<![CDATA[FALCON ROSE HOLISTIC HEALTH - FLOWER GRIMOIRE]]>Thu, 09 Jul 2020 01:53:25 +0200Weebly<![CDATA[CHANGE IS IN THE AIR]]>Wed, 27 May 2020 10:28:57 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/change-is-in-the-air
Hello! I am posting for the first time in quite a while! First, I want to thank everyone who has been so supportive during the last 8 months as I worked through illness, surgery and recovery. I am doing well and each day is feeling brighter!
 Second, I want to share that this has been quite a revolutionary time in my life. Working together with my body through illness and healing has been quite a special thing. It has given me time to really sit and listen to what is true for me, how I got here and where I want to go.

So it's with excitement and joy that I'm sharing with you that my work is taking a new direction. I am in the process of writing and creating a transformational coaching course called "Inner Alchemy". It is based on the last 22 years of my life working with teachers and mentors from around the world and my own journey of healing and becoming a person who carries that real "Phoenix Fire" in her life. 
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This program is being written for people probably just like you: dynamic, professional, adventurous! You know you have a higher calling. You know you've got creative ideas wanting to come out. You know there's something deeper that has been speaking to you about the light that is inside of you that only you can shine. You're ready to go so powerfully into this that it's simply a given fact that your life is going to change forever. Your wish? To have a compassionate, skilled and caring guide to help you through it!
Well that's me, and that's what I'm going to be raising my hand to do 🙋‍♀️! Not with a lot of people, but with a few at a time who I can truly give the value of my time and experience to. Lesson of the pandemic: We are all going to need to be more conscious of what we invest in, with whom and choose sustainable experiences and relationships, not try to be "everything to everyone". 
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In order to do this WELL, it requires me to get serious about telling the truth. Being present. Being seen. I have been spending a lot of time doing deeper trainings for myself, writing from my heart and working to pull all of this together into something comprehensive, inspiring and beautiful that I will be able to share with my community.
If you'd like to stay informed about this or are already thinking "hell yes, sign me up!" then I ask that you follow me on my Facebook page, LinkedIn or my newsletter over at www.falconrose.com. That's the the best way I can keep you updated on when this is ready and I am able to start sharing more of this work with you.

If you'd like to support me in being able to continue to develop all of this, then I would LOVE to do an intuitive reading for you. This helps me keep paying rent while I'm creating this next phase of my life and work and it's also an AWESOME way to tap into YOUR light that is working its way into your life right now. It's also a great way to get a feel for how I work and get in early as pre-existing clients will have special and early access to this work as it's ready. I truly want YOU to have the best!
Maybe you've never worked with me before or maybe you have always been curious but weren't sure what to make of it. Either way, I'm very interested in booking a virtual (and video recorded) session with you and being a catalyst for YOUR magical powers coming to the surface right now.

👉More Info here: https://falconrose.com/readings.html

You have something unique and beautiful inside of you that the world needs! Right now. Perhaps more than ever. It is truly exciting to be claiming that in my own life and taking powerful steps towards sharing my BEST with YOU!

Have a wonderful day and please do drop me a comment or a private note to let me know how you have been and what's happening in your world these days! 💋


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<![CDATA[ROOM CLEARING SPRAY RECIPE]]>Tue, 26 May 2020 09:06:42 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/room-clearing-spray-recipe
 Here's my free recipe for you to help keep your space fresh and clear!
Plants and aromatherapy are a part of my daily life, my self care and true allies for me in my physical and spiritual health.  

I use this spray when I need to refresh the atmosphere or clear the air after a heavy conversation or exchange. It really transforms the energy in the room so brilliantly! 

Here's what you will need:

  • 100ml pump bottle
  • 50ml pure vodka
  • 50ml filtered water
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 20 drops Anise essential oil 
Add all the ingredients and be sure to shake well before each use. Do not spray on your furniture and avoid the face and eyes. 
Enjoy! 


Don't forget to share this letter with other people who can benefit from this recipe! 
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<![CDATA[DEFENCE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS: CONNECTION EDITION]]>Wed, 20 May 2020 13:36:04 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/defence-against-the-dark-arts-connection-edition
With the Venus retrograde in Gemini in full swing and here to stay until mid-July, the topic of relationships and connections is very high in our field of awareness. 
Especially with various levels of quarantine and separation, you might even be craving  to connect and be in touch with people. This can be a great way to support one another through times of challenge and change. But what happens when those connections are a bit...shall we say, funky?

You know the kind, where you spend time in someone else's energy and walk away with a headache, feeling exhausted, sick to your stomach, agitated or anxious? Ring any bells? There is a lot of that going on at the moment and without making yourself or anyone else wrong, it’s a great time to practice being more conscious of the connections you have and how they really impact you. 


