Floral Awakening: Jasmine

Floral Awakening: Jasmine
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Floral Awakening: JasmineEmbrace the miracle of spring's renewal...let it take you along a garden path that leads to awakening. Surround yourself with fragrant, pastel-hued flowers! Rejoice with the scent, hue and texture of flowers. I absolutely love this time of the year! Tomorrow is the first day of spring and to me the following says it best:

Tis like the birthday of the world,

When earth was born in bloom;

The light is made of many dyes,

The air is all perfume;

There's crimson buds,

and white and blue...

The very rainbow showers

Have turned to blossoms where they fell,

And sown the earth with flowers.

~Thomas Hoods

Awaken your senses by surrounding yourself with a bouquet of floral accents. Freshen the air with jasmine perfume, sip a blend of floral-flavored tea and enjoy the scent of a jasmine topiary.

Are you having 'spring guests'? Delight them, or yourself, with a basket of fluffy towels scented with a linen spray. Be aware of Nature's beauty and indulge yourself with fragrant flowers...Her most precious perfumes.

To make visitors, and yourself, feel very special, leave a basket brimming with plush towels in the bathroom. Enclose a bottle of jasmine linen spray to freshen and scent the towels. To make the spray, simply add 6 drops jasmine essential oil to four ounces distilled water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and tuck into the basket of towels. Add a sprig of fresh jasmine, if available. The spray also makes a wonderful, effective room freshener.

Jasmine in a Jar:

To one cup boiling water, add four packages unflavored gelatin and two tablespoons salt. Stir until dissolved. Remove from heat. Add 15 drops jasmine oil and one drop food coloring. Pour into a jar and cover with plastic wrap; let set overnight. Remove plastic, place a doily over jar and set on table to use as an air freshener. The scent will last for about two weeks.

Jasmine Eau De Toilette:

For a beautifully scented toilette water, pour the following ingredients into a glass bottle and shake well; Three fourths cup citrus-flavored vodka, one fourth cup orange blossom water and six drops jasmine essential oil. Allow to steep for one week before use. This eau de toilette is deliciously fragrant and pleasant to use.

White Stars Topiary:

Entwined in an imaginative shape, a jasmine vine creates a perfect topiary. Place the jasmine plant in a terra-cotta pot and insert the round wire topiary form....gently wrap vine around the wire until it's covered completely. Water well and trim occasionally, shaping as you go.

Floral Awakening: Jasmine

Jasmine Tea:

Enjoy a delicious tea blend made with one cup black tea leaves and two cups fresh jasmine flowers. Scoop a one inch layer of tea leaves into a jar; place a one inch layer of jasmine flowers on top. Alternate layers until all ingredients are used. Secure lid on jar; let jasmine permeate tea leaves for a few days, then remove flowers from loose tea by hand. To use, add one teaspoon tea to one cup hot water; let steep a few minutes.

Jasmine essential oil has an exotic fragrance, making it a popular choice for perfumes and colognes. Because of its softening effect, the oil is often found in skin-care products. Jasmine oil is used to relieve depression, tension, fear and listlessness.

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About The Author

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Karen Hegre

I feel very fortunate to have met Karen, and to be able to share her wonderful crafts and herbal inspiration with our visitors. She has a gentle soul and contributes not only her words but encouragement as well.

Karen is a Master Gardener specializing in herbs, a mom and grandma. She and her husband have a Backyard Wildlife Habitat, plus 'Fairy Gardens' where the children can learn about different herbs and hear Karen read a story about the Garden Fairies and Flowers. They are open to the public May through September.

Karen owns several discussion lists, which we have listed below with the subscription information. All are free to join and a joy to be a member of!

Karen's Herbal Kitchen: A list for exchanging herbal recipes! Click Here to subscribe.

Nature Crafts: This is a list for those who enjoy crafting with Nature and want to learn more!! We will share projects, learn ways of preserving those natural items and much more. Click Here to subscribe.

Keepers Of the Gardens: This list is a 'learning & sharing' list on how to create beautiful back yard habitats for birds, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other wildlife including bees, dragonflies, frogs, toads & other friendly insects & reptiles. Click Here to subscribe.

Aromatherapy One-0-One: This is a list for learning the basics of Aromatherapy and Essential Oils. A friendly place for questions and ideas... a place where we can learn from each other. Click Here to subscribe.


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