I don’t know about you, but I get so excited when I discover a new word. Each year around this time, some dictionaries publishers announce their word of the year. I decided to get in first this year, with my word of the year, which I hope you will like. 

I have been asked to speak to a group of undergraduate doctors in their final year of study about aromatherapy. I am both ecstatic and honoured to share my passion for aromatherapy with a group...

The word ‘permacrisis’ refers to an extended period of instability and insecurity, which does involve climate change, but also encompasses the economic, political, and global instability and insecurity that we are currently experiencing, and which appear to not be disappearing in a rush.

The wounded healer archetype has its origins in Greek mythology and shamanic traditions. Images of the wounded healer permeate religion, philosophy, and art and are now used in psychotherapy, counselling, and medicine.

The immune system is classified in two broad categories. The innate immune system (non-specific immune system) and adaptive immune system (specific or acquired immune system). However, the relationship between the innate and adaptive immunity is far more complex, integrated and interdependent than it is described in most anatomy and physiology texts.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has fuelled so much debate and division between those who support the germ theory and those who support the terrain theory. Many consider the germ theory and terrain theory as mutually exclusive. There is no doubt that thanks to the germ theory, millions of lives have been saved through the development of vaccines; however, we also know that healthy lifestyle practices support immunity and helps prevent diseases. Very few health professionals have considered the merit and wisdom in both.

It has been considered by some to be sacrosanct for an individual practicing holistic therapies such as aromatherapy, naturopathy, herbal medicine to support the germ theory, and on the other hand, those who support the germ theory have referred to those who support the terrain theory as stupid, narrow-minded and science-deniers. Join me for my two new webinars on germ theory, terrain theory, and how to boost the immune system.

Indian sandalwood, Santalum album, is commonly used as a natural active ingredient in cosmetics and perfumery. This soothing and cooling essential oil is used in skincare for dry and sensitive skin, and is reputed to have anti-inflammatory activity which research indicates is potentially highly beneficial in skincare preparations. Read my article to learn more, including skincare blending recipes.

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