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!

 

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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red-christmas-ball-in-snow

 

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. 

 

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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10 Recipes with Cedarwood Atlas Essential Oil – Cedrus atlantica

Hello natural scent lovers. It’s been a while since I’ve done a “10 Recipes” post and this gorgeous cedarwood is next on the list. This is a true cedarwood, unlike the more common cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana), which as you can probably tell, is a juniper. Lets get into some recipes ….

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Atlantic cedar

Atlantic cedar

Cedarwood is a great oil that blends well with so many others. As a wood oil it is considered a ‘base’ and in this way can anchor a blend, and help lighter oils from flying away too quickly.

In aromatherapy cedarwood is used:

  • as an astringent for oily skin
  • as a hair and skin tonic
  • for stress relief

I use it for the above and also as an oil of abundance. Yesterday I used it with a client who was quite tired and it helped her relax and get back to her base energy levels, rather than running on Adrenalin and stress. It was very comforting too.

Sexy black diffuser from puzhen.com

Sexy black diffuser from puzhen.com

Scent Your Space

In a traditional oil burner with a candle or a diffuser add 25 drops of oil

Mountain High

Cedarwood Atlas             8 drops

Lime                                8 drops

Pine                                 5 drops

Siberian Fir                       4 drops


Faeries

Cedarwood Atlas            6 drops

Rose Geranium              6 drops

Palmarosa                      10 drops

Cypress                           3 drops


The Only Way is Up     

Cedarwood Atlas             7 drops

Spearmint                        7 drops

Mandarin                          6 drops

Cinnamon                        5 drops


Treat your face - its lovely!

Treat your face – its lovely!

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 face cloth on your face as a compress over the oil mask. Remove excess oil with a tissue or cloth if necessary.

Cedarwood Atlas             1 drop

Frankincense                   1 drop


Sea salt - pic via cooks.ndtv.com

Sea salt – pic via cooks.ndtv.com

Skin Scrub

Use 2 cups of fine sea salt, add some unperformed lotion, or some carrier oil, mix into a paste and then add your essential oils (only a few drops). You’re ready to scrub under the shower or in the bath, but remember to be gentle! If you use the scrub while standing in the bath you can then soak in the salt and oils too. When you shower scrub most of it gets wasted.

Oh Yeah!

Cedarwood Atlas          2 drops

Orange                         2 drops


Date Night

Cedarwood Atlas          1 drop

Patchouli                       1 drop

Ylang Ylang                   2 drops


Anoint yourself with pure essential oil blends

Anoint yourself with pure essential oil blends

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!

Putting Myself First Today

Cedarwood Atlas          1 drop

Geranium                      1 drop

Ginger                           1 drop


 

Get Going!

Cedarwood Atlas          1 drop

Lemongrass                  2 drops


 

Cruise

Cedarwood Atlas          1 drop

Bergamot                      1 drop

Peru Balsam                  1 drop


Wish Upon a Star         

Cedarwood Atlas          1 drop

Basil                             1 drop

Lavender                      1 drop


Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas. See my article about intention.

How do you love using Cedarwood?

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

Check out my YouTube channel too, thanks.

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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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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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Australasian Artisan Botanical Perfume Expo in Sydney, 24th April 2016

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The 12 Days of Christmas – Essential Oil Recipes for Your Home Part 1

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The 12 Days of Christmas – Essential Oil Recipes for Your Home Part 1 – Unashamedly a Re-Blog From Last Year!

The 12 Days of Christmas folk song - pic via wikipedia.org

The 12 Days of Christmas folk song – pic via wikipedia.org

Thought to be of French and English origin this little ditty is called a cumulative song where we build a verse on top of another verse. Its origins lay in France but it was popularised in England in the 1700’s. There is all sorts of information attached to where the lyrics came from and they are all very different but what I know is that even though I might not remember all the 12 gifts my true love gave to me, I sure do know “a partridge in a pear tree”. There also seems to be a lot game birds in this song too but I’m a vegetarian …..

I’ve taken each verse and created an oil blend for you to scent your home. To scent you own space I recommend 25 drops of essential oil, and you can use a traditional oil burner with a candle, an electric vapouriser, or for a quick and easy result put 25 drops of oil into a bowl and pour boiling water over it and leave it to stand – instant aromatherapy!

Partridge in a Pear Tree - pic via www.pspassociation.org.uk

Partridge in a Pear Tree – pic via http://www.pspassociation.org.uk

1. On the first day of Christmas I got a partridge in a pear tree (lucky me).

“A Partridge in a Pear Tree”

Inspiration – contentment, attuning to nature, simplicity

Orange                10 drops

Black Spruce         8 drops

Cedarwood Atlas   4 drops

Patchouli                3 drops

2 Turtle Doves -pic via blupenny.com

2 Turtle Doves -pic via blupenny.com

2. On the second day of Christmas I received 2 turtle doves.

” 2 Turtle Doves”

Inspiration – love, partnership, courtship, romance

Petitgrain           9 drops

Ylang Ylang        8 drops

Rose Geranium  4 drops

Fennel               4 drops

3 french hens - pic via www.booksillustrated.com

3 french hens – pic via http://www.booksillustrated.com

3. On the third day of Christmas I was fortunate to have three french hens come into my life.

” 3 French Hens”

