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!

Vatican City and The Hierophant

I was visiting the Vatican City few days ago. The hotel I stayed was 5 minutes walk away from the city so every morning and evening I would pass by. A solemn place (full of tourists like myself) with balancing architectural structure, heaviness in feeling as it comes with responsibility and duty for the residing saints to serve God. 


Nevertheless a remarkable place and can make one feel so small in front of God, as if all world issues are dust or easy jobs to Him. Let’s leave Him our worries so we can enjoy life, the beautiful summer.


Some thoughts on the Hierophant. My birth number is 5. It’s quality is of constant change and unceasing desire for freedom. In Tarot the number 5 card in the major arcana is the Hierophant. He is the King of the Spiritual World on Earth. Full of indoctrination, what is right and what is wrong without any grey area. 5 is the number of freedom which looks like a complete contrast to the guidance of the Hierophant. Perhaps it is especially important to recognise the ideal has to come in positive thoughts and intentions while acknowledging everyone has freedom to make such choice. Always there is respect of freedom; always there is the love of God. Preaching in love.


A strong feeling that the city Rome is ruled by Saturn with lots of well preserved ruins and history. 


My favourite site of the city is the Pantheon. A pagan temple built initially for Cleopatra over 2000 years ago, converted into Christianity by around 600AD. One can still sense the amazing and mystical energy when you get inside. 


And of course there is Arch Angel Michael. The angel images will be featured in many of the forth-coming tarot-scope posts. 

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.    


  

Workshop Announcement

This month I will be teaching in a workshop on aromatherapy and astrology.  I am very happy with this opportunity that I am going to meet lots of new friends who share similar interests.  It is going to be an interactive workshop where I will give a presentation on an introduction to astrology with focus on the Sun sign, the signature oil of each sign and the safety use of essential oils.  After that I will comment on individual participant’s birth chart, recommend a blend of essential oil that they can DIY during the workshop and take back to their home.

The workshop will take place on Friday evening, 17th March in JGO Holistic Aromatherapy and Heath School.  Registration can be done here.  If you are living in Hong Kong, I very much look forward to seeing you!

Introduction to Astrology and Aromatherapy

A 3-hour Workshop

“The therapeutic function of the signature oil is to bring a person back to the self.”

Patricia Davis, Author of the best-selling aromatherapy book Aromatherapy An A-Z.

Content:

A basic understanding on astrology

Knowing your Sun Sign

Aromatherapy: the principal methods of use

Your signature oils

Bonus: A quick look at your Ascendant and Moon signs, and their appropriate essential oils

Recommended preparation before class:

1 week before the start of the class please provide your birth data: time, date and place of birth.  If you do not know the exact time please make a sensible estimate.

Teacher’s Profile:

Parkson Kwok

Astrologer, Tarot Reader and Aromatherapist (IFA)

BBA (HKU), MA (HKBU), MCIL, Member of AFA (American Federation of Astrologers), Certified Angel Card Reader

Parkson has a lot of passion in the magical world, he has been studying metaphysical arts for over 15 years.  After his busy day job he enjoys giving spiritual consultation for clients of different walk of life.  His current interest is in blending aromatherapy with other forms of metaphysical arts such as astrology, tarot, reiki and crystal therapy.  More stories about Parkson can be found in his occasional blog: http://www.oraclesenboku.com/.

Thyme on violet wooden table

Bunch of fresh thyme on violet wooden table

 

Free Online Tarot and Oracle Card Reading

For a limited period of time, I am offering free tarot, oracle and angel card reading online.  My request to you is for every reading done, please donate to your local charity in any amount that you feel the advice you received worthwhile.  You will be doing this for your own good karma and indirectly for mine too.  Just follow your heart.  Give something back to the universe who has been guiding you lovingly with or without your knowing.  If you cannot afford any money, then a good deed to any charitable organisations or strangers will suffice.  I will be most pleased to hear what you did on the charity front afterwards, but this is optional.


If you are interested in an online reading, please private message me on Facebook for appointment.  You can find and like my Facebook page by searching ‘Oracle Senboku’ and the Facebook page will take you to Facebook Messenger for private messaging.  You may also email me at parksonkwok@oraclesenboku.com.  Your reading will be done via facetime in the Facebook Messenger app.  The reading can be conducted in English, Cantonese or broken Mandarin.


I look forward to greeting you in the cyber space.  May the full deck of possibilities be with you.