Kelli


Safe shopping with us

As everyone adapts to the ongoing social distancing and stay-at-home policy, we would like to explain how to place orders with us no matter where in Canada you reside (unfortunately we are currently unable to ship internationally due to the pandemic).

Shipping

First, if you live outside the Mississippi Mills area, or if you would simply prefer delivery to pickup, then you can shop in our online store as normal. Shipping options and costs for your address will be automatically calculated by Canada Post at checkout time, and you will be able to choose your preferred method in the “Shipping” section on the checkout page. We will mail your order as soon as possible and will provide you with a Canada Post tracking number that you can use to track your package. Please be aware that deliveries tend to be delayed across the country at present.

If you do live locally and would like to pick up your order (with no shipping costs of course), then please choose the “Local pickup” option in the “Shipping” section on the checkout page. We will contact you via email to schedule a convenient pickup time and location.

Payment options: PayPal or e-transfer

As always, payment via credit or debit card is securely handled via PayPal at checkout. Note that you do not need a PayPal account to use this service.

If you prefer you may select “Payment via e-transfer” on the checkout page. We will contact you after your order is placed and provide e-transfer details.

As always please contact us directly with any requests, inquiries, comments, or just to say hi.

Best wishes, stay safe and healthy, and thanks again for your support!

-Kelli


The Year Around

I try to engage with every transition. Sunrise, Sunset, the Moon, the Stars, The earth: the above and the below ground. But I am here on the ground observing. Sometimes time flies by but usually I have that little bit of awareness to slow it down and notice – notice the sky, the winter cattails, and that silver falcon I can’t seem to name. To notice the trees with their sliver slicing against the sky in all apparent states. And there are so many of them, different- but all together, providing so many different things and taking what they need and giving when they can. This is how I thrive in the crunch times, the whorling effect of all the things going on around, The effects of the common upon my triggers and the negative self talk I raised myself on. This is what I aim to do, Day in and day out, night in and night out, being present The Year Around. Asking for guidance and sharing, This week saw a transitioning season that brings a run of abundance. You need to be there physically to participate by emptying the buckets of sweet sap and plucking the full buds of sticky aromatic resin in the cold before their metamorphic change into leaves. I can only strive to be as transformational as this.

I offer aromatherapy and botanical infusions to others in hopes that they help anyone through the day, stay on track, rest, remain positive and hopeful, and thrive in joy. Aroma is an amazing transformation in itself, both as it arrives from the plant and as it enters your body and affects the 1 trillion scent receptors located all over and in the body. https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20130710-how-our-organs-sniff-out-smells

I try to share with you the nature that has been shared with me and hope that you can use it to ease discomfort, lighten the load, and heighten the experience of joy. Many of us, for various reasons, experience a constantly overstimulated nervous system and soothing the receptors through Aroma and the senses, we can find our own paths through the forest.

Balsam Poplar
Balsam Poplar buds at dusk
Balsam Poplar Buds at dusk 3/2020
Balsam Poplar Buds at dusk 3/2020
Balsam Poplar and St. Johnswort Oil
Balsam Poplar and St. Johnswort Oils
Clary Sage overwintering
Clary Sage overwintering in the double greenhouse
Rose Geraniums, Passionflower, Clary Sage
Rose Geraniums, Passionflower, Thyme, and Clary Sage overwintering in the pump house at 6-8 degrees Celsius.
Maple bucket at sunset
Maple bucket at sunset

Fir Distillations

Regular market season has come to a close, and now we have begun distilling evergreens for new products for winter markets.

This week we are distilling 2 Fir species: Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea) and Fraser Fir (Abies fraseri). The plant material is from local trees, provided to us by the Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm.

Fresh cut Balsam and Fraser Fir (Abies balsamea & Abies fraseri)
Filling the 5-liter distillation bubble

Firs are strongly aromatic, with a complex chemical profile in the stems and needles. Essential oils of several fir species have been extensively researched for their medicinal properties. Some representative studies can be found here and here. Needless to say, distilling the plant material fills the house with the most sublime, uplifting aromatherapy one could ask for.

This round of distillations yielded record amounts of essential oils:

Fir essential oil accumulating in the separator

Some of the essential oils we get from the ongoing distillations will be used in a new batch of our Winter Woods Salve. The hydrosols and the remainder of the essential oils are the main ingredients of a brand new room spray that I am currently formulating. Both products will be sold at Cedar Hill Christmas Tree Farm this season, and as always we will be selling Winter Woods Salve along with many other unique products at the upcoming Winter markets.

Fir Room Spray, blended and bottled!

Winter Markets

Our third growing season here in Canada has ended, but as always we are keeping busy distilling evergreens and preparing for the upcoming Winter market season.

This year we will be attending the following markets:

Almonte Harvest Market: November 9, 2019

Aruma Christmas Market: Sunday, Nov 17, 2019

Almonte Christmas Market: December 7, 2019

Once again this year we will be offering special products for the holidays:

Special Holiday Gifts: Lotion Bars, Holiday Gift Boxes, and Diffuser Blend Sets