Zdravetz(GERANIUM MACRORRHIZUM) essential oil/Bulgaria wild harvest



Olfactory Properties of Zdravetz(Geraniium macrorrhizum) essential oil/Bulgaria wild harvest
This excellent essential oil has been little explored in natural oil partly because of its somewhat restricted availability and partly because of its relatively high cost.
But it is an oil possessing excellent fixative properties and an aroma that melds well with a wide range of materials-both excellent virtues for folks engaged in natural perfumery.

First of all Zdravetz is one of a set of unique essential oils which is a solid waxy/crystalline mass at room temperature-much like aruacaria and guaicwood.
The waxes and crystals that are part of the makeup of the oil make a valuable contribution in the fixative properties of the oil. More volatile constituents of other essential oils that are blended with Zdravetz oil intermingle with the waxes and crystals and their evaporation rate is slowed down so that they disperse their aromatic benedictions over a longer period of time.
In its pure congealed form, the Zdravetz is a waxy green mass and its delicate olfactory properties are muted until it is gently heated and becomes a flowable liquid.
Once it becomes a liquid one can discern a rich, green-herbaceous, earthy, sweet-woody aromatic profile with a radiant warm roseaceous-woody undertone which is both delicate and tenacious. The balanced nature of its overall aromatic profile- mellow, subtle yet rich and radiant is what makes it a perfect crucible in which a diverse range of other aromatic essences can unite.
If one wishes to create a easily useable liquid fixative base with Zdravetz, then it can be blended 50-50 with rosewood. Similarly one can mix in a guiacwood and gurjun balsam in a 50-50 blend and arucaria with cabreva in a 50-50 blend.

Zdravetz blends beautifully with beeswax abs; bergamot mint eo; cananga eo; champaca, golden abs and attar; champa, white eo and co2; chamomile eo's and abs(moroccan, english and blue) cistus eo and abs; citrus oils; clary sage eo and abs; fir balsam abs; frangipani abs;frankincense eo, co2 and abs; geranium eo and abs; hay abs; helichrysum eo and abs; henna leaf abs and co2; jasmin absolutes; labadanum eo and abs; lavender eo, co2 and abs; magnolia lily co2; neroli eo; oakmoss abs; petitgrain oils(mandarin, bergamot, lemon); rose eo's and abs(centifolia, burboniana, damascena) saffron attar and co2; sandalwood eo, co2 and abs; tea, black abs; tea green abs; tonka bean abs; tuberose abs and attar; ylang abs, co2 and eo

In perfumery its excellent fixative effect and subtle aromatic qualities can be used to great advantage in chypres, fougeres, Oriental bases, colognes, rose bases, precious woods notes, herbal perfumes, geographical perfumes


Interesting facts about Zdravetz/Geranium macrorrhizum

1. Geranium macrorrhizum L., an aromatic plant, and wild geranium, Geranium maculatum, are members of the Geraneaceae family and should not be confused with the scented geraniums(Pelargonium species). Although used in flavoring and perfumery, East Indian geranium is actually Cymbopogon martini Stapf., of the Poaceae family.
2.Zdravetz means health and the herb is used in traditional Bulgarian medicine
3. One of the most popular herbal plants in Bulgaria with highly aromatic leaeves. It grows wild all over Bulgaria especially in forests and near streams-also cultivated in gardens.
4. A bunch of Zdravetz or even a single leaf is thought to confer protection and good fortune on those embarking on a journey or some important undertaking
5.The custom of presenting zdravets as a symbol of goodwill and good wishes is still alive in Bulgaria today.
6.Zdravets contains up to 0.15% essential oil. The plant also contains flavonoids, phenolic acids, pigments, vitamins, mineral salts and others. The main component of the essential oil is sesquiterpene ketone germacrone (50-65%). At room temperature the oil is a mixture of liquid and crystalline matter. The aromatic substances are contained in the liquid part, while the purified solid part is odorless.
7.Macrorrhizum is made up of the Greek macro-(large, long) and rhrhiz(root) components meaning "large-rooted or with large root stock.