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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).

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  • Aromatic Medicine Skill Set
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Are you Coughing to be Heard?

Coughing to Be Heard | Elizabeth Hughes
Irritation to the throat and lungs causes a cough as a natural healthy response to rid the body of the irritant. Most of us cough now and again, but coughing can become uncontrollable and be a sign of an infection in the airways.  Coughs can be productive in order to expel mucus, however a dry cough is non-productive.

Coughing is a wonderfully noisy condition. The whole household can hear you coughing, so this symptom can occur because we feel the need to be heard. We want attention. “Listen to me” says our cough, “I  am irritated”.

Write out the following affirmations and post them on your bathroom mirror. As you brush your teeth morning and night repeat these words to yourself:

  1. I am listened to and understood
  2. I express myself easily and clearly
  3. I have room to breathe.

Use a humidifier to keep the air moist. Even bowls of water stood around the room can help, but you will need to refill every few days as they will collect dust.

Eating the right foods can help too. Licorice tea can help make a cough more productive. Slippery elm powder in a glass of water can help a dry cough. Soups have been shown to be good for coughs, especially chicken soup. Spicy foods can have an expectorant effect.

Keep Vitamin C levels high by consuming lots of kiwis, blueberries, citrus fruits and broccoli.  And don’t forget to drink plenty of water.

Avoid dairy products  as these can encourage mucus production as can bananas, oats and wheat products in some people.  Caffeine in tea, coffee, chocolate and cola should also be avoided as they can contribute to dehydration.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elizabeth Hughes is the founder of Your Body Has The Answer Pty Ltd and was Head of Progressive Kinesiology in the United Kingdom. She graduated from Warwick University in England, with a B.A. Honours degree in Psychology and Education.

As well as running a busy private health centre, teaches the nationally recognised Diploma of  Kinesiology. She is an Advanced Australian Bush Flower Essence practitioner, has studied Cranio-sacral therapy and Aromatic medicine.

She is author of the comprehensive self help books YOUR BODY HAS THE ANSWER and YOUR CHILD’S BODY HAS THE ANSWER which guide you through common health conditions and how to treat them naturally.




Essential Oils for The Cold and Flu Season

Essential Oils for Colds and Flu, woman sneezing

Each of us will suffer through the runny noses, persistent coughs or aches and pain of the cold and flu at some stage in our lives. When we are run down, we become susceptible to the dreaded lurgies and illness will always come at the most inconvenient time.

Essential Oils for Symptom Relief

Essential oils really stand out when it comes to symptom relief. They have a natural affinity with our respiratory system and have the ability to reduce congestion and thin out mucous, reduce our cough response, ease the pain of fever and kill off air borne bacteria. They can also ease that desolate feeling that only a bad snuffle can produce.

Tailor Made Aromatic Chemistry

Knowing your aromatic chemistry really pays off at times like these. We can tailor our blends to suit individual needs and use nature in a directed way. Bring out the 1,8-cineoles and feel the benefits. Cineole-rich essential oils will reduce inflammatory reactions and prevent the spread of infection. Terpene alcohols are excellent choices for chronic bronchitis. Monoterpene alcohols will be pleasantly uplifting and safe and antiseptic.

Recently I developed a very bad flu, which was lovingly passed to me from my beloved. I was stressed out, overworked and then out action for 2 weeks!

My 5 Oil Response List and How I Use Them

I have included my 5 oil response list and these choices are a mix of essential oils which I have a personal affinity for:

  1. Myrtle Myrtus communis
  2. Lemon Citrus limon
  3. Eucalyptus Eucalpytus radiata
  4. Honey Myrtle Melaleuca teretifolia
  5. Pine Pinus sylvestris

It’s possible to mix and match depending upon your situation, and I like to swap each oil synergy every 48 to 36 hours in order to avoid sensitisation. I also have found anecdotally, that by rotating my blends, their efficacy improves – or I feel a sense of improvement, at least. Let’s face it – when struck by flu, any positive mood enhancement is a plus! This is how I used my experience in Clinical Aromatherap

Myrtle Myrtus communis and Lemon Citrus limon combined at a 1& dilution for a chest rub and foot rub and applied 3 times a day for three days eases head congestion, warms the chest and soothes the cough response. I used Olive Oil out of my pantry as a base.

Eucalpytus radiata is a wonderful inhalation that eases catarrh and decongests the head. I added 3 drops to a cup of Magnesium sulphate and added it to the bath for the relief of aches and pains. As I had my flu when the weather was still warm, my choice was cooling to my body, and clearing to the mind. Inhalations significantly improved my respiratory function.

Note for Asthmatics and Small Children: Do always be careful with Eucalpytus oils though, People who have Asthma, or small children under 5 years of age should choose their oils carefully. Eucalyptus can actually be too much for some people, so start with minimal doses and work your way up if unsure.

