Essential Oil Distillery
Aromatherapy is a modern term for an ancient healing practice that has been used for thousands of years. The original Ayurvedic texts describe how the burning of herbs, flowers, barks, and resins not only enhances our consciousness but also benefits the healing process with the use of medicated oils, salves, and poultices. Modern aromatherapy practice uses highly concentrated oil extracts known as essential oils that are distilled from flowers, fruits, herbs, grasses, and trees.
During distillation, the plant material is placed inside a still. Steam slowly breaks through the plant material, extracting its volatile constituents. These constituents rise upward through a connecting pipe leading into a condenser. The condenser cools the rising vapor back into liquid form, which is collected in a vessel below the condenser. Because water and oil do not mix, the water is siphoned off, leaving the oil.
When we use essential oils, the oils tiny molecules enter our bloodstream, initiating the production of hormones that control our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual functions and influence our consciousness, memories, desires, and creativity. Many people experience powerful results using these oils—including relief from migraine headaches, joint pain, skin rashes, anxiety, insomnia, and many other physical and emotional conditions.
When considering an aromatherapy practice, it is best to consult a professional to help you make a decision on which oils are best and how to use them safely. These concentrated oils are very powerful, and caution should be used when applying them directly to the skin. Below are the most popular avenues for using aromatherapy and adding essential oils into your daily practice, “Dinacharya.”
The use of aromatic flowers, herbs, and candles in your home.
Mixing essential oils with other oils (carrier oils) for use as a massage oil.
Introducing essential oils into your bath water or using them in the shower with a towel.
Using a tabletop diffuser, which distributes the oil into your environment.
Using an aromatherapy mister bottle, which is portable.
Individual blends can be designed for specific doshic constitutions, and health concerns, but below are a few favorites.
All Aromatherapy Mister Bottles - 4oz. $9 / 8oz. $15
Fall Balancing- Bergamot, Rosemary, Sandalwood, and Spikenard
Warming, grounding, focusing improves clarity and cognition.
Winter Balancing- Tulsi, Eucalyptus, Clove, and Patchouli
Warming, energizing, and creates expansiveness, relieves dullness, and increases circulation.
Spring Balancing- Grapefruit, Lavender, Frankincense, and Ginger
Balancing and grounding bringing stability, focus, and clarity and builds immunity.
Summer Balancing- Lime, Wintergreen, Fennel, and Rose
Cooling, calming, creates open-mindedness and promotes a Sattvic nature.
Vata Balance- Brahmi, Clary Sage, and Frankincense
Sweet, warm, and ground aspects that promote intellect and rejuvenation and builds immunity.
Kapha Balance- Tulsi, Eucalyptus, Clove, and Spruce
Energizing, warming, breaks up stagnation and heaviness, improves the clarity of mind.
Pitta Balance- Lemon Grass, Lavender, Cedarwood, and Vanilla
Cooling brain tonic, adrenal balancing, builds immunity, detoxes the liver, and benefits hyperacidity.
Healthy Heart- Geranium, Rosemary, Rose, and Cardamom
Heart tonic improves circulation, reduces HBP and cholesterol, and brings groundedness and stability.
Soothing & Calming- Cedar, Lavender, Lemon Balm, and Chamomile
Sweet and heavy, balancing, relaxing, and grounding in nature.
Sleepy Time- Valerian, Chamomile, Marjoram, and Vetiver
Relaxing, nervine sedative, relieves agitation, overload, reduces anxiety, and stress.
Breathe Easy- Marjoram, Eucalyptus, Lemon, and Thyme
Improves respiratory function, brings expansiveness, a natural bronchodilator, antibiotic, and harmonizer.
Hocus Focus- Tulsi, Cedarwood, Mint, and Ginger
Brain tonic supports focus, memory, retention and is a nervine stimulant.
Migraine Relief- Grapefruit, Lavender, Peppermint, and Rosemary
Pain reliever, headache and migraine tonic, soothes, and rejuvenates.