Smell of the Day: Banksia Seed Pod Aromatherapy Egg

Smell of The Day is about noticing and appreciating the smells around me. Just one smell. It might be a perfume, a fragrant flower, the odour of something cooking, an unpleasant smell. All smells are equal. All smells are interesting. All smells affect us. Smell of The Day posts will feature one smell that made an impact on me that day.

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Banksia seed pod aromatherapy egg

It’s been a stressful couple of weeks. I’ve been unwell for some time with a seemingly untreatable eye infection which makes doing anything vision-oriented (which is everything) difficult. To top it off, our cat got attacked by a feral cat a week ago and has been recovering from multiple wounds and abscesses since then. She’s finally pulling through, and I feel like my eyes might be improving too, so we all had a lovely peaceful time last night and finally got the sleep we needed.

I’m celebrating these small victories and unwinding from the stress by taking it easy today: pottering around the house, rearranging knick-knacks and paintings in the house, mindfully tidying. In the process I was reminded of this lovely hand-turned banksia seed pod “egg”, given to me by a dear friend last summer when she was staying with us. As a follower of my blog and someone interested in all things sensorial herself, she knew that this wonderful little smell-diffusing object would appeal to me.

For those not from Australia, the banksia (according to Wikipedia) is

“…a genus of around 170 species in the plant family Proteaceae. These Australian wildflowers and popular garden plants are easily recognised by their characteristic flower spikes and fruiting “cones” and heads. When it comes to size, banksias range from prostrate woody shrubs to trees up to 30 metres tall. They are generally found in a wide variety of landscapes; sclerophyll forest, (occasionally) rainforest, shrubland, and some more arid landscapes, though not in Australia’s deserts.”
Source: Wikipedia

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Banksia flower

The seed pod is inside the flower and has a hard, woody centre that can be carved. The holes in the seed pod form natural holes for essential oils and the wood itself is porous enough to absorb any oily residue. Here is a seed pod before carving:

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Banksia seed pod

I have a small collection of essential oils, mostly from Auroma and Lavandula lavender farm in Hepburn Springs. With all this infection having lurked in the house, I wanted to fill my little banksia egg with cleansing, refreshing, healing aromas. I chose Siberian Fir Needle for freshness and cleansing, Spike Spanish Lavender for calming, and a few drops of Olibanum for healing. It’s a lovely combination and is doing the trick. I’m amazed at how the little egg radiates the aroma around the room, and even beyond. It’s at least as efficient at diffusing smell as an oil burner, but is prettier and more unique. Here’s to friends and their thoughtful gifts!

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