Essential oils should be smelt. They can also be mixed with a good carrier — say Argon Oil — and used as scent or for massage. They can be dripped in the bath. Or used in the manufacture of high quality soaps, creams and perfumes. Or vaporised in an oil burner.
But most of all they should be smelt, especially before purchase. Which is an advantage of obtaining your oils from Havenessence at Piccadilly Market in central London. Nearly all our oils can be smelt before purchase. Some customers stay half an hour, working their way through our range — the largest collection of essential oils in central London.
There are many reasons for visiting St James’s Church on London’s Piccadilly, but one is to see the magnificent magnolia tree which has just bloomed in the churchyard.
Magnolia is an ancient genus which evolved before bees appeared, so the flowers are pollinated by beetles. They produce no nectar but plenty of pollen. The pollen is high in protein and the beetles use it for food.
The flowers are great, vigorous, rubbery things of a delicate pink. The tree towers over Piccadilly on that desolate, de-natured, stretch between Piccadilly Circus and Green Park. As tourists, office workers, hedge fund managers and their armies of servants, rush about, the magnolia nods gently over their heads, beetles busy in the flowers.
I took these pictures yesterday evening on a camera-phone without a flash.