Hydrosol Recipes for Hot Summer Days

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by
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Cooling Mint, Cucumber, and Lemon-Like Aromas for Summer: Photo Credit: DreamstimeAs the southwestern United States hit record temperatures this past week, including here in Sedona, Arizona, I revisited a post I had written a few years ago about essential oil recipes for hot days. I decided to update that post with the addition of some hydrosol recipes. These particular hydrosols should help to keep you cool during those hot summer days which – if predictions are correct for future summers – will only increase in frequency.

Hydrosol Cooling Spray

All hydrosols are water based so, by their very nature, are in fact “cooling.” However, some types of hydrosols provide more “cooling” benefits than others; they can be used on their own or combined with others. Here are a few of my suggestions for cooling hydrosol sprays:

  • Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) – peppermint provides a refreshing, minty boost on a hot day.

  • Melissa (Melissa officinalis) – melissa, also known as lemon balm, givens a light lemon-y lift, without being too overpowering.

  • Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) – reminiscent of a herbal garden, there is a reason why people express the phrase, “cool as a cucumber…”

  • Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) – cornflower hydrosol is recommended for women with hot flashes in menopause; say no more….

  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – lavender is always a great “go to” if you don’t have another hydrosol available, as it covers almost every situation and problem.

Summer Spritzer Hydrosol Combo

If you are looking to make a custom blend of cooling hydrosol spray, try this quick and easy recipe:

  • 4 oz spray bottle

  • 1 oz peppermint hydrosol*

  • 2 oz melissa hydrosol

  • 0.5 oz cucumber hydrosol

  • 0.5 oz lavender hydrosol

* Avoid use with children under three years of age.

  • Simply combine all of the hydrosols in the spray bottle and apply as needed.

Hydrosol Cooling Compress

Another welcome relief on a hot day is the use of a cooling compress on your forehead, back of the neck, or top of the head. This is also a helpful method for those suffering from headaches or migraines.

Simply combine a mix of your chosen hydrosols in a 4 oz spray bottle. Completely spray a small wash cloth, or towel, with the hydrosol spray. Fold the wash cloth or towel into a “bandana” style shape, and place on the back of the neck, forehead, or the top of your head until you feel cooler.

Hydrosol Ice Cubes

As hydrosols are water-based, you can freeze some of your favorite hydrosols in a conventional ice cube tray in the freezer. If you are looking to apply that “extra bit of cool,” or need to cool down in a hurry, hydrosol ice cubes are the way to go. Use them in combination with a compress for instant relief from the heat.

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  • Author is a 20 year veteran in the health care and aromatherapy industry, a UK-certified aromatherapist, published author in aromatherapy, an approved education provider for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), an aromatherapy business owner, a consultant, and Chief Editor for the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal.

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Fragrant Roses for an Aromatherapy Garden

Posted on: June 20th, 2016 by
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Old Garden Roses are Usually More Fragrant than Modern Garden Roses: Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved

Old Garden Roses are Usually More Fragrant than Modern Garden Roses: Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved

Rose has always enjoyed popularity, both as a flower and as a perfume. It has been coveted by many throughout the centuries especially for its aphrodisiac properties; Cleopatra seduced Mark Anthony with the scent of rose, and the Romans threw lavish parties and banquets in honor of the rose.

However, the rose of the past is not necessarily the rose of the future, as the species has been “perfected” and “fine tuned” along the way in search of the “best possible” rose. Unfortunately, this has resulted in many of today’s rose species losing their heady fragrance, or it has significantly reduced it. Perfectionism in flower color and shape has resulted in lack of perfectionism in scent. If you are looking for scented roses for your aromatherapy garden – and even wish to distill or macerate the petals for oils – here’s some of the rose species you might prefer to invest in.

The Roots of Traditional Garden Roses

Traditional, or old garden roses as they are commonly known as, are some of the most fragrant species of roses and were popular in European cottage country gardens before the introduction and development of modern garden roses and David Austin (English) roses. The botany of an old garden rose is also different to other species of roses.

