PODCAST

An Aromatic Life

Frauke Galia

Our sense of smell is one of the most under appreciated senses we have. Host Frauke Galia aims to shed light on this beautiful sense and increase its profile in a culture dominated by sight and sound. Every week she'll explore our sense of smell from different angles, including science, art , literature, movies, health , and much more. And she'll explore how our sense of smell impacts our life, including the ways we perceive the world and how we interpret what we experience. Join Frauke, and her guests, as she makes sense of the most allusive, yet mesmerizing sense we have.
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#42: Scent in Palliative and End of Life Care with Madeleine Kerkhof
In this episode, Frauke sits down with Clinical Aromatherapist Madeleine Kerkhof to discuss the role that our sense of smell, and scents, can play in oncology, palliative (incl. dementia and Alzheimer's), and end of life care. Madeleine shares her journey that led to the work that she does now, why she believes integrative care should be the true focus of health care (and not sick care), and why we need to focus on the needs of the individual person as much as possible. Madeleine also shares how she approaches using scent as support for those with dementia and Alzheimer's, and offers some tips as to what you can (safely) do at home to help. This is an important conversation that sheds light on the wonderful ways our sense of smell, and scents, can play an integral role in providing safety, comfort, and calm even in the most difficult circumstances, and most painful moments in life.  Note: please only use essential oils and CO2 extracts on the most vulnerable if you are trained to do so. Essential oils are highly concentrated substances that need to be used with the utmost safety in mind. Thank you. Links to Madeleine's books: https://www.kicozo.info/english/book-complementary-therapies-in-palliative-end-of-life-care/  https://www.kicozo.info/english/book-co2-extracts-in-aromatherapy-50-extracts-for-clinical-applications/ Check out Madeleine's global activity calendar to learn what courses and workshops she's holding. Learn about Frauke's beginner aromatherapy course Starting With Aromatherapy Get Frauke's free Smell To Be Well audio training Get Frauke's free Aromatic Wellness Kit   Follow Frauke on Instagram @falkaromatherapy Follow Frauke on Facebook @falkaromatherapy Visit the FALK Aromatherapy website: www.falkaromatherapy.com Check out Frauke's Scent*Tattoo project: www.scenttattoo.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/anaromaticlife/message
4d ago
1 hr 2 mins
#41 What Does The Sense Of Smell Mean To You?
Jan 6 2022
48 mins
#40: Representation, Culture and Identity in Scent with Dana El Masri
In this episode, Frauke sits down with perfumer and interdisciplinary artist Dana El Masri to talk about representation, culture, and identity through the lens of scent. As a Lebanese-Egyptian born in Budapest, raised in Dubai, and working in New York and Montreal, Dana shares her aromatic life journey that led her to ultimately create her brand Jazmin Sarai. She reveals how she uses the brand as a platform to empower her community through representation and collaboration, while also educating her audience on issues of culture and identity. Dana also talks about the "oriental" movement she helped initiate in the fragrance industry, and shares why it's so important to push the industry forward in a modern and mindful way. She shares how her ultimate goal is to swap the euro-centric lens of perfumery with a multi-faceted, multicultural, flourishing universe of narratives where all are represented and where stories, ultimately, are more authentically told. No matter the industry you're in, this episode will open your mind and expand your perspective.  Check out Dana's brand Jazmin Sarai www.jazminsarai.com Visit Dana's website https://danaelmasri.com/ Sign the petition to reclassify “Oriental” and “Floriental” in the fragrance industry here. Explore the database of DIVERSE TALENT IN FRAGRANCE & PERFUMERY- Black, Indigenous, African, Arab, Asian, LatinX talent in the fragrance industry here.  Connect with Dana on social media: Instagram Facebook Twitter Learn about Frauke's new self-study online course Aromatherapeutic Blending With Confidence Get Frauke's free Smell To Be Well audio training  Get Frauke's free Aromatic Wellness Kit    Follow Frauke on Instagram @falkaromatherapy  Follow Frauke on Facebook @falkaromatherapy  Visit the FALK Aromatherapy website: www.falkaromatherapy.com  Check out Frauke's Scent*Tattoo project: www.scenttattoo.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/anaromaticlife/message
