out of their way to actively tell me and anyone who is listening what a so-and-so I am and try and drum up support for their perspective. And then...after some period of time, they actually imitate exactly what they have accused me of. They will buy the same shoes I was wearing. They will "come out" as a Witch after calling me one (which by the way I have never called myself), they will adopt whatever personal philosophy they think I have and hold a party to announce it. The really weird part is that they act is if it was 'suddenly all their idea' and that they have discovered some great new thing. 

I used to get pretty hurt by this behaviour because...it just seems so unnecessary and it has been painful to be on the receiving end of someone else's projected hatred and disgust. Kind of a "hey, what gives?" loop that has surfaced off and on during my life. Why can't we live in a world where everyone is happy and does their thing and supports others to do the same? Ah yes, Earth, I so often forget what an "interesting place" this is...
I also used to take it very personally because I didn't yet truly embrace my own worth and so it was all-too-easy for someone else to come in and blow up my sense of self. It was shocking to realise at a certain point that I was literally the 'pathway of personal denial' for people simply by breathing and doing me.  I mean if it takes hating someone you barely know to open a door to yourself, that is...really intense. Then it got even weirder as I realised that for a long time I had felt like I was supposed to apologise for it and that I should be invisible in myself until "the entire world" felt secure in their own nature before I just got out there and did my thing. Lauren's inner voice of un-deserving and self-sabotage went something like: Why should I be in my own power if other people aren't?  That doesn't seem fair. I will sit on the side-lines and wait for everyone to find themselves and be happy! Yay!

And...then I did a lot of work on myself, had some lightbulbs go off and remembered that in all those cartoons and fairytales I read, the person being the huge annoying copycat jerk was actually just someone so twisted up in their own self-denial that the lunacy of hating people you don't actually know and attempting to 'steal' their power  was like...all they had left in life. Yeah. AND that the hero usually had some inner work to do to embrace their own qualities and that the villain-hero dynamic, once played out, usually worked out pretty well for the latter once they got into their groove. I mean, I can appreciate that.

Also, if you re-watch The Wizard of Oz I think you'll notice (as I eventually did) that Dorothy threw a bucked of cold water on the Wicked Witch of the West (her nemesis and voice of doubt) and told her to get a freaking grip. Then went home with her special shoes where rainbows and song spouted eternally from her cupid's bow lips. We'll get to Miss Gulch later in this post. 

The fact is, many people out there are desperately unhappy and we don't grow up in a culture that teaches us how to just sit with our stuff and let the pain show us the way forward. We live in a "specialness" culture that encourages us to take a pill, go shopping, buy a self-help book and watch TV shows about people we imagine ourselves to be. We aren't given the skills anymore to look around our dark tower of self-denial and go "whoa, so...I may need to tidy this up...maybe move to a cottage by the sea with some fresh air...diffuse some essential oils...brush the spiders out of my hair..."

Worse, if we aren't "special" we have failed. If we aren't admired, liked, living in wealth, with good health, a career, people to love us and more happy days than sad, we are doing life wrong. When I reflect back on some of the most powerful and deeply authentic moments in my life, I can honestly say I was alone,  had basically nothing and wondered what the point was of even being here anymore. In short, there was no b.s. left, just me - and that's when the magic happens (aka acceptance of what is). I also realised that by fully feeling the pain it causes to be the 'projectee', it opened up the door for bigger love, compassion and self-acceptance of myself, you know, the hero's journey, which in the end I decided was a good thing. So...thank you, everyone out there who projected your demon cooties on me! It turned out to be kind of useful... 

There's only one you in the whole Universe. It sounds stupid, but it's 
actually true. No matter how many other people out there are baking cupcakes, no one is ever going to bake yours. And if it turns out you hate baking (your spouse, your identity, your job, your reflection in the mirror), maybe now is a good time to start figuring out what does bring you somewhere. You can start by sitting in your own dark tower, simply feeling all the rotten stuff you haven't wanted to deal with and seeing what that pain is trying so desperately to tell you.

I imagine that Ms. Gulch, the original villain in The Wizard of Oz was probably a lesbian who had no room in her culture to be accepted as she was, intensely smart with no real opportunities to use her brain and possibly very into athletics in a culture where it was already kind of weird to see a woman on a bicycle.  My guess is that if she sat in her house and cried it out, it would have dawned on her that it was time to buy a one-way ticket to San Francisco and go find out what her heart was telling her instead of torturing everyone else in her lame, small potato town. I really hope she did. 

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<![CDATA[When The GPS of your Life Goes Dead (the chronic oatmeal filter)]]>Sun, 29 May 2022 13:49:05 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/when-the-gps-of-your-life-goes-dead-the-chronic-oatmeal-filter
Have you ever felt as though you were Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog's Day? You get up every day and do your best (or maybe your worst!). You have goals, aspirations, possibly a relationship, kids, the career - all of it. And yet, somehow, whatever you do, life just....isn't going anywhere? 

Or maybe you can relate to the lyrics of the Talking Heads in their song, "Once in a Lifetime".... you know the one that goes, " And you may ask yourself, "How do I work this?"
And you may ask yourself, "Where is that large automobile?"
And you may tell yourself, "This is not my beautiful house"
And you may tell yourself, "This is not my beautiful wife"
Same as it ever was,
Same it ever was... 

I have a phrase for these situations that I call the "chronic oatmeal filter" and I think it's pretty self-explanatory...
It's Cute...But Not
It's cute to talk about this phenomenon in terms of movies and songs, but the truth is, if you're in the middle of it, it's hardly funny at all. Often it's scary, painful and unsettling. It's as if you're just cruising along, for years even, and suddenly you gain the awareness that...something just isn't right. It's not "working" and maybe hasn't been for a long time. Whatever it is that brings it home...you will know it. Maybe you meet someone and your heart goes, "oh my god...so that's what connection feels like...". Maybe a friend quits their job and starts a new business and some part of you just dies inside. Maybe you have a serious illness or accident and it scares you. Like really scares you, as you are confronted with what the "sum total" of your life could be if things stay the same. 


While this could be seen as some exciting news (what a great opportunity to find out what can work!) for most people it's just terrifying. Why has the map of my life stopped? What will it take to get it moving again and more importantly, what on earth will I have to let go of or change to start feeling like my life makes sense again? 

The Time of Ice Cream and Tears
I recall a time in my own life when the stunning realisation that my life map had flat-out ended hit me.  I got in the shower and cried. Then I lay on the floor and cried. Then I ate a carton of ice cream and cried. Then I got in bed and cried. There was a lot of crying. I think I then tried to "exercise my life forward" (ever done that one?) which involved relentlessly cycling, running, walking and lifting weights to see if I could physically force the path of my life to just come back to its senses. Yeah, that didn't work either. 

