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?

 

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.

 


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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.

 


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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?

 


kids!

 

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.

 

 

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

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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?

 

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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.
Wikipedia

 


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.”

Wikipedia

 

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”

Silver

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


Forgive

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

 


 

Divine

Australian sandalwood     12 drops 

Ylang Ylang                         6 drops

petitgrain                             6 drops

 


 

cinnamon – my own pic

 

Cocktails!

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

 


 

Thanks

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. 

 

May Chang – A Princess or an Essential Oil?

Hello natural beauties! This oil has been popping up in my mind and in my oil collection lately so I thought it was about time (again), to have a closer look at May chang (Litsea cubeba), the sunny little oil that could.

 

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The flower of Litsea cubeba – pic via ec.europa.eu/europeaid/

 

May Chang   Litsea cubeba

This gorgeous, sparkly essential oil is made from the berries of the tree which is native to China and south-east Asia. I was first introduced to it when a friend brought some back from her holiday in Thailand about 20 years ago. It’s part of the Lauraceae family which also holds cinnamon and rosewood. May chang, and these oils too, have a subtle peppery note about them too.

It is a lemon scented oil and is high in neral and geranial which is are monoterpenoid structures within the oil. It is however, more than that. It smells like bubbly lemonade. It has a 3D effervescence about it, and that’s probably not possible – can you smell effervescence?. Well I reckon you can in this lovely oil.

Mainly used for fragrance in soaps, May chang does have therapeutic properties in Aromatherapy and other modalities. In traditional Chinese medicine according to Salvatore Battaglia:

 

“….May chang is used to treat dysmenorrhoea that is relieved with heat or pressure, stomach aches, lower back pain, chills headaches and muscular aches from external conditions.”

 

So from this we can see that is has a warming quality to it, which you would expect from the local name of ‘mountain pepper”.It’s also described as a great oil for respiratory issues like asthma is it also being used in heart research in China.

 

Litsea cubeba berry- pic via /www.bellabaci.com

 

I call it a happiness oil. Here’s an excerpt from my book

“Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils”

Chines

“If you search for May chang on the internet, you may come across images of a super-cute, young Chinese princess from the Chang clan in the Xing Dynasty. She is a fictional character in a Japanese manga series. Her quest is to seek the grand alchemist who will help her fine-tune her skills of making elixirs, master the art of chi to cure ailments, and bring her back to her clan back to its former glory by finding the secret to immortality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Princess may chang – pic via http://vsbattles.wikia.com/wiki/May_Chang

 

…. I use it to call in the energy of the sun into my heart and maintain a sense of purity, innocence and lightness…. It seems the creators of Princess May chang took into the account the uses of the oil and transferred its healing properties into very essence. Perhaps one of the secrets to a long life is happiness?”

 

If you haven’t tried this gorgeous sunny oil yet please do – and let me know how much you love it!