10 Things NOT To Do with Essential Oils!

Hello natural beauties I hope all is well in your world.

Sometimes we forget essential oils are strong aromatic compounds and do have contra-indications. With all the info out there on essential oils I thought I’d give us all a reminder of what NOT to do.


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water and a slice of lemon


1. Don’t drink them

Many essential oils smell so beautiful and can sometimes taste great too, like peppermint oil & lemon oil, but please don’t drink them because you could suffer hideous consequences. If you do find a food recipe that uses essential oils – just use your intuition and add a little caution. Some companies like DO Terra advise putting a couple of drops into water and drinking it – but please don’t! Oil and water don’t mix and it could burn your oesophagus on the way down.

Just add a generous squeeze of lemon juice and drop the rind and flesh in your glass – that’s all the essential oil you need a glass of water.



2. Don’t over expose yourself

Too much sniffing or smelling a particular  oil could cause a headache. I have suffered from a few bad headaches because I’ve overdosed when making aromatherapy products. Take it easy and use your intuition about what is the best for you. It is however, an easy way to get a change of focus, open the bottle of oil and take a whiff.




3. Don’t put neat essential oils all over your body

A few drops of oil as a perfume, or energetic anointing of the chakras and meridians is fine for some people but not for others – depending on how sensitive you are. However don’t cover your body in the pure stuff as your skin will burn. The oils need to be diluted in a carrier oil first.


beware of stinging eyes!


4. Don’t get them in your eyes

Sounds dumb but it’s easy to do. You mix a blend, get some on your fingers, then touch your eye……. I’ve seen people recommending that you put a few drops of lavender into your mascara! DON”T.



5. Don’t get them in your nether regions

I don’t think I need to explain this one.


Be careful when adding essential oils to your bath


6. Don’t put too much in a bath – especially for kids

Essential oils need to be mixed into an emulsifying agent to be able to mixed with water. Everyday things like milk, salt and vodka work to a certain extent but aren’t great. You can buy an emulsifier from the chemist if you like but why not use coconut cream? When oils are added to hot water they can really affect the skin, and kids will often say something is hurting them. My nephew once said “Aunty, something is biting my legs”. The only way to soothe the sting is to get them out of the bath, smooth a carrier oil (almond, olive, sunflower or anything in the cupboard) all over them to dilute the essential oils on the skin, and the burn will subside.

So when it comes to kids and babies DON”T add oils to the bath.



Morris the King 1994 - 2011

Morris the King 1994 – 2011


7. Don’t use oils directly on a pet’s skin

Essential oils are fantastic to use with pets but not directly on their skin. You could vapourise oils in the room to calm them down, make a mist with water and gently mist around your pet, or around their space, or on their bed. A little goes a long way.


doctor doctor


8. Don’t try and cure anything

The best way to use oils is to support you in everyday life. While essential oils can do wonderful things like ease sore muscles, help with headaches, increase wound healing and nourish your skin, try to avoid assuming they will cure a disease or disorder. For example, many oils are wonderful for relieving stress and tension and helping with depression, but they wont “cure” a diagnosed condition. Do you get the difference?




9. Don’t let little kids get a hold of them

See #1 – Don’t drink them!

See#4 – Don’t get them in your eyes


sweet love

sweet love


10. Don’t use essential oils with condoms

Making a sexy gorgeous blend for a romantic evening is fabulous. Using them all over the body is divine. But don’t use essential oils in a blend as lube for condoms, as they’re too strong and can easily destroy the material – latex, polyurethane, and others. And you could both end up with an irritation – see #5.


Be cautious and use your intuition and intention. See my article about intention.



Your Essential oils for Chinese New Year 2018 – Year of the Dog!

Hello natural beauties are you ready for the next new year? This Friday we usher in the most colourful of all new years – Chinese New Year. I’ve always loved the style and designs of this celebration, and love the zodiac even more. What’s in store for you this year, and which oils will be best to support you as you navigate the ups and downs of life in 2018?



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Dog Chinese Horoscope in stone


Are you born in the Year of the Dog? You’re a winner baby, this is your year. To find out which is your animal zodiac, check out this link.