In the end, acceptance was the only thing that allowed me to start making new choices, but I definitely resisted it and was hardly happy about it. I sat in my own "dead end" for so long, that by the time I finally let go, the changes that came were shocking. And while it was an effective way to get my life back on track, I don't really recommend it... 

So why does this happen? Why is it that we can make all the "right" choices, be an essentially decent human and yet hit these marker points in our lives where things are just...off? I asked a lot of questions about this during my own time of upheaval and I'd like to offer you a perspective on why this happens, and how you can handle it perhaps better than I did if you find yourself in a similar situation.

Your Blueprint is Real
First, it's important to know that all people are born with a type of "blueprint" for their life. You can imagine it as this set of 'life designs' that help us to build a certain kind of life, set of experiences and take us where we need to go. Your conscious mind isn't very aware of the blueprint, but your Spirit certainly is and does its best to guide you as you go through life. We have these blueprints because in very simplified terms, you need one to get onto the planet. It's a bit like having your boarding pass to fly. It gives you a row number, seat number and destination. Once you get on the plane, you may decide to change seats, or even take a connecting flight elsewhere. But,  no boarding pass, no fly. 

The thing is, earth isn't the easiest of places to board if you get my drift. It's full of so many experiences but it's also emotionally quite intense. You need a body to be here and you need a mind to help you cope. And together, your body and mind can be quite flexible and willing to bend, but they can also be stubborn as hell, scared, pretty rigid and set in their ways on how you're going to move through your time here. Your Spirit may be saying, "Psst...hey lady, it's been real at this job/location/relationship but we are in fact scheduled for a left turn in approximately 1 year. Be ready". 
And your body and mind take a look around at all the security (which equals survival) you have and goes, "Yeah...you know? No." 

This can go on for a while. Years. Longer. And at a certain point your Spirit just goes, "Well I mean, OK, but you know this part of the blueprint literally ended...so I mean, if you want to sit on the tarmac and watch other people's flights take off, be my guest, I can wait.
And you will sit there and wait for as long as you want, getting more and more unhappy/unhealthy/checked out/overweight/underweight/crabby/etc because hey, you've got free will (sort of) and if you want to sit in it, you can. But the GPS of "you" is just not going anywhere, because you're done with that leg of the journey and it's time to turn left and board a new flight. In my personal and professional experience, if you sit in it long enough, you will manifest a 'rock bottom' (also called Divine intervention in some circles) to get your attention with the blinding neon sign that says, "turn left, Tinkerbell!"

You Will Lose Your Drugs (Coping Mechanisms)
Not everyone has a super dramatic left turn. I think a lot of people can and do, but it doesn't always have to be that way. Sometimes it's a mindset shift. Sometimes it's a divorce. There's a lot in between. The important thing is, that as you become aware that it's time for a change, you are also forced to accept that it's going to be time to address all the coping mechanisms you've had for years which have now officially expired. Wherever it is you are heading from here, the new land you're flying to has banned all the drugs you were accustomed to taking and Customs will confiscate those suckers at the border. Harsh, right? Though the good part is that you will get a chance to learn how to live without them. 

Now What?
So what to do, what to do? If you find yourself in one of these chapters of the divine comedy of your life, you've got a couple of choices. Crying, ice cream and exercise are solid options. I did that for a good few years and it brought me...basically nowhere, but I had a lot of extra time (wait and weight!) to keep sitting on the pot. The funny thing is that I was being offered help all along and categorically rejecting it! 

If I look back now I would say without a doubt, take the help that is offered sooner crazy lady! That...in hindsight is for sure my best answer here. In all seriousness, if you relate to any of what I've written here, here's what you do:

1. Accept it. Whatever is going on with you, denying it won't work. Even if you just write a little note to yourself that no one else will see...something like, "Dear diary, my life is really weird right now and I'm scared" that's enough. Not looking at or feeling what is coming at you will only intensify your experience.

2. Take a break. Minimum 3 days, hopefully 1-2 weeks. Go somewhere ALONE and bring your journal, headphones and walking shoes. Just BE with yourself and let whatever needs to arise do so. Stop being "busy" as a way to block this. It won't work. Better out than in, as the saying goes! Meeting new people, talking to a trusted person while away is OK but the point is, break your routine, take a mini left turn and just see what that does for you. 

3. Take an inventory of your life. Remember when you were 5 and your dream was to become a janitor at the top of the Empire State Building? What happened to that? Where are you? The dreams you once had, are you living them? If not, why? Have they died, or have you?  Look at this. Carefully. And FEEL. 

4. Seek guidance, particularly energy work.  If you're about to go through a big change in your life, I'm not gonna lie...it's going to be hella uncomfortable. Some parts will be thrilling and amazing and other parts...not so much. However, there are ways to make it roll more smoothly, and that is primarily with energy work from someone skilled in this area. It's not so much healing as it is cleaning up old patterns, releasing and making space for the new areas of your GPS map to show up. 
Here's another "top secret"... if you're working with the right person and able to re-connect enough parts of yourself, you can easily change your blueprint and "hop a different" flight. Remember I said you need a ticket to get here right? No one said you can't change your ticket. You can. If you're working it right. 

5. Read my free Workbook! I've got a great free resource that you can start using right away (think: yeah on my mini-break that I'm booking!). It's a workbook to help you start taking stock right now with exercises, notes and tips from me. 
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It's something I wish I'd had twenty years ago, and for sure when I was in the middle of my own life re-shuffle. 

I hope it will bring you just what you need and help you on your way, whether that's changing your seat or the entire destination of your current leg ;) 

Just click the link to get your workbook and leave me a comment to let me know what you think!

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Wishing you my best on your continued journey! Keep smiling friend! 

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<![CDATA[Essential Oils are Cosmic Beings in a Bottle]]>Mon, 14 Mar 2022 09:37:50 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/essential-oils-are-cosmic-beings-in-a-bottle
When I was 16 I met my first Healer. I can’t recall the exact details but I believe I sold her a cup of coffee and admired her earrings. Later I saw that she was teaching a “Dancing the Chakras” workshop in her parlour for $10 and thought “sounds cool”.  Years later I met another woman who brought halloumi to a potluck and had a gorgeous alpaca blanket that she described as “the best 250 I ever spent. It goes with me everywhere. Would you like to touch it?” We hung out after that. 
Maybe you find it surprising, maybe you don’t, but the most magical people I’ve ever met are generally walking around living pretty normal lives, do not have special dietary needs and have little-to-no interest in impressing others. Think “Oracle in the Matrix”. You know, baking cookies, hosting psychic awareness parties in their living room, casual smokers.

