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!

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!

 

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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.

A Botanical Spring Walk in a National Park in Sydney

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Hello natural beauties I hope all is well in your world. The weather in Sydney is trying to warm up, but very slowly. I went for a walk the other day in local suburban bushland, Garigal National Park, and saw some beautiful indigenous plants and flowers. Walk with me past the cascade …

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Garigal National Park, Belrose

 

Acacia (wattle)

 

Eucalyptus haemastoma – Scribbly gum

 

Grevillea …

 

Eucalyptus …

 

native flowers

 

 

 

Banksia serrata (Old Man Banksia)

 

Patersonia occidentalis (native bush Iris)

 

a peaceful walk after the rain

 

Thanks for joining me, wasn’t it lovely?

 

Essential Oil Recipes for Changing Seasons Spring/Autumn 2018

Hello natural beauties I hope all is well in your world. Time keeps rolling on and we will soon find ourselves walking into a new season, unless you live in a tropical climate where its delicious all year round. Some of us love the winters, some of us love the summer, and some love the in-betweens. I’m a summer lover so anytime it’s getting warmer I’m happy. Here are a few recipes for your new season …

 

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Flowering rosemary in Sydney this week

 

Moving Into Spring – The Southern Hemisphere

Ah yes the promise of spring is in the air! And my skin is looking dry and scaly from covering up all winter, having hot showers and being in heated environments. Here are a few recipes to bring yourself back to life:

**** Spring 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”

After a good skin scrub with a body puff or your favourite scrub, lather yourself in this “Spring Has Sprung” blend:

 

Orange          4 drops

Rosemary      2 drops

Peru Balsam   3 drops


 

**** Spring Clay Face Mask

I Usually add 1 or 2 drops of oil to 2 teaspoons of clay, and add water, floral water or hydrosol. Keep the mask on for 5 minutes then rinse off with cool water. Mist with a hydrosol or floral water and moisturise.

Neroli 3% in jojoba  5 drops in yellow or pink clay    * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

add

Orange blossom water and blend to a smooth paste

 

Magnolia in Sydney

 

**** Easy Spring Perfume

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!

Jasmine 3% in jojoba   4 drops    * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba

Petitgrain                     2 drops


 

More beautiful roses from my recent trip to New Zealand

 

Moving Into Autumn – The Northern Hemisphere

Moving into Autumn you may still be quite warm with late summer lingering on. Time to hydrate and moisturise your skin after the sun.

**** Autumn 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”

Try a long soak in a warm bath then lavish this blend all over yourself:

Lavender      2 drops

Geranium     2 drops

Mandarin     4 drops


 

**** Autumn Face Hydration

Facial Oil Treatment

Mix one or two drops of essential oil in one teaspoon of carrier oil. You can warm the oil slightly first if desired – it will be very relaxing! Massage your face and rest for 10 minutes. You can also place a cool or warm wet facecloth on your face as a compress over the oil mask. Remove excess oil with a tissue or cloth if necessary.

Rose 3% in jojoba   4 drops

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

 

lavender loving bee at my friend’s house

 

**** Easy Autumn Perfume

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!

Atlas cedarwood   1 drop

Ylang Ylang           1 drop

May chang               1 drop


bliss with roses

 

 

Get blending my friends and let me know how you go!

 

 

 

Do Essential Oils Work on Our Minds? Part 2 of 3

Hello natural beauties and botanical scent lovers all over the world! Here’s an excerpt from my book on essential oils and aromatherapy. This is the second week of 3, quoting little sections in “Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils”. Week 2 – Do Essential Oils Work on Our Minds? Read on to find out ….

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“The Brain – Fast – Galactic

Essential oils work via the nose into different areas of the rain – both the cognitive and the ancient centres. The brain translates this information to effect change in the body and emotions.

The ancient part of the brain is called the Limbic System, which engages in the moments when a scent takes you to a specific memory. It is so strong you feel like you are right in that moment again.

 

Divine jasmine!

 

Have you ever smelt something in the air and suddenly been connected to an event, time or person in your life? It could help you remember a holidays as a child, or being with a beloved elder who has passed. It is powerful and quick. Detecting a scent can also conjure deep negative feelings about something too. Although the process of scent and emotions can be scientifically reduced to a point, it’s the bewitching nature of these instances that are the most fascinating. Are we connected to the past or are we connecting to multi-dimensional existences.

 

Me with my perfumes

 

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years through many cultures, to inspire mind-altered states, offer beauty and inspire creativity. Using essential oils may help with creating better feeling emotions, and in turn, simply be default, diminish emotions and feelings like stress and uneasiness.

If the body is earthly, then the mind is resonating on a galactic level. The mind connects the body to heavenly possibilities. Dr Joe Dispenza, a great neuro-scientist, says the mind is the brain in action.

The Milky Way – our little spot in the universe

 

Our mind = The Galaxy

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Essential oils,

allows us to

  • open our minds – quite literally, as the scent travels the nose into the brain

 

  • awaken our mind, to logically define desires and goals

 

  • be motivated to take action toward our desired life

 

  • cohere the mind and body, to help determine our place in the world”

 

It's easy to open a little oil bottle and take a whiff - it's instant healing!

It’s easy to open a little oil bottle and take a whiff – its instant healing!

 

Thanks for reading my friends!

Have essential oils helped your mind?

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

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Juniper – A Three Word Buzz

Hello natural beauties and scent lovers from all over the world! I absolutely love juniper and often go through stages of wanting and needing it all the time. It’s crisp, clean and fresh and in aromatherapy is used as an astringent for oily skin, to help with joint pain and rheumatism, as a diuretic and can be seen as a gentle detoxifier. I often use juniper to cleanse and release heavy, watery emotions. It’s made from the gorgeous purple berries of the juniper bush – Juniperus communis.

And of course juniper’s real claim to fame is its integral part in gin. I have been known to accidentally ask for a “juniper and tonic” once (possibly twice) before.

 There’s one thing for sure, this oil has a distinct and delightful scent, and here are some Australian perfumers and “noses” to give you their 3 word buzz on this unique oil.

 

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juniper berries

 

Who are you and what are your 3 words for juniper oil?

 

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Suzanne Banks from banksbotanicals:

sophisticated, clean, tangy

 

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

 

Portia Turbo from Australian Perfume Junkies:

crisp, invigorating, astringent

 

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gin and tonic – with a crisp rosemary garnish

 

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Kim Landsdowne-Walker from Temp L D’or:

uplifting, rosy, flowing

 

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Julie Nelson from Julie Nelson, Artisan Perfumer:

expansion, inner strength, wisdom

 

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

 

juniper is crisp like a walk in the forest

 

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Tonia Walker from IME Natural Perfume:

summer evenings, detoxifying, light

 

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

 

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

 

Candace Gabelish from Pearl Perfumery:

bracing, herbaceous, uplifting

 

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The Results – from most popular to least:

  1. uplifting
  2. invigorating
  3. light, crisp, clean
  4. detoxifying
  5. bracing
  6. expansive, inner wisdom
  7. herbaceous, tangy

So I’ll give you an extra hint – this oil is fantastic for lightening up your mood and detoxifying from negativity. It is cleansing and clearing and great to use in a perfume or oil blend to bring a sense of clarification. It is clean and crisp and blends well with so many other oils.

This is a beautiful oil! Do you love it?