Amethyst: The Latest Gem From Osmia
By Sarah Villafranco, MD
Posted in Blog, on December 08, 2015
Amethyst Body Essence
Our newest addition to the Gem Series is Amethyst. Second in our line of body oils inspired by ancient royalty, this luscious liquid evokes centuries of velvet-draped queens, slowly anointing themselves with coveted concoctions.
In addition to the incredible softening effect of our Gem Series base - a rich, nourishing body oil to be applied to wet skin - you’ll experience a combination of essential oils that will intoxicate your senses. The scent opens with the warm spice of fresh ginger, which yields quickly to a beautiful cardamom extract. The spices then merge with organic rose otto essential oil, one of the most revered (and expensive) oils in the history of both aromatherapy and perfumery. From there, the rose unwinds and mingles with a deep root of organic vetiver, which lingers on the skin for hours.
A few notes about the oils themselves.
Ginger: Our fresh ginger essential oil (zingiber officinale) comes from the Ivory Coast, and is steam-distilled from fresh ginger root, rather than dried root, giving it a bright, fresh odor. Aromatherapists use ginger to increase circulation and relieve inflammation, as well as treating colds and fevers. It is used to help with digestive issues, and stimulates the appetite. In fact, it's an aphrodisiac, and may stir up an appetite for things other than food...
Cardamom: Our cardamom CO2 extract (Elletaria cardamomum) is Guatemalan, and is a certified organic extract. The scent is that of freshly crushed cardamom pods, and is spiritually uplifting and warming. It's an incredible oil for use during the winter months, when your mood and energy can sometimes dip beyond what's comfortable. Oh, and it's an aphrodisiac, too.
Rose: There is so much to say about Rosa damascena that I'll save most of it for another post. But here is what you need to know about our organic, Bulgarian rose oil: it takes about 60,000 roses, picked by Bulgarian hands in the cool morning hours before the sun has opened the flowers, to make one ounce of pure rose essential oil, and that one ounce of organic oil costs us about $500! (Now you know why!) Rose oil has been used for centuries as both medicine and perfume. It can heal your skin, your heart, and your nerves, and is known universally as the oil of love. It's basically liquid magic.
Vetiver: The last oil, at the root of Amethyst Body Essence, is an oil that is distilled, appropriately, from roots! Vetiver (vetiveria zizanoides) is a grass that grows in India, Sri Lanka, and Haiti, and is often referred to as the "Oil of Tranquility". The grass is used for erosion control on steep slopes, as its roots extend deep into the soil. Not surprisingly, that's what vetiver does for your soul - erosion control. It's the oil you need when you feel like you're coming off the rails, and you need something to hold you by the ankles while you find your strong legs again. It is grounding, centering, and helps you recover from total body exhaustion. (If this sounds all too familiar, you're not alone.)
So let us summarize Amethyst for you: a velvety, skin-nourishing tonic with a unisex aromatherapy blend that is energizing, grounding, and aphrodisiac? Just in time for holiday gifting???
With love and sexy, soft skin from us to you,
Sarah + the Osmia Crew.