Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium

Hello dearest natural beauties wherever you are! I recently found a beautiful article on the American poet Emily Dickinson. The article talks about her love of flowers and her craft of growing, collecting, pressing and recording them in books. Her ‘herbarium” is a 60 page collection of around 400 flowers from the Amherst region in Massachusetts. The original article from Maria Popova for  brainpickings.org can be found here.

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Page from Emily Dickinson’s herbarium (Houghton Library, Harvard University)

“Dickinson started studying botany at the age of nine and assisting her mother at the garden at twelve, but it wasn’t until she began attending Mount Holyoke in her late teens — around the time the only authenticated daguerrotype of her was taken — that she began approaching her botanical zeal with scientific rigor.”

brainpickings.org “Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium” by Maria popova

Emily Dickinson, daguerreotype, ca. 1847. (Amherst College Archives & Special Collections, gift of Millicent Todd Bingham, 1956)

Page from Emily Dickinson’s herbarium (Houghton Library, Harvard University)
First page of Emily Dickinson’s herbarium (Houghton Library, Harvard University)

The article also quotes another author, Judith Farr, in her book The Gardens of Emily Dickinson . Farr makes an important note about the first page of Dickinson’s herbarium:

On the very first page, the first flower pressed by the girl Emily, was the Jasminum or jasmine, the tropical flower that would come to mean passion to her as a woman. This “belle of Amherst,” … was profoundly attracted to the foreign and especially to the semitropical or tropical climes that she read about in Harper’s and the Atlantic Monthly-Santo Domingo, Brazil, Potosi, Zanzibar, Italy… Domesticating the jasmine in the cold climate of New England, writing sensuous lyrics about forbidden love in spare meters, Dickinson followed a paradoxical pattern that related poet to gardener in one adventurous pursuit. Just as her fondness for buttercups, clover, anemones, and gentians spoke of an attraction to the simple and commonplace, her taste for strange exotic blooms is that of one drawn to the unknown, the uncommon, the aesthetically venturesome.

Judith Farr “The Gardens of Emily Dickinson”
Page from Emily Dickinson’s herbarium (Houghton Library, Harvard University)

The page below collects 8 different types of violets – how divine!

Violet varieties from Emily Dickinson’s herbarium (Houghton Library, Harvard University)
Page from Emily Dickinson’s herbarium (Houghton Library, Harvard University)

The 60 page herbarium book can be viewed here. 

I really hope you enjoy it!

Beyond the Essential Oil Recipe Summit – Last Chance for a FREE Seat

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Hello natural beauties! Are you an aromatherapist at heart? Do you love making lotions and potions? Would you like great tips and knowledge from over 50 international essential oil experts? Woo hoo! This summit is for you! I’ll be speaking on November 19th.

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“Unleash your inner aromatherapist with two whole weeks of free essential oil masterclasses. Learn from therapists, distillers, scientists, essential oil researchers, naturopaths, quality, product formulation, perfumery and environmental and sustainability experts.”

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Here is the link to reserve your  FREE SEAT!

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Over 50 audio visual recordings delivered into your inbox from Nov 19th – Dec 2nd 2018. But they’re only available for one week each.

You will have the option to buy the early bird special which will save you 300 USD! If you are an essential oil enthusiast I highly recommend this option as you’ll have a whole year to download to recordings and accompanying notes.

Sign up now to find out more how to get the FREE advice you’ve been looking for to learn new skills and become your own therapist!

All the experts in one spot!

Here is the link to reserve your  FREE SEAT!

I hope you enjoy it! I know I sure will. Let me know which talks you’ve listened to and love.

Beyond The Essential Oil Recipe Aromatherapy Summit

Hello dear natural beauties! I hope you’re well and happy and enjoying life. I’m very excited to tell you about a lecture series all about essential oils and aromatherapy. It’s called “Beyond the Essential Oil Recipe” Summit. Read on to find out how you can listen to over 50 specialists in the industry talk about everything to do with essential oils from chemistry to soap making and so much more.

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One week free entry!


This exciting summit on essential oils brings experts together from all over the world to talk about their field of expertise in aromatherapy. There will be some very technical lectures right through to very relaxed chats. I guarantee you will get so much out of this series. I’d love to do a little piece on everyone but there are over 50 speakers!

The summit is free for one week but if you get in now for the early bird discount you will save 300 USD. Right now it’s 197 USD and it will increase to 497 USD when the summit starts. This gives you access to the talks for one year plus lots of free things too! Click this link to register.

I talk about perfume and aromatherapy while in Bali


What you can expect to hear during the summit:

  • Clear concise advice from industry leaders about how they treat people (and animals!) using essential oils.
  • Ways to take your healing deeper and make it more dynamic 
  • Methods of integrating other philosophies and healing modalities to super charge essential oil practice 
  • How to avoid costly mistakes when purchasing essential oils and formulating products 
  • How the experts integrate essential oils into their every day lives 
  • How body-mind medicine treats physical dis-ease and how we can tap into that learning to speed healing and make it more efficient

Me in Bali preparing for my talk with Elizabeth


When the summit starts you will get an email each night giving you access to 4 or 5 talks. You have access for one week only, so I really encourage you to get in now and take advantage of the early bird offer. I’ve registered and paid because I know how long it will take me to get through all the talks! Each talk also comes with a PDF to download which will give you extra info and contact info for each person too.