Dec 2 2021
1 hr 6 mins
#39: Exploring Australian Sandalwood with Guy Vincent
In this episode, Frauke sits down with the CEO of Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils, Guy Vincent, to talk about the Australian sandalwood industry and much more. Dutjahn is unique in the industry in that it's a Western Australian based sandalwood oil distillation company that is 50% Indigenous-owned. Guy talks in detail about the significance of that partnership and the importance of collaboration for mutual benefit, as well as many other aspects of the sandalwood trade in Australia. But he also shares his scent-filled journey that led him to his current role. Guy reveals that he's always been highly in tune with his sense of smell, having been led by his nose from an early age. He shares scent-filled stories of living in Thailand, Paris, Grasse, England and the U.S. and training as an aromatherapist and perfumer along the way. Guy also gives insights into the role that sandalwood plays in Australian culture, the issue of illegal trade & adulteration, as well as what it takes to conserve and sustainably harvest the wood for its precious essential oil. This is a conversation steeped in reverence for this sacred tree and the Aboriginal people who've served as its steward from the start.   Learn more about Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils. Connect with Guy on LinkedIn.  Learn about Frauke's new self-study online course Aromatherapeutic Blending With Confidence Get Frauke's free Smell To Be Well audio training Get Frauke's free Aromatic Wellness Kit   Follow Frauke on Instagram @falkaromatherapy Follow Frauke on Facebook @falkaromatherapy Visit the FALK Aromatherapy website: www.falkaromatherapy.com Check out Frauke's Scent*Tattoo project: www.scenttattoo.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/anaromaticlife/message
Nov 13 2021
1 hr
#38: Smelling Wild with Ernesto Collado
In this episode, Frauke sits down with perfumer and founder of Bravanariz, Ernesto Collado, to discuss the joy of capturing the smell of the wild landscape of the Catalonia coast in northeast Spain. Ernesto shares what the sense of smell means to him and reveals how his grandfather, a famous perfumer, was an early influence on his love of nature's smells. He describes what it was like to lose his sense of smell and experience phantosmia, and how that experience made him appreciate his sense of smell even more. Ernesto discusses the importance of smelling the world around us and why he's so passionate about recovering what he calls “smelling culture.” He shares why he created his brand Bravanariz ("Brave Nose"), what he aims to communicate with his fragrances, and why he feels we need to be brave enough to smell. Frauke and Ernesto also talk about the element of time, how nature shows us the way, and why we should connect with the inner cycles of each season. This is a passionate and engaging conversation that I promise will motivate you to connect more with your sense of smell.    Read the New York Times article that inspired this conversation: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/07/world/europe/spain-catalonia-cap-de-creus.html Learn more about Ernesto's work: https://www.bravanariz.com/en/about-us/ Discover plant stories: https://www.bravanariz.com/en/plant-stories/ Explore scent walks: https://www.bravanariz.com/en/walks/ Learn more about Ernesto's brand Bravanariz: https://www.bravanariz.com/en/olfactory-captures/ Learn about Frauke's new self-study online course Aromatherapeutic Blending With Confidence Get Frauke's free Smell To Be Well audio training Get Frauke's free Aromatic Wellness Kit   Follow Frauke on Instagram @falkaromatherapy Follow Frauke on Facebook @falkaromatherapy Visit the FALK Aromatherapy website: www.falkaromatherapy.com Check out Frauke's Scent*Tattoo project: www.scenttattoo.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/anaromaticlife/message
Oct 28 2021
1 hr 6 mins
#37: Reflections on Aromatherapy with Robert Tisserand
