The art of distillation is both a sacred art and science-- it's the alchemy of converting plant material into an entirely new form and substance for supporting our mind, body and spirit. Most of us are familiar with this end result of plant conversion in an essential oil. But what many of us don’t know during this distillation process is it also provides the aromatic water of the plant known as hydrosol.
As both a licensed massage therapist and certified aromatherapist, I have been turning to my professional resources to manage my own mental distress lately and what I have found to be immensely helpful is the practice of an aromatic ritual. I use my rituals to begin my day or when I feel uneasy . What is an aromatic ritual, you may wonder? It is the practice and repetition of using aromatics, specifically, essential oils to help manage stress.
One of the most creative and fun facets, as an aromatherapist, is designing custom scents. I am honored to offer this service for both personal and commercial or businesses. When the owners of The Graham and Co, an upscale boutique hotel located in Phoenicia, New York asked me to create one, I was super thrilled. Aromatic signature blends lends to the three dimensionality of an entity through olfaction.
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When I was first introduced to essential oils in 2004, I just graduated from massage therapy school. My colleagues-- massage therapists and energy healers, were incorporating essential oils to support their clients during sessions. I was in awe to learn of the therapeutic matrix and healing properties contained in these tiny milliliter size bottles. I held reverence for how these distilled plant botanicals can help create state changes and moods in the mind, body, and spirit. As an essential oil virgin, I began with the essential oil of lavender. Lavender or Lavandula angustifolia, its binomial name, is in layman's term deemed as the "swiss army knife of essential oils". It is known to contain antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, antispasmodic properties. This...