As I’ve traveled and lived around the world, Healers are people I just tend to meet. Sometimes because I have wanted their services and other times because maybe we both just shared a love of goat cheese and knitting. These are my people. We are, “low-key-vibe brain melters”. I recently had a client tell me that she could feel my fingers in her brain when I was working on her. I said that my fingers were not in her brain and she said, ‘yes they are’ and I left it at that. Brain melter had a fun ring to it. 
There are a lot of things that I came into the world having an intuitive understanding of, and it never occurred to me that other people don’t. For example, I can simply look at a person and see what is up in their energy, emotions, energy level and much more. That is going to directly impact how I interact with them in the treatment room and the approach I take. Having studied a clinical therapy (and still busy with it), it has been fascinating and at times frustrating to look at how “chained to the evidence” the world still is. Don’t get me wrong, research and evidence are great and have legitimised many things and helped a lot of people. But there are limitations to what evidence and research can provide in the healing theatre.
One of the things I still find so attractive about using essential oils with people in their healing and awakening process is that… essential oils are basically beings in their own right. We have made a big study out of their chemical constituents and what they do in a more medical sense - which is valuable and I highly respect these contributions to the field. What I also find so glaringly obvious that it sometimes hurts my head is that essential oils are also working with people on a subtle, energetic level that, while the scientific community hasn’t yet figured out how to explain, if you work with them in a therapeutic setting, you just know this. You know that even if all you do is move the essential oils over a person’s body while doing energy work and never actually touch them, something happens that deeply impacts the receiver. 
Books have been written about this. It’s starting to become more accepted in some circles. Salvator Battaglia has a chapter in his book, Aromatree called, “Reshamanizing Essential Oils” which I thought was a clever phrase. Even if you don’t know that that means, a part of you does. You know, looking at the fact that for thousands of years, Shamans have been using aromatic materials as healing tools on physical, emotional and spiritual-energetic levels. It’s in our ancestry, it’s in our inherited memory (which I know, science has proved ‘doesn’t exist’ but tell that to Jung). Before there were pills, there were low-key vibe “village-level brain melters” who blew aromatic smoke over your body and worked with your spirit to help you release, heal and accept your “now”.

When I come into my office and see all the bottles of Angelica, Bergamot, Hyssop, Helichrysum and on and on - I walk into a room full of “beings in a bottle”. I say, “howdy, great to be with you, let’s work today!” and I know that each essence has a particular frequency, knowledge and wisdom set and “flavour” of healing and wisdom it can impart. People ask HOW do I know this? I don’t know. How do other people NOT know it? I look, I feel, I sense, I use in practice, I sit with them, smell them, journal, read, ask etc. The larger spirit of Helichrysum is for me, golden, white, broad, shimmery. It helps to heal in cases of shock connected to childhood trauma, emotional trauma played out in physical ways, and can ultimately help us to accept our path in life with grace, determination and a child-like lightness of being. I mean, that’s all I know so far, after working with it for 6 years. I’m sure that’s a drop in the bucket but you know, these are cosmic beings vibrating to a frequency that can be roughly experienced on Earth via a plant extract, and I am a mere human at the moment - so I am doing my best to keep up. 
It can be difficult to share about this stuff because: a. It sounds insane to most people and b. It may give the impression that safety and ethics ‘don’t matter’ when working with essential oils and you know, that’s just not true. Wipe some patchouli on your face and go stand in the sun. I mean, please don’t, not unless you want 2nd degree burns. Or, and I’m really serious here, rub peppermint on your hands and move them near an infant’s face and watch them stop breathing (except really don’t do that). No one ever said powerful cosmic beings don’t have real-world dangers. They do. 
But at the same time, I would not like this area of knowledge to go entirely under the radar. It’s a ‘lost art’ that is coming back and speaking loudly to a growing number of us. When I have been through some of the worst of my own shock, trauma and recovery, it has been aromatic materials, applied consistently to my physical and energetic body that have gotten me through the periods in between appointments with whatever therapist I was working with. They have put a sense of “here’s what you can do for yourself right now” into my hands and frankly, helped me to rest, find peace and be in my body so that I could process my experiences when nothing else did. 
I also think it’s something that needs to be experienced to be truly appreciated, and with a practitioner that has real training and experience that you personally feel a resonance with. 
Aromatic materials, especially when combined with energy work, massage (frankly any type of healing) offer another dimension to how we can help ourselves to heal, become more aware and evolve in our life path. I’m not really sure where I’d be without them in my own life, and I would surely love to help you discover what they can mean for you. 
If you find this interesting, I invite you to get in touch. Let’s find out which cosmic beings in a bottle are speaking to you. 
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<![CDATA[The Most Advanced Piece of Spiritual Equipment You Will Ever Possess]]>Wed, 23 Feb 2022 07:41:36 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/february-23rd-2022
I recently found a photo of little me at about 18 months old. In the photo I am smiling, open and wearing a dress with Beatrix Potter buttons. What struck me when I saw this photo, is how present and secure I look in my body and the feeling of trust and peace that surrounds me. I think most pictures of children this age communicate something similar, have you got one of yourself to reference? 
As adults, many of us are busy tying to reconnect with our essence. We may not know that is what we are busy with... it may be verbalised as a wish for a better job, new relationship, better finances or even spiritual awareness. In fact, one of the things people have asked me most over the years is, "how can I have more psychic or spiritual awareness?". They seem genuinely disappointed when I reply that there aren't any special courses, mediations or magic spells to achieve this. There is however, one "magic bullet" answer to all of the above and more...which is to reconnect with your spirt, your essence and your sense of peace by connecting with your body,  your "home" on Earth. 

Over the years of working with people, I have come to understand that the human body is the most advanced piece of spiritual equipment we will ever possess. Our body actually knows what is coming 3-6 months in advance, and if we are listening, it will tip us off. Our body can manifest illness as well as health, depending on what it is that we most need in order to gain awareness, and our body is the place where we can develop powerful self-knowledge through emotional, physical and mental experiences of both pleasure and pain. 

This is ultimately why I chose to work with people using a body-led experience. For decades, I have been amassing my knowledge on body therapies, energy work, emotional processing work, aromatic medicines, vibrational medicines, spiritual practices, shamanism, Buddhism - you name it - and tying it all back to... things that I believe can help people re-connect with their body and move forward with their path. 

