Author Archives: Jan Kuśmirek

About Jan Kuśmirek

Having brushed with the Security Services in my late teens and early twenties, I went on to become one of the world's leading exponents of aromatic medicine and skin care. I am an accepted authority on the subject and a sought-after lecturer. In the last few years I have turned my hand to literature and am the author of three spy novels that retell the European confilcts of the 20th century from a Polish perspective. The central character in the series - Teddy Labden - has resonated with the Polish media, who have claimed him as their own "James Bond".

Mindfullness – What it Means

This phrase crops up regularly in all manner of media. Apparently, it is something we should all be aware of us concerning ourselves and life. Continue reading

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AROMATHERAPY, its POSITION in PRACTICE

Be careful about what you wish for The recent history of aromatherapy in the 21st century has highlighted the difference between those set on an orthodox medical approach to therapy and those who relate more to complementary or alternative approaches. … Continue reading

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THE ISSUE OF ESSENTIAL OIL QUALITY

One of the most frequently asked questions in aromatherapy and about essential oils concerns their quality.  All users, domestic or professional, like to think that they use “good quality” essential oils for aromatherapy.  As human beings our natural inclination is … Continue reading

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WHAT IS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Today most of us talk about the immune system.  We talk about it as some sort of computer programme as though it can be found like the liver or the heart.  Nothing could be further form the truth.  In fact, … Continue reading

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ROMANCING THE ROSE

Troubadors and aroma. Smell without Thought. Thought is born from what we know. Fragrance draws us to the unknown. Do not smell by preconditioned notions of what something is like or what it should do. Allow it to find you, … Continue reading

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REGULATIONS LAWS AND SAFETY IN AROMATHERAPY

REGULATION In recent times patients, consumers, the public, therapists, practitioners, have been reminded by the Labour government that there is need for more regulation. This has played well with the European Union Commission which, by its nature, is a regulator … Continue reading

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RAVENSARA AROMATICA – A CONFUSING TALE

Taxonomy is the science of naming things.  Botany is the science or study of plants.  Combining the two produces the scientific or Latin names that help identify species.  In recent years the population, and in particular gardeners, will have seen … Continue reading

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THE VEXED QUESTION OF PRESERVATIVES

The vexed question of Preservatives.The issue of preservatives is not one that greatly occupies those working solely with aromatic or essential oils. However more and more therapists are beginning to expand their activities into using bases and making products for … Continue reading

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POLYSACCHARIDES

When a plant is formed it creates itself from sunshine or light energy. It gives a physical form to light energy taking a predetermined shape and substance from its genetic code or DNA. The initial impetus or stored energy of … Continue reading

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CELLULITE

 Images are constantly presented to the consuming public of sveldt people without creases or wrinkles in sight. Models are shown in glossy magazines without a blemish. A smooth, honed, toned shape is air brushed or computer enhanced to the original … Continue reading

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ARE YOU IN TUNE WITH THE SEASONS OF ESSENTIAL OILS?

or How come we can buy essential oils all year round? First published in 2004 and still relevant! In a modern world, in the developed countries, we have lost sight of seasonal patterns.  Old timers will remember that it was … Continue reading

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CHEMOPHOBIA

The media has had a field day just lately, seeing toxic dangers everywhere arising from nasty chemicals in our immediate environment, and blaming them for the hitherto unexplained rise in allergies – as manifested by symptoms of eczema and asthma. … Continue reading

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The Green Man & Fragrance of Christmas

Christmas in the Green It was New Years Day, the Great Hall doorway bedecked in the red and green of Ivy, holly and red berry shadow the portent felt to come. The wind slithers its chill beneath the oaken door … Continue reading

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Blending essential oils is part art, part science and indeed part tradition.

Perhaps there are three schools of thought about this. All three would take into consideration the individual and their condition and set an objective for treatment. First would be a learned approach, a mixture of looking up a textbook and … Continue reading

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Baby Massage

Around our world at all times and in all civilisations the bond of touch has significance. The shaking of hands, the kiss even the avoidance of touch with strangers tells us the significance of touch.  Touch is closely allied with … Continue reading

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Animals Just Nose About

Noses instead of Eyes? Animals use their noses to focus their sense of smell, much the same way that humans focus their eyes, new research at the University of Chicago shows. A research team studying rats found that animals adjust … Continue reading

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AROMA, SMELL & the DIATONIC SCALE

In the initial stages of Aromatherapy development in Europe little attention was given to perfumery as a source of facts, evidence, or inspiration. One of the key factors was the reluctance of fragrance brands and manufacturers to be associated with … Continue reading

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Defining Sensitive Skin

WHAT is SENSITIVE SKIN Cosmetic houses often suggest products which are specifically designed for sensitive skin. Sometimes they are more expensive than products designed for normal skin. What do cosmetic companies mean by Sensitive skin. Most people think their skin … Continue reading

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Triangle Test in Perfumery

What is a triangle test Simply put, a triangle test is a study in which you compare 3 samples and pick out the one that is different. Of the three samples, one is different while two are the same. If … Continue reading

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The Bio Electric Body, Aroma & Fragrance

Life itself is still a mystery despite the wonders of modern scientific medicine or biological studies. Science has always at any stage of its development since the dawn of time been a sacred cow demanding like any religion, obedience without … Continue reading

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