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Natural v Commercial Products

Words Jill Casteleijn

Have you ever experienced being sold the latest “whooped-de-do” skincare, started to use it the next day and found your skin was irritated, stinging and red.  What you are experiencing is a DETOX REACTION; your skin is trying to break down the chemicals in the product to bring about balance or HOMEOSTASIS to your skin.  This is one of the main reasons why using a totally natural product gives you one-hundred per cent, the optimum result that you desire in having beautiful, moist, glowing and toned skin.

Learn to Make Your Own Products | Aminya Academy

We need to use ingredients like Jojoba oil, as it is the closest natural plant extract to the sebum of our skin.  Another natural ingredient that is wonderful for the skin is organic shea butter as it is great for preventing skin from ageing, protects it from sun damage and is an antioxidant.

All ingredients used in Aminya formulations keep the sebum in place which protects our skin from sun damage and pollutants such as hydrosols (knows as floral waters), clays, aloe vera, herbal extracts, and natural beeswax (unprocessed).

When we (natural therapists), design skin care, we take into account the entire make up of our epidermis (outer layer of skin), right through to the basal layers deep under the skin.  Natural products penetrate the surface of the skin and are absorbed into the basal layers where new skin is being continually processed, we have new skin every 28 days.  Natural exfoliants are used to slough off the old skin making way for the new skin being produced without removing the sebum.  This also enables the creams, lotions and gels put on the skin to be properly absorbed.

Being able to choose your natural ingredients enables you to formulate your products to suite your client’s individual and/or your own personal needs.  Adding quality essential oils of your choice allows you to tailor your skincare and products.

There is NO real comparison to Natural versus Chemical – choose the natural way for healthy, moist, glowing skin.  Know what’s in your products, MAKE YOUR OWN.

This article first appeared in Holistic Bliss Magazine authored by our Aminya Academy teaching practitioner Jill Casteleijn.

About the author: Jill Casteleijn has taught and practised Aromatherapy for many years.  She is a qualified Beauty Therapist and Aromatic Medicine Practitioner.   She is passionate about Natural Health and Beauty and using and producing products of integrity and quality.

Learn to make your own products – enrol in one of our product making workshops today and discover how to formulate creams, gels, lotions, perfumes, tinctures, soaps and other bath products for yourself or your clients. Product making is a strong focus of our Diploma of Clinical Aromatherapy. Make your training count by training with a Government Accredited Training Organisation (RTO 40815).

Reflexology Subjects Explained

Reflexology is the art and science that based on the principle that reflex areas in the feet, hands and ears that correspond to organs, glands and other body parts. Using the thumb and fingers, the specially trained Reflexologist works these reflex areas to facilitate the healing process. It is a fast-growing therapy which is rapidly gaining acceptance by both the general public and within sectors of the orthodox medical field.

The Diploma of Reflexology HLT52515 includes a comprehensive range of approaches to prepare the Reflexologist in a wide range of settings including:

Reflexology 1 – Reflexology for Relaxation

This unit addresses the necessity for the student to understand the basic requirements for employment within a reflexology environment, addressing reflexology as a complementary health care modality, researching its history and evaluating its use in the health-field workplace.

Reflexology 2 – Perform advanced reflexology techniques – Basic Podiatry

In this subject students will learn advanced reflexology techniques and additional reflex areas. Hand reflexology will be introduced in this module and a range of techniques will be taught. Biomechanics, common foot disorders and conditions will be covered. (Prerequisite Reflexology 1).

Reflexology 3 – Perform hand, ear & foot joint mobilisation

This unit is designed to allow the student to integrate various Reflexology Methods: Hand Reflexology, Auricular Reflexology and Foot Joint Mobilisation will be taught in this module. Furthermore students will discuss and explore common disorders and how to apply Reflexology effectively to these health issues.

Reflexology 4 – Universal reflexology techniques – Feet reflections

Throughout this module students will be taught the Universal Method of Reflexology. This method is a subtle energy technique and students will be encouraged to explore the metaphysical component of illness. Foot reflexions will be taught which will allow the student to gain further tools necessary when analysing the feet.

