The beauty of Frankincense essential oil

Historically used as a high quality incense, Frankincense resin is steam-distilled to obtain its essential oil. Apart from its noble character and fresh, green, incense and spice notes, it has many healing properties.
As a celebrated cosmetic ingredient, the fab effects of Frankincense on the skin include wound healing, lessening the signs of ageing and enhancing skin elasticity, particularly for mature skins.
Ongoing research show Frankincense oil may zap tumours, while it also shows promise as a treatment for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.
The Incensole and Incensole acetate compounds in Boswellia carterii, are neuroprotective and have shown promise in treating anxiety, depression and the effects of head trauma.

The Gentle Power of Geranium

Geranium is a heart note in perfumery and useful to harmonise a perfume composition. It is frequently used to improve the skin’s appearance.
It has anti-inflammatory properties and protects the nervous system from certain toxic chemicals. It’s also used to treat neuropathic pain in diabetics and was shown to reduce stress and anxiety after a heart attack.
Its vapours are known to inhibit the influenza virus and fight mycobacteria and fungal infections, while also showing potential as an anti-parasitic drug.
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How essential oils support emotional wellness

Plants have the ability to precision-blend “perfumes”, which act as messengers. Just like bees, we are hard-wired to assimilate and decode these messages.
Inhalation of these essential oils can have rapid effects; it takes only 500 milliseconds for a scent to register!
The nose transforms chemical information into an electric signal, which is transmitted to the limbic system or “feeling brain”.
Scents, therefore, elicit emotions, memories and sensory responses. We know that:
• frankincense is a psychoactive anti-depressant.
• lavender, peppermint, rosemary and clary sage can decrease symptoms of anxiety and stress.
• pepper or rose oil affect our sympathetic nervous system and hormones.
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What is a natural perfume?

A natural perfume is a composition made of a blend of essential oils, absolutes and isolates made from natural aromatic compounds present in the seeds, roots, wood, bark, sap, resins, leaves, flowers and fruits of plants and trees, dissolved in an oil, wax or alcohol carrier.

– Essential oils are mixtures of volatile aromatic molecules synthesised in plants in its most concentrated form. They don’t dissolve in water (hydrophobic). They are the least bio-compatible (body friendly), because of their high concentration and need to be diluted to be safe to use.

– Essential oils are perfumes in their own right. Each perfume ingredient has its own character and complexity. Every batch of oil will also be different depending on the supplier and the chemotype (difference in plant oils due to plant species and family, geographic character, seasonal variations, climate, production technique and purity).

– Perfume carriers (fixed oils) are vegetable oils, nut butters, vegetable waxes, beeswax and alcohol.

– Synthetic “ingredients are mostly (95%) derived from petroleum. Natural essential oils contain vastly more compounds (sometimes hundreds) than synthetics, which often contain less than 5 aromatic compounds. Scents produced by chemicals are much cheaper than scents produced naturally.”[1]


What is an aromachologist?

Different from aromatherapist, an aromachologist is a formulator who works with essential oils for their aromatic and physical effects and is an expert in the way essential oils can be blended and articulated together to create “behavioral fragrances” to establish the positive effects of aromas on human behavior including feelings and emotions.[1]

To understand the effects of perfume on the emotions has been my passion since 2009, when botanical perfumes[2] changed my inner landscape forever. Since then, I’ve studied and explored the fascinating world of plants and their effects on the body, mind and spirit. It is a privilege and pleasure to share these discoveries with you.

Read more about Scent and Emotions – Your Scent Brain.

To experience the effects of perfumes on emotions for yourself, call Antoinette on 072 134 9872.

  2. A perfume made of aromatic plants.

Plant Aromas for Love, Romance and Sensuality

Plant Aromas for Love, Romance and Sensuality

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What is love? Everyone has an opinion, right? I’ve got the power, magic and mystery of love on the brain.

Being in love with aromatic plants, I compiled a list of plants that are reputed to evoke romance and sensuality.

Rare and precious, Rose, the symbol of love, beauty and purity, The rose has been revered for its many healing properties since ancient times. It has been used in ceremony as an ingredient of sacred anointing oil to connect the devout with the divine and is referred to in many ancient scriptures.

Rose’s numerous healing applications are legendary and it is known to heal the heart, both physically and metaphorically, and eases depression, grief, nervous stress and tension.

Sensuous Mysore Sandalwood oil from East India has a sweet-woody, warm, balsamic aroma and is a known aphrodisiac that is grounding and relaxing. Apart from its aphrodisiac effects it harmonises and calms the body and mind.

Jasmine flower oil from South-East Asia has been associated with love for aeons. Its powerful effects on the emotions and mind, makes a go-to oil to increase feelings of romance, sensuality, self-confidence and optimism.

Sweet Basil leaf and flower oil from Asia and Africa is remarkably relaxing, tonifying yang energies, arousing sexual instincts and is an uplifting and energising oil.

The seductive, intensely sweet and floral Ylang Ylang flower oil from South-East Asia, is a known euphoric and aphrodisiac through its ability to calm and soothe the nervous system, giving self-confidence and reminding us of our joyful, sensuous nature.

Warming, spicey Cardamom seed oil from tropical Asia, is considered to be an aphrodisiac and have been used for thousands of years in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Tonifying of our natural Qi or life force it is also used as a tonic for the nervous system to alleviate nervous tension and depression.

Earthy and woody Vetiver root oil from India is known to have sedative and relaxing properties and is used extensively in perfumery as a base note. It is known to balance hormones, is calming and invokes feelings of worthiness and safety.

Intoxicating herby, floral and sweet-fruity Clary Sage leaf and flower oil is thought to decrease inhibitions and is well-known for balancing hormones and strengthening Qi, while inducing feelings of clarity, creativity and joy.

Juniper berry from Central Europe has a rich-balsamic, woody-sweet fragrance and it is a powerful tonic, calming the nerves and purifying the spirit, while assisting with the release of accumulated toxins from the body. If you’re worried, prone to overthinking and distant, this oil is one to consider in your blend. (Don’t use for extended periods of time).

Neroli citrus oil from India and China has a powerful, refreshing and floral note that soothes and uplifts the spirit, calms the heart and enhances sensitivity and clarity.

South African Rose Geranium has a distinctive green leafy-rosy scent, that invokes calmness through its ability to balance stress hormones and strengthen the flow of Qi in the body.

Warming and balsamic Cedarwood from Morocco and Algeria symbolises everything that is fertile and abundant. It gives us confidence to deal with life’s stresses and strains and has known sedative properties.

Seeing as there are so many kinds of Love, your experiences and the scents that invoke these states of love for you, are as unique as the petals of a flower.

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