Appreciating the various aromas
Aromas have a strong psychological infuence over us. A sense of smell was historically one of the most potent constituents of behaviour, indeed of survival. In our modern world, we seem to have neglected this acute sense, becoming increasingly reliant on vision and hearing, scarcely aware that the sense of smell is one of our most subtle means of communication. To primitive men and women, the sense of smell was as important as it remains for many animals, but our modern civilisation has led us to neglect its influence.
To use aromas positively and beneficially is therapeutic. A walk in a rose garden or a pine forest is uplifting. It would be interesting to try to identify the different aromas and sharpen our sense of smell and re-discover this very important sense of smell and thereby bring about relaxation, rejuvenation and balance to our body, mind and spirit :-
Balsamic - A unique aroma that is sweet, soft, earthy and rich all at once. Take long deep breaths with these oils and settle in for a peaceful experience. The classic balsamic aroma can be understood by smelling Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Cypress, Frankincense and myrrh.
Camphoraceous - Oils with this special aromatic note open the respiratory system and enliven your healing energies, feeling clean, cool, fresh and penetrating. Think of Eucalyptus, Marjoram Sweet, Myrtle, Niaouli, Rosemary and Tea Tree
Citrus - Burst open your senses with vibrant citrus oils. It is bright and tangy and offer an instant splash of sweet sunshine. It is uplifting, fresh, cool, sweet and appealing. Oils with citrus aroma are bergamot, citronella, grapefruit, lemon and lemongrass
Earthy - It is deep, rich and lasting, and have the complexity of rich soil and dense forests. The aroma reminds us of being in nature and the smell of spring. Oils with earthly aromas are Sandalwood, Frankincense, Patchouli and Niaouli
Exotic and Sensual - an intoxicating variety of aroma that encourages playful and sensual energy, these complex oils range from floral and sweet to spicy and deep. It is unique, powerful and appealing. The classic exotic and sensual aromas are found in Jasmine, Ylang ylang and Rose Otto
Floral - These sweet, flowery aromas uplift the spirit and bring to mind spring and bursting of new flowers. Oils in this category are Bergamot, Geranium, Lavender, Palmarosa, Rose Otto and Ylang ylang
Fruity - Playful, uplifting aromas with hints of sweetness and sharp tartness. It is refreshing, sparkling and alive. Fruity aromas like Lime, Lemon, Grapefruit, orange and Chamomile bring a vibrancy to your blends
Herbaceous - The aroma has a unique scent of fresh, natural herbs and connected to the natural world. The classic herbaceous aroma comes from Rosemary, Thyme, Marjoram Sweet and Tea Tree
Minty - Unmistakeably refreshing, cooling and bright, this aroma brings relief for the belly and head. It penetrates and leaves us feeling vibrant and energetic. The classic minty aroma is from Peppermint and Spearmint
Piney - This aroma restores balance and calms one from the rush of busy everyday life. The sharp, clear scent of fresh sap opens the head and encourages deep breathing. Imagine walking through a pine forest with the classic pine-y smell of pine, cypress and juniper
Spicy - This aroma suggests international cultures and exotic places. There is a hot element to this aroma - fiery and sparkling. These oils add depth and character to a blend. Think of Ginger, Nutmeg, Black Pepper, Basil and Cinnamon
Sweet - Rich, full aromas, sweet oils have a delicious pleasing scent with mouth watering depth. Classic sweet smelling oils are Orange and Lime
Woody - The aroma of fresh-cut wood and the quiet peace of the forest. This aroma suggests nature and the majesty of tall trees. Woody oils promote a sense of calm. Think of fresh roots and the smell of earth on a warm sunny day. Clasic woody oils are Sandalwood, Cypress, Patchouli, and Rosewood