Therapeutic orchids of Asia by Singapore Memories : Aerides family
Orchids or floral scents are always the first note majority of ladies will be looking for in their perfume as orchids are a symbol of beauty and perfection. These flowery scents captured in their fragrances transform people back to the times where they first smelled these scents. However, these orchids oil are nearly impossible to naturally extract from the flower as it will take too much flowers for one drop of orchids oils. The secret to creating orchid scent is to create an illusionary scent that enable individual to remember these beautiful and gracious orchids flower.
If you are orchid lover or someone who is looking to capture these divine orchids scents in a perfume, head down to Jet’aime Perfumery Workshop. In this workshop, you will be able to create your own orchids perfume with the guidance from their perfumer. It will also allows delve into different other perfume scents rather than only floral scent, broaden your idea of a perfect perfume. In a rush and no time for a proper workshop, Singapore Memories offers a good selection of orchid-infused scents perfume for you to choose.
Not only can an orchid smell goods, most orchids also have certain therapeutic purposes. Today, we will discover more about this orchid genus - Aerides Lour. It is a genus of attractive orchids that produce many offshoots near the base, creating huge cluster when fully grown. There are about 20 species distributed across Asia.
Aerides crispa Lindl
Introduced into the west cultivation over 200 years ago, Aerides crispa are white in colour and lightly flushed with pink on the back and near the tips of the sepals and petals.
It gives off a sweet scent that smell similar to pineapple, which might be an ideal ingredient to add liveliness in a perfume. In additional to its pleasant scent and visual, Aerides crispa can also be used for therapeutic purposes. In the Western Ghats, it is used as an ear-drop to treat earache by boiling the pulverised plant in neem oil.
Aerides crispa was the most popular species until the discovery of Aerides lawrenceae. In Jet’aime Perfumery Workshop, individual will get to smell this amazing species (Aerides lawrenceae) which gives off a nice spicy and lemony scent. Mainly used as an ingredient in men’s fragrances.
Aerides falcata Lindl. & Paxton
Falcata blooms well in the lowland which enable them to produces about 30 fragrant, white flowers on a spray. Its side lobes of the lips are stretched out which helps to distinguish them from other similar fragrant species. It is further known as Zhijia Lan in Chinese and Ueang Kulaab Krapao Perd in Thai.
In Vietnam, it is fed to weak infants as a tonic. Moreover, its seeds are sprinkled on boils and other skin disorders to help heal the lesions
Aerides multiflora Roxb.
This orchid also known as Uang Kulap Malai Daeng in Thai is widely distributed from the Himalayan foothills through Nepal, Bhutan, Assam to Myanmar and Thailand.
Some medicinal uses in Asia includes:
India à it is used to treat wounds
Nepal à the orchid’s leaf is grind into paste and applied to cuts and wounds and powdered leaf is use as a tonic.
Aerides odorata Lour.
This orchid is a widespread, variable species of Aerides that grow well if anchored in the crotch of the trees and receive direct sunlight. Their flowers are easily recognised by its funnel-shaped lips which will extend into a horn-like shape, unfortunately, the flower will only last for 2 weeks.
Alternative name for this plant includes Xianghuazhijia lan in Chinese, Angkrek Lilin / Lau Bintang in Indonesia, Ueang Kulaab Krapao Pid for Thai and Hameri in Orissa in India.
There are a few medicinal uses of this species across Asia:
India à the fallen fruits are used to heal wound and juice extracted from the leaves is used to treat boils in ear and nose.
Vietnam à Seeds are sprinkled over lesions to heal boils and other skin disorder.
Orissa’s hill tribes à combine the fresh roots with root powder from Saraca asoca and bark from Azadirachta indica and common salt to prepare an oral medicine for painful swollen joints.
Nepal à poultice prepared from the leaves is applied over cuts and wounds
Interestingly, Npark Singapore classified Aerides odorata as an Ornamental flower which also meant fragrant flower. This orchid scent can be found in Jet’aime Perfumery Workshop and is classify under the men’s ingredient.
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