"Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived. The odors of fruits waft me to my southern home, to my childhood frolics in the peach orchard. Other odors, instantaneous and fleeting, cause my heart to dilate joyously or contract with remembered grief. Even as I think of smells, my nose is full of scents that start awake sweet memories of summers gone and ripening fields far away"

- Helen Keller


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Edge of the spectrum
Edge of the spectrum

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Remember the prism experiment of splitting sunlight into a colourful spectrum at school? Well, this happens because the sunlight comprises of several frequencies that get split to form colourful spectrum - from red (lowest frequency) to violet (highest frequency). Frequencies higher than violet light are known as ultra-violet or UV rays, and frequencies lower than red light are known as infra-red or IR rays. While this colourful spectrum looks fascinating, it is extremely damaging for essential oils!

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Aromatherapy and Aristotle
Aromatherapy and Aristotle

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Aristotle gave the idea that the world is made up of five elements – four of which are fire, air, water and earth. The fifth element was spirit, soul or life force, also termed as ‘quintessence’. It was believed that quintessence from a plant can be obtained using distillation and evaporation..

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