SPIKENARD

Spikenard or Narde (Nardostachys jatamansi / N. grandiflora): It belongs to the Valerian family and has similar properties as its cousin Valerian (Valeriana officinalis). A flowering plant that grows to a height of about 1 meter, the rhizomes are distilled to produce the essential oil. It is native to the Himalayas; China, northern India andContinue reading “SPIKENARD”

CHAMOMILE

There are mainly 2 different chamomiles used in aromatherapy: German or “blue” chamomile and Roman chamomile. German chamomile (Matricaria recutita): An annual aromatic plant, up to 60 cm high. It has a branching stem, feathery leaves and simple white flowers with a yellow center. It is native to Europe, but is now naturalized in NorthContinue reading “CHAMOMILE”

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”

ESSENTIAL OIL & SCENT HISTORY part 4

During the 16:th to 18:th centuries the art of distilling plants had grown to become an every-day matter. Every mansion had its own distillery and the pharmacies of the time distilled essential oils for medicinal purposes. The doctor would make out a recipe, and the pharmacies would blend the medicines. In this time herbal medicineContinue reading “ESSENTIAL OIL & SCENT HISTORY part 4”

ESSENTIAL OIL & SCENT HISTORY part 3

The Greek God of healing was called Asklepios and his attribute is a staff around which a snake curls. The Asklepios-staff remains to this day a symbol of medicine and healing. When the Roman Empire fell, so did a lot of the knowledge about herbs and aromatic substances. What was left moved into the cloistersContinue reading “ESSENTIAL OIL & SCENT HISTORY part 3”

ESSENTIAL OIL & SCENT HISTORY part 2

Essential oil and scent history is really the history of plants and herbal medicine, since they are a part of it. All ancient cultures used aromatic substances and herbs for cooking, healing, scenting and praying. The earliest written herbal text is the “Pen Tsao” (Great Herbal – still in print) which was compiled by ShenContinue reading “ESSENTIAL OIL & SCENT HISTORY part 2”

ESSENTIAL OIL & SCENT HISTORY part 1

The history of essential oils is exciting, romantic and mind-boggling. The stories are everywhere; the whole bible is full of allusions to essential oils. What makes it so exciting is that this part of history is continuously here and now. Each time I smell an oil, I am smelling the whole stretch of history…I amContinue reading “ESSENTIAL OIL & SCENT HISTORY part 1”