It takes courage 
If you've been looking for a way to deepen your connection to yourself, consider asking your body to help you find the way. It really does have all the answers you will ever need, though I know both personally and professionally that having a skilled guide to support you on your way is often necessary. 

Book an appointment with me today and let's make a start. 
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<![CDATA[The Secondary Gain - Why Some People Don't Heal]]>Wed, 02 Feb 2022 08:11:15 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/february-02nd-2022
This concept is something I wish I'd absorbed decades ago... and so I'm sharing it because I think it has the potential to help so many people including other therapists, family, care-givers and perhaps even someone who is struggling with their healing and wondering why. It's something called "The Secondary Gain".
A LITTLE STORY
On a recent training for complementary care in oncology, I was discussing case studies with the teacher. She related a story to me about how she and her team had created a product that was able to relieve pain for their patient but had discovered from one of the carers that the patient wasn't using it. When this was investigated, it was discovered that there was resistance to use the product and have less pain, because the family member that had moved in to help care for them would then be able to move out and the patient would need to take next steps towards healing and independence with modified support. 

The Secondary Gain. It's a bit like leaving a window open for whatever may be ailing a person, be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, so that the support, attention and focus on them in what is perceived as "positive" will continue. For many people, the care and attention that can come with an illness or need for healing is so great and so meaningful, that to lose it is too painful to deal with, so they may ignore, repel or simply "forget" to take on their part in their recovery. 

OTHER EXAMPLES
This can also present as say, someone who has weight loss goals, but other members of the family are also obese. To reach a healthy weight, they will need to make total lifestyle changes that will also effect their social life. If it was family tradition to eat a large meal together every Sunday, including lots of homemade sweets, this may have to change or be modified, causing feelings of hurt, fear, rejection or even anger. If one person in the family makes lifestyle changes, the others may subconsciously feel threatened and subtly "block" the one trying to heal their life with emotional manipulation. In this case, the secondary gain is retaining "safety and support" within the system rather than find independent means to heal. 

As a last example, I've had many clients pass through my doors over the years, especially in the early days, who were very 'hooked' on the attention, new groups of friends and sense of identity it gave them to be on a spiritual path. However, rather than look at it as an internal process of self-reflection and connection that required some healing, it would become an endless quest to "heal", rehash their history of pain over and over again and remain perpetual victims. Their next healing crystal, energy session or workshop became a type of  badge to show their dedication to spiritual development - while all it was really doing was keeping them firmly rooted in what I once heard Caroline Myss call, Woundology (victimhood). To truly heal, is an inward and personal process that requires support, but not a fan club. 

EMPATHY VS RESPONSIBIILTY
As a therapist, and especially as a highly empathic one, recognising and addressing the secondary gain has been a long road and something I struggled with because of not wanting to "let people down". My attitude used to be that I really needed to help the people coming to me for healing and that if they weren't doing the heavy lifting 100% themselves, well I could take over 10% of that...or 20...or...you know... all of it...  In my first year practicing energy work circa 2012, I would come home utterly exhausted, headaches, stomach pains, the works. I was, at least in part, unconsciously taking on other people's burdens instead of assisting them to do so themselves. I felt responsible. They trusted me, so I needed to help them, right? (wrong).

YOUR STUFF - FIRST AND ALWAYS
So often, people are called into healing work and the emphasis on their own healing, establishing good boundaries and just how much effort and work it takes to maintain this (it's not a one-time thing!) is glossed over. Maybe there is a chapter or a few pages dedicated to it in manuals and trainings. As far as I am concerned, it's the big thing if you have felt called to work in a healing profession, as a carer, or are in a personal dynamic where you notice people often look to you for help. One concept that really baffles me are books talking about self-protection that instruct therapists to use talismans, cleansing energies and even prayers and deities to protect them, but don't address at ALL how the person can heal the fact that they are a "match" for this stuff in the first place. In short, it's like coating yourself in armour but still being the willing 'cheese for the mouse' underneath. Trust me, cheese under 10 layers of sweaty armour is going to stink!!

BOUNDARIES AND GOALS
I now have a much clearer process for asking clients and patients what their goals are and checking in regularly. When I see that goals aren't being met, I question it together with them and sometimes let them know that I'm unable to help them any further and refer them onwards. The thing is, secondary gain still has roots in deep pain, and there are times where I'm not qualified to help that person address it. This is also about recognising scope of practice and knowing when you're not the best person to help.  Ignoring that won't help them, and it will exhaust me. I've learned to trust that I've done my best and keep my professional and ethical boundaries in tact. As the teacher recently said to me - you always do your best, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes you do nothing, and people get better. Remember that their healing was never about YOU!  

I only wish that I'd been able to more deeply grasp this earlier in my career as it would have spared me a lot of exhaustion, migraines and worry. If you are a therapist, carer or work in service, I encourage you to reflect on this and ensure that you've got a mentor and/or systems in place to take care of yourself and your boundaries. 

And if you're a person who has been struggling with a particular issue for a long time, "tried every therapy" and still seem to be in the same situation, first know that you're a very brave soul for continuing to seek your own healing. It takes a lot of courage to do that. Write down your goals and reflect on what it is that you might have to give up or what causes you the most fear when you think about being truly at peace and independently so. Whatever comes up in your reflection...are the true gems to your freedom and the right therapist or healer can support you to face them. 
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<![CDATA[Readings As Patterns of Energy Flows]]>Mon, 31 Jan 2022 15:22:21 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/january-31st-2022
Have you ever wondered what a reading really is? As in, what is happening and how does it work? Then this is the post for you. 
I gave my first official reading when I was 16, and advised a woman that if a certain action was taken, the results could be extreme and threaten her own life. The woman did not heed the advice that came through and proceeded. A week later I heard that she'd had an accident that rolled her car over several times nearly killing her and landing her in hospital with major whiplash and one hell of a wake-up call to stop her destructive behaviour. 

Backing up even further, I think my earliest unofficial readings happened as a child, when I would wake up and say to my mother, "don't take the road by the grocery store today" or, "call grandma today, she's waiting". 

I spooked people for sure and frankly that has not really stopped 😂! 

But what is it that is happening in a reading? Do I and other clairvoyants possess magical and supernatural powers? I don't really think so. I heard once that, 'magic is science we don't understand yet' and that always felt comfortable for me. What I have learned over the years is that energy follows certain patterns of flow, and it doesn't really matter if we are applying this to working with a physical body, a computer program or something more abstract such as looking at someone's current circumstances and where they are heading. 

