How did you do in yesterday’s challenge?  Were you able to check out at least one of the countries of origin of essential oils?  This is an exericise that takes time, so you might even want to print out the post and pin it to a bulletin board, or add it to the aromatherapy book/manual you work from.  That way, when you come across an essential oil country of origin that is unfamiliar or you’d like to learn more about, jot it down on the list.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChallenge #2:  What Country Produces Your Essential Oil?
If in conversation, a friend a client were to say this: “Wow, your Frankincense smells amazing!  Where does it come from?”, would you be able to answer (without looking it up)?  Granted, some oils originate from a several countries, but do you have an idea of where most of your oils originate?


Below is a list 10 essential oils.  Can you name the countries of origin for each oil?

Where would you find this information?  You can start by looking on the bottle of essential oil or website of your supplier.  If your supplier doesn’t indicate the country of origin of the bottle, or worse, cannot tell you – time to find a new supplier!  Another resource, though it’s still a short list, is on my Fragrant Friday Archives page.

1. Bergamot – Citrus bergamia

2. Cypress – Cupressus sempervirens

3. Frankincense – Boswellia carterii

4. Ginger – Zingiber officinale

5. Lavender – Lavendula angustifolia

6. Neroli – Citrus aurantium var amara

7. Orange – Citrus sinensis

8. Patchouli – Pogostemon cablin

9. Tea Tree – Melaleuca alternifolia

10. Ylang Ylang – Cananga odorata


Please leave a comment below and tell me if these two challenges have been useful in helping you understand the contry of origin of essential oils.




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