Category Archives: Aromatherapy

Your Choices Make You

We are the choice we make.  When we first come to this world, we are pretty much the same: naked, innocent, scared.  After that our life ends up with a sum total of the choices we make, big and small, along our life path.

In essence, you make your choices, and then your choices make you.  Every decision can change the path of your life.  For example, whether or not to go to college, whom you choose to marry, whether to quit this job and move on to a new one, to say or not to say I love you.  Every choice, big or small, is going to impact your life.

Our biggest challenge is not making a bad choice.  It is, to quote Darren Hardy’s  The Compound Effect, that you’ve been sleepwalking through your choices.  Half the time, you’re not even aware you’re making them.  Our choices are often unconsciously shaped by our culture and upbringing.

Astrology and Tarot are the tools I use to help my clients to become aware of making choices that support the expansion of their life.  Sounds complicated, but you will be amazed by their positive impact and simplicity.

With astrology I study the innate strengths and weaknesses revealed in your birth chart, this helps you make the big decisions in life for example whether you are better off to be an accountant or an artist, whether you are better off getting married earlier or later; or perhaps not at all.

With tarot I help with decision making on small mundane issues.  Have you been bitten by an elephant?  How about a mosquito?  Often it is the little things in life that will bite you.  Tarot helps us make sensible choices by making us aware of all factors hidden in our unconscious.  Our future is determined by what’s feeding in our mind at the present state.

Finally I use essential oils as tangible resource to support your logical mind, your emotional mind and your body to achieve your goals.  Essential oils are of science and of the spirit.  Tapping their energy give us a strong boost to our engine, they are amazing little help that keep us going.

No more sleepwalking.

I will be most honoured if I can support you with astrology-tarot-aromatherapy to make empowering life decisions.

The “Why” of My Doing This

Some of you may have noticed that for the past few months I have started recommending a network marketing essential oil company through the social media, especially via my new Facebook page The Fragrant Tribe and Instagram @fragrancetribe.  I want to share with you the reasons I do this.

Many moons ago when I graduated from college I began my career in export trading business, selling apparel and homeware to retailers in Europe and the US.  I found meaning in the job because through my efforts I was able to support poor Chinese people by feeding them food.  The rationale was that if I could make some sales from affluent developed countries, then I could place orders to China and other South East Asian factories. When the factories received orders, they would need labour (no matter how cheap) to man the production.  Hence I was giving them job opportunities…and food.  At that time (20+ years ago) China was in a very poor state.  I was passionate with my work.

Many moons later China especially has become a very strong country.  The young people in China has more options in their lives and hardly anyone would want to work in factories.  Now when I place orders to factories, very often they are reluctant to accept because either the price or order quantity is unattractive to them, and they could make much more profit elsewhere.  One day I was looking at the spreadsheets and samples in my office, I was looking at synthetic trees.  It hit my brain that the world does not need more plastics.  So I have one side saying they don’t need my help, and the other side saying they have more than enough.  (Well, having said that, I still make beautiful trees and everything else, and make buyers’ purchase as much a pleasant experience as possible.  After all I am professional with my work.)

Then I came across an essential oil company I felt in love with.  In this life I have a calling to build a metaphysical business to heal people’s body, mind and spirit.  Using tarot and astrology, they heal people’s soul by giving them divine loving messages and positive forward-moving energy.  Using essential oils as natural solutions, they are safer, cheaper and more effective means to support our physical and mental health.  I found essential oils contribute a big part of God’s plan in me.

I was first attracted to this essential oil company because of their sustainability policy.  Through their ‘healing-hand’ initiative, this company support poor farmers in under developed countries financially and educationally.  When you buy a bottle of their oils, you are helping poor people somewhere in this world.  I am very touched by this practical kindness.  As an aromatherapist I have been using many essential oils in the last few years, but their oils, when I open and use them, just cannot compare.  Their oils pass the highest quality testing standard in the industry, they are pure and potent.  I have many testimonies from friends around (and myself) that the oils bring recognizable and often immediate benefits.

