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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.

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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).

Should aromatherapy and massage be a part of health care?

As a trained nurse and aromatic medicine practitioner, I would like to share with you what a difference aromatherapy and massage can make to the quality of life for people with chronic illness, the elderly, the palliative, their families and carers.

Incorporating the benefits of aromatherapy with touch is powerfully incredible (or incredibly powerful).  As we journey through life, our needs change.  Aromatherapy and the essential oils work with you through all stages of that journey.

The power of smell

Our sense of smell is powerful and immediate – your body chemistry reacts with the chemical constituents in the plants – essential oils being the life blood of the plants. This assists you in selecting the essential oils you require.  If you like the aroma, then this indicates that it is the best oil or blend of oils for you. Smell association is also a factor in selecting the oil. Aroma often conjures up feelings, events etc from the past that you are comfortable with.

The role of aromatherapy in palliative care

Palliative care aromatherapy and massage work together to bring comfort and quality of life to our palliative client, family and friends alike. It is often difficult for people to say those three words – ‘I Love You’. A gentle hand massage combined with a delightful, beautiful aromatic smelling essential oil or blend does just that!  This is proactive in bringing family and friends together while encompassing and sharing the end of life journey of your ‘loved one’. An example of an essential oil blend that I often use in these instances is a combination of:

Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) – for letting go of any anger, frustration or grief
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) – calming, slows and deepens the breath
Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium/amara) – soothes and relieves anxiety

Be aware, however, that in choosing essential oils, that the medication/s that your client is being administered, do not contain the same chemical constituents – the elimination pathways being the same!  Avoid essential oils that are contraindicated and also be aware that oil and water do not mix and that the ingestion of essential oils is not advised unless under the supervision of a qualified aromatic medicine practitioner.

Discover the difference these actions described above can make.  Enjoy the art of blending. There are so many wonderful combinations with multifunctional chemical properties for many different ailments and uses.  It is lovely to receive and equally as good to apply.

Working holistically on the physical, emotional and the spirit – a wonderful adjunct to conventional treatments.

Aromatherapy for Health Workers and Carers will be held on the Sunshine Coast Campus on AUGUST 19 AND 20, 2019  



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. 


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:


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