Pruning Lavender at Paradise Botanical Garden

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Hello natural beauties how are you? I’ve been a bit slack with my posts but I am caring for my elderly parents and that takes up a lot of time. I was happy to escape to Paradise Botanical Garden last week to get some fresh air and help the garden. My job was cutting the lavender and it was a joyous, and cold morning. Avoiding the bees was my biggest challenge.

 

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The garden on the Central Coast just north of Sydney will be having an open weekend with local businesses selling their wares, from refreshments to aromatherapy. Come and visit on the first weekend of August 2020.

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

Make 5 Quick and Easy Perfumes with Only 3 Essential Oils in Each Creation

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Hello natural beauties how are you? After my last blog with poetry about flowers, I feel we need a little bit more inspiration to unlock our hearts and minds during this weird time. Here are a few perfumes you can make in a minute with just 3 essential oils and a few drops of carrier oil.

 

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


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! You could use almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba, grapeseed, sunflower, and many more.

clove studded oranges


Heart

1 x drop cedarwood Atlas

1 x drop lavender

1 x drop orange


Sparkling Butterfly

1 x drop lime

1 x drop geranium

1 x nutmeg


Elemental Energy

1 x drop Siberian fir

1 x drop lemon

1 x drop amber

a fir forest in Finland borrowed from cartinafinland.fi

Sunset

1 x drop Australian sandalwood

1 x drop ylang ylang

1 x petitgrain


Fireside Kisses

1 x drop bergamot

1 x drop peru balsam

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

Rose is the Queen of oils

I hope you enjoy these easy recipes xoxo

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

Rosy Poetry for Isolation and Quiet Time

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Hello natural beauties how are you? I’ve been looking for some fragrant inspiration during isolation and quiet time. I came across some lovely poetry about flowers and picked some special poems about roses, just for you. There is something so special about old fashioned, heavenly scented roses in a garden, and that is exactly what I picture when I read these poems. I hope you enjoy them.

 

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More beautiful roses from my recent trip to New Zealand

The Rose Family

by Robert Frost

The rose is a rose,
And was always a rose.
But the theory now goes
That the apple’s a rose,
And the pear is, and so’s
The plum, I suppose.
The dear only know
What will next prove a rose.
You, of course, are a rose–
But were always a rose.




The Social Climber is pretty in pink

Nobody knows this little Rose

by Emily Dickinson


It might a pilgrim be
Did I not take it from the ways
And lift it up to thee.
Only a Bee will miss it —
Only a Butterfly,
Hastening from far journey —
On its breast to lie —
Only a Bird will wonder —
Only a Breeze will sigh —
Ah Little Rose — how easy
For such as thee to die!



A different rose, in the same park, about 2 years ago

A Red, Red Rose

by Robert Burns

O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry:

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Luve,
And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it ware ten thousand mile.

bliss with roses

One Perfect Rose

by Dorothy Parker

A single flow’r he sent me, since we met.
All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet—
One perfect rose.

I knew the language of the floweret;
“My fragile leaves, ” it said, “his heart enclose.”
Love long has taken for his amulet
One perfect rose.

Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it’s always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.

Do you love roses too?

Persian Love cupcakes with rose water from That Vegan Lady

Dry Skin Brushing with Bodecare Natural Bristle Brushes

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Hello natural beauties how are you? I’ve written about dry brushing before (dry brushing basics and dry brushing for your face) when I discovered some fabulous natural, vegan brushes from Bodecare – one for my face and one for my body. It took me ages to get into it and then after a couple of house moves they disappeared! I was very excited to run into Rebecca from Bodecare at the Sydney Mind Body Spirit Festival last month (before we all got sent inside by Mother Nature). Read on for some simple healthy techniques to make your skin look amazing!

 

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A selection of brushes at the Mind Body Spirit Festival

About Rebecca and Bodecare

Rebecca Gaspert, the owner of Bodecare, has been in the beauty industry for decades. She is a makeup artist and qualified Beauty Therapist who has owned 2 award-winning salons, and that is how her dry brushing journey commenced. Many of her clients had skin problems from dry skin to acne which started her on a trajectory that is now Bodecare. Rebecca started dry brushing in 2003 and has never looked back.

The beautiful Rebecca


What are the benefits of dry brushing?

According to Rebecca, dry brushing:

can improve venous blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, aid in the release of toxins, exfoliate dead skin and reduce ingrown hairs. It can also:

*  Reduce skin conditions such as Psoriasis, Keratosis Pilaris, Eczema and other dry skin conditions.