Old garden rose species are deemed to be those rose species and cultivars which were introduced prior to 1867 and the advent of the modern rose species. Old garden roses were either of European or Mediterranean origin or of East Asian origin, commonly known as China and Tea roses. China and Tea roses were introduced to Europe around 1800 which led to new classifications and the introduction of new rose cultivars.

Old garden rose species are usually more hardy and disease resistant than most of the modern rose species – and old garden roses are also extremely fragrant. Most rose species have five petals (which are then divided into lobes). Old garden roses have smaller blooms than modern garden roses, which are often described as “cabbage-like.” Modern garden roses tend to be “double-headed” — it’s all about size and showmanship more than scent. Old garden rose species are available in many different colors including pastels of pink, yellow, purple, red and white; modern garden roses are usually more vivid in color.

Old Garden Roses for a Scented Garden

European old garden rose species have traditionally been the most fragrant, although not the most vibrant in color, of garden roses. This makes them preferable for aromatherapy purposes! Many bloom just once (unlike modern garden rose species) so timing is everything to collect plant material for distilling and maceration.

The following species are recognizable in the aromatherapy world as plant material for oil:

  • Rosa alba – usually white or pale pink in color with a light scent; known as the “White Rose of Shakespeare.”

  • Rosa x damascena (damask) – an ancient Syrian rose which is believed to have arrived in Europe in the latter part of the thirteenth century; blooms in shades from white to pink.

  • Rosa centifolia – a cross of damask and alba roses, of Dutch origin, and often known as “cabbage rose”; available in shades of pink and lavender.

  • Rosa gallica (Gallic) – blooms in shades of red and purple; popular in the herb gardens of Medieval monasteries.

  • Rosa rugosa (Chinese) – native to eastern Asia, parts of China, and Japan. It blooms in shades of dark pink or white. It is commonly used to extract rosehip oil, but there is also an essential oil steam distilled from the petals for perfumery purposes.

Other Types of Fragrant Old Garden Roses

China roses arrived in Europe in the late eighteenth century and formed the basis of today’s modern hybrid garden roses. Traditional China roses had less fragrance than traditional European old garden roses, had smaller blooms, and were not as hardy – but they did bloom repeatedly during summer and fall months, unlike many European old garden roses.

Tea roses arrived in Europe around the beginning of the nineteenth century, also from the Orient. Tea roses were similar to China roses as they flowered repeatedly, possessed similar fragrances and were less hardy than traditional European old garden roses. However, Tea roses were often more desirable than China roses because of the botanic make-up of their flower heads.

Tea roses were crossed with Bourbon and Noisette roses to produce yet more desirable rose hybrids. Bourbon roses were the result of a cross between damask and China roses and appeared in the island of Bourbon (Reunion) in the nineteenth century. Bourbon roses were popular in France and were very fragrant. They had a range of blooms of white, pink, and red. Noisette roses were introduced to France by Philippe Noisette in the early nineteenth century. Noisette roses originally had small blooms but later rose hybrids resulted in larger flowers.

Roses for Aromatherapy Use

This introduction to fragrant roses for an aromatherapy garden demonstrates that not only are there several traditional, scented rose species, but each rose species produces a different essential oil, hydrosol, or macerated oil. Check the description for each product before purchasing (or extracting) for its aromatic uses – and the preferred rose fragrance!

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  • University of Illinois Extension Our Rose Garden web site,Different Kinds of Roses, accessed June 20, 2016

  • University of Illinois Extension Our Rose Garden web site, The History of Roses, accessed June 20, 2016

  • Author is a UK-certified aromatherapist, published author in aromatherapy, an approved education provider for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), an aromatherapy business owner, and Chief Editor for the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal.

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Sedona Aromatherapie Graduate Interview: Dawn Shipley of Blue Dawn Aromatherapy

Posted on: June 13th, 2016 by
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Blue Dawn Aromatherapy Collage: Photos Used with Permission

Blue Dawn Aromatherapy Collage: Photos Used with Permission

Blue Dawn Aromatherapy Products: Image Used with Permission
Blue Dawn Aromatherapy Products: Image Used with Permission

Have you ever wondered what aromatherapy students actually do with their certificate of aromatherapy after they graduate from an aromatherapy course? Well, I decided to interview some of the past Sedona Aromatherapie students to find out exactly what they did do after completing the aromatherapy course program.