In this episode, Frauke sits down with aromatherapy pioneer and author Robert Tisserand to reflect on 50 years of Aromatherapy. Robert takes us through his life's journey growing up in London, incl. his studies and original career ambitions (you might be surprised!). He shares what got him interested in essential oils, how he ended up writing that now famous book The Art of Aromatherapy, and reveals what Aromatherapy was like in the UK back in the 1970’s (spoiler alert: it’s nothing like it is today). Robert and Frauke also have an honest discussion about what Aromatherapy is today, what’s changed over the years, and what people get really wrong about the field. They discuss the controversial topic of naturals vs. synthetics, debate the quality of essential oils nowadays, as well as share how they create a fragrance.  Robert also shares what he feels is the most interesting research being done on essential oils today. This is a candid and heartwarming conversation that you don't want to miss.   Learn more about Robert Tisserand: https://roberttisserand.com/ Visit the Tisserand Institute website: https://tisserandinstitute.org/ Learn more about Robert's book The Art of Aromatherapy Learn more about Robert's textbook Essential Oil Safety Learn about Frauke's new self-study online course Aromatherapeutic Blending With Confidence Get Frauke's free Smell To Be Well audio training Get Frauke's free Aromatic Wellness Kit   Follow Frauke on Instagram @falkaromatherapy Follow Frauke on Facebook @falkaromatherapy Visit the FALK Aromatherapy website: www.falkaromatherapy.com Check out Frauke's Scent*Tattoo project: www.scenttattoo.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/anaromaticlife/message
Oct 14 2021
1 hr 8 mins
#36: Smellosophy with Ann-Sophie Barwich
Sep 30 2021
50 mins
#35: Olfactory Health, Dysfunction, and Research with Dr Zara Patel
In this episode, Frauke sits down with Otolaryngologist Dr. Zara M. Patel, Director of Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Stanford University to talk about olfactory health, dysfunction, and the latest in olfactory research. Dr. Patel explains how doctors clinically define a healthy sense of smell, how she recommends we maintain smell health, and the role our sense of smell plays in brain health. Dr. Patel then explains how COVID-19 causes smell loss, what the chance of recovery is, as well as the best treatments and protocols currently available to regain your sense of smell. She also acknowledges how much patients with smell dysfunction are misunderstood and not heard by the medical community, and aims to do her part to be a patient advocate. Finally, Dr. Patel shares information about the exciting invention that she's provisionally patented to help with neural regeneration, as well as the other exciting olfactory studies she's working on right now. This episode is not to be missed if you care about the health of your sense of smell and want reliable, trustworthy information.  Links to the studies referenced in the episode: Randomized Controlled Trial Demonstrating Cost‐Effective Method of Olfactory Training in Clinical Practice: Essential Oils at Uncontrolled ConcentrationBudesonide Irrigation StudyOmega 3 for smell loss after endoscopic skull base surgery study Link to the PRP clinical trial Dr. Patel is currently running and enrolling into If you'd like to donate to Dr. Patel's olfactory research go here. Where to connect with Dr. Patel on social media: Follow Dr. Patel on Instagram @zarapatel_md Follow Dr. Patel on Twitter @zarapatel_md Follow Dr. Patel on Facebook @ Zara Patel, MD Learn more and register for the October 21-Day Jump-Start Smell Training Program: https://www.falkaromatherapy.com/smelltraining  Follow Frauke on Instagram and Facebook at @falkaromatherapy Get Frauke's free Smell To Be Well audio training Get Frauke's free Aromatic Wellness Kit   Visit the FALK Aromatherapy website: www.falkaromatherapy.com Check out Frauke's Scent*Tattoo project: www.scenttattoo.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/anaromaticlife/message
Sep 14 2021
55 mins
#34: Living With Hyperosmia (Heightened Sensitivity To Smells)#33 Taking A Nose Dive with Catherine Haley EpsteinBONUS: Forest Therapy Companion Audio Guide#32: Forest Therapy for Healing and Wellbeing
Aug 26 2021
32 mins
#31 A Library of Olfactive Material with Clara Weale#30 Living With Parosmia (Smell Distortion)
