Life is Weird, Then You Die, So Smell the Roses. These are my Flowers for Tizza

Flowers for Steven “Tizza” Taylor

Hello, natural beauties! An old friend of mine died the other night. It was unexpected. He was funny, generous and kind. He was popular and well-loved around the world. He will be missed. Remember to smell the roses, the lavender, the muraya, the jasmine, the osmanthus, the frangipani and all the beautiful scents of nature.

 

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This post is for him. Just all the pretty things I love – botanical scent and flowers. His name was Steven “Tizza” Taylor and he enjoyed life. He was the good-time guy. He smelled the roses, tasted the roses, gifted the roses, accepted the roses,, lived with the roses, lived without the roses, saw the world through rose coloured glasses and was very a rosy friend. Thanks, Tizza.

Just enjoy life people. Take time to smell the roses, especially when things get tough.

bliss with roses, by me
Jasmine officinalis by me
frangipani, Sydney, by me
Osmanthus fragrans, by me
Acacia (wattle)
in Hanoi – pretty in pink, by me
fragrance in Saigon, by me
Lavandula stoechas, my own pic thanks yes it is wonderful
Flowering rosemary in my client’s garden
I’ve got these gorgeous chamomile flowers in a teapot nest to my bed – sweet dreams!
wild freesia , Freesia alba x Freesia leichtlinii
cinnamon – by me
pretty wild violet, by me
Juniper berries at the spice market, by me

New Palo Santo Trees Planted in Ecuador, Yay!

Hello natural beauties! How is your rat year going so far? Australia is still burning and we have had some really extreme temperatures and fluctuating conditions. From strong winds to fires to full-on hail storms, this is global warming. In light of this, I’m very happy to bring you a wonderful story from South America, involving the very pungent Palo Santo wood and essential oil. Read on for a great story from Ecuador.

 

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The dried wood can be burnt directly

Many years ago I imported some Palo Santo oil from Ecuador from a company called Ecuadorian Hands. I was quite surprised when I opened the oil, as it’s so pungent and has deep earthy and woody tones. You can read my story from 2016, on my reaction to the oil here.

I’ve stayed on the mailing list and recently they have posted a new article on the replanting of Palo Santo in the forest of Ecuador. I love their story, you will too.

This pic is from Ecuadorianhands.com and heads the story on planting trees

In the coastal province of Manabi in Ecuador, the article from Ecuadorianhands.com says that in the past 4 years they have planted over 10,000 Palo Santo trees, “regenerating the tropical dry forests of Manabí where palo santo wood grows, which are currently threatened by man.” To attain the 6-year-old trees for planting, they rely on pigeons to eat the flowers of existing trees in the forest, expel the seeds, then they create saplings from those seeds in their nursey. Thanks, pigeons! Read this article from 2019 here.

In the latest article on their website they talk about their 2020 plan:

“Within our planning is to plant about 4000 trees native to dry forests such as the dog zapote (Colicodendron scabridum), Aromo (Acacia farnesiana), Jolote (Cojoba Arborea), Cerezo (Muntingia calabura), Palo Santo (Bursera Graveolens) among others, on the 50 hectares located in Joa / Jipijapa / Manabí , which is in the last processes to declare it protective forest.’

Check out their video:

To reforest Palo Santo trees we use the method called transplantation, which consists in determining an area of the forest that has overpopulation of the same species for the extraction of trees that are very close to each other and transfer them to an area of the forest where no there are trees so that they can continue with their natural development. In this way, the space that remains when extracting the trees will be used by other native species of the dry forest, in this way, we are helping with the restoration of tropical dry forests.

This pic is from Ecuadorianhands.com and is in the story on planting trees

There’s obviously a particular way to carry out the reforestation, from choosing the right spot to the depth of the hole to plant the seedling in. 20 people helped the planting this year and more people are wanting to help.

Thanks so much to the people of Ecuador, and Ecuadorian Hands for helping mother earth and the beautiful trees we rely on for health and happiness. Bravo!

Your Essential Oil for the Lunar New Year of the RAT, 2020!

Yes, it’s a new year (almost)! How was your pig year? It seems to me there were a lot of people feeling pushed towards the end of the year, but sometimes that’s just life. The rat brings exciting times as the first animal in the Chinese Horoscope. The rat is smart, fast and engaging and has an attractive personality and an outgoing lifestyle. What does the Year of the Rat have in store for you?

