Have you ever dreamt of making your own essential oils and hydrosols? Have you ever wanted to understand how to use the natural gifts of your garden and your environment to create unique high quality cosmetic products? If so, this is the class for you!
In this unique full-day workshop, discover the wonderful world of hydro-distillation. You'll learn the ABCs of the distillation process, such as how and when to pick the plants, how to sterilize equipment and containers, and how to set up the still and the cooling system.
You will assist in making a large batch (up to 3 gallons) of Hydrosol (aka Distillate Waters or Floral Waters) in an original Spanish traditional copper still. Alice’s 7-gallon copper still uses a steam distillation and produces up to 3 gallons of hydrosol and up to 1 ounce of essential oil (depending on the plant chosen). You'll also experience a water distillation, in a glass laboratory still which produces a smaller amount of more concentrated hydrosol and also some essential oil. In addition to these 2 unique distillations, students will also get to experience making several other fun & healing aromatherapy products. They include:
Aromatherapy Inhalers are an excellent and very compact way to use essential oils while not having to “wear” the oils on the body. These inhalers are made with 100% essential oils and can be formulated for colds and the respiratory system, mood swings, PMS, concentration or as anti-stress methods. To use, simply introduce the inhaler in the nostrils and take a deep breath to inhale the beautiful combination that you created.
Pulse Point Aromatherapy Roll-Ons are small portable glass bottles filled with a carrier oil and essential oils. They are used for different purposes, depending on which essential oils are included. For instance, you could make one for headaches to be rubbed on your temples or at the nape of your neck. It's a nice way to get a little shot of essential oils to improve your mood or some minor symptoms. You'll learn the best way to use them and the specific pressure points that each product serves. In class, you'll choose/design a recipe that's most appropriate for your needs.
An Herbal Stress Pillow is a small (4x6) "pillow" made with whole organic herbs. This traditional object was used for centuries to sooth children and to help you sleep with the soothing scent of herbs. The convenient size chosen for the workshop will allow you to carry them wherever you want and use them for different purposes such as sleep, traveling, as a car scent or at work. You can use it by inhaling deeply the pillow or simply as a decoration in a place of choice.
Students will take home an informative handout on hydro-distillation and the uses of hydrosols and EO’s, along with the fruits of their labor: an 8 oz amber glass bottle of freshly made herbal & floral blended Hydrosol (plus an empty travel size 2-oz spritzer bottle), one Aromatherapy Inhaler, one Aromatherapy Roll-On, and one 4x6 Herbal Stress Pillow.
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