This is not the time to choose being nice over being truthful." 
This is not the time to choose “being nice” over telling the truth. I know that can be really challenging, especially if you come from a culture where being honest in socially awkward situations is not encouraged. It’s not that you have to purposefully hurt others, but if you are pretending to be honest instead of really own what is true for you, then you need to be aware that you are creating what I call a “covert loyalty bond” with that person and this has major consequences in YOUR life.  I know it’s a bit creepy to hear this, but you are essentially telling that person that they have permission to feed off of your energy when they need a “hit” of esteem and that you are accepting this because you also enjoy the “hit” of being needed, liked, appreciated etc. 

This really doesn’t serve anyone. It keeps both parties trapped in false loyalties that are based on manipulation instead of empowerment. If the truth is that today you can’t be available for someone else’s drama or pain, then you need to speak up. Plug the leaks of your own energy drains! If that person gets angry with you, that is a red flag. I can guarantee you that the person who gets angry will immediately go look for a new “blood donor” and forget all about you within about five minutes. 
Alternatively, if you have been using people in your life for esteem boosting, be honest. Fess up, apologize and look for ways to nurture yourself and create a healthier connection. None of us are perfect and these are very challenging times. The difference between someone blundering wildly through right now and someone consciously navigating the waters really comes down to how willing you are to pay attention to the feelings inside your own body and not walk away from your own needs. 

PRACTICAL TIP
If you aren’t sure if this is an issue in your life, pay attention to how you feel after engaging with another person. If you have things like headaches, fatigue, agitation, anxiety or sudden tears, these are serious indicators. Put your hand on your stomach and check to see if you are taking deep, full breaths, or if you have literally been holding your breath as part of how you manage. Holding your breath is also a sign that your body has gone into anxious or defensive mode. 

AROMATHERAPY
Aromatherapy can be a great way to “change the subject” if you find yourself under the spell of a covert loyalty bond. Sometimes smelling something invigorating or refreshing can snap you out of a certain pattern of thought and ground you back into your own field. From this place you are likely to make more clear decisions. I like to carry a little smell bottle or roll-on with me and find some of the following oils really helpful:

  • Peppermint 
  • Grapefruit
  • Coriander 
  • Lavender
  • Bergamot
  • Rosemary 
  • Clove 

You could mix a few drops of any of these oils in an empty bottle and just carry it with you to inhale when you need a reminder to keep your own solid footing. You can always book a clinical consultation with me where I will personally formulate a product for you as well. 

REVOLUTIONARY MEDICINE
While this can be a heavy topic, I also think it’s pretty revolutionary to be someone willing to be open about it. We all have a great opportunity now to redefine what connection, information and honesty means to us and create an entire new baseline going forward. If  you look around you, wouldn’t you agree this is exactly the medicine our world so desperately needs right now? 

Every person that takes on this commitment to heal unhealthy connections in their life is adding to a growing and very powerful shift happening all over our planet. I’m not sure there is any more important work that can be done on a personal transformative level right now. 

MENTORSHIP
If this topic interests you, let me share with you that I have been busy these last months writing a transformational coaching and mentorship program where this is not only covered but taken to some really powerful levels. For those who do the training with me, we will be looking at how to transform not only the covert loyalty bonds in your life but also generational karma and cultural influences that have been passed down over hundreds and maybe even thousands of years. We don’t have to hold those shadow bonds anymore and I have felt that it's time to start bringing that guidance and teaching forward. If you’re interested to learn more, you can send me an email to register your interest or just keep an eye on the newsletter. I will be announcing limited enrolment later this year and it is going to be just awesome to bring this to you. ​
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<![CDATA[VLOG: HOW OUR DREAMS CAN HEAL US]]>Wed, 13 May 2020 09:09:10 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/vlog-how-our-dreams-can-heal-us
Since we've been talking all week at Falcon Rose about the power of our dreams, this post is a video about exactly how dreams can be a healing force in our lives and what you can look out for and develop in your dream life! 

So make yourself a cup of tea and tune into this cosy 10 minute video with my best info and tips on how you can take your dreams from interesting to transformational. 

You can also book an intuitive reading with me and jump-start your own dream-healing muscle!

And check out Tuesday's post on how to use intention and ritual to set yourself up right to dream deep! 
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<![CDATA[SET YOURSELF UP TO DREAM]]>Wed, 13 May 2020 08:20:48 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/set-yourself-up-to-dream
This week at Falcon Rose the topic is: Dreams. I've been sharing about dreams on the blog, social and in the newsletter so that you can get some of my best tips on how to work with your dream state as a healing and intuitive tool in your life. 
THE SET-UP
SO How can you start inviting powerful and healing dreams into your life? 