In this episode, Frauke sits down with Aba Williams, Megan Abernathy, and Thelma Poupazi to talk about parosmia, the condition of having a distorted sense of smell. This is an honest conversation about the physical and mental challenges of living with smell distortions. Each woman shares her personal parosmia story, revealing not only how it changed their relationship with food, friends & family, and navigating everyday smells around them, but also the mental toll it takes, and the support that's needed, to make it through the journey. This conversation will leave you feeling it all! The heartache, the struggles, the hope, and most importantly the determination to make it through to the other side. Like millions of people living with parosmia, these women are a true inspiration for their courage and willingness to share their story in the hope that it brings awareness and healing for their community. Make sure to listen all the way to the end because these ladies have a message for all of us who can smell.  You can connect with these beautiful women here: Aba Williams on Instagram and Facebook @smellsyouremember Join Aba's Facebook Group The Parosmics' Parlor  Megan Abernathy on Instagram @parosmia_nutritionist Learn more about Megan's wellness & nutrition programs: https://www.meganmefit.com/ Thelma Poupazi on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok @paranosemia Follow Frauke on Instagram and Facebook at @falkaromatherapy Get Frauke's free Smell To Be Well audio training Get Frauke's free Aromatic Wellness Kit   Visit the FALK Aromatherapy website: www.falkaromatherapy.com Check out Frauke's Scent*Tattoo project: www.scenttattoo.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/anaromaticlife/message
Aug 12 2021
1 hr 8 mins
#29 Aromatherapy Around The World
In this episode, Frauke invites 5 aromatherapists from around the world to join in a conversation about smell, aromatics, and the field of Aromatherapy. Joining Frauke in the roundtable discussion are aromatherapists Elaine Le Feuvre from Guernsey, Channel Islands, Merja Hadeq from Morocco (via Norway & UK), Gladys Tan from Hong Kong (via Singapore), Julia Falkenstein from Germany, and Dori Bell from the USA. They talk about the journey that led them to become an aromatherapist, including what smells influenced their love of all things aromatic along the way. They define what the sense of smell represents from their perspective, and talk about what aromatherapy personally means to them, which includes a moving story of smell loss and recovery (twice!). They also discuss how aromatherapy is practiced in their part of the world, revealing how varied, and often misunderstood, the field really is. Finally, they have an honest conversation about the biggest mistakes they see people make when using essential oils, and share what advice they would give. Don't forget to listen all the way to the end when each aromatherapist answers Frauke's three aromatic questions which reveal a more personal side.  Connect with Merja Hadeq @aromaticguide on IG & FB Connect with Dori Bell @theblossombar on IG & FB and via her website: https://www.theblossombar.com Connect with Julia Falkenstein @aromaatelierberlin on IG & FB and via her website: https://www.juliafalkenstein.de Connect with Elaine Le Feuvre @aromatherapywithelaine on IG & FB and via her website: https://aromatherapywithelaine.com/ Connect with Gladys Tan @luffbotanicals on IG & FB and via her website: https://www.luffbotanicals.com Get Frauke's free Smell To Be Well audio training Get Frauke's free Aromatic Wellness Kit   Follow Frauke on Instagram at @falkaromatherapy Follow Frauke on Facebook at @falkaromatherapy Visit the FALK Aromatherapy website: www.falkaromatherapy.com Check out Frauke's Scent*Tattoo project: www.scenttattoo.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/anaromaticlife/message
Aug 5 2021
1 hr 21 mins
#28 Za Za's Scented Adventure with author Alexis Wintrob#27 Smell Training for Smell Loss
In this episode, Frauke explains everything you need to know about smell training if you've lost your sense of smell. She describes what the therapy is, who it's best suited for, and answers the question "does it really work?" by going through a few of the scientific studies. Frauke then takes you through what's involved in doing the therapy, including both the physical and psychological aspects. If you've lost your sense of smell, whether from COVID-19 or through other means, or maybe you have a poor sense of smell, or suffer from parosmia, smell training might be a good option for you to explore. And, if you can smell, please share this episode with someone who can't and could benefit from the information.  