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The Lavender Way: Lavender Distillers & Stewards of the Land

by Andrea Butje on October 17, 2016

What if growing Lavender was not just a hobby or a job, but a way of life?

My friends Gill and Derek Pearce at The Lavender Way (in Crete) are making it just that! They grow Lavender plants and olive trees, and they are so dedicated to growing organically, with all respect for the plants’ natural processes, that it seems the plants have cultivated Gill and Derek’s lives—instead of the other way around! 

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Rivendell Aromatics: Distilling Lavender Varieties in California

by Andrea Butje on September 12, 2016

Sandy and Roland Messori of Rivendell Aromatics are distilling Lavender in California.

About 30 years ago, Sandy Messori was thinking about some of the crafts that her grandmothers did every day, but which were no longer a part of her daily life. 

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Aliksir: A Canadian Essential Oils Distiller

July 18, 2016

Canada is home to a wide variety of conifer trees, and so many beautiful essential oils! My friends at Aliksir in Canada distill conifer essential oils and hydrosols—Black Spruce, Balsam Fir, Balsam Poplar, Juniper, White Cedar, Hemlock, and so many more. They also distill the oils of other plants, such as Melissa and Goldenrod. The plant life of this friendly, forested country is so rich!  […]

Aromatherapy from a Himalayan Distiller

May 09, 2016

Many years ago, I began exchanging emails with a farmer and distiller in Nepal named Kailash and his wife Deepa. Kailash owns a private farm and distillery called Aarya Aroma. I already knew that I loved the essential oils he produced, and as we got to know each other over email we became great friends. He and Deepa are such beautiful people! We worked closely together over email and the phone for many years, but somehow I never got the chance to go to Nepal. […]

PhiBee Aromatics Crafts Native Essential Oils of the American Southwest

March 07, 2016

A deep love for plants and essential oils can lead us in a wide range of directions, and enrich our lives in so many ways. For Clare and Max Licher, it led them to a deep relationship with the land in the American Southwest, and to start their own company: PhiBee Aromatics. PhiBee Aromatics produces and sells native essential oils and hydrosols of the American Southwest.  […]

Sandalwood from Summit Vanuatu

December 07, 2015

Sandalwood has such a warm, sweet, woody aroma, and it’s an amazing essential oil for skin care. It’s a favorite oil for many Aromatherapists, and I personally adore it. […]

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