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By West Norwood Therapies Team, Mar 27 2019 02:31PM

Aromatherapist Veronica Massa considers the power of violet essential oil in the complex and painful process of grief and shares a meditation to do with this sacred oil

Violet colour has the faster vibrational frequency and the shortest wavelength in he entire spectrum. The therapeutic qualities of the colour are mirrored by the essence of the flower Violet

After reading the deeply touching blog on Grief written by Jennie Duck, I was impelled to share a wonderful helper from the flowers kingdom, much valued in herbal medicine and in the Sacred Oils age-old lineage.

Sacred Oils have a very ancient history, dated back even earlier than dynastic Egypt, when they were used for guidance, healing, rituals, celebrations and divination. They are a small, very special group of essential oils regarded for their special energies and sacred attributes.

Sacred Oils were also used to help the dying cross over to the other realm and prepare them for burial. In the Bible Mary Magdalene, High Priestess trained in the knowledge of these Precious Oils poured perfumed and costly Spikenard oil on Jesus to prepare him to pass over. The honorific anointing with aromatic oils is an act frequently mention in ancient time’s literature.

Sacred Oils are Healing Masters, some of them with a very high vibrational frequency that can reach very deeply inside of us and re-arrange our vibrational frequency to match theirs. They have the ability to help at a Soul level and harmonize and support profound emotional challenges and pain such as grief.

Violet Oil has been used by Felicity Warner for about 3 decades in her beautiful work as a Soul Midwife, “she who assists the dying to pass over” and exit this physical plane. Her work also supports the family and loved ones in their process of grieving.

Violet oil is so valuable for extreme, inconsolable grief, helping to release the pain and heal the wound, gives comfort and strength to a broken bleeding heart. It embraces us and guide us through our healing into acceptance.

Below is a Violet Sacred Oil meditation channelled by Felicity. Creating sacred space and sinking into a meditative state, prepare yourself to invite in and respectfully ask for Violet’s help. Meditate with this Healing Helper as you go through you healing process of acceptance and surrender to the divine plan. You can smell the oil; put a drop of diluted oil in the palm of your hand and breath in deeply and slowly cupping your hands to your nose; sweep your hands around your body: your aura (energetic field). You could also diffuse the oil in the room. Continue this practice daily for as long as you need.

Violet Meditation

“Call on me when the pain of deep grief is unrelenting, when the crying and the state of missing a beloved has become a deep, raw wound that nothing seems to heal.

I’m gentle but strong. I ‘ll release you from the deepest pain of your soul’s suffering. Even holding a bottle containing a few precious drops of my essence may bring a soothing shift in your heart. You’ll heal and greet joy in your life once more. I’ve a soothing and high vibration. I’m a powerful gift from the Earth that will hold your soul in a place of total love and release.”

Felicity Warner, Sacred Oils, 2018

By West Norwood Therapies Team, Dec 6 2018 02:00PM

Aromatherapist Veronica Massa looks at some festive essential oils and shares the wonders of her festive aromatherapy massage oil blend. You can almost smell it as you read!

Looking at an essential oil blend that embodies the spirit of Christmas and

introducing Festive Aromatherapy Massage.

Aromas evoke memories and feelings, bring us back in time or to the present moment.

Scents can set an atmosphere and create a special moment.

Many smells are associated to Christmas and childhood memories that make us feel good. The scents of Christmas are so familiar that become part of the Christmas tradition, embodying the festive period.

The warmth of the festive season is captured with spicy/sweet essential oils that evoke the smell of ginger biscuits, the smell of pine from the Christmas tree, the smell of clove and orange of a pomander and the delicious fragrance of fruity spice in mulled wine.

One of my favourite Christmas fragrance is the blend for my Christmas Bath Truffle (bath melts) combining cinnamon, clove, orange, patchouli and ginger, so delicious! A classic Christmas fragrance perfect for the spice lover. If you are one of them, experience a Festive Aromatherapy Massage, be immerse in the Christmas spirit with these essential oils that will spice up and warm up your body and spirit. A real boost to your circulation, (both blood and lymphatic), your immune system and will also help with tensions and aches … in case you feel those too… The festive aroma of these oils will create a joyful atmosphere, an add-on to your massage experience.