This week I am introducing you to Dawn Shipley of Blue Dawn Aromatherapy who only completed the Sedona Aromatherapie Certificate in Professional Aromatherapy in February 2016. Dawn has been busy since she graduated – in more ways than one!

  1. What (or who) inspired you to begin your journey into aromatherapy?

I guess it started with my parents. I remember my mom making face masks and scrubs with kitchen ingredients, hence my desire to create my own all-natural skin care line. I inherited some books on Chinese herbal medicine from my father when he passed away in my teens, and that started my respect for plants’ therapeutic properties, though I didn’t know what to do with all that information. Eventually, I grew unsatisfied with allopathic health solutions and found my way to an acupuncturist who first started teaching me about essential oils and their uses. I found myself spending most of my free time reading about and buying essential oils, then started creating blends for myself and friends. Finally I was encouraged by some friends to move towards doing aromatherapy professionally, and that is when the journey really began.

  1. In addition to your aromatherapy skills, tell us a little bit about your background and other talents?

I’ve been a software engineer for about 16 years, plus I’ve had a band for 15 years (I sing, play rhythm guitar, write songs and manage the band). I also have been sewing for over 30 years, and I love to cook. I just love to create things!

  1. Do you think that taking a course in aromatherapy has helped you better promote yourself/succeed in the aromatherapy business? If so, how/why?

Definitely! First and foremost, I feel more confident in my abilities, and that means I can better promote myself and succeed. There were elements, like the physiology and anatomy that I didn’t even know I needed, but having a better understanding of the human body definitely helps in preparing a blend, and just understanding how essential oils work in the first place. The safety information makes it easier to help people without inadvertently causing harm, and the dilution guidelines help make blends safer and more cost effective. The information on quality has helped me choose better quality essential oils, too, which definitely affects the success of my products. And, especially for someone who doesn’t have business acumen already, the business aspect of the course is a must for learning how to get started!

  1. Since completing your aromatherapy course, where has your aromatherapy journey taken you?

It is proving to be a very interesting journey already! I have since taken the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) exam and I have successfully become a registered aromatherapist (there are only 15 of us in California where I am located); I started my own company, Blue Dawn Aromatherapy, offering bath and body products as well as clinical aromatherapy consultations. Some of my products can also be found at a vintage boutique in Pomona, CA, called Debutante Clothing. And I’ve started working at my favorite spa, Cote d’Azur in Pasadena, CA!

I’ve also started working on a software package for aromatherapists that will help track everything from raw materials, batch information, through to consultation information. I hope to have a beta product ready by the end of the year. Last but not least, I am continuing to learn as much as possible, and plan on taking Sharon’s Aromatic Chemistry course this year.

  1. What advice do you have for other aspiring aromatherapy students who may be considering an aromatherapy course?

Definitely take a course and learn as much as you can! Also, never stop learning. There is so much information out there!

  1. Finally, where can readers find out more about you?

My website for product and consultations: www.bluedawnaroma.com

Blue Dawn Aromatherapy Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/bluedawnaroma/

My email address: dawn@bluedawnaroma.com

Spa website: http://cotedazurspa.com/

My band website: www.dawnshipley.com


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How to Create an Aromatic Cottage Garden

Posted on: June 6th, 2016 by
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Herbs and old watering cans can add function and charm to your aromatic cottage garden: Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved

Herbs and old watering cans can add function and charm to your aromatic cottage garden: Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved

As I continue my journey of establishing an aromatherapy teaching garden of aromatic plants, I found myself considering the style of my garden. For me, there simply was no doubt; a traditional English country cottage garden! However, how do you create an aromatic cottage garden in the high Arizona desert? If you have been following my series of aromatic garden articles, you will probably enjoy this article which discusses the basics of designing an aromatic cottage garden. Over the coming months, I will also share the successes (and failures) of how I achieved an aromatic cottage garden here in Arizona!

What is an Aromatic Cottage Garden?

