Reknowned Aromatherapist Jade Shutes and The School for Aromatherapy merged last year to create the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. ~PB
Through the open door
A drowsy smell of flowers – gray heliotrope
And white sweet clover, and shy mignonette
Comes faintly in, and silent chorus leads
To the pervading symphony of Peace.
To me, there is nothing quite like a flower. Their beauty opens the heart, delights the senses, and heals the soul. Flowers reign supreme. Here are some of my favorite floral aromatics.
Rose (Rosa damascena) The Queen of Flowers. Rose is available as an essential oil, an absolute, and a hydrosol (an aromatic water). Rose hydrosol is an affordable way to experience the preciousness of rose. Misting your face and neck with the healing aroma of rose is the perfect way to begin and end each day. It will beautify your skin with its soothing, humectant properties, while also nourishing your heart with its divine beauty. Rose is a gentle tonic to the heart and promotes tenderness, self love, and self acceptance.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) I think of gentle geranium as “The Great Balancer.” It’s a highly versatile oil that you can call on during times of emotional distress such as mood swings, anxiety, irritability, and self doubt. I love to add one drop each of geranium and lavender onto my pillow at night when I’m needing harmony and comfort.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Lavender is a classic for a reason. It works on a wide variety of issues including soothing stress and skin, while also promoting restful sleep. I especially love using lavender in the summer because it cools both the mind and body in an incredibly gentle way.
Neroli (Citrus aurantium var amara) A precious and beloved aroma also known as bitter orange flower. Neroli eases obsessive thoughts and promotes a lightness of being. Try 1-2 drops of neroli essential oil swirled into a cup of epsom salts. At the end of an overwhelming day, an aromatic bath with neroli will lift heaviness and help worries drift away.
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) A little goes a long way! Ylang ylang has a super sweet, heady, intoxicating aroma. The essential oil is fractionated, based on distillation time, resulting in five grades that are commercially available. It’s a deeply relaxing, harmonizing oil that is considered to be one of the best aphrodisiacs. It’s a delight to diffuse and works beautifully in skincare, especially for balancing oily skin and hair.
Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum and Jasminum sambac) Jasmine has a lavish aroma that evokes euphoria and divine sensuality. It releases inhibitions and promotes playfulness and ease. Jasminum grandiflorum blooms during the day while Jasminum sambac blooms at night. Jasmine is technically an absolute, not an essential oil. Jasmine is a team player and works well with many aromatics. It’s an opulent addition to body and massage oils. Jasmine wakes you up to a higher self and keeps you there.
Floral aromatics are a true and precious gift from the plant world. They represent love, beauty, manifestation, thoughtfulness, and nurturance. It has been said that “every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” I hope you’ll be inspired to experience flowers in a deeper way. See what your heart says. Bask in their gentle beauty . . .
Written by Miriam Carl
Miriam Carl is the founder of Kindred Earth Botanicals. She’s enchanted by the beauty of nature, healthy seasonal living, and all things aromatic. She is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist through the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) and The School for Aromatic Studies. She has completed over 450 hours of formal training and serves as the Illinois State NAHA Director. Her goal is to guide clients through an exploration of healing on all levels with integrity, compassion, and kindness. Discover more about her aromatherapy practice at http://www.kindredearthbotanicals.com