I like to think of it like this: our daily choices and actions create patterns in our reality. Some of those actions are our own and some are a response to those of others. Each of these can be thought of as a thread, and when woven together, they direct a pattern or weaving in a particular way. Some of those threads are moveable (most really) and then there are the odd ones that just aren't - for reasons I don't pretend to know, but that I suspect have to do with Divine intervention.

So when I look at the energy patterns around a person's current circumstances or the question they have asked me, I am able to see where there are tangles in the threads, where there are more flowing areas, and look at projections of how those patterns will evolve, if X, Y or Z. 

Once someone makes a new choice or action, the threads will shift again and the weaving will change. This is also very important to mention because it reminds the querent that they are in charge of their own destiny through the choices they make, and that a reading in no way "locks in" any particular outcome. It's really just a snapshot of the now, and some information on how those threads are likely to evolve if no change is made or in the event of certain changes. 

For me as a reader, I enjoy doing them, because the experience is akin to looking at circuit boards and seeing how the different wires connect and where they light up. I find this to be a rather technical and straight-forward process that let's my brain work on both intuitive and analytical levels at the same time. I also enjoy being able to give my clients pretty direct or straight-forward information about the weavings they are creating and what might help them make their best next move. 

It is not necessary for me to use cards during a reading, but I do because I have a relationship with the archetypal imagery of traditional tarot decks that I find accesses deep and simple meanings for my clients. It makes it easier for me to convey the information coming through. The Emperor for example, is a strong, masculine, unyielding energy that revolves around rules, rulership, patriarchal energies, stability and in some ways, law. If the card appears in a reading, it can signify very strong energy that will secure something in place or be very difficult to shift, and at the same time function within a limited and inflexible set of rules. It can of course also represent a person who functions in that way - depending on the question and situation. When we hear about that kind of analogy, most of us can instantly pick up on it and relate to it, thereby making the message easier to absorb. 

People who do readings and report that they are being fed information by spirits or other entities - well maybe they do, and that's their business, but for me this is not the case. I am looking at energy patterns and reading them as I see them in that moment. I don't bring other entities into it because, from my perspective why would I complicate matters?

People often ask me if I myself use readings in my own life. The short answer is: sometimes. I do occasionally have a look at very specific issues to ask what my current actions or intentions are potentially creating in terms of energy flows. I may also ask what information I can have in terms of what would create the most ideal flow for me in a certain area. However, I don't over-use the cards as I believe we are here to experience and if we pre-empt all of our experiences with strategy, we may miss out on some of the most sublime and interesting surprises that can show up in a life cocktail. Sometimes I want a strategic answer on something, but more often I want to move through life and experience it moment by moment. As with all things, I feel there is a time and a place, and overly relying on anything will quickly become a hindrance or obsession. 

If you'd like to schedule a reading with me, I'd be delighted to look at the energy flows in your life on a certain topic or question you may have.

Please note that there is a 2 month waiting period in between readings. 

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<![CDATA[LAVENDER]]>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 19:17:17 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/lavender
LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA
Caring, Nurturing, Devotion, Harmonising, Restfulness, Protective, Maternal
LADY LAVENDER
​Lavender essential oil needs no introduction. It is the quintessential oil that most people associate with relaxation, rest and care. It has been used to scent baths, linens and bodies for centuries and one inhalation is enough to make many people sigh with content. If lavender is calling to you today, you may be in need of care in the form of, "Mother knows best", whether that is your own mother, your internal mother or Mother Earth. Or it may be a reminder to embrace humility, service, and the power of small acts of kindness. 
​Love has no message to transmit other than itself" 
- Mother Teresa 
THE FACTS
The essential oil is steam distilled from the fresh or dried flowering spikes in July or August. There are many different types of Lavender, but high altitude "Lavender True" from France is some of the most prized, and often expensive. 

Clinically speaking, Lavender is useful for all types of skin complaints, burns and chronic stress. It has been a long favourite of monastery gardens, bathhouses and personal care products and its name comes from the Latin, lavera, meaning "to wash".  

DRIVING ENERGY
The driving energy of lavender is, "balance". The special and unique quality of lavender is that it is able to address so many different complaints that it is truly a balancing and harmonising oil. I use it very consistently in blends where balance of the mind or body is part of the client's wish. This is especially true for those with chronic conditions where homeostasis has not been present in the body for some time. These clients often visibly melt into their treatment at a very deep level. Aromatherapist, Lora Cantele, describes it as, "the great leveller" and I completely agree. 

MYTH AND ARCHETYPE
Lavender is represented by the classic archetype of the "Mother". Nurturing, warm, devoted, patient and kind, this oil is always on call and ready to serve. The plant itself faces extremes of both altitude and heat to come into flower, and yet has continued to do so for centuries. Myths embodying the Mother goddess such as Isis, Demeter and Ceres are best matched to Lavender, representing the cycles of fertility, harvest and rebirth. It is also worth noting that sometimes the Mother can also splash out as a "Queen", and that lavender has long been a favourite with royalty, most notably, Elizabeth I of England, who required lavender to be present at court. 

WANT MORE? 
Are you curious to learn more? You can sign up for my free newsletter!

Or, book a consultation with me and be sure to ask  about how to incorporate lavender into your appointment! 


References:
Aromatherapy for the Soul, Worwood, 1999
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques, Keim and Bull, 2015
Aromatica, Holmes, 2016
The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, Puchon and Cantele, 2014
The Encyclopaedia of Essential oils, Lawless, 2014
Essential Oil Safety, Tisserand and Young, 2016
The Fragrant Mind, Worwood, 1997
Hydrosols, The Next Aromatherapy, Catty, 2001
Portraits in Oils, Mailhebiau, 1995
Subtle Aromatherapy, Davis, 1991
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<![CDATA[MINT]]>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 19:07:36 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/mint
MENTHA PIPERITA
Refreshing, Clarifying, Bright, Focused, Stimulating, Clearing, Aware
PEP-UP PEPPERMINT
Peppermint essential oil stimulates and clarifies the system. It acts swiftly and decisively and there is often very little in between. This can be overpowering for some, but if you thrive on a more direct and decisive energy in your life, peppermint has got you covered. If you are drawn to peppermint, you may have a desire to refresh and reset an area of your life, or call in more drive an enthusiasm. 
THE FACTS
The essential oil is steam distilled from the flowering herb, usually partially dried and collected in late summer and autumn. Peppermint is a hybrid between spearmint (Mentha spicata) and water mint (Mentha aquatica). The mint plants are some of the oldest documented for medicinal and culinary use. 
Clinically speaking, Peppermint is used for complaints of the stomach and digestive system as well as a general stimulant for fatigue. I tend to use the hydrosol in my practice, as a facial mist during hot months and also as a digestive and for powerful nausea relief! 

