A series of workshops is commencing in Sydney this weekend that deal with some of the most pressing issues of our time: globalization, surveillance and privacy, and genetic modification. Well worth attending. The flyer below has all the details.



Time at Hand workshop flyer

Essential oils of the Northern Forests

Balsam Firs

Balsam Firs being planted in Young Living’s new Highland Flats tree farm in Idaho

The great coniferous forests of North America and Europe have always stirred my imagination. To the Native American Indians, these forests not only gave them their life’s necessities; the forests were their medicine chests and temples. These are the Cedars, Firs, Junipers, Pines and Spruces. And in this article, we look at a number of essential oils that are made from these trees, many of them sourced from North America, but a number also from Europe.

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlanticus)
Cedarwood was used by the North American Indians to enhance spiritual communication. It’s other properties include: anti-fungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, insect repelling and sedative.

Blends with: Bergamot, clary sage, cypress, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, juniper, myrrh, rosemary

There are many possible uses for this oil but here are a few:

  • Is calming and eases tension. Apply topically to the forehead, brow and back of the neck. Alternatively inhale or diffuse it.
  • Help prevent hair loss (alopecia areata – inflammatory hair loss disease). Apply topically.
  • Can help reduce cellulite. Apply topically.
  • Beneficial against tuberculosis and urinary tract infections. Apply topically
  • Use during meditation or yoga. Diffuse in the room for at least 30 minutes

Safety data: Pregnant women should use with caution.
Be sure to also have a read of previous articles where Cedarwood has been featured:

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Are Chakras ‘New Age’ or old?


Seven Chakras. By Peter Weltevrede. See more at Sanatan Society

The following is an article in Dr David Stewart’s Raindrop Messenger, that I thought I’d share. David Stewart
is a Christian, but his article pretty much argues that chakras are non-denominational, to be found described in most
of the world’s faiths. For those of you new to this whole subject or have never heard of chakras, don’t worry Dr Stewart
gives a pretty good explanation of what they are.

by David Stewart, PhD
Chakras are not “New Age.” They are Old Age being rediscovered. They are mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The Jews even have a symbolic representation for the seven Chakras in their Menorah of seven candles, the center one representing the heart chakra.
The first thing to understand is that we all possess an electromagnetic field in which our physical bodies are immersed. Even the medical and biological professions acknowledge that human beings have, not only a physical body of flesh and fluids, but also a subtle electromagnetic field upon which their physical body is superimposed.
Physicians measure your electromagnetic (EM) field to detect problems with your heart and brain by means of EKGs (Electrocardiograms) and EEGs (Electroencephalograms), but they don’t understand, nor utilize, the connections of our EM bodies to our physical bodies in a way to provide pathways to healing. They don’t understand that physical maladies, conditions, and sicknesses usually show up as irregularities in our EM field before they manifest physically. They are unaware of the connection between our minds and feelings to our electromagnetic field and how the condition of the EM Field affectsour physical well-being.

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Book Review: Cancel the Apocalypse

CancelTheApocalypseYou could be forgiven for thinking that there is a dearth of good ideas and alternative thinking, to deal with the social, economic and environmental woes of the world. Only just recently I read how students in Economics at the University of Manchester were in a state of near rebellion, demanding that alternatives to free-market economics be also taught and discussed. On top of this the mainstream media (papers, TV and radio) are almost entirely dominated by large corporate interests. It’s little wonder we get few alternatives to the status quo.

But folks the good ideas and alternatives are definitely out there. A year ago, I reviewed Richard Murphy’s fabulous book The Courageous State. Now just recently I finished reading a book by Andrew Simms – Cancel the Apocalypse. Great title eh?

In essence, Andrew’s book is a response to the doom and gloom – how we can and MUST cancel the apocalypse. This is a book packed full of ‘ammunition’ against the basic ideas and concepts of neoliberal and free-market thinking as well as materialism. In parts I found it a little too drawn out and found myself saying “Ok Andrew, I get your point. Now can we move on?” I think he could have made the chapters smaller and divided it into meaningful sub-sections. But overall I think it’s well thought out and argued. I initially read a public library copy of this book, but I thought this book was so useful and important, that I should have my own copy. This is a book I will want to refer back to again and again. It’s also packed full of great references and leads to other works and research.