Let’s take a look at these essential oils from an Aromatherapy point of view and get to know them better.

How do these oils influence our psyche, mood and emotions?

Clove (Eugenia Caryophyllata), probably mostly experienced for toothache, Clove has an anaesthetic effect. A warming oil, it helps with circulation, digestion and any condition associated with cold. It also helps relieve arthritis, rheumatism and sprains.

It is a mental and physical tonic and in terms of TCM, it tonifies Qi. If you feel things are stagnating in your life, Clove could help declutter and de-touch not only from material things but also believes and ideas about how life is or should be lived. Call for Clove when you need a change, open to new possibilities and attract new “clean” energies in your life. Get rid of what doesn’t serve you anymore and Clove will support you in the process of decluttering with the inner strength you may need.

Cautions: Potential skin irritant.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) warming energies are useful to relieve aches and chills in the early stage of colds and flu and for recovery afterwards when you feel debilitated. It is a great tonic for the Winter months especially for the elderly. Great warming oil, it stimulates the circulation and the digestive system, supports the immune system and relieves pain.

Its fiery energy gives a boost to whom has lost vigour and courage and bringsa sense of connection to the present moment.

Cinnamon bark can be a skin irritant so be careful!

Ginger (zingiber officinalis). Its scent will increase your determination and clarity. When feeling confused, undecided, demotivated, lacking in will, vitality and inner strength, Ginger will support, encourage and reconnect you to your will power and inner confidence. With ginger, the realization of your projects will feel a lighter task as you will feel more optimistic to manifest initiative and take action.

Ginger properties are warming and therefore beneficial for circulation and the digestive system, respiratory system and the reproductive one. It has also a warming and stimulating effect on the lungs and can treat chronic bronchitis.

It supports with lower back pain associated with muscular fatigue.

Ginger energy tonifies the kidneys and the heart.

Orange (citrus sinensis). Much loved by children, this sweet citrus will help them to sleep and will settle a belly ache. Just like cistus oils in general, the cheerful Orange uplifts the spirit and brings joy, warmth and a smile on the face of those who feel depressed, nervous, anxious and struggle to sleep.

Reach for this oil when life gets too serious and you forget how to laugh. Or if you are feeling self-doubt and fear when faced with new challenged and decisions to make.

In terms of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Orange helps for conditions related to Qi stagnation, especially in the liver, stomach and intestines. In fact it is one of the best oils for the digestive system.

Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) warm and sweet qualities are beneficial for stress related conditions, the perfect oil for this time of the year! If you are someone prone to overthinking and worrying, who spends too much time “in the head” (too much mental activity), who feels “out of touch” with your body and also your sensuality, then this oil is for you! Patchouli will help you to come back to yourself. It is grounding and centring when you feel mentally and physically tense and detached not only from your body but also your creative expression. It helps alleviate anxiety, nervous strain and depression.

It will also help you with *Qi deficiency in the spleen and pancreas, leading to fatigue and tummy problems.

Patchouli reminds us to be in our body and take care of it especially when we put too much importance into the mental/psychic dimension while we are engaged on a spiritual path, it helps us to put things back into balance between the physical and the spiritual.

*Qi energy being the vital force of the body and mind, which moves and makes things move and it is the source of all bodily activities.


Battaglia S., The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2005

Mojay Gabriel, Aromatherapy for healing the spirit, 2005 (Gabriel is my Aromatherapy and TCM teacher)

Zeck Robbi, The Blossoming Heart, Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation, 2014 (3rd edition)

By West Norwood Therapies Team, Sep 20 2018 09:33AM

Aromatherapist Veronica Massa shares some insight into our relationship with smell - the incredible way our brains process what this evocative sense brings us and the power it can have on our wellbeing

'…people could close their eyes to greatness, to horror, to beauty, and their ears to melodies or deceiving words. But they could not escape scent. For scent was a brother to breath. Together with breath it entered human beings, who could not defend themselves against it, not if they wanted to live. And scent entered their very core, went directly to their hearts, and decided for good and all between affection and contempt, disgust and lust, love and hate.