It's all about the set-up and intention! If you are sleeping in a messy, cluttered room, you can expect your sleep state to be the same. Take time to tidy and put some thought behind the space you are sleeping in. Ideally, there shouldn't be anything in your bedroom that isn't about getting quality rest. Remove the dusty pile of books, the toys your kids (or cats) left on the bed, and for pity's sake - get your your phone and all electronics out of the bedroom!
RITUAL & INTENTIONS
Next, prepare a little bedside ritual and bring in the plant kingdom! I like to burn dried herbs or resins or lightly diffuse some essential oils. It gives the room a wonderful atmosphere and sets a mood where I am ready to rest. I then ask that I have deep and restful sleep and set my dream intentions...
AROMATHERAPY FOR DREAMTIME
  • LavendeR
  • Sandalwood
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Orange
  • Geranium
  • Clary Sage
  • Pine
A couple of drops of 1-3 of these oils would create a lovely and relaxing atmosphere. By adding in scent, you activate the limbic area of your brain which deals with memory and visionary capacity.

KEEP A DREAM JOURNAL
This doesn't have to be fancy. A simple pad and paper kept by the bed is a great tool to help you increase your recall muscle. As soon as you wake up, quickly jot down any images, feelings, words or visions you can remember for your dreams. Over time this will improve, but practice is often necessary.

TRY IT!
Give these tips a try and I am sure that within a few days or weeks, you will see a noticeable uptick in your vivid dreaming and recall. 
Or get professional assistance and an Aromatherapy product by booking consultation with me. I'd love to help you!
Learn More and Book
Pleasant Dreams! 
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<![CDATA[MAGICAL TEMPLES]]>Fri, 08 May 2020 14:29:45 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/magical-templesTHE MAGICAL TEMPLE
In The 21st Century, Magical Temples Are Everywhere. Where Are You An Initiated Member? 
What is a magical temple? 
A magical temple is both a physical and non physical container that is dedicated to a particular energy or function.
People have historically created magical temples so that there would be a physical bridge, a place or a container for an energy from the non-physical world to be interfaced with. We can think about temples dedicated to gods and goddesses in the ancient world, temples, mosques and cathedrals - and in more modern times we often build our temples to house a political or economic ideal. 

An initiate into a particular temple is there to participate in the flow of energy around the mystical structure it’s based on. If you visit a shrine or church, you’re there to interface with the energy of your god. If you are an employee of a particular company or someone loyal to that brand - you are in a way - interfacing with the mystical configuration of that company’s ethos.

Mystical Temples have traditionally been built by a group of people, some might say Magicians, who come together to form a particular ethos, belief system or idea around a deity or a certain idea they want to manifest in the physical world. They build this idea in the inner worlds first, through their ideas, rituals and beliefs. They call in contacts and powers from the non-physical world to give it some “juice”, they lay the foundation stone and then the physical structure is created to “house” it all. 

If you visit ancient ruins of temples from the ancient world, and you are magically sensitive, you may even be able to feel and pick up on the inner temple, the non-physical temple that is still active. Because you see, when you enter into a temple, it is actually the mystical or non-physical construct you are truly interfacing with - for good or for ill.
Even if we no longer ascribe to a particular faith or religion, we all have our temples that we are loyal to. It might be the company we work for, a brand we are dedicated to or even a certain diet or lifestyle we are passionate about. If you start to dig into the mystical forces behind all of these things, you will see...it is really not so different to the shrines of old, and some of our modern-day temples are powerful indeed. Worshiped by millions and constantly fed with our prayers and offerings in the form of reviews and purchases! 

Now, a temple is neither good nor bad on it’s own per se. It really depends on what the ethos behind it was in the first place - but here’s the thing… that is also very dependent on the people who continue to “run and serve the temple”. If they lack the integrity or know-how to continue to uphold the original ethos, the temple becomes corrupt and will fail in the physical world.

If the times or the zeitgeist of the collective changes, the temple may simply cease to be relevant and will be replaced by others. 

But here’s the part I want to really highlight for all of you… because this card keeps coming up in client readings I’m doing, and what I am seeing is a lot of people being called to leave the temple that they have been a long-time member of, perhaps even a founding member of. For many people this can be a very disturbing experience and I understand why. A part of your energetic field merges with the temples you are an initiate or member of. It weaves its way into your identity for as long as you are OK with this. To suddenly get booted from your temple - can be a real shock to the system.
What are some reasons you might get booted out? 
  • You are fired or let go from your job
  • You company goes bankrupt and shuts down
  • Your beliefs about a certain religion, political agenda or lifestyle suddenly make no sense to you - or the people in your tribe suddenly don’t want to include you. 

What are some soulful perspectives on why this can happen?

