In all Perfumery and Aromatherapy manuals you'll find that essential oils are divided into the so-called three notes: Top, Middle and Base.
Spicy essential oils moves between Middle and Base, and a few are also Top notes.
Spices are very "Hearthy", they belong to the fire and earth elements. Their scent is often hot, curvy, rich and enveloping.
In perfumery they enrich the heart of a perfume, and they stabilize it. Spices - for example - are more stable than the Top notes of Citrus essential oils, pleasant and stimulating, but very short lasting (as they easily evaporate).
In Perfumery their scent is woody and balsamic rather than powdered and sweet. To create a good perfume you should create a harmonic range that covers all the three notes. Spices add to the blend a hint of warmth and "oriental" that no other substance can replace.
Perfumery has a lot to do with music. Apart from the same words "notes", there is this idea of achieving anharmonic composition in creating a fragrance.
During the centuries Spices have saved populations from epidemics of all kinds, among them we remember the Clove and Cinnamon that even in ancient times were very popular. Many of the spices that we use today were well known by past civilizations and were considered quite valuable.
One of the places of choice for cultivation of spices has always been the south of India, and in fact in Ayurveda extensive reference is mafe to the use of spices. Spices were considered a real panacea also in Chinese medicine.
Spices have a great variety of benefits, their olfactory quality is often intriguing and offers a multitude of shades .
Spices that can be used in perfumery are Cinnamon, Coriander, Cardamom, Vanilla, Black Pepper ... and many others. All these spices, besides their olfactory component, have a significant therapeutic application, confirmed by many current studies.
Cinnamon for example is:
• Stimulates circulation
• Facilitates digestion
• Antiseptic, bactericidal
• Emmenagogue (regularizer of the menstrual cycle)
• Stimulating, strengthening
• Soothes the nervous system in massages and baths
• Relieves digestive disorders
• It has a subtle balsamic note
• For digestive problems, you can massage the area of the stomach and intestine with vegetable oil and a drop of this essential oil
Star anise :
• Soothe sore muscles,
• For rheumatism can be used blended in St. John's wort oil
• It has a balsamic effect used in a diffuser
• Sometimes it is used as air freshener