Essential oil of the month – Champaca

Michelia Champaca (Champaca)

Description:

Champaca Oil is derived from a large evergreen tree. The aroma is exotic, rich, full bodied, warm and sweet.

History:

Thousands of creamy yellow Champaca petals are harvested at night to create this precious essence, which exudes a divine fragrance.   Champaca flowers have been used in Southeast Asia, especially India to adorn temples, homes and offered to the gods in sacred Vedic rituals. Associated with the planet Venus, it carries the energy of love and beauty with many women choosing to dress their hair with Champaca hair garlands and single flowers. Bridal garlands made with these delicate flowers are worn by the bride and groom to ignite passion whilst the bridal beds are sprinkled with these flowers, as their alluring fragrance is a reputed aphrodisiac. All parts of the tree are considered to have therapeutic and medicinal value. The bark of the tree is used as a remedy to reduce fever and the roots are used for skin disorders.

The most costly perfume in the world, a fragrance known as “Joy”, which was created for the famous French fashion house Jean Patou in 1930, contains the essence of these flowers.

Aromatherapy:

On an emotional level, this is a deeply relaxing and peaceful aroma that also warms and calms the emotions, reduces stress, aids breathing and gives a feeling of freedom and euphoria.

The essence can also be diffused to help treat respiratory infections, allergic reactions and relief from congestion due to its antiseptic properties. Topically it can be applied to nourish the skin and balance oil secretions – it’s a great oil for mature skin.

Applications:

Face oil blends especially for nighttime, body and bathing oils, electric aroma lamp, aroma mists and perfumes.

Blends Well With:

Rose, Lemon, Bergamot, Lime, Petitgrain, Jasmine, YlangYlang, Neroli, Fragonia, Sandalwood, Vetivert and Mandarin.

 

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