Unveiling the Death Mother

On a recent visit to the UK, I read in a magazine that “mental health is the new physical health.” In my personal and professional life, I have definitely found that mental health is the foundation for overall wellness. Relationships seem to be the main weather gauge...

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Decolonizing the Maternal Bloodline

Decolonizing the Maternal Bloodline by Cathy Skipper My journey with the feminine has been a long and intense road. It started by being born to an Anglo-Indian mother who had come to the UK in the thirties as a child. She and her sister were very close, and both...

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Healing the Mother Line

However hard I tried, I couldn’t understand what the old man wanted from me. Every evening before sunset, my two young sons and I walked down to the edge of the river Ganges with other Rainbow family hippies. Every evening an old, nomadic farmer, playing dice with his...

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Aromatic Shamanism – A Manifesto

We have been thinking about writing this article for a while now. It is an open letter to the aromatherapy world about our calling and how we have decided to address the important issue of sustainability of essential oils. It is our manifesto.I, Cathy, trained in...

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Aromatic Allies for Historical Trauma

The more I work with my own trauma and facilitate workshops about trauma, the more I realize the importance of working with historical and transgenerational trauma. We are not isolated humans in isolated lives, we are part of a larger picture. That larger picture consists of our own individual family trees and their place within a community and a larger collective.

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Gemmotherapy/Tree Bud Medicine

What is Gemmotherapy?This is a vast topic, very old and yet very new at the same time. .The name ‘gemmotherapy’ confuses people as it is often mistaken for crystals therapy. The root of the word “gemma’ has several meanings in Latin, these include ‘precious stone’,...

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Hydrosols – The Quiet Revolution in Plant Medicine!

Distillation and hydrosols: connecting herbalists to aromatherapy. For a while now, I have been wondering why hydrosols do not play a more important role in both aromatic and herbal medicine. The more I work with them, the more I realize their potential and the more I...

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Listening to Trees

It was a sunny winter’s day, I sat down on the soft forest floor enjoying the light coming through the gaps in the trees. A clump of young hazelnut shoots were lit up like stars in the night sky. I let my pen write… “Listening to oneself beyond the boundaries of what...

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Making and Using Flower Essences

I was 18 the first time I came across flower essences and working as a waitress in in London whilst at the same time studying to be a drama teacher. One of the other waitresses presented me with the list and uses of the Bach Flower remedies one evening before work and...

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