 

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Rat – pic via chinesehoroscopeonline

2020 is the year of the yang (male) metal rat.

Yay. I think? 

This year is connected to metal and water and could see an increase in those industries.

Money and finances for all signs could increase, but only with the will, planning, and determination. Luxury, opulence and shiny things are characteristics of the rat year too.

The rat year brings new opportunities and new experiences for the ones who jump on their lucky opportunities quickly.


Your Chinese Zodiac in the Year of the Rat

Rat

Rat – pic via chinesehoroscopeonline

Keywords: success, learning, discipline

Oil: rosemary


Ox

Ox – pic via chinesehoroscopeonline

Keywords: new work skills, adapability, be social

Oil: palmarosa


Tiger

Tiger – picc via chinesehoroscopeonline

Keywords: happy home life, curb impulsiveness, friends

Oil: rose


Rabbit

Rabbit – pic via chinesehoroscopeonline

Keywords: alertness, accept change, exercise

Oil: wintergreen


Dragon

Dragon – pic via chinesehoroscopeonline

Keywords: initiative, career, chance

Oil: Ylang ylang


Snake

Snake – pic via chinesehoroscopeonline

Keywords: action, commitment, ideas

Oil: lemon myrtle


Horse

Horse – pic via chinesehoroscopeonline

Keywords: consultation, self care, work

Oil: Peru balsam


Goat

Goat- pic via chinesehoroscopeonline

Keywords: creativity, openness, new connections

Oil: petitgrain


Monkey

Monkey – pic via chinesehoroscopeonline

Keywords: fun, personal growth, success

Oil: coriander


Rooster

Rooster – pic via chinesehoroscopeonline

Keywords: inner strength, care, pace yourself

Oil: Siberian fir


Dog

Dog – pic via chinesehoroscopeonline

Keywords: forward march, friendship, planning

Oil: cinnamon


Pig

Pig – pic via chinesehoroscopeonline

Keywords: go with the flow, expansion, health

Oil: Roman chamomile

So what is your oil this year and are you happy with my key words and oils?

I wish you a wonderful year and look forward to connecting with you about natural scent and essential oils in 2020!

恭喜发财 Gōngxǐ fācái  Happiness and prosperity

Your Essential Oil for the Lunar New Year of the PIG!

Yes it’s a new year! Was 2018 a dog of a year for you?  It seemed to me that it was for a lot of people, and maybe that’s because it was Year of the Dog. The pig year will bring lots of fun things so please read on the find out which oil is  your power oil for 2019. Essential oils and botanical extracts are wonderful  conduits for invoking new energy, are helpers in everyday life and they smell  wonderful!

 

Buy my 100% natural and organic botanical perfumes, and paperback book here:

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2019 is the year of the yin (female) earth pig.

Yay. I think? 

This year is connected to the soil and the water and can be a year of relaxation  and carefreeness, but also climate instability.

Money and finances world wide could become less important or weak, as modesty and spirituality become more of a focus. 

As the last animal in the Chinese zodiac the pig likes to over-indulge but also realises the importance of a healthy body too.

Year of the Pig 2019

Keywords: review relationships, keep active, be generous, forgive, enjoy 

Oil: petitgrain


Your Chinese Zodiac in the Year of the Pig

Rat

Keywords: open up, new horizons, end of a era

Oil: bergamot


Ox

Keywords: resilience, sew seeds for the future, social

Oil: Virginian cedarwood


Tiger

Keywords: flexibility, relaxed home life, surprises

Oil: cinnamon


Rabbit

Keywords: up-skill, peacefulness, lighten up

Oil: geranium


Dragon

Keywords: rewards, release, hope

Oil: basil


Snake

Keywords: challenges, rest, acceptance

Oil: Australian sandalwood


Horse

Keywords: rejuvenate, prioritise, be creative

Oil: amber


Goat

Keywords: travel, parties, strength

Oil: neroli


Monkey

Keywords: learning, consolidation, luck

Oil: myrrh


Rooster

Keywords: strategy, destiny, synchronicity

Oil: lime


Dog

Keywords: opportunities, happiness, planning

Oil: black spruce


So what is your oil this year and are you happy with my little key words?

I wish you a wonderful year and look forward to connecting with you about natural scent and essential oils in 2019!

