A Walk through the Herb Garden

Spending an afternoon in the Herb Garden in the Royal Botanic Gardens ,Sydney was a sheer delight. Even just the little signs with the herbs and plants make me feel good. Herbs, fruits and flowers have been our food and medicine for centuries, give or take a millennia. Here are some pics …

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lovely lemongrass

 

Ah the beautiful lemon!

A culinary delight – Vietnamese mint

 

Tumeric! The anti-inflammatory wonder plant

 

Thyme is not vulgar! Hehe but very antiseptic 

 

Melissa is a strong anti-stress herb

Citrus aurantium is bitter orange

 

remember with rosemary

 

Oregano is often used as an antibacterial oil and herb

 

the one and only – Lavender is actually a herb

I can never get enough citrus!

Me with a shard of sunlight right through my third eye chakra

 

Take a walk in nature it will do you the world of good.

Plants are healers!

 

Fragrant Rosey Poetry

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Hello natural beauties! Flowers and fragrance never get old! Looking for inspiration, I’ve found some lovely poetry about roses. Continuing on from last week’s An Afternoon with Roses I hope you enjoy this romantic interlude …..

 

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The Rose Family by Robert Frost
 
The rose is a rose,
And was always a rose.
But the theory now goes
That the apple’s a rose,
And the pear is, and so’s
The plum, I suppose.
The dear only know
What will next prove a rose.
You, of course, are a rose–
But were always a rose.
Persian Love cupcakes

Persian Love cupcakes with rose water and rose petals from That Vegan Lady

 

The Grave and The Rose by Victor Hugo

 
The Grave said to the Rose,
“What of the dews of dawn,
Love’s flower, what end is theirs?”
“And what of spirits flown,
The souls whereon doth close
The tomb’s mouth unawares?”
The Rose said to the Grave.

The Rose said, “In the shade
From the dawn’s tears is made
A perfume faint and strange,
Amber and honey sweet.”
“And all the spirits fleet
Do suffer a sky-change,
More strangely than the dew,
To God’s own angels new,”
The Grave said to the Rose.

Rose

Rose is the Queen of oils

 

A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns

 
O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Luve,
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it ware ten thousand mile.

bliss with roses

bliss with roses – a botanical perfume by me available at suzannerbanks

 

Nobody knows this little Rose by Emily Dickinson

 
Nobody knows this little Rose —
It might a pilgrim be
Did I not take it from the ways
And lift it up to thee.
Only a Bee will miss it —
Only a Butterfly,
Hastening from far journey —
On its breast to lie —
Only a Bird will wonder —
Only a Breeze will sigh —
Ah Little Rose — how easy
For such as thee to die!
 
mixed roses

A bunch of mixed roses in a cafe. The large pink rose had a mild scent but the little white ones didn’t

 

 

Stanzas to the Rose by Mary Darby Robinson
 
 
SWEET PICTURE of Life’s chequer’d hour!
Ah, wherefore droop thy blushing head?
Tell me, oh tell me, hap’less flow’r,
Is it because thy charms are fled?
Come, gentle ROSE, and learn from me
A lesson of Philosophy.

Thy scented buds, LIFE’S joys disclose;
They strew our paths with magic sweets;
Where many a thorn like thine, fair ROSE,
Full oft the weary wand’rer meets;
And when he sees thy charms depart,
He feels thy thorn within his heart.

When Morn’s bright torch illum’d the sky,
Vainly thy flaunting buds display’d
Enamell’d leaves of crimson die,
Ill-fated blossoms doom’d to fade;
So ’tis with BEAUTY, hapless flow’r,
Its lustre blooms but for an hour.

Come blushing ROSE, and on my breast
Recline thy gentle head, and die;
Thy scatter’d leaves shall there be press’d,
Bath’d with a tear from PITY’S eye;
There shall thy balmy sweets impart
An essence grateful to my heart.

