• For the love of Limes

    I have the most gorgeous lime tree at home.  It is not often my tree does not have a prolific branch bending production of fruit on it.  Just picking the limes, leaves your hands with a gorgeous citrusy smell, and as well as smelling so divine they also taste pretty amazing.  My limes are a gorgeous bright green that turn to yellow when left on the tree.  Usually I just use my limes for cooking, or to squeeze into water or tea, I occasionally grate the rind and use it in biscuits and other dishes gives foods a tangy refreshing taste.  I did try my hand at using the rind in my dehydrator, which I then made into a course powder to use in cooking, teas etc.   The smell of the dehydrated lime peel was amazing and it tasted pretty good too, just remember to take off as much pith as you can, it can leave a slightly bitter taste.  I cant wait to try putting these whole fruits through the hydrosol still..... and discovering what the end result will be.


    The fresh citrusy aroma of lime, I find joyous, uplifting and energising.  The many uses of limes and the essential oil is amazing.  Therapeutic uses of this oil may include,  antimicrobial - for help with throat infections and influenza.  Detoxification - to help with fluid retention and cellulite.  Psychological - to ease mental fatigue or stress and anxiety.  Digestive issues - help ease indigestion, as well as for skin care where it may act as an astringent, and use in perfumery, where it may act as a top note blending well with lavender, rosemary and neroli. 

    I love the thought of using it for magical purposes as well, these could include for clearing or cleansing a room or magical tools.  It may help to protect from negativity and offer psychic protection.  Lime oil is associated with the crown chakra and the zodiac sign Leo.  Its elements are fire and water.

    Interestingly lime juice was always carried on sailing ships years ago, to help prevent scurvy outbreaks, even thought there was no understanding of vitamins or the medicinal benefits of fruits and vegetables in those times.  

    The oil blends well with other oils such as Lavender, Rosemary, Lemon, Neroli and Ylang Ylang.

    General safety cautions - Lime oil is phototoxic. Also recommended is to keep this oil in a dark airtight container, either in a cool area or even in the fridge.   


    I made up a small blend of 2 parts Lime, 3 parts Black Pepper, 1 part Peppermint and 1 part Ylang Ylang, for use in my defuser.  I find it clears my head, it is energising and uplifting and is just plain divine smelling in my home.  





  • Alchemist Retreat - October 2019

    Spoil yourself and join us for a weekend retreat to be held at our medicinal herb farm in October 2019. This is a Limited Ticket event with only ten tickets available. We are keeping this small to ensure everyone forges good connections and has the opportunity to really learn.
    Nestled amongst 100 year old gum trees, a rainforest with a creek and organic permaculture gardens, you will be treated to an entire weekend of relaxation and learning.
    Arrive on the Friday night and enjoy an evening of welcomes and tea ceremonies beside the fire pit with your new friends.
    Saturday and Sunday will include forest food walks, and an array of workshops on medicinal aromatic blending, botanical perfume making, medicinal herbs and more. You will feel relaxed with Yoga nidra and relaxations.
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included and highlighted with most meals being exquisite plant treats by a local chef with all organic fresh produce.
    Accommodation at default price is twin share a couple of minutes up the road allowing you time away to rest and chill out by yourself or your new friends. 
    The cost of this weekend retreat includes all workshops, accommodation and fresh plant based produce.
    Situated in the picturesque country town of Mirboo North, we are 3 minutes from the town centre. Only an hour and a half from Melbourne CBD, this is one of Gippsland's hidden treasures.
    Payment plans available with a non refundable deposit of $200.

    Early Bird Price before June 15 - $695.65
    Full price - $745.00

    If you would like a private room it is an additional $150 per night. Please contact to arrange.
    Please contact us to secure a ticket. There are two tickets left.
  • Monograph - Amyris

    Amyris (Amyris Balsamifera)

    This Amyris is wildcrafted in India and is part of the Rutaceae family.

    It is often referred to as being similar to sandalwood which many are familiar with.

    Amyris is steam distilled from the bark of fallen and dried trees.

