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Ginger Lily Essential Oil
Mark Evans has this to say “This oil is also known as Kapur Kachari, well known in India and Southern Asia as a powerful antioxidant and antimicrobal. But as far as the scent goes, when tentatively smelling the undiluted oil on a smelling strip I’m overwhelmed with a heady, nose clearing freshness of spicy dried ginger root with strong camphorous, menthol and eucalyptus aspects. You can tell that this oil is distilled from the roots of the plant as there is that certain, slightly powdery rooty tinge to it, similar to the powderiness of orris root.
Used with a gentle hand, this oil would provide an interesting addition to floral blends, adding some spiciness to a red rose, or even as a major player in a tuberose blend. I imagine it could also find a use in aromatic fougeres, to highlight the aromatics. It would blend well with lavender, artemisia or anything minty. In India you will find the rhizomes are dried and burned as incense, the rhizomes are also blitzed into a powder form known as “abir” and this is then used to perfume certain tobacco’s that are chewed. The material is of thin viscosity and is dark amber/light brown in colour and of a pourable viscosity.”
Botanical Name: Hedychium spicatum