DRIVING ENERGY
The driving energy of Peppermint is, "clarity". It can truly help to clear out mental fog, increase circulation of both the blood and stagnant or stuck energy, and cut through the ropes we often tie ourselves up in when at a crossroads. Peppermint has an interesting relationship with Rosemary, and when combined in massage, they can  shift and cleanse the body, especially after a long illness or time of low energy. 

MYTH AND ARCHETYPE
Interestingly, Peppermint is associated with the archetypes of the 'trickster' or 'shape-shifter'. In Greek mythology, the Naiad nymph Mintha was said to be the lover of Hades. When he took his new wife, Persephone, one version of the story says that Persephone transformed Mintha into dust out of jealousy, but that Hades caused her life-force to grow into the mint plant, and that whenever he walked over the plant he would smell and be reminded of his former lover. 
As a trickster, mint has the power to change and sometimes do the opposite of what we think it might. For example, it is sweet, yet it can also burn. It is cooling topically, yet warming internally. Added to a cold compress it warms, yet added to a warm compress it cools. 


References:
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques, Keim and Bull, 2015
Aromatica, Holmes, 2016
The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, Puchon and Cantele, 2014
The Encyclopaedia of Essential oils, Lawless, 2014
Essential Oil Safety, Tisserand and Young, 2016
The Fragrant Mind, Worwood, 1997
Hydrosols, The Next Aromatherapy, Catty, 2001
Portraits in Oils, Mailhebiau, 1995
Subtle Aromatherapy, Davis, 1991


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<![CDATA[ORANGE]]>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 19:00:45 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/orange
CITRUS SINENSIS 
Joy, Warmth, Cleansing, Energizing, Uplifting, Light Hearted, Creative, Positive, Playful

FRESH PRESSED JOY
Orange essential oil offers sunshine, positivity and an uplifting presence in our lives. If you are drawn to orange, it may be time to clear the cobwebs from your life, get motivated to be up with the sun and feel gratitude for a brand new day. Or, it might be time to reconnect with a more open-hearted approach to life and sit in appreciation of our relationships (including to self). 
THE FACTS
Orange essential oil is expressed from the fresh peel of the fruit. Technically, orange and other fruit (Rutaceae family) essential oils are actually essences. You can do a "mini version" of expression right now by pressing your fingernail into the skin of an orange and "popping" the tiny pores on the surface. In some cases, orange is steam distilled from the dried peel. 
Clinically speaking, orange is employed for its tonic effect on the digestive system. It's great for relieving cramps, gas and indigestion when added to a massage blend for the tummy. It's also a very brightening oil to use in skin cleansers and something I use with clients as a mild diuretic during lymphatic drainage massage. 
DRIVING ENERGY
The driving energy of orange essential oil is, "joy", one deep breath and one smile at a time. It helps us to remember what is good and light about life and uncover the joy in our hearts, even if it has been a long time since we accessed that. Aromatherapist, Peter Holmes, writes that orange has the power to fill our negative or gloomy thoughts with light, especially those stemming from guilt. 
MYTH AND ARCHETYPE
In general, oranges have been symbols of fertility and innocence. In Greek mythology, oranges are often referred to as golden apples. Gaia, goddess of fertility, gifted Hera and Zeus with an orange at their wedding. In folklore practice, an orange was exchanged between two single people in hopes that love would blossom. Archetypally, sweet orange is represented by the "Empress", appealing to those who can benefit from the warmth, innocence and joy of mothers and children. 
WANT MORE? 
Are you curious to learn more about how to safely and effectively use orange essential oil? You can sign up for my free newsletter to stay informed about upcoming classes and videos! No spam or endless salesy emails, pinkie swear!
Or, book with me and be sure to ask about how to incorporate orange into your appointment! 
References:
Aromatica, Holmes, 2016
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques, Keim and Bull, 2015
The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, Purchon and Cantele, 2014
The Encyclopaedia of Essential oils, Lawless, 2014
Essential Oil Safety, Tisserand and Young, 2016
​The Fragrant Mind, Worwood, 1997



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<![CDATA[FRANKINCENSE]]>Mon, 20 Apr 2020 17:16:26 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/frankincense
BOSWELLI CARTERII​
Spiritual, Meditative, Stabalizes, Grounds, Protects, Strengthens the Spirit, Courage, Inspiration
HOLY SMOKE
Frankincense essential oil offers purification, cleansing, protection and healing on a deep level. The smoke of Frankincense incense has been used in spiritual practice for thousands of years across faiths and cultures. If you are drawn to frankincense, you may be called to deepen your own spiritual practice. Or, you may feel the need for protection, healing and comfort after shock, loss or major life changes. 
THE FACTS
The essential oil is steam distilled from the resin of Boswellia trees. Once the tree is tapped, the sap dries into resin "tears" which are either ground into a powder for incense or distilled for the essential oil and hydrosol. 

Clinically speaking, frankincense essential oil is most often used for the skin to tone and reduce scar tissue and for the respiratory system. It's decongesting and drying, and as part of a chest massage it will slow and deepen the breath. This is great for asthma sufferers as well as during panic attacks or prolonged periods of stress.

DRIVING ENERGY
The driving energy of Frankincense is, "presence". In my own practice, many clients are drawn to frankincense when they have a "dark night of the soul" experience to process. This is where there is a deep sadness, shock or wound has touched someone to their core, yet presents an opportunity to deepen their spiritual connections. Incorporated into massage or just dripped onto a cotton ball for someone to hold, I've seen frankincense put people into a deep state of trust and release. It's a real, "let it go and come to the present" oil. Very special.

MYTH AND ARCHETYPE
Many of us are familiar with the gifts of the Three Wise Men: gold, frankincense and myrrh. Frankincense was seen as a symbol of purity and "fit for the gods", so dear was it in value. The Egyptians used it in spiritual practice as well as embalming their dead. Frankincense has always been seen as a type of bridge between the mortal and immortal worlds. Archetypally, frankincense represents the "Wounded Healer" - one who is on a journey from their core wounds into a state of accepting wholeness in the present and the Divine within.  


References:
Aromatherapy for the Soul, Worwood, 1999
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques, Keim and Bull, 2015
The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, Puchon and Cantele, 2014
​The Encyclopaedia of Essential oils, Lawless, 2014

Essential Oil Safety, Tisserand and Young, 2016
The Fragrant Mind, Worwood, 1997
Subtle Aromatherapy, Davis, 1991
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<![CDATA[ROSE]]>Sat, 18 Apr 2020 20:49:51 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/rose
ROSA DAMASCENA
Unconditional love, Compassion, Inner Freedom, Balancing, Faith, Sensuality, Patience, Gratitude, Acceptance.