恭喜发财 Gōngxǐ fācái  Happiness and prosperity

Essential Oil Blends for Christmas

Hello dear natural beauties, I hope you’re winding down to the end of the year. It’s always great in Australia as summer kicks in too! We wait all year, for all the good things in one season. That’s life in the southern hemisphere. Here’s a few oil blends for the diffuser this “holiday’ time …

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For the Winter Christmas Diffuser

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

White Christmas

  • Lemon                         10 drops
  • Patchouli                      6 drops
  • Juniper                         5 drops
  • Cedarwood Virginian   4 drops

Here Comes Santa’s Sleigh

  • Orange               13 drops
  • Cinnamon             6 drops
  • Rosemary             6 drops

Sugar and Spice

  • Petitgrain      10 drops
  • Ginger            5 drops
  • Clove             5 drops
  • Nutmeg         5  drops

juniper berries

A Quick Winter Perfume: a few drops in a little dish with a splash of jojoba

  • Roman Chamomile 3%  3 drops *info on 3% blends
  • Juniper                            1 drop
  • Peru Balsam                   1 drop

For the Summer Christmas Diffuser

beach by me

Buzz Off

  • Citronella           10 drops
  • Clove                   5 drops
  • Cinnamon            5 drops
  • Rose Geranium    5 drops

Bush Christmas

  • Orange                             12 drops
  • Cypress                             5 drops
  • Australian sandalwood       8 drops

Get Out of the Sun

  • Mandarin          14 drops
  • Lavender          8 drops
  • Marjoram          6 drops

Lime oil has more depth than the other citrus oils

A Quick Summer Perfume: a few drops in a little dish with a splash of jojoba

Summer Love

  • Lemongrass    1 drop
  • Rosewood       1 drop
  • Lime                 1 drop

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy the last days of the year.

Beyond the Essential Oil Recipe Summit … the Aussie Contingent – Part 2

The summit is due to start on November 19th and the early bird discount will soon disappear. This fantastic online summit will appeal to all essential oil enthusiasts. Whether you are a dabbler or a seasoned pro I highly recommend you sign up for a full years access so you can listen to all the wonderful talks at your leisure. This summit has a few Australian speakers, and I’m happy to introduce more of them here today …

Buy my 100% natural and organic botanical perfumes, and paperback book here:

suzannerbanks.com.au

                     Digital downloads and paper backs of my book                              Revelation! Reveal your Destiny with Essentials Oils here:

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Greg Travena

GREG TREVENA
Australian essential oil specialist (and grower)

Greg Trevena’s journey with Australian essential oils, started back in 1990 when the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) television channel aired a documentary series called the ‘Bush Tucker Man’. This television series featured a retired Australian soldier who through the shared knowledge of Australian aboriginal people told European Australians about wild Australian plants people could use to survive in the remote and isolated ‘Australian Outback’.

So commenced a journey where Greg learned all he could about Australian native plants and their useful potential.

He started ‘Rainforest Foods’ in 1998, which then introduced him to Lemon Myrtle essential oil (now an approved essential oil in food flavoring). Greg started ‘Refreshed Lemon Myrtle’ in 2000, this brand became established in Australia and then in the USA. Greg sold both brands by late 2009. In 2012 he started ‘Essentially Australia’ a company which has developed the largest range of Australian essential oils in the world.

The most important part of this business, however, is the new Australian essential oil-bearing plants he has rediscovered and which he grows in his own plantation, just out of Byron Bay,  an iconic coastal tourist town, which happens to be Australia’s most easterly point.

Greg’s wonderful Australian oils you find here: www.essentiallyaustralia.com.au

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Deby Atterby

DEBY ATTERBY
Aromatic Medicine Clinician, Clinical Aromatherapist, Reflexologist, Iridologist, Remedial Massage Therapist, Beauty Therapist and Lecturer

In 2002 Deby  founded the Aromatic Aromathology Therapies business (AAT)  with the express view of providing a forum for Aromatherapists, passionate about their profession and designed to give the opportunity for Aromatherapists on the Gold Coast and in the Northern Rivers district to attend designer workshops in order to maintain their CPE levels in the industry.

Deby is also the owner, editor, and publisher of the Aromatherapy Today International Journal. The journal is distributed worldwide 3 times a year in which she edits/researches and writes/publishes articles on aromatherapy and other aromatic modalities. In each journal, Deby prepares an in-depth profile on an Essential Oil.

