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Spagyric Distillation

spageric processWe recently completed a hydrosol distillation of Tulsi Basil or Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) and then continued the process for an additional product of a spagyric. What an amazing process of herbal alchemy! A spagyric /spa-geric/ is an herbal medicine produced by alchemical procedures. The roots of the words ...
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Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis)

evening primrose There are many valuable herbs that are not distilled into essential oils or hydrosols. We would like to share on-going information about some herbs that we have growing in our Aroma Apothecary botanical garden this summer and have been using medicinally for many years.  Evening primrose is a plant native to North America, but it grows in Europ...
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Uses of Medicinal Plants

Healthy Herbs and Cooking Mankind has had a symbiotic relationship with plants and herbs since the beginning of time. Healing with medicinal plants is as old as mankind itself. Since ancient times, herbal medicine has been used by many different cultures throughout the world to treat dis-ease and to assist bodily functions. An “herb”, is any plant or plant part used for its...
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Spring Rejuvenation: The Wood Element

SPRING Collage FotorMarch 20th welcomes the vernal or spring equinox for the Northern Hemisphere or the autumnal equinox for the Southern Hemisphere.  In the five-element theory, the spring season is associated with the Wood element. This element symbolizes the birth and fresh beginning stages of Yang energy. Wood represents new life and creation. Wood energy is ...
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Its Harvest Time!

yarrow and corianderWhether you have a garden or are growing potted plants, there are many ways to prepare your bountiful Fall harvest for use throughout the year. Drying Coriander & Yarrow Drying- for culinary use and as herbal teas. After you harvest the plant material you can either place them in a basket with a cloth or paper towel in the bottom to soak up any...
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Connecting with Natural Plant Intelligence

plant intelMost of us think of plants as being silent and simple. They make food from sunshine, photosensitize, and in turn feed animals and humans. However, plants are very complex and are not as sedentary or solitary as we imagine. Even though they do not have eyes or ears, they do have very unique ways of perceiving their environment and adapting according...
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Summer Hydrosols

Garden Collage2Our botanical garden is so prolific this year!

We have already processed many aromatic plants into infused oils, dried herbs and hydrosols.

Hydrosols are aromatic waters distillated from aromatic plants. Also commonly referred to as hydrolates, floral waters and plant waters. Plant matter such as roots, bark, needles, leaves, fruit and seeds can be steam distilled into a hydrosol with great therapeutic benefits. 

Hydrosols and Essential Oils have many similarities, but are very different in terms of shelf life, precautions, usage and storage.

Unlike essential oils, Hydrosols:

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Spring Healing

Spring Interview Questions 2HAPPY SPRINGTIME!!Today, on March 20, 2015 arrives the vernal or spring equinox for the Northern Hemisphere (autumn equinox for Southern Hemisphere).   In Chinese medicine, the spring season is associated with the Wood element. This element symbolizes the birth and fresh beginning stages of Yang energy. Wood represents new life and creation. W...
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