Reflexology 5 – Oriental reflexology techniques. Advanced Clinical Techniques.

Throughout this module students will be taught a variety of Asian Reflexology techniques, including Thai Foot Massage, Oriental Reflexology and the acupuncture points and meridians of the hands and feet. Students will practice Reflexology using Asian tools and gain a greater scope evaluation of Reflexology methods .

Reflexology is offered on campus at Aminya Natural Therapies Academy, Marcoola, Sunshine Coast; Cairns, North Queensland and Adelaide, South Australia. You can download a full prospectus outlining all course inclusions and fees at

Contact your closest campus by clicking the relevant tab above.

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Study Lymphatic Drainage with Aminya Academy

Lymphatic Drainage also known as Lymphatic Massage is primarily used to assist circulation and eliminate toxins and excess fluid. It can be used to treat a number of conditions where the flow of lymphatic fluid is hindered in some way.  It is a gentle technique that is also calming to the nervous system.

The lymphatic system is of primary importance in transporting digested fats from the intestines to the bloodstream, in removing and destroying toxic substances and resisting the spread of disease throughout the body.

Lymphatic Drainage is an essential course component of both Diploma of Remedial Massage HLT52015 and Diploma of Clinical Aromatherapy HLT52315. It can also be taken as a workshop only for CPE points.

What the Lymphatic Drainage Massage Course covers

  • Origins and history of Lymphatic drainage
  • History of Lymphatic drainage
  • Lymphatic system (an overview)
  • Immune system (an overview)
  • Circulatory system (an overview)
  • Endocrine system (an overview)
  • Autonomic nervous system
  • Self care
  • Indications for Lymphatic drainage
  • Contraindications and precautions
  • Pregnancy
  • Pressure Points
  • Energy pathways and centres
  • Lymphatic massage sequence
  • Student assessment

By the end of this course you will be able to plan a specialised session and perform a lymphatic massage sequence.

$440 includes for 4 day course, all training notes and workbooks and assessment.

Download a full prospectus for all course information and fees and campus information.

For our upcoming calendar please choose your preferred campus from the navigation menu to view their schedule of view their contact details or contact head office at Marcoola on Phone 07 5450 5077.

Available in Adelaide, Cairns, Gerringong NSW and Marcoola Sunshine Coast.

BRAVE – Back to School with Essential Oils by Susanne Turner

Is your child needing a little support going back to school or starting something new?

I graduated from Aminya Natural Therapies with a Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy and late last year released a range of  I AM bath soaks, foot soaks and Mood oils.

All products have been formulated with pure essential oils sourced from a range of excellent suppliers,  and follow a theme of I AM .. designed to encourage reflection, self awareness , self love, and discussion around the I AM’s that we are creating for ourselves.

Mood oils include – I AM Calm, I AM Free, I AM Enough, I AM Peace, I AM Beautiful, I AM Travelling, I AM Focused,  I AM Loved and I AM Sleepy.
Each bottle contains an affirmation and a reminder.

I am BRAVE mood oil has been gently formulated with children in mind and is available in a 10ml Roll on Bottle.

This perfect little back to school blend contains  Australian Jojoba oil, Australian Lavender, Frankincense and Juniper Berry and is  a gentle reminder that you or your loves ones can choose courage and be brave.  Lavender was chosen for its calming properties, Frankincense for its support with fear, insecurity and anxiety, and Juniper because energetically it encourages determination, confidence and protection.

Roll on a little on their wrists as they start the day and remind them …..


Deep Belly breathing communicates to your body that you are safe and are going to be okay, Breathe slowly and deeply. You can even count quietly in between breathes as you do this.


Shoulders back, stand tall.  You can do this.  Putting your shoulders back helps you to feel stronger and enables the deep breaths to get right down into your stomach.  Stretch if you need to.


It is okay to be scared and brave at the same time. Accept yourself for what you are feeling. Accept the situation.


