Spikenard was highly valued throughout ancient trade routes. It was transported from its native regions in the Himalayas and other parts of Asia to the Mediterranean and Middle East. Its rarity and exotic nature contributed to its high cost and demand.
The Plant Behind The Oil
This monthly series will introduce you to the plants behind your essential oils! We have a deep love of plants and a passion for natural healing and sustainable living. In this series, we'll share a wealth of knowledge so that you can better understand your essential oils and the beautiful plants they come from.
Nutmeg can be one of those sleepy oils that is often overlooked in an aromatherapist’s arsenal.
Patchouli oil is extremely important in the perfume industry. Apart from its characteristic heavy, woody, earthy and slightly sweet odor, it has long-lasting and strong fixative properties preventing rapid evaporation of the perfume.
In researching and writing this month's Plant Behind the Oil, I found at times that I was overwhelmed with information and left wondering how I could do it justice without leaving out any important details.
Native Americans traditionally use cedar for smudging and ceremonial sweat lodges, which include rites of preparation, prayer and purification.
In the United States, the leaves and stems are called cilantro, while coriander is the name for its dried seeds.
From this day forward I will share with students, “The art of blending is finding that perfect balance, from many different perspectives, while using the least amount of oil for the maximum benefits.”
Copaiba oleoresin, or copaiba balsam, has been known for a long time by Brazilian natives for its therapeutic properties.
Our aromatic plants and their volatile oils can provide similar or the same therapeutic benefits they utilize to keep themselves healthy and vital.