Here’s a taste of some of the things covered in the book:

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Releasing emotional patterns with eoBelieve it or not, our emotions have a big impact on physical health and wellbeing. The famous neuroscientist, Candice Pert once said “”repressed traumas caused by overwhelming emotion can be stored in a body part, thereafter affecting our ability to feel that part or even move it”.

What essentially happens is that the moment we have a terrible experience, our brain (the limbic centre specifically) chooses a place to store that memory for future reference until it can be dealt with. Not unlike a librarian filing a book in a collection for future use really, though in this instance it’s one heavy duty library we are talking about. Because many of the traumas we carry, go back to our childhood, infancy and even in the womb. And unless we identify these traumas or emotional patterns, they manifest through out our lives as lingering problems that impact on our capacity to experience our lives to their fullest potential.

So how do we identify these emotional patterns and then deal with them? This is where Dr Carolyn Mein’s book Releasing emotional patterns with essential oils comes in. Why essential oils? Essential oils have the capacity to interact directly with stored emotional patterns in the human body, through the sense of smell (the olfactory sense carries information directly to the limbic centre in the brain – where many emotions are stored) and through the human energy field (remember, essential oils have a frequency – see my article What’s your frequency? for more on this topic).

Carolyn Mein outlines 5 steps to releasing emotional patterns:

1. Identifying the pattern that is linked to the emotion
2. Understanding the pattern – the opposite side of the emotion
3. learning the lesson by discovering the way out of the situation
4. clearing and reprogramming the pattern in the body’s cellular memory – changing the DNA
5. releasing the pattern from the memory held in the limbic system of the brain.

Essential oils play a key role in the last 5 steps. Using essential oils directly on acupuncture alarm points sends the oil’s frequency directly to the organ or tissue affected – clearing the pattern from the cellular memory – while smelling the oil releases the memory held in the limbic centre of the brain.

Carolyn’s book has some amazing tables in it. One table links parts of the body with specific emotions and the essential oil that will help. There are tables that work from the other angles as well, e.g. what emotions  and acupuncture alarm points are associated with a specific essential oil. The book also contains extensive body and facial charts showing the various acupuncture alarm points.

To use a well worn phrase, “but wait there’s more”. Also covered in the book:

* Muscle testing and how to do it (with photos and diagrams)
* The core emotional issues identified with each body part
* Your dominant traits and body type traits
* Writing techniques for releasing buried emotions

People have asked me for the definitive book on using essential oils for working with emotions. Carolyn Mein’s book would have to be at the top.

Buy the book

Till next time


Last year I raised the question (Arming ourselves against the Superbugs) of just how much money in medical research was allocated or used towards non-pharmaceutical alternatives such as essential oils and other complementary therapies. While I don’t yet have an exact figure, but my suspicion is that the answer is very little. An article posted in Natural News, some 5 years ago focused just on the area of cancer research. [1] It found that out of some 7080 clinical cancer trials, only 3 focused on natural alternative methods of treating the disease. That works out to about 0.04%  If we extrapolate this figure to the rest of medical research then my suspicion is not entirely unfounded.

I decided to do some research of my own and try and find organisations that were conducting research into alternative and complementary medicine; organisations that might need support and would likely accept donations. There’s a lot of good will out in the community. People are prepared to part with their hard-earned cash in order to fund research that will benefit all of humanity. However if our efforts are being directed into solely producing more drugs (and more profits for the pharmaceuticals) what is our good will achieving? So I think it’s important that people have alternatives to direct their donations to. This post is a small contribution towards providing and alerting people to the choices out there. It’s not a definitive list; I’m sure there’s more out there and these are mainly focused on the U.S., Australia and the UK. Over time I hope to uncover more.

