Enliven Your Mind, Make Pesto

I’ve got a brilliant idea. Make dinner and have an aromatherapy treatment all at the same time. My choice for today is pesto, vegan of course. This classic Italian dish with a vegan twist is made with fresh sweet basil. Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) is the kind most used for pesto and other European dishes,  and the most common basil essential oil.

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beautiful pungent sweet basil

Basil takes its name from the latin ’Basileum’ meaning royal. There are many types of basil, which belong to the herb family that includes lavender, mint, thyme, patchouli, marjoram and many others.

Holy Basil, also known as tulsi is from India (Ocimum tenuiflorum), and also makes a great essential oil and is used in Ayurvedic medicine. This holy plant and is dedicated to Vishnu and Krishna.

Thai basil used across South East Asian has the botanical name (Ocimum basilicum var. thyrsiflora) but I’ve never used it as an essential oil. It’s used in Vietnamese cooking too and tops a lovely pho.

Thai Basil from bonappetit.com

So what can basil, and essential oil of basil do for you? Sharp and spicy, basil helps clear the head and open avenues of expression. It is a very powerful clearing oil, particularly effective when used in a vapouriser as an inhalation, or when you are cooking. It is used for mental and physical fatigue and its anti-spasmodic properties make it ideal for treating menstrual problems and digestive disorders. It is also used for

* Sinus congestion, asthma and bronchitis are all soothed by basil.

* Fever can be treated effectively with basil.

* In the middle ages it was prescribed for melancholy and depression.

Vegan pesto from taste.com.au

I love the fact that this modest little herb with a big presence has been around for ages. Literally ages. The old herbs of healers and witches alike are still here because they work. Food is medicine, and always has been.Fantastic. Get cooking. Click here for a really easy and authentic pesto recipe.


Remember, treat yourself first, than everyone else benefits!

Festivus 2018 and the Essential Oils Recipes for a Marvellous Day

Festivus is here again and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve created some recipes to stand alongside the key parts to this wonderful day. What is Festivus you may ask? It’s the holiday that crushes Hanukkah and Christmas, allows a coming together of like minds, and gives a day of fun for those who are not religious. Celebrated by George Costanza’s father, Frank, (from the comedy show Seinfeld), let’s embrace this fabulous celebration! 

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Festivus for the rest of us! pic via www.tshirtbordello.com
Festivus for the rest of us! pic via http://www.tshirtbordello.com

To be more precise it’s the family of the writer of this episode who created Festivus:

Festivus was conceived by editor and author Daniel O’Keefe and was celebrated by his family as early as 1966. In the original O’Keefe tradition, the holiday would take place in response to family tension, “any time from December to May”.] The phrase, “a Festivus for the rest of us”, also derived from an O’Keefe family event, the death of Daniel O’Keefe’s mother.
Wikipedia


The Festivus Pole

The Festivus Pole replaces the Christmas tree and stands unadorned:

“Frank Costanza cites its “very high strength-to-weight ratio” as appealing. During Festivus, the pole is displayed unadorned. According to Frank, “I find tinsel distracting.”

Wikipedia

I love the simplicity of the Festivus pole and I’m hoping it can inspire you to simplify this Christmas Here are a couple of blends for yourself, to help to feel less stressed and more streamlined.


Method: Nourishing Body Oil Blend

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”

The classic Duralex glass dish is handy to make oil blends and quick perfumes in

“Silver”

Lemongrass                  3 drops

Cedarwood Virginian     2 drops

Peru Balsam                  2 drops


La Verité

Bergamot                     5 drops

Geranium                     2 drops

Vetiver                          1 drop


The Airing of Greivances
The Airing of Grievances pic via  festivusweb.com

Ah yes the Airing of Grievances, straight after the Festivus dinner, seems a good way to finish off the year and start the new year afresh. Here are a couple of blends for your space to support this difficult yet necessary part of Festivus.


Method: Scent Your Space

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

“Release Frustration and Anger”

Mandarin         12 drops

Ylang Ylang       6 drops

Marjoram           4 drops

Frankincense     3 drops


“Forgive”

Orange          10 drops

Palmarosa       8 drops

Lavender         4 drops

Patchouli         3 drops


Feats of Strength!
Feats of Strength! pic via festivusweb.com

The Feats of Strength championship finalises the Festivus celebrations. As depicted above, when the head of the household is pinned to the ground, the day concludes. here are a couple of blends to help you find inner strength this holiday time.


Method: 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!

“Courage and Endurance”

Lavender                1 drop

Black Spruce         1 drop

Lime                      1 drop


“Inner Calm”

Melissa                   1 drop

Vanilla CO2             1 drop

Indian Rosewood    1 drop


clove oranges – tedious to make and then they went mouldly within a week due to the humidity in Sydney

Whatever you’re doing this Christmas season, whether you celebrate or not, I hope you are able to reflect on the good things life can bring – even if they are very small.

How will you be celebrating and which oils are calling to you?

ps this is a reblog from last year

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!

I do my talk from Bali in the high winds!

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.