"A good friend and a bad friend are like a perfume seller and a blacksmith; The perfume seller might give you some perfume as a gift, or you might buy some from him, or at least you might smell its fragrance.
As for the blacksmith, he might burn your clothes, and at the very least you will breath in the fumes of the furnace."
Attars are traditional perfume essences derived from the teachings of the Unani Tibb Master Avicenna (10th century). They are extremely pure and potent, containing none of the alcohol or solvents etc. commonly found in absolutes, many essential oils and commercial perfumes.
In Sufi and Dervish Traditions Attars are used as perfumes to heal psychological and emotional issues and therby assist progress through 'The Stations of the Soul'.
It is my intention to make many of these pure essences available through this site.
I have access to some of the most exquisite Attars of Rose, Frankincense, Amber, Jasmine, Musk and Sandalwood and constantly seeking to increase my range. Specific blends are also available including Shafayat (The Healer) Jannat al Ferdous (the Perfume of Heaven) and Blue Nile (The Perfume of Cleopatra).
Attars and Health
Rose: The fragrance of rose affects both heart and spirit. It is cooling and "grounding" and therefore can help to relieve anxiety, sleep disorders and stress.
Jasmine: A calmative, anti-depressant with mild uplifting and aphrodisiac properties. An attar favoured by whirling dervishes.
Nargis: (wild narcissus): First mentioned as a medicinal by Mohammed and used by mediaeval Arabs as a cure for baldness. Narcissus is very rich in galanthine - now used by pharmaceutical companies in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
Lotus: Ideal for meditation, promoting a state of tranquility and enabling the mind to be in the present rather than worring about the past or future.
Amber: Considered to be the male counterpart to rose. Amber nourishes the heart, liver and endocrine system, promoting balance and relaxation.
Musk: Both protective and purifying - useful in the removal of negative influences. Musk is traditionally worn by Arab women following menses, to balance the internal environment.
Shafayat - the healer: A traditional blend thought to engender strength and hope. Woody with floral undertones.
Blue Nile: Reputed to be based on the ingredients used by Cleopatra in her bath blend; including lotus and other exotics. - Pure Luxury!
Oudh: The Epitome of attars, linking to the highest "Station of the Soul". Relaxing, tonifying and protective.
Major Attars Used in Practise
Rose: Light:( e.g. Arabian Wild, Turkish, Damascene, Persian, Bulgarian etc). Dark: ( e.g. Sudanese Black Rose, Musk Rose)
Rose works on the ?Shen? aspect (heart, spirit) ? it is generally considered in aromatherapy as a base note ? it is cooling and grounding. Rose helps with anxiety, depression, insomnia and sudden stress. It is useful for thrush, dry skin, headaches and migraine and has wound healing properties. Can also help with hormonal issues. Relates to ?The Station of the Heart?
Jasmine: (Tunisian, Egyptian and Indian (Kachu Kali), Night Jasmine (more expensive)) uplifting while being relaxing. Jasmine is anti-cancer. Jasmine, like all floral scents, can awaken feelings that have long been forgotten, sentiments that can often reopen a heart protecting itself from the painful stresses of life.
Nargis: (Wild daffodil or Narcissus) a favourite of Mohammed re memory, deep amber tones with floral note.
Genda: Marigold ? Inspires deep breathing, so useful for yoga and meditation. Ant-microbial, fortifying and deeply calming
Tuberose: polyanthes tuberosa ? Relieves stress, uplifts mood, good for treating depression and mental exhaustion.
Lotus: (nelumbo nucifera) Studies have found that the lotus will germinate even after 500 years in polluted ground. In the Vedic culture of India, the lotus is regarded as a sacred symbol of purity, peace, enlightenment and beauty, due to the observation of such a beautiful flower arising from often highly polluted waterways.
Sandalwood: (several: - including: Mysore, and Egyptian (Aswan)).
Sandalwood cools the brain ? it is specific for meditation etc. Base note in aromatherapy. Sandalwood helps with constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, anxiety, depression, insomnia, asthma, bronchitis, flu symptoms, dry eczema, sunburn, nerve pain, kidney function and hormone balance.
N.B.Increasingly expensive, due to regulations, restrictions and rarity.
Frankincense: (Tunisian or Hougari from Oman) Major attar for protection. Base Note. Frankincense can be used for all types of protection whether physical or emotional; it lifts depression ? can also help with cases of cystitis.
Frankincense is specific for enhancing memory ? re Alzheimer?s, amnesia etc. Favoured by Mohammed who added the resin to Arabic coffee re memory and alertness.
The best Frankincense (Hougari) comes from Oman. Where immunologist Mahmoud Suhail is hoping to open a new chapter in its history: Scientists have observed that there is some agent within frankincense which stops cancer spreading, and which induces cancerous cells to close themselves down. He is trying to find out what this is.
"Cancer starts when the DNA code within the cell's nucleus becomes corrupted," he says. "It seems frankincense has a re-set function. It can tell the cell what the right DNA code should be.
"Frankincense separates the 'brain' of the cancerous cell - the nucleus - from the 'body' - the cytoplasm, and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes."
Amber: Light:- Tunisian, Turkish, Arabian etc. Heavy: Persian. Dark: Ambari , Shamamatul, Sinai etc)
Amber has been described as the male counterpart to rose, so will calm heart and spirit, will also work on liver and glandular system (including adrenals).
Musk: Used to both purify and protect. Worn by Arab women during menses and by Arab men as an aphrodisiac (particularly deer musk).
Oudh (eaglewood, agarwood, aquillaria species, jin-koh, Ch?en Xiang) - ranging from Indian Agarwood to more expensive dehnal and Cambodian Oudh.
A resinous wood taken from ancient trees, the resin is said to be produced as a natural immune response to parasitic growths, and therefore mainly found in infected trees, as a result Oud is exceedingly rare and expensive.
Blue Nile: The perfume of Cleopatra, based on flowers, resins etc used in her bath.
Jannat al Ferdous: "Gateway to the Highest Paradise", "The Perfume of Heaven". Shafayat: "The Healer" Hajr e Aswad: Black Stone (Mecca)
Disclaimer: Any benefits referred to above are based on traditional usage, rather than scientific validation.
see products page re current range of available attars.
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