During the Aromatica 2017 conference, she launched her new book, HEALTH, Vitality, and Wellbeing – Aromatic Detox & Elimination, now in its second edition. As a result of this publication, she travels interstate and abroad delivering workshops relative to the subjects in her book.

Deby is the Director and Principal of the Aminya Natural Therapies Academy. Her College was the first in Australia to submit and have Government approved, the Advanced Diploma of Aromatic Medicine.

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Kim Morrison

KIM MORRISON
Aromatherapist, Holistic Therapist, Founder of Twenty8 Essentials

Kim Morrison set a world record as the youngest female to run 100miles in less than 24 hours. Cliff Young was her mentor throughout and still to this day lives by his ethos that success is 90% mental and 10% physical. She has used her running story as a direct metaphor for life – riding the highs, hitting the walls, pushing through the pain barriers, crossing the line and never, ever giving up! She believes combining your inner power and passion, applying your commitment and having truckloads of self-belief is what distinguishes you as an achiever. It’s about visualizing your dream and going for it – regardless of the feedback you receive or the challenges you face. 

As a 5 times best-selling author, aromatherapist of nearly three decades, founder of Twenty8 Essentials, podcast show co-host on Up For A Chat, and a multi-tasking mum and wife, Kim shares the essential tools for self-care, discipline, leadership and teamwork and most of all the art of self-love.

Look for Kim on these websites: www.twenty8.com  www.kimmorrison.com

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Robbi Zeck

ROBBI ZECK
Author, Naturopath, Kinesiologist, Counsellor and Trainer

A naturopath for 38 years and with a background in aromatherapy, kinesiology, and counseling, Robbi is the founder/creator of Aromatic Kinesiology® and author of The Blossoming Heart-Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation. The Blossoming Heart card deck has recently been published as a companion to this beautiful book.

Robbi’s pioneering work on the psychological benefits of essential oils, using metaphor and the power of smell to integrate emotional experiences is powerfully represented in her beautiful series of workshops.

Established in 1992 Aromatic Kinesiology offers a unique training perspective, exploring aromatherapy from an emotional perspective while focusing on the development of beliefs, skills and emotional openness that lead to a successful, loving and joyful life.

Aromatic Kinesiology® has grown to be nationally and internationally recognized for its emphasis on gentle yet powerful heart-work and personal development. In combining kinesiology and aromatherapy with an inspirational teaching style, this beautiful work has assisted many to step into their dreams and live a life purposefully on track.

atural organic extension of the work Robbi loves was the creation of  Aroma Tours with her husband Jim Llewellyn in 1994.
Their boutique tour company escorts people to beautiful places where perfumery, aromatic plants, essential oils, wonderful wines, glorious cuisine, fascinating history, and culture can be experienced in exquisite locations. Since its inception, they have shared their journeys with people from all walks of life, from over 30 countries.

www.robbizeck.com

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Woo hoo I cant wait for this to start. There are so many speakers I’m looking forward to!

Beyond the Essential Oil Recipe Summit … the Aussie Contingent

As the time for launch comes closer, and the early bird discount will soon disappear, this fantastic online summit will appeal to all essential oil enthusiasts. Whether you are a dabbler or a seasoned pro I highly recommend you sign up for a full years access so you can listen to all the wonderful talks at your leisure. This summit has a few Australian speakers, and I’m happy to introduce them here today …

Buy my 100% natural and organic botanical perfumes, and paperback book here:

suzannerbanks.com.au

                     Digital downloads and paper backs of my book                              Revelation! Reveal your Destiny with Essentials Oils here:

Barnes & Noble      Booktopia AU      Amazon UK

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Here is the link to reserve your FREE SEAT!

Natalie Miller

NATALIE MILLER
Clinical aromatherapist, Educator and Consultant

Natalie’s aromatic journey began many years ago. During her mid 20’s she’d become interested in holistic healing when she fell into a pit of depression. She looked at aromatherapy, crystals, and meditation, but never took them seriously. Instead, she focussed on her career as an educator, gaining a Bachelor of Education and Training, and a Graduate Diploma of Education. In her early 40’s, after falling into another depression pit, she came across two books which changed her view of the world – “You Sexy Mother” (by Jodie Hedley-Ward) and “Like Chocolate for Women” (by Kim Morrison and Fleur Whelligan).

