First put the common name and botanical name. Botanical names almost always have two parts and are generally written in Italic. The first part is the family name and it is always capitalized. The second part is the species name; it is not supposed to be capitalized. It is important to know or at least become familiar with the botanical name so you can know what type of oil you are using. For example, Melaleuca alternifolia and Melaleuca quinquenervia are both “Melaleuca”, but are they used the same way in aromatherapy?
Just keep in mind that it is generally not a good idea to open a bottle of essential oil and stick it directly under your nose and take a big sniff. Essential oils are very concentrated and it will be too strong smelling. Many of them stink if you sniff them like that but a gentle waft of the same oil can smell lovely.
When you open a new oil that you have never smelled you can record how you reacted. What category of fragrance did you smell first, floral, spicy or citrus? What was the strongest fragrance and which lingered the longest? Then record any emotional or physical reaction you may have had.
Earthy (smells like dirt)
Herbaceous (smalls like weeds)
Medicinal or Camphorus
Oriental or exotic
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