Aromatic plants and oils have been used for thousands of years, as incense, perfumes and cosmetics and for their medical and culinary applications. Their ritual use constituted an integral part of the tradition in most early cultures, where their religious and therapeutic roles became inextricably intertwined. This type of practice is still in evidence: for example, in the East, sprigs of juniper are burnt in Tibetan temples as a form of purification; in the West, frankincense is used during the roman catholic mass.
Join us for a nourishing Sunday on March 4th 2018 at 2pm in a private and beautiful location in Notting Hill, London as we gather to explore all the ways in which we can use these volatile oils in our everyday living and how they can benefit the healing of our mind, body and spirit.
In this workshop we will explore:
-What essential oils are and how they are made
-Their use in ancient civilisations
-The birth of Aromatherapy
-How Essential Oils work
-How we can apply them to be of therapeutic use in our everyday lives
-Safety precautions to look out for when using essential oils
What to bring:
-A notepad and pen for taking notes if you wish
-Wear anything that you feel most comfortable in
“When we peel an orange, walk through a rose garden, or rub a sprig of lavender between our fingers, we are all aware of the special scent of that plant. But what exactly is it that we can smell? Generally speaking, it is the essential oils which give spices and herbs their specific scent and flavour, flowers and fruit their perfume. The essential oil in the orange peel is not difficult to identify; it is found in such profusion that it actually squirts out when we peel it. The minute droplets of oil which are contained in tiny pockets or glandular cells in the outer peel are very volatile, that is, they easily evaporate, infusing the air with their charismatic aroma. But not all plants contain essential or volatile oils in such profusion. The aromatic content in the flowers of rose is so very small that it takes one ton of petals to produce 300g of rose oil.”
Join us for an afternoon exploring more about the wonderful world of essential oils and the history of their use.