Sassafras - Hydrosol
Sassafras - Hydrosol
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
Keywords: removing blockages, warming, fortifying, supporting the metabolism and elimination of toxic thoughts, behaviors, and attitudes.
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The Story of the Sassafras Distillation
Here in Appalachia, the roots, leaves, and twigs of the Sassafras tree have traditionally been used for their alterative qualities; as a spring tonic to 'clear the blood and sinews' from the heaviness and hard habits of winter. In the Autumn, Sassafras leaves provide a striking blood-red color in the landscape. Garnet stone was incorporated into this distillation as it is, like Sassafras, traditionally affiliated with the blood. As the carrier that transports both nutrients and waste products around the body, the blood is also what maintains balance between that which nourishes and that which poisons us. Garnet is a stone which is also believed to help one let go of old patterns of behavior and so like this Sassafras Leaf hydrosol, lends support to metabolism within and elimination from our psychic bodies. Using these properties as a metaphor, the leaves of Sassafras were distilled with the intention of providing an aroma that can help remove blockages in the psyche which may be preventing the free flow of evolution in thought and deed. Where cold and toxic ways of being have gotten trapped in one's thinking, feeling, and doing, this hydrosol may gently warm the heart and mind and support the metabolism and elimination of thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors that are causing harm to oneself or others. Sassafras root essential oil contains a powerful component, safrole, which when isolated and administered in high doses has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory mice. This hydrosol however, has been distilled from the leaves.
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 Sassafras albidum leaf.
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