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AIRASE (Association for the International Research of Aromatic Science and Education) (U.S.)

The first one on the list is an organization dedicated to research in essential oils. AIRASE is categorised as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in the U.S. Their aim is to promote the scientific validity of essential oils as an alternative form of treatment and to disseminate information worldwide on the scientifically proven therapeutic uses of essential oils.

AlterMed Research Foundation – Complementary and Alternative Medicine CAM  (or Integrative Medicine) Research and Education (U.S.)

AlterMed Research Foundation is listed as a 501(c)(3) organization in the U.S..  They are looking for support to help promote integrative medicine research and education Donations will be used to support AlterMed’s mission to achieve full integration of evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine into conventional health care.  Donations can be made via PayPal.

Australasian Integrative Medicine Foundation (AUST & NZ)

Donations are used to promote the integration of evidence based complementary therapies into mainstream medical practice and greatly supports their ongoing cause in lobbying with medical and government organisations to promote the practice of safe IM in Australia and New Zealand.

Foundation for Integrated Medicine in Africa (CAN)

Foundation for Integrated Medicine in Africa (FIMAFRICA), is a registered Canadian charity delivering integrated medical services to remote and impoverished communities living in Northern Kenya. We provide mobile clinical services to deliver integrated medicine, using homeopathic medicine, naturopathic medicine, diet, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine and other integrative holistic methods to improve integrated health care in these remote areas for communities that receive minimal medical care.

Massage Therapy Foundation (U.S.)

The Massage Therapy Foundation was set up to advance the knowledge and practice of massage therapy by supporting scientific research, education and community service. Since the inception of the Foundation’s granting programs in 1993, over $302,000 has been awarded to fund research, and almost $172,000 has been awarded to fund Community Service projects. By underwriting scientific research, partnering with community organizations, and through education and information sharing, the Foundation encourages excellence and innovation in the field of therapeutic massage.

Maulfair Medical Center’s Foundation for the Research and Development of Complementary and Alternative Medicine  (U.S.)

The Maulfair Center focuses on research and education in the benefits of Chelation therapy

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) (U.S.)

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), a Federal agency of the United States Government. Although NCCAM is federally funded organization and not a fund-raising organization, it has been authorized by the U.S. Congress to accept donations and bequests to support the mission of the Center. All contributions to NCCAM are tax-deductible to U.S. citizens pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 170.

National Institute of Complementary Medicine (AUST)

NICM comes under the University of Western Sydney. It was established to provide leadership and support for research into complementary medicine and translation of evidence into clinical practice and relevant policy to benefit the health of all Australians. Its establishment follows the 2003 recommendation by the Expert Committee on Complementary Medicines in the Australian Health System that the government has a social responsibility to fund complementary medicine research given the high community use of complementary medicines and therapies

The Research Council for Complementary Medicine (UK)

The RCCM is a UK Registered Charity founded in 1983 to develop and promote research into complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and enhance evidence based medicine in this area. The RCCM is unique in its focus on developing research into CAM. It’s aim is to widen the availability of and access to safe and effective complementary therapies for patients within the National Health Service in the UK. Their members are researchers, practitioners and non-commercial organisations involved with the complementary medicine sector. They are grateful for any donations to support their work. Their Making a Donation page gives further details.

University of Michigan Integrative Medicine Research Center  (U.S.)

Research has been conducted here to investigate the effectiveness of several complementary and alternative therapies in the treatment of heart conditions, cancers, pain and depression. Much of their research is supported by grants, but they do also accept gratefully donations from the public.
For information on how you can support our program, please contact Amy St. Amour, Development Officer, at 734-998-7120 (ext. 330) or 734-645-0423, or by email at astamour@umich.edu. Donations in any amount are gratefully received and all contributions will be acknowledged, with your permission, in our UMIM publications. Donations can be mailed to the following address:

Amy St. Amour
University of Michigan Integrative Medicine
Office of Medical Development and Alumni Relations
301 East Liberty Street, Suite 400
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

University of Nth Carolina, Dept of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Program on Integrative Care (U.S.)

