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May 20, 2017

The scent of life itself

"Indian villagers have found a way to bottle the fragrance of monsoons."

Publishing in the journal Nature in 1964, Bear and Thomas proposed a name for the scent brought on by rain. They called it “petrichor,” a blend of the Greek words petra, rock, and ikhor, the blood of the gods in Greek mythology. But the scientists acknowledged that they were not the first to identify the stormy smell. They were not even the first to extract it. In fact, what they had dubbed petrichor was already a signature fragrance produced in Kannauj. Extracted from parched clay and distilled with ancient techniques, it is known as mitti attar—Earth’s perfume.

Fragrance of the First Rain - Making of Mitti Attar:

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 20, 2017 07:34 AM