  • The temple leadership has become corrupt and your higher self has booted you out because membership will no longer serve your development. 
  • The temple isn’t necessarily corrupt, but you have simply outgrown or developed past the need for this particular temple.
  • You have learned a lot from your temple membership, but it’s now time to learn more from the archetype of the Mystic - which is a solo path.
Of course these are just some of the things that this energy of the Mystical temple can represent in your life - but I find it very interesting that it’s popping up more and more with my client readings.  I think it reflects the fact that how we interface with the inner worlds is changing greatly. And that of course huge change is going on. 
It’s natural that when someone experiences leaving their temple, that it can feel like a shock or even “bad news”. But if you step back, you can see that Life is actually interacting with you in a very “knowing” or “wise” way and you are simply being given the message that it’s time to make a change - to stay on target.

If you refuse, dig your heels in, really try and hang on… this is where it can get really messy for people and what happens is that eventually the mind starts to suffer with anxiety, depression, painful emotional experiences - and if that goes on - then the body will start to shut down and people experience illness. None of this is a “punishment” - it’s just your personal angels probably banging their heads against a wall wondering why you still aren’t getting the messages they have been faxing you 100 times a day! Lol! 

I believe we are moving into totally new territory on Earth in the coming decades, and that it’s really nice to know that your destiny is still there, despite all the chaos. It just really comes down to you and the choices you are willing to make as to whether you accept and follow your destiny - or fight it every step of the way and start to activate Karma. 

Also very exciting to me is to see that all of the people exiting their various temples means….a lot of NEW NEW energy is going to be coming to our planet. I predict that the coming decades will be full of new technology, new ideas and new structures that are going to be very different and actually increase our opportunities to create - instead of only consume. 

So there you have it - the Magical Temple. Have a think about that and let me know in the comments what types of Magical Temple’s you’ve been a member of...and whether or not you have been getting signs that a change is in order? 
If you’d like to know more about how this and many other specialised energies are moving in and out of your life - please book an intuitive reading with me and I’d be delighted to explore that with you!

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<![CDATA[MEET ME IN TIYOWEH]]>Fri, 24 Apr 2020 07:31:36 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/meet-me-in-tiyoweh
STILLNESS
Ritual, Quiet, Grounding, Body, Listening
SILENT TRANSMISSION
When I think back to more ancient times when great Sages, Seers and Healers roamed the Earth, what I always tap into is a person who is able to hold a certain stillness inside of themselves. In my own life, the spiritual teachers I have met who are living as well as from the inner worlds, also possess this quality. Guides from the spirit world who have walked with me since childhood don’t speak at all, or rarely at most. When they come to me in visions or dreams, their field is so still and powerfully balanced that they can simply transmit to me without ever needing to speak. 

In traditional magic, one of the most powerful spaces an adept can learn to hold is that of the fulcrum, the perfect balance between two opposing forces. In that stillness one need neither contract nor expand. You simply hold and become an extraordinary conduit. 
But how do we get there? What is the road from uproar to stillness? 


TIYOWEH
In Native American culture there is a word for entering into this space. Tiyoweh: the stillness of the heart as one enters the stillness of the mind. It is the practice of stepping deep inside the heart, the body, the womb, so that the mind can come to rest and the spirit can relax. It gives us a road map to stillness: Stop. Feel. Sink in. Hold. Release. Peace.  In traditional magic, we practice entering into the Void, a visionary meditative practice where we learn to find and hold that stillness just as one might train a muscle. 


OPPOSITES
I also find opposites useful when discerning spiritual concepts. I think of the opposite of Tiyoweh as “creating”. Creating is what naturally comes to us when we can hold the stillness inside and give the spirit time to express itself. Our best ideas and  creations are born from the stillness, and not on the timelines or schedules of the mind. Once we have created, we retreat back into stillness to achieve balance. It reminds me of Jazz legend, Miles Davis, who once stayed in his apartment for five years, barely getting off the couch only to one day get up and write The Man With the Horn  in almost one sitting. The album rocketed to the top of the charts and became a pop hit. 


TIMING OF THE SPIRIT
It makes sense to me that we are all being asked to find the stillness inside of ourselves now. After so overly-involving ourselves in a world of business, creation, stimulation and content, it takes an event as profound as what we are all living through now to inform of us how destructive such an imbalance can be and remind us to consider the source of true creation. 
I believe that now is the time to be still.  I am suspicious of anyone offering me solutions, grand plans or entire new spiritual paradigms. It jars my senses because my spirit, the collective spirt, still demands Tiyoweh
The stillness comes first, and from that a true wellspring of innovation must and will come.