Thus SYMPATHY, with lenient pow’r,
Shall bid thy fading charms bestow
Soft odours for life’s happy hour,
Kind, healing balsam for its woe!
If such thy virtues, ROSE DIVINE!
OH ! MAY THY ENVIED FATE BE MINE

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Beautiful rose in Wellington Botanic Gardens

 

Who doesn’t love roses?

 

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An Afternoon with Roses – A Photo Essay

Recently my friend Darryl and I visited an exhibition in the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney featuring original botanical drawings, water colours and oil paintings. We then headed to the rose garden and this is what we found:

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The sustainable rose garden in Sydney

 

The big red rose is the Gallipoli rose, Mr Lincoln on the far left

 

Aw Little Bo Peep

The Social Climber is pretty in pink

 

The Palace Rose Garden

 

My Hero

 

The yellow Molineux

 

Beautiful Honeyflow

 

Bonnie babes are mauve

 

and that was just a few! All these roses had a scent and I felt so wonderful by the time we left – I had inhaled beauty, softness, sweetness and colour.

And here is my rose perfume, with organics steam distilled rose oil, rose absolute, Ylang Ylang and some little surprises @ suzannerbanks.com.au

 

bliss with roses

 

Which roses do you love?

 

Bliss – A New Botanical Perfume by banks botanicals

Hello botanical perfume lovers from far and wide. I’m excited to be introducing perfume number 4, bliss, from my new range of perfumes. The botanical perfume range, called REVELATION, corresponds with my book of the same name. Each perfume represents a “Revelation Formula” from one of the ten chapters on essential oils. Bliss is all about love ….

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From the Love chapter in my book, I have created bliss the botanical perfume.

” Love is the beauty of the soul.”

Saint Augustine, 4th Century philosopher and theologian

 

bliss 9ml roll-on perfume

 

“When I was searching for the meaning of love I found it difficult to come up with a simple explanation. There’s romantic love, sexual love, familial love, the one love of the universe and the love of ourselves.”

Suzanne R Banks    “Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils”

 

Which oils do you use to inspire love? I’m feel most people would say rose for sure, but what else? In my book I recommend using any oil that appeals to you, and remember to use your intention to invoke your feelings through the oil.

What about love spells and love potions? I have created a gorgeous love potion perfume for you to throw in your handbag and carry everywhere. Break it out whenever you need to change your focus, to love yourself more, when you feel like being in love, and just anytime really.

Love yourself x

 

 

“Now a soft kiss – Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss.”

John Keats

 

 

bliss 1 ml sample

 

 

The bliss formula combines happiness oils and some of the essential oils I have listed in the love chapter of my book.

All my perfumes are hand-made, organic, vegan, jojoba oil based.

bliss is a spicy, fruit rose with all the thorns and twigs. This rose can never be overshadowed with a base of soft patchouli and the stunning floral note of ylang ylang. Bergamot gives this alluring scent a cool finish, with a little wood creating an inspiring creamy heart.

Fall in love with everything.

Ingredients: essential oils of *rose otto, rose absolute, *bergamot, *patchouli, *ylang ylang and cedarwood Virginian in  *jojoba. *certified organic

 

1ml sample    $ 22 AUD

9ml roll-on     $187 AUD

 

 

How many ways do you feel and express love?

 

The Fragrant Plants of Late Summer in Sydney

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Hello natural beauties I hope you’re all well and happy. As the stinking hot edge to summer starts to taper off in Sydney, there are still so many beautiful flowers to behold. The scent is the draw card for me and here are a few pics I’ve taken in the past week. Long live summer!!! 

 

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frangipani, Sydney

frangipani, Sydney

Of course the frangipani is still rockin, and will be for a while too as we’re in for a mild autumn!

Murraya peniculata

Murraya peniculata

 

The star of late summer is always the murraya, sometimes known as orange jessamine.  There’s no stopping this tree from blooming the intoxicating scent of deep jasmine mixed with gardenia and a little spice thrown in for good measure.

I never want to live without it – just like this bee!

 

 

And look at all the petals on the ground! So delicious, its a treat to walk outside.

murraya petals on the ground still smell so sweet

murraya petals on the ground still smell so sweet

 

And of course there’s always geranium to be found.