Here is the link to register: click here

This is the PDF you’ll get from me

What you’ll also receive as a gift when you register for the early bird discount:

  • Jade Shute’s “Body Butters” Course  
  • Elizabeth Ashley’s “How To Run A Successful Aromatherapy Business” series.
  • many discount vouchers to membership groups, training and online stores. Every day the bundle grows ever bigger and more exciting…

Here is the link to register: click here

Stay tuned and next week I’ll write about the Australian contingent in this series.

More Gorgeous Free Botanical Illustrations

Hello natural beauties and scent lovers from far and wide. I hope you’re all well and happy. The past couple of weeks I’ve written about beautiful free botanical illustrations from the 19th Century book by Kolher, and my free resource about essential oils and tarot. Continuing on from that theme I’d like to share another beautiful online resource for flora and fauna illustrations from the past. Alerted by a Facebook post, an article by mymodernmet.com, showed me to the flickr stream of the Biodiversity Heritage Library showing so many absolutely gorgeous illustrations. Check some out below. 

 

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Myristica moschata – nutmeg and mace

Papaver rhoeas – poppy

Coffea arabica – coffee

Citrus limonum – lemon 

Citrus aurantium – bitter orange

Pinus laricio – Corsican pine

 

Phoenix dactylifera – dates

 

Viola tricolor – viola

Cucumis melo – musk melons like cantaloupe

Nymphaea nelumbo – lotus

 

Agericus campestrus – gilled mushrooms

 

I think I love the lotus the most. How about you?

 

Vegan Perfumes at the Sydney Vegan Market

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Hello natural beauties! I hope you’re all well and fabulous. This week I had a stall at the first Sydney Vegan Market in Marrickville in Sydney.  I loved meeting beautiful people and chatting about botanical perfumes, essential oils and being vegan. I had planned on doing some filming during the day to talk about my perfumes but it was so busy I didn’t get a chance.

 

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I was happy to showcase my range of perfumes that correspond with my book Revelation! Most people who ventured into my “scent tent” were very receptive to new ideas about personal scent, and how it can be transformative. Yes!

 

 

I manage to talk about all the products I’ve brought with me EXCEPT my beautiful perfumes. Next month that will be my goal – a walk through of the perfume range.  And here’s a link to my shop so you can buy the perfume of your dreams from the comfort of your couch

 

 

Until then, keep popping back to see me and next week I’ll post the link to a free ebook I’ve created.

Thanks, Suzanne.

 

 

 

Kohler’s Beautiful Botanical Books and Illustrations

I absolutely love vintage botanical illustrations. And there’s no better reference and guide than Kohler’s Medicinal Plants, published in German in 1883. They are now in the public domain which means you can use them without paying royalties.  I’ve also included a link so you can download them all too. Here’s a few plants I love …

 

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“Köhler’s Medicinal Plants is an abbreviated English rendering of the book title Köhler’s Medizinal-Pflanzen in naturgetreuen Abbildungen mit kurz erläuterndem Texte : Atlas zur Pharmacopoea germanica etc.. This is a German rare medicinal guide published by the company Franz Eugen Köhler from 1883 to 1914 in Gera. The first complete edition in three volumes was published in 1887. It was mainly written by Hermann Adolph Köhler (1834-79), edited by Gustav Pabst, and contains some 300 full-page chromolithography plates by the illustrators Walther Otto Müller, C.F. Schmidt, and K. Gunther.”

Wikipedia

 

Calendula officianalis

 

Cocos nucifera

 

Citrus aurantium

 

Lavandula angustifolia

 

 

Iris germanica

 

Picea abies

 

Download the volumes here: 

https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/623#/summary

 

Do you love vintage illustrations? Hard not too really!

 

 

Lemon Myrtle Soap and Eucalyptus Seedlings at Orange Field Day

Hello my friends I hope you’re all well and happy and entrenched in your natural beauty. Last weekend I went to the NSW country town of Orange to attend their Field Day. It was a mix of a fair, a market and a resource for farmers and country people with everything from tractors and heavy machinery on display, to locally made jams and Akubra hats for sale, horse breaking demonstrations and raffles.

I stumbled across a nursery that had so many different types of eucalyptus seedlings – so beautiful – they made me so happy. Perry’s lemon myrtle soap was also a great find so here’s some pics …

 

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Lovely eucalyptus seedlings

 

 

Radiata and citriodora produce essential oils

 

 

Ah yes globulus was the very first eucalyptus oil distilled

 

 

 

 

Perry’s lemon myrtle soap – check it out at https://perryslemonmyrtle.net.au/

 

A great day was had by all at the Orange Field Day!

Do you love eucalyptus and lemon myrtle?