This is my ‘why’ on promoting the essential oils.  I am going to share a lot of stories going forward, about essential oils, on my new Facebook page The Fragrant Tribe as well as on Instagram @fragrancetribe.  It will be my honour if you like them and come visit me in this cyberspace.  Most importantly I hope these amazing oils will bring brightness and vitality to your physical, emotional and perhaps, financial well-being.

Here you will find all my social media links, I look forward to keeping in touch with you.

Social Media Links

My Oil Self

Facebook Page: The Fragrant Tribe

https://m.facebook.com/fragrancetribe/

Instagram

@fragrancetribe

YouTube Channel

https://www.youtube.com/user/parki00

Purchase Website

https://mydoterra.com/oraclesenboku

Landing Page

https://fragrancetribe.leadtrain.com/home

My Magic Self

Facebook Page: Oracle Senboku

https://m.facebook.com/OracleSenboku/

Instagram

@parki_parki

Personal Blog

www.oraclesenboku.com

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The Art of Perfumery

I visited a very interesting exhibition last month. It was a collective project created by TASKO inc. (Japan) in collaboration with Invisible Designer Lab, Yamamoto Seisakusho Co. Ltd, and also the perfumer Yoshitake Toshifume. The exhibit was a perfumery organ, which was inspired by the “Gamut of Odors”, a description method for fragrances devised by the British chemist and perfumer George William Septimus PIESSE in the 19th century. This was the first instrument in the world which played odours and music together.

The classic method of blending perfume is based on the theory of Top, Middle and Base notes. This method was devised by PIESSE, and was based on an analogy with the musical scale. He claimed that scents, like sounds, appeared to influence the olfactory nerves and positioned the odours in correspondence with musical notes according to the scent’s effect on his olfactory sense. Choosing the odours that chord together and your perfume will be harmonious and will steer away from discord.

Above chart came from the book tilted: The Magical and Ritual Use of Perfumes by Richard Alan Miller and Iona Miller published in 1990.

Top notes in such a chord are sharp and penetrating and usually very volatile (i.e. they evaporate very quickly). When you smell a commercial perfume, or an essential oil blend, the top note is what you will notice first. Some typical top notes are Bergamot, Lemon, Thyme and Rosemary.

Middle notes tend to be softer and mellower in character and less volatile than top notes and account for the overall character of a perfume or blend. They are usually used in larger proportion than either the top notes or the base notes, and may account for between 50% – 80% of the blend. Some typical middle notes are the Chamomiles, Lavender and Marjoram Sweet.

Base notes are the deep, often exotic aromas such as Sandalwood, Myrrh, Frankincense which are very slow to evaporate. They are very long lasting on the skin and acts as fixatives for top and middle notes: that means by combining with the more volatile oils they slow down their rate of evaporation and make them last longer.

One of the problems with this theory is that the experts cannot agree with each other as to what constitutes a top, middle or base note. In my professional practice when I formulate an individual therapeutic blend, while I take into consideration of top / middle / base notes I will choose a fragrance that corresponds to the physical, emotional and mental state of the client. One way to heal our mind, body and spirit holistically is through the study of our birth chart, identify the planetary strengths and weaknesses as God gifted us when we were born, and apply the corresponding essential oils to achieve an equilibrium state. How to do this? Let’s talk about this over a cuppa (which comes with a proper astrological consultation).

By the way I have been in love with this brand of essential oils. Their oils do not contain artificial ingredients that would dilute their active qualities and are free of chemical residues. One reason is they work closely with growers to select botanicals of the correct species that are grown in ideal environments and carefully harvested at the right time (planetary hours). Am totally in love with them. You can find more information here, or talk to me. Be well and until next time.

My Signature Scent

Last year when I travelled to India my friend’s wife bought me a bottle of infused attar that I loved so much and used it till the last drop.  Contained inside was so much love of course, and also the essential oil of Champaka (Michelia champaca).  Since then I was entranced by her scent.  My little secret – I always carry a bottle of Champaka EO inside my bag.  It is undiluted hence very powerful and strong.  Whenever I feel not myself, upset and the like, I will apply one drop neat which is enough for the wrists, temples, 3rd eye and heart chakra.  As an aromatherapist I do not advise neat application of any essential oils onto our skin, except a limited few and on special circumstances.  I use Champaka 1 drop neat for energy raising, and also as a stimulating perfume.

