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FIND YOUR CALM: Aromatic de-stress workshop

Well being afternoon with aromatherapy and guided meditation

Join us for a deeply relaxing afternoon of aromatherapy, mindfulness and practical meditations for stress release.

In this sensual workshop we will re-connect with our senses through scent, breathing and body scan techniques. Focusing on stress reduction, we will explore the best essential oils for calm, learn some practical de-stress tools, and experience some simple but powerful mini meditations to still your mind.

WHEN: Saturday 8th December

WHERE: At The Poetry Cafe, Covent Garden, London

In this workshop you will discover:

  • Practical tools to find your calm
  • A selection of short guided meditations using aromatherapy, gemstones, breathing and body scan techniques.
  • 8 wonderful calming essential oils for stress reduction.
  • How to use aromatherapy in every day life.
  • You will also choose, create and take home your own bespoke aromatherapy blend for inner calm.

What you should expect:

  1. To learn and experience the benefits, blending notes, aroma and mood of 8 different essential oils to calm your mind and relax your body.
  2. To learn and try different styles of meditation including
  • an aromatic exploration with your chosen oil
  • a guided gem stone meditation
  • a body scan technique for relaxation
  1. Take away some simple practical tools for stress relief to start using straight away.
  2. To create your own essential oil blend for calm or sleep to take home.
  3.   To enjoy a deeply relaxing afternoon of ‘you time’.




A little bit about your hosts:

This workshop will be run by Amelia the owner of The Blissful Art and Rebecca, the owner of Emotiv Aromatherapy.

Rebecca is a qualified aromatherapist and botanical formulator, corporate escapee and well-being advocate. She has been passionate about the healing power of plants on so many levels since discovering aromatherapy many years ago. She has been constantly drawn to the study of botanical ingredients for both nurturing the body and healing the soul.

Amelia is a wellness coach, mindfulness guide, and an artist. She discovered mindfulness while she was fighting anxiety at work in her corporate years and she felt amazed by how much peace and wisdom mindfulness brought into her life. She left behind the no-purpose corporate life to share the gift of mindfulness and creativity with people who are curious and willing to embrace it.

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3 quick de-stress tricks

Do you ever feel like you are living on constant adrenaline?

There are so many things to do, people to please and deadlines to meet that you have completely forgotten to breathe, let alone eat?

Instead, anxiety is quietly gnawing away somewhere inside you.

The good news is that there are some simple tools to help.

Next time you notice that you are feeling stressed, try one of these breathing tricks to find some calm. (Clue: your shoulders are up by your ears, you are virtually holding your breath and you are feeling frazzled).


People who are long-term stressed are often chronically under breathing. This creates a constant state of low oxygen with a build-up of excess carbon dioxide. This is no good for mind or body.

It is essential for your health that you can turn off the adrenaline occasionally. There is seriously no point eating all that healthy kale and quinoa if you can’t support your mind and body with a little CALM.

The excess carbon dioxide encourages unhealthy inflammation in the body. The lack of oxygen to your brain and vital organs means you can’t possibly be functioning to the best of your ability.

If you can find a little recovery space each day, it will also help you tap into your natural well of vitality that makes life so much more fun and enjoyable.


These 3 ways to find your calm all have BREATHING in common.

Simple and effective, they take less than 5 minutes.

The way deeper breathing techniques work is by

  • maximising the amount of fresh oxygen getting to your lungs
  • expelling all the harmful excess carbon dioxide held in your tissues
  • kicking in the parasympathetic nervous system. This is the opposite of the ‘fight-or-flight’ adrenaline fuelled response. Deep breathing, (with a long, slow exhale), stimulates the vagus nerve into slowing heart rate and reducing blood pressure.

This first trick you can try straight away. At work, home, in bed, on the bus, wherever.

1. Slow and deepen your breathing:

This very simple 4-7-8 breathing technique has been described as a natural tranquilliser for the nervous system.

Based on yoga techniques, it is ideal for calming body and mind. The best bit of this simple tool is that it takes little more than 1 minute and can be done anywhere.

