Spicebush - Hydrosol
Spicebush - Hydrosol
Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
Keywords: personal power, creativity, manifestation, intelligent decisiveness, adding flavor to life, avoiding mistakes of the past.
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Pairs well with these flower essences: Ohio Spiderwort (Gratitude), Spotted Wintergreen (Decisiveness), Coral Honeysuckle (Creativity), Black Cohosh (Purpose), Obedient Plant (Will), Ratibida (Dignity), Bloodroot (Patience)
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The Story of the Spicebush Distillation
Spicebush, a relative of Bay Laurel, Sassafras, and Cinnamon, is a wonderfully aromatic shrub native to the forests and woodlands of eastern North America. It has been used for generations for medicinal purposes and as a spice for flavoring food. It also is an important species in the ecosystem, acting as a host plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly as well as a food source for many migratory and residential bird species. It is also a plant that tells the story of the land here in Southeast Ohio, a story full of clear-cutting and strip mining and outright destruction of the forests. However, it also tell the story of the vitality of this land and its ability to recover from such devastation when left to heal and regrow. In many ways, the aroma of Spicebush begs us not to repeat the same mistakes of our past, to learn from previous erroneous decisions and behaviors To choose a healthy thriving forest over and empty moonscape. This spicebush distillation incorporated citrine, a stone of the sun and solar plexus (or gastric plexus). Citrine is said to assist one in directing personal power, creativity, and intelligent decisiveness and that its foremost energy is to aid in manifestation. The Two of Wands tarot card was also pulled representing the path to success and achieving one’s goals. It asks us to become aware of our thought patterns, specifically towards ourselves, taking note of positive and negative tones. It reminds us to take care of ourselves and our environment in our journey to manifesting our dreams. Not commonly distilled, the aroma of Spicebush is a gorgeous blend of Bay Laurel, Sassafras, and Cinnamon tones. It is truly the aroma of the forests in Appalachian Ohio.
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 Lindera benzoin.
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