‘Mandarin Spring’™ ~ Citrus & Roses Natural Perfume with a Hint of Mystery

Among the 40 therapeutic essential oil recipes I’ve formulated, 5 are lovely “healing” perfumes. Mandarin Spring ~ Summer Dreams™ & Woodrose™ have pronounced rosy notes. Paradis™ & Sarazz™ (our newest 2010 fragrance) have distinct citrus nuances.

In this article we introduce Mandarin Spring™, a fragrance that elicits appreciative “hmms & ahhs” from everyone who smells it, men and women alike.

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Mandarin Spring
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In 2003, when I began formulating custom healing blends from therapeutic essential oils, I was also intrigued with the possibility of creating exquisite therapeutic perfumes. At first, with the idea of making unique perfumes for myself.

With endless aromatic approaches to explore, the novice perfumer’s tendency is to

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Organic Rose Hydrosol ~ Kitty 1st Aid Purr…fection

In the depths of winter, both indoor-outdoor cats I’ve had have gotten teary eyes for a short while. I’m not trained in veterinary medicine, but if I recall correctly what the vets have said, it’s caused by a common virus cats may contract…similar to people “catching colds.”

Anyway, I don’t like my fur babies to be sick, even mildly so. My current kitty, a nearly 5-year old female, Jaeci (jay-cee) is TERRIFIED of being driven in the car. This makes me hesitant to take her to the vet’s, especially for a minor illness.

I’ve been researching holistic healing options for cats for several years, after I learned that it’s not advisable to use essential oils on them. Cats’ livers cannot process some of the therapeutic compounds, even from the best quality essential oils, and may react over time with a toxic overdose or worse.

Recently, I’ve been exploring the healing benefits of pure organic hydrosols. Hydrosols, a secondary product from the essential oils distillation process, are the water-soluble liquids from healing plants. During the distillation process, steam containing the oils is chilled, condensed into water with a layer of EO floating on top. The EO’s are skimmed off and bottled. Often, the remaining water is discarded. Unlike essential oils, which only carry lipid (fat) soluble compounds, hydrosols carry ALL the therapeutic compounds from the plant, both minute molecules of the Essential Oil and H2O soluble therapeutic compounds in a very dilute watery form.

Therapeutic Hydrosols are superb for many reasons, including being affordable and particularly excellent as a gentle healing option for children & babies, for very ill folks, the elderly…AND I’ve discovered…for CATS! The ‘misters’ or ‘spritzers’ made of distilled or pure spring water with a few drops of the appropriate Essential Oil are good for room scenting, for disinfecting, etc. But they aren’t to be confused with a pure organic hydrosol, which contains many other therapeutic benefits.

Jaeci enjoying her Mama-Cuddles

A couple of times this past month, Jaeci’s had watery eyes. I put a couple of spritzes of organic rose hydrosol on a soft facial tissue and wipe the cool fragrant mist across Jaeci’s face over her closed eyes. Only one application clears her eyes within a few minutes! And she doesn’t object to the treatment at all.

Cats generally prefer floral fragrances like Rose, Jasmine, and Neroli or tree scents like Balsam Fir, Rosewood, and Cedar. (Please don’t use Myrtle or Eucalyptus or Tree Tree hydrosols on cats as the essential oils are toxic to felines. I don’t know if their hydrosols are safe to use on our sweet felines.) Introduce any hydrosol, especially herbal scents, carefully to see what your cat’s preferences are. I’m going to try a spritz of organic Catnip Hydrosol in my kitty’s drinking water to see how she likes it….and as a flea repellent on her bedding.

Some resources for purchasing quality organic hydrosols are:

100 Pure Essential Oils at a VERY affordable price!

Nature’s Gift
Excerpted from their description:
“In Bulgaria, scientific research being done about the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of Rosewater indicates that Rosewater, taken internally (1 teaspoon in 8oz water), is effective against strep and staph infections, among many others. Rosewater has been recommended as a gargle or throat spray for sore or inflamed throats.