About the Dog Year

The dog is the 11th zodiac animal out of 12 so we are in the autumn stages of the cycle. To be specific this year is the year of the Brown Earth (Mountain) Dog. Next year we move into the first water sign, but for now, this is a year to look after your friends and family. Stay true and loyal to those around you, and try your best to embrace empathy and togetherness with your brothers and sisters around the world.

This is not a year to be selfish and put yourself above others, if you do it will backfire and you will not have flow and harmony in your life. This year is a good time to pay attention to your health, and you may even feel inclined to have a more conservative approach in your everyday life. The dog year is very oriented to work, and everything around it. Learning new skills and working with others are big themes this year.

This is a year of solidarity! 

Read on to find your oils …

The Dog



Keywords: prosperity,  new ventures, stay in the present

Oils: petitgrain, black pepper, frankincense


The Pig



Keywords: party, seize new opportunities, up-skill in work environment

Oils: orange, basil, cedarwood Atlas


The Rat



Keywords: work achievements, be open, creativity

Oils: cedarwood Virginian, palmarosa, nutmeg


The Ox




Keywords: self belief, don’t stress, new friends

Oils: lavender, chamomile, lime


The Tiger



Keywords: work/life balance, planning, new business

Oils: peppermint, bergamot, cypress


The Rabbit



Keywords: fortuitous, be alert, recreation 

Oils: black spruce, rosemary, mandarin 


The Dragon



Keywords: one step at a time, new connections, travel

Oils: myrrh, geranium, juniper


The Snake



Keywords: success, change in work, relaxation

Oils: ylang ylang, fennel, clove


The Horse



Keywords: progress, social opportunities, seek advice

Oils: lemon myrtle, rose geranium, peru balsam


The Goat 



Keywords: learning through others, temptation, happy home

Oils: pine, cardamom, may chang


The Monkey



Keywords: networking, advancement, positivity

Oils: melissa, patchouli, spearmint


The Rooster



Keywords: flexibility, don’t rush, look at the big picture

Oils: lemongrass, marjoram, cinnamon



I hope you like the oils I’ve chosen for you this year. Good luck my friends!


An English Country Meadow in Sydney, Roses, Sunflowers and a Cat – A Week in Pics


Hello natural beauties, have you ever experienced the delightful scene of an English country meadow? Sweet flowers, tall grasses and buzzing bees abound.

In Sydney we have a ‘pop up” meadow in the gorgeous Botanic Gardens and its lovely. 



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The Summer Meadow – pic by my friend Darryl, The Vitalist


“We have seen hundreds of people wandering through the interactive display, but it’s also humming with healthy insect life” said David Laughlin, Horticultural Supervisor at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

“We wanted to create a beautiful, unique feature that challenges peoples’ expectations about what a botanic garden can display, but that also gives back to the urban ecosystem it grows in.”

“A meadow of wildflowers is great because it provides a paradise for hungry insects in our city environment before it transforms itself into green or plant-based manure to enrich and fertilise the soil it sprouted from.”

Out and About with Kids




I can never get enough roses. This little video was taken at a clients house. They smelt wonderful!


A sunflower in a swan vase with a cat


Jack the next door neighbours cat came to pose with my sunflowers.


And that was my week. How was yours? Did you have a floral week?


Essential Oils for the Eclipse of the Super, Blue, Blood Moon

Hello lovely natural beauties! I hope you’re well and happy.  Lucky for us, tonight we’re having a celestial party with the moon coming very close to us in more ways than one. What is this interesting planet (or hollow, old ET base) trying to tell us? Forge on to find my oily recommendations for this special occasion.


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Full moon


Our moon tonight will be full and as close to the earth as it can get. That’s what makes it super.

Your oil to get closer to the earth is PATCHOULI.

Lunar Eclipse

Total Lunar Eclipse

The Earth’s shadow will totally block out the vision of the moon. It’s an eclipse baby!

Your oil to help you see beyond what is in “blocking” you is NUTMEG.

Blood Moon

“The Earth’s shadow is not completely black, but has a reddish hue. This has led many cultures, including some Indigenous Australian communities, to describe a lunar eclipse as a Blood Moon.

Sunlight still manages to reach the Moon but it must first pass through Earth’s atmosphere. This both reddens the light (by scattering away the shorter wavelengths or blue light) and also bends the path of the light, directing it into the shadow.”

