February’s flower is Violet. Violet was my mom’s favorite flower. The purple flower is so tiny and dainty and yet so beautiful, like my mom. My mom would pick them and put them in a tiny vase on the kitchen windowsill. Before my mom passed away, I dug up some of her violet plants from her yard and planted them in my yard. I am thrilled when the tiny flowers appear around the end of February. The beautiful heart shaped leaf reminds me of our heart and love.
“Violet” comes from the Latin name “Viola”. Violets are associated with love and talked about in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They are also referred to as “heart’s-ease”, an innocent love.
Violets are small plants which grow approximately six inches tall. They are easy plants to grow and thrive in moderately rich and moist soil but will do well in most environments. Once they become established they are self-maintaining and even invasive at times and spread into the lawn. They are self pollinating and do not product seeds.
There are many common varieties of the violet. The sweet violet has fragrant white or purple flowers and blooms in early Spring. The scent of the sweet violet is the strongest of the common violets. Most violets are small perennial plants but a few are annual plants. Pansies are from the crossed varieties of violets.
Violets are known to be a multipurpose flower. They have medicinal and aromatic uses. Sweet violets are known to be medicinal violets. These can be added to a cup of tea to help with a cough or a cold. Violets were grown in great quantities in the nineteenth century for perfume until they developed the synthetic scent of violet in the lab. Today, natural perfumes use violet leaf absolute as a fixative to hold the scent. Violet flowers can be used in potpourris to fill your home with a wonderful scent.
“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” -Mark Twain
Making soy container candles is really simple and fun. Soy wax burns clean and longer than other waxes. These candles are made with pure essential oils that add a therapeutic effect depending on the essential oil blend, you can make your candle uplifting, relaxing, calming or romantic. There are so many different reasons to make them, including the ones below.
Some uses for making these candles:
-For your home
-To bring with you in travel – Sets a relaxing mood for a bath in a hotel
-Wedding favors – The label can have the wedding couples name and date of wedding or a beautiful quote on love
-Gifts – You can customize the scent to the individuals preference
-Parties – Great centerpieces for Holiday parties/dinners
-Family/Friends time- So much fun to make candles with your loved ones, each person can scent their own and color their own
-If you have small children- the wax burns clean and they contain no fragrance oils which can be harmful in a house with children
Learn how to make your own soy candles, our eBook and online class includes the following instructions:
Aromatherapy Perfume Oil Recipe: Uplift
1/2 teaspoon jojoba, sunflower or safflower oil
6 drops pink grapefruit essential oil
6 drops sweet orange essential oil
2 drops rose geranium essential oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops cardamom essential oil
3 drops frankincense essential oil
1. Combine all ingredients. A good practice is to smell after each addition of essential oil and note how it affects the scent. If you make any adjustments to the recipe, take good notes.
2. Pour oil into a small glass perfume roll-on bottle (5 ml) or capped bottle.
3. Allow all essential oils to blend together for a week.
4. Apply to perfume oil to pulse points, wrist, neck and over heart area.
Learn more about how to make Natural solid, spray and roll on perfume HERE.
Learn all about aromatherapy essential oils for body, hair & skin here!