A traditional cottage garden breaks all the rules of garden design in that it creates the illusion that there isn’t any design; flowers are planted together in such a haphazard way that they look like they are naturally wild and unattended (a good excuse not to pull the odd flowering weed!). This is a romantic and sentimental notion of what a traditional country cottage garden should be, although the origin of cottage gardens may have been of a more practical purpose.

The Origin of Cottage Gardens

There is some debate over the origin of English country cottage gardens, although they were not exclusive to England; there was some form of country “cottage gardens” throughout Europe. Originally, country cottage gardens may have been created as a local source of fruit and vegetables; herbs were also prevalent in cottage gardens. Cottage gardens were just that – the garden of a country cottage, created for necessity and not for ornamental purposes; however, eventually large estate houses had “cottage gardens” too.

Today, the term cottage garden is used to describe any informal garden design of sprawling plants and may not necessarily contain traditional English cottage garden plants; indeed, the garden of the artist Claude Monet (1840 – 1926), at Giverny in France, has been described as cottage garden style by some, due to its sprawling nature; it is made up of water gardens, various plants and colors, not true to original cottage gardens.

How to Create an Aromatic Cottage Garden

The focus of my project, is to create an aromatic cottage garden, although I do admit to planting some plants simply for their vibrant colors! Many herbs are fragrant but do not produce the vivid display of color that some ornamental plants do.

An aromatic cottage garden had no need of a lawn; although my current garden does have a lawn, I may eventually add thyme as a “lawn” cover, a style reminiscent of “original” lawn styles. There was usually a path winding its way through the mass of plants and flowers, allowing access to tend to the plants; my garden certainly has the potential to grow in that area!

To create the characteristics of an old-fashioned English country garden include some of the following:

  • old style fencing and a gate/arbor for climbing plants, particularly roses, to climb up.

  • “antique” pots for plants; in lieu of original antique-style pots, I love to use terracotta clay pots. They are cheap (compared to other clay-style pots) and you can add your style and color by painting them if you wish.

  • old style watering cans either for watering or to plant flowers in; I have a few!

  • re-cycled earthenware, old drainage pipes, old pails or even chimney pots can create an authentic appeal to the traditional cottage garden; I am always on the lookout for something “different” to add to my garden.

  • an old wooden bench will provide a place from which to enjoy the garden. I plan to create several cozy corners for the weary gardener (aka me) or visitor to the garden to rest a while.

Traditional Cottage Flowers for a Country Garden

Traditional aromatic cottage flowers were discussed in Traditional Cottage Garden Flowers for an Aromatic Cutting Garden and Introduction to Aromatic Plants, Herbs, and Climbers for a Scented Garden, but here is a recap of some of those aromatic plants:

  • roses – old fashioned or climbing roses such as the Gallica or Damask rose will add fragrance and authenticity to a cottage garden.

  • lavender – a popular aromatic herb and flower, lavender would have originally been used in the cottage garden for its medicinal and aromatic properties.

  • climbing plants – in addition to climbing roses, cottage garden climbers include honeysuckle and, in a more modern cottage garden, clematis, both fragrant and beautiful to look at in the summer months.

  • tall plants such as delphinium*, foxglove* and hollyhock will add depth and color to a country cottage garden.

  • perennials – carnation, peony, lily, crocus, wall flower, marigold, tulip and sweet william.

  • annuals – stock, pansy and violet.

* Note that both of these species are poisonous so take care if your garden is frequented by pets or children.

Other Plants Found in a Cottage Garden

Originally, fruit trees, for example apple, would have been found in a traditional cottage garden and used to make things such as cider; smaller fruits, such as raspberries and gooseberries, would also have been found in the cottage garden. Elderberry and hawthorn not only provided hedging in the cottage garden but the leaves, berries and flowers would have been used to make wine, tea, and medicinal lotions. Today, you maybe able to infuse some of these plants for aromatic oils, or make flower essences.

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The bottom line on aromatic cottage gardens: Let your creativity and individual style flow! You will end with a beautiful, colorful, and fragrant garden – with medicinal, aromatic, and culinary benefits!


