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!

 

 

 

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

 

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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

 

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juniper is crisp like a walk in the forest

 

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Tonia Walker from IME Natural Perfume:

summer evenings, detoxifying, light

 

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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?

 

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

dog

 

Keywords: prosperity,  new ventures, stay in the present

Oils: petitgrain, black pepper, frankincense

 


The Pig

pig

 

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

Oils: orange, basil, cedarwood Atlas

 


The Rat

rat

 

Keywords: work achievements, be open, creativity

Oils: cedarwood Virginian, palmarosa, nutmeg

 


The Ox

 

ox

 

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

Oils: lavender, chamomile, lime

 


The Tiger

tiger

 

Keywords: work/life balance, planning, new business

Oils: peppermint, bergamot, cypress

 


The Rabbit

rabbit

 

Keywords: fortuitous, be alert, recreation 

Oils: black spruce, rosemary, mandarin 

 


The Dragon

dragon

 

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

Oils: myrrh, geranium, juniper

 


The Snake

snake

 

Keywords: success, change in work, relaxation

Oils: ylang ylang, fennel, clove

 


The Horse

horse

 

Keywords: progress, social opportunities, seek advice

Oils: lemon myrtle, rose geranium, peru balsam

 


The Goat 

goat

 

Keywords: learning through others, temptation, happy home

Oils: pine, cardamom, may chang

 


The Monkey

monkey

 

Keywords: networking, advancement, positivity

Oils: melissa, patchouli, spearmint

 


The Rooster

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

Video

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

Super

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 

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.

 

 

 

Interview with an Aromatherapist – Could This Be You?

Hello natural beauties! I know you love natural scents and the world of plants, but do you know an Aromatherapist who may be interested in sharing their story? Are you an Aromatherapist who would love to participate in keeping the essential oil world alive?

Read on …

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“Interview with an Aromatherapist” was an idea I had years ago and have never had the time to sit down and write the questions. I’ve just been blabbing about my own experiences with aromatherapy and natural perfumery, but I need more interesting people sharing their passion!

 

In a nutshell: 

 – a few pics – definitely one of you and then a couple of others in and or around your natural environment. This could be a pic of the flowers in your vase, your dog or kids, your favourite cafe or tree.

– answer the questions 

– send it back to me hello@suzannerbanks.com.au

 

 

The Specifics:

Submit Your Article Checklist

1. Attach the pics as a file with a name eg me, the park, my dog

2. Answer the questions in the body of an email.

3. Include links to your business web site, facebook page, twitter, and instagram if you like

4. Send to hello@suzannerbanks.com.au with the Subject “Interview with an Aromatherapist”

I will let you know when it is being published so you can share it with your friends, followers and social media sites.

NB

I will edit and compile the article. This may mean omitting a photo that you have sent and/or editing out words or phrases if necessary.

 

frangipani, Sydney

 

The Questions – Keep Your Answers Brief Please

Who are you?                                    

What’s your business name?  

Where are you located? 

What is your first scent memory?

What made you study aromatherapy?  

What is your most prominent aspect of being an Aromatherapist ? eg do you do massage, make products, teach? Maybe you don’t practice at all? Do you just use aromatherapy in your everyday life?             

Give 3 words to describe essential oils.

What is your favourite botanical ingredient (right now)?

Give 3 words in advice to a newcomer using essential oils.

 

cinnamon – my own pic

 

Thanks I look forward to sharing your gifts with the world.