The effects and benefits of a fragrant room go beyond the aroma. The right aroma can create the perfect atmosphere which has a wonderful effect on the mood of those in it. Included in the benefits of using essential oils, especially from orchids is improved health and depending on the fragrance chosen, a boost of energy or improved sleep.
Therapeutic Orchids is an aroma inspired by the orchids of Singapore and their therapeutic benefits. The inspiration has come from the documentation and drawings of the flora and fauna left by William Farquhar.
Who was William Farquhar?
Scottish Born, Major-General William Farquhar (1774 -1839) was the first Resident and Commandant of Singapore and served from 1819 to 1823. He arrived to establish the British trading post with Sir Stamford Raffles. Their disagreement over many issues concerning the post led to Farquhar’s early dismissal.
His previous posting had been in Melaka, where he was appointed commandant and later Resident and Commandant and he spoke Malay. He had a strong interest in the flora and fauna of the islands that he served on, had a private collection of animals and also commissioned a book of drawings. The Chinese artists were commissioned to paint watercolors of the flora and Fauna of the Malay Peninsula and surrounding areas.
The eight volumes were later donated to Museums in Britain and Ireland, but were put up for auction at Sotheby’s in 1993. The founder of the brokerage firm GK Goh, Goh Geok Khim, purchased all eight volumes for $3million and donated the drawings to the national Museum of Singapore. Since 2011, 70 works from the collection are on permanent display in the Goh Seng Choo Gallery of the museum, which is named after Goh’s father.
The National Museum of Singapore has also acquired the ornate silver epergne (a centerpiece for a table with candlestick holders), gifted to Farquhar by the Chinese community of Singapore on his departure. The hallmark on the epergne reads “1825” and it has a Latin inscription. The museum bought it from a descendent for $52,000.
He was buried in Scotland where he later served and on his memorial the inscription reads: “Served as Resident in Melaka and afterwards at Singapore, which later settlement he founded”.
The list of therapeutic orchids is too long to include in any one article and a documented list of the most popular can be found here. With close to 30,000 species, there is a huge variety of aromas and therapeutic benefits to be chosen from each.
Orchids are not only a symbol of beauty in its most perfect form; they also have stunning color combinations and a broad range of beautiful aromas.
Therapeutic Orchids Room Fragrance is a celebration to the magnificence, aroma and therapeutic qualities of the thousands of orchid varieties. The beauty of the flora and fauna that entranced Farquhar and so many before and after him is captured in a bottle ready to present as a corporate gift or a souvenir to take home.