6 Deep Dive Workshops 

Available to PETITGRAIN and NEROLI delegates 


Jonathan BENAVIDES (THE NETHERLANDS): "Working with citrus oils in Infant-Juvenile psychology"

Jonathan says
“During and after the last pandemic period, we have seen an exacerbation of behavioural dysregulation in people of all ages, and in particular, in children and young people. In this context, we are seeing in clinical practice a dramatic increase of symptoms related to Autism Spectrum (ASD), Attentional deficit (ADHD), Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Conduct Disorder (CD), General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) as well as similar reactions in Highly Sensitive Persons (HSP).
In clinical practice I have been working over the last four years integrating diverse sensory strategies to help children from between 4 years and 17 years old regulate their behaviour at home, with their peers and at school. In this regard, I have found that certain citrus oils have taken the lead as favourite regulators and positive mood enhancers.
In this masterclass I will present my findings and clinical work exclusively with different citrus oils and citrus blends, according to age (4-7, 8-12, 13-17), gender, social status, diagnosis, and problem areas. I will show how these sensory strategies are successfully being implemented in daily life at home (patients and family nucleus) and at school (patients and peers) to cope, to help them be less aggressive, more happy, to learn better manage their emotions and feelings to be more focus, relaxed, concentrated, balanced, uplifted and apply the citrus aromas to self-regulate emotions and behaviour.”

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Jonathan HINDE (UK): "Understanding Marma Therapy: a gentle practice to rejuvenate and release blocked energy using touch, consciousness, and essential oils"

Jonathan says
“In Marma Therapy, so many threads fit into place: essential oils, Ayurveda, spirituality, touch, sensitivity, massage: a therapy that touches all the different levels of life and existence.
Marmas are points on the body where there is the most direct connection between consciousness and physiology. Being on this junction between mind and body, they are delicate and need to be treated with sensitivity ('sukshma' means 'soft, gentle, delicate').
This subtle practice uses blends of essential oils based specific to the point being treated and the condition.
Essential oils are highly significant in this regard because they express plant energies of the different levels of life, from subtle to expressed.
In order to understand Marma therapy we will see how life and health are structured in layers, from subtle to expressed. We will describe how marmas are the junction points between body and mind, and how handling these points appropriately results in the removal of blockages which are both physical and psychospiritual.”

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Madeleine KERKHOF (THE NETHERLANDS): "A deep dive into practical blending with plant extracts using a case example of an integrative approach to treat erysipelas"

Madeleine says
"For people in poor condition, such as the elderly and those with comorbidities, healing wounds is often a challenge. While Staphylococcus aureus is the most frequent found culprit in bacterial skin infections, A ß-haemolytic streptococcus may cause non-necrotizing acute dermo-hypodermal infections such as erysipelas. Quality of life of can be significantly decreased, and erysipelas may even be a cause of systemic superinfection and fatality.
In this masterclass, Madeleine will present a case of an elderly patient with severe dementia developing erysipelas, which remained undiagnosed for days, risking superinfection. An integrative approach was crucial for its successful treatment. This consisted of an aromatic gel for the wound itself and a lotion to support circulation and lymph drainage, supported by antibiotics. The wound healed in a matter of weeks.
Healing infected wounds may take time. Well-chosen aromatics can go hand in hand with standard medicine, offering benefits such as optimum care for the specific skin type, prevention and treatment of infection and inflammation, improving microcirculation, lymph flow, pain management and wounds healing. Plant extracts can contribute significantly to wound healing by their respective evidence-based properties as terrain support, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, emollient, soothing and cicatrisant. Many essential oils and CO2 extracts show impressive antiseptic and antimicrobial actions.
Madeleine will illustrate step-by-step how clinical reasoning helps you in decision making and blending with sustainably sourced and affordable aromatics for challenging wounds."

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Denise CUSACK (USA): "Practical Aromatherapy in Community Models - Serving the Underserved"

Denise says
"The purpose of this presentation is to share and inspire how to create community models of free clinics, community education, and response to support community wellness and healing.
Aromatherapy is an amazing modality that is easy to use and explain, has wonderful efficacy, and crosses language and cultural barriers. In creating free clinics, community empowerment and education, and other community models, we can share aromatherapy tools, create models that work, and impact people long-term. I will be sharing

All of us can make a difference in our communities - even small acts can make big impacts. By sharing different ideas, tools, and models, I will hopefully inspire others to explore how to work with their own communities. Examples of aromatic tools include ideas including formulations including citrus and other affordable, accessible, sustainable, and impactful essential oils."

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Chanchal CABRERA (CANADA): "Volatile oils in Cancer Care - practical strategies from 35 years of clinical practice"

Chanchal says
"Some of best known and best loved volatile oils have profound action in managing cancer. From the exotics like frankincense, lemongrass and ginger, to more prosaic oils like lavender and pine needle, there is a plethora of research demonstrating benefits. However, assessing the literature, establishing validity and applicability and determining clinical efficacy continue to represent a significant challenge to many aromatherapy and herbal medicine practitioners.
In this masterclass we will explore the risks and benefits of volatile oils in cancer care, internal and topical applications, formulating and synergies, safety and efficacy."

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Gabriel MOJAY (USA) Phyto-Aromatic Electuaries: Formulating Workshop for Common Clinical Conditions

Gabriel says
"Honey is a viscous, supersaturated sugar solution derived from nectar gathered and modified by the honeybee, Apis mellifera. Used since ancient times in wound care, evidence from animal studies and clinical trials has shown that honey promotes wound healing.
When taken orally, a systematic review and meta-analysis showed that honey, especially robinia, clover, and unprocessed raw honey, improves glycemic control and lipid levels when consumed as part of a healthy dietary regime. A systematic review of the literature has further underpinned the efficacy of honey for gastric ulcer, based on its antioxidant and cytoprotective activities as well as for treating coughs in children as young as 12 months of age. Several studies have also demonstrated the benefits of honey in the prevention and alleviation of radiation-induced oral mucositis.

Honey not only possesses unique healing properties of its own, but in terms of traditional herbal practice in Europe and North America, honey is a highly useful and effective excipient in the formulation of both herbal and aromatic electuaries. In traditional Ayurvedic practice, too, churna (herbal powders) are frequently formulated and combined with honey and jaggery (cane sugar) together with botanicals such as those of Elettaria cardamomum (cardamom) and Withania somnifera (ashwagandha) to produce a delicious, adaptogenic daily tonic electuaries, known as Chyavanprash.

In this practical advanced formulating workshop, Gabriel invites participants to join him using, as an option, the same simple pre-announced materials - specific herbal powders and essential oils together with honey – to produce unique, intuitive and tasty phyto-aromatic electuaries from the comfort of your own kitchen or workspace. Be prepared to get sticky and gooey!

Taking an advanced clinical perspective as well as a pragmatic and fun one, Gabriel will focus in particular on the clinical evidence for, and phyto-aromatic treatment of, several common clinical conditions arising from conditions of spasm, distention and pain, including functional dyspepsia, irritable bowel syndrome, and dysmenorrhea.
Join Gabriel for this gooey and fun yet scientifically rigorous workshop designed to extend participants’ theoretical and posological know-how with respect to these supremely yummy and clinically useful phyto-aromatic elixirs!"

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