  • Author is a UK-certified aromatherapist with over a decade of experience and practice, published author in aromatherapy, an approved education provider for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), an aromatherapy business owner, and Chief Editor for the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal.

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Traditional Cottage Garden Flowers for an Aromatic Cutting Garden

Posted on: May 30th, 2016 by
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Sweet Pea Flowers for the Aromatic Cottage Garden

Sweet Pea Flowers for the Aromatic Cottage Garden

Traditional cottage garden flowers were a mix of annual and perennial flowers, many of them scented. Cottage gardens were also “working” gardens and many were filled with aromatic herbs and flowers used in the kitchen, scented plants for homemade “beauty” products, and perhaps some cut flowers for the table (a growing trend today among flower farmers). British cottage gardens were originally the home of Britain’s laborers, a style followed thereafter by the higher classes, who coveted these pretty gardens, and added their own elements to the cottage garden style.

Today, many people are starting to return to the way of the cottage garden, as herbalists, gardeners, and a growing number of aromatherapists get back to the real roots of the source of plants and oils and establish their own style of cottage gardens. This article looks at which traditional cottage flowers can be used as cut flowers for an aromatic summer bouquet.

Types of Traditional Flowers for a Cottage Garden

Many annual flowers in a cottage garden are chosen for the brightly colored blooms more than their aromatic aromas whereas many perennial flowers and plants are aromatic. However, it is possible to have both! Annual plants will usually bloom for one season; perennial plants will return the following year if the climate and growing conditions are right for them. Many cottage garden flowers are tall, making them ideal for an long, elegant vase display.

In my experience, here in northern Arizona, some annual plants and flowers will return the following year, if overwintered indoors. Tender perennial plants may not survive the winter unless they are wrapped accordingly and protected from frost and cold weather.

Aromatic Annual Flowers for Cottage Gardens

If you looking for aromatic annual flowers that are reminiscent of the traditional cottage garden flowers, you may consider the following:

  • Stock (Mathiola incana) – a member of the Brassicaceae plant family, stock flowers from early spring through late summer depending upon the location and climate. Stock traditionally grows tall (up to 30 inches in height), but smaller dwarf species are now available. Stock is lavender, white, pale pink, purple, yellow, or even red in color. It is native to the Mediterranean area. Stock may come back as a perennial the following year (in my experience) even if overwintered outside.

  • Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) – a member of the Fabaceae plant family, sweet pea is a tall, fragrant flower which was traditionally found in cottage gardens, as far back as the 17th century; depending on the species of sweet pea, the sweet pea vine can grow to a height of up to nine feet. Sweet peas are various colors of pink, yellow, lavender, purple, white, and red. Sweet pea is also available as a perennial flower but be aware that many species today may not be traditionally fragrant. The sweet pea species blooms from late spring to early summer and provides lasting blooms even when used as a cut flower. It is a flower I remember well from my childhood!

Aromatic Perennial Flowers for Cottage Gardens

The following perennial aromatic flowers should last for more than one season in your garden, if cared for appropriately. They compliment the above annual aromatic flowers beautifully:

  • Delphinium – a member of the Ranunculaceae plant family, delphinium refers to a collective genus of plants which includes approximately 300 flowering perennials. The classic cottage garden delphinium is a tall, colorful plant, traditionally available in shades of blue, purple, and white. Delphiniums are also known by the name larkspur; cottage garden delphiniums can grow to a height of five feet, depending on the species. Delphiniums traditionally flower throughout the summer months in the Northern hemisphere. It should be be noted that delphiniums are poisonous.

  • Peony – a member of the Paeoniaceae plant family, peonies are native to Asia, southern Europe, and North America. Most perennial peony species grow to a height of up to five feet but some species of peony grow taller. Traditional cottage garden peonies flower throughout the spring and summer; cottage garden peonies are large flowers in shades of pink, white. and yellow. Some peony flowers are fragrant whereas others are not, so choose accordingly.

Other Aromatic Cutting Flowers for Cottage Gardens

Of course, the flowers mentioned above a just a few of those available as cutting flowers for a traditional cottage garden, but I believe they are some of the most popular species.

