Friday, May 21, 2010

Organic Tea Oil

I love collecting natural plant oils from different regions around the world, and this certified organic tea oil I am currently offering in my Etsy store. I hope to start offering a wider range of oils in my store soon.
Camellia sinensis is the sub-tropical tea plant from which green, black, white and oolong tea leaves are harvested. The tea plant, which grows naturally in the wild through much of Asia, is cultivated in a variety of settings from small family gardens to giant estates covering thousands of acres. Just like these popular teas, camellia oil also known as tea oil or white tea oil, has been proven to exhibit exceptional antioxidant activity. It has been used for centuries in the East for its rejuvenating and revitalizing properties.
 
The organic tea oil offered in my Etsy store is available in a 15 ml glass bottle.

Update: Since this post I got a bit greedy and decided to keep this lovely tea oil for myself! So it is no longer available in my store at the moment. But I do plan to get it back in stock again, hopefully in a few months.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tincturing....

I've been busy tincturing some herbs from my garden lately. Tincturing is when you take flowers, herbs, leaves, seeds and other plant materials and soak them in undenatured alcohol for a long period of time so that you can extract their scent. After storing them in a cool, dark place for a while you remove the leaves, etc. and the alcohol is left nicely scented and with all the therapeutic qualities from the plant material.
At the moment I am tincturing lemongrass leaves, broadleaf thyme and lime leaves from my garden. It will be  another few weeks before I can tell how well they came out. I have been shaking them and changing the leaves every few days as instructed.

At first, I was not happy with the progress of the lemongrass tincture at all - to me it had a very "off" smell, although when I stuck a scent strip in it I could detect the nice smell of lemongrass coming through after the "off" smell wore off. Anya McCoy, president of the Natural Perfumers Guild, said this could possibly be because the alcohol is pulling out certain chemical components from the lemongrass first, so I'll be patient and see how it goes.

The thyme and the lime leaf seem to be coming along quite nicely though.

I also just planted some frangipani and I am looking forward to when they start to bear so that I can tincture their flowers.