“Your average witch is not, by nature, a social animal as far as other witches are concerned. There’s a conflict of dominant personalities. There’s a group of ringleaders without a ring. There’s the basic unwritten rule of witchcraft, which is ‘Don’t do what you will, do what I say.’ The natural size of a coven is one. Witches only get together when they can’t avoid it.”—Terry Pratchett (Witches Abroad)
Do you know how to “Get to Know” your Essential oils?
In order for you to get to know your essential oils you need to know how to smell them. Everyone wants to smell the wonderful (and not so wonderful) scents of essential oils but most people smell them wrong.
They want to smell them directly out of the bottle. This is one of the worst ways to experience an essential oil. As smelling them out of the bottles you will only smell just a tiny portion of those volatile vapors. Read on to learn the proper way to smell those precious essences when you are trying to learn and memorize their scent.
The proper way is to place 1-2 drops on an unscented piece of clean tissue or cotton pad. Ideally if you have access to what they call a perfumers scenting strip it will be even better.
Next you will want to smell it in intervals. Turn your head away from the tissue or pad, take a breath in and exhale. Then place the pad under you nose about 3-5 inches away and take in a short light whiff. Do not inhale deeply. Make a note of what it smells like. Fruity, herb like, wood like, earthy, etc, use any term or terms that will help trigger your memory the next time you smell that essential oil.
In you next ‘whiff’, you can inhale a little more deeply. Again take your notes.
Then before you are done this time around you will want to puff a little warm air from your nose onto the pad (just a small puff) and then quickly inhale again. The warming will often bring about other scents you may not have known existed.
Now wait five minutes and take another smell. You can do the short whiff or the longer slow smell. Write your notes.
Smell again after 15, 30 minutes and 1 hour. You can decide how long you want to continue to smell the oils. To really get to know them, you should smell again 24 hours later. Many oils may be totally gone after that length of time. Some though will not. Some will linger for a week or longer. If you are developing blends for perfumery you will want to smell the original piece of cotton several times. Remember natural perfumes made with essential oils may change their scent after a few hours. And you may want to know what scent will be the lingering one.
Remember the ‘Lock and Key’ of your brain will help you to remember the scents. Next time you are sniffing a blend that has one of the oils you have locked into memory, this ‘lock and key’ may help you identify one or more of the oils quickly.
Mix together equal parts of peppermint, elder flowers (or berries), cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange peel, and rose hips (approximately 4 ounces total dried herbs), and place them into a special glass jar. Before placing the lid, hold your right hand over the dry tea mixture and say:
Warmth now I hold, Away with you, Cold! I find myself strong, All Season long!
Brew a cup of the tea with honey and lemon once or twice a day all through the spring season to stave off those “nasty bugs.” by….. Calantirniel Cyber Moon Emporium