Fragrant Musings

  • Lavender Absolute | Featured Note For April, & Beltane

    With this message we celebrate this year's Beltane, situated midway between the Vernal Equinox and Midsummer. Historically & ritualistically celebrated in Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man, Beltane served to mark the beginning of summer and to protect the cattle, crops and people, and to... View Post
  • Violet | Featured Note For March, & the Vernal Equinox

    With this message we celebrate this year's Vernal Equinox, an event honoured by many cultures and religions, and a designator of the new calendrical year. It as well marks the time of Dísablót, a Scandinavian sacrificial holiday which was held in honour of the spirits or deities of fertility cal... View Post
  • Saffron | Featured Note For February, & the Martyrdom of Saint Valentine

    Saffron—or crocus sativus—is not only the most expensive spice in the world, but an olfactory material (derived from the dried stigma of the autumn bloom) that has been used for over 4000 years in sacred applications, to induce visions, and to stimulate desire. The scent of the dried saffron has a fatty-herbaceous undertone that follows a truly unique, hotly sweet and spicy odor. View Post