Honey Myrtle Melaleuca teretifolia eases congestion and kills air-borne bugs. 4 to 6 drops added to a electric oil vapouriser gets rid of that ‘sick smell’ and brings a sense of freshness. Even though I was snotty and miserable and feverish, I felt clean. I find Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus will have a similar effect, even though my preference is to use the herb over the oil.

Pine Pinus sylvestris is a safe and gentle decongestant and disinfectant which contains 50 to 97% monoterpene hydrocarbons. It is suitable for prolonged use and is one of the best oils to clear cold phlegm from the lungs. Sometimes I would add this to my bath and I added drops to my Shower Gel base and used it on a face cloth in a steaming shower at night. It was less stimulating than a Eucalyptus oil, and similar in its decongestant effect.

This was my healing kit, which allowed me to sleep with only one pillow at night and without cold and flu medication. My body was able to heal itself naturally and the infection did not travel from my head. My room smelled prettier than it could have, which was an added benefit.

Choosing Your Own Essential Oil Kit

When choosing your own essential oil kit it is important to choose oils that will possess a wide range of properties. Your choices should be antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral. They should also be immunostimulants.

Rest and proper nutrition should help with the rest.

Katherine Lloyd
About the Author: Katherine Lloyd is the Principal of Aminya Academy Adelaide campus. She was a journalist before embarking on her 25 year journey learning about aromatherapy.  Her speciality lies in the mind-body aspect of essential oils. Katherine creates custom blends and botanic artisan perfumes. Her love and passion is education and empowerment. “I have humbly witnessed essential oils and botanicals support our physical bodies while simultaneously soothing our spirits. I think Aromatherapy is one of the kindest and most nurturing of all the healing modalities as a result.”



Reflexology – what is it and how can it help?

reflexology chartA lot of people ask me, what is reflexology?

Reflexology is the ancient treatment of the feet – dating back thousands of years from many cultures of greater Asia, the Middle East and Egypt. Old graphic texts show people massaging the feet of others in various ways. These texts also show various maps of the feet and the relationship to the organs and major joints of the body.

Many forms of treatment took place including massage, oils, and the use of instruments, sticks, stones, knuckles, brushes and the like.

The modern form of reflexology is similar with attention given to our soft skin as these days we tend to wear better shoes than ancient people did. It involves specific massage techniques which stimulate the reflex points of the feet in relation to the organs and joints.

What is reflexology good for?

reflexology massageApart from the obvious – (it’s great for your feet!); research studies have shown that reflexology is very effective for constipation, diarrhoea, anxiety, depression, and during uncomplicated labour to bring balance and improve efficiency of contractions.

I have also helped people with headaches/sore neck/hips/knees/back using specific reflexology points to alleviate pain and soreness from those areas. They are usually amazed at the result. The great thing is I can then teach them how to massage those points at home and continue the treatment for themselves.

Students of reflexology are surprised with wonder at how effective reflexology is when they are learning and experiencing it for themselves on a regular basis.

Reflexology is a mostly gentle, non-invasive way to treatment many common complaints of pain and discomfort without the use of drugs. That’s why more people are interested in learning more about it.

Kirsty Newbery - Aminya AcademyAbout the author:

Kirsty teaches reflexology for Aminya Academy

Kirsty is an experienced therapist and teacher with a studio business in Strathpine called Caring Cottage.

How to lose weight from a Kinesiological perspective

woman - freedomWeight loss is an issue for many in our community. After the holidays most people are feeling a bit sluggish and looking at  fasting, detoxing, and joining a gym.

Although the answer may seem simple: eat less and exercise more, the reality is far more complex.  For lasting success, psychological factors, hormonal factors and dietary needs must be explored and a holistic approach taken.

Kinesiology allows you to get to the root cause of why you have put on weight and why you are struggling to lose it.

I find with my clients that the cause is often emotional. Layers of fat can be seen as layers of protection. If you feel frightened or insecure you can put on weight in self-defence.

Could carrying weight make you feel less attractive and therefore safer?

You may have put on weight because you want to be noticed.

The bigger you are, the more attention you receive. Has someone ignored you or rejected you recently or in the past?

To dissolve some of the emotional and psychological factors that could be holding weight on your body try the Australian Bush Flower Essence – WILD POTATO BUSH – It is for feeling heavy and physically encumbered and will help you feel light and revitalised. You can easily buy a bottle of this in the health food store or pharmacy.

Affirmations can also help you feel more positive about losing weight. Repeat the following sentences to yourself morning and evening:

  1. I achieve the perfect weight for me easily
  2. I am always noticed and respected
  3. I am safe and secure at all times

I write the affirmations on sticky notes and pop them on my bathroom mirror so as I clean my teeth morning and night I use that time to read and repeat them.

