The Banksia Grandis, or Bull Banksia, is found in the South West of Western Australia. The tree grows to a height of 5 to 15 metres, and its cylindrical yellow flowers can reach up to 35 cm long. It takes 24 months for the flower to mature to the point that the Banksia nut is suitable for picking.
Banksia pods are more porous than wood and will soak up essential oils. They then slowly release the aroma through the holes in the pod, making them an ideal natural diffuser. They do not require water or electricity so are perfect for when you are traveling or for those worried about EMFs.
The collection of the Banksia pods used is regulated by the Department of Parks and Wildlife Western Australia. A royalty is paid to the Western Australian Forestry per seed pod, which goes to aid in forest management and conservation. Only 10% of the Banksia Seed pods can be collected in any one area at a time, and areas are carefully designated to pickers to ensure no one area is ever depleted.
Collectors go into the bush on foot and handpick the pods, to avoid damage to the tree, bushland or wildlife. The pods that are collected have already expelled their seeds and completed their lifecycle.
Banskia pods are completely natural, and not treated with any chemicals. The pods are cut into sections and through a process called woodturning are transformed into the pods and candle holders. They are hand sanded and polished with 100% Australian Canola oil to enhance their natural colour.
Simply remove the stopper from the top of your Aroma pod and carefully pour in your chosen essential oil. We recommend approximately 1-2mls of oil. Replace the stopper and you're all set to go. If you cannot smell your oil, simply add some more.
Each Aroma pod is tested for leaking, but it's best to be careful when placing it on painted or highly polished surfaces. We recommend placing something non-porous underneath your Aroma Pod.
Banskia pods are very hardy and will last a lifetime. Simply wipe your Banksia products over with a soft cloth to remove any dust - do not soak them in water.
Banksia pods themselves will last a lifetime.
Once the smell has dissipated from your Aroma pod, you can change to any oil you like. We recommend only using pure oils, not fragrances or diluted oils.
Banksia pods have been sent all over the world. If the country you are sending to requests you to declare a timber product upon entering, then you must declare the Banksia pod as this.
Anthony Hansen is a leading and award-winning Australian craftsman. He and his wife, Liz, discovered that Banksia pods are particularly porous and ideal for diffusing essential oils. Tony has crafted with metal and mainly timber, and had many successful exhibitions in Australia and overseas with his artwork.