Geranium ad Anne and Martins place in my street

Geranium ad Anne and Martins place in my street

 

If you’re in late winter/spring what scented delights have you found?

Thanks again dear ones and remember to appreciate the little things in life, like scented flowers, you will remember these moments fondly in the end.

Peace.

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10 Essential Oil Recipes for Love this Valentines Day

Hello natural beauties and scent lovers. Today is known as Valentines Day and whether you celebrate this or not, a few essential oils for love certainly never go astray. Here are some perfume recipes, body oil recipes and more – for your ode to love in all it’s forms. And this time the recipes are all for you! Your perfume, your body, your heart. Love yourself first.

 

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heart of stone?

heart of stone?

 

Pure Pulse Point Perfume

In a little dish mix these oils and anoint your pulse points or chakras – 3 drops of essential oils and dilute with a few drops of carrier oil – always patch test first!

“Heart of Stone”

Ylang Ylang      1 drop

nutmeg             1 drop

orange              1 drop

 


 

“Love in the Fairy Grotto”

Indian rosewood      1 drop

Peru balsam             1 drop

palmarosa                1 drop

 


 

“Spice it Up”

black pepper     1 drop

ginger                1 drop

rose 3%            3 drops   * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

 


 

oil blend for your body

oil blend for your body

 

Nourishing Body Oil

For a coat of your body use 3 teaspoons of carrier oil in a little dish and, add 7 – 8 drops of essential oil. It’s always best to patch test first, before you apply all over.

***** Always put the drops of essential oil into the bottle or dish first, then add the carrier oil. It gives the scents time to create a synergistic fusion.

For a 50ml bottle of oil add 25 drops and see my articles “Ratios for Blending Essential Oils – A Reminder of the Basics” and “Aromatherapy – It’s Easy as 1 2 3”

 

“Softness”

mandarin    3 drops

geranium     2 drops

patchouli     2 drops

juniper         1 drop

 


 

“Openness”

Neroli 3%                            6 drops  * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

Australian sandalwood        2 drops

bergamot                            2 drops

basil                                    1 drop

 


 

“Sensuality”

jasmine 3%              6 drops   * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

orange                     3 drops

fennel                      1 drop

everlasting               1 drop

 


 

bath with petals

bath with petals

 

Soak in a bath

I don’t often recommend adding too many essential oils to a bath as they are difficult to disperse and can cause minor skin irritations when combined with the heat of the water. If you do like to use them in a bath, try 4 -6 drops in total and add the drops to another medium like sea salt, coconut milk, other milks or a water dispersible agent.

Add a few rose petals too:

“A Rose is a Rose is a Rose”

rose 3%                      6 drops

rosewood                   1 drop

palmarosa                   1 drop

rose geranium             1 drop

 


 

Lilly diffuser

Lilly diffuser

 

Scent Your Space

In a traditional oil burner with a candle or a diffuser add 25 drops of oil

 

“I’m Number One”

petitgrain                       8 drops

French lavender             8 drops

Vanilla CO2 extract         5 drops

cedarwood Himalayan    4 drops

 


 

“It’s Lovely Here”

lemon                 12 drops

frankincense         5 drops

patchouli              4 drops

cinnamon             4 drops

 


 

“Multi dimensional Movement”

lime                     10 drops

rosemary               5 drops

melissa                  5 drops

clary sage              3 drops

vetiver                   2 drops

 


 

Roses by me

Roses by me

 

Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas. See my article about intention.

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The Beauty of Botanical Perfume – A Beginners Guide

Hello natural beauties and scent lovers everywhere. What is botanical perfumery and why is it different to natural perfume? Let the beauty and scent of nature take you on a little holiday from synthetic additives, and help you reveal your destiny on your evolutionary journey.

 

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lone jasmine flower

lone jasmine flower

 

What is Botanical Perfume?

Botanical perfume is a perfume made only from ingredients that have been distilled or extracted from plants. This can include essential oils, CO2 extractions, absolutes, extracts, infused waters, cold pressed oils and butters and probably a few others I’ll think of once I’ve published this!

