Organic Lilac Essential Oil – Enfleurage
Also known as Organic Lilac Enfleurage and Organic Lilac Essential Oil. Our Organic Lilac Enfleurage Oil is part of our Artisan Quality line of essential oils.
Our Lilac Essential Oil is made through the ancient process of Enfleurage. A hand crafted pomade is created through 33 consecutive days of fresh flower changes. The lilac scent is exhaled from the flowers into a bed of sustainably sourced and organically grown palm kernel oil. Palm kernel oil is naturally high in vitamin E, tocopherols and is packed with anti-oxidants.
Enfleurage is the French term for an ancient, labor intensive, and all-but vanished, technique in which a fat is used to absorb scent from fresh exhaling flowers.
Enfleurage captures the most delicate components of scent and the most comprehensive spectrum of scent molecules.
Lilac Enfleurage / Lilac Essential Oil
Lilac does not lend itself to distillation and other methods collect only fractions of the scent and leave behind or destroy certain elements. Traditional Enfleurage yields the most authentic lilac essential oil.
Only organically grown and harvested Palm Kernel for oil extraction. In the beginning days of the season, the glass frames, called chassis, are spread with palm kernel oil or shea butter. Every day for a 33 day cycle, hand picked lilac blossoms are replaced with fresh blossoms, so the fragrance is intoxicatingly authentic. Every day the chassis are loaded with fresh lilac flowers. Flowers from the day before are discarded.
Our supplier says, “What a lovely job, smell-testing the trees as we walk through the field, picking bushels of the finest quality lilac flowers. It’s a wonderful place to work and create Lilac Enfleurage. The air smells great and colors are fabulous too.”
Lilac Enfleurage / Lilac Essential Oil – Ancient Methods:
Historical data on Pascha, or lilac is scarce. However, we know that it originated in the Middle East and was used in enfleurage for many centuries, probably before the 14th century. I have read that sailors used it as a talisman for safe passage. Hence, women on the Mayflower carried a sprig in their bosom, to ensure a safe passage across the Atlantic. Lilac, or Syringe vulgaris (common syringe) is proposed to have been introduced in the US as an early cultivar at Plymouth in this way. The name Syringe is from the structural significance of the hollow tubed stalks on the lilac plant. These stalks were made into Pan’s pipes of lore. The white lilac was used at funerals to ensure the soul’s safe passage to the arms of God.
The oil distilled from the wood of the lilac tree has historically been used in parts of the world to treat Malaria and other parasite borne diseases. Aromatherapists have also said that Lilac is a copious heart opener and memory inducer, and brings sweet dreams when slumbering in the scent.
Each of our smaller sizes is nicely presented in a gift box.
Aroma of our Enfleurage Oils
Most noses love the aroma of our enfleurage oils, but a few (less than 1%) of our customers smell more of the palm oil than the essential oil. Initially, in addition to the aroma of the enfleurage oil, one smells the aroma of palm oil a bit “earthy”. But, if given a few moments to “breathe”, the floral aroma of the oil supersedes or replaces the aroma of the palm oil. This has to do with differences in receptors in the nose. For those who would like any aroma of palm oil, one alternative might be one of our limited edition enfleurage oils (like Gardenia Ltd) without the earthy aroma of palm oil: Limited Edition Organic Gardenia Enfleurage which is extracted with organic coconut oil instead.
- Do not take essential oils internally.
- Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
- Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution, refer to an aromatherapy text).
- The information on this website is not intended to be used in the diagnosis, treatment or mitigation of any physical or mental illness. Essential oils are not drugs and are not appropriate for treatment of illnesses.
- Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting an appropriately trained healthcare practitioner.
- The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.