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Ode to Patchouli

Oct 29, 2014 4:00:16 PM

Yes, there always is a strong reaction to the word ‘Patchouli’ – love it or hate it – we’ve never heard anything in between. It makes no difference that it is highly prized in aromatherapy applications – especially for skin and hair care – and in fine perfumery (e.g., Shalimar, Youth Dew, Miss Dior, Obsession, and appears in more than a third of all modern quality perfumes1), Patchouli is a substance that polarizes.

At Eden Botanicals, we love Patchouli. Here we sing the praises of this one-of-a-kind aromatic substance.

According to Steffen Arctander, Pogostemon cablin probably originated in the Philippine Islands and Indonesia2 where it was traditionally used as a stimulant, tonic, antiseptic, insecticide, and anti-inflammatory. It has a long history of medicinal use in China, Japan, India, and Malaysia. A rather short (2-3 feet) bushy plant with soft furry leaves, it is cultivated in Southeast Asian countries and is a renowned antidote for insect stings and snake bites.3 It has a very long history of use in the East as an incense and for sacred use in temples.4The essential oil of Patchouli is traditionally extracted from young leaves that are semi-dried and lightly fermented prior to distillation.5

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You may have noticed on a few websites - and up until recently on ours as well - that essential oils are often described as "therapeutic grade" or "commercial grade", and for perfumery purposes, "fine perfumery grade". Originally, this grading system explained the differences in how essential oils were produced. Oils referred to as therapeutic grade or fine perfumery grade are in theory, those where more care is taken in the growing and harvesting of the plants, during the distillation or extraction process, and in the after-care of the oil. These oils are also usually made in smaller batches. All of these factors are important in producing an oil for fine perfumery, where the odor has to be of a certain quality to be used in high-end fragrance and doubly important for a oil that is intended for therapeutic purposes. So-called commercial grade oils, on the other hand, are those that are mass produced and used more for industrial purposes. Commercial grade oils are often a combination of natural and synthetic components and are much cheaper than their purely natural counterparts.

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Aromatic Diffusers

Aromatherapy diffusers do just what their name implies, they diffuse aromas throughout a room for fragrancing as well as for therapeutic purposes. The type you choose depends on the size of your space and the design that works best for you. We looked at quite a number of designs before we found exactly what we wanted, diffusers that combine great functionality with style that can complement the décor of any room. If you haven't visited our website in a while and are looking for what we think are the best diffusers available, take a look in our "Products" section under "Aromatic Diffusers".

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We are so excited to be hosting our first class with the Grande Dame of aromatherapy, perfumery and medicinal herbs, Jeanne Rose. In this one-day intensive, Ms. Rose will cover an assortment of 20 essential oils, absolutes and CO2 extracts commonly used in natural perfumery. You'll learn how to blend your own natural perfume, and leave with an understanding of fragrance categories and the difference between top, middle and base notes, and why this is important in creating a balanced aroma.

To register, please email mollie@edenbotanicals.com, or call toll-free at 855-333-6645. Payment is due at time of registration to hold your seat in class.

Space is limited so register early!

 

WHAT: Natural Botanical Perfumery with Jeanne Rose

WHEN: Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10 am - 4 pm

WHERE: Eden Botanicals, 3820 Cypress Dr #12,  Petaluma, CA 94954

COST: $225 per student*

*Course fee includes all materials needed to create one perfume to take home and class curriculum created by Ms. Rose. Her book, The Aromatherapy Book: Applications & Inhalations, will be available for purchase, as well as any additional oils students would like to buy after class.

SPECIAL STUDENT DISCOUNT: 15% off all Eden Botanicals oil and accessory purchases, the day of class.

*PLEASE NOTE: discount does not apply to purchase of The Aromatherapy Book: Applications & Inhalations.

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Yogaromatherapy

Aug 14, 2013 1:39:28 PM

“Look after the root of the tree and the fragrant flowers and luscious fruits will grow by themselves. Look after the health of the body, and the fragrance of the mind and richness of spirit will flow.” B. K. S. Iyengar

If you consider that true essential oils from plants - hydrated and nourished by sun, water and soil, tended and distilled with human hands -- represent the “life force”, or prana, of plants, it is easy to understand why Aromatherapy is the extraordinary modality that it is for us. Life force indeed, for essential oils play many critical roles for plants. These volatile (evaporative) aromatic liquids, among many other biological functions, attract certain pollinators, repel insect infestation, protect against fungal infections in wood and leaves, clear surrounding areas of competitive species and perhaps, most importantly, store solar energy in a tremendously concentrated form. This energy is transmitted to you, for whether you inhale them or apply them to your skin, you are taking essential oils internally. Essential oils, being tiny volatile molecules, easily pass through the lungs and the skin directly into your bloodstream. A remarkable interface! Although essential oils exist naturally in aromatic plants, they would never have been available to use until humans recognized their existence and set up a collaborative partnership with the plants to extract them.

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Lemongrass and PalmarosaAromatherapy is more than meets the nose. European research on essential oils attributes very specific effects to certain compounds found in aromatic plants. With practice, one can learn to detect these compounds by aroma alone. If these main compounds can be identified, one will also have a greater understanding of the chemistry and healing properties of an oil. A qualifier for these effects are that the compounds are only active in the presence of an array of sometimes hundreds of trace constituents which compose an essential oil. In other words, for maximum benefit a whole, complete and unadulterated essential oil is superior to an isolated compound.

Aldehydes are the aromatic compounds responsible for the tart, lemony fragrance we smell in Melissa (Melissa officinalis), Lemon Verbena (Lippia citriodora), Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), and Lemon Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora). Lemon oil does not contain aldehydes and therefore does not share therapeutic properties with these oils.

Studies have shown that “essential oils with a high Aldehyde content” tend to display a sedating action on muscular tissue and have been used in therapeutic blends for their strong “sedative and anti-inflammatory effects” (Schnaubelt , 1995). Those experiencing pain and discomfort from overexertion, injury, arthritis or tendonitis often feel relief of symptoms after only one application of a blend which includes one of these aldehyde-rich essences. Aldehyde containing oils with the highest “citronellal content “ (Eucalyptus citriodora and Citronella) are considered to be the most appropriate for this particular use (Schnaubelt 1999).

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