*  Reduce cellulite

*  Relief of arthritis

*  Increase circulation of scalp

*  Reduce stress

*  Remove bumpy skin

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My fave Bodcare brush is the one with the detachable handle called the TAMPICO FSC BODY BRUSH

6 Tips from Rebecca to Kick Start Your Body Brushing

1.  Always use a plant bristle skin brush. Try the tampico body brush with a removable handle for flexibility.


I love the detachable handle on the Tampico body brush. Give it a go if you’re in quiet Covid19 mode.

2.  Perform on dry skin only as this will provide the best stimulation and exfoliation.

3.  Generally stroke upward in one motion. Except for fingers and toes, you can brush back-and-forth between them.

4.  Ensure you use the jute brush for gentle face exfoliation.  Don’t ever use your body brush.  When brushing, use upside-down U-shape brush strokes, pressure on the upward stroke and lightly on the way down.

This is the wonderful jute face brush, I encourage you to try it, it’s really wonderful!


5.  Always use a good quality organic body cream and face moisturiser after your shower, to ensure your skin is kept hydrated and supple. 

6.  Always clean your brush after use. If you do not clean or allow your body brush to dry completely, you are susceptible to spreading bacteria back on your skin when dry body brushing. Simply use a tea tree hydrosol on the bristles after every use of your brush.

Hey while you’re immersed in natural bristles why not try the toothbrushes too? They have won an award!



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Let me know how you go with your dry brushing – good luck!

A Bee and Some Lavender

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Hello natural beauties how are you? I’ve got a short and succinct post today. Remember to smell the lavender and give thanks to the bees.

 

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Lavender is an ancient healing herb, with many deep and unwavering powers. In my book Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny with Essential Oils, I refer to lavender as an oil of solidarity and that’s what we need right now. It’s a herb and oil that can keep you grounded and feeling strong.

All hail lavender and the pretty little bees that love it too!

A bee in the lavender
Caught on camera somewhere in Sydney


All lavender pics by me – I just cant help myself I love it sooo much.

Thanks lavender, I love you.

Beyond the Essential Oil Recipe Summit – Last Chance for a FREE Seat

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Hello natural beauties! Are you an aromatherapist at heart? Do you love making lotions and potions? Would you like great tips and knowledge from over 50 international essential oil experts? Woo hoo! This summit is for you! I’ll be speaking on November 19th.

Buy my 100% natural and organic botanical perfumes, and paperback book here:

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“Unleash your inner aromatherapist with two whole weeks of free essential oil masterclasses. Learn from therapists, distillers, scientists, essential oil researchers, naturopaths, quality, product formulation, perfumery and environmental and sustainability experts.”

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Here is the link to reserve your  FREE SEAT!

I do my talk from Bali in the high winds!

Over 50 audio visual recordings delivered into your inbox from Nov 19th – Dec 2nd 2018. But they’re only available for one week each.

You will have the option to buy the early bird special which will save you 300 USD! If you are an essential oil enthusiast I highly recommend this option as you’ll have a whole year to download to recordings and accompanying notes.

Sign up now to find out more how to get the FREE advice you’ve been looking for to learn new skills and become your own therapist!

All the experts in one spot!

Here is the link to reserve your  FREE SEAT!

I hope you enjoy it! I know I sure will. Let me know which talks you’ve listened to and love.

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?

 

Beyond the Essential Oil Recipe – in Bali!

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Hello natural beauties I hope you’re all well and happy, and enjoying all the beautiful essential oils available. This past week I’ve been in Bali and although it’s winter I still managed to snap some pretty flowers. I’m also excited to tell you about an international symposium on essential oils, with the focus on how to be more confidant in blending. There will be many great talks and I highly recommend you check it out. I did my interview with the accomplished English author and Aromatherapist Elizabeth Ashley, in a lovely garden in Bali (until it got too windy).

 

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The summit starts November 19th, 2018 and there is an early bird discount available now.

 

Beyond The Essential Oil Recipe (Blending Secrets) Facebook page

 

 

And here are some beautiful winter flowers of Bali:

The beautiful frangipani

 

Lovely tropical winter flowers

 

Flowers and images

 

Indigenous jasmine

 

Thanks so much and stay tuned for a visit to a botanical garden on the way to Ubud.

 

 

Sydney Natural Perfume Workshop, June 23rd, 2018

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Hello natural beauties! I hope you’re well and immersed in some beautiful scents wherever you are. Are you starting to refine your sense of smell, and are eliminating synthetic fragrance from your life? This can be anything from harsh household cleaners, to laundry products right through to skincare and of course your perfume. There’s a way to learn about natural perfume making and if you’re in Sydney you’ll have a chance in a few weeks …. 

 

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Does this workshop sound like fun? 

Here’s the link to buy tickets on Eventbrite.

Hope to see you there!

10 am, Saturday June 23rd @ COMMUNE 901 Bourke St, Waterloo

fun with amber glass and essential oils

 

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?