Would You Like To Join Me In Tiyoweh?
Thursday May 7th at 8-10pm Amsterdam Time
Investment: €35
Join me for an online guided group meditation to explore your Tiyoweh and journey with me into the Void.
  • Online audio conferencing - no software/signup required
  • Mp3 Recording playback and Transcript provided (can't make the live event - no problem!)
  • No experience necessary. All are welcome. You will learn visionary technique and be guided at every step
*Limited to 10 people to allow for an intimate environment and enough time for your questions* Join now and reserve your spot. 
JOIN
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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[SPOTLIGHT MENTAL HEALTH: Aromatherapy and Flower Remedies for Anxiety]]>Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:35:09 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/spotlight-mental-health-aromatherapy-and-flower-remedies-for-anxiety
EMOTIONS AS WAVES
Help with Anxiety, Natural Support, Essential Oils, Flower Essences, Inhalers, Holistic Approach
The world-over right now is experiencing something like we have never seen before. Many of us are confined to our homes, worried about loved ones far away and no one knows what the future will now hold. ​​​
EMOTIONS AS WAVES
For many people, anxiety will come in waves and this is completely normal. Sometimes we will feel fine, or even happy and glad to be at home with our families and not have to be rushing around! It’s perfectly normal to have moments of happiness and calm and yet at other times feel sadness or anxiety.

For some people though, especially those with mental health concerns, the disruption of routines to daily life can be particularly harsh. Many people with these concerns rely on their daily routines and social contact as part of their self care in order to feel stable and secure. Being suddenly taken out of routine is challenging for most but can be especially difficult in these cases. 

Extroverts for example may find the social isolation more difficult than those who are naturally more introverted. And if you have been using “business” as a way to avoid emotional truths about yourself or your relationships, it can be extremely confronting to now be thrown into a situation where there is no more “escape”. Just sitting quietly with ourselves, our thoughts and our emotions is a huge challenge for many! 

A HOLISTIC APPROACH
I would like to share some evidence-based tips on how you can use aromatherapy, flower essences and breathing exercises should panic and anxiety be part of what you are struggling with at this time. This is not in any way intended to diagnose or treat but rather share information on what we know can be part of your support system as clinical therapists. 

AROMATHERAPY TO SUPPORT ANXIETY

  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
  • Orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • Rose  (Rosa damascena)
  • Sandalwood (Santalum album/Santalum spicatum)
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

The list above are some of my top picks. Studies have shown that essential oils such as Lavender, Orange and Bergamot have helped to reduce the amount of anxiety in dental waiting rooms. One of the constituents in lavender that research has proven makes it effective as an anti-anxiety is linalool. Another oil containing higher amounts of linalool is Neroli which makes a lovely combination with Lavender and Petitgrain. 

HOW TO USE
My advice is to smell which of these essential oils you may have access to and pick the three that you enjoy the most. Here are 3 ways to work with your chosen oils:

  1. Diffusion - place 2 drops of each of your three selected oils in a diffuser and diffuse for 20 minutes once every 2 hours. This is sufficient to give you some comfort without overpowering, causing headaches or other irritations. 
  2. Body patch - take a cotton ball and place one drop of each of your chosen three on the ball. Tuck it under your bra strap (or lightly tape it on your body if not using a bra). This is a great way to have it close to your body and feel comforted. 
  3. Inhaler - use a blank aromatherapy inhaler and add 2 drops of each of your three oils to the blank wick. Use it by taking three deep breaths (in the mouth, lips closed over the tube) several times per day. 
  4. Book a private virtual consultation with me as I am able to go over your more specific needs and provide custom formulation. 

FLOWER ESSENCES
Flower essences are liquid tinctures that contain the vibrational essence of the plant or flower they were made from. I know that for a lot of people that can sound plain nuts, but as someone who has worked with them personally and in my practice for many years, I can’t speak of them highly enough. They seem to work especially well for Empaths and highly sensitive people and are completely safe. They work by helping to balance the emotional and energetic body.

Many people have heard of Bach Flower essences, which are great, but there are also many others around the world. I personally enjoy working with Bush Flower Essences and highly recommend their “Emergency” essence. 

Here is a small list of essences that you may find interesting if you are struggling with anxiety at this time:

Bach Flower Rescue Remedy
Bach Flower Star of Bethlehem 
Back Flower Rock Rose
Australian Bush Flower Emergency 
Australian Bush Flower Calm and Clear
Australian Bush Flower Transition

HOW TO USE
You can book personalised consultations (I offer them virtually) or you can simply read through the descriptions and choose the one that seems most appropriate to you at this time. When in doubt, I suggest using the ABF Emergency essence. It is fast, effective and gentle. You can use these essences by choosing one at a time to work with and placing 7 drops under the tongue morning and evening. 

