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The Healing Art of Aromatic Distillation: Honoring the Summer Solstice

  • Sovereignty Herbs 7247 North Coolville Ridge Road Athens, OH, 45701 United States (map)


The process of aromatic distillation uses the elements of fire, earth, water, & air to capture aromatic molecules from plants and transform them, through steam distillation, into hydrosols and essential oils. However, aromatic distillation is not just about an end product or material result or yet another way to extract some benefit from plants. Rather, aromatic distillation can be a process of ritual, prayer, or self-reflection whereby the plants become guides, allies, as one journeys into the deepest ‘Self’ in search of loving conversation with one’s unconscious and with creation, or God, or whatever one’s spiritual or religious beliefs encompass. Other symbols, such as crystals, stones, moon cycles and other astrological phenomena, tarot, and plant spirits are brought together to enhance and provide supportive intentions for the distillation. In this way, symbols take on a personal meaning, highlighting a path for each participant’s unique inner journey.
Join Erika Galentin, MNIMH, RH (AHG), Clinical Herbalist and Aromatherapist, for this 5 hour workshop where you will learn about the anatomy and physiology of aromatic distillation and participate in the process as a community-based ritual journey of self-reflection. Participants are encouraged to bring with them stones, crystals, or personal symbols / items to contribute to the process. Participants are also encouraged to bring a journal for self-reflection while the distillation is taking place. 

Cost: $80.00 per person


  • Botany, Plant Study, and Plant Communication

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Copper Still

  • Aromatic distillation of hydrosols (participants will be able to take some home)

  • Experiencing influences of aroma and essential oils on the mind and emotions 

  • Self-reflection and storytelling

  • Discount voucher for Companion Plants

  • Discount voucher for Sovereignty Herbs


To avoid Eventbrite fees, you can also register by mail by sending a check along with your name, email address, and memo stating 'Distillation Workshop' to:

Sovereignty Herbs, 7247 N. Coolville Ridge Rd., Athens, OH, 45701

Please feel free to email or call us with any questions:

Phone: 740-229-9952