Last year when I travelled to India my friend’s wife bought me a bottle of infused attar that I loved so much and used it till the last drop. Contained inside was so much love of course, and also the essential oil of Champaka (Michelia champaca). Since then I was entranced by her scent. My little secret – I always carry a bottle of Champaka EO inside my bag. It is undiluted hence very powerful and strong. Whenever I feel not myself, upset and the like, I will apply one drop neat which is enough for the wrists, temples, 3rd eye and heart chakra. As an aromatherapist I do not advise neat application of any essential oils onto our skin, except a limited few and on special circumstances. I use Champaka 1 drop neat for energy raising, and also as a stimulating perfume.
Another secret. All my aromatherapy products have a hint of Champaka. I put 1 drop of Champaka to 100 ml of my carrier oil as a product base. When I use the carrier oil to make beauty products, ointments or for therapeutic massage, there is always a very subtle scent of Champaka. This is my signature scent. Unless you live in India, good Champaka oil is hard to find. It is not inexpensive but a 5 ml bottle can last for a very long time use. If you are living in Hong Kong you can find excellent grade Champaka here.
Champaka is of the same plant family as Magnolia, the botanical name is Magnoliaceae. The scent is intense floral, it is a middle-to-light yellow-reddish oil. Good qualities one come from steam distillation of blooms. The main growing areas are India and part of Southern Asia. Champaka is aphrodisiac, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, wound healing, calming and febrifuge.
The sweet floral fragrance has calming effect to the nerves, at the same time able to restore our energy and increase our confidence. Ruled by the Sun and Venus, it is valuable remedy for depression, anxiety, stress and grief-related disorders. If someone has sexual difficulties, particularly frigidity and impotence, massage it (after proper dilution of 2%) onto lower abdomen, sacral and base chakras. Or put a few diluted drops and run a bath. It is good for all skin types and particularly good for mature, dry and sensitive skin. Champaka is regenerative in nature and can help heal wounds, scars and stretch marks. I use it for meditation and otherwise as a parfum. You can also blend Champaka in your face moisturiser. I have been gifting them to friends lately and they all love it. Here is a formula for a 100ml bottle. You will be making a little extra and with that amount you can split them into 3 smaller jars if you wish. Enjoy!