Inspired by these books, Natalie decided to write a “Living Life List” aka a bucket list. One of the many things on the list was to learn aromatherapy. Armed with this inspiration, she enrolled in a two-year Diploma of Aromatherapy course (nothing like jumping in the deep end). At the successful completion of her course, she started her business, combining her past experiences in the adult education, training and coaching arena with her aromatherapy knowledge. Aromatic Insights was born.

Find Natalie at www.aromaticinsights.com

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Salvatore Battaglia

SALVATORE BATTAGLIA
Aromatherapy Educator, Author, Herbalist

Salvatore Battaglia has been passionate about natural therapies for most of his life. He holds qualifications in natural therapies, herbal medicine, acupuncture, and aromatherapy. Salvatore’s dedication to aromatherapy has seen him hold positions in professional associations within Australia and government committees to ensure that the educational standards of professional aromatherapy are maintained and improved. Salvatore has been teaching aromatherapy since 1988. He is the author of The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy which was first published in 1994. This book is an internationally acclaimed textbook for the study of aromatherapy and has been translated into Japanese and Korean.

In 2018, Salvatore completed the third edition of the book. In 2016 he was made an Honorary member of the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) for long-standing commitment to aromatherapy. He is the founder and co-owner of Perfect Potion whose purpose is to naturally enhance people’s lives. He shares his passion and love of the world, natural therapies and aromatherapy with his wife, Carolyn Stubbin and his beagle, Charlie.

To keep up to date with Salvatore please visit www.salvatorebattaglia.com.au

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Mark Webb

MARK WEBB
BSc., Author, Educator, Aromatic Medicine Practitioner, Formulations Chemist, Reiki Master

Mark Webb has a Bachelor’s degree in Science majoring in Biochemistry, Plant Physiology & IT followed up with Diplomas in Massage (Remedial, Lymphatic), Aromatherapy and additional studies in Aromatic and Herbal Medicine.

He is the author of “Bush Sense – Australian Essential Oils & Aromatic Compounds” and is extremely passionate about the aromatic plants of his home – Australia – and how they can be better used within the Aromatic Therapies space. The long awaited 2nd edition of “Bush Sense” will be released in the first quarter of 2019. He’s worked in the biotech industry conducting research and development using aromatics to formulate dose forms and applications for clinical trials for some fairly serious conditions & diseases, including Avian Influenza and Dengue Fever.

Mark is a formulation and cosmetic chemist who consults internationally across a wide variety of industries including aromatics (terpenes, EOs, CO2s), the newly emerging Hemp and Cannabis industries (Endocannabinoids), cosmetics & personal care, food & beverage, nutraceuticals & pharmaceuticals.

He’s a passionate educator to thousands of students internationally over the past two decades of many topics including all aspects of the aromatic world including – aromatic chemistry & pharmacology, toxicology, internal & external dose forms & application methods, Australian aromatics, aromatic prescribing techniques, the aromatic toolkit or “materia medica” and CO2 Extracts.

He can be contacted for further information on aromatic sourcing, education opportunities, new product formulation, and development or for a personal consultation at – mark@aromamedix.com.

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me!

SUZANNE R. BANKS

Aromatherapist, Author, Blogger Botanical Perfumer

Suzanne is a botanical perfumer from Australia and author of “Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils”. She has been a qualified Aromatherapist for over 20 years and continues to write her blog “suzannerbanks.blog”, and sometimes even has time to post a video on Youtube too. During her time working with natural essential oils and extracts, Suzanne has had a wide variety of scented experiences: producing aromatic experiences for major Sydney events, corporate events and retreats including an intensive week meditation retreat with Deepak Chopra – “Seduction of Spirit”.

All this has culminated in her unique botanical perfumes, which are a reflection of Suzanne’s love for the divine scents of nature. Suzanne believes we need to simplify our life and reduce the amount of artificial chemicals in our environment. And what a better way to start than to use all natural botanical perfumes? She continues to practice relaxing, healing Aromatherapy treatments and has had the honour to treat a long list of clients including Kylie Minogue, Louise L. Hay, and Doreen Virtue.

Read more about Suzanne at suzannerbanks.com.au

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and that’s just the Aussies!

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I hope you enjoy this great summit!