WHAT'S IN A ROSE?
Rose essential oil offers comfort, warmth, creative inspiration and healing for matters of the heart. For many it's the ultimate symbol of love, devotion and sensuality. 
If you are drawn to rose, you may be carrying some grief or hurt that would benefit from extra care and attention. You may have a creative urge that you're seeking to express, or you may be ready to open your heart again after a loss. ​​
THE FACTS
​The essential oil is steam distilled from the fresh blossoms, hand-picked in the early morning hours during the month of May. It is the most precious and costly essential oil and a single drop can go a very long way. 

Clinically speaking, rose essential oil has many benefits, especially for the skin, our hormones and reproductive systems (both male and female). I use both the essential oil and hydrosol frequently in my practice for helping to balance the body, especially when addressing hormonal imbalances and menopause. Rose hydrosol is an excellent toner for the skin and the essential oil can be added to facial serums or creams. It's also often used for nervous depression, insomnia and feelings of being "closed down".

DRIVING ENERGY
The driving energy of rose is, "unfoldment", one petal at a time. It helps us get to the "heart" of any matter and open ourselves to our truths - lovingly. I observe that rose essential oil softens and comforts my clients. When added to a blend for massage, people go very deep inside of themselves and leave their appointments in an almost holy or reverent state. It's said that rose is one of the scents favoured by angels, and I'm inclined to agree!

MYTH AND ARCHETYPE
Rose is said to be a flower of Venus, having come to Earth together with the Goddess in the foam of the sea. As such, it is often associated with love, passion, beauty and art. Equally, the rose is associated with the Virgin Mary, representing purity, devotion and faith. Interestingly, roses are also associated with the Crone aspect of the Goddess. Phillipe Mailhebiau writes that Hekate was sometimes depicted with roses in her crown and suggests that the ritual of placing roses on a grave originates with Hekate. This places rose in the unique position of being a Triple Aspect flower and essence, embodying the Virgin, the Lover or Mother and the Crone. 



References:
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques, Keim and Bull, 2015
The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, Puchon and Cantele, 2014
The Encyclopaedia of Essential oils, Lawless, 2014
Essential Oil Safety, Tisserand and Young, 2016
The Fragrant Mind, Worwood, 1997
Hydrosols, The Next Aromatherapy, Catty, 2001​
Portraits in Oils, Mailhebiau, 1995
Subtle Aromatherapy, Davis, 1991
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<![CDATA[BERGAMOT]]>Mon, 08 Apr 2019 14:41:00 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/bergamot-citrus-bergamia
CITRUS BERGAMIA

​Balancing, Uplifting, Summer, Digesting, Comfort​
I just love Bergamot oil. When I smell it, I immediately smile and feel more at peace in myself and with the world. It brings up comforting images: cosy kitchens in winter with the snow falling and a hot cup of earl grey tea, early-morning breakfast with marmalade toast, or hot nights in Cyprus eating preserved bergamot rind while sipping Ouzo. I could go on.
THE FACTS
Bergamot is expressed from the rind of the fruit, which grows on a small tree. It's actually a cross between Citrus limetta and Citrus sinensis. It's a member of the Rutacea or "citrus" family and very beloved throughout Italy and the Mediterranean. Its fragrance is warm, comforting and reminds many people of Earl Grey tea!  That's because bergamot essence combined with black tea is in fact what gives Earl Grey that distinctive aroma and flavour. 

AROMA
The aroma of Bergamot essential oil is both sweet and bitter with a touch of dark floral at the same time. Some distillations can come across a bit powdery as well. It's very rare that I work with someone who doesn't like the smell of bergamot! 

MAIN THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES
One of the more well documented uses of bergamot is its positive effect on the nervous system – helping to uplift depressed feelings soothe anxiety and nervous tension. 
According to research by Saiyudthong and Mekseepralard, bergamot has effects similar to diazepam. It also helps with stress-related conditions in general, skin complaints, digestive complaints, respirator complaints and urinary system related issues.
 
 
A LITTLE BIT OF CHEMISTRY
Monoterpenes – 62.80%, Esters – 27.46%, 
 
Chemist E. Joy Bowles describes Monoterpenes as having a drying and dissolving effect. This would help to explain why bergamot respiratory complaints as it would dry out the mucus. Esters have a sedative, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect, all of which would prove useful for different aspects of an over-stimulated nervous system. 
 

CONTRAINDICATIONS
This oil is photo-toxic, meaning that when applied to the skin and put under UV light from the sun or a tanning bed, it can cause burns and blisters to form. It's important to dilute essential oils in a vegetable carrier such as coconut or grapeseed before applying to the skin.  A maximum dermal limit of 0.4% dilution must be observed with Bergamot. If not, you have to avoid direct sun and UV beds for a minimum of 12 hours.
 
TIP: It is possible to use "bergepten free"bergamot, in which case photo-toxicity will not be an issue.
 
BLEND EXPERIMENTS

To help you get a feel for bergamot, try a couple of these blend experiments. You can put a drop of each oil on a tissue or 1 drop of oil per 5ml. So, say you have 2 drops, that's 10ml carrier oil (for example grapeseed oil). This is a safe dilution to work with for most people. 

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) + Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
This combination brings out the sweetness of the lavender and the richness of the bergamot. I would love to use this combination in a bath soak or in a body lotion, especially when feeling emotionally fragile. It’s so comforting. ​

Directions: 1 drop of each on a tissue, waived in front of your nose.
OR:
  • 10ml grapeseed oil
  • 1 drop bergamot
  • 1 drop lavender 

TIP: You could then use this in a bath, on your skin after a shower or blended 50/50 with a plain hand cream.

Bergamot + Lavender + Benzoin (Styrax benzoin)
It's such a heavenly smell, adding even more richness and depth. Every time I make this blend, I literally want someone to massage me with it immediately. It's so comforting to people recovering from burnout, nervous tension, depression. 

Directions: 1 drop of each on a tissue, waived in front of your nose.
OR:
  • 15ml grapeseed oil
  • 1 drop bergamot
  • 1 drop lavender 
  • 2 drops benzoin

TIP: You could then use this in a bath, on your skin after a shower or blended 50/50 with a plain hand cream.

