An invigorating blend of herbal rosemary and cool bay leaf, tinged with a touch of nostalgia....this was our 'house fragrance' at our Bloomsbury shop for 15 years! Customers have requested that we sell it on the website, so here it is.
We originally selected it because of its gorgeous fragrance, but there are, of course, connections with ancient and modern Greece.
The evergreen bay, or laurel, is associated with Apollo, the Ancient Greek god of culture, music, poetry, medicine, healing, oracles, prophecy and the sun.
Once upon a time, Apollo fell in love with the nymph Daphne, whose name means 'laurel'. She, however, was not remotely interested in him, and ran away as fast as she could. Eventually she begged her river-god father to help her to escape the clutches of the persistent god.....Ovid in his Metamorphoses brilliantly describes her transformation into a tree, and how, when Apollo finally catches up with her, he embraces bark, not her skin, and branches, not her arms.
Resigned to the fact that Daphne could never, in her female form, be his, Apollo vowed that the laurel tree, which bore her name, would forever be sacred to him.
Apollo is often depicted as 'laureate', namely wearing a laurel wreath, as, from that time on, were poets such as Virgil, musicians such as Orpheus, Emperors such as Augustus. The office of Poet Laureate, the Italian word 'laureato/a' for someone who has been awarded an academic degree, and the phrase 'resting on one's laurels' all have their origin in the story of Daphne and Apollo
Apollo's chief sanctuary in Delphi, designated by Zeus as the centre of the world, was famous for its role as a Panhellenic oracle. People would come to consult Apollo's oracle, delivered by his priestess the Pythia. She would sit in a vast bronze tripod, munch bay laurel leaves which in turn induced a trance-like state, in which she would then convey the enigmatic utterances of Apollo.
Like the bay laurel, rosemary is also evergreen. It is one of the oldest herbs used in Greece and we can trace its usage back to ca 500BC. The ancient Greeks believed it could strengthen the memory.It is used extensively in Greek cooking, especially with lamb, fish and potatoes. It has also been used as a symbol of remembrance during war commemorations and funerals.
|dimensions etc||Diameter: 6.5cm Height: 2.6cm|
|country of origin||Hand poured by the St Eval Candle Company in Cornwall.|
|care instructions||Burn time of up to 8 hours.|
bay and rosemary scented terracotta tealight
- Code: BR2
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £2.92