Essential Oil Apothecary

How To Distill Jonquil Flowers: Wild Card Distillation

Jonquil flowers, symbolic of good luck, their arrival recorded in 1750. As Greek mythology goes, Pluto – god of the underworld kidnapped Proserpina, goddess of the underworld while she was gathering lilies. Shocked and afraid, she dropped lilies which quickly turned to jonquil flowers. Perhaps Proserpina had been under the olive tree where I found these beautiful flowers by their

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Sourcing And Curating Rare Oils One Scent At A Time

In the big world of essential oils, we are a dot, a plant in the forest, a little lotus flower floating in a big pond. But we’ve been here long before all the commercialization, slick advertising and proprietary distilleries; supplying aromatherapy schools and natural perfumers and souls looking for natural remedies to their ailments.

So let’s meet who “we” is. We is me meaning I formulate the aromatic remedies, I am the aromatic hunter – sourcing distillers and maintaining relationships. I choose aromatics like an aromatherapist, a natural perfumer and a distiller and have become a trusted nose in this industry. I design the labels, formulate batch after batch … after batch of remedies. I ask the hard production questions and seek out responsible glass packaging, fill the orders, do the invoicing and, I answer a lot of questions. Why would anyone want to subject themselves to a job that is never finished? Am I a little crazy or has the Blue Lotus short circuited my hypothalamus? Maybe a little of both. Maybe it was always in the DNA, having a mother and great aunt who were knowledgeable herbalists and great teachers of the natural world. I can’t remember when I wasn’t boiling a herb to extract its essence or melting wax to mix with rose petals which were clearly not safe around my 8 year old experimental fingers. I decided I had to make it a career when I studied an aromatherapy certification program in Canada and then continued my studies at the American School of Health Sciences here in the U.S. Then I set out to find the growers and distillers who’s hard work could truly be appreciated by a farm girl in love with aromatics.
So this is my introduction, my why for what I do and maybe its a little comfort, a little assurance when you are deciding to spend your hard earned dollars here with me.

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