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Yarrow- Achillea millefolium

yarrow FotorWe recently enjoyed an amazing abundant harvest of Yarrow, Achillea millefolium, from our botanical garden. Along with hydrosol distillation, we also created several infusions. One in a base of jojoba oil to add to further aromatherapy blends and a beautiful infusion of yarrow in a witch hazel extract base for skin care applications. Need more info...
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St. John's Wort

st johns wortEight years ago, we inherited a beautiful botanical garden that is completely fenced in; with twelve very large raised beds. We have diligently cultivated and nourished this garden; enriching the soil, sowing seeds, and then enjoying various crops of botanical harvest. Our botanical garden is like the magical mystery tour. The curious thing is ther...
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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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Aromatic Gardening

garden There are many wonderful aromatic plants that are easy to grow either in containers or in a garden. These herbs can be used in many ways, which can include distilling hydrosols and essential oils. We have been cultivating amazing aromatic gardens for many years. What a pleasure it has been to be so connected to the plants used for our health, ...
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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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