African Blue Basil - Hydrosol
African Blue Basil - Hydrosol
African Blue Basil (Ocimum basilicum ‘African Blue’)
Keywords: refreshment, invigoration, revitalization, honesty, motivation, recovery from adversity, to replenish for the journey ahead.
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The Story of the African Blue Basil Distillation
The aroma of African Blue Basil is deeper, richer, and more camphorous than that of Sweet Basil while maintaining the bright, motivational, invigorating scent that Sweet Basil is adored for. This variety of Basil is perennial in nature and can grow to shrub-like size, but is sterile, so even as it blooms profusely, it never stops growing, never sets seed, and therefore, never grows bitter to the taste. This plant is in it for the long haul, a symbol of sustainable motivation in the journey of life. In both Western herbalism and aromatherapy, basil is renowned as an antidote to stagnation and the aroma of this hydrosol is no different. Blue Calcite, Green Calcite, and Opal where incorporated into this distillation along with the Six of Swords tarot card. The Six of Swords indicates hope on the horizon and recovery from difficult times, but there is still work to be done. This card reminds us of the need to rest and refresh our physical and psychic bodies in preparation for the journey ahead. The cooling blue and green tones of calcite also inspire rest and recovery, especially after exposure to angry, violent, or fire-like experiences while the Opal gently asks us to allow our thoughts and feelings surface so they can be examined, processed, and placed accordingly in preparation for moving on. Within this context, our African Blue Basil hydrosol was distilled with the intention of inspiring movement and change in those who feel stuck, and refreshing and revitalizing the weary traveler in preparation for the journey ahead.
Each hydrosol comes with a 4 x 6 card which displays images that tell the story of that specific distillation as well as keywords that highlight its ceremonial procurement and possible psychic or energetic application. Although these images may seem disjunct, they do indeed tell a tale of a particular moment in time as the lives of the plants being distilled are celebrated and relationships with the plants are being formed. However, we encourage you to explore the symbolism of each hydrosol on your own terms, from your own perspectives.
Ingredients: Steam distilled hydrosol of Ocimum basilicum ‘African Blue’.
For external use only. Spray 1-2 pumps no less than 1 foot from face, step or lean into the mist, and breathe deeply through your nose. Spray 1-2 pumps around work or living space. Not intended for use with children under the age of 12.
Local, sustainable aromatherapy. Artisan hydrosols distilled with intention from plants grown and stewarded in Appalachia.
“Our aromatic hydrosols, just like our flower essences, are preparations that celebrate the healing potential of metaphor, myth, and story. Each distillation captures a moment in time...a specific and intentional attempt to foster a deeper relationship with the plants and with ourselves; it is as if we are given the opportunity to experience the plants’ souls, and they ours. In this exchange we become characters in their collective stories and they become characters in our stories...and a healing companionship is born. In addition, I truly believe that when we are able to share in a plant’s story, as told through their aroma, we are often able to learn something about ourselves. It is our hope that through our hydrosols we are able to celebrate with others the magic of these exchanges and inspire your own relationship building, both with the plants and with Self.” - Erika Galentin, Clinical Herbalist, Distiller, & Co-creator at Sovereignty Herbs