The Tree Story
Almond Amber (Impulse Calmer) – Prunus amygdalus batsch
The almond tree is the first to bloom and is the harbinger of spring. Whenever I was in Greece the flowers had finished, but I was called to make an essence from the resin that exudes from the bark of these trees. I am not sure if it is resin or balsam. I have only seen this phenomenon on Lesbos. It appears to grow as a protection against insect attack but as the ball gets larger it begins to crystallize. This, of course, is the same process that formed the ancient amber that is found mainly in the Baltic and is millions of years old. It is quite beautiful and has an exotic aroma when burned.