Inspiration – creativity, working together, friendship, loyalty

Lemongrass    7 drops

Lime                8 drops

Cinnamon       6 drops

Sage               4 drops

4 Colly Birds - pic via nostalgicallyyours.blogspot.com -

4 Colly Birds – pic via nostalgicallyyours.blogspot.com –

4. Then unexpectedly on day four, four colly birds swooped me! Those naughty French thrushes!

“4 Colly Birds”

Inspiration – lots of choice, abundance, laughing with friends

Palmarosa                         8 drops

Sandalwood   (Australian)  6 drops

Mandarin                          11 drops

5 gold rings - pic via www.beverlybremer.com

5 gold rings – pic via http://www.beverlybremer.com

5. Here’s the good present – five gold rings (or is it golden)?

“5 Gold Rings”

Inspiration – infinity, universal love, wishes coming true, prosperity

May Chang      6 drops

Cardamom      6 drops

Cypress          13 drops

6 Geese laying - pic via ronwalls.blogspot.com -

6 Geese laying – pic via ronwalls.blogspot.com –

6. I’m running out of room in my backyard for the six geese who are laying eggs!

“6 Geese a-Laying”

Inspiration – happiness, maternal love, caring for others, willingness to share

Peru Balsam   10 drops

Spearmint        8 drops

Lavender         7 drops

Get your essential oils working for you this festive season, they will bring charm and kindness into your life. They will allow you to open to the infinite wisdom of the universe and help others to do the same.

Stay tuned for Part 2 next week.

Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas. See my article about intention.

copryright SR Banks 2014

10 Recipes with Sage Essential Oil – Salvia officanalis

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10 Recipes with Sage Essential Oil – Salvia officanalis

Sage has a beautiful soft leaf with a pungent scent

Sage has a beautiful soft leaf with a pungent scent

I’ve written about sage before calling it “An Essential Oil of Wisdom and Abundance”.

In my book I refer to sage oil as an oil of wisdom and courage and it appears in the chapters about SPIRITUALITY, ABUNDANCE and DHARMA. It is a very powerful oil in its energetic resonance and scent, and I must admit in my practice I don’t use it nearly as much as the other herb oils, (sorry sage). It has a cousin called clary sage which is also quite pungent and both these oils can be used for feminine issues including;

* to stop milk production in lactating women

* to help regulate periods, and even participate in some pain relief with other oils

Sage is also used in aromatherapy today

* as a diuretic

* to ease sore throats

* to ease rheumatic pain

Fresh sage

Fresh sage

So let’s check out some recipes.

1. Open The Bottle and Take a Huge Whiff

Easy. This will open your throat, third eye and crown chakras to the intelligence of the universe.

It will help you realise, and speak the truth. Remember to be kind to yourself.


Classic oil burner with candle

Classic oil burner with candle

 

2. Scent Your Space

In a traditional oil burner with a candle or a diffuser add 25 drops of oil. You will notice the difference in the scent when you use a candle vapouriser as the oils are gently warmed and infused into the atmosphere. The fire of the candle is also transformational in its sheer existence. Transform and cleanse as you scent your space.

“Softly, Gently, Open Your Mind”

Sage            8 drops

Mandarin    12 drops

Patchouli      5 drops


“Stand Up for Yourself”

– in a compassionate way

Sage            6 drops

Fennel          6 drops

Petitgrain     13 drops


“Get Into The Flow”

Sage                   6 drops

Rose Geranium   6 drops

Cinnamon           6 drops

Orange               6 drops


a simple hairdressing mist bottle will do the trick for your amazing essential oil mist

A simple hairdressing mist bottle will do the trick for your amazing essential oil mist

3. Personal Aura Cleansing Mist & Room Mist

In a 50ml mist bottle filled with water add 25 drops of oil

(depending on the packaging you have, you may need to use a little alcohol -like vodka- at the bottom of your bottle first, so the oils disperse into smaller drops to prevent clogging the atomiser top. I’ve found sometimes it works just with water, and sometimes it doesn’t – very annoying!)

“I’ve Got My Own Thing Goin On”

Sage                5 drops

Peru Balsam   10 drops

Lime               10 drops


“I AM Living My Dream Life”

Sage                              8 drops

Bergamot                      10 drops

Sandalwood Australian    4 drops

Lavender                         3 drops


The classic Duralex glass dish is handy to make oil blends and quick perfumes in

The classic Duralex glass dish is handy to make oil blends and quick perfumes in

4. 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!

“I’m Ready for Expansion”

Sage                  1 drop

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


“Owl”

Sage          1 drop

Spearmint  1 drop

Lemon        1 drop


Nourish your body with a beautiful oil blend - pic via redbookmag.com

Nourish your body with a beautiful oil blend – pic via redbookmag.com

5. 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”

“That Time of the Month”

Sage           2 drops

Geranium    3 drops

Lavender     2 drops

Peppermint  1 drop


“Abundantia”

Sage              2 drops

Ylang Ylang    2 drops

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


Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas. See my article about intention.

copryright SR Banks 2014