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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Marju KIVI (Portugal): "Artisanal Enfleurage: Creating, using and enjoying your own neroli enfleurage pomade"

Marju says

The abundance of the natural world provides us with a variety of aromatic plants that have gained a remarkable significance for human beings. Natural aromatic compounds have developed their functionality through an evolutionary path and their associated fragrance has also impacted our own path and become anchored in our memory to the point that we desire to be surrounded by pleasant aromas for our own wellbeing. 
As fragrant flowers have seasonal availability, the question about the possibility of capturing and storing of these volatile aromatic compounds arises. The Enfleurage process is the purest way for extraction of an  aroma. With no complicated equipment, heat or harmful solvents, an enfleurage pomade can be produced. Orange blossom/ Neroli was one of the first fragrant materials I started experimenting with when exploring and refining my own enfleurage process. All steps of this ancient method are pleasant and enjoyable.
It is my desire and joy to share my experience with you and to call attention to relevant details in the process and to motivate everyone to produce their own Neroli Enfleurage Pomade."

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