I hope you will embrace a kinesiological approach to your health and start to shed some heavy layers both emotionally and physically from your body.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elizabeth Hughes is the founder of Your Body Has The Answer Pty Ltd and was Head of Progressive Kinesiology in the United Kingdom. She graduated from Warwick University in England, with a B.A. Honours degree in Psychology and Education.

As well as running a busy private health centre, teaches the nationally recognised Diploma of  Kinesiology. She is an Advanced Australian Bush Flower Essence practitioner, has studied Cranio-sacral therapy and Aromatic medicine.

She is author of the comprehensive self help books YOUR BODY HAS THE ANSWER and YOUR CHILD’S BODY HAS THE ANSWER which guide you through common health conditions and how to treat them naturally.

Remedial Massage and Private Health Insurance – getting value for money

facial massageIt’s a new year and that means most health funds reset – time to check your cover!

Do you know what you’re getting cover for when you signed up for private health insurance?
There are a lot of people who have ‘extras’ or ‘ancillary’ cover on their private health insurance who are not taking regular opportunities to avail themselves of the rebate for remedial massage.

When, for example, we signed up for health insurance with our current provider, we stated that we would like cover that includes rebates for regular massage therapy. When the calculations were done, the salesman stated that our level of cover equated to the ability to have a discounted massage every 2 weeks.

“Sweet!” I thought. Because I usually have a remedial massage every 3 weeks to manage ongoing myalgia issues. So now I just have my regular appointments made every three weeks, stay healthy and happy (happy wife, happy life, right?)

But how do you choose a quality massage therapy provider and how do you know they are providing that services and not just a ‘back-yarder’?back massage

Here are a few things to look for when considering a remedial massage therapist:

Are they a registered member of a natural therapies association?

Look for associations such as Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT), Australian Natural Therapies Association (ANTA) and (AMT).

If these are not readily visible on the person’s advertising, then simply ask, or look them up. The associations have their registered members listed.

A registered massage therapist has undergone an industry recognised and accredited training, has a current first aid certificate and public indemnity insurance.

pregnancy massageAre they registered with HICAPS?

HICAPS is a financial scheme which allows the holder of participating health insurance cards to claim their rebate ‘on the spot’ and the consumer simply then pays the gap directly to the provider.

Whilst this is not mandatory, it demonstrates a level of commitment to the industry by having made the steps to be recognised by the big health insurance providers. Medibank Private currently governs the status quo of massage therapy in the HICAPS arena.

HICAPS is also convenient for consumers as they can pay for everything with card – health insurance card and credit cards. No cash necessary.

hicaps logoSo check out your private health insurance to see what you can get as a rebate for massage therapy – it’s easy, just ask for a quote! If you ‘re considering a particular therapist it’s also okay to ask what their fee is so that you can get a corrected quote from your provider. That way you know how much gap fee you’ll need to pay. Makes the treatment a lot more enjoyable when you know what the bill will be and not getting a surprise at the end!

Have a great week!

Kirsty is an experienced remedial massage therapist who owns and operates a studio business at Strathpine called Caring Cottage. You can contact her anytime for more information or go on the webpage


Evoking the spirit of Christmas with Essential Oils

Christmas with Essential Oils

Christmas can be a time of joy but to many it becomes a time of stress.  The following are a choice of Essential Oils that I use to help me get through the festive season.

I use it as a vaporiser blend and have it vaporising in my diffuser 24 hours a day.

It conjures up feelings of past family Christmases, Mum’s home cooked pies and Christmas pudding.  The Christmas tree which was chosen from the choice of real trees from the grower up the road and midnight mass at the local church, lovely childhood memories.

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)

  • Sedative to the nervous system
  • Stimulates circulatory system
  • Helps with nervous tension
  • Stress related conditions

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)

  • Useful for nervous exhaustion and stress related conditions

Scotch Pine ((Pinus sylvestris)

  • Stimulates and aids the adrenals and nervous system

Lemon (Citrus limon)

  • Lifts the spirit a great tonic and quencher

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

  • Sedative / tonic
  • Good for letting go of anxiety and fear
  • Modifies the sweetness of a blend in an intriguing way


Denise Lynds - Aminya Natural Therapies AcademyAbout the Author: Denise Lynds has been managing director of Aminya Natural Therapies since 2004, and is based at Head Office on the Sunshine Coast. She has had 26 years of nursing experience in Australia and overseas, and along with her team,  has successfully incorporated aromatherapy, reflexology and massage programs in over 150 health facilities, helping to bridge the gap between allopathic medicine and natural therapies. Denise was part of the team to develop the Advanced Diploma of Aromatic Medicine now being delivered at Aminya.


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