    Chemical Composition

    Amyris contains valerianol (22 percent), beta-eudesmol (17 percent), gamma-eudesmol (11 percent) and elemol (10 percent).Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety(United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 212.] Caryphyllene, cadinene and cadinol. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 82.]

    Cautions and contraindications

    Safety Information: Tisserand and Lawless both indicate that Amyris Oil appears to be non-toxic. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 212.] [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 82.]


    Amyris is used to help lift the spirit. I use it for clients with depression. It is also an excellent choice in a blend for diffusing during meditation. If you like making natural perfumes you will love this as a fixative.

    Therapeutic Actions

    Amyris oil has antiseptic, sedative, decongestant and emollient properties.

  • Monograph - Orange (Sweet)

    Certified Organic African Sweet orange - Citrus Sinensis L.

    Our Sweet Orange oil is cold-pressed from certified organic orange peels from South Africa.

    Family: Rutaceae

    Growing & Harvesting method: Certified organic expressed

    Perfumery Note: Top

    Origin: Africa

    Aroma: Sweet, citrusy, tangy, intense, concentrated

    Aromatic Intensity: 3-4

    Scent Group: Citrus

    Colour: Yellowy orange to dark orange

    Perfume Note: Middle

    Blends well with: other citrus oils, vetiver, sandalwood, amyris, cedarwood, lavender, florals such as ylang ylang, geranium, rose, cinnamon and clove and other spices.

    Chemical Composition: Around 93% Limonene, 2.8% B Myrcene and .08% a-Pinene


    As Patricia Davis points out so eloquently - with the orange tree producing orange oil, neroli and petitgrain, "what generosity of spirit this tree offers us".

    Orange oils creates an uplifting happy atmosphere. Use it when you are feeling sad or down. It nourishes and creates happiness. Children love the aroma of orange oil.

    Therapeutic Actions:

    Sweet orange oil is cited in research as an antidepressant, antispetic, anstispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, digestice, lumphatic, stimulant, sedative, as well as being antimicrobial, antispetic and anxiolytic.

    Aromatherapy Uses

    You may wish to use sweet orange in formulations with other oils to support swollen tissues, cellulite, acne or dry and irritated skin, as well as rough or calloused skin (Battaglia, S., Complete Guide to Aromatherapy)

    Sweet orange can be used in foot baths, baths, massage, skin care, compresses, diffusion or inhalation.

    Magical Uses

    Chakra: Linked with the solar plexus and sacral chakras.

    Elemental: Fire/Sun

    Astrology: Leo, Saggitarius


    For antiseptic or supercial infection care blend at a ratio of 1:1 with lavandula angustifolia at a total blend ratio of 3% diluted in carrier oil.

    For holistic emotional wellbeing consider diffusing with grapefruit, melissa leaf, palmarosa or ylang ylang, chamomile, jasmine or a blend of all at an equal part ratios. If using topically dilute to a maximum ratio of 3%.

    Cautions/Contraindications: Generally considered safe (GRAS) however may cause skin irritation so always best to dilute

    Other Information:

    Citrus oils are easily oxidised. It is often best to keep them in a fridge. Ensure that the bottle does not have too much air in it. Personally if I have purchased a 10ml bottle and find myself with say 3 ml left, I will decant that into a smaller bottle to extend shelf life to prevent oxidisation. You will smell when oils are rancid. If your orange oil becomes rancid over the years, simply put into a spray bottle with some distilled water and use as an antibacterial spray in your shower or toilet areas.




  • The Apothecary Box - The Spring Edition

    Happy Spring to you from our Harriet Herbery Headquarters!

    To celebrate the season of Spring we have sent off The Apothecary Box filled with goodies.

    The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the frogs are croaking and so many plants are waiting to grow to bring you great medicine in your garden!

    To celebrate the amazing work from Save The Bees Australia, we have partnered with them this season to bring you organic Borage seeds. Borago Officinalis is one of the kindest plants for bees. The nectar regenerates every few minutes making them a haven for our bee friends. Every borage seed you plant will contribute to saving the planet! And you can read more about this beautiful medicine below to see how it can help you too!


