Sweet Annie - Hydrosol
Sweet Annie - Hydrosol
Sweet Annie (Artemisia annua)
Keywords: stillness, temperance, empowerment, reclaiming of self from others, learning to say ‘enough’, remaining true to self.
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The Story of the Sweet Annie Distillation
Sweet Annie, a relative of Mugwort and Wormwood, is an annual Artemesia that grows abundantly from seed. It is adored by herbalists for its sweet, perfume-like aroma and it strongly bitter flavor and decongestive action in the liver and small intestine. It also has a history of use in Africa for fighting back against malaria; a bright-green compound isolated from the essential oil, known as artemisinin, was recently discovered to be active against malarial infection. Although pleasing to people, the aroma of Sweet Annie is offensive to most insects, including mosquitoes. Indeed, you would never know the strength of its bitter action from its scent alone, reminding us that sometimes a person’s external expression does not correlate with who they are inside. An individual Sweet Annie plant can grow to substantial heights and breadths, teaching us the ability to claim and fill our space. However, it grows the happiest in the company of others and if left to its own preferences will grow in massive colonies. This teaches us that it is possible to maintain our individuality even in dense group settings. A strong Sweet Annie plant is also incredibly resistant to movement, even when exposed to strong winds, it appears as if it barely quivers, standing its ground against the pressures of influencing elements. During this distillation the Temperance tarot card was pulled, imbibing the hydrosol with a reminder to us about balance, and pulling back from extremes and impulsive reactions and decisions. Metaphorically speaking, this hydrosol has the potential to empower you to maintain and express your truest, most authentic self. It can assist in creating space from that which seeks to suck you dry. However, there must also be acknowledgement of personal participation in learning to say ‘no’ or ‘enough’, for others only have access to take that which we reveal as available to them.
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 Artemisia annua
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