Skin food; oatmeal floral mask & peeling

I get so many questions about natural skin care and how to find stuff that is not full of chemicals. Some raw materials take some studying up on to understand how to use and blend, or they are not always so easy to find, but there is plenty of stuff you can make yourself withContinue reading “Skin food; oatmeal floral mask & peeling”

EXTRACTION METHODS FOR ESSENTIAL OILS, what is the difference?

There are different ways of extracting the essential oils, or scents, from plant matter and I will explain the methods in this post. Some oils can be extracted through different methods and give EO’s  different in scent: Rose, for example, is both distilled; Rose Otto, and solvent extracted; Rose absolute, giving very different scents. JasmineContinue reading “EXTRACTION METHODS FOR ESSENTIAL OILS, what is the difference?”

ARTEMISIA HERBA ALBA, white wormwood

There are many different species of Artemisia (200-400), the most commonly known are Mugwort, Sagebrush, Wormwood, Tarragon. Most artemisia-species are high in ketones, which are neurotoxic and should not be used in aromatherapy at all, so make sure that you have the right one; Always check the latin name. Artemisias belong to the family Asteraceae,Continue reading “ARTEMISIA HERBA ALBA, white wormwood”

Flowers’ Fragrance Diminished By Air Pollution, Study Indicates

  Flowers’ Fragrance Diminished By Air Pollution, Study Indicates. The power of scent is enormous. This article shows how devastating the results are when scent is distorted or destroyed. I sincerely recommend you to read this.

OUD PERFUME

In Paris I found a shop the specializes in Oud-perfumes; blends, pure oils and wood-chips. On the shelves were the most luxurious  perfume-bottles I have ever seen, like glorious gem-stones glittering in the light. They cost a kings ransom. I love the oil of Oud (Agar-wood; Aquilaria malaccensis) and entered this beautiful realm for aContinue reading “OUD PERFUME”

Automatic Aromatherapy to Keep Drivers Awake | Popular Science

Some years ago I was part of a scientific group concentrating on olfaction. I was invited as an aromatherapist to join the group in their endeavours to unravel the mysteries of scent and what scent does to us. The other members of the group were chemists, biologists, physicists and reps from the culinary and artisticContinue reading “Automatic Aromatherapy to Keep Drivers Awake | Popular Science”

THE MYSTICAL SCENT OF OUD

Oud is an oil that has fascinated me for the last 18 years. Its scent is mystical, mythical and magical, this is why I want to present this profile to you. Oud or Agarwood or Aloeswood (Aquilaria agollocha, A. malaccensis, A. crassna) is an evergreen tree native to the forests of Northeast India, Bhutan andContinue reading “THE MYSTICAL SCENT OF OUD”

ANOSMIA

Definition The term anosmia means lack of the sense of smell. It may also refer to a decreased sense of smell. Ageusia, a companion word, refers to a lack of taste sensation. Patients who actually have anosmia may complain wrongly of ageusia, although they retain the ability to distinguish salt, sweet, sour, and bitter—humans’ onlyContinue reading “ANOSMIA”

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 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”