    Botanical Name: Borago officinalis L.

    Other Common Names: Starflower

    Habitat: Borage thrives in a calcareous and nutrient-rich soil.

    Description: Borago officinalis is an annual plant of the Boraginaceae family (the borage or forget-me-not family). It self seeds so well that it is often considered a perennial.

    The plant is covered with stiff coarse hairs which can be quite prickl, and it can grow up to 90 cm high .

    The large star-shaped flowers are in sparse clusters. They have five petals that are purple at first but then turn blue.

    Culinary Uses:

    My daughter and I love picking the flowers and putting them into ice cube trays. Grab your favourite glass and enjoy your water with flower cubes! They look spectacular!

    Medicinal Uses:

    The leaves, flowers and the oil extracted from the seeds are used in herbal medicine. The leaves and flowers are usually used fresh. If you are drying the herb, use it within a year as it will lose its medicinal effects quite easily after that.

    Borage oil is said to assist in regulating the hormonal system, lowering blood pressure and cholesteral levels. Borage is great for the immune system and may help to prevent allergies, premenstrual problems and prostate disorders.

    The herb has been used traditionally as an herbal remedy to treat cystitis, urinary tract infections, kidney inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, catarrh, pneumonia, tuberculosis and gastritis.

    Externally, borage is traditionally used to assist itchy inflamed skin, rashes, arthritis, gout and some wounds.

    Cautions & Contraindications:

    Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding. People suffering from epilepsy, schizophrenia or those taking the drug Phenothiazine are cautioned not to take Borage.

    Some plants of the Boraginaceae family may cause inflammation and skin dermatitis so be careful when harvesting and drying the plant.

    Yarrow & Helichrysum Cream

    Yarrow & Helichrysum Herbal Cream

    Yarrow is one of my favourite herbs especially with children! Traditionally, yarrow is used for rashes, itchy skin and other skin issues. You can use it in many other ways too but for this cream - this is why it's included.

    The exquisite and precious Helichrysum Italicum oil is also added to this cream. It smells beautiful and is another of my favourite plants for the skin. It is traditionally used topically as a powerful anti inflammatory. This combination of plants in this herbal cream make it perfect to use after you've been busy in the garden planting all your new seeds!

    Harriet Herbery African Orange Organic

    African Orange (Sweet) - Citrus Aurentium

    Botanical Name: Citrus sinensis

  • Family: Rutaceae
  • Composition: 100% Pure Sweet Orange Essential Oil
  • Origin: South Africa
  • Method of Extraction: Cold-pressed
  • Cultivation/Harvesting: Organic
  • Plant Part: Peel
  • Color: Deep yellow to orange

    What a joyous oil this African Orange is. And it's certified organic! Sweet orange is one oil that should be in everyone's home. It's friendly around children and is uplifting and bright.

    • Perfumery Note: Top
    • Aroma: Intense and tangy - a great citrus aroma
    • Blends well with: florals, citrus, clary sage, vetiver, ruh khus, peppermint, lavender, vanilla, sandalwood, and spices such as black pepper, clove and cinnamon.

    Sweet orange essential oil can be applied topically, as a compress, in the bath, through direct inhalation, or through your diffuser. Because of its potential phototoxic effects, it should always be diluted and topical applications should be avoided prior to sunlight exposure.

    Sweet Orange Essential Oil Recipes

    • Diffuser Blend: 4 drops sweet orange oil, 3 drops black pepper oil, 2 drops, neroli oil, 4 drops vanilla oil
    • Cleansing: Add a few drops to a 30ml spray bottle of distilled water or orange blossom hydrosol and use as a nice cleansing room spray

    Sweet orange oil, along with grapefruit oil, contains the highest percentage of limonene, a natural compound, which has been studied for its chemopreventive effects to support cancer treatment. A study led by Mei University in Japan found that using orange oil reduced the dosage necessary for patients suffering with depression.

    The main chemical constituents of Orange Oil are: Limonene, Monoterpene Hydrocarbons (β- Myrcene and α-Pinene), Alcohols (Citronellol, Geraniol, and Linalool), and Aldehydes (Neral).