Bergamot + Lavander + SBenzoin + Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
This is also a very nice combination – but the geranium takes it to a different place than the previous blends, giving it a more medicinal quality. If the previous blends were focusing on relaxation and the nervous system, this has now brought the endocrine system into the picture more strongly. I think this combination would be nice with an Epsom salt bath as a once a month cleanse. 

Directions: 1 drop of each on a tissue, waived in front of your nose.

OR:
  • 20 ml grapeseed oil
  • 1 drop bergamot
  • 1 drop lavender 
  • 1 drop benzoin
  • 1 drop geranium

TIP: You could then use this in a bath, on your skin after a shower or blended 50/50 with a plain hand cream. 

FOR FUN!
I found this very cool recipe from Lorraine Elliot over at  "Not Quite Nigella"  for a “London Fog” tea cake, using Earl Grey.  I would be really interested to add a teaspoon of bergamot hydrosol to the cream topping, just to see how that works out!

Hope you enjoyed working with Bergamot today, and happy sniffing! 
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<![CDATA[​Environmental Issues and Sandalwood]]>Tue, 02 Apr 2019 19:10:26 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/environmental-issues-and-sandalwood
Sandalwood. We all know and love it. But what are the ethical implications of using it?
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Sandalwood (Santalum album) has been used in the Far East primarily for health and spiritual applications dating back 3,000 years. It appeared in Vedic texts as early as 500 B.C. and in Sanskrit medicinal texts in 1,000 A.D. Egyptians, Buddhists, Tibetans and Ayurvedic practitioners alike found uses for sandalwood ranging from spiritual practices, to treating respiratory infections and venereal disease to embalming and cosmetics.
 
By the 16thcentury, and thanks to trade routes between the Far East and the West, Sandalwood was also part of the Western pharmacopeia. King Henry III of France was reputed to have used Sandalwood as part of a linen powder to scent his clothes and Catherine de Medici was renowned for seeking out the finest ingredients to use in her perfumes. 
 
In modern times, however, the demand for Sandalwood has grown significantly, thanks to its use not only in Ayurvedic medicines, incense, and essential oils, but also for the cosmetic, perfume and flavoring industries. Traditionally, the main supplier of Santalum album has been India, a region where the plant grows native and boasts a rich historical use.
 
According to research, between 1950 and 1970, an average of 480,000 sandalwood trees were harvested annually in India to meet the demands of trade. By 1974, research indicated that there were only 350,000 sandalwood trees left and the industry was halted. Some explanations for why the tree suddenly became so scarce are that it takes approximately 20 years for a tree to mature, at which point the heart wood and roots can be used to produce an essential oil, shavings and powders, i.e. the entire  tree must be felled. Additionally, the trees are partially parasitic: they require host trees to both receive nutrients from by binding to the roots as well as protection from intense sunlight by the host’s canopy. If new trees and host plants are not promptly re-planted and if harvesting is not staggered in a sustainable way with proper soil maintenance, then it is easy to see how total deforestation and devastation of the Santalum album species occurred. 
 
As a result of these problems, the Santalum album trade was halted/greatly reduced. While other species of Sandalwood were produced or attempts made, none were so successful as the Santalum spicata species native to Australia. 
 
Larger scale production of this species had already begun as early as the 1960’s but really began to pick up steam in the 90’s and 00’s. Santalum spicata has a somewhat different constituency profile from Santalum album, as this graphic from the Tisserand Institute displays: 


However, as efforts have been made to ensure that the growth and harvest of Sandalwood in Australia does not repeat the destructive patterns witnessed in India, Santalum spicata products are considered generally more ethical and environmentally friendly for consumers. 
 
There are however, some arguments against this. Locals to the Ord River, a region of Western Australia where large Sandalwood plantations exist, fear that such large amounts of arable land have been used for an as of yet unproven crop past the first 20 years. They argue that as the roots of the plant leave deposits in the soil, should the industry fail, it may leave their limited arable land useless for future food crops.
 
Locals have also voiced dismay at the amount of mango crops that were removed to make room for the Sandalwood plantations and cite additional hardship to their local economy. The reason for this is that mango crops required larger numbers of seasonal laborers than the sandalwood plantations and many of the micro economies in the region depended on the backpackers and seasonal labor force for their own businesses. 
 
Lastly, it is worth pointing out that of the two main producers of sandalwood in Australia: Santanol and Quintis, Quintis has recently faced scandal and near bankruptcy after being investigated and found at fault for fraudulent avoidance of export charges. While this may not have immediate environmental impacts, it is worth noting that should Quintis go into administration, Santanol is poised to take ownership and become the single and largest producer in Australia. As the main financial backers for Santanol are a global conglomerate who have been described by Santanol’s Chief Executive Oficer, Remi Clero, as having no difficulties providing stable financial resources to back the company, this may not be in the best interest of the local people or the local environmental standards. 
 
In conclusion, while efforts to produce more environmentally friendly sandalwood products in Australia have been made, the oil remains somewhat contentious and will likely continue to be so in coming years. 
 
 
 
References: 
 
Perfumed the Axe That Laid it Low: The Endangerment of Sandalwood in Southern India
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0019464613515553
(Last accessed 24/4/2018)
 
Santalum Album Oil Rejuvenated
http://tisserandinstitute.org/santalum-album-oil-rejuvenated/
(Last accessed 25/4/2018)
 
Threatened East Indian Sandalwood (Santalum album) Thrives in Australia
https://www.kellyablard.com/sustainability/threatened-east-indian-sandalwood-santalum-album-thrives-in-australia/
(Last accessed 25/4/2018)
 
Environmental Impact of Essential Oils
https://www.dariennewsonline.com/opinion/article/EarthTalk-The-environmental-impact-of-essential-4904614.php
(Last accessed 25/4/2018)
 
Sandalwood Plantations a Disaster for the Ord River
https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/sandalwood-plantations-disaster-ord-river
(Last accessed 25/4/2018)
 
Indian Sandalwood Company Santanol having ‘Year of Acceleration’ and Uneffected by Quintis Drama
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-09-13/indian-sandalwood-company-santanol-unaffected-by-quintis-dramas/8885582
(Last accessed 24/4/2018)
 
Quintis Avoids the Chop: Embattled Sandalwood Company Thrown Life-line by Creditors
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-09-01/quintis-avoids-the-chop-given-lifeline-by-creditors/8851898
(Last accessed 25/4/2018)
 
Soren Aandahl: The American Short-Seller Targeting Quintis
http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-03-31/soren-aandahl-american-short-seller-targeting-quintis/8402194
(Last accessed 25/4/2018)
 
The Artifice of Beauty, Pointer, 2005



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