The University of North Carolina’s program on integrative care aims to bring together complementary, alternative and mainstream medical research and their aim is to develop facilities and personnel for research in conditions such as cancer, chronic pain, musculo-skeletal disorders such as arthritis, infectious diseases, heart disease, asthma and diabetes. They also wish to develop their teaching capacity in this area as well as expand clinical services including:

  • Providing services to low-income populations
  • Developing the IM Clinic as a teaching site
  • Funding the cancer consult service
  • Enhancing communication & facilitating partnerships between CAM practitioners and conventional health professionals

Their contact is listed as Program Director Susan Gaylord for any questions regarding donations and funding opportunities: 919-966-8586; gaylords@med.unc.edu.

[1] Analysis: virtually zero alternative cancer research occurring, by Adam Miller, Natural News, 28th April 2008


Oils of Ancient ScripturesThis is a compilation of 3 blogs I did recently on Wellbeing, in a series entitled Ancient Medicine (part one, two and three). I discussed 12 oils in totals: Sandalwood, Cassia, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense, Galbanum, Hyssop, Myrrh, Myrtle, Onycha, Cistus/Rose of Sharon and Spikenard. All twelve of these are referenced in the Bible (Old and/or New Testaments). What I have added here are people’s testimonials on how they used these oils, so check them out. All these oils are available in one kit of 12 5ml bottles, as well as an audio tape (see the image to the left). To order a kit, visit our site. You will need to create an account, so just click on Join Now. Contact us if you have any questions.

Sandalwood (Santalum album)
Sandalwood (also known as Aloes) has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to revitalise the skin and for meditation and yoga. It was also used by the ancient Egyptians in the embalming process. Its properties include anti-tumoral, anti-viral and a stimulant to the immune system. Research has been documented showing its ability to inhibit numerous types of cancer cells and viruses, including the papilloma virus and herpes zoster.”And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pound weight” – John 19:39(See also sandalwood under 15 essential oils for stress relief and Essential oils for the spirit).
Some uses:

  • To enhance sleep, place a drop in your hands and rub them together, then place them over your nose and inhale deeply.
  • Use as a cologne or after-shave. Combine it with a carrier oil, such as almond oil, if desired.
  • For cold sores, apply one drop on the cold sore as soon as it appears and repeat this 5 times a day.
  • Massage into the scalp to retard greying of the hair.
  • Place a drop on cuts to speed up healing.
  • Rub a drop above the eyebrows in a circle around the eye 1-3 times a day, to improve healing.
  • Use a couple of drops for dry, chapped skin. You can combine with a carrier oil such as almond or jojoba.
  • Add 5-6 drops to running water in a bath tub for a relaxing bath.

Check out other people’s experiences in these Testimonials

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How many times do we hear people say “what can I do to change the world, to make it a better place? I’m only an individual”.  Well it’s often said that for things to change, first we must change. We underestimate the effect that transforming and changing our own lives has on people around us.

Be The Change is a seminar that I think will move people in that direction, providing both inspiration and practical ideas for people to use in their lives. For those of you who can make it along to the dates below,  I strongly urge you to make the effort, as it promises to be an inspiring and thought-provoking day.

Gavina and I were involved with Fr Charles Ogada back in 2011, when we helped sponsor a water tank and bore system for his community. This water project delivers water to over 5,000 people and is as we speak, being expanded to deliver water to surrounding districts.  Fr Charles has since that time, also helped build a school and small orphanage for his district. There’s no stopping this guy. The other speakers, Dr Ron Farmer and John Fitzgerald are also not to be out-done, bringing much experience and wisdom from their respective backgrounds. For that reason I encourage you all to join us in Sydney (or Melbourne and Brisbane).

Check out the flyer below, which links to their website, where you can view a short video on the presenters and register for the seminar. And please do pass this information around. Let’s get the wheels moving!!










