There are common misconceptions that Roman and German Chamomile are one in the same type of flower. Though they look similar, they do have some small physical traits that make them different. They also each have healing properties that differ as well. In this post we’ll break down the two types.
This week we’re taking a look at Atlas Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica). It is steam distilled from the wood originating in Morocco. When you get a whiff, it may bring a vision of cedarwood chests. This is that very scent. It’s a slightly sweet woodsy smell, so even if you aren’t a fan of the more earthy aromas, try it out.
Origanum majorana or Sweet Marjoram is steam distilled from flowers and leaves. It originates in South Africa and has a slightly spicy, herbaceous, campherous aroma. It is mostly used for culinary purposes, but this unique herb can have other purposes too.
Lavandula or Lavender is steam distilled from the flowers. There are many types of lavender but the most common are French Lavender and Bulgarian Lavender. You will find it in tons of bath products, relaxant products, salves, and much more. Unfortunately, many of these products have synthetic lavender.
Citrus aurantium var. amara or Neroli is distilled from the blossoms of the plant found in Italy. It was discovered in the 17th century and named after Anna Maria de la Tremoille, princess of Nerola.
This week’s essential oil profile is Sandalwood (Santalum Album). It is distilled from the bark of the trees in Australia, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, New Caledonia, or Vanuatu. Sandalwood, if properly stored, can actually age beautifully over time. It’s used in many spiritual settings, as a base note in many perfumes and colognes, and also as an aphrodisiac. ¹
I am kicking off this new blog with a fun subject! Aromatherapy.
The use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils in massage or baths.*
Valerian (Valeriana wallachi) comes from the roots of a flowering plant originating in India. It is not favored for it’s aroma, but is an extremely powerful healer. It’s benefits include:
- excellent sleep support
- anti-spasmodic agent for muscles
Mixes well for a nice sleepy time blend with Roman Chamomile and Sweet Marjoram.