TUBEROSE – queen of forbidden pleasures

Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) is native to Central America. Its native name Omixochitl means bone flower and was widely used by the Aztecs 600 years ago for its anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. Maybe they also used it in their chocolate for its heady and sensual effects? Mmmm, chocolate for lovers… When first brought to Europe itContinue reading “TUBEROSE – queen of forbidden pleasures”

Citrus aurantium var. amara – Abundance

This is a tree; the bitter orange tree. It yields no less than three different essential oils; from the fruit (bitter orange), the flowers (neroli) and the leaves (petit grain bigaradier). How’s that for abundance? The tree originated in southern China and northeast India and was later introduced to Italy. It is widely cultivated forContinue reading “Citrus aurantium var. amara – Abundance”

SENSUAL FRAGRANCES

Fragrances have through time been associated with sensuality, love and passion. Humanity has forever looked for the scents which are aphrodisiac in nature, turning people’s heads, making them breathless with desire. Essential oils are amongst these scents; since ancient times have they been used to induce passion and love. Scents as widely removed as cloverContinue reading “SENSUAL FRAGRANCES”

VALENTINE

My grandfathers name was Valentine. My father in law died on Valentines day, I found it sort of beautiful; he was so ill – and old – that his passing actually became an act of love. My mother in law said it was because he hated the whole thing, and she was probably right, butContinue reading “VALENTINE”