The Japanese word wa describes a person’s aura and the inner quality of harmony (or lack thereof) that emanates from within. As a clinical aromatherapist and the nose at TRNP, I recognise natural perfume as a radiant form of vibrational medicine. I typically select my fragrance of the day to best support a state of harmony within my aura. In fact, it’s this synergistic element of natural perfume that makes the most sense to me. Suspended in coconut oil or alcohol, natural perfumes are well-being helpers. Let’s see how:-
• Citrus (bergamot, lemon, grapefruit, lime, mandarin and orange) are tonifying; they uplift, clarify, revive and refresh.
• Florals (rose, jasmine, ylang ylang, frangipani, lavender, mimosa, narcissus etc) are deeply calming and sedating; they harmonise.
• Spices (cloves, cinnamon, cardamon, aniseed, pepper etc) are warming and they stimulate appetites of all kinds.
• Herbs (marjoram, mints, rosemary, clary sage, chamomile, verbena and immortelle) synergise; they gather all elements in the blend to unblock energy channels and pathways in the body, enabling better flow of energy for living and healing.
• Woods (pine, eucalyptus, cedarwood, cypress and sandalwood etc) – increase stamina & endurance and they support better breathing to improve oxygenation and support the elimination of toxins.
• Roots (ginger and vetiver) nourish and reset the body’s thermostat.
• Resins (agarwood, myrrh and frankincense) protect from pathogens.
Such broad examples are, of course, over-simplified – therapeutic outcomes are determined by specific dosage – for example, patchouli and lavender combined in small quantities are stimulating, yet, when blended in large quantities, become sedating. Therapeutic pathways are also determined by proportional ratios and specific plant varieties used. High altitude lavender has a soothing effect on neurological complaints (eg headaches, stress, anxiety, fretfulness) whereas Bulgarian lavender (a blend of varieties) is more suited to topical applications for easing irritation from burns, bites, itches and stings.
Natural perfumes also speak to the unconscious mind. Our brains are fascinated with decoding, decrypting and deciphering the scent-maps of organisms written in the juice. Soil minerals, climate changes, generations of harvests, air quality, density of particles in the water, and the myriad energies of humans that have sown, cultivated, harvested and distilled the plants into essences.
My desire at TRNP is to create a dynamic library of nature; tiny flasks of life, growth, change, fecundity and even death. They communicate the wonder of being here and now.
The blended scents of natural perfumes drift in and out of awareness, floating at times as scent trails that appear and then evaporate. At other times they are bold, penetrating, and present for hours. They shape-shift on the body. They broadcast true nature, in all its glory, as tiny, scented, biological beacons, from a sapphire-blue oasis that spins majestically around the sun.