Narcissus Absolute Essential Oil

Type of plant: Perennial bulbous herb with long leaves and white flowers with orange centers trimmed in red

Part used: Flowering heads

Method of extraction: Solvent extraction

Data: It takes 500 kilograms of narcissus flowers to produce 300 grams of absolute, making it one of the most expensive floral fragrances. It grows wild in well-drained and rocky habitats. Narcissus has been a popular ingredient in perfumery since ancient Roman times. The word comes from the Greek narkao, meaning “to be made numb.”

Principal places of production: France, Holland, Egypt, Morocco

When buying look for: A viscous, golden brown to dark-orange or green liquid with an intense, sweet, warm, floral aroma

Therapeutic properties: Antispasmodic, hypnotic, nervine, sedative, soporific

Therapeutic uses: Stress, tension, anxiety, insomnia, muscular spasm, aches and pain, nervousness, inability to relax, troubled minds

Blends well with: Bergamot, black pepper, cananga, cardamom, carnation, cinnamon leaf, cistus, clove bud, geranium, ginger, ho wood, immortelle, jasmine, lavandin, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, lime, mandarin, mimosa, orange (sweet), petitgrain, rose maroc, rosewood, spearmint, tangerine, tuberose, vanilla, ylang ylang, yuzu

Precautionary advice: May cause headaches in susceptible people. Best avoided during pregnancy and while breast-feeding.