Another secret.  All my aromatherapy products have a hint of Champaka.  I put 1 drop of Champaka to 100 ml of my carrier oil as a product base.  When I use the carrier oil to make beauty products, ointments or for therapeutic massage, there is always a very subtle scent of Champaka.  This is my signature scent.  Unless you live in India, good Champaka oil is hard to find.  It is not inexpensive but a 5 ml bottle can last for a very long time use.  If you are living in Hong Kong you can find excellent grade Champaka here.


Champaka is of the same plant family as Magnolia, the botanical name is Magnoliaceae. The scent is intense floral, it is a middle-to-light yellow-reddish oil.  Good qualities one come from steam distillation of blooms.  The main growing areas are India and part of Southern Asia.  Champaka is aphrodisiac, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, wound healing, calming and febrifuge.

The sweet floral fragrance has calming effect to the nerves, at the same time able to restore our energy and increase our confidence.  Ruled by the Sun and Venus, it is valuable remedy for depression, anxiety, stress and grief-related disorders.  If someone has sexual difficulties, particularly frigidity and impotence, massage it (after proper dilution of 2%) onto lower abdomen, sacral and base chakras.  Or put a few diluted drops and run a bath.  It is good for all skin types and particularly good for mature, dry and sensitive skin.  Champaka is regenerative in nature and can help heal wounds, scars and stretch marks.  I use it for meditation and otherwise as a parfum.  You can also blend Champaka in your face moisturiser.  I have been gifting them to friends lately and they all love it.  Here is a formula for a 100ml bottle.  You will be making a little extra and with that amount you can split them into 3 smaller jars if you wish.  Enjoy!

My Fat Journal

Truth is I am obsessed with my weight.  I don’t look very fat (at least that’s what I thought!) but constantly I am thinking about whether I will put on an extra pound by having those delicious chewy chococolate chip cookies, perhaps just another little piece?  I couldn’t stop myself from snacking expecially when I am under stress.  My work is stressful, so is everybody.  Okay, I can make up 100 excuses to justify that extra piece of cookie.  I have heard that stress will increase cortisol level, and when more cortisol releases our body’s fat receptors will open widely.  This will allow us to absorb 4 times more fat than normal.  That’s totally not helping!   Being stress and tired will make you fat.

Few weeks ago I felt the urgent need to conjure the fairies for help.  My lovely essential oils!  How adorable they are.  Here was what I did and I found the methods effective.  I have become more conscious of what I eat, I feel less obssessed with snacking all the time.  Would you like to have a go?  Of course, if you are not like me then just enjoy the poster images below.  Or you may share with your loved ones.

In the morning I use this blend on diffuser, which I called it the no nonsense determination blend to strengthen my willpower – to eat and live a healthy day.  I use Saturn oil (Veitver) for grounding, the Sun oils Sweet Orange and Sweet Basil to keep myself strong and bright.


Once a week (twice if I am good) I use 10 mil Sweet Almond oil to blend with the following essential oils for abdominal massage.  Dill is particularly good for digestion problem.  To me it has a nice Fillet O Fish smell that fulfills my craving.  Ginger is great for her burning sensation, I love my Ginger using CO2 extraction rather than steam distillation.  Cypress is used for firming.  Rose essential oil can isolate lipids in the blood that turn into enzymes that in turn make us fat.  Lavender is added for skincare really.  The direction of the massage stroke has to be clockwise.


Just to ensure I am very determined to eat well rather than eat junk, I have a little aroma pendent with me.  The blend makes me very awake so I use it only in the day.  It has to be taken off at night time.  I need a good 7 hour sleep as research said that below 7 hour sleep will kick up the cortisol again, which will activate four times as many fat receptors…oh dear.  I found this formula from a research article a few years ago that I now use for my pendant.  Thanks to the aromatherapist who invented this.  


Thank you my fairies, and thank you my lovely essential oils.  I still do my snacking some times, but more sensible.  Every day is getting better and better.  I wish you a healthy and happy day.