Artists often use essential oils to retard fermentation and mold growth in mixed paints and inks, and to keep some oil-based paints from drying out too fast, and to cover the ‘eggy’ odor of egg tempera. Essential oils are extracted from plants by steam or cold-pressed to obtain the strongest scent. Our oils are bottled in little amber-colored ¼ dram glass bottles. A small pipette is provided with the bottles for adding 1 or 2 drops of oil to mixed paints or inks. There are approximately 36 – 38 drops of oil in each little bottle. A Sampler Set of all 8 scents is packaged in 5/16 dram vials.
SAFETYConcentrated essential oils will irritate eyes or mucous membranes. Keep out of reach of children and pets. If pregnant or lactating, consult your healthcare practitioner before handling volatile oils. These oils are not for food or on skin, since we have no control over how they were processed.
ROSEMARY ESSENTIAL OIL
Leafy green garden herb with small blue to purple flowers. Rosemary leaf-tops and flowers are steam-distilled for a warm, uplifting, oil with a woody, evergreen-like scent plus a slight medicinal scent. Native to the Mediterranean, it derives its name from Latin words ros (“dew”) and marinus (“sea”), or “dew of the sea.”
Considered sacred by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Hebrews. The Virgin Mary is said to have spread her blue cloak over a rosemary bush as she rested, and the white flowers turned blue. The shrub came to be known as the “Rose of Mary.” Used in the Middle Ages to ward off evil spirits and protect against the plague.
Paracelsus, a 16th century German-Swiss physician and botanist, valued rosemary oil because of its strengthening ability. The scent is thought to stimulate concentration, as well as to combat physical and mental fatigue. However, rosemary essential oil should be avoided by pregnant women and those with epilepsy.