Using Essential Oils in the Time of Covid 19

Hello natural beauties! Keep calm and use essential oils. If you are an essential oil enthusiast I know you’ll be making your own anti-bacterial concoctions. And the words to note here are ANTI-BACTERIAL and Corona VIRUS. Some essential oils have been shown to exhibit antiviral activity, but so far we can’t say for certain if any oil will stop you from getting the virus. In fact, we cant say that at all. But by using essential oils for cleaning surfaces and hands, we will be limiting our exposure to the person-to-person transmission of the virus, and reducing the amount of other bacteria too.

 

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Dried lemon myrtle leaves – pic via http://www.abc.net.au

I’ve started making a re-usable hand wipe with essential oils and carrying it with me in my bag. I make a new one every couple of days, using different essential oils, and put the old one in the wash. This doesn’t have alcohol in it so I can’t say it has complete anti-bacterial capabilities, however, it’s the first line of defense and soft on your hands.

Check out my little video:

A quick, easy, reusable and portable first line of defense for your hands on the go

What essential oils will be best to use? I love lemon myrtle best of all for an antiviral oil along with lemon-scented tea tree. I’d also go with thyme and oregano as antibacterial and include lavender and eucalyptus and tea tree – just for starters. Myrrh as well.


Which oils do some high profile aromatherapy experts recommend as having anti-viral technology?

Salvatore Battaglia recommends these oils:

clove, hyssop, manuka, patchouli, thyme, marjoram, peppermint, oregano, eucalyptus, tea tree, myrtle, sandalwood, rose and a few more too!

Patchouli leaf – pic via toptropicals.com

Dr E. Joy Bowles: gives some advice from March 12, 2020:

“So people are clamoring for a natural preventative for the new virus… Best of all is to do all the health-building activities you know about already: EAT HEALTHY, SLEEP ENOUGH, EXERCISE EVERY DAY, DE-STRESS… And really DO…

We don’t know which essential oils kill this new virus… It’s too new. By all means be a test subject for your own experiments, but please, keep a record of what you do and the results… Could be helpful later…”

Thyme is not vulgar! Hehe

Farida Irani notes these oils: lime, clove,


Dr Penoel refers to monoterpenols as having antiviral effects: lavender, melissa, peppermint, basil, oregano, marjoram, sage, clary sage, and thyme among others.


Patricia Davis says: bergamot, eucalyptus and tea tree.


Sylla Sheppard-Hanger lists quite a few and here’s some for you: rosewood, cinnamon, myrrh, palmarosa, eucalyptus, melissa, helichrysum, eucalyptus, lemon, thyme, hyssop, ravensara, niaouli…

I used patchouli, lemon scented eucalyptus, myrtle and oregano in my surface and hand sanitiser

I also made my own surface and hand sanitiser with perfume grade alcohol and oregano, lemon eucalyptus, patchouli and myrtle (I ran out of lemon myrtle). I used 26 drops in 50mls, but 20 drops would be enough. Be careful when using alcohol on your hands for extended periods of time because it will really dry out your hands. A great base to use is aloe vera gel – but it can be a bit sticky. does not contain alcohol, therefore, less effective and is not great for surfaces! See pic above.

I hope you take this all on board and use these beautiful gifts from nature, to help your immunity and help everyone at the same time. May The Force be with you and wash your hands.

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!

 

Spring and Autumn – Nourishing Body Oil Blend Recipes for Seasonal Change

Hi natural beauties and natural scent lovers from all over the world! I hope you’re feeling wonderful and ready for some self-care and nourishment. It’s (almost) spring in Sydney and maybe you’re somewhere that’s starting to get a little chilly as the leaves are preparing to float away into the autumn breeze. Lets check out a few recipes to help your skin stay hydrated, plump and elastic.

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A classic Australian native – wattle – spotted in the park yesterday

 

From Winter into Spring

You may be experiencing dry, flaky skin from being covered up all winter. Hot showers and indoor heating add extra dryness and you could even seem to have crocodile skin too! Especially on your legs.

Prepare your skin properly before smothering it in an oil blend. This could include

  1. dry brushing – which is fantastic for your skin and circulation too. Check out my article To Dry Brush or Not?
  2. skin scrub in the shower or bath made from natural ingredients like coffee, ground nuts and seeds and some oil
  3. body puff – rather than a loofah – see my article To Loofah or To Body Puff?
  4. have a shower to rid yourself of any skin floating around and get ready to oil up baby!

 

The best dry brushes are made from plant fibres and have detachable arms – pic via amazon.com

 

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”

 

“Gator Be Gone”

in jojoba

Bergamot .            3 drops

Lavender              3 drops

Carrot seed          2 drops


 

“Smooth and Sexy”

in almond oil

Orange                 4 drops

Ylang Ylang           2 drops

Patchouli               2 drops


 

“Spring Into Action”

in sunflower and grape seed oil

Peru Balsam        2 drops

Palmarosa            2 drops

Lemon                 2 drops

Peppermint          1 drop


 

Divine jasmine!

