Champaca

Michelia champaca(Michelia champaca) belonging to the Magnoliaceae family, is a tall tree (grows up to 30 meters high) found in many parts of tropical Asia, particularly in the Philippines and on the islands of the East Indian Archipelago.

Champaca is a timber producing tree and the fine grain wood is used for the construction of buildings, furniture, toys, and carvings.  The wood is also utilized in the production of packing cases, crates, tea chests and as plywood. The wood is strong and moderately durable. Perfume is produced from the absolute extracted from the fragrant flowers and the flowers are often worn as an adornment strung in leis or in the hair. The bark is also aromatic and is often found as an adulterant in cinnamon.  It is grown in temple gardens so that its beautiful fragrance can bring joy to everyone.  Michelia champaca is sacred to Hindus and Buddhists and it is often planted in temple grounds and around homes. Bead chains are made from the wood.  It is one of the key ingredients in Joy, at one time the world’s most costly perfume.

Mainly used in the perfume industry. A pale, yellow oil is obtained from the flowers through solvent extraction. It blends well with Rose, violet leaf, sandalwood, jasmine, cypress, lotus and vetiver and contains around 62% linalool.

Psychologically, Champaca has anti-depressant properties.

On the physiological level it can be used for frigidity and impotence and may help with vertigo and headaches.

On a subtle level, Champaca can help one develop your intuition to “see” more clearly.  It assists in putting aside the ego to serve the highest good.  It can help when one needs to make decisions.  It is said to promote happiness.

Contraindications:  No formal testing.  Avoid during pregnancy, breastfeeding and with children.

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