It is okay to communicate to someone how you are feeling. Connect with someone who may be able to help. Your voice matters. It is also really important to be kind to yourself and to tell yourself that you are going to be okay


Feel your worries float away as you exhale.  Make your exhale  ( that’s the bit where you let your air go out of your belly) longer than the breath you take to fill up your belly)  Exhale for as long as you can. This can take practice – and that is okay too. You can do this.

Products are available on Susanne’s Website. 


From Diesel Mechanic to Body Mechanic – follow your dream career…

Words Krishna Everson

When I caught up with Jesse McKinnon he was preparing to take part in ‘Trail to Triumph’, a gruelling 250km, 3 day Ultra Marathon, to raise money for Mesothelioma cancer research. Jesse had only taken up running a year ago, but it didn’t take long for me to realise that he isn’t easily fazed by challenges, and is committed to personal growth and being a better father, husband and individual.

Jesse’s personal development journey had begun 6 years ago, after a period of extensive travel, finding love, and starting a family.

“The big catalyst for change was first meeting my wife, I wanted to be better for her and then we had our first child, was a big kicker. That’s when I realised I really wanted to have them grow up and not have a father who’s going to a job where he’s not fulfilled, and just going and getting it done, I wanted to lead by example, and do something I was actually passionate about.”

Jesse is soon to graduate from Aminya Natural Therapies Academy with a Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy, and has started his own therapy business Myosync.

I asked Jesse how he first became interested in massage. “I was looking towards something in training or therapy of some sort. I had been interested in professional boxing which was a performance thing, and I was interested in how to make things work better, because of some little injuries I had. I started reading about the body, and trying to learn how I can make myself function pain-free. I got to the point where I was reading anatomy and physiology text books for kicks and doing little online courses and stuff like that. My wife Elysha was like ‘you’re reading text books, you need to do something’. That was my aha moment. I drove past Aminya Academy and saw the building, and went and saw Denise (the Principal). I’d almost given up trying to find somewhere that was flexible, where I could also get my health fund registration to claim health rebates.” Jesse hasn’t looked back!

I asked Jesse what he thought was important for happiness.  “I think good relationships with friends but family as well. Relationship with your partner is massive, communication. I’ve also noticed since I’ve gone down the path of changing careers that it is a massive factor as well. I feel like I can’t be happy when I’m not fulfilled and purposeful in my work, where you spend most of your life.”

This article first appeared in Holistic Bliss Magazine – you can view the original article here: 

Advanced Aromatic Medicine with Ron Guba | 22-25 October, 2018

Ron Guba - Advanced Aromatic FormulationgHave you always wanted to increase your knowledge of Aromatic Medicine at an advanced level right here in Australia?

Advanced Aromatic Formulationg Guest Teacher Ron Guba will be joininging us from Monday 22 October until Thursday 25 October.

Gain yourself CPE points, do it as a workshop or take this opportunity to enrol into the accredited Aromatic Therapies Skill Set HLTSS0046.

This course is part of the Aromatic Therapies Skill Set HLTSS0046.

Why go overseas to further your training when you can do it right here in Australia and save yourself money on airfares (and jetlag), time and develop your existing Aromatherapy knowledge and business.

Overview of Advanced Aromatic Formulating

This unit provides the skills and an extensive level of knowledge of essential oils, including those suitable for ingestive purposes and also, to provide specialised aromatic medicine care for less common conditions/disease states in accordance with the age, gender and mental health needs of the client. These must be undertaken within relevant legal and regulatory requirements, such as Therapeutic Goods Administration and state/territory drugs and poisons acts and regulations.

Teaches the skills and knowledge an aromatherapist requires to identify organic and aromatic plant oil chemistry and apply it to treatments. It requires advanced knowledge of the properties and chemistry of a range of aromatic plant oils and skill in application of this knowledge for a range of purposes, conditions and treatments. Knowledge will be gained in the application of relevant legislation, workplace policies and procedures in regard to health and hygiene.