He who ruled scent ruled the heart of men.'

Parfume: The Story of A Murderer, Patrick Suskind

The sense of smell is set apart from other sensory modalities. Scents possess the ability to immediately trigger strong emotional memories, scents evoke many images and sensations. Odour perception, though olfaction, immediately involves the limbic structures instantaneously evoking emotions and facilitating the encoding of memories. This early involvement is not parallel in other sensory modalities.

Scented oils in the past.

Every major culture through history has used aromatics to create special moods.

In Egypt scented oils and incense has been used from the earliest historical times. Pharaohs indulged in sweet ointments, scented substances were provided for use in the Hereafter, and the Moringa oil used as base oil for perfumes was distributed for the enjoyment of the population outside the palace. In Egypt, perfume wasn’t like the perfume of today, oils were sacred and perfume was holistic, much as aromatherapy today.

It may be for its stronger scent and effect that the blue Lotus has appeared so frequently in Egyptians decorations. The effect of the scent of the lotus flower was used to open the heart of divinities, same as that of ordinary mortals, intimately affected by the ‘divinity ‘of its scent, which could be interpreted as sedative or hypnotic. Documents show as Egyptians were already aware of the use of scents for a specific psychic and spiritual purpose.

At a time when man’s senses had not yet been contaminated with modern artificial preparation, sensitivity to natural scents must have been more acute. For an Egyptian, to indulge on the beautiful smell of a lotus, had to be sufficient to provoke him a considerable effect enough to achieve an alteration of his consciousness.

A considerable number of aromatic plants produce the effect of liberating the mind and altering the emotions, with the ability to cause sedation or excitement, or bring back a memory. Through the sense of smell we can ‘manipulate’ our emotions.

But how does it happen?

The Olfactory System and the sense of smell in humans

The olfactory system, which senses and processes odours, is one of the oldest and most vital parts of the brain. A primal part of our brain responds to smell and is activated from birth. We smell and react to different aromas before we learn to differentiate between colors, sounds and textures. Olfactory communication allows the newborn baby to identify and locate his mother. Smell triggers nursing instinct in animals like in humans, in the same way a mother can recognize her own baby by odour. It is also know that during pregnancy the sense of smell is heightened by hormonal changes, bringing humans closer to their animal nature which in today’s ‘civilized’ society has been suppressed neglecting that powerful instinct, still unconsciously used for self-preservation or species preservation. Think about the protective mechanism that allows us to recognize a gone bad food or the primitive instinct related to sexual significance.

Humans are greatly influenced by odors of others, which is reason of attraction or repulsion between two people; this is an unaware mechanism. Odour is an involuntary method of communication. We send signals through subliminal smells called pheromone which are airborne chemicals involuntarily expelled into the air that affect the physiology or behavior of other members of the same species. Pheromones work in a subliminal way because humans are not aware of them, they are unique for everybody, like our very own ‘smell print’.

Odour, emotions and science

Studies on human psychological processes such as mood, memory and cognition, strongly support the notion that odours are powerful memory stimulants, which can spontaneously cue emotion and autobiographical data. They suggest that because of the uniqueness of the olfactory system with its direct contact to the limbic system and our emotions, stimuli are processed on a unconscious nonverbal level connecting past with present in a way very different from the other senses.

Considering the potent effect of odours on memory and emotions which research is increasingly illustrating, it is easy to see why aroma can be such an important tool in therapeutic action.

Studies have shown that thinking about the scent can be as powerful as the scent itself. Mentioning certain scents or asking about odors during a session can bring about a deeper discussion of feelings and emotions, allowing the client to tune into the experience more intimately, to feel it more directly, and to connect with it on a fuller level.

I remember a client who couldn’t stand Lavender because it was bringing on memories of her very unpleasant grandmother who used to wear the scent. In this case Lavender wasn’t serving the purpose as a relaxing, sedating oil!

In just one square inch of the brain, humans have the capacity to process about 10.000 different odors. The majority of aromas perceived involve a complex organization of hundreds of odor molecules, and through the simultaneous recognition of the individual odor molecules, a complex scent is recognized as a whole equal to the sum of its parts. 70 to 75% of what we perceive as a taste actually comes from our sense of smell. More specifically, it is the odor molecules that enter the passage between the nose and mouth that gives us most of our taste sensation.

