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Exploring Rose, Lavender and Pollinator Gardens

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

june_hp_rose_arches_442Russian River Rose Company, Healdsburg, CA.

We recently went to visit the Russian River Rose Company; Jan and Michael together have established a unique business focused solely roses.

The visual beauty and aromas of the rose gardens are breathtaking, offering 650 different rose varieties to delight in.  During the months of April and May you can find Michael distilling the delicate rose petals using the historic Bulgarian perfume-making method.

We appreciate the time that Michael took with us to explain and demonstrate how the roses are picked early morning, travel the short distance from the rose bushes to the barn and are then carefully distilled to create one of the best odor quality rose waters that we have ever inhaled.

I aromatically encourage, while it is still available, that you consider a purchase of this year’s batch of rose water; you will not be disappointed, it is truly exquisite!june hp rose_5184

Thank you to both Jan and Michael for allowing us to meander through your beautiful acreage… We will see you again next spring!

Rose Essential Oil: Calms nervous tension, supports balancing of female reproductive issues, soothes emotional upset and nourishes dry, sensitive skin.


Lavender Fields Forever,  Applegate Valley, OR

june hp lavender_fields_398Bonnie and John are the owners of Lavender Fields Forever. They cultivate, harvest and distill seven exceptional varieties of white, pink and blue/purple lavender for culinary use, crafting, and oil production. Their working farm is a pleasure to visit; pick your own lavender bundles, shop at the barn store for hand crafted lavender products or participate in one of their distillation events.

Distillation Class: E3 is partnering with Bonnie and John to offer our annual essential oil distillation classe. This is a great opportunity to have a hands-on experience of the distillation process from picking IMG_7643lavender thru to taking home both Lavender essential oil as well as Lavender hydrosol. We learn about the history of Lavender, its many properties, and just why it is such a must have essential oil, all while we witness the distillation process.  Distillation Classes will be held end of June and July. Be sure to check our events page for updated information.

Lavender Essential Oil: Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils; use on minor cuts, scrapes to prevent infection, ease headaches, insomnia, anxiety, mental fog, or to soothe headaches and bug bites.


Melissa Gardens: a Honey Bee Sanctuary, Healdsburg, CA

We were excited to participate in the pollinator garden tour at Melissa Gardens, led by Kate Frey; world june_hp pollinator_452renowned landscape architect. The lush abundance and numerous varieties of plants, trees and flowers in the garden are intentionally chosen and placed specifically to support and attract the native pollinators which include, all types of bees, insects, butterflies and birds.

Visiting this garden was a wonderful reminder of the invaluable role of our pollinators. My sister and I are celebrating our third year as beekeepers. We are using and documenting our essential oil use and application methods to support the hive’s as well as the bee’s health; specific to fungus, parasites, mites, virus and bacteria issues.

Thanks to Kate and Barbara for your time and all you do….pollinator gardens certainly are an integral part of our Aromatherapy Solution repertoire.

Melissa Essential Oil: Use to ease nausea, cramps, stress, mild depression, fatigue, beneficial for use with herpes virus and candida.


Does e3 Distill Essential Oils?

Monday, May 20th, 2013
distillerGreat question!
No, we do not do any distillation at e3 that would result in a quantity of essential oil large enough to bottle and offer for sale. We do small distillations during our Essential Oil Distillation class that we offer toward the end of the summer when local plant material is plentiful. The major reason I love to do this distillation class is that it  allows participants to gain a greater understanding of the entire process involved to produce an essential oil. We have a direct experience with the volume of plant material required, the equipment used and the mechanics of how the distillation process works to produce essential oils and hydrosols.

Essential Oil “Yield”

To distill essential oils for commercial sale a huge volume of plant material is needed. Each plants “yield” (meaning, how much plant material does it take to get how much essential oil?) varies greatly. Thus the more plant material it takes to get 1 kilo of essential oil, the higher the cost of the essential oil e.g. Rose, Jasmine, Helichrysum. Availability of the plant also affects the price of an essential oil.  Sandalwood Mysore trees for example, take 30-40 years before they are ready for harvest and distillation. Early practice of harvesting trees with out replanting and the growing demand for the essential oils has left the number of mature trees at a minimum. Growers are now replanting to replenish the supply but we need 30-40 years of growth before they will be ready for harvest.

Hydrosols, Flower Water, Hydrolates

The by-product of the distillation process for essential oils results in: Hydrosols, Flower water, Hydrolates –  all those words should mean the same thing; when we do a distillation class we gets lots of wonderful hydrolate which everyone gets to take home, plus maybe about one millimeter of essential oil from whatever we have distilled, i.e. Spearmint, Peppermint, Lavender, Rosemary. Hydrosols shelf life is short, which is why you do not see many hydrosols on the market; if you do find a supplier and intend to purchase always check to make sure no preservatives have been added.
drawing distillationIn the big picture – the plants, trees, leaves, flowers, seeds (cardamom pods, example), bark (cinnamon bark), rhizomes & roots (ginger), twigs, berries, flowers, fruit, (spikenard), resin (frankincense), grasses, needles (pine) that essential oils come from are grown all over the world; only a small fraction of essential oils come from plants grown in the United States. We can get Peppermint, Spearmint, Chamomile Roman, to name a few.
Most growers have distillation tanks on or near the land where they grow and harvest their plants. Each plant has a best time of day, season, temperature, etc to harvest as well as a best distillation time; some plants need to be distilled immediately while others it is best to wait a period of time in order to get the highest quality and integrity of essential oil.
E3 purchases essential oils large lots and re-bottles into various bottle sizes for us, as well as the private label for other companies.
If you you would like to join one of our Essential Oil Distillation Classes contact us at and we will add you to our class list.
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