BREATHE!
It sounds simple but many of us forget to just breathe! Are you holding your breath in a little bit right now? Go ahead and check! If you need help calming down, don’t underestimate the power of simply sitting down and taking deep, full breaths. 

One visual that really helps me is to imagine that I’m breathing into my belly, my heart and my head. If that is too abstract for you, simply lay flat on your back, place your hands on your belly and inhale until you feel your hands rise with the breath and then release. Do this at least three times and repeat as necessary. 

If you are familiar with Yoga poses, a few rounds of “Cat/Cow” can also do a lot to release the diaphragm and open up your breathing capacity. Have a look online for video tutorials on this simple and very helpful pose. 

I offer private, virtual meditation and breath coaching in case you would enjoy the personalised touch or someone to help you talk through your specific concerns. 

REACH OUT
If you are struggling with mental health concerns at this time, please be sure to reach out to your support network. Many services such as AA, prayer groups, psychological support and other therapies are quickly moving to provide online services and support at this time so do be sure to check and see what is available for you. There are many people ready and willing to help, now more than ever.  
If you have a friend or loved one who you know or suspect might be struggling, send them a text, give them a call and just let them know you’re available to talk should the need arise. Organising watch parties online or  “Skype dates” for coffee can also be a great way to connect and support each other at this time. 

As always, wishing everyone health, calm and kindness! 

Works Cited
Bowles, E. Joy. The Chemistry of Aromatherapeutic Oils. Allen &amp; Unwin, 2004.
Cantele, Lora. Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness. Robert Rose Inc, 2014.
Holmes, Peter, et al. Aromatica: a Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics. Singing Dragon, 2016.
Lawless, Julia. Aromatherapy: Complete Illustrated Guide. Element, 2002.
Lehrner, J., et al. “Ambient Odors of Orange and Lavender Reduce Anxiety and Improve Mood in a Dental Office.” Physiology &amp; Behavior, vol. 86, no. 1-2, 2005, pp. 92–95., doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2005.06.031.
Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.
Umezu, Toyoshi, et al. “Anticonflict Effects of Lavender Oil and Identification of Its Active Constituents.” Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, vol. 85, no. 4, 2006, pp. 713–721., doi:10.1016/j.pbb.2006.10.026.

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<![CDATA[MY ESSENTIAL OIL OF THE YEAR: CLARY SAGE]]>Thu, 02 Jan 2020 21:39:35 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/my-essential-oil-of-the-year-clary-sage-salvia-sclarea
SALVIA SCLAREA
New Year, Emerging, Mother, Womb, Cleansing, Creating, Listening
Happy New Year! Here's hoping you are getting off to a positive start for 2020. Many people are busy making plans and resolutions. Often this is a creative process and includes activities such as choosing a word of the year,  totem animal, crystal or theme. I myself have been busy looking at different ideas around this and decided, why not choose an essential oil ally to work with during this new year? 
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So today I sat down with my box of oils and explored what I was drawn to. Things like Thyme ct. linalool, marjoram, geranium and lavender all waived at me. All are supportive to the feminine and emotional body in strengthening, balancing and protective ways. But it was clary sage that pulled me in to linger.

Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) is part of the Lamiacea family, which also includes what we think of as garden sage (Salvia officinalis). However, the chemical profile of Clary sage is quite different. The essential oil has up to 75% linalyl acetate, which has been studied in terms of its effect on inflammation and the regulation of the nervous system.  Clary sage  CO2 extract can have very large amounts of sclareol, which has been studied for its potential to inhibit growth of tumour cells. It's a serious oil with serious potential to help us as women in terms of our health and wellness. 

This lovely herb was well known during the Hellenic and Roman period, as monographs from this era have survived. It was even a fashionable remedy during the medieval period for ailments which included uterine and menstrual complaints and as a general nerve tonic. It fell out of use for some time toward the end of the medieval period and has only in the past decade or so begun to make a comeback. 

In my practice at Falcon Rose, Clary sage is a favourite among my female clients who are in a process of cleansing themselves of emotional or physical stress so that they can emerge from their time of healing clearer, stronger and more balanced in themselves. It blends so beautifully with other allies that are strongly aligned to the more lunar, female energies. Oils such as lavender, geranium, marjoram, yang ylang and even vetiver are wonderful blend buddies. Truly beautiful synergies can be created and I have found the simple triad of clary sage, lavender and geranium can work true miracles with my clients when used regularly in massage and aromatic baths. 

Clary can be part of treating PMS, irregular periods and menstrual cramps in a powerful way, something I can attest to personally. While spiritually, Clary sage is said to work with the 6th chakra of dreaming, intuition and trusting one's own ability to see their life with clarity and inspiration. 

