Q & A with Ayurveda Aromatherapy pioneer and acclaimed author Farida Irani

What is Ayurveda? What are Doshas and Chakras? And how can essential oils help in creating a balance through the chakras? This year’s World Expert Series on 20 & 21 May 2017, we are very excited to have Ayurveda Aromatherapy pioneer Farida Irani in Hong Kong to give us an exclusive insight into the science…


Q&A with APA Graduate and Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner Sunita Teckchand

Do you know Jin Shin Jyutsu? It is an ancient Japanese practice that balances the body’s energy, by using the fingers and hands to eliminate stress, create emotional equilibrium, relieve pain and alleviate chronic and acute conditions. This March, we are very happy to have visiting practitioner and APA Diploma Course Graduate Sunita Teckchand in our…


Q&A with Adrian Yahvah, APA’s Physiology tutor and Licensed Massage Therapist/Certified Athletic Trainer

Today we sat down with one of APA’s popular tutors in the Diploma Course, Adrian Yahvah. Since 2013, Adrian has been sharing his rich knowledge of the human body in his Physiology classes, earning him much respect from our students. We talked about his number one goal for students at APA, why it is important…


Q&A with Sandra Dupont, APA Diploma Course Student and Founder of ‘Arhome Spa & Lab’

Today we had a little chat with Sandra, the owner & Founder of Arhome Spa & Lab, a former Interior designer and moved slowly into the beauty & wellness industry 5 years ago. We talked about her genuine passion for aromatherapy, how she integrates aromatherapy in her treatments and what tips she can give to new…


Q&A with Fandi Cheng, APA Diploma Course Graduate, Reiki Master and Certified Crystal Therapist

We are excited to announce that we have added the ‘Singing Bowl Therapy’ to our range of treatments offered at Asia-Pacific Aromatherapy. Today we talk to Fandi Cheng – APA Diploma Course Graduate, Reiki Master and Certified Crystal Therapist – who now also provides sound and vibrational therapy using Singing Bowls. Fandi tells us about…


On APA’s bookshelf: Aromatherapeutic Blending by Jennifer Peace Rhind

Our book of the month is Jennifer Peace Rhind’s latest book “Aromatherapeutic Blending: Essential Oils in Synergy” where she explores the concept of synergy and the evidence for its presence and significance. It provides practical guidance on how to build aromatherapeutic blends effectively and safely based on research evidence. With this book the author has…


Q&A with Jodie Chan, APA Diploma Course Student and Founder of Lifestyle Perfume Brand ‘Esscentric’

Today we had a little chat with the fashionable Jodie Chan, a 2012 APA Diploma Course Student and founder of the lifestyle perfume brand ‘Esscentric’ with its products now also sold in Joyce, Pacific Place . We talked about her love for scents and fashion, the power of essential oils and why she created a…


‘Harvest to Hydrosol’ – Debut Book by Ann Harman

Ann’s book has finally been released! Here is the description: “Harvest to Hydrosol” is a unique book which includes the proven practices of the author, including research conducted by the author’s organization, the Circle H Institute. The ACT of distillation is an art in itself; it is so much more than the preparation of a…


Essential Oil of the Month: Sweet Orange

Our favorite oil for the beautiful month of September is Sweet Orange: Family: Rutaceae Extraction: Orange Peel Extraction Method: Cold Pressed Country: Native to China, but now mainly cultivated in USA Chemical Group: a-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, linalool, citronellal, neral and geranial Actions: Antiseptic, anti-depressant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, carminative, diuretic, cholagogue, sedative and tonic Uses: Can be used effectively on the immune system, for…


Yarrow Blue and Arnica – our favourite oils for June

Our favourite oils for the beautiful month of June are Yarrow Blue and Arnica. Here are the profiles of these wonderful plants: Family: Asteranceae         Extraction: Flowering plant Extraction Method: Steam Distillation Country: Europe, West Asia, Morocco Chemical Group: Sequiterpene, Ketone Actions: Anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anit-rheumatic, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, carminative, emmenagogue, expectorant, tonic-digestive, sedative Uses: To heal acne,…


Q&A with Frances Chong, Registered Nurse and APA Diploma Course Graduate

Today we had a little chat with Frances Chong, a Registered Nurse and early APA Diploma Course Graduate. Frances told us about her aromatherapy journey, her work as a nurse and professional aromatherapist in the Matilda International Hospital in Hong Kong and her experience of studying with Rhiannon Lewis in Provence: 1) Frances, you have…


Fennel Sweet and Borage – our favourite oils for May

Our favourite oils for the beautiful month of May are Fennel Sweet and Borage. Here are the profiles of these wonderful plants: Family: Umbelliferae     Extraction: Seeds Extraction Method: Steam distillation Country: Mediterranean, Spain Chemical Group: Phenol esters Actions: Aperitif, Analgesic, Antiseptic, Carminative, Depurative, Diuretic, Emenagogue, Expectorant, Stomachic, Vermifuge Uses: Effective in preventing incisions from being septic or getting infected from tetanus, particularly after…


Q&A with Rina Poerwadi, early APA Diploma Course Graduate and Teacher at Wellpark College New Zealand

Today we had a little chat with Rina Poerwadi, one of our early Diploma Course Graduates at APA. After graduating as a Holistic Aromatherapist from our school, she moved back to Indonesia to open her very own clinic with the goal of sharing her knowledge of essential oils and to work as a professional therapist. We talked…


Aromatherapy and Adult Asthma

Photo Sources: Getty Images and Wiki Commons How can aromatherapy help adults with asthma management? Which essential oils to use and what is the overall holistic approach? In her article “Aromatherapy and Asthma” in IFPA’s aromatherapy journal, well-known and experienced aromatherapist Penny Price gives an overview of anti-inflammatory, calming and antispasmodic oils that can help relieve…


Mandarin Yellow and Chickweed – our favourite oils for April

Our favourite oils for the beautiful month of April are Mandarin Yellow and Chickweed. Here are the profiles of these wonderful plants: Family: Rutaceae                                Extraction: Fruit Peel Extraction Method: Cold Expression Country: Brazil Chemical Group: Monoterpenes dominated by limonene by 65% Actions: Antifungal, antispasmodic, anti-epileptic, hepatic and calming Uses: As…


Aromatherapy Case Study: Recognising the Psychological Needs behind Physical Problems

The following case study was conducted by one of APA’s students for her final Diploma Course exam. She kindly allowed us to share her successful treatment process which highlights that physical problems can be a reflection of one’s psychological condition. Intake Overview: Ms. B is a young freelancer and lives alone. She was raised by…