Overview of What is Taught in the Four Days

  • Concept of terrain
  • Discussion of traditional medicine systems
  • Discussion of Pierre Franchomme’s Structure & Activity Chart
  • Essential oil characteristics
  • French Approach to use of herbs & essential oils
  • Terrain Support
  • Discuss Naturopathic principals as relevant to Aromatic Medicine
  • Concept of Terrain Support with essential oils
  • Discuss whole system models:
    • Traditional Greek Medicine System
    • The Hippocratic temperaments
    • Other traditional systems
    • Neuroendocrine approach
    • Osmobiosis (Dr Daniel Penoel)
  • Aromatic Chemistry – discussion of the various chemical families found in essential oils; characteristics, therapeutic benefits, pharmacokinetics, safety considerations and essential oil examples.
  • Discuss and demonstrate:
    • Aromatic Medicine application methods + preparations
    • Ingestible preparations
    • Disper
    • Capsules
    • Tablets & Lozenges
    • Other methods: use of vegetable oils, honey, Vitamin C tablets and sprays
  • Formulating basics: working with weights and measures to prepare accurate Aromatic Medicine remedies.
    • Rectal Suppositories
    • Vaginal Application
    • Other methods of application: o Eyes, ears, nose and throat o Formulation & dosages, all considerations of application methods.
  • Q & A, review of weight calculation for preparing capsules; use of vegetable oil and various powders for capsules.
  • Discuss and demonstrate: Aromatic Medicine application methods, preparations & safe use of:
    • Eye treatments & formulation guidelines
    • Nasal treatments & formulation guidelines
    • Oral & throat treatments & formulation guidelines
    • Vaginal treatments & formulation guidelines for:
    • Vaginal pessaries
    • Use of tampons
    • Water-based douche preparations
    • Rectal treatments & formulation guidelines for:
    • Suppositories
    • Mini’ oil enemas
  • Q & A; review regarding the days topics
  • Demonstration and discussion of the aromatic perfusion technique.
    • Appropriate essentials for use and formulation examples.
    • Discussion of safety issues and contraindications for use. o
  • Discuss and demonstrate: Aromatic Medicine application methods, preparations & safe use of:
    • Inhalation therapy
  • Discussion & preparation of essential oil formulae for common disorders
  • Discussion of essential oil safety:
    • Potential drug interactions when using essential oil therapy
    • Potential contraindications with the use of essential oil therapy in various physical disorders
  • Formulation practice: Discussion of case studies in student groups
  • Q & A; review of days topics
  • Conclusion & discussion of study requirements

Advanced Aromatic Formulating

Guest Teacher: Ron Guba
Dates: Monday 22 through to Thursday 25 October, 2018 inclusive
Time: 9am until 4 pm over all 4 day
Venue: Aminya Natural Therapies Academy, Suite 6, David Low Way, Marcoola, QLD 4564
Cost: $900.
All materials provided.

If you would like to attend this course, you may phone or email (see contact details below).

A Deposit of $100 is required to hold your place (bank details are listed below).

When making a payment, please put your Surname and the letters ARF with your payment entry.

Bank: Combank A/C Name: Aminya Academy Natural Therapies BSB: 064-153 A/C: 10119175

For inquiries and bookings, please contact: Faye Marie Vyoral Days: Monday through to Thursday Time: 10am to 4.30pm (EST) Phone Number: 07 5450 5077 Email Address:


2018 Start Your Career In Natural Health

Aminya Natural Therapies Academy Courses 2018


Aminya Natural Therapies Academy is the only College in Australia to offer the Diploma of Clinical Aromatherapy and the Aromatic Skill Set!

Study At Your Own Pace – Pay As You Go

Course we offer include:

  • Diploma of Clinical Aromatherapy
  • Aromatic Medicine Skill Set
  • Diploma of Reflexology
  • Certificate IV in Massage
  • Diploma of Remedial Massage
  • Diploma of Kinesiology

Government Accredited Training RTO 40815

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