We would love to welcome you to take part in our journey! House of Aromatics is offering a special one-day Christmas tree distillation workshop January 19 and several 2-day essential oil distillation workshops in 2019: June 15-16 and August 24-25 at our place in Boulder Town, Utah, and September 21-22 at Elderberry’s in Paonia, Colorado. Some words from past participants:
“I had such an awesome time at your distilling workshop last month, and couldn’t stop talking about it to others. My roommate was excited hearing about it, and we now want to invest in a small still to experiment with and distill botanicals around us. You shared so much knowledge and wisdom, and it was clear to see the passion behind your craft. It’s been great to start each day smelling the fir co-distillation, and thinking back to seeing the whole process unfold.” – J. W.
“We all had such a wonderful time- for some it was transformational, for all it was moving and inspirational! You are an amazing teacher, peaceful warrior and guide. I am so grateful to be even a small part of your journey! With love,” L.C.
“The positive intentions and spiritual practice that goes into your oil making process is unique and so beautiful. The elevated energy that vibrates within each essential oil you craft by hand sets it apart from all other EO’s. It was amazing to join in on the process of gathering, preparing and distilling the pinion pines, juniper and mountain sage. The ceremonies and giving back to the plants and earth were also very moving.” L.G.
Explore the possibilities!
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.