Further to my post from last year about my favourite essential oils, I write now of some new discoveries that have really stimulated my ever eager olfactory senses!
I bought these from Eden's Garden, and am really impressed with them.
Muhuhu (Brachylaena hutchinsii)
Native to Kenya and Tanzania the hardwood of the Muhuhu trees is utilized for providing flooring.
Also known as African Sandalwood, Muhuhu is woody and not unlike sandalwood but take the succinct sandalwood note into a new direction. I felt a different kind of calm when inhaling this, and feel it may even supersede my love for Sandalwood proper!
I have been finishing a large portrait of Heru and felt it was most proper to inhale this scent as I did so.
Blue Tansy (Tanacetum annuum)
Also known as Moroccan Tansy and Moroccan chamomile, this is one that I have wanted to add to my collection for some time. As Blue Tansy was listed in the ingredients of a blend that I recently purchased, I was curious to see if this was the note I could smell and could not identify. It was.
It is related to the chamomile family and so has a chamomile note, but it has a distinctive smell that distinguishes itself from these flowers.
It is a rich bright blue colour that makes me think of the skin of Amon.
Davana (Artemisia pallens)
I had heard about this oil on various sites and publications but was not prepared for the intoxication it brings with it. It has a grape-like smell with a hint of tea, and is very very uplifting. I have read that it helps with depression and has been used in sacred traditions as a fumigant.
The oil is indeed extracted from a plant that bears grapes as fruit, but apparently the whole plant is used in the essential oil distillation process.
Valerian (Valeriana wallichii)
I have not found use for valerian as a herb when suggested as a sleep aid, but the essential oil is another story. It has a heady smell that is indeed sleep enticing, very calming, and reminds me somewhat of vetiver. There is also a wood note to this oil.
Nootka Tree (Cupressus nootkatensis)
This oil smells strongly of pencil shavings, and in this manner it is similar to Arborvitae. It has a richer more solid, full bodied aroma however than the latter, and is most .enticing.