Our Distiller Trips

Rose Hydrosol from a French Distiller

by Andrea Butje on July 1, 2012

Recently, I visited a a lovely couple in France who have a rose distillery called Verdon, Roses and Aromes. They produce some of the most amazing rose hydrosol I’ve ever come across. They have beautiful fields of organically grown roses. 5,000 bushes, and planting more every year! Along with their sublime rose hydrosol, they craft […]

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Lotus Moon Medicinals

by Andrea Butje on October 18, 2011

Lotus Moon Medicinals is a certified organic farm in South Londonderry, Vermont owned by Lini Mazumdar. Lini is an herbalist certified from the Southwestern School of Botanical Medicine. She also has a Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University, and has been initiated in the Medicine Buddha tradition by Dr. Yeshi Dhonden, former […]

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The Lavender Way

by Andrea Butje on September 11, 2011

While we were on Crete, we had the extraordinary opportunity to visit Gill and Derek Pearce at their organic lavender and olive farm, The Lavender Way. The Lavender Way is the only organic lavender farm in Crete. They produce and sell essential oils, sachets, gels, spritzers, tea and hand-made wands, and they ship worldwide. Lavender plants and olive trees […]

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Wild Herbs of Crete!

by Andrea Butje on September 11, 2011

After the distiller trip to Bulgaria, we went to Greece to visit another essential oil distiller on the island of Crete. Janina and Babis started Wild Herbs of Crete in 1994. All their essential oils are made from plants wildcrafted by hand and distilled with the utmost care and respect. The journey from the little […]

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RKL Distillery in Bulgaria

by Andrea Butje on September 1, 2011

On my recent trip to Bulgaria, I visited the wonderful RKL Distillery, located in the village of Bial Briag. RKL Distillery is small, but has extensive, beautiful organic fields of herbs such as Lavender, Melissa, Yarrow and St John’s Wort. One of the three owners of RKL, Alex, graciously met us at the airport in […]

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Ecomaat Distillery in Bulgaria

by Andrea Butje on August 26, 2011

Last week I flew to Bulgaria and met up with my friend Christina, owner of Essential Education International. We visited several distilleries. The first was Ecomaat Distillery. The morning after we arrived in Bulgaria, we drove into the Balkan mountains to a small, beautiful village called Mirkovo. Fortunately, we had a navigation system (with–specifically–a chip […]

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