Midsummer Herb Fest, White Lake, Ontario
I’m excited to be joining on this market and to meet many people and share my aromas. Hope to see you there!
Sunday July 30, 9-5 Rain or Shine.
I won’t have a lot of plants or fresh hydrosols because we just don’t have them ready yet, but I will share some of the best aromatherapy blends and salves I make. I just received a very nice order from my supplier of Frankincense and Spruce resins, Dan Riegler from Apothecary’s Garden. Based in Ontario, Dan travels personally to Africa and the Mediterranean to arrange equal exchange of the resins, meeting with the harvesters personally. He specializes in fairly traded and high quality products including his own hand harvested Canadian Spruce resin and extremely unique resins, perfumes, and more. All of his products are the real deal and are available on his Etsy shop. I’m glad I discovered Dan; I learn from him more than I can say and the Frankincense and other resins that I am working with are the true teachers, if you listen.
I recently (last 3 years) began working with Frankincense resins as incense for anxiety and depression. Now I prepare that resin into a salve by dissolving the oleo resin (water content removed) of Frankincense into safflower oil and then creating a salve. In my most recent salve I used a new granule of Boswellia carterii with a little bit of added Boswellia papyrifera essential oil. This smells heavenly and carries within it the true Boswellic acids that are so healing to the tissues of the muscular and skeletal body. I will only have a few of these available at the market but will make more soon.
Spruce Resin Salve
Using spruce sap dissolved into safflower oil I made a few plain Spruce Resin (nothing plain about it really) Salves and then used the remainder of the oil and made many Winter Woods Salves. The recipe is close to that of last year but always with its own uniqueness. This respiratory blend is especially targeted for that lingering sinus issue, stuffiness and clogged sinuses with little mucus; it is a cooling, opening blend to enliven the breath and mind, rejuvenating and boosting. I use it often when I just want to refresh.
In the fall I will formulate a stronger expectorant type with the Eucalyptuses, Rosemary, and Niaouli.
I will also bring two special blends that I make: Deep Sleep and Balance.
Deep Sleep: Jatamansi (an Ayurvedic herb), Frankincense, and Rose Geranium in safflower and jojoba oil. Strong but effective, rub it into your feet or dab a little on your wrists. This blend helps many people sleep more soundly through the night.
Balance: clary sage, vetiver, and ylang ylang in jojoba oil. Grounding, harmonizing and relaxing to the nervous system. This formula does not make you tired but gives a sense of security and smooth flow (of hormones and energy).
I will also have some of my sun-infused Arnica Body Oils, made using my own organically grown (in Sweden) Arnica montana flowers.
And St. Johns Wort infused oil made with fresh wild crafted Hypericum perforatum flowers harvested by me.
I’ll also have the Deep Nourishing Repair Oil that had become a favorite among my customers in Sweden. Contains: Rosehip seed oil, Sea Buckthorn, Argan, and Jojoba seed oil, with Immortelle, Carrot seed, Cistus, and Frankincense essential oils.
I strive to keep all my costs and mark ups at a very minimum because I want to make things available to everyone, while using only the very best ingredients and putting the earth and its inhabitants first. I believe in what I do and the plants that I work with. I hope that you will feel the same.