  • With your mouth closed, breathe quietly and deeply in through your nose to a mental count of 4.
  • Hold your breath for the count of 7.
  • Slowly exhale through your mouth to the count of 8. Do this with slightly pursed lips, while making an audible sound with your breath.
  • Repeat the above cycle several times.

That’s it. No cost, no time, no special pose, no location. Just you and your lungs.

2. Blow some bubbles:

To add some fun to deepening your breathing, go and blow some bubbles!

Yes, take 5 minutes and remind yourself of the childish delight of blowing beautiful bubbles and releasing them into the breeze. You need to exhale all your breath through your mouth very slowly to make the largest bubbles without them popping.
So this really should work to kick in your calm. It’s 5 minutes of quiet space that will put a smile on your face too.

Use the same technique as the 4,7,8, above but this time blowing big beautiful bubbles.

3. Essential oils:

Essential oils are well known for their ability to de-stress.

The quickest way to feel the effect of an essential oil is by inhaling the scent through your nose. This is because the smell centre in your brain is right next to the limbic system which deals with memory, instinct and emotions.

First you need to choose appropriate oils that have a calming action. Frankincense, Vetiver, High Altitude Lavender or Roman Chamomile would all be good choices for a sense of mental peace. There are some further blend ideas here if you wish to blend your own.

The best ways to inhale the scent are either:

  1. Neat on a tissue: Place a drop of neat essential oil on a tissue. Hold it near your nose and breathe in.
  2. Diluted on the back of your hand. Dilute a few drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of almond or olive oil so that it is safe for your skin. Massage into the back of your hands and neck and breathe in. You will smell the aroma every time you put your hands near your face.

If you prefer not to make your own you can use a ready made blend. Aromatherapy Mood Shots ™ are handbag friendly, elegant and easy to apply on-the-go. I would recommend ‘Breathing Space‘ for a calming blend.

Whatever you choose, the inhaling part is vital. Mindfully create a 1 minute ritual to do this. Using the same breathing technique we just discussed, breathe in deeply through your nose while inhaling the aroma. Hold for 7. Then breathe all the way out through your mouth. Repeat 3 or 4 times, taking in the fragrance of the essential oils each time.




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This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counselling with a health care professional.

Always seek the advice of a doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition.


Safety advice

Essential oils are extremely potent and they need to be treated with great care and respect. It is always best to consult a qualified Aromatherapist for safety advice. If you have a medical condition or are taking any medication, consult a doctor before using essential oils. Never use essential oils undiluted on your skin. Never take essential oils internally. Some essential oils are unsuitable during pregnancy.

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5 essential oils for anxiety

Which oils to choose when you are feeling anxious

We have all felt anxious at times. Life events like preparing for an interview or going to the dentist can leave us feeling jittery and tense just thinking about it. Many other ordinary daily events can have the same effect too, such as meeting new people, feeling doubt about a decision or facing something out of your comfort zone.

There are a number of tools available to help manage the effect of life stressors and aromatherapy is one of them. I would love to share with you some of the essential oils that can be useful for helping calm anxiety, and how to use them.

Continue reading 5 essential oils for anxiety

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How to use aromatherapy for daily well-being

Aromatherapy is becoming increasingly popular as a powerful well-being tool and has shown the potential to lift mood, reduce anxiety, induce calm and support restful sleep.

The essential oils used in aromatherapy are the extremely concentrated volatile oils of plants, usually extracted by steam distillation from the flowers, leaves, seeds or twigs.

The molecules in the oils can either be inhaled with the aroma or absorbed through the skin. With so many amazing essential oils, each with different properties, benefits and risks, it can seem like a minefield if you are new to this healing art. However, if you choose the right oils, aromatherapy can add a whole new dimension to your life.

Focusing on finding your inner calm, here are some simple tools and recipes for bringing the fragrant power of aromatherapy into your hands as part of a regular well-being routine. Continue reading How to use aromatherapy for daily well-being