zinnias

Zinnias might be my new favorite flower. Throw the seeds in the yard and they are prolific bright flowers that attract an array of butterflies. They are such generous bloomers. When you cut zinnias for a vase, cut above the next set of leaves and you will have a new flower in days on the same stalk.  Purple wildflowers native to Mexico, they were considered eye sores to the Spaniards when taken back to Spain as seeds. The current majestic colors are hybrids that became quite popular in Victorian gardens in the 18th century. Red zinnias represent constancy, pink lasting affection and friendship for all zinnias.

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vetiver essential oil

Vetiver_Roots

 

Vetiver, “aroma of tranquilty” is a grass that is native to India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia and cultivated from Brazil to Reunion. The grass has numerous uses that include erosion control (animals will not eat it) to making mats and blinds. The essential oil is unique as it is derived from the roots whereas most essential oils are from the flower. The essential oil is best known in perfumery, however it is also known to have the following properties, calming, anti-inflammatory and to stimulate hair growth. It’s aroma is earthy, woodsy and smoky but when blended with other essential oils it binds the notes and takes a back seat. I combined it with chocolate peppermint essential oil to create our popular hair & body silk.