A common junction where memories, emotions and odors meet

Recognition of the odour occurs in the limbic system where the transmitted signal is sent to. Here the signal is interpreted through a comparison to past experiences with the odour and relation of the smell to the emitting substance. The limbic system, which receives information from the chemoreceptors about a particular odour, not only mediates mood and emotions, but also serves as a memory storage area.

Olfactory information travels not only to the limbic system but also to the brain’s cortex, or outer layer, where conscious thoughts occurs.

This common junction, where memories, emotions and odours meet, explains why smell is often an intense trigger for distinct memories and potent emotions. When perceiving a particular aroma that is associated with a past memory, the recognition of the odor in the olfactory process will simultaneously evoke the correlated memory. Determining the links between specific odors and a produced behavior is a technique that scientists are still trying to perfect.

Smell could produce psychological effects similar to mood states, a pleasant smell produces a positive mood. Odours leave a lasting impression, long-term odour memory is even stronger than long-term visual memory, making of odours a powerful tool to recall memories even in cases of amnesia or comatose conditions.

Students exposed to pleasant smell while learning, remembered a considerably high percentage during examination if exposed to the same smell. In order to have a memory association, the same smell must be present at both learning and testing stage.

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Essential oils extracted from aromatic plants have therefore a remarkable therapeutic power. Bearing in mind the knowledge explained above, we can use our sense of smell and scents to consciously alter the way we feel. Essential oils can be a powerful tool to support emotional difficulties, low mood and depression.

Experience an Aromatherapy massage and explore the sensations you perceive when beautiful scents pervade your being.

Veronica welcomes you to experience essential oils to support you through the change of seasons and your moon cycles, balance your Chakras, energetically unblock and balance meridians and related organs, harmonize your mood, emotions and gift you with a stress relief experience that will be imprinted in your memory!

By West Norwood Therapies Team, Apr 11 2018 08:00AM

Skincare specialist and aromatherapist Veronica Massa shares the benefits of her Bellabaci Cupping treatment and suggests it is a good time of year to try it out

Are you feeling sluggish, bloated and tired? It may be a sign that your body needs a good detox. When our bodies are not doing so well, it gives us signals we sometimes misread or ignore. These may include poor sleeping, lethargy, thirst, cravings, frequent colds and flues, cold sores etc. Now is the time to take matters into your own hands and give your body a good clean!

Spring is the ideal time to give your body a good clean! A detox programme for Spring is very recommended and Cupping Therapy Massage is a great method to use alongside a Detox Programme as it deeply stimulates the circulation renewing the blood and tissues with fresh nutrients and oxygen and eliminating toxins by draining the lymphatic system.

Cupping Therapy Massage treats your lymphatic system to boost the toxin’s

elimination speed, helping to improve the function of your liver, which is our body’s

main detoxifying organ.

Detox through the skin

The skin is our biggest organ of elimination. Our skin breath through the pores and eliminates unwanted toxins though sweet. Sweat glands in the skin play active roles in the excretory system: the organs and glands that flush out toxins and excess minerals from the body.

Dead skin cells are a form of bodily waste that facilitates the growth of new epidermal cells. Every minute, you lose 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells, all of which are replaced immediately by fresh skin tissue. The body does an excellent job of sloughing off skin cells through normal activity, but cupping offer a very deep pore cleansing and aids the elimination of dead cells and stimulates the fibroblast cells to produce elastine and collagen necessary for a healthy connective tissue.


Veronica is a specialised Bellabaci Cupping Practitioner and a Clinical/Subtle Aromatherapist, she offers full body Cupping Massage (including the face) or the session can focus only on the parts of the body that require treatment.

Face cupping is also part of Veronica’s signature facial Traditional Oriental Facial Therapy

Treatments are between one hour and 90 minutes.



• FACIAL RELEASE THERAPY (Sinusitis, TMJ syndrome, facial pain and tension including head and neck): 1hr £65, 90 minutes £95

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