The Fragrant Life
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'As long as our souls and personalities are
in harmony, all is joy and peace, happiness and health. It is when our personalities
are led astray from the path laid down by the soul, either by our worldly desires or the
persuasion of others, that conflict arises. This conflict is the root cause of
disease and unhappiness.' 'Heal
Thyself', Dr.E. Bach (1931), C.W. Daniel Company, Great Britain.
though they with winter meet
Lose but their show;
their substance still lives sweet."
Shakespeare's romantic reference in his 16th Century Sonnet V
to distilling the essence of flowers gives us a clue as to the longevity of the art
of making waters, oils and perfumes from the essence of plants. Indeed, the use of plant
essences dates back as far as 5,000 years. Ancient civilizations from the Babylonians, to
the Phoenicians, to the Egyptians- all used various preparations of botanical essences in
their religious, medicinal and culinary practices. Today, this aromatic art or
aromatherapy is enjoyed worldwide, and interestingly with some of those same ancient
fragrances. This edition of the newsletter celebrates the fragrant uses of essential oils
and how you can incorporate their precious aromas to create, refresh and enhance your
Awakening The Senses With Scent...
Aromatherapy is defined as "the therapeutic use of
essentials oils". However, my favorite one is 'the use of pure essential oils to
enhance the quality of mind, body and spirit.' It is now an accepted fact that
distinct aromas, be they a favorite foods or the scent of a particular flower can evoke
immediate memories and create subtle responses in the brain. So it's no wonder that we try
to infuse our environment with pleasing, "feel good" fragrances. Would you like
to explore the fragrant world of flower essences? Below are some of our more popular
essential oils. Use them in room diffusers, potpourris, aromatic waters, incenses and
sachets, to create you own personal, signature blends-any way you want.
bergamia). Named after a small Italian town in Lombardy, this essential oil
is perhaps best known for giving Earl Grey tea its unique flavor. Bergamot is uplifting
and refreshing, and its citrus/floral scent also soothes nervous tension and stress.
Its bouquet is described as 'delightfully citrus with a slightly spicy overtone'.
Bergamot stands by itself or can be blended with Lavender, Juniper, or Coriander. Makes a
great personal scent for man or woman.
angustifolia). There are a number of varieties of Lavender, all of which
are indigenous to the Mediterranean. This aromatic variety is commonly known as Garden
Lavender and True Lavender. Its calming essence soothes stress, anxiety and
insomnia. Lavender's floral bouquet blends well with Patchouli, Clary Sage, Clove and most
citrus and floral oils. For a truly exotic perfume, blend with Sandalwood or Natural
species). Frankincense or Olibanum is one of those ancient fragrances we
mentioned earlier that's been around since antiquity and is still popular today. Its truly
unique aroma is a stress-reducer. Additionally, when Frankincense is used as a
fragrant inhalant, the sweet steam eases breathing. The essential oil has a
warm, sweet balsam-like undertone and blends well with Mimosa, Patchouli, Sandalwood,
Pine, and Cinnamon. It is also a great addition to a men's fragrance.
(Pogostemon cablin). The Patchouli herb is native to the Far East and the
West Indies. The "earthy, Eastern" aroma of its essential oil may have
contributed to its reputation as an aphrodisiac. Its strong scent fades to a sweet, rich
aroma with time, and very little is needed to create a long-lasting personal essence.
Patchouli blends well with Vetiver, Sandalwood, Lavender, Bergamot and heavier
Aromatherapists offer the following cautionary tips when
working with essential oils:
Always dilute in a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil or a
cream before using on skin. Essential oils are highly concentrated are seldom applied neat
(undiluted) to the skin.
If using a non-irritating essential oil or fragrance that can be applied
directly to the skin, it's still always a good idea to do apply to a small area on on your
hand to check for irritation. If irritation or redness occurs, you may need to reduce
concentration or avoid altogether.
Keep away from eyes and face. Always wash your hands before and after working
*Sources: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential
Oils, Julia Lawless; Comforting Scents- Your Personal Aromatherapy Journal, Valerie
Gennari Cooksley; The Essential Oils Book-
Creating Personal Blends For Mind & Body, Colleen K. Dodt; An Album Of Fragrance,
Edith G. Bailes; Creative Aromatherapy, Christine Wildwood.
Easy Ways To Use Essential Oils
Air freshener: Fill a mist spray bottle
with purified water and 10-50 drops of essential oil. Replace cap, shake and spritz into
Quick sachet: Put 10 drops of essential
oil on a cotton ball, place it in a plastic bag (do not seal) and put in a drawer or
closet to scent clothes.
Simmer pot: Add about 10 drops to water
in pot and simmer.
Candles: With a needle, carefully poke
a deep hole in the top of an unlit, unscented candle (away from the wick). Put a few drops
of oil into the hole, then light wick.
Quick Reference guide to oils
diuretic, expectorant, insecticide, sedative. Helps to clear the mind, eases
anxiety and tension, sedative; expectorant, opens sinuses and breathing passages.
|Eucalyptus oil is toxic if taken internally.
Analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-neuralgic, antiseptic,
antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, expectorant.
Opens breathing passages, clears congestion; refreshing, reviving, improves mental
clarity and alertness.
|Antiseptic, astringent, carminative, eases
anxiety, relaxing; anti-inflammatory, soothes bruises and burns; rejuvenates skin;
vapors help to deepen breathing.
p. graveolens roseum
|Anti-depressant, soothes nerves, relieves
anxiety; stimulating in large amounts, Antiseptic, astringent, repels insects; healing to
skin, helpful for acne, soothes inflamed, irritated skin.
|Antiseptic, antispasmodic, detoxifies, cleansing
to the intestines; analgesic, eases pain of swelling, menstruation, rheumatism,
arthritis; refreshing, improves mental clarity and memory, tonic.
emotions, refreshing, helps promote restful sleep; anti-inflammatory, healing to the skin;
antiseptic, cleansing, decongestant, detoxifying; relieves pain, antispasmodic,diuretic.
|Antimicrobial, antispasmodic, bactericidal,
refreshing, increases alertness and helps decision making; antiseptic; detoxifying;
soothes insect bites; astringent, helpful for oily skin and hair, tonic.
|Restorative, uplifting, eases stress, anxiety
and mental fatigue, helpful for depression; astringent; disinfectant; antiseptic, tonic
|Mood uplifting, carminative, relaxing, eases
tension and stress, calming particularly for children; antispasmodic, tonic
|Refreshing, improves memory and mental clarity,
promotes simplicity and direction; vapors open breathing passages, helpful for respiratory
problems, expectorant, stimulant of the adrenal cortex, circulation and nervous system.
|Rosemary extract is an ideal addition to
you formulations, as this product is hailed for it's anti oxidant properties. Rosemary
Extract is as well known for both its anti oxidant and anti rancidity action. After
extensive laboratory testing, its use is recommended for formulations that contain fats
and lipids with sensibility to rancidity in cosmetic (and food) compositions. Rosemary
extract is known for it's excellent water solubility, making it an ideal antioxidant to
add to aqueous cosmetics such as shampoos, shower gels, conditioners, soaps and
creams. Rosemary extract not only acts as wonderful anti oxidant, but will also
preserve the color and aroma of your products, and acts as an antiviral and anti microbial