    Sweet orange is an stimulant, digestive, detoxicant, anti-inflammatory, analgestic, sedative, antiseptic, expectorant, bronchodilator, antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antioxidant and anti-anxiety.

    White Grapefruit Essential Oil

    White Grapefruit - Citrus Paradisi

  • Botanical Name: Citrus paradise
  • Family: Rutaceae
  • Composition: 100% Pure Grapefruit Essential Oil
  • Method of Extraction: Cold-pressed
  • Cultivation/Harvesting: Organic
  • Plant Part: Peel
  • Color: Pale to yellow
  • Perfumery Note: Top
    Aroma: Sweet, light citrus notes with that vague sour grapefruit aroma
    Blends well with: other citrus, clary sage, florals, lavender.


    Grapefruit essential oil can be applied topically, as a compress, in the bath, through direct inhalation, or through your diffuser. Because of its potential phototoxic effects, it should always be diluted and topical applications should be avoided prior to sunlight exposure.

    Grapefruit Essential Oil Recipes

    • Diffuser Blend: 6 drops grapefruit, 4 drops sweet orange oil, 2 drops lavender, 1 drop spearmint - enjoy the zest of awakening! This is a lovely refreshing blend.
    • Cleansing: Blend with the sweet orange oil and distilled water to clean benchtops and toilets.

    As above, grapefruit and sweet orange oils contain the highest percentage of limonene, a natural compound, which has been studied for its chemopreventive effects to support cancer treatment. A study led by Mei University in Japan found that using orange oil reduced the dosage necessary for patients suffering with depression.

    Grapefruit is a diuretic, disinfectant, stimulant, antidepressant, antiseptic, lymphatic, and tonic substance.

    Ascendance Synergy Blend

    Ascendance Synergy Blend by Harriet Herbery


    I had an old witchy friend of mine over recently and we were chatting away as I was making this blend. I wanted something that was calm and relaxing yet sprang into action for the Spring Season.

    We were smelling all the chakra blends and talking about each chakra and how they resonated so well but we both felt this new synergy blend Ascendance seems to lift all the energy and all the chakras up.

    Enjoy this from inhaling from the bottle or diffusing. I hope it cheers and clears for the Spring Season!

    This blend contains Lavender, Frankincense, Marjoram, Lemon and Roman Chamomile. This is now a part of the staple Harriet Herbery Synergy Blends and you will be able to purchase it again in the future. I hope you love it!

    Honey Myrtle Hydrosol

    Honey Myrtle Hydrosol Harriet Herbery 

    Honey Myrtle hydrosol is distilled from the aerial parts of the Melaleuca teretifolia. This hydrosol is made in Western Australia from one of my favourite suppliers who use organic and wildcrafting practices.
    It is best to keep hydrosols in the fridge to extend shelf life of which you generally have around two years with this one.
    Honey Myrtle has a clean lemon aroma and tastes similar to the smell.
    Traditionally, honey myrtle hydrosol is used for PTSD and ADHD and can be beneficial being blended with other hydrosols for this purpose.
    Honey Myrtle is antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and astringent and has anxiolytic properties that lend itself to lowered blood pressure. Honey Myrtle hydrosol is excellent as an aid for eczema, digestion, intestinal spasms, and cramping. It may also aid with water retention and digestive upsets. 

    Eileen Mallard Soaps for The Apothecary Box

    Guest Soap from Eileen Mallard

    I met the lovely Eileen at a workshop awhile back with Mark Webb's CO2 class. We bonded over our love of plants and being vegetarian. She's a delightful aromatherapist and human being and she makes exquisite vegan soaps - so enjoy whichever gorgeous creation you were lucky enough to get! These soaps are just divine to clean all that dirt off your gardening hands. 

    Let me know what you think!

    Please feel free to upload your pictures onto our FB page or group. Ask any questions and of course check out Save the Bees to see how you can champion change and help make the world a better place for us and our children and theirs.
    Lots of love, Laura & the Harriet Herbery team xx

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