Register for Frauke's 21-Day Jump-Start Smell Training Program: https://www.falkaromatherapy.com/smelltraining Dr. Thomas Hummel's 2009 Study: Effects of olfactory training in patients with olfactory loss 2015 Study: Modified olfactory training in patients with postinfectious olfactory loss Anosmia Resources: https://www.falkaromatherapy.com/anosmia Learn more about the Fifth Sense #LetsTalkSmellandTaste sessions: https://www.fifthsense.org.uk/letstalksmellandtaste-events/ Follow Frauke on Instagram at @falkaromatherapy Follow Frauke on Facebook at @falkaromatherapy Visit the FALK Aromatherapy website: www.falkaromatherapy.com Check out Frauke's Scent*Tattoo project: www.scenttattoo.com Disclaimer: The information presented in this podcast is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor if you are in need of medical care, and before making any changes to your health routine. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/anaromaticlife/message
Jul 1 2021
27 mins
#26: Parfums de Vie (the fragrance of life, light, & love for children in need) with Nicole Derieux
In this episode, Frauke sits down with Parfums de Vie co-founder/co-owner Nicole Derieux to talk about her non-profit in Grasse, France which she describes as the fragrance of life, light, & love for children in need. Nicole takes us through some fragrant episodes in her life's journey as a little girl growing up on the west coast of Scotland, enjoying the smells of the sea, right through to today, living in the Perfume Capital of the World, surrounded by an abundance of beautiful aromatic plants. She explains what led her and her husband to start Parfums de Vie, what they strive to achieve, and, importantly, shares how fragrance is an integral part of the journey. This conversation will surely inspire you to visit Grasse and vacation at their 19th Century perfumer’s mansion, and at the very least will motivate you to buy their signature perfumes to support the children thriving from their program. It's an episode filled with hope, happiness and a lot of smells.  Check out Nicole's websites: Non-profit: parfumsdevie.com Perfume: villadesparfums.com Villa : stayatvilladesparfums.com Email: nicole@villadesparfums.com Where to find Nicole on social media: Instagram: @villa_des_parfums Facebook: @VillaDesParfums Get Frauke's free Smell To Be Well audio training Get Frauke's free Aromatic Wellness Kit   Follow Frauke on Instagram at @falkaromatherapy Follow Frauke on Facebook at @falkaromatherapy Visit the FALK Aromatherapy website: www.falkaromatherapy.com Check out Frauke's Scent*Tattoo project: www.scenttattoo.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/anaromaticlife/message
Jun 24 2021
56 mins
#25 Honoring and Amplifying Black Stories through Scent with Tiffany Griffin#24 On Passion for Scent & Community with Glenn Davis aka Mrcologne76
In this episode, Frauke sits down with Glenn Davis, aka Mrcologne76 to talk about taking a lifelong passion for fragrance and harnessing it to create a unique voice and community around scent. Glenn shares his memories of the smells he experienced in his early years growing up in Trinidad, and during his time in the Navy in Hawaii, Japan, and Spain. And he reveals the special person who got him hooked on fragrances at a very early age. He shares what it means to be a nurse and how fragrance plays a part in the work that he does. Glenn also explains what path led him to take his personal passion for fragrance and turn it into a leading, credible, and trusted voice in the fragrance community. He shares why you shouldn't pay attention to all those marketing ads and, instead, simply enjoy what you smell. You'll get tips on how to evaluate fragrances, how to approach new, unfamiliar scents (yes, it's about being open-minded), and how to evolve your scent preferences with time. Don't forget to listen all the way to the end to learn what 5 scents best describe Glenn. You may, or may not, be surprised! This episode will leave you feeling inspired to take your aromatic passions and letting them blossom into your own authentic voice.    Glenn's website: https://www.mrcologne76.com Follow Glenn on Instagram @mrcologne76 Follow Glenn on YouTube: Mrcologne76 Channel Read Glenn's scent tattoo: Christmas scent memory Get Frauke's free Smell To Be Well audio training Get Frauke's free Aromatic Wellness Kit   Follow Frauke on Instagram at @falkaromatherapy Follow Frauke on Facebook at @falkaromatherapy Visit the FALK Aromatherapy website: www.falkaromatherapy.com Check out Frauke's Scent*Tattoo project: www.scenttattoo.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/anaromaticlife/message
Jun 10 2021
55 mins

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