For me personally, 2020 is looking to be a year where matters of the womb will be addressed on many levels: looking at how I mother myself, what my relationship is to 'care taking' (the light and shadow), how I birth things in my own life and how I can work on allowing more time for ideas and creativity to gestate instead of feeling a need to force things into being. Ultimately I hope for more balance in all of these areas, less inflammation and a deeper appreciation of my own feminine energies in the way they are - not how I believe they should be.  

One of the words that came to me strongly when I smelled this oil today was: Emerging.

I plan to work with Clary sage this year in a number of ways. Everything from reading new monographs and books, creative writing and artwork that I feel inspired to make, to adding some drops to my personal body oil or bath bubbles. As a professional therapist, I have learned that there is always more we can learn from the plants we choose (or who choose us). A whole lifetime isn't enough to ever fully know these materials. It starts with what you understand from reading and research. Then there's what you experience from smelling or having personal contact with a plant yourself. Next, there's a powerful and deep layer to be gained by observing how a plant works therapeutically with clients over time.  I believe there's something else that we can discover from partnering deeply with a plant for an extended period of time and being open to what else it can reveal, and that's what I aim to learn this year! 

Do you have a plant or essential oil that you feel is speaking to you? Would you like help to choose one for yourself and have guidance on safe usage? Why not book a consultation and see what speaks to you? 

Wishing you a peaceful, strong and deep year to be you! ​
Bibliography

Aromatherapeutic Blending, Peace-Rhind, Singing Dragon, 2016
Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness, Puchon & Cantele, 2014
Aromatherapy & Subtle Energy Techniques, Kiem & Bull, 2015
Aromatica, Holmes, Singing Dragon, 2016
Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Lawless, Harper Thorsons, 2014

Articles Referenced:
Sclareol inhibits cell proliferation and sensitises cells to the antiproliferative effect of... 
Anti-inflammatory effect of linelool and linalyl acetate constituents in essential oils


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<![CDATA[INTERVIEW WITH AN AROMATHERAPIST]]>Tue, 03 Dec 2019 16:24:48 GMThttp://falconrose.com/falcon-rose-blog/interview-with-an-aromatherapist
INTERVIEW
Aromatherapy, Branding, Daily Life, Rituals, Healing
A fun interview with writer and brand consultant, Natali Drake. Fun stuffabout me, Falcon Rose, how I got inspired and what it's like to spend a day in my life! ​​
How did you get into holistic healing and aromatherapy?
I have struggled with depression and anxiety during different points in my life. I got frustrated with the fact that I was only ever offered drugs or talk therapies. Don’t get me wrong, therapy has been a wonderful part of my life, and drugs are sometimes needed – but I often yearned for something more. Something that spoke to a deeper part of me.
 
I had always been interested in natural health, nature and magic. So I started to research and learn more about these therapies and try them myself. I got so much out of connecting with nature, especially as an addition to more traditional healing methods. It became a huge life passion resulting in years of study, and eventually becoming a certified clinical aromatherapist and masseur.
 
Did your upbringing inspire you in any way?
Yes, for sure. I grew up in a very rural and natural part of the USA. It was remote and you had to develop a type of self-sufficiency to get through the days - especially the hard winters. 
I also grew up with grandparents who fought in the second world war and ran a farm. They were very down-to-earth people. My grandmother was a nurse and a social worker but she also knew how to feed twenty farmhands on whatever she could find. So there was always this sense of making things comfortable and welcoming for others, while at the same time needing to have this strong connection to nature for survival.
 
How do you enjoy connecting with nature?
For me it can be as simple as looking out the window at a tree and telling it how beautiful it is, or thanking a storm for passing through and cleaning everything with rain. I absolutely love going to remote places on holiday and just being out in the wild. Hiking in the Swiss Alps, off-roading in the Outback, walking through the rainforest. You get to a point where everything is totally still and your body starts to attune to that. It’s a wonderful feeling. 

Tell us a funny story about working with spiritual energies and the world of flowers. 
I’ll never forget the first time I really connected with an essential oil and knew there was more going on than a glass bottle full of liquid. I was in a health food store in Upstate New York that featured one of those essential oil displays. I reached for the bottle of pine essential oil thinking, oh yeah it will smell like floor cleaner and I was completely amazed at what real pine actually smells like. I was transported in that moment and I saw myself standing inside a ring of pine trees in some primordial forest. I heard a voice say, “We are pine. We help people deepen their connection to their own wisdom. We help people to feel safe, to detox their body and emotions…” 
It kind of went on like that for a while and I felt like I’d fallen completely out of time and space.

I remember coming back to myself with kind of jump and looked around the health food store thinking, oh my god, how long have I been standing here? It was then I realized there was a lot more to the power of plants, scent and essential oils than just something to pour into your bubble bath!

