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Hyacinth & Apollo

The Death of Hyacinthos by Jean Broc (1801)
The Death of Hyacinthos by Jean Broc (1801)

Hyacinth, a beautiful youth, son of the King of Sparta, was loved by the God Apollo, who would visit him for manly pleasures. One day they took turns throwing the discus and Apollo made a mighty throw. Hyacinth, running to catch it, was struck on the head.

One version of the myth posits a homosexual love triangle, claiming that Zephyrus, God of the West Wind, also loved Hyacinth and in a fit of jealousy blew the discus off course, so it hit the youth.

Hyacinth by Fran├žois Joseph Bosio (1817)
Hyacinth by Fran├žois Joseph Bosio (1817)

Hyacinth died in Apollo’s arms, his blood flowing onto the earth. Apollo, finding it intolerable that Hyacinth should be dead, made a hyacinth grow from the bloody soil.

Mozart: Apollo et Hyacinthus (1767)
Mozart: Apollo et Hyacinthus (1767)

Mozart, age 11, wrote an opera Apollo et Hyacinthus based on the myth. But the librettist Rufinus Widl (a priest) modified Ovid’s story, changing the sexually desired character from Ovid’s Hyacinth to Melia, his sister.

Hyacinth absolute is available from us at Piccadilly Market.

Hyacinth Absolute Piccadilly Market
Hyacinth, Piccadilly Market


New Essential Oils in Central London

Seven new essential oils will shortly be available at our stall on London’s Piccadilly:

  • Elemi
  • Lavender Spike
  • Palmarosa
  • Peru Balsam
  • Sandalwood Australian
  • Sandalwood Vanuatu
  • Spikenard

Which brings the number of oils we stock to over one hundred. Most are immediately available — phone first to be sure (07588 964 422) — and can be smelt before purchase.

I am particularly pleased to be stocking Spikenard, which has a warm and earthy scent. It is mentioned in the Bible several times, e.g.

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. [John.12,1,3]

Spikenard with berries