Stress relief blends: Peace and Calming, RutaVaLa, Stress Away, Tranquil and White Angelica

Stress relief blends: Peace and Calming, RutaVaLa, Stress Away, Tranquil and White Angelica

This week, I’ll be putting out a post on Wellbeing, looking at the best essential oils for stress relief; so I thought I would use this post to look at some of the top oil blends for stress relief. An oil blend is going to be more potent than the sum of its parts (oils). Somehow the combined effect is greater than if you had applied the individual oils on their own. Imagine, then if we combine essential oils known for their stress relieving properties. Gary Young, of Young Living, has over the years created some amazing blends.
Some of the oil blends you may want to try out if you are suffering from stress are: Peace and Calming™, RutaVaLa™, Stress Away™, Tranquil™, Valor™ and White Angelica™. As well as a brief description, I’ve included the experiences of people who have used these oils successfully. If you follow the links, you may find that you can contact a number of these people to ask them questions. Also many of these blends are available as roll-ons.


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Essential oils as anti-fungal agents

A culture of Aspergillus niger. Source: Proquence at en.wikipedia

A culture of Aspergillus niger. Source: Proquence at en.wikipedia

One of the often overlooked properties of essential oils are their anti-fungal capabilities. Fungal infections can be as serious as any viral or bacterial infections, even resulting in death. We all have fungi and yeast to some extent – in our stomachs, our skin and pretty much everywhere in our environment – they feed on dead tissue and material. As they are kept under control, fungi in our bodies present no problems as they digest what we no longer need.

The problems start when we have too many simple sugars in our diet. Simple sugars are things like refined sugar, syrups, candy, soda pops, soft drinks and fruit. These are foods that are absorbed and digested very quickly. Complex sugars (or carbohydrates) are foods like vegetables, legumes and grains. So when we have too much of the simple sugars (or carbs) in our diet, fungal cultures can grow out of control and invade the blood and gastrointestinal tract. An example of this is Candida (Candidiasis).  Candida excretes large quantities of toxins that end up in the liver. From there, they are usually eliminated from the body. However if there is too much of these toxins, it will eventually overload the liver and there will be flow on effect to the rest of the body’s tissues and organs, possibly resulting in diseases such as cancer and arteriosclerosis.

So in the case of candida, the first thing you need to do is cut or eliminate the simple sugars from your diet. Antibiotics and alchohol are also a no-no if you have a fungal or yeast infection. You also need to ensure you have a sufficient in-take of minerals like potassium, magnesium and zinc. My next step would then be to use essential oils.

Using essential oils
A 2006 study tested 75 essential oils and found what are supposed to be the most potent anti-fungal agents among these.[1] These are cinnamon bark, cassia, clove, bay laurel, basil, lemongrass, geranium and thyme. In fact the first 6 of these essential oils were found to be superior to the anti-fungal drug – Hexaconazole. Other essential oils that are effective against fungal infections are Melaleuca (M. ericifolia), blue cypress, lavender, mountain savory and melissa. Among the blends, possibly the best would Thieves™, which is well known for its ability to eliminate toxic black mould. Young Living have incorporated Thieves™ into various cleaning products (which I might add are also safe for the environment). Thieves™ oil blend includes clove and cinnamon bark oil. The latter has been found to effective against at least 35 different fungi.

Cinnamon oil against fungi

Clove oil has been found to be effective against at least 15 different types of fungi, including Candida Albicans.

When applying any of these oils topically, you may wish to dilute them with a vegetable oil (50/50) as some of them (e.g. Cinnamon and Clove) are quite strong. If taking internally, I would use a gelatin or vegetable capsule and start with a few drops initially and then build up the dose. Always use pure, therapeutic grade quality essential oils.

If you would like more information on this topic or would like to obtain any of the essential oils referred to in this post, please contact us.

Till next time


Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

Further reading

For more information on Thieves, check out my post Getting ready for the next Flu season. Part Two

[1]  Pawar VC, Thaker VS. In vitro efficacy of 75 essential oils against Aspergillus niger. Mycoses. 2006 Jul;49(4):316-23

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