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.
Gathering the resin of the trees that we distill is a natural. Tree resins have been and are used cross culturally for many purposes from creating healing salves and balms to literally sealing wooden ships. Not to mention the incense burners billowing in temples across the world.
In my personal quest to find sacred resins such as Frankincense or Copal here in the southwestern United States where I live, I have made a simple discovery. A couple years ago on a morning walk with my dogs on the “bench” (little mesa) out the back door, I noticed a subtle line of glitter on the grey and weathered trunk of a fallen Pinion Pine. This tree had obviously been down for many years and had been taken apart by weather and decomposition. Putting a small granule of the glittering substance on my tongue, I realized I was tasting very old resin. The taste distinctly reminded me of the incense sensors billowing smoke of Frankincense and Myrrh from far away days of my youth in the Catholic church. A very deep memory.
On those daily walks, I began taking a pair of tweezers and a small jar to gently pluck the fragile granules from the exposed veins of resin. With such small quantities and time consumption to gather, I thought “Well, this is something special, but how can I possibly include it in my work?” Thinking about the solvent properties of the essential oil, it then clearly occurred to me to infuse the resin into the essential oil of its living tree. This is the birth of “Future Amber” essential oil.
To me personally, the aromatic is quite similar to Pinion Pine. The responses from people (end users and “big noses”) have been quite surprising with one well known perfumer insisting on 4 ounces at first whiff. People are quite drawn to it, more so than our most popular Pinion Pine.
Based on traditional uses of Pine resins being used to draw infections, splinters/thorns/stingers etc., I should think this essential oil infusion would lend itself to these type of applications, physically or energetically. Also as a facilitator to journey to days gone by or days to come through the physicality of the old, weathered resin being electro-magnetically active in the essential oil. Not to mention using for plain old smelling good.