Cottage garden flowers are traditionally a mix of climbing, tall and fragrant plants including herbs and roses for aromatherapy use, some of which I will be looking at more closely in subsequent posts.

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  • Gardener’s Network website accessed May 30, 2016

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  • BBC Gardening website accessed May 30, 2016

  • Author is a UK-certified aromatherapist, published author and editor in aromatherapy, an approved education provider for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), an aromatherapy business owner, and Chief Editor for the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal.

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Introduction to Aromatic Plants, Herbs, and Climbers for a Scented Garden

Posted on: May 23rd, 2016 by
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Honeysuckle for the Aromatic Garden: Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved

Honeysuckle for the Aromatic Garden: Photo Copyright Sharon Falsetto, All Rights Reserved

Aromatherapy gardens are on the increase. Although aromatic plants for gardens are certainly not a new concept, interest in the growing, harvesting, and distilling of aromatic plants has seen a growth surge in the past couple of years. So, where to begin in choosing aromatic plants for your garden? Join me in my own journey into the growing of aromatic plants and herbs and you will see that there are many different fragrant plants to choose for a scented garden. Over the next few weeks, I will share some of my background in aromatic plant gardening, uses for these plants, and more.

Historical Use of Fragrant Plants in the Garden

Fragrant flowers and plants have a long history of use in the garden. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are some of the most famous gardens of ancient times, although the ancient Egyptians and Romans also had gardens full of roses, fragrant herbs, and aromatic fruit trees too. Scented gardens spread throughout Europe and, although they fell out of favor during the 18th century and the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain, they are just as popular again today.

Fragrant climbers, such as honeysuckle and clematis, framed 16th and 17th century English arbors, together with hawthorn, to create a romantic and discreet meeting place for lovers; in Elizabethan times, both honeysuckle and clematis (particularly Clematis flammula) were very popular aromatic climbers found in many gardens. Arbor derives from the word herbe, meaning “a place where perfumed herbs or plants grew”; therefore, garden arbors traditionally supported the growth of fragrant climbers.

Benefits of Aromatic Plants

Fragrant plants stimulate one of the most powerful of the five senses, smell. For those who do not have the sense of sight, and the visual stimulation of a garden, scented gardens are even more powerful. However, fragrant plants do not just please the nose for pleasure; they have a purpose too.

In the world of botany, the aroma of a plant can attract or repel an insect or predator for survival purposes. Some plants attract pollinators, such as hummingbirds, bees and butterflies, for fertilization and growth. Other plants repel predators through scent. The chemical make-up of some plants are also deadly to predators who attempt to eat them. Many plants survive, in one way or another, through the aromas that they produce.

Uses of Aromatic Plants

Fragrant plants have uses too, in addition to floral displays in the garden. Lots of scented plants are used in herbal medicine, in culinary dishes and in the practice of aromatherapy. However, some scented plants are dangerous and toxic, so it is essential to be able to identify a plant and know what it can be safely used for.

Aromatic Climbers for the Garden

There are several fragrant climbing plants that can be used in the garden. These include honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum), clematis, roses and jasmine (Jasminum officinale). Fragrant climbers grow over arbors, fences and walls and have been popular for centuries in old European gardens. Today, it is possible to grow many scented climbers in gardens throughout the world.

Traditional Aromatic Plants for the Garden

Traditional fragrant plants for the garden have been grown in cottage gardens through England, Scotland and Europe for centuries too. Traditional fragrant cottage garden plants include sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), stock, and roses. Cottage gardens were traditionally both fragrant and served a purpose; many medicinal and culinary plants were grown there.

Aromatic Herbs for the Garden

Scented herbs were also regular plants that appeared in a culinary and medicinal garden; these included peppermint (Mentha piperita), basil (Ocimum basilicum), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), sage (Salvia officinalis), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) and chamomile. Today, they add both fragrance and use to a garden too.

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If you would like to learn more about using aromatic plants in aromatherapy, consider one of the Sedona Aromatherapie home study aromatherapy courses!


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  • Author is a UK-certified aromatherapist, published author in aromatherapy, an approved education provider for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), an aromatherapy business owner, and Chief Editor for the NAHA Aromatherapy Journal.

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