Meadows and Hedgerows

imagesGoing back to my first blog, we explored ‘peak experiences’ in the natural world; the times when any boundaries between you, the observer, and the environment, or what you are observing, become blurred or disappear altogether, and a sense of wellbeing is experienced. Since then, we have looked at some of the scents of the natural world – the forests and woods, and the seashore. This time we will consider the beautiful fragrances of the hayfields, pastures and hedgerows. These scents are often described as ‘agrestic’, meaning that they are reminiscent of the countryside.

One of the most popular and pleasing fragrances is Continue reading

Scent and Your Health

Patients waiting at the clinic. PARAGUAY.

Patients waiting at the clinic. PARAGUAY. (Photo credit: Community Eye Health)

Many health care professionals have successfully combined scent with patients treatments.  Scent can be used to uplift patients emotions, calm patients pre and post surgery, and even diagnose certain disease.  However, some health care building smell strongly of disinfectant and other overpowering smells.  We ask them to consider how these studies could have an impact in their profession.

Lichens, mummies, wigs and chypre – the Story of Oakmoss

In the last blog, we explored the scents of the forests and how they can contribute to wellbeing. However, there are other ‘plants’ present in the woods that yield unique fragrances – oakmoss and tree moss. These are not true plants, and are thus unusual sources of aromatic materials, and the whole story of oakmoss as a fragrance spans centuries.

Oakmoss and tree moss are lichens that grow on the bark of trees, particularly oaks and conifers. Lichen is a symbiotic organism, an association of an alga and a fungus growing together as one – dependent on one another for survival – although the fungal partner is dominant. Lichen produces a flattened structure called a thallus – this can be seen draping and trailing over the lower branches and twigs, and covering the bark of deciduous trees, particularly oaks. It has a moss-like appearance, hence the misnomer. In perfumery, Evernia prunastri is the most common species that yields oakmoss. Tree moss, however is obtained from Continue reading

Victory: How does it smell like?

Have you ever thought of a scent of Victory…? As the Summer 2012 London Olympics started, florist Hanna Emery has been overseeing the production of more than 1,100 bouquets which last up to five days if put in water. Each bouquet features home-grown roses, lavender, rosemary, mint and wheat, a good combination that increases cognitive performance and Continue reading