Rosemary is a shrubby evergreen bush cultivated in most parts of the world, but native to the Mediterranean region. It has scented, silver-grey, needle-like leaves and pale lilac or blue flowers, from which the oil is distilled.
The cypress tree is a statuesque evergreen that grows wild in southern France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Corsica, and North Africa. The specific Latin name sempervirens means "everlasting", and both the Egyptians and Romans dedicated it to their deities of the underworld.
Its medicinal properties are known throughout the world. The Greeks, Romans, and Arabs valued its antiseptic properties, while the Mongolians used it to assist women in labour. More recently, juniper and rosemary were burned to clear the air in French hospitals. In the Bible, Elijah sleeps under a Juniper tree (King 1:19:4-5) connecting it with the ability to revive the spirits.
Spring is a time for house cleaning. This week I began cleaning my house but I found that the chemical cleansers I was using were too strong and nauseating (even though the smell was supposed to imitate flowers or fruit it was still noxious for me).
This tall, biennial herb grows in most parts of the world and provides a powerful aromatic, yet benevolent, euphonic oil. Its leaves are rather similar to those of common sage, although they are broader, wrinkled, and hairy. The blue-white flowers are smaller than those of the more familiar herb and are enclosed in greeny-yellow, sometimes […]
The essential oil of black pepper comes from the fruit of tropical vine. These fruit are the same peppercorns used for culinary purposes, the familiar spice commonly added to food.
Lavender has been the most popular essential oil for centuries... Lavender water was the favorite perfume of Queen Marie Henrietta, wife of Charles 1 of England, who was responsible for it becoming popular and fashionable.
Christmas Spirit is a sweet, spicy blend of orange, cinnamon, and spruce essential oils that tap into the happiness, joy, and security associated with the holiday season.
The plant has become a symbol of both innocence and fertility. The Crusaders brought it back to Europe with them from North Africa and early missionaries introduced it into California.
Marjoram is a small perennial plant, with hairy stems and dark green oval leaves. It is native to the Mediterranean region and North Africa and was often planted in graveyards to bring peace to the departed spirits.