The essential oil of ginger is known for its warm and comforting nature. The oil is extracted from the dried tuberous root of a plant that is native to south Asia.
The name ylang ylang means "flower of flowers", and the very fragrant plant is sometimes called "poor man's jasmine". The source of this essential oil is a beautiful evergreen tree native to Madagascar and the Philippines.
Described as "the king of flower oils", and "the scent of angels", jasmine is renowned as an aphrodisiac and is often used in love potions. It is a tall evergreen vine wit bright green coloured leaves and highly fragrant white star-shaped flowers.
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.