Rose Hydrosol is a wonderful woman’s tool for healing. It may be used externally, as a facial or body spray, or in a compress. Some recommend taking a teaspoon of the hydrosol to calm stress and anxiety. Others recommend a rosewater douche as a treatment for low libido (low sex drive); it seems to act on both the body and the psyche to gently bring down barriers. [Others] recommend taking Rose Hydrosol internally to help balance the female…endocrine system…it can combat PMS, menstrual cramps and moodiness, as well as assist during menopause.”

RoyalEssence has a good 3-for-1 deal

Sophia’s Garden is an organic biodynamic grower located in Sebastopol (local to us & a personal acquaintance). Monique has a special relationship to her farm & plants and with other growers she sources plants from (ie. roses from Mendocino). Though she doesn’t always have her whole range of hydrosols in stock – Sophia’s Garden’s out of Rose as of this writing – when the hydrosols are available, you may be sure they’re of the highest quality…and infused with a spiritual healing intent.

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ROSE GERANIUM (Pelargonium graveolens) Essential Oil’s Healing Properties

Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) is a well-loved fragrance used for cosmetics;  food, tea & alcohol flavorings, perfumery, and holistic healing…especially for emotional balance / stress, the skin, and women’s endocrine system issues.

~ Physically, it helps with hormonal balance, liver & kidney functions, discharges toxins from the liver that may be impacting the body’s overall well-being. (opens the the Solar Plexus). Supports digestive, nervous, & circulatory systems Has antiseptic qualities.

~ Emotionally, it helps us release

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QUICK Relief for Sore, Inflamed Joints: Arthritis, Rheumatism, Injuries, etc.

Every now-and-then, the top joint on the middle finger of my right hand flares up painfully.

It gets slightly hot, swollen (visibly puffy), stiff & hard to bend, and quite SORE – sharply so! Don’t know what causes the flare-ups or if they may be early indications of arthritis? (Several of my father’s family members do have distorting arthritis in their hands.) In any case, it’s uncomfortable, that’s for sure! I don’t particularly like pain, and definitely wish to prevent any permanent joint damage.

It happened again yesterday, in the early evening after exercising. Thought to myself, “You don’t have to put up with this. Use your marvelous therapeutic essential oils to see how quickly they heal the flare-up.”

Knew just which therapeutic essential oils to use:

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LAVENDER Essential Oil Healing Properties

Lavender angustifolia, blossom detail & in full bloom
Lavender angustifolia, blossom detail & in full bloom

~ LAVENDER (Lavendula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. From the mint family, Lavender essential oil healing properties make it one of the four ‘Universal Healing Oils’ known to balance the body and to work where ever there is a need. Called ‘First Aid in a Bottle,’ it has a long history of herbal medicinal uses since Medieval times. Lavender, an adaptogen, can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. When in doubt, use Lavender!

It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Lavender therapeutic-grade essential oil has pain-relieving (analgesic) properties, tension-releasing, soothing systemic effects – especially for nerves, cardiovascular systems, & emotions. Plus many other health benefits. Non-irritating. Non-sensitizing.

Lavender Essential Oils Tips: $2.50 (PDF)


PROPERTIES: Analgesic, Anti-Coagulant, Anti-Convulsive, Anti-Depressant, Anti-Fungal, Antihistamine, Anti-Infectious, Anti-Inflammatory, Antiseptic, Anti-Spasmodic, Antitoxic, Cardiotonic, Regenerative, Sedative

BODY SYSTEM(S) AFFECTED: Cardiovascular System, Emotional Balance, Nervous System, Skin

FRENCH MEDICAL USES: Acne, Allergies, Burns (cell renewal), Cramps (legs), Dandruff, Diaper rash, Flatulence, Hair loss, Herpes, Indigestion, Insomnia, Blood pressure (lower), Lymphatic system drainage, Pre-Menstrual & Menopausal symptoms, Mouth abscess, Nausea, Phlebitis, Scarring (minimizes), Stretch marks, Tachycardia, Thrush, Water retention


