A Burning Perfume

Myrrh was well known to the ancients. It was an ingredient of incense used for religious ceremonies and fumigations by the Ancient Egyptians.

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Bigarade Orange

Neroli is an essential oil extracted from the fragrant flowers of the bitter, sour or Seville orange tree, also known as Citrus aurantium bigaradia or bigarade orange.

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Patchouli

Patchouli essential oil is obtained from the leaves and young shoots of an herbaceous shrub (Pogostemon cablin) native to Malaysia, where it is called cablan.

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From Orange Trees

Petitgrain, produced by Citrus aurantium, ian essential oil obtained from orange trees. It is distilled from the leaves, and from the twigs and tiny green unripe fruit.

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Allspice

The berry known variously as pimento, allspice, myrtle pepper or Jamaica pepper is the fruit of a small evergreen tropical tree which grows to a maximum height of 12 m (40 ft).

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Survivor of the Ice Ages

Pine belongs to a genus of more than 100 species of evergreen, coniferous trees.

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A Wonder of Nature

Roses have been prized throughout history, and al lover the world, for the sweetness and the soothing nature of their scent, and for the colour and shape of their blooms.

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Rosemary

Rosemary is probably one of the best known and most used of aromatic herbs.

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Santalum Album

Sandalwood has a long history. It is mentioned in old Sanskrit and Chinese manuscripts: the oil was used in religious ritual, and many deities and temples were carved from its wood.

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Artemisia

True tarragon has leaves which are bright green, narrow, lance-shaped and undivided. They have a unique, pleasant, aromatic taste.

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Tea tree

The tea tree oil is one of the most useful in holistic healing arts.

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Thyme

Thyme oil is steam-distilled from the leaves and flower tops. It is fatty and thick, and the smell is pleasant.

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Verbena

Like lemongrass, lemon verbena has a high citral content, which makes it a very good antiseptic and bactericide.

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Wintergreen

In America, wintergreen is also known as the partridge berry and checkerberry, and has been used for centuries by the Indians for its remarkable therapeutic properties.

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Ylang-Ylang

Ylang-ylang oil is produced by the distillation of the fresh flowers, a process which has to be completed very quickly.

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Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a fragrant tropical grass closely related to palmarosa and citronella.

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Lemon

Like bergamot, lemon oil is obtained from the oily rind of the fruit.

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Lavender

Lavender has been used since ancient times as much for its delicate perfume as for its medicinal properties.

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Laurel

The Greek name of laurel – Daphne – salutes the nymph who, on being pursued by Apollo, asked the other gods to help.

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Jasmine

Jasmine is one of the most important plants for perfumery (it forms the middle notes), and it is cultivated in many countries

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Horseradish

The horseradish plant has been known since the time of the Ancients. Young horseradish leaves were one of the five bitter herbs Jews were enjoined to eat at the Passover.

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Ginger

The ginger plant is thought to have originated in India, and was one of the first spices to reach Europe from Asia.

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Geranium

Geranium oil is one of the most important oils in aromatherapy and almost a first-aid kit in itself.

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Galbanum

Galbanum was used in religious ceremonies by the Ancient Egyptians and in embalming – traces of it have been isolated from the bandages of mummies.

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