 

From Summer into Autumn

Have you had a lot of sun this summer? Even if you don’t go to the beach or spend time outdoors, and even if you wear sunscreen on your face, your skin is still living in a warmer environment and will need a different type of care.

Be gentle with your skin, especially on your face and prepare your self with a very gentle body and face scrub made from natural ingredients, shower off and smother yourself in a beautiful oil blend you have made especially for you!

 

“Feel the Heat”

in sunflower oil

Rose in 3% jojoba         20 drops *  see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba


 

“Soothe and Soften”

in jojoba oil

Mandarin         4 drops

Lavender         3 drops

Geranium        1 drop


 

” Sunkissed”

in apricot oil

Indian rosewood     4 drops

Marjoram                3 drops

Vetiver                    1 drop


 

Rose is the Queen of oils

 

Changing seasons brings new hope and new energy. With that energy, nourish yourself with luxurious body oil blends, all natural and created by you. 

Do you have a favourite blend?

 

Double Happiness – A New Botanical Perfume by banks botanicals

Hello natural scent lovers from far and wide. I’m excited to launch my new range of botanical perfumes! The range, called REVELATION, corresponds with my book of the same name. Each perfume represents a “Revelation Formula” from one of the ten chapters on essential oils. I’m excited to share them with you, one by one. Let’s go!

 

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From the Happiness chapter in my book, double happiness the botanical perfume has leapt into reality.

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions”

14th and present Dalai Lama

double happiness - the full size 9ml roll on bottle

double happiness – the full size 9ml roll on bottle $97 AUD

 

“Happiness is a state of being. Often people never find this wonderful state of harmony because they are waiting for external forces to help them out.

Make a decision in your heart and mind to be happy, independent of the daily ups and downs, independent of what material possession you have, and independent of what others think”

Suzanne R Banks

“Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils”

 

 

“Using essential oils is a great way to inspire happiness especially citrus oils, which have a light and tangy scent. 

Just one sniff of an oil can give you a boost of instant joy.

The energetic effect will trickle down into the quiet space inside you, so you almost become the oil itself, radiating the essence of Mother Nature.”

Me. I’m quoting myself again…

 

double happiness -1ml sample size

double happiness -1ml sample size $12 AUD

 

My formula for double happiness is to really amp up the oils I have placed in the Happiness section of the book.

All my perfumes are hand-made, organic, vegan, jojoba oil based.

double happiness is a fun, fizzy combination of rose geranium and mint. Melissa brings complex lemon drops with a splash of sparkling citrus by may chang and white grapefruit. Patchouli deepens the finish of this scent with a softness that creates a heavenly, pretty perfume.

Just one whiff will brighten your day and add some extra happiness to your being.

Ingredients: essential oils of white grapefruit, rose geranium, *spearmint, *patchouli, *melissa, *may chang and *peppermint in *jojoba. *certified organic.

1ml sample  $12 AUD

9ml roll-on   $97 AUD

 

 

Thanks so much. What brings you double happiness?

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The Wonders of Wintergreen

Thanks for tuning in again natural beauties. This week a client and friend brought me a gift from the USA – Wintergreen Life Savers. She had promised she would bring some back to me so I could have a taste – and had been inspired to do this after I used wintergreen in an oil blend for one of her treatments. She said that this lolly was a blast from the past and a loved candy from her childhood.

 

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As you can see from the comment in my pic above – wintergreen as a flavouring for a candy is very unusual for me (and I would think many Aussies too). To me it’s like eating a sports rub like Deep Heat or Dencorub. It is commonly used as a flavouring in America, but I’m not sure if it’s embraced the same way in other parts of the world. After the initial blast and sensation of the essential oil of wintergreen in my mouth, the fragrance subsided into a general sweetness. Phew.

Some of my classic aromatherapy text books warn against using this oil at all, which seems strange when you can eat it in a lolly )this is however, at an extremely low dosage). Wintergreen is an essential oil of warmth, expansion and healing and can be used in an external oil blend for:

  • sore muscles
  • a chest cough
  • a headache
  • tension
  • poor circulation

I think the reason this oil is misunderstood is that some texts say it is high in the same chemical constituents that are in aspirin – but that’s not quite true. It has a high concentration of methyl salicylate ……

“Methyl salicylate is good for some people, not for others. A blanket contraindication is not necessary, but it is best avoided in pregnancy – all salicylates are teratogenic in sufficient amount, including methyl salicylate and aspirin (acetyl salicylic acid). Methyl salicylate must be absolutely avoided by anyone taking blood-thinning drugs, as it increases the action of the drug, and this causes blood to leak into tissues and  internal bruising occurs.

 

Wintergreen oil has some wonderful properties, but I would not like to see it used at more than 5%.”

 

Robert Tisserand

 

wintergreen - Gaultheria procumbens

wintergreen – Gaultheria procumbens

 

NB: As Robert Tisserand says above, he would not recommend using this at a higher concentration then 5%. Well 5% is a very high concentration in aromatherapy as mostly our oil blends are a standard 2.5%.