  • Arthritis/Rheumatism; Convulsions; Influenza; Typhoid fever,
  • Cardiovascular System: Headaches; Heart (irregularity); Fainting;  reduce high blood pressure
  • Digestive support: gallstones, nausea
  • Muscular: Aches & pains, cramps (legs & menstrual)
  • Oral health: cold sores, mouth injuries
  • Respiratory, Ear, Nose & Throat Issues: asthma; bronchitis, hay fever & allergies;laryngitis, earaches; throat infections, tuberculosis;Whooping cough
  • Skin regeneration: acne, abscesses-boils, blisters, bruises, burns (cell renewal / scar prevention), carbuncles, cuts, scrapes,, eczema, herpes cold sores, hives, insect bites & bee stings, infections, psoriasis, sunburns/sunstroke; sprains;
  • Stress & Anxiety related issues: depression, hysteria, insomnia, migraine headaches, tension.

CAUTION: Keep out of reach of children & pets.

Reference Guide for Essential Oils
Tenth Edition by Alan & Connie Higley. Abundant Health, OCT 2006.

GERMAN CHAMOMILE Essential Oil’s Healing Properties

photo of german chamomile flowers therapeutic essential oil bottle by original swiss aromatics
German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), a gently healing therapeutic essential oil contains the strongest anti-inflammatory compounds of all essential oils.

~ GERMAN CHAMOMILE (Matricaria recutita, Chamomilla recutita) from the daisy family has the strongest anti-inflammatory compounds of ANY therapeutic essential oil, yet, is extremely gentle in use. It’s excellent for pain & stress relief, healing skin & mouth wounds, and soothing arthritic – rheumatic inflammations. Good for children. Non-irritating. Generally, non-sensitizing, though better diluted with a carrier oil for sensitive skin, babies & small children, the elderly, and infirm.

The remarkable feature of German Chamomile essential oil is its color – a deep indigo blue from its chamazulene content. It also has lactone compounds like coumarin with a distinctive “green / freshly mown grass” fragrance renown for anti-inflammatory effects that may be used to reduce lymphedema swelling & puffiness, as a nervous system sedative (calming / pain-killing), while being supportive of the liver (detoxing), and an immune system booster (minimizing auto-immune dysfunction).

German Chamomile ~ A Traditional Medicinal Herb in European Pharmacopoeia

Primary uses are for anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic applications. Internal usage indications are: gastric ulcers, gastritis, flatulence and peptic disorders. External applications are also a very important with most commercial products formulated to soothe inflammations and skin problems. Plus, German Chamomile is often used as a home inhalation remedy for respiratory tract inflammation and infections.

PROPERTIES: Analgesic, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, decongestant, digestive tonic and is hormone-like.

BODY SYSTEM(S) AFFECTED: Emotional Balance, Nervous System, Skin

FRENCH MEDICAL USES: Acne, Cystitis, Decongestant, Digestive Tonic, Eczema, Gallbladder, Hormonal effects, Liver, Ulcers

OTHER HEALTH USES: Neutralizes Allergies; Blood cleanser; Digestive support: helpful for chronic gastritis, increases Liver function / secretion / detoxing, stimulates Pancreatic function; Oral health: mouth sores, teething pains, toothaches; Skin regenerator: abscesses, boils, burns, cuts, dermatitis, open leg sores, rashes, skin disorders, wounds, inflamed joints, ingrown nails; Stress & Anxiety related issues: fretfulness, insomnia, migraine headaches, menopausal problems, tension.

~ For Pregnancy usage guidelines, consult a Certified Aromatherapy Practitioner.
~ May irritate sensitive skin, dilution in carrier oil advised.

Reference Guide for Essential Oils
Tenth Edition by Alan & Connie Higley. Abundant Health, OCT 2006.

The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple by David Stewart, Care Publications, 2005

A Farm Project: CHAMOMILE – GERMAN by Richard Alan Miller © 1999 offers a scientific discussion of German Chamomile’s active compounds with commercial cultivation suggestions and research comparing various medicinal preparations: steam distillation vs. alcoholic extracts, herbal teas (tissanes), etc.

Cynthe Brush

Certified Clinical (Medical) Aromatherapist
Creating Custom Blends Since 1999

Therapeutic Essential Oils Practitioner & Self-Care Health Educator has used essential oils for personal, family, & client health issues since 1999.

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