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Present Amber: Owl Speak

From my “column” in the most recent Newsletter: 

Present Amber

On the road!

Eric was invited to present a distillation demo at this year’s Beyond Aromatics conference put on by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.  What an epic logistical feat it was, with organizers and other angels pulling miracles behind the scenes to make it happen.  Eric left the vendor’s table at noon thinking he’d have the still still set up at the park by 3, so there’d be plenty of time for the retort to heat up and the steam to make its way through the plant material and start the essential oil flowing.  But first he needed to pick up a rental trailer with a 500 gallon tank on it and fill it with water. (“What?!? There’s no water available at the park?”  This was just days before the conference.)  With a stone-age map app, some dyslexia with directions, confusion about the name of the park and the rental store, not to mention the wrong trailer hitch, a blow torch, negotiations with a gas station owner to partially fill the water tank for 20 bucks, and several games of phone tag later, Eric pulled into the park at 4:30 pm in go mode.  

By then the help he needed had arrived (THANK YOU NIKKO!), and they got it set up and going pretty quickly.  There was no time to think, worry, or get nervous.  When the first shuttle bus full of people arrived from the conference center, Eric was floored.  This was a bigger audience than he had ever spoken to, and he realized he’d been wondering if anyone would even show up.  But one face was missing.  “Where’s Amber?”  Oh well, he thought, she must have gotten caught up at the vendor table.  She must not be coming.  OK.  

Then the second shuttle arrived, and the people poured out of it.  And there she was!  (He hurried to embrace me, with trembling hands, tears in his eyes and a lump in his throat.)  All was proven worthwhile as a hush fell across the crowd gathered under a city park picnic shelter with tall Spruce trees standing guard all around and the setting sun painting the sky dramatic shades of red behind us.  The steam came up into the condensing tower, the oil began to burble up through the decanter, Eric spun a tale of magic and plant medicine intrigue, and all was well.  Of course it was.

OWL SPEAK was the codistillation happening at the demo: thank you Juniper and Sage!  Protector plants, clearers of obstacles, helping to navigate life’s twists and turns.  


~ Amber

NAHA Conference 2016

We had the pleasure of attending The World of Aromatherapy VIII Conference put on by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy last weekend in Salt Lake City.  Wow!  It’s good to be home after three long business travel weekends in a row, but there’s also a bit of sadness to leave the company of such a warm-hearted family of wonderful people.  Such fun.  

Says Eric, “One of this year’s many highlights! What a blast it was to walk into the conference lobby the first evening and say ‘WOW! It smells like this must be an aromatherapy conference or something!’

And so much fun to spend four days with so many great people gathered for the same purpose: sharing knowledge and dialoguing about experience. New friends and colleagues, heartfelt connection and support on many levels.” 

Eric gave a distillation demo and talk on Thursday evening in a city park near the University campus where the conference was held.  It took a Herculean effort on the part of organizers and Eric to pull it off: thanks to all!  

Eric at the Beyond Aromatherapy Conference/The World of Aromatherapy VIII: Ancient Wisdom to Modern Science

It was a very well-organized event with a welcoming feel.  We attended some of the talks and learned a lot.  The dinner and dance overlooking the city lights was a nice touch.  It’s a different way of bonding to move together and get silly to old music.  We would definitely recommend this conference to anyone wishing to learn about aromatherapy and how to better care for the health of self and community.  


The two weekends before last were both Gem & Mineral Shows, in Moab, Utah and Sedona, Arizona.  Very different crowds, both fun and interesting.  Pretty rocks and pretty smells!  We’ve been having a blast, but it’s definitely good to be home for a stretch.  In a couple weeks we’ll be off again, enjoying it all.  


Our hearts are forever shaped by the people we met these last few weeks.  It’s been an incredible journey.  

Disclaimer! None of the statements would be or are approved by the FDA. Not meant to diagnose or treat anything! Educate yourself by studying ethno-botany, seek out herbalists, plant a garden, learn about wild plants. Do not use internally. Keep away from heat and direct light. Keep safe from young ones. Use with Wisdom & Intention.

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