The Conversation

Your oil to allow you to know that the darkness you find in your life, will pass, and you will see hope and light again is LAVENDER.

Full moon and lovely flowers

Blue Moon

The blue moon refers to the second full moon in a calendar month. Lucky, lucky, lucky! Auspicious too!

Your oil to tap into the flow and opportunities of the multiverse is LIME.

Full moon with a stunning eagle

My dear beauties, your oils are

patchouli, nutmeg, lavender and lime!

Let me know your experiences when you use this blend, or the any of the oils above.

♥ Thanks, and may the entire multiverse that resides within you be fulfilled and exalted tonight and for eternity 


Hello natural beauties! Happy New Year. I’ve taken a few weeks off writing and I’ve been enjoying the Sydney summer.  I hope you’re going well wherever you are. What do you want more of this year? Which oils are for you? Read on my friends, to discover your perfect good luck oil for you this year.



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cinnamon – my own pic


Answer this:

In 2018 I’d like more:

  1. Love and compassion
  2. Clarity and Focus
  3. Happiness and Fun
  4. Spirituality and Manifestation
  5. Relaxation and Flow

Which did you choose? Maybe you want it all? I’m sure its possible to have everything!

Here are your oils:


Roses by me


Love and Compassion

rose, geranium, patchouli, ylang ylang, mandarin, jasmine, pine, peru balsam


Clarity and Focus

basil, black pepper, rosemary, peppermint, lemon, lemongrass, neroli, juniper



Happiness and Fun

spearmint, orange, cinnamon,rose geranium, bergamot, may chang


Spirituality and Manifestation

cypress, myrrh, Atlantic cedarwood, Australian sandalwood, nutmeg, petitgrain, Indian rosewood, black spruce


Caught on camera somewhere in Sydney


Relaxation and Flow

Lavender, Roman chamomile, marjoram, vetiver, lime, palmarosa, frankincense


And if you just cant decide – or you do want a bit of everything, choose one oil from each section and create the Amazing New You Blend!

Let me know your choices and your wonderful recipes!



Essential Oils Recipes for Festivus 2017

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.


The Festivus Pole

The Festivus Pole  pic via  festivusweb.com


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.”



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”


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


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?

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

ps this is a reblog from last year


10 Totally Positive Christmas Recipes for a Crazy World

Hello natural beauties living in this crazy world! Are you having a cold Christmas or a super hot one like me?  I love summer in Australia and I always feel so much better with the warmth and sun on my skin. Wherever you are, here are 10 essential oil recipes for your diffuser, for a hot, or a cold Chrissy.



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In a traditional oil burner with a candle or a diffuser add 15 – 25 drops of oil (depending on what type of diffuser you have and how it operates)


Baby It’s Cold Outside

orange                           12 drops

Virginian cedarwood     8 drops

clove                                5 drops



Light My Fire

mandarin                       10 drops

cinnamon                        6 drops

rosemary                         4 drops

fennel                              4 drops



Snowed Inn

lavender                            8 drops

rose geranium                    6 drops

lemon                                6 drops

marjoram                           2 drops

vetiver                                2 drops


beach by me


Sultry Nights

lime                              10 drops

Atlantic cedarwood       6 drops

rosewood                       6 drops

basil                                3 drops



Aussie Bush Christmas

lemon eucalyptus              8 drops

bergamot                           8 drops

nutmeg                               5 drops

patchouli                            4 drops




Australian sandalwood     12 drops 

Ylang Ylang                         6 drops

petitgrain                             6 drops



cinnamon – my own pic



blood orange          10 drops

peru balsam              8 drops

palmarosa                4 drops

thyme                         2 drops



Spiced Love

geranium                           8 drops

orange                                6 drops

coriander seed                 5 drops

black pepper                     5 drops




spearmint                             6 drops

may chang                           6 drops

grapefruit                              6 drops

frankincense                         6 drops



peppermint candy canes use real peppermint oil


Peace on Earth For Infinity

mandarin                           10 drops

black spruce                      8 drops

myrrh                                   3 drops

pine                                     3 drops



Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I wish you a great end to this year, a fabulous start to the new year too.