Many people are dubious about the healing magic of plants and spiritual therapy. What would be your answer to that?
Yeah, I can totally understand that. There are a lot of companies now who are making BIG money on this concept, offering products based on very little know-how or expertise. People are actually getting hurt because they’re sold an essential oil and not given correct information on safety and usage. 
 
Humans have been working with nature and energy since the beginning of time – it’s nothing new. For those seeking scientific research about the power of plants and alternative healing, there are many academic papers that have been published in leading scientific journals. In fact, I'm lucky enough to be having my own paper on CBD and essential oils published in In Essence in the coming year.
 
The world isn’t a binary place, and in order to appreciate and benefit from holistic health practices, that doesn’t mean you need to dismiss more traditional Western medicine too. There is space and need for both, and once you are in tune with your body it will tell you what it needs.
 
On a less academic level, I believe that if a person smells an essential oil and it brings them joy, or pulls up a long-lost memory that comforts them, or inspires them to want to stop using products full of these artificial smells and harmful chemicals, how can that be a bad thing? 
 
Spiritual therapy means different things to different people – but it can be as simple as engaging with something natural resulting in a positive change to the way you think about yourself or your life. 

How can people differentiate between a reputable practitioner and someone taking advantage of a person's fragile emotional state?
What a good question!
 
I would say you need to look for their credentials and check that it’s not from “abc123therapists”…you know what I mean. You can have a great love of plant therapies, massage, coaching etc, but that’s not enough to offer your healing services to others. Studying this type of medicine and receiving an accredited qualification prepares you for ethical and meaningful ways to connect with those who need your skills the most. 

You wouldn’t accept surgery off just anyone that wants to help you – so why should you seek help from an aromatherapist who can’t prove they have the qualifications and experience to help you in the right way. Do your research first!

As well as aromatherapy you also offer readings, chakra balancing and spiritual therapy. Tell us more about that.
It's fair to say I was born with a good dose of intuitive ability. Some people are really good at maths or playing an instrument or painting – some parts of their brain is more highly attuned than others, giving them a certain talent. For me it was a sixth sense that came in full whack from a young age. And I’ve spent most of my life figuring out how to balance and incorporate that into my world in a meaningful way – because it’s not going anywhere. 
 
I discovered early on that I had a natural talent for readings, working with energy and coaching people from a more spiritual perspective. I often see and feel things that other people can’t. Using that ability to help others gives me a great sense of joy.

You had to study really hard to get to where you are today. Is there anything further you'd like to learn in your field?
Absolutely! There’s always so much more to learn about essential oils, new ones being distilled, new techniques for applying them to the body and the new meanings they can convey to us as our understanding of the world changes. 
 
I’m also really interested in how flower essences can help us develop our own intuition and creative abilities.

What are the three things people should look for when choosing an aromatherapist?
  • Accreditation. You want to see that they have studied for at least a couple of years with an accredited school and are listing this on their sites.
  • Some type of commitment to ethics and sustainability. If you are working with natural remedies, hopefully this is part of your ethos.
  • Enthusiasm. People can take this field so seriously that they forget to have fun and inspire their clients to also feel the joy of connecting with nature.​

What three things do you love about your job? 
  • I love that every day I’m surrounded by all these magical little bottles full of the most wonderful things which I can mix into blends any time I feel like. It’s so creative and wonderful just to be around the oils.
  • The people I meet. My clients are such interesting people. I learn so much about them and the world as seen through their eyes. I am constantly amazed at the bravery and courage of other people, and it’s really changed the way I think. If someone cuts me off on the highway, instead of being mad I send them love. For all I know they just got the worst news of their life and are racing home to their children. We all face so much in our lives and yet here we are. I try to start with compassion and leave judgment behind.
  • The creative process. To me essential oils are like a palette of smell. And each smell can create a certain mood, healing effect on the body or just pure joy. 

Tell us what a day in your life looks like
Well I do love my sleep! So coffee is absolutely the first thing to start my day. People can be dismissive of coffee but it really is a power food. So is chocolate! Coffee grounds me and helps me feel like the day has begun.
 
I live in a small village in the Netherlands so once I’m ready to go it’s either a walk to the station or packing up my messenger bike and heading off to The Hague! 
 
My practice is in a cute little suburb called Zeeheldenkwartier. The building was once a schoolhouse for girls and young women in the 19th century and my office is on the top floor in what used to be the servant’s quarters. It’s extremely cosy and has a cool view. 
 
I meet with clients, prepare oil blends and keep up with my notes and records. If it’s a slower day, I might pack off early and enjoy a bike ride along the nature reserve near my house. I try to do this as often as possible. It’s where the falcons roost and also my way of “letting it all go” as I watch the greenery go by. 

Evenings are almost always filled with homecooked meals, lazy cats and my pretty sweet husband. 
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