I have used this oil with an elderly client who is on blood thinners and it really helps him with back pain. I don’t use it all the time and when I do make a blend I always add other oils too.

Common sense and intuition must always play a part when you use essential oils. One size does not fit all. 

 

Here are a few recipes for an oil blend at 2.5%

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”

 

Wintergreen with frost - pic via http://tcpermaculture.com/

Wintergreen with frost – pic via http://tcpermaculture.com/

 

“BRRR I’m Freezing”

Wintergreen     1 drop

Lemon             7 drops

 


 

“The Anti Cough”

Wintergreen         2 drops

Marjoram             2 drops

Frankincense     4 drops

 


 

“Period Pain-Away”

Wintergreen     2 drops

Lavender         4 drops

Peppermint     1 drop

 


 

“Oh My Aching Knees”

Wintergreen     3 drops

Ginger             3ginger drops

Cypress          2 drops

 


Do you like wintergreen?

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

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Lavender for Summer AND Winter Skin

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Hello natural beauties I hope you’re all faring well after the New Year. I’m so grateful I’ve been having  lots of lovely beach time this summer, which also means I have tan, and have been exposed to lots of UV rays. Lavender is the perfect essential oil to cool summer skin, but even if you’re in the dead of winter, it’s perfect for you too! Read on to find out how this amazing oil of oils can help you now ….

 

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SUMMER

  • Lavender has always been used to treat burns as its high linalool and linalyl acetate content helps soothe hot skin.
  • Used as a calming oil you can see how this relates to stress, sleep, healing skin and soothing skin too.
  • Mix a few drops of lavender oil into some natural aloe vera gel for the perfect after-sun treatment (although it can be a bit sticky)
  • Add a few drops of this amazing oil into your favourite body or face moisturiser to help soothe and repair sun damaged skin
  • Have a luke warm bath with some coconut milk and 4 drops of lavender
  • Make a body oil blend with lavender and your favourite cold pressed oil using this ratio:

 

lovely lavender in my neighbour's planter box out the frot

lovely lavender in my neighbour’s planter box out the front

 

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”

 

“After Sun Special”

Lavender        4 drops

Peppermint    2 drops

Vetiver            1 drop

 

I took this pic in Mexico in 2014

I took this pic in Mexico in 2014

 


WINTER

Warm up in winter with essential oils

Warm up in winter with essential oils

 

While lavender is wonderful for soothing and calming summer skin how can it help you in winter?

  • Lavender is an ancient healing herb oil that has strength and tenacity which is what one often needs to brave the winter months
  • Your skin can become very dry due to many reasons – artificial heating, hot showers and baths and by being continually covered up the dead skin cells often don’t have anywhere to escape to, leaving you dry and flaky
  • Lavender is the perfect oil to nurture you in the cold by doing steam inhalations to bring colour and life into your face – even add a few drops to your shower to give you an all over steam inhalation
  • Add a few drops to a hot foot bath to increase circulation
  • And as above: add a few drops of this amazing oil into your favourite body or face moisturiser to help soothe and repair dry skin
  • Make a body oil blend with lavender and your favourite cold pressed oil using the ratio above:

“Warm me up, Give Me Strength”

Lavender         3 drops

Rosemary        2 drops

Ginger             2 drops

 

Lavender in Sydney

Lavender in Sydney

 

“When in doubt, use lavender”

                       Suzanne R Banks

Ah yes there I go quoting myself again, hehe.

Do you use lavender all year round? I’d love to know x

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Essential Oils and their Keywords – Part 3

Essential oils tend to be grouped together as to their physical healing properties – but what about the way they treat our spirit and minds too? For example marjoram, lavender and rosemary are great for muscles; rose, geranium and patchouli are wonderful for skin health; fennel and juniper can help relieve joint swelling. Of course essential oils often have more than one quality and the art of aromatherapy allows synergistic combinations to be formulated to expand their individual powers. Read on to discover how I feel about some of my favourite oils.

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Please check out my new book REVELATION! – Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils

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Patchouli leaf - pic via toptropicals.com

Patchouli leaf – pic via toptropicals.com

Patchouli

peace, earthly: nurture your body

Peppermint

removes resistance

Petitgrain

potentiality

Peru balsam

softness, protection

Pine

abundance through others

Rose is the Queen of oils

Rose is the Queen of oils

Rose

divine love, self-love, self nurturing, Cleopatra

Rose geranium

cheeriness

Rosemary

remember

Rosewood

giving and receiving; flow of love in the heart

Sage

wisdom; courage

Sandalwood

opens the chakras; sacred sexuality

Spearmint

Spearmint

Spearmint

lighten up

Spikenard

chill out, stop thinking

Tea tree

purge negativity

Thyme

detox

Vetiver

centredness; tranquility

Ylang Ylang

release anger & frustration

Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils

Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils

All the oils and their keywords are quotes from my book. You will find the links to buy the book at the top of the post.

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

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