Join us as our
travelers trade stories of essential oils and adventures
travel not for trafficking alone,
winds our fiery hearts are fanned,
for lust of
knowing what should not be known,
We take the
Golden Road to Samarkand."
Elroy Flecker (1884 - 1915), British poet
(1884 - 1915),
Hassan, act 5, sc. 2
We Meet with
Other Travelers to Trade Stories
the stars of the cool desert nights we tell our stories - stories of Stars and Planets, of synchronous predictions and
magical coincidences, of exotic places, stories of love and
adventure, Rose and Jasmine, Frankincense and Myrrh, Lavender
Lean back and
listen to the tales of travelers through the centuries. It
is here that we will learn of each others ancient discoveries
and secret passions.
let us be quiet now and drink our honeyed wine while the man
from Venice begins the first story of the evening...The famous
Venetian traveler Marco Polo begins to speak...
Kitab al-Baytara ('Book of
by Ahmed ibn al-Husayn ibn al-Ahnaf.
Polo Tells the First Storyry: A Tale of Kublai Khan ( 1215-94),
returning from China along the Silk Road through Anatolia and
Constantinople after twenty years spent traveling in caravans
through the Orient and living among the Tartars in yurts (round
tents used as homes in Mongolia).
Stories of a
Mongol Princess and exotic Perfumes
In 1293, we left the country as an escort for a Mongol princess
traveling by sea to Persia. Our party got to that
country by Sumatra, near southern India. We then went
overland past Tabriz in northwest Persia, then along the east
coast of the Black Sea, and past Constantinople. We are
now traveling back to our home, to Venice. According to our
calculations of the position of Jupiter in the last degree of Leo, we are still going to be
spending many months
bringing goods with us that Europe has never seen before.
The princess we escorted was carrying exotic perfume oils,
unknown to Europe.
bringing many unknown goods. We have perfume from a famous
White Rose. It was the Great Khan's favorite perfume.
All of the essence distilled in the country was saved for him
alone, but he allowed us to
bring it back to let our countrymen see what lies beyond the
great Gobi Desert. There are other
exotic perfumes - a green tangerine called Yuzu that is the
favorite of the Orient - but this White Rose
is most precious of
All of this he
saves for the Empress of China. It's scent is as soft as a
whisper and it is as valuable as gold and rubies.
with us a Damask Rose, which was a scent so beautiful that a
famous Arab embedded it in the mortar of a palace built for the
marriage to his beautiful desert princess and they say that for
years it scented the desert winds; and Frankincense, which was
hard to get, as a great Muslim bought up all of the supply for
the entire year to honor the death of his beloved wife. We
carry these home along with our stories of the Great Khan and
the teacher of Alexander the Great, loved Roses and had
gardens of them. He gave them to Alexander who took
them into North Africa to be grown there. A Five Petal
Rose from the Balkan Mountain Range is among the most
Here we will take our
own first caravan stop, so I can recommend books on the subject.
To learn more
about the history of perfumes and essential oils, these are
the books I recommend:
BOOKS on Aromatherapy soon to come
Click Here for our
Scent for the month.