Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a perennial herb that is highly aromatic. It has been described as having the flavor of black licorice, or anise (Pimpinella anisum), but many find it to be much milder, which makes it suitable for a variety of applications. There are three different plant parts that are used in cooking: The seeds, the stalk/bulb, and the fronds.
These oil-rich salves are used to nourish and protect skin. They lock moisture in, keeping skin soft and smooth throughout the seasons. Salves can be made as thick as a bar of soap. A salve will remain in a solid state at room temperature, only melting with body heat when rubbed on the skin. Salves are gaining popularity due to the possibility of being low or zero waste products.
There is actually literature which shows that some of the compounds found in elderberry can be helpful against prior Coronaviruses. These compounds do not function as simple immune boosters, but rather complex structures that may aid in reducing the replication of the virus (at least based on prior data with prior Coronaviruses).
The resin and gum symbolize the life force that oozes out from a tree’s bark or stems. This article discusses those resins and gums, answering the question: What is the difference between resins and gums? Further, the following terms are reviewed in detail: Gum resin, sap, and resinoids. The amazing aromas that can be found in resins and gum resins are a true delight. However, there are several species that produce aromatic resins that have become threatened. As a professional aromatherapist and an “impactful consumer,” it is important to be aware of unsustainable essential oil species.
In herbalism, elderberry syrup has always been a popular remedy for use with colds and flu during the colder months, and elder tea is a welcome drink for sniffles and aches. But although elder is a time-honored herbal remedy, it can be adapted for today’s aromatherapy practice in other ways, beyond that of traditional essential oil use. For example, both a hydrosol and infused oil are made from the extracts of the elder tree. Elderberry infused honey can be added to aromatherapy skincare products. My recipes for all of these uses are included here for you to try!