You’re in for a treat with this one. Amy Galper is not only my former aromatherapy teacher but an all-round multi-hyphenate megawatt woman. She is the co-founder of the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies, a passionate advocate, entrepreneur, formulator, and consultant in organic beauty and wellness. Along the way, she has co-authored the best-selling “Plant Powered Beauty,” is a guest lecturer at NYU, and has presented at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) as well as being a member of the Visiting Faculty at Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City. In this episode, we dig deep and discuss everything from scents emotional resonance, favorite smells, the future of aromatherapy, and how essential oils and plant healing can improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit.

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This week, my guest is the biotechnology entrepreneur Dr. Joshua Silverman. As the new CEO of Aromyx, a company that’s digitizing the capture of scent and taste, the future of smell has never been more exciting and ready to enter our mainstream consciousness. Dr. Silverman joins me to talk about the science of smell, minimizing the environmental impact of aromatic ingredients, and the genetics of smell disorders. We also talk about whether he wears scent, why we have over 400 olfactory receptors in our nose, and how were can quantify a smell!

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Self-confessed scent neophyte Wynton Wong (my epic producer) and I delve into my top six essential oil picks for when cold, flu and allergies strike. Learn how to support your body and mind with simple inhalation and diffusing techniques, the importance of using carrier oils, why lemons and oranges will become your new best friends. Oh, and Wynton tells you what it’s like to sit in my uber scented apartment.

Scent & the Mind is hosted by Kayla Jacobs and produced by Wynton Wong

Shop:

Tall White China Burner

Aura Cacia

Stillpoint Aromatics

New York Institute of Aromatic Studies

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Emotions and Essential Oils

Studies:

Assessing the Metabolic Effects of Aromatherapy in Human Volunteers

Vapour-phase activities of essential oils against antibiotic sensitive and resistant bacteria including MRSA

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Essential oils and energy work go together like mac and cheese. Avo and toast. Barack and Michelle. You get my drift. They COMPLIMENT each other. In this episode of the podcast, I sat down with Lara Riggio, an energy healer from New York city who combines the time-honored techniques of tapping and acupressure point activation with aromatherapy.

In this episode, we pull apart stress and anxiety, while Lara explains how her particular patterns of bodywork in conjunction with essential oils, can be to help with adrenal fatigue, immune-boosting, and self-acceptance.

You’ll find Lara’s website fascinating, along with all the exercises we talked about HERE. I mentioned two of my favorite companies for buying oils too; check out Star Child in the UK and Stillpoint Aromatics in the US.

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Grief, eh? The weirdest of beasts. And also, the grand facilitator of so much magic. Case in point; May 2018, a wedding in London, and the meeting of minds, hearts and two really really tall women. Rosa Hoskins makes it hard not to be immediately captivated. She’s warm, she’s present, she’s funny, and she wears her emotions as easily as your fave pair of slouchy jeans and perfect white tee.

When you’ve lost a parent, gravitating towards kindred spirits happens often and instantaneously. It’s as if your bodies know before your minds do that you should be in each others presence.

Suffice to say we became fast and firm friends, recorded a podcast together pretty soon after meeting (she graciously agreed to be my first interview) and went deep. Real deep. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it. It’s not a straightforward listen in many ways, and yet in Rosa’s hands, trauma and pain become wonderfully legible. Check out her blog http://www.rosahoskins.com for more magic. Oh, and if it resonates, please do leave a review on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/scent-and-the-mind). Thank you!