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Herbal Miscellany in Europe

In September I took a European tour; visiting Portugal, Spain and Morocco. Among other things, I was extremely interested in visiting essential oil distilleries and perfumeries or things related. Fortunately for me I had some opportunities in Spain and Morocco.

In Barcelona I visited the Museu Del Perfume, a tiny museum dedicated to perfume. Located in the Perfumeria Regia shop on Passeig de Gracia (it was very difficult to find. I got lost several times!) is a small room that showcases perfume bottles from ancient Greek times to present. Most descriptions were in French, which I don't speak, however it was interesting to view the bottles.

In Morocco my friends and I received our own private herbal session from Abdul at the Herboristerie Bab Agnou, an apothecary in Marrakech.

Abdul presented several herbal combinations for skin conditions used in the Berber culture, some of which have been used for centuries.

As we were trekking through the Atlas Mountains, we came across a woman…