Is it a Natural Perfume?

Yes – all natural!

 

pretty wild violet

pretty wild violet

 

So What is a Natural Perfume?

A natural perfume may contain any botanical ingredients, but may also contain nature identical scents that have been synthesized. This means that it may have some essential oils in it but may also contain other compounds eg civet. Civet is a prized scent of perfumers and “noses” since the dawn of fragrance creation, as it has an obvious musky animal scent to it. According to Frangrantica

“African civet lives in savannahs and forests of South and central Africa, while Indian civet lives in Nepal, Bangladesh and Vietnam. These animals produce odorous secretion with purpose of marking their territory. Diluted, after some time, the odor of civet secretion, which normally is strong and repulsive, becomes pleasant with animalistic-musk nuance. For the purpose of collecting this secretion, animals are kept in cages. Luckily, this scent is nowadays mainly synthetic.”

So civetone is a compound created for perfumers who want the scent, but cannot get it naturally – thank goodness!. In this day I feel we should not be enslaving and torturing animals for our own pleasure. Cruelty free is the only way to go.

So for some people, as it is almost nature identical, the perfume is still referred to as “natural’. This is the same for many compounds.

 

Is it a Natural Perfume?

Is “natural perfume” a natural perfume? It really depends on what your opinion is. I say it is not, others say it is. The world will not end if we disagree.

 

Juniper berries at the spice market

Juniper berries at the spice market

 

Chemicals

At this time on earth all our matter is made of chemical structures. We couldn’t exist without these buildings blocks of nature. We are made of chemical structures and so is our environment.

To me, a botanical perfumer (first range almost ready to be released), and an Aromatherapist, I have only ever worked with botanical extracts. There is an unspoken beauty, softness and warmth to essential oils and their friends that is simply not there with synthesized compounds. It doesn’t matter if every single bond within the synthetic compound is exactly the same as in the essential oil – to me there is something missing.

As I state in my book “Revelation! reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils”:

 

Perfumes                     vs              Essential Oils            

Syntheti:                                       Natural:

created in a lab                           created by nature 

                                                      (with a little help)

Thin/weak                                     Round/fortified

Contractive                                   Expansive

Temporary                                     Enduring  

Subjective/personal                     Objective/universal

Ornamental                                   Therapeutic

One dimensional                           Multi dimensional
 

Suzanne R Banks               

 

This is my opinion. Others disagree. However when a client asks if “perfume X” is natural and it has synthetic compounds in it, I say no.

There is room for everyone. Create what you like, and where what you like.

 

Conventional Perfumes

Conventional perfumes are mostly synthetic. They are cheap to make and in my opinion smell awful. Often brands are owned by big companies who put most of the purchase price of the perfume back into marketing. The actual scent is not very valuable. Profit is the driving factor. Most of the world still loves this. I do not. These perfumes radiate outwards in a brash unforgiving nature, so you may be preceded by your scent as you walk into a room. This is not subtle, nor does it have any therapeutic benefit to the wearer or the ones who are subjected to it.

 

Artisan Perfume

An artisan perfumer will often make small batches and buy small amounts of raw ingredients. This makes it much more expensive to produce the perfumes.  Whether your perfume is “natural” or “botanical”, please support creative talent. By helping each other and sharing money between ourselves and by-passing big business, hopefully we can create a more inclusive, supportive world.

Pure botanical perfumes are designed for the intimate us of the wearer – for the soul, the mind and the energy. Botanical perfumes tend to be softer, more personal, and reach within; to be combined with your intention and feelings for the day, to give a result that is exponentially supportive and beneficial to YOU. You are the most important part of your botanical perfume. Like the double torus energy field in quantum physics, you draw the scent into you, mix it with your self, and then radiate this unique essence to the world. It will be different every time you use your perfume.

 

Rose is the Queen of oils

Rose is the Queen of oils

 

Thank you lovely readers. What is your opinion on “natural” and “botanical” perfumes?

 

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