LotR Collection: Minas Tirith Blend
Curious about my Middle-Earth Oils? Here's a bit more about the Minas Tirith blend, which is part of the LotR Collection!
MINAS TIRITH: pristine halls of stone, ritualistically cleansed to hide a hint of slow decay
- Bergamot [Citrus bergamia] - green, fruity
- Fragonia [Agonis fragrans] - fruity, medicinal, tea-tree-like
- Frankincense [Boswellia carteri] - green, balsamic, resinous
- Juniper Berry [Juniperus communis] - fresh, medicinal, piney
- Rosemary 1,8-Cineole [Rosmarinus officinalis] - fresh, herbal
- Lavender [Lavandula augustifolia] - herbal, floral
Minas Tirith is iconic and a focal location in the plot of Lord of the Rings, where the might of Mordor is focused to bring Mortal Men to their knees and prevent Aragorn from reviving the monarchy. The majesty of the realm is lessened by his absence. The symbolic Silver Tree of Gondor decays in its courtyard. The halls may be kept pristine under the exacting eye of Denethor, steward to the throne, but on the outskirts of your senses, the realm is slowly falling apart.
Top Note: Bergamot. Much like the Isengard blend, I chose a bright citrus to bring a sterile feel to the blend, and bergamot has a green quality that is particularly good at blending with medicinal herbal scents, especially Fragonia.
Middle Notes: Fragonia, Rosemary, Juniper Berry, and Lavender. Nothing smells more medicinal than tea-tree (melaleuca) oil, so I tapped Fragonia for this blend, which is like a fruity variation that loves to blend with herbs and citruses. This hints at the Houses of Healing and also gives a nod to the essential oils most typically used in cleaning blends. This specific blend could have been used to keep the stone halls clean!
Base Note: Frankincense. This resinous oil grounds the blend to the earth, and its balsamic, green qualities add to the ritualistic ambiance. The Halls are steeped in history, and one should be able to smell that in this blend.