My Journey into the World of Essential Oils

by Andrea Butje on September 19, 2016

I want to share the story of how I first got introduced to the world of essential oils and Aromatherapy. Let’s go back to 1994, when Cindy Black and I co-founded the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY. Running a Massage Therapy school was a deeply fulfilling experience, and I loved using essential […]


Aliksir: A Canadian Essential Oils Distiller

by Andrea Butje on July 18, 2016

Canada is home to a wide variety of conifer trees, and so many beautiful essential oils! My friends at Aliksir in Canada distill conifer essential oils and hydrosols—Black Spruce, Balsam Fir, Balsam Poplar, Juniper, White Cedar, Hemlock, and so many more. They also distill the oils of other plants, such as Melissa and Goldenrod. The […]


Aromatherapy from a Himalayan Distiller

by Andrea Butje on May 9, 2016

Many years ago, I began exchanging emails with a farmer and distiller in Nepal named Kailash and his wife Deepa. Kailash owns a private farm and distillery called Aarya Aroma. I already knew that I loved the essential oils he produced, and as we got to know each other over email we became great friends. […]


A Great Way to Give Thanks to Essential Oil Distillers!

by Andrea Butje on January 25, 2016

Edit: The raffle is now closed! Check the blog on Monday, February 3, 2016 to see the list of winners. Botanica2016, the international Aromatherapy conference created by Rhiannon Lewis, brings together scientists, educators, essential oil distillers and those passionate about herbal medicine and Aromatherapy. Aromahead Institute is raising money to cover the costs for three essential oil distillers to […]


Sandalwood from Summit Vanuatu

by Andrea Butje on December 7, 2015

Sandalwood has such a warm, sweet, woody aroma, and it’s an amazing essential oil for skin care. It’s a favorite oil for many Aromatherapists, and I personally adore it. That’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to my friends at Summit Vanuatu! Summit Vanuatu is the second largest resource of sandalwood in the world. […]


A Distiller With a Huge Heart: Globarom!

by Andrea Butje on November 10, 2014

During my time on Mahe in the Seychelles, my natural perfumery teacher, Isabelle Gelle, took us to visit a distillery called Globarom. The distiller is Mustafa Harum Bristol. He has a fantastic distillery and I was really inspired by his work. He is the only essential oil distiller in the Seychelles. He built his own […]