The moment you see them arrive, it is immediately apparent that there is something rather special about Farida Irani and son Nick Irani. As they walked towards me at the Spa Montblanc at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva, I was quickly aware that these founders of Subtle Energies are the perfect embodiment of their brand. They project a sense of calm focus and the confidence which comes from being in the best of health. When we began to talk about Essential Oils and Ayurveda Aromatherapy, they explained just what we can all do to live healthier and more balanced lives. Here’s what Farida Irani says about the most essential benefits of essential oils:
1. Essential Oils impact one in less than 2 seconds via the olfactory system which has millions olfactory cells.
The chemical messengers go through and impact the brain. This is where memories are stored and where you are able to work on the mental, physical and emotional levels, for example letting go of negative emotions and memories that have been embedded deep from the past – like the peeling of layers off an onion. An example of an oil for anxiety is Limbu or Indian Lime which is great to inhale where even a drop on a tissue or a patch or a few drops via a vaporiser assist in calming anxiety and those butterflies in your stomach, at the same time uplifts and increases focus and clarity. Inhaling Essential oils of Tulasi (Holy Basil) or Rosemary also helps in focus and decision making. Other examples of oils such as clary sage, kewda, jatamansi, gulheena assist to sedate and calm.
2. Essential oils effect the Endocrine System via the olfactory and via application as well.
The glands affected are the pituatary gland, which controls the whole endocrine system and the thyroid gland. The thyroid also is connected to the ovaries. Therefore application of oils such as Mogra, Kewda, Sandalwood, Clary sage, Rose, Saffron, Patchouli, in base oils as blends can be applied on the the third eye, on the throat to address the thyroid gland, application on the lower abdomen, the pelvic, also on the feet and ankles and on spleen 6 point on the leg will help to balance the hormones. However regular aromatic dressing as a ritual on a daily basis all over the body would also assist greatly.
3. Essential oils impact sleep via the olfactory through misting, inhalation and even through nasal application of oils via a blend as you massage these blends into the nasal passage.
Application of blends on the head, nape of neck and the face have an impact. Applying oils on feet at night induces good sound sleep and besides in Ayurveda it is said that massaging feet at night keeps diseases away from the body just as snakes stay away from eagles. Sleep deprivation is becoming more and more of an epidemic. Some oils you can blend in a base or put directly into a vaporiser for inhalation for sleep are jatamansi, kewda, lavender, frankincense, rhukhus, sandalwood just to name a few.
4. Application via Aromatic dressing regularly aids in benefitting all the systems and aids in getting in touch with yourself on a physical, mental, emotional, spiritual level.
It is dressing your body inside out as EOs are the Prana, chi, life force of the plant and you are synergising this with your own Prana or life force. This ritual allows you to apply the blend chosen for that moment and drains and detoxes the lymphatic, hydrates and tonifies the skin and muscles and empowers one on an emotional and mental level.
5. Essential oils strengthen your immune system as they are the defence mechanism of the plant and therefore the immune system of the planet.
Most oils are anti microbial to a greater or lesser degree and you can help support your own immunity with application of these amazing tools given by Mother Nature. Blending with the stronger EOs in base oils will assist when applied regularly on localised areas such as the chest, feet, armpits upper back and nape of the neck. Even to do an aromatic dressing would benefit with these oils once in a while. Some of these potent aromatics would be black pepper, tulasi, cinnamon leaf, eucalyptus, clove and to quench and to cool slightly with EOs such as peppermint, lavender in base oils that strengthen.
The brand was founded in 1993 by Farida Irani in Sydney, Australia as a clinic of natural therapies. The clinic was designed to address a complex range of health concerns with a variety of modalities offered.
Farida Irani is the founder of Subtle Energies creates results-based aromatherapy, natural skincare and wellness solutions founded on authentic Ayurveda principles. The range is created with intent to address multiple skin and body concerns, whilst delivering high performance results empowering one’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
This background underpins the cutting-edge clinical research and development of the Subtle Energies brand allowing authentic pioneering formulas and treatments to be developed. Subtle Energies’ Spa Concept provides treatment programs that combine the optimum methods and knowledge found in these respected ancient sciences, with holistic modern techniques.
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