Herbalists have a long tradition of using fragrant essences and oils for the purpose of healing. The Ancient Greeks made perfumed garlands and wreaths for hangover induced headaches, and apothecary notebooks from the times of the plague include recipes for fragrant salves to smear under the nostrils, and incense for dispersing the “bad air” believed to be responsible for the transmission of illness. Come with me on a journey to explore the fascinating world of medicinal perfume.

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