Recently one of my best friends Suzanne R Banks, an amazingly fab Aromatherapist,wrote and published a book on Essential Oils called “Revelation! Reveal Your Destiny With Essential Oils”. I finished it last night and it really is a fantastic read. Its almost as if she’s having a conversation with you directly.
here’s her website
I woke up thinking about how Aromatherapy relates to being vegan. Lots of people who are vegans still use commercially produced skin care and home care products. Lots don’t, however I know many who do. In Suzanne’s book she talks about making your own products and gives lots of hints on how to energetically connect with the oils, to not only empower your mind body and spirit, but to also empower your environment.
Personally, I have used essential oils for the last 20 years, since attending a workshop with Suzanne. Suzanne has now gone on to become an amazingly successful Aromatherapist who has treated many famous clients including Doreen Virtue and Louise L Hay.
I’ve always had a very keen sense of smell and found perfume to be overpowering, especially once I started using essential oils in a blend I would make for myself. A couple of years ago, I got out of the habit of my daily routine with oils and was seduced by a few perfumes and started wearing them again.
I spent a bit of time with Suzanne recently and being in her space was made aware again of just how awful these perfumes are comparatively to essential oils. So I came home and emptied out my perfume bottles and recycled them. I make an oil blend every day (using almond oil as a carrier oil) before I get in the shower, being mindful of how I’m feeling and what feelings I would like to bring into my day with me, cause lets face it, even when we wake up and say our prayer of gratitude, during our day we can be also overwhelmed by “stuff” going on in our lives. Some days I intentionally choose a particular oil or oils, and some days I just allow my hand to pick up a bottle and that’s what I’ll use. Right after Ive dried off, whilst my skin is still moist and warm, I’ll massage the blend into my entire body.
People often remark on my skin, and many people ask me what “work” I’ve had done. I find that pretty funny..I would never inject anything into my face. I’m proud of how I look and at 61 (on saturday-how did THAT happen ?LOL), I can honestly say its been using essential oils and meditating for 20 years that has kept my skin youthful. I use Rosehip oil on my face, and now, after reading Suzannes book, I’m going to add a little frankinsense into that on some days.
I’ve never used soap on my face, always cleansed my makeup off with almond oil and now buy ethical vegan makeup when I need to replace makeup.
Now we’re moving into summer, I spend as much time as I can at the beach. I LOVE it. In my adult years and since we have become aware of sun damage and the high UV factor here in Australia, I’ve used SPF 30 sunscreen. Now I find out that they’re possibly more damaging to the skin than the sun!!! There are of course, some fabulous natural sunscreen products out there to buy, and they’ve been available for a long time, but they are expensive and not always within my budget,to be 100% honest.
So…..why not make your own??
Here’s a great sunscreen recipe I suggest you try.
Buy yourself a dark brown or blue screw top jar or small bottle.
2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon shea butter
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon aloe gel
2 tsp zinc oxide powder
(you will be able to purchase this at a compounding pharmacy or at an essential oil supplies company, just google where to buy it and your location)
Mix it all together and it will keep in a jar for 6 months.
buy Suzannes book here